Scott D. Anthony

How Financial Leader became ‘Best Bank for Innovation’

In the wake of the 2008-2009 financial crisis, Citi embarked on a strategy to return to its heritage as an innovator in financial services. The global bank instituted new enterprise-wide innovation capabilities aimed at building a reliable flow of new growth ventures…

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How to Turn Ambiguity into Opportunity

Asserting that the pace of change is accelerating is nothing new. That statement could arguably have started any article describing the challenges facing corporate leaders at any time over the past 150 years. Consider the broad changes the industrial and scientific revolutions unleashed…

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What Do You Really Mean by Business “Transformation”?

Today’s corporate watchword word is transformation, and for good reason. One study suggests that 75% of the S&P 500 will turn over in the next 15 years. Another says that one in three companies will delist in the next five years. A third shows that the “topple rate” of industry leaders falling from their perch

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Corporate Longevity: Turbulence Ahead

Corporate Longevity: Turbulence Ahead for Large Organizations – Innosight forecasts half of S&P 500 companies to be replaced over the next 10 years, while our new survey points to organizational inertia and lack of long-term vision.

How to Tell If a Company Is Good at Innovating or Just Good at PR

In many organization, innovation has gone from fringe to buzzword to a must-have. There are a variety of legitimate reasons for companies to bolster their innovation capabilities, ranging from fighting against current and emerging competitors to raising morale and attracting younger employees.

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How Understanding Disruption Helps Strategists

Through the past 15 years my colleagues and I have wrestled with disruption in many contexts. That’s no surprise, since Clayton Christensen co-founded our company in 2000, five years after his Harvard Business Review article with Joseph L. Bower “Disruptive Technologies: Catching the Wave” introduced the idea of disruption to the mainstream market.

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Leading a Digital Transformation? Learn to Code

Leaders ascend to their positions by mastering today’s (or even yesterday’s) business. Almost by definition, they don’t have first-hand experience with a disruptive shift in their market when they encounter it. A lack of intuition around the new and different can at best slow progress and at worst lead to serious strategic missteps.

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How to Break Up with an Innovation Project

Breaking up isn’t easy — especially if you are a leader “breaking up with” an innovation project that one of your teams still believes in passionately. It is a critical part of the innovation journey however, and done well can produce a positive outcome across the board. Consider a conversation that might start like this…

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Digital Lessons from the Newspaper Industry

What the media industry can teach us about digital business models: It has been a great 20 years for U.S. media innovators, with hundreds of billions of dollars created by companies that are helping democratize content production and distribution while developing new ways to connect advertisers and customers…

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Innovation Isn’t the Answer to All Your Problems

What should leaders do to boost their organization’s ability to innovate? There’s a seemingly endless list of options to consider. Set up a new-growth group. Launch an idea contest. Change the reward systems. Run an action-learning program to develop the top leadership team’s ability to confront ambiguity. Form a venture investment fund….