Author Archives: Jeffrey Phillips

An Innovation Christmas Carol

Ed Scrooge was tired. It was only 4 in the afternoon, but back to back meetings throughout the day had exhausted him… His reign as CEO might not last much longer if the financial results didn’t pick up. Continue reading

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Is Your Innovation a Step, Jump or Vault?

In hindsight, most new products or services that are created seem relatively obvious. Consumers and manufacturers will wonder – why didn’t we see this sooner? Most really interesting innovations, however, seem paradoxical and strange as they are being introduced, even though many will be accepted and become part of the norm. Continue reading

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Separating Entrepreneurs from Corporate Innovators

It’s probably a distinction without a significant difference, but I try to distinguish very carefully between entrepreneurs, inventors and corporate innovators. While there are some significant overlaps in goals, purpose and intent, there are also some very significant differences which I’d like to explore. Continue reading

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Can You Spare an Innovation Dime?

In the Great Depression it wasn’t at all uncommon to see able bodied men selling apples on a street corner, or worse, holding a sign asking for spare change. The phrase “can you spare a dime” became synonymous with the era, as people sought any job, any way to earn money they could find. Of course, back then a dime was real money. Today, there’s a new cry heard in many organizations.. Continue reading

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Putting the Solution Cart Before the Innovation Horse

So, here it comes again. Another blog post using an old standby as a way to make a point. Today’s old standby is the adage about placing the cart before the horse. Continue reading

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Innovation Exhaustion

After almost ten years of innovation consulting, I’ve come to learn some things about innovation, of course, but more importantly corporate cultures, hierarchies and power structures. After years of wondering why sustained innovation is so difficult, I’ve come to this conclusion.. Continue reading

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What Goldfish Teach Us About Innovation

I wanted to write today about “context” and the importance context plays when teams attempt to innovate. You’ll be familiar with the phrase “like a fish out of water” – implying that the fish is in a new and unfamiliar context, and unlikely to succeed. Continue reading

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