Archive for March, 2012

The Business Model Innovation Factory

March 14th, 2012

kaplan-final-cover1Woohoo! The Business Model Innovation Factory is off to the printer and will be published on April 24th.  You can learn more about the book and even download the intro for free at I am so glad that the writing part is done and the fun part of putting the ideas out in traffic, improving on them through active conversation and applying them in the real world can soon begin.  I can’t wait.  The writing part took the better part of a year and gave me newfound respect for those who have authored several books and make a living by writing them.  Not me.  One and done. I did it because writing a book was on my bucket list and I wanted to share my point of view that R&D for new business models is the new strategic imperative for all leaders.  I never actually thought I would do it and probably still wouldn’t have if Richard Narramore, Senior Editor at John Wiley & Sons, hadn’t called and asked me to.  Of course Richard offering an advance and a contract complete with publication dates didn’t hurt.  I had no idea what I was getting myself into when I agreed.

65,000 words and 200 pages may not sound like a lot but believe me it is!  Especially when you have become accustomed to writing 140 character tweets and 700 word blog posts and columns.  Writing a book has totally screwed up my writing habits.  I love to write and before taking on this book project I was in the groove of writing regular blog posts and columns.  I managed to continue to write a steady stream of snarky tweets but had to devote all of my blog and column writing time to the book if I was going to meet my deadlines.  The only posts I could muster this past year were all earmarked directly to be included in the book.  In fact blogging proved to be a great test market for ideas.  I am so glad the book manuscript is now finished so I can get back to blogging and writing columns on whatever topics interest, humor and inspire this innovation junkie.  It is probably presumptuous to think any of you who subscribe to my blog or like reading my columns even noticed that I was in book-writing prison.  I appreciate your patience if you noticed! Read more