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Monthly Archive for February, 2009

Disruptive Innovation

Posted by on February 16, 2009 at 6:14 pm

The New York Times (2/1/09) recently featured an article by Janet Rae-Dupree on “disruptive innovation” and how America’s antiquated health care system is on the verge of a long overdue overhaul. The author cites an industry that is prepared to embrace innovations in the form of new business models and greater use of technology. According to the article, “disruptive innovation” is a term first used in 2003 by Harvard Business School professor, Clayton Christensen — calling it “an unexpected new offering that through price or quality improvements turns a market on its head.”

If ever there was an industry in need of turning on its head, it’s health care. But the health care industry is not alone. Most industries and businesses could use a fresh coat of disruptive innovation — now more than ever. We are witnessing a near unprecedented upheaval in the global economic markets, and businesses in every sector are under tremendous strain. Corporations should use this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to reassess themselves from the inside out, and leverage this overall climate of disruption to seek out and embrace change and more innovative approaches.

Is our current organization and structure best-suited to take on and weather the current economic crisis? Should we re-examine our business models, methodologies, and approaches? Are there more efficient processes we can deploy to achieve our business goals? Are we fully leveraging the latest technologies? Are there changes needed to our product or service lines? Are we effectively leveraging the talent of our employee base? Are we effectively mitigating the anxiety that has engulfed our employees in this volatile economic period?

Corporate executives and managers should be asking themselves all of these questions — and more. Disruption across the globe already has us surrounded. Turn this disruptive climate into an innovative opportunity to put your organization on a stronger and healthier course for the near- and long-term.

Happy Birthday to SCAD

Posted by on February 3, 2009 at 7:22 pm

SCAD in Savannah

The Savannah College of Art and Design (SCAD) refers to itself as the “The University for Creative Careers,” and rightfully so. SCAD has more degree programs and specializations in art and design than any other university in the U.S. This year marks the 30th anniversary for SCAD, which is located in Savannah, GA, with campuses also in Atlanta, GA and Lacoste, France.

Corporations can learn from the SCAD experience. It knows that to build one of the world’s top art and design schools, you have to put students in a creative and inspiring environment. SCAD’s main campus is spread out over numerous buildings in the heart of Savannah — one of America’s most picturesque cities. Spanish moss drapes hundreds of century-old trees that line the streets and squares of Savannah. SCAD is credited with much of the revitalization of Savannah’s 2 1/2-square-mile historical district — the nation’s largest.

SCAD students also benefit from a diversity of thought, experience and perspectives. Savannah is home to scores of accomplished authors and artists. Students and faculty come from all 50 states and from over 90 countries. SCAD offers its students majors in over 40 programs, spanning the gamut of creativity and innovation, e.g., architecture, graphic design, illustration, interactive design, fashion, photography, performing arts, advertising design, and dramatic writing.

Last month, SCAD hosted a panel discussion on “Art, Design and the Cultural Moment,” which featured nationally recognized leaders in technology and innovation. The discussion focused on how “creativity can act as an economic engine…sparking entrepreneurship, growth and success.”

Learning is a life-long experience. And whether its in Savannah, Atlanta, San Francisco, New York, Denver or Cincinatti — exposing your employees to a creative environment, innovative thinking, and diversity of thought can lead to very positive results for your company’s bottom line.