Archive for the ‘Innovation’ Category

“I’ll Disconnect Your Battery”

Monday, March 3rd, 2014

It’s been said that growth has nothing to do with humor.

In the past, when bicycles were driven exclusively by muscle power, a flat tire was the only hindrance to the forward progress of an ambitious cyclist. Today, in the era of Pedelecs (bicycles with electrically-assisted pedaling), which are showing a steep rise in their growth curve, there is an additional problem: Where are the charging stations to support longer rides, even rides in the mountains? Energy producers also profit from the recent enthusiasm for (electrically-assisted) cycling. Apart from that, environmentally-friendly mobility works differently, based on the premise that not every battery recharge can be achieved with environmentally-friendly electricity. But that’s a topic worthy of another conversation.

Growth in the bicycle sector can guarantee completely-new verbal threats: A couple, man and wife, pedaling along on electrically-assisted bicycles, were engaged in a small dispute from which I, standing in the immediate vicinity, could not escape. After a short exchange of blows in their duel of words, the woman made the ultimate threat: “I’ll disconnect your battery. Then see how far you’ll get.” Understanding the situation, the husband shut up and fumed off, electrically assisted. Wife 1. Husband 0.

One thing is certain: Without this growth in the bicycle sector, I wouldn’t have had this laugh.
© 2014, Prof. Dr. Guido Quelle, Mandat Consulting Group, Dortmund, London, New York. All rights reserved.

Things that will no longer be–part 2

Friday, December 13th, 2013

In 2013, we have already speculated here aseveral concepts that are clearly threatened with extinction. Here are a few more of them that will fall by the wayside, one by one. We might like to remind ourselves that we are well-advised to encourage purposeful innovation in our companies.

    Incandescent bulb
    Jukebox
    Long-playing record
    Diskette
    CD-ROM
    DVD
    Hard drive
    LCD monitor
    Mobile telephone
    Go online

Can you think of other such concepts? Write them as a comment to this blog post.

© 2013, Prof. Dr. Guido Quelle, Mandat Consulting Group, Dortmund, London, New York. All rights reserved.