Innovation

Business People Are Lousy Doctors

So doctors are lousy business people, huh? Well, imagine if your doctor prescribed something based only on your chief complaint. They did not take a history. They did no physical exam and they did no lab tests or imaging if it were necessary . Yet, business people, particularly digipreneurs, do it all the time. If you think about it, entrepreneurs are continual ...

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Can America Win The New Century?

Early 20 Century Women and Automobiles

At the beginning of the twentieth century, the United States was an industrial and technological backwater. Still mostly an agrarian nation, bright young students would often go to Europe to pursue advanced degrees in the sciences, because American universities were considered second rate. By the end of the century though, the United States had become the center of the technological ...

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Is innovation really important to you?

How can we establish Innovation as the vital link to a process of change and strategic direction options? One that lifts the debates of managing today’s business by linking it into the future and then turning this thinking into a series of plausible and coherent set of activities? Innovation can drive change, change is required.  Without innovation, we progressively die, ...

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The Secret to Organizational Innovation

In my previous article (Why Innovation Remains Elusive), I identified a half dozen obstacles to companywide innovation. I also hinted at a grand unified solution in the form of a strategic innovation system. Allow me ease into it by way of story and analogy. Most people are familiar with the name Toyota. Most business people are familiar with (or at ...

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Top 20 Innovation Articles of January 2018

Drum roll please… At the beginning of each month we will profile the twenty posts from the previous month that generated the most traffic to Innovation Excellence. We also publish a weekly Top 8 as part of our FREE email newsletter. Did your favorite make the cut? But enough delay, here are January’s twenty most popular innovation posts: 7 Terrible ...

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3 Reasons Children are More Creative Than Adults

The factor that affects team productivity and creativity is the ability to conduct constructive conflict. In turn, three other factors that affect that ability, which are strong in children, and disappears when they reach adulthood and the work environment. Natural selection For a team to be creative, members must get along. This cannot be forced by management, and if it is–it doesn’t work. Instead, they have ...

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How to Overcome Innovation and Change Fatigue

Alvin Toffler passed away in June 2016 at the age of 87. The author of Future Shock, he warned us almost 50 years ago about the effects of change and our unpreparedness to address it. We are now suffering some the consequences he predicted by not being aware of the signs, symptoms and treatment of, what he called, the disease of change. ...

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Top 10 Innovation and Design Card Decks

Brian Eno’s Oblique Strategies. IDEO’s Method Cards. Sub Rosa’s Questions & Empathy. Idea Couture’s Impact Foresight Game. I’ve long been a fan of design and innovation card decks. I love them so much I helped create one this year – LPK’s Roadblocks to Innovation – shared 600+ sets worldwide and led a couple dozen Roadblocks Workshops. This unique medium has a power ...

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