Author Archives: Jeffrey Phillips

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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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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