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|"…out-innovate the competition"
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Reinvention: The New Reality — my April Growth Guy syndicated column is published, but first…
Free the Idea Monkey — Mike Maddock's one-hour online seminar outlining practical ways to unleash innovation in all departments in your firm is available (100% money back – no risk to watch), but second…
Huge Opportunity for Growth Firms — a groundbreaking book is being released today entitled Reverse Innovation: Create Far from Home, Win Everywhere by Vijay Govindarajan and Chris Trimble. Both profs at Dartmouth, Vijay served as GE's first Professor in Residence and Chief Innovation Consultant. Vijay sent me an advance copy to preview and I immediately booked him to keynote our fall Growth Summit. Reverse Innovation is exactly how growth firms compete with the giants. Here's a link to a website describing the book in detail.
Gatorade was a Reverse Innovation — get a copy of the book and go right to the Introduction and read the opening story about Gatorade. Yes, it was formulated by doctors associated with the University of Florida "Gaters" football team, but they found the formula in a British medical journal that documented a centuries-old treatment used in Bangladesh to rehydrate patients suffering from cholera. Next read in the Introduction the sidebar story of Mahindra and Mahindra's success against Deere tractor. Book club members will get the book early next week.
Most Important Paragraph — my favorite paragraph in Vijay's book "GE was playing a traditional market-share game in India, China, and other developing nations. The company was trying to sell lightly modified global products into markets that instead needed fresh ideas — breakthrough innovations engineered for local realities. Consequently, it was my opinion that if GE expected to tap into these trillion-dollar opportunities in a significant way, it needed to play a market-development game, not a market-share game." Concluded Jeff Immelt, CEO of GE "For GE to win in the U.S., it must win in India and China."
Harvest Innovation from Emerging Countries — in reality, most large firms will struggle with reverse innovation (Vijay and Chris have contributed a new biz term). This provides a huge opening for growth firms to beat them to the punch. Book a trip to India (I'll be there the week of April 23) and explore how emerging market solutions might be brought back to your own markets. In turn, figure out how you would deliver your products and services to a market where you have ten people who can spend a dollar vs. one person who can spend 10 dollars (another favorite line from the book) – then bring those solutions to the developed world and crush your competition.
Two Books Featured — my latest Growth Guy column (750 words) highlights both Vijay's Reverse Innovation and Mike Maddock's Free the Idea Monkey books. Take two minutes to read the short column for some practical tips from both books (three guiding principles of Reverse Innovation and three strategies for preventing innovation myopia) – and how Gazelles has already benefited from reverse innovation ourselves. This is your most efficient overview of these important books.
Innovation: Quarterly Theme — if you're struggling for a theme this quarter, have everyone in your firm execute one innovation that will make what they do better, faster, or cheaper. Watch Mike's online seminar (his firm is one of the G200 participating companies as well); choose Reverse Innovation for your book-of-the month; then ignite everyone's imaginations and see what they come up with. Use the guiding principles and strategies outlined in my column. Get the innovation train running full steam inside your firm in 2012 and meet Mike at the Leadership Summit and Vijay at the Growth Summit.