What Is an Excellent Insight?

In the economy of innovation consulting, insights are an important currency. Insights are how we package our understandings of human experience, and they are bought and sold every day because business leaders know that the human context is the heart and soul of meaningful and differentiated offerings. Insight is core to how consultancies deliver value…

Key Takeaways from ResolveTO

ResolveTO was a great couple of days. Despite the conference only being in its first year, its ambitious goal was to bring together big companies, startups, government groups, and others to talk and listen to each other. Here are a couple key takeaways that emerged from the conference and were reinforced by the winners, who…

Understanding Product Leadership

There are a number of different approaches and strategies that can be used to successfully reach excellent outcomes in product design. As Michael Treacy and Fred Wiersema outline in The Discipline of Market Leaders, there are three major value disciplines: operational leadership, customer intimacy, and product leadership. Here, we will examine some examples of the…

Intelligence Delivers Excellence

Why Adopting a Threat-Focused and Intelligent Approach to Financial Crime Will Help Drive Fintech Success The 21st century has been characterized by an interconnectedness that impacts every aspect of business and society. This level of connection itself is not new, especially in business, where there have always been long, connected chains of actors, actions, and…

Technology and Religion: Prayer in 2020

“We see things not as they are. We see things as we are.” – Babylonian Talmud Religion has always capitalized on technological shifts to drive adherence and converts. The astrolabe (think GPS for medieval explorers) was developed to help traveling Muslims face Mecca at prayer times. The first use for the printing press was to…

2020: Living in an Era of Connected Cars

In the upcoming era of connected devices, internet connected cars will become a major facet of the exploding Internet of Things (IoT). Chinese tech giant Alibaba recently launched an “internet car” in partnership with SAIC, which is powered by its own operating system – YunOS. The car offers its passengers a range of futuristic features,…

The Future Isn’t Your Friend

Future thinking needs a dose of cosmic pessimism if it’s to have any utility at all. I recently spent a week at Ohio University in the verdant college town of Athens, lecturing at a NASA-sponsored summer program that trains students from 
around the world for careers in the space industry. Over several intense and lengthy…