Innovation Navigation
10/20/15 - Innovation News, Disruption

Host Dave Robertson first welcomes Richard Milne, Nordic Correspondent for the Financial Times, who discusses the latest stories in innovation management, from the successes at LEGO to the struggles at Volkswagen.

In the second half Dave talks to Andrew King, Professor of Business Administration at Dartmouth's Tuck School of Business, about his latest research on disruptive innovation. For those unaware, Clay Christensen's Theory of Disruptive Innovation is the foundation for defining disruptive companies. Dave and Andrew talk about how well this theory can be practiced in the real world.

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Category:Innovation Management -- posted at: 5:00am EDT

10/13/15 - The Irish Pub Concept, Guinness

From the artwork to the interior architecture, what does it take to design an authentic Irish Pub? Host Dave Robertson is joined by two of the official partners of Guinness's Irish Pub Concept: Donal Balance of Balance Hospitality, and Darren Fagan, the Business Developer for the Irish Pub Company.  Working with Guinness, hear how these two have helped create the benchmark standard for Irish pubs, and hear the unique history behind developing this food and hospitality genre across the globe.

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Category:Innovation Management -- posted at: 5:02am EDT

10/6/15 - Denys Resnick, Open Innovation

Host Dave Robertson welcomes Denys Resnick, Executive Vice President, Strategic Programs, at NineSigma. She's responsible for incubating and launching new products and services, and talks to Dave about the concept of open innovation.

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Category:Innovation Management -- posted at: 4:00am EDT

Host Dave Robertson first speaks with Jonathan Gosling, Professor Emeritus of Leadership Studies at the University of Exeter in London, who describes how multinational companies have transformed their strategies in order to successfully innovate in China and beyond. This includes the adoption of sustainable/responsible business practices.

In the second half of the show, Dave's guest is Tony Ulwick, the Founder and CEO of Strategy, who talks about his Jobs-to-be-Done theory of what data needs to be collected about your customers. Find out how to become a customer-centric organization, developing your ideas around the needs of your consumers.

Direct download: 9-29-15_-_Jonathan_Gosling_Tony_Ulwick-MP3.mp3
Category:Innovation Management -- posted at: 4:00am EDT

9/22/15 - HelloTractor, "Endless Encores" (Jehiel Oliver and Ken Goldstein)

Host Dave Robertson first welcomes Jehiel Oliver, Founder and CEO of HelloTractor, which has been called the "Uber for tractors." He talks to Dave about working to disrupt farming practices across Africa: making a profit AND a social impact.

Then, how do you repeat success? Dave's second guest is Ken Goldstein, Former Chairman and CEO of, former VP and Managing Director of Disney Online, and author of the new book "Endless Encores: Repeating Success Through People, Products, and Profits," who explains how to align yourself and your company for endless innovation.

Host Dave Robertson is joined first by Jay Samit, digital media expert and CEO of SeaChange International. He's also the author of "Disrupt You!: Master Personal Transformation, Seize Opportunity, and Thrive in the Era of Endless Innovation," and they discuss how to discover new markets and expand the potential of existing businesses.

Dave's second guest is Jill Dyché, VP of Best Practices at SAS and author of "The New IT: How Technology Leaders are Enabling Business Strategy in the Digital Age." She talks about how to create a physical work environment to promote innovation.

In this extended interview originally airing August 18, Host Dave Robertson speaks with Dan Ward, Author of "The Simplicity Cycle: A Field Guide To Making Things Better Without Making Them Worse," who explains how we can find the balance between simplicity and complexity.

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Category:Innovation Management -- posted at: 4:00am EDT

Host Dave Robertson spends this episode talking to Robbie Bach, Microsoft's Former Chief Xbox Officer and the author of "Xbox Revisited: A Game Plan for Corporate and Civic Renewal."  He talks to Dave about his time at Microsoft and how the Xbox System became one fo the most powerful gaming sysems in the world.

Direct download: 9-1-15_-_Robbie_Bach_XBox-MP3.mp3
Category:Innovation Management -- posted at: 4:00am EDT

Episode 44 - Mark Payne, "How to Kill a Unicorn"

This week we have Dave's full, extended interview with Mark Payne, President and Founder of Fahrenheit212 and author of "How to Kill a Unicorn: How the World's Hottest Innovation Factory Builds Bold Ideas that Make It to Market." Mark talks about how his firm has helped innovators from big organizations to startups transform the odds of success.

Direct download: Mark_Payne_Extended.mp3
Category:Innovation Management -- posted at: 10:26pm EDT

8/18/15 - Keeping it Simple; Pinnacle Vodka (Dan Ward, Marguerite Allolding, Jason Dolenga)

Host Dave Robertson first speaks with Dan Ward, Author of "The Simplicity Cycle: A Field Guide To Making Things Better Without Making Them Worse," who explains how we can find the balance between simplicity and complexity.

In the second half, his guests are Marguerite Allolding, Brand Innovation Director at Beam Suntory, and Jason Dolenga, Senior Brand Director of Vodka at Beam Suntory. They take Dave behind the scenes into the Making of Pinnacle Vodka, which is experimenting with flavors like cookie dough, red licorice and even Cinnabon.