Author Archives: Deborah Mills-Scofield

The Soul food of Innovation? Irritation!

Seriously! You know when you have an idea for a new business, product, service or process and you tell someone and they pick it apart? They tell you all the reasons it won’t work. You get really really peeved and annoyed and say to yourself, “They just don’t ‘get it’.”? Frustrating isn’t it? Continue reading

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Intangible Loss of Outsourced Innovation

A few Sunday’s ago, New York Times front page featured How U.S. Lost Out on iPhone Work about the loss of American jobs overseas and the implications for our middle class. I’ve been thinking about the second and third order effects of outsourcing, especially now that some companies are either doing or seriously considering insourcing. Continue reading

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Paradox of Mentoring

I’m mentoring Oberlin College students applying for a fellowship to start their business after graduation in May. Many of these kids were in my recent Business Model Innovation class. For some reason, the stakes seem higher to me than in mentoring ‘adults’. For these kids’ their first entrepreneur experience will shape their view of entrepreneurship, innovation, success and failure. Continue reading

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Networking as Survival

We think about networking as a very modern notion, with our accumulation of virtual “friends,” “followers” and people-who-might-be-useful-to-us-someday. To me, it is just an extension of what my people, my family have been doing since 70 AD – making critical connections that enable both our survival. The tools may have changed, but our reliance on the network has not. In fact, without the network, I literally wouldn’t be alive. Continue reading

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Reinventing Collaboratively

Using collaboration to innovate innovation – why not? Continue reading

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Can Innovation Balance with Status Quo?

We think of Innovation and Status Quo as polar opposites…but are they really? Continue reading

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Is your innovation glass half full or empty?

Have you ever known anyone who explicitly says that innovation is important? No! So listen carefully for the magic word – BUT. Some of you know how much I love to challenge the status quo so here’s my theory… Continue reading

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