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History Lessons for Innovators [video]

History Lessons for Innovators [video] - Innovation Excellence.com

Scott Bowden spends a great deal of time thinking about what he terms as “historical innovation,” which is the concept that one can improve the efficacy of modern innovation programs by studying examples of how people solved problems in the past , and applying those techniques to the challenges faced by current students of innovation.

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Lessons from Monet: Impressions of Innovation

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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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Understanding Emerging Innovation by Reviewing the Past

We tend to be very short-sighted, we corporate executives. Our lifespans are relatively brief, all things considered. There are over 240 years since the founding of the United States, and using a 20-year cycle for generations that suggest approximately 12 generations of people during that brief window. Most of us work for approximately 40 years, but we rarely consider the events or ...

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It Takes More than a Big Idea to Change the World

In 1882, just three years after he had almost literally shocked the world with his revolutionary lighting system, Thomas Edison opened his Pearl Street Station, the first commercial electrical distribution plant in the United States. By 1884 it was already servicing over 500 homes. Up till that point, electric light was mostly a curiosity. While a few of the mighty elite could ...

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Learning Innovation from Leonardo Da Vinci

This article focuses on a series of observations about Leonardo’s work and applies those to the challenges of the present-day innovator. When one thinks of Leonardo da Vinci and innovation, the typical picture that emerges would be some of Leonardo’s amazing designs for flying machines, military equipment, or even the Vitruvian Man, perhaps the most famous drawing in history.  I ...

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How to Build an Effective Culture

How To Build An Effective Culture

In Team of Teams, General Stanley McChrystal credits his focus on transforming military culture as key to turning the tide in Iraq. He writes that “the role of the leader was no more that of controlling puppet master, but of an empathetic crafter of culture.” He’s not alone.  Philadelphia Eagles Coach Chip Kelly says, “Culture will beat scheme every day.” Former IBM ...

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Innovation from the Summer of 1927 – Part I

As the summer of 2016 draws to a close after Labor Day weekend, I’d like to reflect back on an amazing summer nearly 90 years ago. Bill Bryson’s One Summer: America, 1927 takes a whirlwind tour through a series of major events that occurred in the summer of 1927 which saw events ranging from Charles Lindbergh’s flight across the Atlantic ...

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How America Became Exceptional

In 1929, just before the stock market crash, Louis Bamberger and his sister, Caroline Bamberger Fuld, sold their department store in Newark to R.H. Macy and Company for $25 million ( $343 million in 2015 dollars). Grateful to the people of Newark for their support, they planned to endow a medical college in that city. Yet when they approached Abraham Flexner, the foremost authority ...

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