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  • Behind the scenes of the Vector Institute — a quick recap

    Last week, I had the privilege of attending a ‘behind the scenes’ look at Canada’s recently launched Vector Institute, at a small fireside chat with one of the co-founders, Jordan Jacobs. This article is meant to serve as a condensed overview of the amazing work they are undertaking. As a lifelong science geek and physicist, […]

    June 19, 2017

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  • My MaRS Verge experience: Collisions, collaboration and community

    For me, the recent MaRS Verge Corporate Innovation Conference was a collision of corporate thinkers and startup leaders, the former striving to challenge their organizations and the latter exploring the disruption of these incumbents. These two communities are typically separate from each other and are often portrayed at odds. The Verge conference was an opportunity […]

    December 13, 2016

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  • Corporate Enemy No. 1: Meetings

    Recently, a new Corporate Enemy No. 1 has been identified: meetings. As this article suggests—and this one, too—meetings are responsible for everything from low productivity to a glacial pace of innovation. Rather than reacting with quick, superficial fixes—like in this Dilbert cartoon—we should find better ways to solve the root drivers of unproductive meetings. Here […]

    November 14, 2016

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  • Solve problems faster using design thinking

    Consider—as this video outlines—that it took 50 years for one in four Americans to adopt electricity. It took 30 years for the same number of people to adopt radio, 18 years to adopt colour TV, 13 years to adopt mobile phones and only seven years to adopt the World Wide Web. Change is happening at […]

    November 10, 2016

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  • Creating a future-ready business in a low-carbon environment

    We asked Ontario energy sector leaders what keeps them awake at night. Answers included: the pace of technological change, the impact of declining costs of renewables, mergers and acquisitions, price increases for consumers, fixed costs, and how to stay relevant to customers. The responses are as diverse as the industry players themselves. It is clear […]

    November 9, 2016

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  • People innovation is key to the future workplace

    As I sit here trying to lay out this blog post about our upcoming Work and Learning Innovation Session at the MaRS Verge Corporate Innovation Conference, I am struck by how similar some of my thoughts are to everything I have ever read or heard about the importance of people to organizations. Ever since I […]

    November 9, 2016

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  • The difference between intentions and actions

    My last blog post was about creating an inspirational design target to lead to a better end-state solution and an overall larger market. Once you have a design target or character in hand, the next step is to validate your assumptions about that character. Do you actually know who they are? How they behave? And […]

    November 8, 2016

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  • It’s time to innovate innovation

    Inventing a better mousetrap—is that innovation?  New technology—is that innovation? Redesigning a process for clients—is that innovation? In the context of innovation within organizations, I think it’s time to admit that the word “innovation” is nearing the end of its lifespan. When everything is innovative, nothing is. Innovation is defined in myriad ways, but it is really […]

    October 31, 2016

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  • Think like a startup

    Lately, it seems as though an hour doesn’t pass without news of the disruption and demise of a proven, established business at the hands of a more agile, innovative startup. Thinking more like a startup and less like an established firm is the business imperative du jour. If you are a corporate leader under pressure […]

    October 28, 2016

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  • Embrace the concept of an inspirational design target

    I recently wrote an article about the four lessons I learned in the trenches of corporate innovation. In it, I write that in order to innovate you need to know what you’re doing (and why), identify your champions, embrace learning and not be afraid to ask for what’s truly needed. I want to expand a […]

    October 24, 2016

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