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Innovate to Solve Performance Improvement Problems

Performance improvement problems are everywhere and innovating is a superior way to solve them. Performance improvement is about improving the effectiveness or efficiency of a process or system. Or, to put it differently, it’s about devising ways to do a better job of something. Consider, for example, the performance improvement problems that a hotel executive […]

Differentiation Is The Prime Source Of Competitive Advantage

  Differentiation is the essence of strategy, the prime source of competitive advantage,” write Bain and Company consultants Chris Zook and James Allen. But, as Harvard’s Joan Magretta explains, many managers appear to believe otherwise, “Nothing is more absurd—and yet more widespread—than the belief that somehow you can do exactly what everyone else is doing […]

Your Competitive Strategy Should Drive Your Innovation Strategy

  In a previous post I explained that the innovation process consists of three phases and two conditions. In this post I want to focus on one of those conditions—the condition of having an innovation strategy. Let’s start by asking and answering a two-part question—what’s an innovation strategy and why should you have one? In simplest terms, an innovation […]

Thinking Systematically About Value

In a previous post I explained that innovation is fundamentally about finding ways to deliver superior value. I also explained that value equals the benefits received minus the costs incurred in obtaining the benefits. In short: Value = Benefits – Costs. In this column I will expand on the concept of benefits and describe some ways […]

Thinking Together is the Ultimate Core Competency

  In nearly every sector you’ll find two organizations that started at about the same time, with about the same resources. One of them is prospering while the other is languishing. Or, one remains in business while the other has gone out of business. While there may be lots of specific reasons why this is the case, at the end of the day they […]

Innovative Market Segmentation Drives Revenue

  If you want to sell more stuff, segment, segment, and segment again. Explore different ways to segment the customers in your industry (market segmentation). Segment the products and services that are offered (offering segmentation). And Segment the channels used to buy and sell the offerings (channel segmentation). How does segmenting help you sell more […]

Collaborative Innovation Enables Superior Ideas

Two heads (or organizations) are better than one. That’s the lesson to be learned from an innovation method variously referred to as “collaborative innovation” or “open innovation.” Consider the following examples from the lodging industry: Courtyard by Marriott executives worked with Microsoft and Four Winds Interactive to develop the GoBoard™, a 57-inch interactive LCD touch […]

Employee Idea Systems Enable Innovation

  Employee idea systems are moving from the factory floor to the front desk.  Originally perfected by Toyota—whose employees generate one million implementable ideas per year—employee idea systems are gradually being adopted by the lodging industry. Consider a few examples: Following the installation of a employee idea system, a Clarion Hotel in Sweden implemented nearly 35,000 […]