Feature Of The Week

Design Thinking Grows Up – Welcome to Experience Thinking

Prologue Design Thinking is an incredibly powerful way to approach the design of just about anything that involves an interaction with people (or other intelligent creatures).  Its underlying philosophy of Human Centered Design requires that we develop a comprehensive empathic understanding of the customer and their situation in a particular context.  This can only happen when we dissect the situation ...

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Three Behaviors that will Grow Innovative Teamwork

Innovative teamwork depends first and foremost on the team’s ability to hold constructive conflict. That ability, in turn, depends on each team member having these 3 behaviors. There are three types of arguments you may be using: First is the politically correct argument, in which the biggest issues are not discussed. There is the meeting before the meeting and the meeting after the ...

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Great Example of Challenging Orthodoxies

With a new Top Gun movie coming out soon, I thought this might be an appropriate share. It used to be in the early days of military aviation that a pilot’s head only served as some level of protection during a crash or a battle. Then with the introduction of radio communications an additional function was added to allow the ...

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Leaping to a New Growth Curve – Part 3 of 3

Recently I had the opportunity to interview Howard Yu, LEGO professor of management and innovation at the prestigious IMD Business School in Switzerland, director of IMD’s signature Advanced Management Program (AMP), and author of the book Leap: How to Thrive in a World Where Everything Can Be Copied to investigate a series of important questions about what we can learn ...

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Have an idea? What’s next?

During residency, Dr. Jones, realized there were many surgical problems that needed innovative solutions. During his chief year of residency, he started his first company and created and acquired patents around a more convenient surgical instrument. While working on this project, he identified several other clinical problems that needed to be solved and began to add to his portfolio of products. ...

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Why Winning a Trade War Can Lose the U.S. Battle over Innovation

For years, American companies have complained that foreign competitors, the Japanese in the past, and more recently, the Chinese, were stealing, borrowing, and copying intellectual properties. These complaints against copycats that foreign theft of American trade secrets runs up an estimated cost of “between $225 billion and $600 billion annually,” according to the United States Trade Representative, is not entirely ...

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Revealing the Invisible Future

Revealing the Invisible Future

Technology seems to be changing around us faster than ever before. Autonomous cars, artificial intelligence, machine learning, sensors, blockchain, Internet of Things, and so many other technologies are transforming our expectations and our lives. But not only that, they are also changing the way we behave. Recently I had the opportunity to interview Tom Koulopoulos, one of Innovation Excellence’s most ...

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The Three R’s of Innovation – Risk, Reward, and Resources

The Three Rs of Innovation – Risk, Reward, and Resources

Is it innovation or continuous improvement or is it innovation? Is it regular innovation or disruptive innovation? Is it new enough or too new? These questions are worse than meaningless as they suck emotional energy from the organization and divert emotional energy from the business objective. With every initiative, there are risks, rewards, and resources. Risk generally tracks with newness, ...

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Leaning into Change Management

Change management used to refer to the practice of controlling changes to a system, but increasingly the term has come to be used more often to describe the profession and the practice of managing organizational change. And within the practice of change management, many people over-index on communications and training and many change professionals get pulled in to try and ...

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Inside Alibaba – Jack Ma’s Digital Innovation Factory

Jack Ma of Alibaba

Artificial intelligence. Augmented reality. Facial recognition. Connected “internet” vehicles. Global virtual marketplaces. App-based digital payment systems. Pharmaceutical e-commerce. Humanoid robots. Giant vending machines for cars. This is not just the magical stuff of today’s digital-driven, transformation economy. It’s a snapshot of the cutting-edge innovation work currently underway at one of the world’s most exciting and admired companies: the Chinese tech ...

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