Author Archives: Jeffrey Phillips

Innovation the Tom Sawyer Way

Over the last few years I’ve noticed a continuing discussion in many organizations about the origin of ideas. Should the ideas they commercialize originate from inside the organization, outside the organization or both. So far few executives have cast their vote for “neither”. Continue reading

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What The Karate Kid Teaches Us About Innovation

When you start an innovation activity, don’t spend time looking for the method or tool or framework that promises immediate results that won’t fail. Spend time developing skills on basic innovation tools – like trend spotting, gathering customer needs, creative thinking, idea generation and so forth. Continue reading

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Why Corporate Innovation Is So Difficult

We innovators need to learn to be careful with our language. Too often I hear people conflating words like innovation, invention and entrepreneurship. The fact is that these are all intertwined but subtly different words with very different challenges. Continue reading

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Why Innovators Make Terrible Firefighters

Let me first acknowledge that this post has nothing to do with real firefighters – you know, the guys who actually risk their lives in burning buildings. This post has to do with business “fire fighters”, those mid and senior level executives who rush into “critical” situations to clean up terrible customer service or rush to fill a product gap. Continue reading

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Recently a newly minted MBA contacted me, expressing interest in work as an innovation consultant. What I found interesting was that the individual offered up the other firms he’d contacted, and from his note to me it was clear that he didn’t understand the differences between firms that offer services in the “innovation space”. Continue reading

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Discomfort Is The Key To Innovation

For years now we’ve been told that innovation is strange and unusual, but promises great possibilities and potential returns. In some cases and places, we’ve been successful, but there’s something to be learned in the lasting resistance to innovation on the whole. Continue reading

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Why Innovators Are Like Astronauts

Today I’m going to talk about the movie Gravity and how it relates to innovation.. Continue reading

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