Posts Tagged ‘execution’

Mastering time elasticity

August 1, 2011 1 comment

In the much commented Art of War, Sun Tzu said: “The general who is skilled in defense hides under the ninth earth; he who is skilled in attack flashes forth from the ninth height of heaven.” Biding his time in some circumstances, acting in the shortest time with all his might in other circumstances.

As I walked along the cliff this morning, between sea and land, the smell of fennel suddenly hit my nostrils. Literally two seconds later, it was gone. Only then did I realise how fast I was walking, deluding myself that I was observing the landscape waking up in the early morning. Sure enough, I could see, hear, smell, but that was not observing.  Read more…


Success, failure and the courage to continue

A friend’s recent quoting of Winston Churchill stroke me as a good summary of the innovator’s mindset.

“Success is not final, failure is not fatal: it is the courage to continue that counts.”

Success is not final” makes the case for innovation: no enterprise, however successful it may have been, can continue to compete and grow without refreshing its offering and sometimes re-inventing its business and indeed itself. Read more…

Chinovation: mastering execution

January 12, 2011 2 comments

I’ve been wondering recently about the soul of Chinovation. Last night, I just connected three dots:

  • At his conference on innovation a week ago, Marc Giget reminded us that half of inventions of European Renaissance originated from China. At the time – and until the 18th century – China represented roughly a quarter of the world economy, before crashing down in the 19th century as industrial revolution took off in Europe. Never allowing China to fall behind the rest of the world on technology has been a major driver for the current resurgence of China as an economic and political giant. Read more…

Complacency implausible argument for Nokia’s slow-down

September 29, 2010 6 comments

An interesting article in the International Herald Tribune dated 27/09/2010 explores the reasons why mobile phone leader Nokia slowed down, letting RIM’s Blackberry and Apple’s iPhone take the technology lead.

In this case as in many others, analysts are quick to put complacency at the top of the list: Read more…

Innovation lessons from crime author Roger-Guy Ulrich

August 10, 2010 Leave a comment

Since 1987, Roger-Guy Ulrich has written nine successful crime thrillers around his favourite character, police detective Erwan Le Morvan who operates in the Saint-Malo area in Brittany, France. In an interview with Ouest France, he gives away one of his secret recipes:

‘On the basis of a single idea, I build a very rough scenario, of which I know the end. Then, I get started with no specific plan: the characters join in, and often take the lead. Sometimes it feels like I’m discovering the story as I write it‘. Read more…

Creativity is not top priority for the emergence of an innovation culture

July 6, 2010 2 comments

An injection of creativity serum for all employees – if such a thing was ever invented – is not what the enterprise seeking to become more innovative needs. Essentially for two reasons:

  1. Firstly, creativity is part of human nature, though often repressed and suppressed. In the right environment it will naturally re-emerge and bloom. No need for chemical boost!
  2. Secondly, and perhaps more counter-intuitively, creativity is only a small component of innovation, one that may not make the real difference: the creative enterprise is full of ideas, the innovative enterprise is full of cash. Read more…

Let’s learn from China innovative environmental action

February 7, 2010 Leave a comment

Whether it is about environment protection or minority rights, China-bashing is a popular sport in the West, only tempered by greed at the prospects that the Chinese market offers for Western exports and fear about how the Chinese central bank might use its gigantic foreign currency reserves. Yet, it strikes me that when we make a mess of our own Nations or States of, say, 50 million inhabitants – virtually no progress on eradicating poverty, isolation and radicalisation of cultural minorities, failure to reform the financial system, mounting debt, etc – and by contrast contemplate the achievements of a government that leads a population 20 times larger, it is not greed that should temper the bashing, but a sense of humility.

Is China perfect? Of course, not. But I am impressed by its ability to observe, learn, and take innovative action. Here is an example about environmental sustainability. Read more…