What Innovators can learn from Gatorade

Cool case study from Gatorade. Interestingly, innovation flowed from Bangladesh in an example of innovation flowing “uphill” from developing countries. The article pulls from the book “Reverse Innovation” and discusses five steps of companies globalizing. The most interesting steps are 3)Glocalization, 4)designing global products for local markets from scratch and finally Level 5 with reverse innovation. The rest of the article (here) mostly centers around a book review, but it still makes for a quick and interesting read.

Stay “lean & mean” like a start-up

As organizations grow, they become less flexible and nimble. Dr. Marla Gottschalk suggests four ways to tackle this challenge:

  • Leaders should embrace different perspectives
  • Sharing information with the right people (versus just collecting it)
  • Tap the knowledge of those around you (employees are a good start)
  • Maintain the ability to swarm (assemble quick teams)

Click here to check out the quick read.

Who should be an Intrapreneur?

A lot of my posts revolve around corporate innovation and Intrapreneurship, but it seems interesting to ask the underlying question of who Intrapreneurship is right for.

Here’s a brief article that addresses who would be happy being an Intrapreneur with a couple of examples.

http://www.forbes.com/sites/samanthasmith/2012/05/29/who-should-be-an-intrapreneur/

Music Think Tank perspective on Intrapreneurship

Many of the articles I post and talk about are from business sources. This article briefly discusses the upsides of Intrapreneurship (resources) vs the downsides (less creativity, less personal satisfaction). It’s similar to what other bloggers talk about, but hearing it from a musician makes it sound sweeter.

http://www.musicthinktank.com/blog/alternative-entrepreneurship.html

What does a focus on Innovation say about business as usual?

This article got me thinking. Unlike many of the ones that I read with a list of insightful suggestions on how to implement corporate innovation, Cheryl Heller asks a more basic assertion that we should simplify our language in speaking about innovation and focus on the reducing the delineation between innovation (new) and core (old) business and ideas.

She points out that¬†“Creativity, clarity of purpose and social responsibility should never be seen as someone ‘thinking beyond their job description.’ In fact, only when it is their job description will we see lasting change, happier employees and healthier companies.”

Check out the whole read here.