Monthly Archives: August 2011

Creativity and the Five Wet Monkeys

Col. Casey Haskins, an accomplished military officer and professor at West Point Academy, argues that one of the biggest obstacles to creativity is a reliance on the status quo. “We do lots of stuff that we have no idea why we do it, and we don’t even bother to examine it, and in some instances, that does harm,” explains Haskins. ...

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Innovation is Driven by Vision and Willpower

It doesn’t really matter whether it is bottom-up or top-down, vision and willpower drive innovation. For all the talk about creating an innovation culture and the elusive search for the fertile ground where innovation will magically pop up, the juxtaposition of two articles in the Sunday economic press reminded me that innovation can happen in all fields and in all ...

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Innovation – Urgent or Important?

Everybody who works in business is busy. There are deadlines, crises, urgent requests from on high, and email inboxes stuffed to bursting. How many times do you reply “very busy” when asked how things are going? Scheduling meetings is a diary nightmare; it’s easier to seek perfect alignment of the planets than to get eight senior people in the same room within the next month. The personal workload and efficiency challenge is particularly acute these days.

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Innovation with Guerrilla Tactics

Being the smallest sewing machine manufacturer in the world, Bernina has always had to focus on innovation to stay one step ahead of their competition. Three years ago they decided to work with HYPE, a leading provider of idea management software. In the following interview, Innovation Manager Michael König gave HYPE some interesting insights into the Bernina innovation process and told us a real success story. HYPE: Mr. König, what is your company’s core business and where does innovation fit? König: The Bernina Company is the last remaining private sewing machine manufacturer in the world. We are also the smallest within the sector; therefore we need to come up with surprising and special offers in order to survive in the market.

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Innovation-In-A-Box Operating Instructions

Dear Customer, Thank you for buying Innovation-In-A-Box, the only product you’ll ever need to buy to drive innovation across your organisation. Unpacking Instructions Innovation-In-A-Box contains fragile components, such as creativity, precious flip charts, and colorful posters. These can be damaged if care is not exercised during unpacking. Also note the consultant inside the box is a real, live creature and will be upset if you don’t treat it with love and attention.

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