On Pirates, Privateers And Corporate Innovation

Alex Osterwalder, best-selling author and inventor of the Business Model Canvas, hates it when innovators refer to themselves as pirates. This is because pirates originally operated outside the law and if they were ever caught they were killed. In one sense he is...

What Makes A Good Innovation Coach?

In a previous article, I wrote about how companies canĀ stop relying on consultantsĀ and build their own innovation capabilities. It is difficult to scale innovation as a repeatable process if companies continue to rely on external coaching and training for their...

In Defense Of Middle Managers Who Stifle Innovation

Whenever I am in conversations with intrapreneurs about their struggles in large enterprises they blame middle managers. To their minds, these up and coming leaders with MBAs are the real problem in getting an innovation culture embedded within the company. Middle...