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Simone Ahuja

Founder/CEOBlood Orange

Minneapolis, MN

Member Since March 2021


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Simone is a bestselling author, keynote speaker and the founder of Blood Orange, an innovation and strategy consulting group with special expertise in innovation, jugaad (or frugal) innovation, and intrapraneurship (innovation execution). Clients include: 3M, Medtronic, P & G, PepsiCo, Medtronic, Stanley Black & Decker, Best Buy, General Mills, CNBC, PBS, Asia Society, Federal Reserve Banks, University of Cambridge's Judge Business School, Harvard Kennedy School, World Economic Forum and more. Co-Author: Jugaad Innovation - a #1 international bestseller called "the most comprehensive book yet on the subject" of frugal innovation by the Economist. Publications:, FastCompany, Stanford Social Innovation Review,,, Far East Economic Review, Economic Times

Published content

Disruptors are getting disrupted: How to maintain business agility and avoid the same mistakes


Leaders and managers can develop and maintain a disruptor mindset in their teams, even if the organization currently leans more rigid.

15 ways to engage more with environmental sustainability

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Greater engagement with the corporate sustainability movement can serve your brand, its employees and its customers. Many employees today want a company that supports environmental sustainability or works toward an eco-friendly future. It's important that companies consider different ways to incorporate their sustainability values into their company mission so that it's clear to all employees and customers what they support. As a leader, there are a few simple ways to ensure that your employees are engaged in the overall environmental sustainability goals that you've set. Below, 15 Fast Company Executive Board members shared their best advice for enhancing their company's engagement in sustainability.

Rethinking constraints as a catalyst for innovation


Constraints force us to get crystal clear about the problem we’re solving.

16 effective ways to praise your team for their great work

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If you want your praise to make a positive impact on your team, you have to be consistent, and you need to spread it around. Employees want to feel appreciated and recognized for their hard work. Many studies have shown the positive impact of praise on employee happiness and productivity. But it’s not enough to only recognize large milestones or focus on the major players in a companywide project. It’s important to find ways both small and large to regularly recognize a job well done. You can learn a lot about your company and team—and give morale a big boost—by looking for positive moments and thoughtful ways to praise. Below, 16 Fast Company Executive Board members reveal effective ways to praise team members for their ongoing great work.

Company details

Blood Orange

Company bio

Blood Orange is a global innovation strategy consultancy based out of Minneapolis, USA. Blood Orange provides workshops and consulting services to the Fortune 500 and beyond.


Corporate leadership

Area of focus

Management Consulting

Company size

2 - 10