Business Reinvention, Innovation and the Economy
In troubled economic times, it can seem that innovation should be the first thing to go. This is a mistake in my view - in tough times organizations need to embrace innovation and look even more closely at their product offerings and how they are addressing the market. What sold in yesterday's market may not be what tomorrow's market or even today's market will buy. This has been borne out by what has happened at Fauchon, one of the landmarks in Paris' shopping mecca. Have a look at this article from the New York Times. It says it all! "Amid a constantly shifting market at home and abroad, Fauchon's rebranding campaign has helped it remain relevant and return to profitability. Its recipe for success is to remain ahead of its customers and continue to surprise them.".
The real opportunity for Innovation, especially Open Innovation, is to make business-reinvention decisions by tapping into the organization's ecosystem. Sitting in a closed boardroom, working out which product lines to cut or which division to close is old school - the smart companies will tap into their Open Innovation network to help provide these answers. This is the power of Open Innovation - bringing different lenses to a problem from inside and outside the organization to ensure that the decisions that are taken around re-invention are the best ones.
The New York Times has published a series of short articles by some luminaries on the value of Innovation in tough economic times. I found them interesting. Worth a read.
- Five Steps to use Innovation to find Market Growth Opportunities - September 23, 2019
- How to recognise Innovation Theatre - September 2, 2019
- 5 Ways to Create a Customer Centric Strategy - August 22, 2019
- The Future of Leadership – Empathetic Leaders - August 11, 2019
- Creating Time for Innovation - August 5, 2019
- 10 Lessons to Learn From Startup Failures - August 5, 2019
- The Top 5 Digital Transformation Insights from Mary Meeker’s 2019 Internet Report - June 20, 2019
- Bridal Wear and Business Model Transformation: What do They Have in Common? - June 19, 2019
- How Amazon is Reinventing Retail – Literally from The Ground Up! - May 28, 2019
- Bezos’ letter to shareholders showcases great communication and strategy - April 29, 2019
Managing Director, The Strategy Group
Dr Tobias is an accomplished innovation consultant and entrepreneurship strategist, drawing expertise from the academic, entrepreneurial and corporate worlds. Jeffrey’s commercial and business experience is particularly focussed on lean startup, design thinking and leadership. Prior to The Strategy Group, Jeffrey was Cisco’s Global Lead for Innovation in the Internet Business Solutions Group helping Fortune Global 500 companies improve customer experience and grow revenue by transforming how they do business.
Jeffrey is a professor of innovation and entrepreneurship teaching MBA students at the Australian Graduate School of Business at the University of New South Wales. An active angel investor, Jeffrey is on the board of various well known startups. Jeffrey’s corporate background includes leading global innovation strategy at Cisco, working with large corporates such as Adobe, Westpac, Telstra, Woolworths, and Perpetual.