Monthly Archives: March 2017

Lessons from Monet: Impressions of Innovation

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I did not set out to chronicle the innovative characteristics of the great painters (my previous writing was on Leonardo da Vinci’s paintings), yet somehow I ended up following precisely that path as I read a new book by Ross King on Claude Monet’s famous Water Lilies. In Mad Enchantment: Claude Monet and the Painting of the Water Lilies, King examines ...

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Leading Practices to Become a Model Based Enterprise

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PLM and CAD Standards More and more companies are transforming into model based enterprises (MBE) to help ensure the completeness, accuracy and accessibility of product data. Companies that successfully consolidate the product definition, improve data quality and build trust will reap significant benefits, including fewer product design changes and reduced product development time. There are five fundamental things companies should consider ...

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The Yin And Yang Of Elon Musk

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At the recent Code Conference, Elon Musk had a wide ranging interview about everything from who he thinks will compete with Tesla in self-driving cars to neural laces that will augment human intelligence and his plans for space travel. But the thing that caught my eye was his assertion that we all are  might be living in a computer simulation. It’s a fantastical idea, ...

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Storytelling, the Brain & Work Culture

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I love the quote by the poet Muriel Rukeyser that says “The universe is made of stories, not atoms.” Humans live for stories. We learn from stories at home, school, from friends, and also very compellingly at work. Humans within a work culture are motivated by stories. Look at the famous founding myths of HP and Apple in the garages, of Fred Smith and FedEx, and ...

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Successful Strategy: Why it’s a Social Thing

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Consider who needs to be on board for success. Your board of directors? The senior leadership team? Particular committees? Indispensable coalitions like these have the potential to create the kind of zeal that trickles down to all participants, large and small. Igniting this flame is key to successful execution. Understand that it travels socially, between individuals and through morale. The investment must come through the coalition’s social web.

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The Complexities of Digital Transformation

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I have been reading about digital transformation everywhere I go on the internet for some time now and yet, I don’t yet see true success stories of a brand or a business that has actually successfully gone through and transformed, in the true sense of transformation. The question is why is this so?

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Turning the Innovation Tables

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Recently, I attended an interesting program co-sponsored by the University of North Carolina's health care innovation program and AARP. This got me thinking. We're doing corporate innovation all wrong, and the innovation sprint that UNC and AARP were conducting have got it right. Let's imagine for a second what this would look like in a corporate setting.

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Big Data Has Broken Its Promises

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Because We Need To Fix Our Data Systems FIRST A data scientist, it’s been said, is a statistician who works in Silicon Valley, which is another way of saying that the term has attained true buzzword status. The potential to be unlocked is undeniably, but so far, there has been no shortage of disappointment and frustration. Truth be told, the ...

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Why Cultivate Innovation Agility?

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I was at a committee meeting recently and one of the guiding principles adopted by the team was “agile decision making – the 80:20 rule”. When I inquired as to what “agile decision making” actually meant, I was informed that it meant accelerating planning by making fast decisions that did not need to be “perfect”. So does this mean that I ...

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