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TRADITIONAL JOBS
ARE A THING OF THE PAST.

The Fourth Industrial Revolution is real. You will decide whether you thrive or simply survive.

“Be not deceived. Revolutions do not go backward”

– Abraham Lincoln
May 19, 1856

The Reality:

Companies are dying faster than ever.1 – The middle class is disappearing.2 – Healthcare costs are exploding.3 – Technology is destroying old jobs and creating new jobs.4 – The education system is failing to prepare students for the new economy.5 – Student debt is continuously increasing.6 – Young people are worse off than than their parents.7 – People have relinquished control of their own data.8 – 90% of data in the world today has been created in the last two years.9 – The USA is ceding its position as the world’s economic superpower.10

We’re on a mission to provide the knowledge that people need to not only survive this revolution —
but to thrive in it.

Our Journey

This project began when West initiated an effort to teach the world how to innovate. Having guided innovation efforts at iconic companies, West understood the power of innovation when done right.

In 2016, he recruited an initial team of researchers to survey the innovation landscape — starting with canon innovation literature.

Assessing Existing Models

400 +

Books profiled.

23

Original summaries.

172

External summaries.

Innovation and Business Literature

This project began when West initiated an effort to teach the world how to innovate. Having guided innovation efforts at iconic companies, West understood the power of innovation when done right.

In 2016, he recruited an initial team of researchers to survey the innovation landscape — starting with canon innovation literature.

Book after book, the team realized that all innovation literature was focused towards the C-suite, feeding them a vision of innovation that keeps corporations coming back to consulting firms and corporate retreats.

Innovation and Business Literature

This project began when West initiated an effort to teach the world how to innovate. Having guided innovation efforts at iconic companies, West understood the power of innovation when done right.

In 2016, he recruited an initial team of researchers to survey the innovation landscape — starting with canon innovation literature.

Book after book, the team realized that all innovation literature was focused towards the C-suite, feeding them a vision of innovation that keeps corporations coming back to consulting firms and corporate retreats.

400 +

Books profiled.

23

Original summaries.

172

External summaries.

Towards a New,
Holistic Innovation Resource

Department Innovation & Best Practice

In practice, innovation comes from every corner of an organization. History has shown that everyone from warehouse workers to network technicians can be the source of innovation. Our research breaks down innovation into discrete topics to allow anyone to drive change in their environment.

On a mission to support innovation from the ground up, we began to explore existing resources surrounding departments. Many publications have high-quality articles — but they were scattered and poorly cross-referenced.  We set out to build a centralized source for the best department-innovation content on the web.

9

Key departments.

2000+

Articles analyzed.

30+

Original articles.

Department Innovation & Best Practice

In practice, innovation comes from every corner of an organization. History has shown that everyone from warehouse workers to network technicians can be the source of innovation. Our research breaks down innovation into discrete topics to allow anyone to drive change in their environment.

On a mission to support innovation from the ground up, we began to explore existing resources surrounding departments. Many publications have high-quality articles — but they were scattered and poorly cross-referenced.  We set out to build a centralized source for the best department-innovation content on the web.

9

Key departments.

2000+

Articles analyzed.

30+

Original articles.

Demystifying the Toolset

6

Tools profiled.

1000+

Articles analyzed.

25+

Original articles.

Innovation Tools

With a firm foundation in place, we began to profile the tools that allow companies to learn. Fortunately, there are a limited number of tools in the innovation arsenal. Unfortunately, very few people know how to use these tools correctly and the knowledge has been hoarded in consulting firms (do a quick search of innovation labs and note the number of firms offering to build a lab for you.)

We want to make this information more open to allow firms to understand the risk and rewards related to these tools. We’ve defined tools, characterized their efficacy and usefulness, and pointed you to experts and content that can help you use the tools.

Innovation Tools

With a firm foundation in place, we began to profile the tools that allow companies to learn. Fortunately, there are a limited number of tools in the innovation arsenal. Unfortunately, very few people know how to use these tools correctly and the knowledge has been hoarded in consulting firms (do a quick search of innovation labs and note the number of firms offering to build a lab for you.)

We want to make this information more open to allow firms to understand the risk and rewards related to these tools. We’ve defined tools, characterized their efficacy and usefulness, and pointed you to experts and content that can help you use the tools.

6

Tools profiled.

1000+

Articles analyzed.

25+

Original articles.

Looking to the Future

Emerging Opportunities & Context

Innovation strategy is nothing without an awareness of the unknown. To address this, we identified some of the most impactful emerging opportunities today — both in technology and elsewhere. For these opportunities, we collected tools and resources for people to understand how they will affect business. These include glossaries, essential reading, key use-cases, promising startups, communities, and experts to follow.

6

Guides.

800+

Resources collected.

Emerging Opportunities & Context

Innovation strategy is nothing without an awareness of the unknown. To address this, we identified some of the most impactful emerging opportunities today — both in technology and elsewhere. For these opportunities, we collected tools and resources for people to understand how they will affect business. These include glossaries, essential reading, key use-cases, promising startups, communities, and experts to follow.

6

Guides.

800+

Resources collected.

The Research Process:

We approached each topic with a similar level of rigor. First, we explored the core resources for a given topic, noting the activities most present to someone within the field. We used this exploration to divide each topic into subtopics for directed research. These subtopics were put under the microscope. We set out to answer the following questions with the best resources built by experts, both practicing and academic.

Guiding questions:

For departments and activities:
  • Identify the most frequently asked questions by cohort. Answer the questions citing experts.
  • Who are the influencers / thought leaders in their job function? What do they say re: innovation and / or modern best practices, change management and professional development? Synthesize and summarize their thoughts.
  • Metrics: What metrics matter to them today? Why? What metrics will matter to them tomorrow? Why?
  • How are the job functions incentivized today? How does this change in the future?
  • How does adopting more modern practices help them in their long-term career?
  • Include a list of helpful articles, videos, other book summaries.

For technology and trends:

  • What is it?
  • Who will it affect?
  • How, why and when will it affect them?
  • Who are the experts and influencers?
  • What are the best resources to stay current?

Transparency: Explore the Raw Research

Before the guides were created, our research existed in documents containing thousands of resources and even more insights. These resources are linked below for you to explore.

Public relations

Topics: Internal Communication, Media Relations, Community Relations, External Communication, Government Relations, Crisis Management

Investigations: Role of New Technology, Business Growth Measurement, Segment Leaders, Trends

Explore in Google Sheets


Human Resources

Topics: Job Design, Recruitment, Training and Development, Recognition and Reward, Performance Review and Management, Planning

Investigations: Role of New Technology, Business Growth Measurement, Segment Leaders, Trends

Explore in Google Sheets


Finance

Topics: Accounting, Asset Management, Financial Controls, Corporate Finance, Funding, Payments, Compliance, Reporting

Investigations: Role of New Technology, Business Growth Measurement, Segment Leaders, Best Practices

Explore in Google Sheets


Legal

Topics: Litigation & Dispute Management, Mergers & Acquisitions, Intellectual Property, Contract Management, Privacy, Government Relations, Corporate Governance

Investigations:  Role of New Technology, Business Growth Measurement, Segment Leaders, Trends

Explore in Google Sheets


Corporate Accelerators

Investigations: What are accelerators? Who do they affect, and how, why, and when will it affect them? Who are the experts, influencers and the best sources to stay current?

Explore in Google Sheets


Software Engineering

Topics: Process and Life Cycle Models, Requirements Engineering, Security, Program Design, Software Architecture, Open-Source/APIs/SDKs, Programming Languages, Budget

Investigations: Role of New Technology, Business Growth Measurement, Segment Leaders, Trends

Explore in Google Sheets


General I.T.

Topics: Communication, Inventory Management, Data Management, Management Information Systems, Customer Relationship Management, General

Investigations: Role of New Technology, Business Growth Measurement, Segment Leaders, Trends

Explore in Google Sheets


Product

Topics: Ideation, Prototyping, Validation, Manufacturing, Quality Testing, Iteration, Maintenance and Support, Product Portfolio

Investigations: Role of New Technology, Business Growth Measurement, Segment Leaders, Trends

Explore in Google Sheets


Cybersecurity

Investigations: What is cybersecurity? Who will it effect, and how, why, and when will it affect them? Who are the experts, influencers and best sources to stay current?

Explore in Google Sheets


Blockchain

Topic: General Blockchain, Blockchain in Fintech

Investigations: What is it? Who will it effect, and how, why, and when will it affect them? Who are the experts, influencers and best sources to stay current?

Explore in Google Sheets (General Blockchain)

Explore in Google Sheets (Blockchain in Fintech)


Business Operations

Investigations: What is it? What do professionals say regarding innovation, best practices, change management and professional development? How are they incentivized and what are the metrics that matter to them? What are Who are the experts, influencers and best sources to stay current?

Explore in Google Sheets


Cryptocurrency

Investigations: What is it? Who will it effect, and how, why, and when will it affect them? Who are the experts, influencers and best sources to stay current?

Explore in Google Sheets


Mentorship

Investigations: Definitions, Theoretical Underpinnings, Mentorship Models, Mentorship Program Design, Metrics

Explore in Google Docs


Online Education

Topics: History, Theoretical Underpinnings, Individualized Learning, Adult Learning, Knowledge Transfer, Existing Platforms

Investigations: What is it? Who will it effect, and how, why, and when will it affect them? Who are the experts, influencers and best sources to stay current?

Explore in Google Docs


Supply Chain

Topics: Procurement, Manufacturing Flow Management Process, Physical Distribution, Outsourcing, Partnerships, Warehousing, General

Investigations: Role of New Technology, Business Growth Measurement, Segment Leaders, Trends

Explore in Google Sheets


Mergers & Acquisitions

Topics: Vertical Expansion, Horizontal Expansion, Divestiture, Talent Acquisition (Acquihire), Technology Acquisition, Integration

Investigations: Role of New Technology, Business Growth Measurement, Segment Leaders, Trends

Explore in Google Sheets


Venture Capital Firms

Topics: Firm, Location, Stage, Size

Explore in Google Sheets


Cannabis Industry

Topics: Major Market Segments, Regulation, Taxation, Startups, Segment Leaders

Explore in Google Docs