Vanishing Point

Why Leaders are Failing to Embrace Disruptive Technology (and How to Fix the Problem)

Posted by Tyler Sweatt

Nov 29, 2017 8:30:00 AM

Over the past couple of years, the focus of my work has been helping organizations wrestle with the promise and challenge of disruptive technologies. I’ve participated in, led, and observed countless presentations about viable emerging technologies and disruptive companies. As part of the discussions, we have examined potential threats and risks, and constructed scenarios and preparations. I’ve worked with clients to determine the investment and portfolio compositions necessary for robust, sustainable growth. I’ve helped to build and prepare teams to brief boards of directors, interviewed more than 300 leaders across industries, and done hundreds of hours of research. Through this work, I’ve come to a single, clear realization: we’re doing it wrong.

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Innovation and Process Improvement – the PBJ of Business Endurance

Posted by Kanch Algama

Jul 26, 2017 1:00:00 PM

Ask most endurance athletes about their food fuel of choice, and you're sure to get a variety of unusual answers with a couple of exceptions - one being the humble peanut butter and jelly sandwich. Even nutritionists and trainers extoll its virtues. It's a nutrient-rich powerhouse of protein, carbs, and fat. For most athletes, it's a tasty and cost effective resource that is simple to prepare, carry, and consume on the racecourse. And the athlete can choose from an almost limitless number of nut and fruit combinations - making it a flexible, creative way of satisfying a need.

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Preparing Cities for Smart Technology and Autonomous Vehicles

Posted by William Desrosiers

Jun 14, 2017 10:30:00 AM

With increasing volume and velocity, smart city technologies and autonomous vehicles are reshaping the structure of our cities and how we live and work in them. Smart city technologies include the Internet of Things, hyper-connected citizens, and data-driven public solutions. Beyond self-driving cars, autonomous vehicles encompass commercial and public applications, aerial, subsurface, and intermodal, and alternative energy components. These innovations are indeed disruptive individually, but in aggregate promise incredible opportunity for our metro areas. They also have the potential to create major hurdles for those tasked with putting these new resources to work.

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Follow the Yellow Brick Road: 4 Steps to Navigating Data for Business Success

Posted by Toffler Associates

May 24, 2017 4:30:00 PM

Future business success will rely on the ability to use personal data to customize the experience for every individual. Businesses must consider more than IT when shaping the role of data in the future. The protagonists of The Wizard of Oz sought a brain, a heart, courage, and home. Similarly, successful businesses will need to take these four steps: create knowledge from data, maintain consumer trust, update privacy policies, and organize for the future.

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The Risk of Neglecting Human Value in the Innovation Solution

Posted by Gregory Weber

Mar 8, 2017 8:01:00 AM


“If you don’t understand people, you don’t understand business.”

- Simon Sinek


Search “technology” or “innovation” or “computer” and “founded/er, ” and you’ll come up with lists of people who have launched tech companies. You might find lists dedicated to women, all non-U.S. born innovators, or non-tech people who started companies. You aren’t going to find a single story of an organization created, funded, launched, and nurtured by a computer. That’s because, for all the things that technology can do for us, it can not replicate the value and power of human judgment, instinct, or empathy that are so vital to the health of our workforce, our organizations, and our global marketplace.


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Empowering the Global Workforce One Individual at a Time

Posted by Gregory Weber

Nov 16, 2016 8:38:18 AM

I work with an organization whose executives struggle daily to advance a mission, achieve meaningful results that yield growth, and align its people around a shared vision. They are failing. Every day. They’re not unusual.

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Algorithms Don’t Understand Love – Advertising Week 2016 Presentation Highlights

Posted by Deb Westphal

Oct 19, 2016 9:15:00 AM


The future is exciting. For any organization to grasp its potential and their role in making a positive impact on humanity at large, they must connect as many dots as possible in and across fast-paced, hyperconnected marketplaces. Across every industry, those correlations offer the best chance to create, pursue, and assess our future with openness and optimism. They help organizations and industries to see things they might otherwise miss, helping them to position their business to thrive in an uncertain future.





Liz Ross is the CEO of Periscope, an independent, full-spectrum impact agency. She invited me to join her on the Bing stage during 2016 New York Advertising Week to take a look at look at how (and why) professionals in the marketing field must learn, unlearn, relearn if the industry is to keep up with rapidly changing global realities.

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Applying a Value Model to Innovation

Posted by Dave Baber

Oct 12, 2016 8:58:37 AM


Music is a higher revelation than all wisdom and philosophy.

– Ludwig van Beethoven



Music moves us, recalls memories, and holds a distinct feeling for each one of us. Live or recorded well, it has the power to change people. Over the course of the last century, we have advanced music in many ways like architectural acoustics and new kinds of instruments. Yet one innovation brings up a question about the tradeoff between quality and mobility.


For decades, music was recorded on vinyl or tape. These formats offered a very high level of quality. Albums and cassettes were harder to attain, harder to store, and relatively fragile. So in the late 1990s, recordings moved from tape to digital. This was an innovation that completely altered how we experience music in everyday settings. It democratized music by putting it in an efficient, inexpensive format that could be accessed and shared via countless devices. It also lowered the quality of the music – yet it has continued to gain adoption. Incremental innovations like on-demand streaming music have more than doubled in adoption year over year, while albums and cassettes are embraced primarily by ‘retro’ listeners and aficionados.[1]

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A Billion Dollar (Shave Club) Case for Simplicity in Innovation

Posted by Dave Baber

Aug 24, 2016 9:30:00 AM

Simplicity is the ultimate form of sophistication.
~ Leonardo da Vinci

While it may seem counterintuitive in our era of rapid technological advancement, many of our most successful current innovation case studies involve simplification. In these cases, an existing marketplace was disrupted by a group of people who reconsidered what a product or service should do, and then systematically pared it back to its most fundamental value.

This process of stripping away requires the courage to ask questions and consider alternatives to currently accepted ‘norms.’ Armed with that foundation, teams can be strategic with a creative process that is optimistic, human focused, iterative, and broadly impactful.

A Billion Dollar Case for Simplifying

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Why it’s Change or Die in the Brave New Biodigital World

Posted by Gregory Weber

Aug 17, 2016 9:30:27 AM

The Third Wave, which ushered in an era of realities like global hyper-connectivity, disintermediation, big data, and digitally driven collaboration, is ‘cresting’ toward another major disruption. With this incredible progress in how we break down barriers and interact have come new challenges in how we mitigate the risks that threaten that progress.

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