Built to innovate

Aidan McCullen recommended, “Built to Innovate: Essential Practices to Wire Innovation into Your Company’s DNA”. I can see why. We live in a time when change is the rule, not the exception, and innovation is the only way out. However, every organisation needs to operate two different engines simultaneously: an execution engine and an innovating […]

Everyday Chaos

“Everyday Chaos” by David Weinberger is a book about handling chaos. A version of “Sensemaking”, “Unchartered” and “Metaskills“. Sensemaking Making sense of model makers. Starting with computers and AI. As computation gets more advanced, it gets more mysterious. For example, if you subtract the number of possible chess moves from the number of possible moves in the […]

Change, How Organisations Achieve Hard-to-Imagine Results in Uncertain and Volatile Time

The beginning of “Change, How Organisations Achieve Hard-to-Imagine Results in Uncertain and Volatile Times” sets the scene.  Disruptive change Disruptive change is the central force shaping the challenges that organisations and people face nowadays. Neither human nature, nor the most common form of the modern organisation, are designed to handle anything close to this degree […]

Acceleration of technology

I have been a follower of Azeem Azhar. I love his weekly newsletter which describes a wide range of exponential trends. Hence picking up “Exponential: How Accelerating Technology Is Leaving Us Behind and What to Do About It.” Lots of books about exponential  The expectations were high. However, the book competes with a lot of […]

The paradigms are shifting

I am a big fan of Brett King. He writes about shifting paradigms. He wrote “Bank 3.0″, Breaking banks and “Augmented”.  They are all must-read, particularly if you are in financial service.  The Rise of Technosocialism I was looking forward to his new book “The Rise of Technosocialism: How Inequality, AI and Climate will Usher in […]

You are now always on a burning platform

The trends, why intrapreneurship is essential, the lessons and where to start.  Zoom, 1 April, 19:00, Dublin time. Ron Immink https://www.linkedin.com/in/ronimmink/ and Bernd Mintjes https://www.linkedin.com/in/bmintjes/ will share 75 years of experience in the area of entrepreneurship, innovation and intrapreneurship.  A very short presentation and then plenty of time for discussion and Q and A.  You […]

Your intrapreneurs are the main source of innovation and how to harness that

I decided to pick up “Driving Innovation from Within: A Guide for Internal Entrepreneurs” by Kaihan Krippendorff. Today is the slowest day of your life The beginning is lovely.“Today is the slowest day of your life.” Combine that with the conclusions that growth by acquisition holds little value for investors, the old ways of organising […]

Give intrapreneurs the time, the resources and the accountability

A company that cannot adapt to be more flexible— faces extinction. Hence the importance of intrapreneurship. You can test your level here. Many businesses stifle innovation. An aversion to change business culture is not the product of a lack of the resources necessary to accomplish rejuvenation; The inability — the unwillingness — to adapt and […]

Never lose the founder mentality

Every founder should apply the strategic box. A long time ago, me and Brian O’Kane invented this strategic box when we wrote “Growing your own business, a workbook”. It is a quick frame and filter to determine your strategy, using six statements: vision, mission, passion, values, positioning, and resourcing. Not only does it works to align […]

Intrapreneurship, innovation, partnership, policy and perseverance

I have been tasked with setting up a sustainable intrapreneurship accelerator. “The third wave” is a book to consider if you are into intrapreneurship. Here is why. Winners take all A while ago I read “The internet is not the answer”. A dark book (or anti-book), that describes some of the negative aspects of the […]