The Future of Innovation

June 17, 2021
Hosted by William Ulrich

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Episode two of the North Star explores the future of innovation from a variety of perspectives. Guest and renowned scholar, researcher, and entrepreneur Vivek Wadhwa joins host William Ulrich to share his insights on a variety of topics linked to innovation, technology advancements and the future. The episode will explore how organizations, particularly large legacy businesses, can innovate in a world of intense competition that can emerge from all quarters, including new startup companies. Vivek will discuss how large, legacy companies can leverage the benefits of incumbency to create new markets, supercharge growth and remake their organization by applying a startup mindset. The episode will also explore the implications of artificial intelligence (AI) and related technology advancements and discuss how our technology choices will determine if the future turns out to be closer to an ideal utopia or a terrifying dystopia. Will technology advancements make our lives happier, healthier, and safer, or will they create a frightening future of a jobless economy, complete loss of privacy, and worsening economic equality. The episode will also explore what innovation and advancing technologies spell for workers in global job markets, particularly as more and more economies turn to green energy and related pursuits. Finally, William and Vivek will discuss where he sees things headed and share advice for workers, entrepreneurs, and organizations in general.

The North Star

The North Star

Thursday at 8 AM Pacific Time on VoiceAmerica Business Channel

The North Star takes a deep dive into the topic of strategy execution, often challenging conventional wisdom for achieving an organization’s strategic vision. The host and thought leaders from multiple fields explore concepts that include rethinking innovation, increasing enterprise agility, transitioning to the circular economy, managing enterprise risk and becoming a cognitive enterprise. Setting sights on one’s “north star” is only half the story. Decades of experience point to the headwinds organizations have faced in pursuit of their strategic vision. To that end, the North Star examines how organizations can more effectively deliver on critical business strategies in these uncertain times. The show tackles intractable challenges that many organizations have historically sidestepped, such as optimizing major program investments and untangling high risk technology deployments. While the show often points toward the road less traveled, that road that can make all the difference.

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William Ulrich

William Ulrich

William Ulrich is President of Tactical Strategy Group, Inc., Cofounder of Business Architecture Associates, President and Cofounder of the Business Architecture Guild and Cutter Consortium Fellow. As a management consultant for more than 40 years, Mr. Ulrich continues to serve as advisor, mentor and workshop leader to corporations and governments worldwide. He is a thought leader in strategy execution, business transformation, business architecture and transformation oversight. Mr. Ulrich has the unique ability to engage executives and practitioners across business and IT boundaries to facilitate and streamline ecosystem-wide transformation. His transformation workshops and lectures have been widely attended by organizations worldwide. Mr. Ulrich blends his IT transformation expertise with his extensive business architecture and business transformation experience to deliver end-to-end solutions that are fully aligned to business strategy. He has authored or coauthored multiple books and transformation methodologies and was an originating contributor to “A Guide to the Business Architecture Body of Knowledge.” Prior to founding Tactical Strategy Group in 1990, Mr. Ulrich served as management consultant, spending the bulk of the 1980s with KPMG where he helped mature its software reengineering practice. His latest writings focus on the cognitive enterprise, transitioning to the circular economy and business-driven IT architecture transformation.

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July 2021

June 2021

  • 6/24/2021: The Adaptive Enterprise: Sense-and-Respond Organizations Coming Soon
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