“The world’s first voice activated hotel room, the consumerization of everything and the advent of the brain machine interface” These were just a few of the trends/themes emerging from the fascinating discussions I held last week as I planned next year’s Wavelength USA programme with key thought leaders in the heart of Silicon Valley.”
How do you instil a culture of innovation in your organisation? How do you ‘pretotype’ products and services at speed and low cost? How do great companies continue to innovate at scale? Check out the posts below to find out more.
“The pace of digital transformation has accelerated almost exponentially, yet not everyone is keeping up as well as they think.” This is an article from Lisa Gansky on Digital Transformation – The Great Lie
Stepping into other organisations is a powerful way to sharpen focus on your own culture, organisational effectiveness and leadership. Not because the organisations visited on Best In Class are perfect but because they help illuminate what’s strong, precious and worth building on in your own organisation alongside those flaws, deficits and areas of underperformance that must be addressed. Moreover, the visits provide invaluable inspiration and ideas for how to tackle them.
So what of this year’s cohort of BIC organisations?
What happens when you take 20+ leaders from around the world on an intensive six-day trip across the USA, a trip full of inspiration, ideas and insights from some of the world’s most successful, innovative and people centric companies? Every year Wavelength’s flagship USA tour seeks to find out.
Our wonderful illustrators, Matt and Danny, produced these illustrations live at On Your Marks as our speakers were speaking. A wonderful record of the stories and insights each speaker shared with us. Click on each to view a larger image and enjoy!
In 2011, 63% of all 6-9 year olds in USA had access to a smart phone. In order to thrive, LEGO needed to find a way to take advantage of this technology. David Gram, Business Development Manager, LEGO talks with pride about how they did this at Reconnect 1 2012.
Wavelength USA is one of our two annual study tours. Wavelength USA gives our participants unique opportunities to get inside some of America’s most pioneering and successful businesses and into the heart of the digital revolution in Silicon Valley.
What do 100 leaders from financial services, retail, social businesses and the media find to talk about on a sheep farm near Lambourn? Quite a lot as it happens!
Wavelength USA is one of our two annual study tours to the USA. Wavelength USA gives our participants unique opportunities to get inside some of America’s most pioneering and successful businesses and into the heart of the digital revolution in Silicon Valley.
Charles Adler, Co-founder of Kickstarter.com and former Head of Design Water, is a web-designer. Here he gives us a very personal account of how Kickstarter began and at the same time urges us all to “Find our space in time”.
In this short, motivational clip Steve Cadigan, Silicon Valley based thought leader, advisor and coach will make you sit up and think, “Yes, you’re right. I should be making use of new technologies”.
Lisa Gansky, Silicon Valley Entrepreneur, Angel Investor and Instigator, has been an entrepreneur for about 20 years, specialising in internet related businesses. She draws on this wealth of experience to talk to the new Connect 2014 delegates about the shift in the way that organisations are run in the 21st Century.
In this short film we hear two different views of what leaders must concentrate on as they try to guide their companies through these times of rapid change.
In this short, snappy and light-hearted film the dramatic impact of the digital revolution on the world we live in is clearly highlighted through eye-opening and extraordinary statistics.
In this video, David Gram, Head of Business and Marketing Development, Future Lab, reveals how LEGO nearly lost it all, the challenges the organisation continues to face, and how they are innovating inside the larger organisation to ensure that they will “inspire and develop the builders of tomorrow”.
In this video, Patrick Copeland, Senior Engineering Director, Google.org reveals his mission to create “disruptive technology for a better world.“ From tornado warning systems to the Kenyan elections, he and his team are live-mapping the world to empower people with information.
In this video, Patrick Copeland, Senior Engineering Director, Google.org unpicks why in just one year 80% of 2.5k new products failed, why 76% of new products are just ‘me too’ or incremental innovation, and why pretotyping is at the heart of true innovation.
Everyone expects innovation from Google, but how does a now vast organisation ensure that the inventive spirit is kept alive? It’s day three of Wavelength USA and Liam and Matt unpick some of the structures and processes by which Google keeps its’ intrapreneurial culture.
Here we have gathered links to content relevant to the June tour. Some is specific to the companies we are visiting in June, other stuff is more general analysis/commentary about the Valley and ‘big data’. We don’t agree with everything collated …
Zynga’s Chief People Officer, Colleen McCreary, tells us the history of Zynga. From FarmVille to Zynga Poker, over 240 million active users play online every month – but it has been a far from smooth ride…
In this members-only video David Gram shares his key tips on innovating within an established company. He draws on his experiences of leading innovation within Lego and takes us through the process of getting a new product for a new audience launched.
In this members-only video Steve Nevey shares his insights on being the best: how you get winning performances by identifying and planning for the unexpected. In the talk, Steve draws on 22 years of experiences of working with Formula 1 and most recently Red Bull Racing.
Grundfos, the world’s largest pump manufacturer, was thriving with over 18,000 employees and a turnover of €3 billion euros. Why then would the company turn it business model upside down switching from selling pumps to selling water. Watch former Grundfos Chairman and Danish entrepreneur Lars Kolind explain the reasons behind the move.
The Henry Ford Hospital in Detroit, USA, is unlike any hospital you have ever been to. From the stunning building to the spa to the 24 hour room service this is truly “healthcare beyond the boundaries of imagination.” Oh, and couples love to get married there. Sounds amazing and a bit unreal, doesn't it?
Thulasiraj Ravilla, Executive Director of Aravind Eye Care System, explains how this Indian company took the efficiency of McDonalds and a need to provide healthcare for the poor and created a unique way of delivering eye care to millions of people.