Author Archives: Jeffrey Phillips

Innovation Is Too Easy

Hmm. I bet the post title got your attention, but of course in this modern age of digital content we bloggers need headlines that pop through all of the noise and gain attention. It helps, of course, that I'm of the opinion that the headline is provocative, and has, as Kissenger once said, the added benefit of being true.

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Train, Apply, Repeat

So the question of the day is: can innovation be learned, or "taught"? The underlying assumption is that innovation is inherent, a creative spark that one is either born with or cannot hope to possess. The rationalist in all of us considers this unusual and unfair. Certainly everyone can "learn" to innovate, no?

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Innovation Magnetism

Did you ever play with magnets when you were a kid? Wasn't it interesting to discover how powerful small magnets were when you connected the negative pole of one magnet to the positive pole of another magnet? I can't help returning to a constant theme I've developed over the years - the idea that inertia and complacence are two of the biggest impediments to innovation.

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