Episode 55

Alex Osterwalder: Stimulating innovation from the C-suite

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How do you stimulate innovation?

In this episode, Alex Osterwalder, CEO and founder of Strategyzer, talks about what it takes to stimulate and pursue innovation in a difficult and dynamic context. He talks about why CEOs need to invest at least 40% of their time in innovation activities, how they should use new measures (AKIs that complement OKRs), and how to develop inclusive, high performing teams. Alex also talks about the implications for AI in innovation — how it can help develop prototypes and how it will encourage innovation professionals to up their game.

You’ll hear about:

  • How organisations practise innovation
  • Why OKRs don’t work
  • Separating exploration and exploitation
  • Creating an innovation mindset
  • Should CEOs have split roles?
  • The impact of ecosystems on innovation
  • How AI is being used in innovation
  • Developing high performance inclusive teams
  • What are Alex’s strengths?
  • What is Alex’s leadership style?
  • The biggest sacrifices Alex has made

The best bits of these conversations are captured in my newsletter Strategic Leader.

More about Alex

Alex is the CEO and founder of Strategyzer, the company that provides corporate innovation strategy advice, tools, and training. He’s the co-author of five books, including The Invincible Company, and the Business Model Canvas tool. He is also a visiting professor at the IMD Business School. Ranked number four of the top 50 management thinkers worldwide, Alex also holds the Thinkers50 Strategy Award.

“If you’re not producing innovation results, you’re doing innovation theatre.”

Alex Osterwalder, CEO & Founder, Strategyzer

VIEW RUNNING ORDER

02.50 How organisations practise innovation.
05.01 Why OKRs don’t work.
08.11 Separating exploration and exploitation.
10.22 Creating an innovation mindset throughout an organisation.
13.43 Should CEOs have split roles?
16.39 The impact of ecosystems on innovation.
19.26 How AI is being used in innovation.
22.05 What are Alex’s strengths?
22.37 Developing high performance inclusive teams.
27.16 What is Alex’s leadership style?
30.29 The biggest sacrifices Alex has made.
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