Author Archives: Jeffrey Phillips

Why Innovators Make Terrible Firefighters

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Let me first acknowledge that this post has nothing to do with real firefighters - you know, the guys who actually risk their lives in burning buildings. This post has to do with business "fire fighters", those mid and senior level executives who rush into "critical" situations to clean up terrible customer service or rush to fill a product gap.

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The Five Sources of Innovation Consultants

Jeffrey-Phillips

Recently a newly minted MBA contacted me, expressing interest in work as an innovation consultant. What I found interesting was that the individual offered up the other firms he'd contacted, and from his note to me it was clear that he didn't understand the differences between firms that offer services in the "innovation space".

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Why Innovation Needs Its Own Language

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I've been fascinated recently by the role that language plays in an innovation activity. By language I don't mean different languages (Spanish, French or English) but the language we use to communicate the rationale for innovation, we use to create the context for innovation, we use to define the tools, methods and outcomes for innovation.

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Is Your Innovation a Step, Jump or Vault?

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In hindsight, most new products or services that are created seem relatively obvious. Consumers and manufacturers will wonder - why didn't we see this sooner? Most really interesting innovations, however, seem paradoxical and strange as they are being introduced, even though many will be accepted and become part of the norm.

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