Tag Archives: Innovation

Intellectual Property Protection

Why and how to protect your intellectual property

In the last column, we discussed how investing in innovation pays dividends, and how much of a premium innovators (and their investors) can enjoy over their less innovative peers. That is, provided they’ve also secured the intellectual property rights of their innovations. What is intellectual property? At the end of the 19th century, intellectual property […]

Innovation Financial Performance

How innovation affects financial performance

Does innovation really deliver tangible financial results a company? Do investments in innovation yield a positive return? Does innovation pay? And if yes, how much positive impact does it have on financial performance? Tracking the innovation premium In 2006, BusinessWeek magazine and Boston Consulting Group (BCG) jointly devised a ranking of the world’s 25 most […]

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How cyclicality drives business and innovation

What do the state of the economy, a product, a corporate venture, a leading technology, the four seasons, and living things such as human beings have in common? All evolve and revolve in cycles, in “waves of change”. And as innovation means meaningful change, it often kick-starts a new cycle. Today, let’s understand how cyclicality […]

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Understanding the cycles of change using TIPS (Part 1)

Imagine a time machine brought you a few hundred years back in time to a feudal principality in the agricultural age. Upon your arrival, you’re randomly assigned to join one of three traditional social groups: farmers, clerics or warriors. You have to perform the duties associated with your newly assigned role. If you’re lucky, you feel […]

Perfectionism in business and innovation

Why perfectionism is a foe of creativity and innovation

Perfectionists, be warned: This article isn’t perfect. I started it around midnight a few days ago when I got the idea for it. I continued working on it in a coffee shop the next morning, and completed it in between two client meetings, all the while knowing it wouldn’t be article. This raises an interesting question: […]

Creativity in the Year of the Monkey

Creativity in the Year of the Monkey

In a few days, it will be time again to say: Kung Hai Fat Choy and welcome in the Year of the Monkey (or the Red Fire Monkey to be more precise). Of all the animals of the Chinese Zodiac signs, the monkey is the one most closely related to us humans. What creative inspirations can we get […]

Creative Christmas

How Christmas can boost your business in the year ahead

It’s Christmas eve! Let’s celebrate the holidays by taking a look at what this festival means for people, and what we can learn from Christmas to boost our business in 2016. Christmas is the festival of love If you ask people what human emotion and feeling they associate with Christmas, most say “love”. People spend time celebrating […]


Tracking the dimensions of change over time

Innovation means change. Tracking and mapping political, economic, social and technological change is one of the activities you need to undertake at the beginning of a strategy innovation project. Naturally, the changes of the emerging future are grounded in the changes that take place at present and the changes that took place in the past. What if […]


The rise of entrepreneurial Asia? (Part 2)

Two weeks ago, we started to explore why Asia —and other parts of the world— is likely to see a shift from a managerial to an entrepreneurial society in the coming two decades. We arrived at this insight using a futures forecasting technique named Causal Layered Analysis (CLA) that was created by the futurist Sohail […]

Big fish rules the sea

The rise of entrepreneurial Asia? (Part 1)

Two weeks ago, I shared with you a series of forecasting questions I gained at a Futures Foresight workshop run by Prof. Dr. Sohail Inayatullah. I introduced to you a series of forecast scenarios on the future of innovation in Asia, one of which was called “Entrepreneurial Asian Innovation 2035”. But why is Asia, like other […]