Monthly Archives: June 2011

Innovation Deficits and National Debts

The US Government, along with many other governments around the world, is beginning to come to grips with its fiscal deficit, and, hopefully, its long term debt. A deficit is a current year short-fall that occurs when spending exceeds tax receipts. A debt, on the other hand, is the accumulated deficits. Both are pernicious, and both must be addressed, or, ...

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Downsizing Workforce Downsizes Innovation

Not a day goes by in which we don’t hear about some major organization laying off thousands of employees. One of our salespeople recently followed up on a prospective client who had contacted us with strong interest in our idea management product. When the salesperson called the client, he was told that the client company had just laid off 15,000 ...

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Political Innovation of the Decade

Belgium and its Caretaker Government by Yann Cramer A year ago, thanks to its inability to form a government, Belgium became the laughing stock of political commentators. Today, nobody is laughing, not only because the media circus has moved on, but also, more interestingly, because what started as a political accident, may well turn out to be a successful political ...

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Want to influence others? Stop being so rational!

Salespeople have known it for years. People buy on emotion and then justify their decision with facts and logic. That’s why the best salespeople always lead with an emotional “hook” before presenting the facts and features about their product or service. So why, as business leaders, do we usually get it bass-ackwards when trying to sell our ideas or initiatives ...

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Leadership and Mentoring

Leadership and mentoring go hand-in-hand. In fact, this is so much the case that I don’t believe a person qualifies as a leader unless they are a mentor. If you accept this premise as correct, then why is it that so many in positions of leadership fall woefully short in successfully transferring the benefits of their wisdom and experience to ...

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Old Expectations More Dangerous Than Old Ideas

It’s rare that you’ll find a quote from General Motors in an innovation blog, but I read that Dan Akerson, Chairman and CEO of General Motors, gave the commencement address at Bryant University. Akerson gave a fine commencement address, full of self-deprecating humor and advice for the graduates. But one thing he said, tucked in at the end, was important. ...

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Choosing a Business Innovation Classification

Identifying the best way to innovate must include an analysis of the best business innovation strategy. This helps to focus resources on a common objective, to avoid ballast, and it also increases the likelihood of successful innovation. However, it is difficult to get an overview on available and proven techniques because many different classifications are around. We were assessing different ...

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Design Engineering or Engineering Design?

There has always been confusions among people between industrial/engineering design and design engineering. And the same confusion applies to art school and design school which the lines are often blurred. Standford D-school was originally a engineering school, Brunel is an engineering school, Rhode Island is an art school, Arts Center is a design school, RCA is an art school but certain grad programs are more like design engineering school. The lines are fast blurring. Many students are confused. That's where definitions help!

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