Author Archives: Jeffrey Phillips

Can You Spare an Innovation Dime?

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In the Great Depression it wasn't at all uncommon to see able bodied men selling apples on a street corner, or worse, holding a sign asking for spare change. The phrase "can you spare a dime" became synonymous with the era, as people sought any job, any way to earn money they could find. Of course, back then a dime was real money. Today, there's a new cry heard in many organizations..

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Innovation Exhaustion

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After almost ten years of innovation consulting, I've come to learn some things about innovation, of course, but more importantly corporate cultures, hierarchies and power structures. After years of wondering why sustained innovation is so difficult, I've come to this conclusion..

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The Innovation Box

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If you stick around innovation practice and theory long enough, you'll hear the "box" mentioned many times. Clients want their teams to think "outside the box". People are criticized for any ideas that are "inside the box". Consultants and industry thinkers will talk about the value of the box and whether the team needs to be "in the box" or "out of the box" in order to succeed.

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Imperfect Innovation

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I've been thinking a lot about the juxtaposition of innovation in our expectations for perfection. Modern business has high expectations of its people and its processes. Process improvement and Six Sigma have led us to expect exceptionally low rates of imperfection, variance or failure. The concept of perfection is an interesting one, especially in the rough and tumble world of business.

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Too Busy to Innovate

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I've begun to wonder if the concept of innovation in large corporation is an exercise in pointless navel gazing. And no, this isn't another bashing of brainstorming, or a recent conversion based on my experiences with faulty innovation logic. No, the challenge to innovation is based on the recent development of a core strength: focus, efficiency, time management.

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