Author Archives: Jeffrey Phillips

What Dubai Gets Right About Innovation

You may think of Dubai as a place for tourism, or to see the tallest building, or to ski indoors on a 100 degree day, and you'd be right. But don't miss what they are doing to build an experimental platform for innovation as a city-state. The whole city and government are moving quickly and it will bear watching to see what's next.

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Turning the Innovation Tables

Innovation Excellence

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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What a Decade of Innovation Teaches Us

After more than a decade of doing innovation work, there are some simple truths I'd like to impart. None of them are especially shocking, but for some reason, they need constant reinforcement. Almost every new innovation activity seems destined to experience some, if not all, of the same challenges and traps that previous innovation programs encountered, so it behooves us to document and illustrate these simple roadblocks if possible, to improve innovation outcomes and help companies just starting out to avoid some pitfalls.

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Is Innovation Signal or Noise ?

The attempt to eliminate noise from an operating system or a business process is an interesting and perhaps worthwhile challenge until one considers the question: what is the real signal? What is creating the noise? In many businesses today, there are several signals: noise conflicts. These include...

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Your Innovation Confidence Course

What we need is not to think of innovation as a lonely idea facing a huge set of obstacles. Rather, what we need is either 1) a clearly defined path for ideas to follow that will assess, develop and validate ideas effectively or 2) confident idea partners who are experienced in running the obstacle course.

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Understanding Emerging Innovation by Reviewing the Past

We tend to be very short-sighted, we corporate executives. Our lifespans are relatively brief, all things considered. There are over 240 years since the founding of the United States, and using a 20-year cycle for generations that suggest approximately 12 generations of people during that brief window. Most of us work for approximately 40 years, but we rarely consider the events or ...

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