Why is the Travel industry undergoing major changes? What are the innovations that are disrupting incumbent players in the Travel industry? How are digital technologies transforming the Travel industry? These are some of the questions that came to my mind when I met with Vincent Lebunetel, Vice-President Corporate Innovation at Carlson Wagonlit Travel (CWT). I/ Introduction of Vincent Lebunetel (@vLebunetel) As Vice President of…

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Making innovation happen means smuggling – (3/3)


See part 1 here and part 2 here. How Great Ideas are Assimilated into Large Corporations For all of you entrepreneurs out there who want to know why it takes so damned long to get decisions made, well here it is: you are most likely to start your corporate incursion in the company of a conformist. Conformists are polite, and will tell you how…

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Making innovation happen means smuggling (2/3)


See part 1 here Warriors on the Dark Side of Innovation: Meet the Smugglers The dark side of innovation is where difficult and dangerous work resides. And it requires a special type of individual who can persuade people to open their minds. I call these people Smugglers. Smugglers are fearless. They choose not to relax with groups or communities that seek safety of business-as-usual.…

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The Six Hottest Innovation Trends according to Robert Tucker


  On the eve the Front End of Innovation Conference in Boston, Robert and I discussed what’s trending now in innovation. Robert B. Tucker is a popular innovation speaker and consultant. Since 1986, with the publication of Winning the Innovation Game, he has coached and advised managers, executives, and entire teams at organizations ranging from IBM to the U.S. Air Force Research Laboratory to SAP.…

How was the d.school formed? How did it grow from being in a trailer to reaching world fame? And what role does cross-fertilization play in coming up with innovations? These are some of the questions that came to my mind when I met with Justin Ferrel, a Fellowship Director at Standford’s d.school.

Theodore Levitt, a professor at Harvard Business School, once said in 1962: “people don’t want a quarter inch drill, they want a quarter inch hole”. In other words, if you’re trying to innovate you could do one of 2 things : you could study the quarter inch drill and wonder: “how can I make a better quarter inch drill?” This leads product-centric innovation you could…

Tony thinks about innovation in a very simple way: « it’s a process of coming up with solutions that satisfy customer needs. »   There are two ways to address the innovation process 1/ come up with solutions and see if they address needs 2/ come up with needs and then create a solution that addresses needs