Monthly Archives: August 2011

Innovathons

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What could a marathon training teach us about innovation? As an athlete and innovator I am interested in the connection between marathons and innovation. In order to define a "innovation process" within the athletic for looking to get a better result in training, time competition and satisfaction, I want to share the experience of my participation in the 40th NYC Marathon (November 1st, 2009) clocked 3:00:55 and in the 114th Boston Marathon (April 20, 2010) with a record of 2:55:42. For this I followed a "strategic process" or "methodology". Prepare for a marathon also requires a strategy, new ideas, perseverance and effort.

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Innovation – When Remakes Attack

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I was in a Chinese buffet last week, and found myself humming along with the oriental muzak. In fact, I couldn’t stop. Why was I humming along to music I’ve never heard before? It turns out I had heard these songs before, as they were Chinese takes on American melodies. They covered the likes of Celine Dion, Whitney Houston and ...

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Mind the Innovation Gap

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I did a workshop last week with a group working on improving innovation within the Australian school system. I played my normal role of grenade-thrower, errr, thought-provoker on the topic of innovation, while working with eight other people that all have backgrounds in education. As the day went on, I noticed something interesting. In sessions like this, people always pick ...

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The Wolves Are At The Door

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Innovation is the lifeblood of any organization, and value creation is measured by a company’s intellectual property portfolio. As a business leader, you are responsible for protecting your company’s IP portfolio through patents. What exactly is a patent? A patent is a legal document granted by the federal government that gives the patent owner the right to exclude others from making, using, selling, offering to sell, and importing the claimed invention. Essentially, it is the property right to the inventor. Virtually anything made by man can be patented, such as “a new and useful process, machine, manufacture, or composition of matter, or any new and useful improvement,” according to Fleit Gibbons Gutman Bongini & Bianco PL.

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Innovation and Strategic Exhaustion

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I write today about a beloved company – Hewlett-Packard (HP), and all that it has meant to my life. One of my first consumer electronic purchases was an HP calculator, and as a young engineer fresh out of college we were regaled with the history of HP: born in a garage, during a depression, making excellent products. The HP story ...

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The Abundance Mindset

We’re too busy. All of us. Too busy. And we better get used to it: too busy is the rule. But how to make too busy feel good? How to make yourself feel good? How to make the work better? Pretend there is abundance; plenty for all; assume an abundance mindset. There’s a subtle but powerful shift with the abundance ...

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Innovation in Private Equity

Private equity firms can boost the value of their investment portfolio by applying a systematic innovation method along the entire investment value chain – before, during, and even after the investment. Private equity firms are collections of investors and funds that put money into privately-held companies. Private equity investments provide working capital to a target company to nurture expansion, new ...

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