Time Management

Irresistible Innovation meets Immovable Object

I'm going to let you in on a secret. Doing innovation isn't really all that hard, once you get the hang of it. Yes, there are dozens of methodologies and approaches. You can tap into your employees and/or your customer base for ideas. You can search for interesting technologies in research labs and universities. You can prototype, test and tweak ideas based on customer pilots. In fact, you can do just about anything in innovation. That is, if you can get it started.

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Quick Win Innovation

Whenever people talk about innovation they tend to focus on the major break-throughs and category-changing product launches such as Dyson, Apple iPod and Google. These are known as disruptive innovations. It’s all very exciting to be groundbreaking and cutting edge – and, of course, everyone would love to be the company that launches the next big thing in their marketplace. But, this can also be problematic.

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A Neighborhood Idea Factory

Plenty of days I find myself in that state called “antsy in the office”. It often happens when I’m trying to be creative and come up with new ideas. My office is great for certain things but sometimes it’s just too quiet for creativity. Luckily there’s a place a few blocks down the street in my Chicago neighborhood that is practically an idea factory.

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