Author Archives: Jeffrey Phillips

Innovation Choices

Most of us live in a consumer driven economy. That is, we have a number of alternatives or choices for any need. We can choose across different brands of gasoline, airlines, automobiles and many other offerings. We are familiar with, and comfortable with, alternatives and making choices. Except, it seems, when we are called on to innovate. Continue reading

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Innovation: It

When I was in graduate school, a number of my friends became aficionados of the movie The Princess Bride. One thing that has stayed with me for a long time is what Vizzini says quite often in the film. Anytime a plan or a plot goes wrong, or something doesn’t work out the way he planned, he exclaims: It’s inconceivable. Continue reading

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Innovators Overcome The Can

There’s a vicious, pervasive mentality swirling in corporate America today, and it’s limiting innovation, growth and corporate renewal. Many of your fellow employees have been infected by a mental virus, and they aren’t even aware that they have it. Continue reading

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Slogan, Carnival or Capacity: What

By way of explaining innovation – what it is and what it isn’t – I often write about the innovation efforts we’ve seen and seek to illustrate successes and failures using (hopefully) humorous analogies. Today I’d like to illustrate some of the different methods or types of innovation implementation and why they fail to deliver any value. Continue reading

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Powerful Innovation Relies on Weak Signals & Forces

For a long time I’ve wondered if we don’t pay far too much attention to the obvious aspects of innovation – brainstorming, ideas, trends, etc – and pay far too little attention to the connective activities and culture that moves ideas through an integrated workflow. Continue reading

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If You Give an Innovator an Idea, He

From my experience, it seems that everyone thinks about innovation, but they think about it in very discrete, disconnected ways. R&D folks think about innovation as creating a new polymer. Marketing folks think about innovation as changing a marketing channel or delivering a new product. What very few people think about are the knock-on effects, consequences and series of events that are required to unfold when you innovate. Continue reading

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You Are What You Innovate

In many philosophical circles, the mantra behind much of the belief system is that you are what you (think, eat, do, believe). In dietary circles, you are what you eat. Is it also the case that you “are what you innovate” or is it often the other way round? I think in many cases we actually “innovate what we already are”. Continue reading

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