Author Archives: Deborah Mills-Scofield
Mike Waite, President of Menasha Packaging, talks about how they transformed 160+yr old commodity market, old industry company into a customer-focused, innovative and cool place to work. Recorded for the Mills-Scofield & BW Center for Innovation and Growth Open Innovation Success Stories Panel, May 18, 2010.
Heretic! Devil’s Advocate! Trouble-Maker – these are the words for 21st Century innovators – so are you one? Continue reading
I just finished two strategic planning sessions with two clients. Both are very good at execution which got me thinking, again, about why execution is so hard. And sometimes,executing excellently is a major customer and competitive advantage! You know the adage; I’d rather have a B plan with A execution than an A plan with B execution. So why is this so hard- well, not sure how wired our brains are for execution in the first place. As humans, we tend to focus on the here and now – the present – the crisis du jour, what’s in front of us, the day to day. It’s harder to focus on the longer-term that is a bit less ‘tangible’ and more ‘abstract’. Let’s face it, how many of us keep New Year’s resolutions? Perhaps it’s just how we are. But, that’s no excuse is it! In my experience at AT&T, a few startups I was … Continue reading
Being involved in Open Innovation (OI), one of the most cited stumbling blocks is, yes, lawyers – Intellectual Property (IP) attorneys specifically. To most business and R&D folks, IP counsel are viewed as deal killers. So I was anxious to hear Kelly McDow, Associate General Counsel for P&G’s Connect+Develop, speak at the 3rd Open Innovation Summit at BW’s Center for Innovation & Growth*. Kelly started out as a chemist, giving her a unique non-traditional-lawyer perspective of invention and innovation. Her experience exemplifies what is needed in a good Open Innovation IP attorney – the ability to understand and see many sides. Kelly posed two questions to the audience: How can IP attorneys help foster an OI mindset? How can you help both sides’ IP attorneys get there? Great questions that turned the tables from just usually ‘blaming’ the IP folks for ‘not getting it’ to how do you help them get there. We usually view … Continue reading