Monthly Archives: April 2011

The Television of Tomorrow

Earlier this year an AdAge study gave grist to my intuition that TV will continue to be unstoppable in our lifetime. TV is the only medium touched by the Web that isn’t crushed by it – it rolls it in, integrating technology and absorbing and colonizing new media as it’s introduced. As a device, a format and a host (of ...

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What is the Power of Appreciation?

I have been an innovation consultant since 1986 and have worked with hundreds of organizations in more than 15 industries. The products and services of my clients have all been different — as have their acronyms, mission statements, and cafeteria food. But they all have one thing in common — and that is a pronounced tendency to undervalue the power ...

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R&D – Managing R is Different than D

It seems very obvious, but in daily corporate life it does not always happen: Research should be managed differently than Development. Although it is normal to mention Research & Development together, they are clearly quite different in nature. Sure, in the end they are part of the same innovation funnel, but their objectives and characteristics are very different. Research normally ...

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Relationship between Value and Price

We’re all familiar with the term “you get what you pay for”—but does it really factor into buyers’ perceptions of value today? There’s a really interesting story that comes from the Stanford Entrepreneurship Center where Christine Benninger, president of the Humane Society Silicon Valley, talks about how she leveraged the axiom “you get what you pay for” to successfully solve ...

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Get Ready for Open Innovation

The leaders of successful small companies understand how important it is to have the right people in the right position. When resources are slim, the ability of everyone to do their job well matters tremendously. One or two weak links can spell the difference between success and failure. So it will come as no surprise when I say that people ...

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Paradox of Innovation and Intellectual Property

Being involved in Open Innovation (OI), one of the most cited stumbling blocks is, yes, lawyers – Intellectual Property (IP) attorneys specifically.  To most business and R&D folks, IP counsel are viewed as deal killers.  So I was anxious to hear Kelly McDow, Associate General Counsel for P&G‘s Connect+Develop, speak at the 3rd Open Innovation Summit at BW’s Center for Innovation & Growth*.  Kelly started ...

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Ideas While You Sleep

Earlier this month I spoke at the National Speakers Association of Australia (no pressure!!!). Shortly afterwards I got a warm thank-you from incoming President, Yvonne Adele, who also happens to be the inventor of a global overnight brainstorming service called Ideas While You Sleep. It’s Twitter-powered, participation-driven, harnessing the fertile mind of the crowd to empower the individual. Clients submit ...

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You Don't Need Permission to Innovate

One question that comes up all the time is: “how can I innovate when my manager won’t let me?” The answer is one people usually don’t want to hear: “Innovate anyway.” But it’s true. Here’s a clip from the Management Innovation Exchange of Jeffrey Pfeffer talking about how to create your own job – it’s short and well worth watching: ...

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Innovation Requires Global Pipelines Not Local Clusters

How can we make businesses more innovative? That’s easy isn’t it? We just group them together into clusters (preferably in science park developments) and it will happen… won’t it? The trouble with this cluster theory of innovation is that it confuses cause and effect. When we see a successful cluster like Silicon Valley it’s tempting to assume that the clustering ...

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