Case Study

Cold Case Innovation

If innovators take a cold case-inspired approach, we might come up with an alternative method for handling older ideas. This approach has the potential to create a new source of innovation ideas by leveraging past work and applying new criteria to those old ideas.

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2017 Interbrand Breakthrough Brands [Report]

2017 Interbrand Breakthrough Brands [Report] - Innovation Excellence

40 brands, 7 trends, global insights: In this 2017 Interbrand Breakthrough Brands report, you'll find the 40 startups and upstarts changing the world and discover the key trends they're driving. Each brand's growth trajectory is mapped in striking data-driven visualizations, and you'll see where some of last year's Breakthroughs are today. Global experts also weigh in on the unique challenges, growth opportunities, and rising brands in their regions.

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Lessons from the 1977 EPA Standards Manual Kickstarter Campaign

Wen Sagi Haviv, a principal in the New York design firm, Chermayeff Geismar & offered to gift us with 1977 EPA Graphic Standards Manual, designed by the renowned Steff Geissbuhler it started us on an adventure that concluded this week when we met our goal. That means that this beautiful manual will now be available to our backers, and eventually to the public through the work of designers Jesse Reed and Hamish Smythe at Standards Manual. The experience has been eye opening and exhilarating. Here's what I've learned:

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Power Management: Simplifying the Organization

Organizational complexity and bureaucracy are a threat that managers must continually be wary of… The term change fatigue is a real and common problem that organizations face and must deal with when considering a change or transformation initiative, or even a simple process improvement initiative. But at its source is the manager. The late Peter Drucker once said, “Much of ...

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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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Lessons from Monet: Impressions of Innovation

Innovation Excellence

I did not set out to chronicle the innovative characteristics of the great painters (my previous writing was on Leonardo da Vinci’s paintings), yet somehow I ended up following precisely that path as I read a new book by Ross King on Claude Monet’s famous Water Lilies. In Mad Enchantment: Claude Monet and the Painting of the Water Lilies, King examines ...

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Managing Business Growth Through Innovation

Innovation Excellence

Business growth is great, right? Seeing your company develop and evolve into something bigger and better is the goal of every entrepreneur, and I’m the same as everyone else in this case. However, as I’ve learned from experience, growth is not always a good thing. Please, don’t get me wrong, the fact of growth itself is fantastic. The ‘not good’ ...

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