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“Be Someone or Do Something”: Innovation and the new world of post-competitive business

The legendary American fighter pilot (and icon of strategy) Col. John Boyd famously divided the world into two kinds of people: either you are someone who wants to be somebody or you are someone who wants to do something. My pals Matthew Milan and Chris Finlay are both big Boyd fans and have each shared [...]

“Lies and Lying Liars Who Tell Them” or Why Advertising Is the One Who Should Apologize

We are in eager anticipation of a visit to Toronto next week from Adrian Ho, viagra buy who started Zeus Jones with a bunch of folks who left then hot shop ad firm Fallon, which had rocketed from Minneapolis to the NYC indy bigs with a bullet in the early 2000’s (Fallon is now [...]

Get Satisfaction: send the timewasters a message & an invoice

I took my two girls to the orthodontist the other day, malady my 9 year old, Maggie, is getting prepared for head gear and braces: happy happy joy joy.
We had an experience that day, hardly a new one for the legions of us in doctors and dentist offices everyday across North America who sit [...]

Dachis Corporation: the cipher of Social Business Design

Promising news in the world of emerging capability building this week as Dachis Group announced their acquisition of Xplane on Monday, web 26 April.
Though the exercise may seem (or be) a bit like reading tea leaves, web I think there are some interesting things to think about in trying to understand what Dachis [...]

Jeff Jarvis on Google’s half-baked, Unfinished approach to product strategy

It is so nice when people make lucid demonstrations of an argument you want to make yourself. Here, physician Jeff Jarvis, cialis 40mg he of Buzz Machine & What Would Google Do?, talks about the virtues of adopting Beta not merely as a pre-launch, narrow public testing strategy, but as a core principle [...]

the Unfinished is Open

Unfinished Business was originally inspired by the conception of open tools and unfinished products that Josephine Green (of Phillips’ design group) has articulated. One way to think of her intention or project is to think of the task of applying learning from open software design to the very much more “hardware” reality of product design. [...]

Strategy Shifted

I’ve been doing a lot of noodling about strategy. As I have been trying to articulate what I see as a fundamental shift we need to make in strategic practice, visit I have been trying to steer a course between two cautions: Matt Milan’s contention that strategy (as we have known [...]

Dave Gray and I talk about Knowledge Games

Dave Gray was in Toronto this week to kick off the Fall slate of the Unfinished Business lectures series, there which is hosted by the Strategic Innovation Lab at OCAD and sponsored by Torch.
Dave was hangin’ out with me at Torch the day of his talk and we got to shoot the breeze about [...]

Innovation Parkour Video

A video of the talk that Michael Dila and Matthew Milan gave on Innovation Parkour at the 2009 Planners Unite conference in Toronto, no rx Canada.  Innovation Parkour is a ‘technology’ under developement as part of the Unfinished Business project.
Innovation Parkour - Toronto Planners Unite Conference from Matthew Milan on Vimeo.

Unfinished Publishing and Business Model Innovation

Unfinished friend and colleague Alex Osterwalder is proving yet again that not only does he eat his own business model dog food, visit this site but that he is an unfinished exemplar, par excellence. Alex and his colleague Yves Pigneur have been working on a book about business model innovation. Slated for publication in [...]