Topic: Mastering Innovation: How to Make Your Company More Flexible and Responsive

Scenario: Successful business doesn’t necessarily have more cutting-edge solutions, better resources, or more manpower – rather, they’re more resourceful, capable, and resilient. Implementing a number of flexible business strategies and technology solutions can help you turn on a dime faster, be more responsive to changes in the marketplace, and more rapidly adjust your tactics if the future takes a sudden, unexpected turn.

Insight: The key to making smart business investments is to pick opportunities, technologies, and tools that you can easily adapt or retrofit to a wide variety of contexts and scenarios. Likewise, if you’re going to implement a new product, service, or solution, it should be one that’s widely applicable to myriad audiences, and easily adjustable to speak to different audiences, markets, and needs. Giving yourself more room to maneuver as a business is crucial, as market and industry conditions can often turn on a dime. Taking a more malleable approach to how you do business can help you more rapidly steer your way back to success when the pathway forward takes a sudden or unforeseen turn – and do so more rapidly and cost-effectively.

Topic: What Does it Really Mean to Think Outside the Box?

Scenario: This is one of the most popular buzzwords in business, but more often than not, it’s just about finding ways to think differently, as executive leaders would do well to realize. Also, from a business’ standpoint (given that they’re often working with limited time and resources), thinking inside the box, albeit from a fresh angle, is important too.

Insight: Oftentimes, finding ways to successfully innovate and stay ahead of the curve is simply a matter of perspective, as it’s all in how you choose to look at challenges, and the ways in which you approach them. Slight shifts in strategy and approach can often produce huge wins for a business too – a little iteration here and there frequently beats having to reinvent the wheel. And even if you do need to try things from a fresh angle, you typically don’t have to do so from scratch – you can build or reengineer existing solutions to save time, money, and effort.