As well as reading my postings here on my Simon Associates blog, you can now find selected ones every week on Executive Street, the daily blog of Vistage International. My most recent article, “Innovation: A Word You Love or a Way of Life?,” is currently one of Executive Street’s featured blogs.
On January 26, 2013, Andy and I were facilitators and observers at the Third Annual “Build a Better Budget” games held with the City of San Jose, California. Last year I got snowed out but Andy was there. While he was very excited about what had taken place at last year’s games and described them over and over to me, and we watched the videos, there is nothing that replaces the actual experience. And this was quite a remarkable experience that makes the idea of democracy come alive in very real ways. I am going to take you through highlights but if you have any involvement in a community that would like to engage their citizens in an active, meaningful play around how to best raise revenues, cut taxes, or spend, redesign or eliminate programs, you must try a budget game. To know more, take a look at budget games from 2011 and 2012 on the Innovation Games® website and read this article from FT Magazine, “Playing the budget game.”
In a recent blog, “Searching For New Markets? Go Exploring!,” I shared with you ways to “Go Exploring” to find a Blue Ocean Strategy®. Now I thought I would provide you with some other ways to creatively “see, feel and think” about your business, your markets, your customers and your wish list of future customers. Maybe you need some new ideas and innovations. See if this helps.
Andrea Simon, President and Founder of Simon Associates Management Consultants (SAMC), was recently profiled on Executive Street, the daily blog of Vistage International. The article is reproduced below:
The much-talked-about book, Blue Ocean Strategy®, shows companies how to expand by creating new market spaces or industries that have little or no competition. Authors W. Chan Kim and Renée Mauborgne describe the space where most companies compete as the “red ocean”—a space bloodied by fierce competition.
My latest article, “Can Games Help Your Company Innovate?," which focuses on the transformative power of tools such as Innovative Games®, is currently featured on Executive Street, the daily blog of Vistage International.
Dr. Andrea Simon, Ph.D. and Andrew Simon, MBA, partners in marriage and also in Simon Associates Marketing Consultants (SAMC), were recently featured in an in-depth interview with IdeaMensch, a website for and about entrepreneurs.
Andi and I, founders and partners at Simon Associates, are both trained Innovation Games® facilitators and have been using these very successful business tools to help clients for almost two years now, both for-profit and not-for-profit. Innovation is clearly a hot topic everywhere as companies and communities alike are trying to respond to these changing times.
Several weeks ago, an editor of a professional publication asked me to write about sustainability. First, I said no because what did I know about sustainability? What did I know about reducing energy, about paper consumption, etc. But he meant the other sustainability ─ keeping companies relevant in changing times ─ and I do know something about that!