Monthly Archives: May 2010

Discovery versus Innovation

Botanists, Television, and the iPad by Paul Sloane Liquid crystals were discovered in 1888 and are now used in most TVs and computers (including the iPad). Liquid crystals represent a state of matter which exists between solid and liquid states. They were first discovered in 1888 by Austrian botanist Friedrich Reinitzer who was studying cholesterol at the Charles University in ...

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Innovation Perspectives – Adobe's Idea Lab

Tapping Users Minds, Adobe launches Adobe Labs Ideas This is the first of several ‘Innovation Perspectives‘ articles we will publish this week from multiple authors to get different perspectives on ‘How should firms collaborate with customers and/or value chain partners to co-create new products and services?’. Here is the initial perspective in the series: by Janelle Noble Global software leader ...

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Accountability – The Foundation of Sustainable Innovation

Without accountability, there is no innovation. Action items won’t get done, programs will lose traction, meetings will fall off the calendar – the issue can be as frustrating as “herding cats”. Every company culture needs accountability. Actually, for any company to succeed accountability is an imperative. Members of a corporate team need to feel responsible for their work – to ...

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Diversity and Innovation

Improve the Person, Improve the Idea by Hutch Carpenter A key aspect of the next generation of innovation is the ability to tap a much larger set of minds in pursuit of valuable ideas. This draws quite heavily from the realms of Enterprise 2.0 and crowdsourcing. The historic method of innovation relied exclusively on a designated few. Now we’re seeing ...

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Faking It Won't Make It

“The hardest thing in the world to fake,” the old saying goes, “is sincerity”. Like all successful and durable one-liners, this pokes at a truth: ultimately, authenticity cannot be mimicked. It’s an observation that resonates increasingly. In marketing and beyond, authenticity can be treated as something of a buzz word and is often cast as a trend (‘2010 is the ...

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7 Extreme Creativity Lessons from 'Cake Boss'

In the midst of a dreary day, we watched the Cake Boss marathon on TLC last Sunday. The show was fun and illustrated all kinds of extreme creativity ideas: 1. Shatter conventional definitions – The show is about cakes. But until Sunday, it never occurred to me a cake could be made from rice crispie treats, wood, screws, and PVC ...

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Importance of Change and Stakeholder Management

I have seen it happen over and over again: innovation project teams wanting to introduce innovation processes without working change and stakeholder management. People either “just forget” or think they move faster when they don’t involve a wider audience. They might in the beginning, but this attitude might backfire quite badly when trying to “push” the new processes into practice. ...

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Time for an Assumption Inventory?

It’s been said that in today’s chaotic markets, the only sustainable competitive advantage may be the ability to learn faster than your competitors. I disagree. The ability for leaders and managers to learn quickly is certainly a critical advantage. Especially in industries where new technologies and/or rapidly changing customer expectations can disrupt the status quo overnight. But the ability to ...

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Observing – the Mother of All Discovery Skills

Observing is a critical skill for people willing to increase their innovation capability. It is critical because observing customers will reveal behavior patterns that they have unknowingly developed to compensate for some inconvenience that could be removed or for some unmet need to could be addressed more fully. Surveys and focus groups will reveal improvement opportunities that customers are conscious ...

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