November 1

Inventing the Future

Thursday’s Big Idea

Today's Big Idea: Disruptive Innovation

Harvard Business School Professor, Clayton Christensen first introduced the term “Disruptive Innovation” to describe improvements in a product or service in ways that the market does not expect. He says that every disruptive innovation is powered by a simplifying technology, and then the technology has to get embedded in a different kind of a business model to create a disruptive impact.

In the same way, we can apply the theory of disruptive innovation along any axis where an idea, combined with a new method of application, can be put into action to create radical change, to shake things up and leave us in a position to offer ourselves and others a new normal, a new way of doing things, that makes life easier.

Innovation expert, Jeff DeGraff, discusses techniques that you can apply to your business (and your life) to create an environment where innovation can flourish and ultimately drive success.  

He reminds us that it’s not just the new idea or technology, alone, that disrupts the playing field, it's the way it is implemented and used that generates results.

  1. 1 Four Steps to Harvest Winning Ideas
  2. 2 What a Poor Man's Innovation Can ...
  3. 3 Creative Destruction: From Genesi...
  4. 4 Clayton Christensen Applies Disru...
   
  1. Four Steps to Harvest Winning Ideas

    Four Steps to Harvest Winning Ideas

    Channeling innovation and propelling yourself onto the path to success is easier said than done. So how do you create an environment that’s ripe for innovation?

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  2. What a Poor Man's Innovation Can Teach a Rich Country

    What a Poor Man's Innovation Can Teach a Rich Country

    Reverse innovation starts in the developing world, but it also brings big benefits to rich countries.

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  3. Creative Destruction: From Genesis to Picasso to Apple Computers

    Creative Destruction: From Genesis to Picasso to Apple Computers

    According to Jeff DeGraff, half of the challenge for innovators "is having the courage, the temerity, the will to actually stop doing something, which is infinitely harder than starting something new."

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  4. Clayton Christensen Applies Disruptive Innovation to the Individual

    Clayton Christensen Applies Disruptive Innovation to the Individual

    The Harvard Business School professor applies the economic terms to the average Americans’ bank account.

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