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The most important currency of the 21st century isn’t money, it’s not even anything tangible – it’s connections – relationships – the network Continue reading

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Transforming Culture via Innovation

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.

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Packaging up Innovation

Who says the established old companies can’t innovate? It takes courage and will – but it can be done…and at more formidable levels than thought! Continue reading

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Heretic! Devil’s Advocate! Trouble-Maker – these are the words for 21st Century innovators – so are you one? Continue reading

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Why is execution so hard?

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

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P&G's Lessons from a Century of Open Innovation

Suffice it to say I was honored my friend Chris Thoen would agree to talk about P&G’s Open Innovation history at the 3rd Open Innovation (OI) Summit at Baldwin Wallace College’s Center for Innovation & Growth: Practical Challenges of Global Open Innovation.  Chris has been interviewed, quoted, written about extensively as a leader in OI, including on these pages, and for good reason. Some of you may know P&G’s history, some may not. 175 years ago, two brother-in-laws, William Procter (candle maker) and James Gamble (soap maker), using the same raw material, fats, were encouraged by their father-in-law to collaborate to get better ‘fat’ pricing! This was the start of P&G.  They grew the company with their own innovations and through (un-named at the time) open innovation with other technology makers and companies.  These partnerships were the foundation of P&G’s growth into 300 brands in over 180 countries, 24 billion dollar brands and most … Continue reading

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Living Well through Collaboration

(This post continues the summary of fabulous stories and interactions at the 3rd Open Innovation Summit at Baldwin Wallace College’s (BW) Center for Innovation & Growth: Practical Challenges of Global Open Innovation featuring P&G on April 21st.) Craig Vogel, President of Live Well Collaborative (LWC), talked about being an Open Innovation partner of P&G, focusing on the over 50 population. Craig, a design guru, is also Assoc. Dean of Research & Innovation at the University of Cincinnati’s College of Design, Architecture, Art and Planning (DAAP) and an Industrial Design professor in the UC’s School of Design. LWC’s purpose is, through discovery and sharing of insights, to create innovative products & services enhancing the quality of life for over 50 year old consumers.  They do this through a unique model of working with UC’s schools of DAAP, Medicine, Nursing, Business and Engineering and companies like P&G, General Mills, Hill-Rom, Boeing, Citi, … Continue reading

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