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BIG Ideas Exchange: The Wide Lens

Friday, Feb 8 2013 8:30AM to 11:00AM

David Phillips, Faster Glass Consulting
Goodmortgage.com 3325 South Tryon Street Charlotte, NC 28217

 Monthly BIG Ideas Exchange

Friday, February 8, 2013

Location: Goodmortgage.com, 3325 South Tryon Street, 28217

8:30 am to 9:00 am Continental breakfast and networking
9:00 am to 11:00 am Book Discussion

Free to Members and Guests of BIG: RSVP to terry@bigcouncil.com or register below

Book: “The Wide Lens” by Ron Adner- Innovation based on Collaboration

How can great companies do everything right – identify real customer needs, deliver excellent innovations, beat their competitors to market – and still fail?

This book is about the difference between great innovations that succeed and great innovations that fail. It is about the blind spots that undermine great managers in great companies even if they identify real customer needs, deliver great products, and beat their competition to market. It is about why, with ever greater frequency, your success depends not just on your ability to execute your own promises but also on whether a host of partners-some visible, some hidden-deliver on their promises too.

In The Wide Lens, innovation expert Ron Adner draws on over a decade of research and field testing to take you on far ranging journeys from Kenya to California, from transport to telecommunications, to reveal the hidden structure of success in a world of interdependence.

The Wide Lens is a rare combination of engaging story telling and structured thinking. It is a riveting study that offers a new perspective on triumphs like Amazon's e-book strategy and Apple's path to market dominance; monumental failures like Michelin with run-flat tires and Pfizer with inhalable insulin; and still unresolved initiatives like electric cars and electronic health records.

As a reminder, you don’t have to read the book! The facilitators will share the main principles from the book with the group.

David Phillips with Faster Glass Consulting will facilitate this stimulating discussion.

For an excerpt of this book, go to:

The Wide Lens | A New Strategy for Innovation | Ron Adner

During this roundtable we'll:

· share our own experiences in this area in our businesses
· share best practices from our own personal experience or from industry thought leaders
· share ideas on how to improve the area within our businesses to fuel growth


Note: We are looking for people to facilitate book discussions, so please don’t hesitate to contact me if there is a book that you’re passionate about and would like to share with the group. We are currently looking to fill the 2013 calendar. The meetings take place the second Friday of every month, so pick a month that suits you for 2013! A few of you have suggested books, so please send me an email for the month and book you would like to facilitate.