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The iPod story and what we can ALL learn from it | Spyre

The iPod story and what we can ALL learn from it – By Ahi Gvirtsman

Reading this insider recount of how the iPod came to be one cannot avoid being struck by how three keys to successful innovation were present in a big way:
Leadership – Steve Jobs gave the team a goal and then the resources and freedom to work unencumbered by company politics along with a very aggressive deadline.

Private equity can make companies more innovative | Spyre

Private equity can make companies more innovative

There’s an eternal argument about whether private equity investors create value for the companies they buy. The evidence shows that private equity backed organizations generate strong returns for investors, but they’re often blamed for three things:

If you have “innovation” in your job title (Part 2)

If you have “innovation” in your job title (Part 2)

The three things I suggested breaking are (1) your professional echo chamber, (2) the boundaries that separate you from your ecosystem and (3) the organizational rhythm. This time I’d like to discuss two additional items on my “to break list”: misconceptions and leaner decision making processes.

If you have “innovation” in your job title (Part 1)

If you have “innovation” in your job title, you should excel at breaking things! (Part 1)

If you have “innovation” in your job title, it most likely means two things: (1) most people have no idea what exactly you’re supposed to be doing, and (2) you have the DNA of a “builder”. Whether you develop products, services, business models or innovative processes, the fact of the matter is that you like “building” new things and hopefully, creating new value in the process.

In order to become innovative organizations must innovate – by Ahi Gvirtsman

At first, the above title might seem trivial. Readers might think they are being presented with an obvious truth. I must say, however, that from my years of moving around the community of innovation leaders in various countries, this obvious truth keeps being overlooked. As brilliantly articulated in the seminal work “The innovator’s dilemma”, most established organizations are like machines that have been optimized over time to perform their target operation in the most efficient way possible.

5 Reasons intrapreneurship is essential

5 Reasons intrapreneurship is essential

Intrapreneurs are the entrepreneurs in the corporate world. There are many reasons why Intrapreneurship is crucial for big organizations. Here are 5 five of them:

Growth: At the time of the economic crisis most of the big corporations stopped investing in the future. Now they have a large surplus.They know that growth is essential in order for them to get a competitive edge, but the way to get there is unclear.

5 Reasons intrapreneurship is essential

Change or die: what big business can learn from start-ups about internal innovation

Many articles these days discuss how startups should interact with large corporations but none discuss how corporations should interact and work with startups.

Jack Welch, the Head of General Electric, formulated the #1 rule for company survival: “Change or Die” many years ago yet it is just as relevant today. There are companies that develop and there are those that remain stagnant, and eventually meet the same fate as that of dinosaurs.

Innovation 9 Things Companies Should Do

Innovation 9 Things Companies Should Do In Order to Keep Innovative Workers in their Organization

Many corporations suffer from a common disease called bureaucracy. This disease keeps them from dealing easily and swiftly with the ever-changing external environment that is our technologically and socially driven world today. This bureaucracy also leads to the frustration of many innovative and energized employees, filled with the drive to create, change, and develop, leading them to leave, and the company to lose valuable human capital. In order to deal with this, companies must foster a culture of innovation, both to keep their valued workers and to survive the dynamic environment.

The IDF Shoots Innovation

The IDF Shoots Innovation

While Israel is known for both its high volume of successful entrepreneurs and start-ups, the Israeli Defense Force (IDF) is known around the world for its rigorous training and exceptional members. Israel has a reputation as the “start-up nation,” producing more startups per-capita than China, India, Canada, Japan and the UK and attracting twice as much venture-capital investment as the US and 30 times more than Europe. And for those who are aware of international military power and skill, the IDF is a force to be reckoned with. Many non-Israelis do not realize that these two successes are inherently related and intertwined. The first-rate military training and experience that each and every Israeli citizen engages in is directly correlated with Israel’s innovative success.

Episode 2 – The challenges and responsibilities when innovating in an influential industries as food services

Get your taste buds ready… on this episode of Innovation Makes You Sexy Podcast we will focus on innovation in traditional mega-industries as food services, that have to calculate each and every innovative component as they impact millions on a daily basis.