Author Archives: Deborah Mills-Scofield

A series of personal innovation stories from a new book by Luis Solis, “Innovation Alchemists: what every CEO needs to know to hire the right Chief Innovation Officer”. Today’s chapter comes from Deb Mills-Scofield, an innovator, entrepreneur and non-traditional strategist… Continue reading

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Slowly investors are realizing this is an artificial distinction between Return on Investment (ROI) vs. Return on Impact (ROIm). No matter what your business, if it’s not having an impact on the customer in a way that delights the customer, you won’t need to worry for long – thank you Darwinism. Continue reading

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Rush to Discover, Not to Solve

Try to “Rush to Discover” first. Rush to Discover if there is a problem in the first place; and if so, understand your customer’s context, constraints, timing, adjacencies, and opportunities. You may discover it’s not a problem for them, only for you! You might discover that good enough is truly good enough. You might discover ways to change… Continue reading

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The Slippery Slope of Not Asking Why

I’d like to think I’m good at challenging the status quo. To get regular reality checks, I spend time with college kids creating for-profit and not-for-profit businesses aimed at solving wicked problems. They truly challenge the status quo and it is, fortunately, invigoratingly contagious. Continue reading

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The Truth About Your Network

Deborah Mills-Scofield live on disrupting your network. Deb recently challenged audiences at 2013 Business Innovation Factory’s 9th annual summit (BIF9), and also at the UnleashWD Innovation Summit 2013, on one of her favorite topics: networking (and survival). Continue reading

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Investing in Innovation: A Venture Capital POV

Take a look at most VC pitches and usually more slides are on the technology and functionality than sales and marketing. Take a look at most ‘use of funds’ and most of the money goes to product development, with not that much towards sales and marketing. Continue reading

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Intrapreneurship in Social Business

Deborah Mills-Scofield introduces us to Allen Kramer, “an incredible kid” who shares his wisdom on the role of intrapreneurship in social business. Continue reading

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