Author Archives: Paul Sloane

Innovate with a Nudge?

Behavioural nudges are clever policy tweaks often used by governments to influence the choices that people make. They are often found to be more effective and less costly than direct actions such as quotas, taxes or subsidies. Here are some simple examples...

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As Robots Take Over We Will Need More Innovators

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The Hadrian X robot is made by Fastbrick Robotics from Australia. It can lay 1000 house bricks in an hour (video below). The average bricklayer lays around 500 bricks a day. We will soon see robots doing much of the standard work in building assembly with a small number of skilled craftsmen supervising them, applying finishing touches or...

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Try the Gestures Icebreaker for More Creative Ideas

It is well known that our physical attitude can affect our mental attitude.  If our posture is more positive then our thinking is more positive.  Researchers Slepian and Ambady report an experiment in the Journal of Experimental Psychology.  They had some subjects move their arms in big fluid movements and other subjects moved their arms in short, precise movements.  Then ...

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Government has a big Role to play in Innovation

Steve Jobs announced the iPhone to the world on 9 January 2007.  This iconic product became a sensational success and propelled Apple to become the most valuable company on Earth.  It created a new product category, the smartphone, which has become the must-have item for people in all nations.  It launched a platform for secondary markets in apps, music and ...

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Clayton Christensen: Competing Against Luck [Case Studies]

Competing Against Luck is the rather curious title of a new book by the eminent innovation guru, Clayton Christensen, et al. It is an important work which makes some big claims. The 'Jobs-to-be-Done' idea has been around for a while but this book puts it into an academic framework, gives many examples of how it has been used and advises methods for how to harness this approach.

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13 Smart Questions for your Management Meetings

Most management meetings are dull affairs stacked full of short-term problems that need fixing. Discussions focus on routine operational issues and of course these things have to be addressed. However, from time to time you and your team should lift your heads and think about a bigger, brighter future. You should brainstorm strategic and innovative options. The kind of question you ask makes a big difference.

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Grow a Miracle in a Miracle Garden

I recently visited Dubai to give a class on Innovation.  I asked the hotel concierge for a recommendation of where to visit on a free morning.  He listed all the main sights but I had already seen them. He then suggested something new, the Miracle Garden.  It is a remarkable place in the Western outskirts of the city.  Dubai is ...

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