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  • Innovation is an Act of Leadership

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    The average lifespan atop any corporate leaderboard, whether it’s the Fortune 500 or any other peer group listing, is getting shorter and shorter. Business cycles are growing increasingly brief and volatile. Yesterday’s top companies are soon long forgotten, and today’s leaders are already watching out for tomorrow’s darlings in their rearview mirror. Success is unfortunately a poor teacher. We […]

  • The World I Want to Live In

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    Demographically, I am about as “mainstream majority” as they come. I am a Caucasian, Anglo-Saxon, Protestant male who worked most of his career in the banking industry. An upper-middle class suburbanite heterosexual American to boot. No one would use the word “activist” to describe me. I’m apolitical to a fault, and I don’t talk about […]

  • Your Fast Follower Strategy is Riskier Than You Realize

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    In my last post Leaders, Learners and Laggards I talked of banking leaders who describe their approach to innovation as being a “fast follower, and how my typical retort is that they are half-right— most of them are definitely followers, but there usually isn’t anything fast about their approach. This has spurred some great discussions […]

  • Leaders, Learners and Laggards

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    I talk with a lot of banking leaders who describe their approach to innovation as being a “fast follower. My typical retort is that they are half-right— most of them are definitely followers, but there usually isn’t anything fast about their approach. Pioneers are the ones who get hit with arrows, and it is only […]

  • The Four People Who Ruin Innovation

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    Innovation is fun. Except when these types are around. How many do you know? The Hypemaster  The Hypemaster is, well… a master of hype. Everything they’re working on is amazing, and you must absolutely drop everything and check it out. Right now! “Hey we’re getting ready to launch Hypemaster.io, check it out and let me […]

  • Top Five Posts from JP Nicols in 2015

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      Thanks to everyone who read, engaged, commented and shared my posts over the past year. I am proud to be a part of a great and growing global community that is committed to improving financial services for the better. Here’s to a great 2016! Follow me on Twitter: Follow @JPNicols   Learn more about […]

  • 5 New Years Resolutions for Bank Innovators

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      Here are some New Year resolutions for the growing group of bankers who are adding “innovation” to their do-to list in 2016. Getting these right will greatly improve your chances for success in the new year. 1) Define Your Innovation Goals So, what do you want to get out of your innovation program? Incremental improvements […]

  • Save 50% on tickets to Next Bank Silicon Valley

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      On May 12, 2016 Next Bank comes to Silicon Valley for the first time. More than 300 attendees will hear from leading global experts who are improving financial services through design, innovation and entrepreneurship. Tickets go on sale Thursday December 24, and to kick things off over the holidays, the first 25 tickets are only $100! […]

  • Call for Speakers: Next Bank Silicon Valley

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    Update 1/5/16 We have received a great response to our call for speakers, and the selection process has begun. We still have a couple of open spots for sponsors, and we are also accepting speaker proposals for Next Bank NYC in September 2016, and other Next Bank events around the globe.   Call for Speakers: Next […]