Monthly Archives: June 2010

Fortune Favors the Bold

Fortune favors the brave. My wife absolutely loves Planet Earth. We were watching a segment the other day that featured dolphins who managed to figure out how to hydroplane into water only a few inches deep, catching fish in the shallow water. Large fish had taken refuge from the dolphins in the shallow water, knowing that dolphins need deeper water ...

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Innovation Paradox – Slowing Down to Speed Up

I was watching my Twitter stream recently and saw that Roger von Oech had noted that a lot of creativity and innovation is based on paradoxes. You can see his original post here, and also note especially the comments to his post where people added other “paradoxes”. I thought this take was interesting, especially in light of the IBM Institute ...

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The Innovation Edict

There is a groundswell of interest in innovation across the planet. As historians know, the interest in innovation is cyclic, and this year it’s surely in vogue. Everyone wants more of it, even if we don’t know what it is – we want it. And we want it because we want it; it’s an emotional want. Never mind that we ...

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Leadership and Emotional Control

If the photo to the right resembles a typical leadership meeting at your place of work then you may want to read this post. FACT: Leaders who lack emotional control won’t remain in a position of leadership for long. There has been no shortage of information published on the topic of Emotional IQ or what’s referred to as EQ in ...

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Should the Era of Six Sigma End?

Five percent here, three percent there. I’m tired as hell of continuous improvement. Sure there’s a place for it, but it shouldn’t be the only type of work we do. But, unfortunately, that’s just what’s happened in manufacturing. To secure the balance sheet, the pendulum swung too far toward continuous improvement. Just look at what we’re writing about – the ...

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The Voice of Serendipity

Many products are invented accidentally. Serendipity led to the microwave oven, corn flakes, Teflon®, penicillin, fireworks, Viagra®, chocolate chip cookies, and the most famous of all accidents…the Post-it® note. The problem with serendipity is it’s not predictable. It is not an innovation method one would count on for corporate growth. But there is value in serendipity if you can unlock ...

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Part I – What does a product change?

I’m a compass and map guy. I walk in the woods. I don’t get lost. I’ve managed that without a compass and map. Water goes down to the road. Follow the water. In a city, I always buy those big thick map books with the street indexes. I have it at my side as I’m driving. Badly though, I consult ...

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Enough Design Thinking Theory Already

How About Let’s Start With Design Thinking 101? by Idris Mootee I’ve written extensively and spoken publicly a lot about the myth of design thinking. Honestly I am getting a little tired reading about it myself. How people can over theorized a very simple idea and now the term is becoming another buzzword. What is design thinking? Design thinking is ...

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Two Innovation Conference Discounts Expiring

Ends June 4 – World Innovation Forum Discount (save $510) If you would like to attend the World Innovation Forum (June 8-9, 2010 in New York City), we have negotiated a $200 discount for our loyal readers when you register with our discount code “INNOVATE”. When combine with the normal discount available until June 4, 2010, you can save $510 ...

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