Innovation in 2007
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If you have a chance to read it and care to send thoughts or comments, they are welcome. I look forward to a year in which we'll see a lot of emphasis placed on product innovation and new opportunities emerging in service innovation.
If you think innovation doesn't matter, just take a look at Bob Nardelli at Home Depot. Yes, the final straw for Nardelli was his compensation package, but what killed his support at Home Depot was the absolute lack of innovation at Home Depot. A number of articles written about Nardelli's recent demise pegged investor and shareholder dissatisfaction squarely on the fact that Nardelli failed to grow and differentiate Home Depot. See an article from Bruce Nussbaum at BusinessWeek on this topic here.
CEOs and senior management teams that can demonstrate organic growth through innovation are going to be rewarded handsomely by the stock market. In fact several innovation consultants have created an Innovators' Index, a sort of mutual fund made up of the leading "innovators" in a number of different industries.