Author Archives: Jeffrey Phillips

Now is the Right Time for Innovation

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So it actually all comes down to this – my prospects and clients need to understand when the “right” time for innovation is. After all, what we usually hear from executives is that “this isn’t the right time” for innovation. Not that they don’t want innovation, or don’t need innovation, or that innovation is too risky or expensive. No, the ...

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Increasing Global Demand for Innovation Success

I recently conducted an innovation workshop in Kuala Lumpur. The energy and enthusiasm for innovation from firms that attended is really impressive. We had attendees from Malaysia and Thailand, as well as from Sudan. For all the firms represented, innovation represents a method to drive new differentiation and new revenues based on new products, new services and new business models. ...

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Questioning Innovation

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As any good journalism student knows, the most powerful toolset in his or her arsenal are the five Ws and the one H. Who, what, when, where and why, along with how, answer many questions and provide insight. This tool have been immortalized by many, including Rudyard Kipling, who wrote a short poem entitled Six Serving Men, in praise of ...

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The United States Needs More Innovation

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I’ve just come across the National Science Foundation’s (NSF) survey from 2008 on Business R&D and Innovation. This was a study conducted by the NSF across a wide swath of US firms of all sizes and industries. The results should scare you. I’m surprised they haven’t been front page news. The results suggest that about 1 in 5 manufacturers indicate ...

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Innovation and a Network Effect

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There’s been a blog post rattling around in my head for several days now, but I haven’t been quite able to grasp the handle of it. So stick with me here as I work it out on (virtual) paper. We all are aware of the benefits for innovation that occur when we as individuals network with other people, other markets, ...

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Why Innovation Lists are Worthless

It’s that time again – the time to breathlessly await which Fortune 500 firm will be anointed as “the most innovative” firm. Typically we see several “Top 50” lists each year nominating particular firms as the “most” innovative. This year, as in several previous years, BCG has created its “50 Most Innovative Firms” list. I guess you can tell from ...

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Innovation and the Renaissance Person

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It’s increasingly obvious that good innovators come in all shapes and colors, all moods and forms. What’s also obvious is that many of the best innovators seem to be “Renaissance” people – that is, people with a lot of interests or who are engaged in a lot of different fields. This always poses an interesting chicken and egg question for ...

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Taking the Subtle Knife to Innovation

I have to admit that Twitter has become a distraction for me. I use Twitter as a smart Feed Reader, relying on people I follow in the innovation community to alert me to things that are informative and interesting. Unfortunately there are so many people writing so much good stuff about innovation that Twitter itself becomes almost overwhelming. Here’s a ...

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Has Google Jumped the Innovation Shark?

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I was thinking recently, with the demise of Google Wave, that it is entirely possible that Google has jumped the innovation shark. For those of you unfamiliar with the “jumped the shark” phrase, that hearkens back to a famous television show in the US. To boost ratings, a character decided to water ski and jump over a shark. The fact ...

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