Ben Gross

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The Pirate Approach to Innovation Leadership: How Thinking Like a Buccaneer Can Create Value for Your Enterprise

There’s a reason why “the pirate” has proven to be an enduring romantic figure for centuries now. It’s hard not to regard the swashbuckling, rebellious, go-where-the-wind-takes-you approach to life without some sense of envy, particularly if you’re stuck in an office. However, the good news is that there are a few attributes of the privateer persona that can and should...

Case Studies: Learning from Failure, or Dying from it

We frequently talk about how innovation is a crucial necessity for your enterprise company, and how the right innovation can be the difference between setting the market standards and being shunted aside as a new market leader makes the rules. We also frequently hear about the great innovation successes: Tesla, SpaceX, Uber, Amazon, and even the classic innovation failures, like...

Crowdsourcing and Smart Cities: A Winning Combination

The evolving trend of Smart Cities is one that governments should be wholeheartedly embracing, but as with many government initiatives, seems to be having a hard time getting off the ground. Embedding crowdsourcing and innovation management into the Smart Cities initiative could be what makes the difference. At first glance, the term “smart government” appears to be oxymoronic. And no...

Choosing the Digital Transformation Strategy that is Best for Your Company

In one of the Sherlock Holmes stories, Dr. Watson remarks about a client and how attractive she is. “Is she?” says the detective. “I didn’t notice.” In response to his partner’s quip that he really is a human automaton – lacking of emotion – Holmes replies that he is taking emotion out the equation, since it might compromise his detective...

Innovation SOP: Using Hackathons to Advance Digital Transformation

Qmarkets’ Innovation Standard Operating Procedures (SOP): In this series, we will present different guidelines on how to bring innovation theory to practice. Most companies already know that hackathons are a useful tool for gathering ideas, but companies need to know how to do this right. This week, we look at how companies can use hackathons not as a standalone idea-gathering...

Innovation SOP: Overcoming the Hurdles of Digital Transformation

Welcome back to Qmarkets’ Innovation Standard Operating Procedures (SOP): In this series, we will present different guidelines on how to bring innovation theory to practice. Digital Transformation is something that everyone needs to do, but is not always carried out properly, for a number of very different reason. This week, we take a look at the obstacles standing in the...

Innovation SOP: Tips for Today’s Leaders on How to Launch an Innovation Program

Qmarkets’ Innovation Standard Operating Procedures (SOP): In this series, we will present different guidelines on how to bring innovation theory to practice. Many times, trying to launch an innovation program at your company can encounter endless pitfalls and stumbling blocks, as illustrated in this example from the Harvard Business Review. This week, we take a look at how to launch...

The EA Error (Why Failing to Learn from the Top Innovative Companies Can Spell Disaster)

A Problem, there Is… In late 2017, video game company EA was in the final stages of releasing a long-anticipated game, Star Wars Battlefront II. One player was surprised to discover that it would take a total of 40 hours of gameplay to unlock just one of the main characters (such as arch-villain Darth Vader or ultimate hero Luke Skywalker) which...

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