Monthly Archives: May 2011

Innovation Opportunities in Shipping Industry

In fairness, this issue isn’t limited to UPS, that just happens to be the source of my most recent bad experience with this. What’s the shipping dinosaur? SIGNATURE REQUIRED. When you ship something to your workplace, it’s no big pain. The delivery person seems completely disinterested in who signs as long as they get a scribble on the wireless device ...

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Managing Open Innovation Roadblocks

I always find thoughtful lists as extremely helpful to prompt my thinking on different issues. It often helps to unblock my own thinking. This one is for open innovation. One such list I compiled from mainly two sources on roadblocks to open innovation. The main source was Dr Brian Glassman. He wrote a paper Open Innovation’s Common Issues & Potential ...

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Innovation is Not Problem Solving

The most effective innovators don’t wait for problems to arise. They fix what isn’t broken and seek to improve on things that have no apparent deficit. When I speak about the behaviors and choices that drive innovation, I mention things like preferring imagination to knowledge, choosing to explore rather than apply. I often get pushback from those who argue that ...

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Top 10 Innovation Slideshares

Below you will find the Top 10 innovation slideshares as ranked by me from the submissions I received for the Front End of Innovation (FEI USA) contest and from the thousands of innovation presentations on slideshare. I’m sure there are probably better ones, but I couldn’t find them.

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An Open Innovation Disaster

Campbell Soup Company by Stefan Lindegaard “Innovation is the lifeblood of the consumer packaged goods industry.” This is the first sentence you meet at Campbell’s Ideas for Innovation website. This is very true and we see lots of interesting innovation initiatives in this industry. Just think of P&G, Clorox, General Mills, Nestle and Unilever. Campbell Soup is not a good ...

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Innovation Challenge – Learning From Failure

I’m still working my way through Being Wrong by Kathryn Schulz. It’s a very interesting book, and nicely written. I’ll tell you more about it when I’m done. In the meantime, I’d like to share a fantastic quote from Schulz, which is in her review of Join the Club: How Peer Pressure Can Transform the World by Tina Rosenberg. Schulz ...

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Treat Crazy Ideas With Respect

The next time somebody approaches you with a “crazy” idea, pause before putting them down. Instead of looking for what’s wrong, look for what’s right. See if you can find a hidden jewel in the idea, a principle, an essence that the idea originator is on to — even if the idea itself is rough, raw, or imperfect. The fact ...

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Perils of Unstructured Innovation in Asia

I’m a big proponent of innovation using a structured process, as opposed to a few execs converging behind closed doors and brainstorming without form or format. Or maybe you visualize geeky bespectacled types, in their garage, caps worn backwards, coming up with the next big thing. Whatever and wherever you create products or solutions, if your purpose is to commercialize ...

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