Archive for the ‘ideas’ Category

Book prep

Thursday, July 12th, 2018

Book retreat w/ Alex advancing on the content

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Design Sprint

Tuesday, July 3rd, 2018

Conference and workshop by Jake Knapp, bestselling author of “Sprint” and former designer at Google, invited at Gotham with Thom and Alex by Stéphane Cruchon.

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Cercle de Serendip

Wednesday, June 20th, 2018

L’espace ainsi créé et appelé Cercle de Serendip vise à promouvoir l’échange d’expériences, le partage scientifique au sein de la communauté de recherche de l’UNIL, en un sens large et autour de valeurs humanistes, dont les bases sont la reconnaissance de la diversité d’être, de penser et de s’exprimer, l’honnêteté intellectuelle et le soin de la qualité relationnelle.

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How to Build Invincible Companies

Thursday, June 7th, 2018

It’s more important than ever for companies to focus on inventing the future. Companies have to start giving more power and prestige to growth innovation, or risk becoming irrelevant. We explain three crucial areas to address this challenge.


Over the past 16 years, we have been dedicated to a single mission: how to help companies continuously reinvent themselves. We created some of the tools and methods to deal with this challenge.

The crucial question we are helping to answer: How can C-suite leadership teams harmonize the demands of public markets and activist investors to cut costs; buy back shares and simultaneously reinvent their organization; and unleash entrepreneurial talent and position it for future growth?

We believe there are three crucial areas that every company needs to consider to remain relevant and prosperous. First, companies have to develop truly ambidextrous organizational structures where the innovation arm is given equal power alongside the existing business. Second, this innovation arm needs its own culture, processes, skills, metrics and incentives to explore potentially new business models and value propositions. Third, companies need to better manage their portfolio of existing businesses and new opportunities—maintaining and protecting the current business, while cultivating the business models of tomorrow. Let’s explore deeper into each area and discuss why it matters to companies today. (more…)

An open letter to CEOs

Wednesday, April 25th, 2018

(recently republished in thinkgrowth)

Thinkers50, the Oscars of management thinking, asked Alex and I to write a letter to CEOs who are faced with the challenge of creating new and transformative growth inside their companies.

This is our message to them:

Dear CEO,

A recent McKinsey study shows that 80% of your CEO peers think that their current business model is at risk. The research also shows that a mere 6% of your executives are satisfied with the innovation process in your organization.

You have been excellent at executing and improving your proven and successful business models. But as the research above shows, you have not yet found the answer to inventing entirely new business models, value propositions, and growth engines.

Maritime industry

Friday, March 23rd, 2018

Invited at BLK71 by Prof. Poh Kam Wong, Head of NUS Enterprise, to a Kopi Chat on “Ocean Opportunities” (web) for startups in the maritime industry, in partnership with Symphony Creative Solutions, which examines the business needs of various businesses within Shipping & Logistics industries.

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Kosuke Wada from Ocean Network Express (ONE) and Daniel Sparing from Google Cloud covered the challenges in the container liner business and how disruptive technologies tackle them.

Wednesday, March 21st, 2018

Meetings with Wim Vanhaverbeke (web) on corporate entrepreneurship, open innovation, and ecosystem of business models. He recently edited the book Managing Open Innovation in SMEs (web)


Innovation Metrics

Tuesday, March 13th, 2018

Workshop with Alex on Innovation Metrics, with a couple of large organisations.


“The traditional metrics used to run and manage business don’t apply to innovation. In fact, they might even lead to increasing the risk of failure or lead to not pursuing breakthrough innovation that could lead to substantial growth …

Innovation Playground

Friday, March 9th, 2018

Meeting with Sam Schneider (CustomFuture) on the Innovation Playground and evolution of the ABC concept (Amenity, Brand, Culture). The book begins to take shape …


Entrepreneurs’ Stories

Wednesday, March 7th, 2018

Laurent Haug (blog) organise une fête pour célébrer la fin de tournage de Entrepreneurs’ Stories, émission qui va passer dès la semaine prochaine sur la RTS

” … aventure incroyable: le tournage de 11 épisodes à travers la Suisse à la rencontre d’entrepreneur(se)s qui, chacun(e) à leur façon, contribuent positivement au développement de notre société. Nous leur avons demandé de nous raconter leurs aventures, leurs succès, leur défis, dans le but de montrer aux jeunes générations que l’entrepreneuriat est un choix de vie extra-ordinaire, passionnant et exigeant, rempli de contradictions et de bonheurs.