Author Archives: Jeffrey Phillips

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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These Aren

As a guy of a certain age, who grew up with the Star Wars franchise, and who is happily passing it along to his son, I think many aspects of life can be related with a Star Wars reference. Continue reading

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The Innovation Box

If you stick around innovation practice and theory long enough, you’ll hear the “box” mentioned many times. Clients want their teams to think “outside the box”. People are criticized for any ideas that are “inside the box”. Consultants and industry thinkers will talk about the value of the box and whether the team needs to be “in the box” or “out of the box” in order to succeed. Continue reading

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Innovation Time

I’m writing today about what is becoming the most critical innovation barrier. For years we’ve talked about risk, uncertainty, culture and other factors that block innovation. Increasingly, the biggest barrier is time. Time is an innovation barrier on several levels. Continue reading

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