Category Archive for: ‘Innovaton’

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    Five Ways to Solve Tough Problems

    Solving problems – the really tough problems – takes fortitude, insight and wisdom. Tough problems are tough because its difficult to think outside the box. It is often difficult to escape the current situation. McKinsey provides us with 5 ways to solve tough problems, that they …

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    Three Steps to Innovation – When The Emperor Has No Clothes

    The “Emperor has no clothes” strikes a chord, because it so aptly points out our human failings. Societal norms and group think effectively  make us fearful from speaking out. We want to fit in. But innovators are different. The very nature of innovation is to …

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    Eight Nations of Innovation

    When does innovation become innovative? In a recent review, I stumbled across Rick Warren’s, talk from TEDxOrangeCoast. With innovation and discovery asking the right question is more important than the answer. He’s compiled a list of 8 questions everyone should ask. He calls them his …

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    Innovation is elusive. We see only what we can see. The adage “I’ll believe it when I see it” illuminates our deep skepticism for the unknown and unseen. But as Marcel Proust wrote: Truly innovation is “in having new eyes.”  But have you ever shared a new concept or idea with your boss …

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    Creative design with vuja de

    At Tom Kelley’s  recent talk, he gave us a preview of his upcoming book “Creative Design” – which should be done this fall. But as Tom said with tongue-in-cheek “Amazon promised it this fall, so I need to hurry up and finish.”  He went on …

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    Double delivery

    When IDEO co-founder Tom Kelley answered audience questions at his recent talk, several audience members asked “How do you get the boss, and corporate types, to listen to your innovative idea?” Tom, essentially said “I often field this question. It’s of great interest to younger …

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    Must innovation be socially acceptable?

    IDEO co-founder Tom Kelley recently (see prior post – Creativity drives economic growth) elaborated on this concept. Sharing decades worth innovation research. Design thinking covers three overlapping concepts: inspiration, ideation, and implementation. But more importantly for innovation to happen three things exist: With IDEO focused on new product innovation, …

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    Invention or Innovation?

    If you sell a refrigerator to an Eskimo is that innovation?    Webster defines innvoation as —  1: the introduction of something new or 2: a new idea, method, or device . So you might think selling a refrigerator to an eskimo is novel, but hardly something …

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    Creativity drives economic growth.

    To say, I heard Ideo’s co-founder Tom Kelley recently speak on “The Art of Innovation” minimizes the gift of insight he shared, and over the next few blog posts I’ll paraphrase Tom’s presentation. But first doesn’t it strike you odd that a business speaker was sponsored by …

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    Flying High on Innovation

    I had a chance to hear the quirky market innovator and disrupter, Seth Godin speak.  He gets it. In his new book, “The Iccarus Deception” the world is a different place. Its connected. The rules your parents taught you do not apply. The rulers that …

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