Author Archives: Jeffrey Phillips

Innovation Should Change Your Perspective

I’ve been thinking a lot about innovation lately. Well, I guess I’ve been thinking about innovation for over a decade, but for some reason the thinking has migrated from operational to philosophical. I’ve long wondered why.. Continue reading

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So the question of the day is: can innovation be learned, or “taught”? The underlying assumption is that innovation is inherent, a creative spark that one is either born with or cannot hope to possess. The rationalist in all of us considers this unusual and unfair. Certainly everyone can “learn” to innovate, no? Continue reading

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Innovation Magnetism

Did you ever play with magnets when you were a kid? Wasn’t it interesting to discover how powerful small magnets were when you connected the negative pole of one magnet to the positive pole of another magnet? I can’t help returning to a constant theme I’ve developed over the years – the idea that inertia and complacence are two of the biggest impediments to innovation. Continue reading

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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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