Author Archives: Jeffrey Phillips

Making Innovation Second Nature

Athletes understand the concept of muscle memory. That is, the experience your body has performing specific activities that are consistently practiced until they become second nature. Why does something that seems so evident on its face in one activity, athletics, seem so unusual in other aspects of our lives, such as business? Continue reading

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Innovation: Lost in Translation

I was thinking today, between flights, about the kabuki dance that innovation often becomes. What I mean is that many CEOs and executives talk about innovation and the benefits of innovation. But only if the people tasked with innovation have the skills, capabilities, resources and political cover to do innovation. Continue reading

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Three Innovation Clockspeeds

The pervasive lack of enthusiasm or even awareness of time in regards to innovation is a constant source of amazement for me. In organizations transfixed by time, speed and efficiency, innovation and product development are often the slowest out of the gate, the longest efforts to accomplish and seem completely unrelated to the real world. Continue reading

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Making New Mistakes

Nothing is quite so frustrating as working with a client who claims to want and need innovation, but is paralyzed by indecision or doubt. Unless, of course, it is a client who has decided that regardless of the new ideas they generate, they will all fail, because of the mistakes they made in the past. Continue reading

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The Tipping Point between Structure & Innovation

Like many things in life, the far ends of the spectrum are often compelling but very ineffective. In the case of innovation, at one end of the spectrum we find the “no structure” advocates. These individuals believe that innovation and creativity reject all structure or process. Continue reading

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Defining and Prioritizing Idea Streams

In the course of working with clients, we often find at least three different “streams” of ideas. These streams represent different perspectives and different kinds of ideas, and we believe they should be prioritized according to the strategic goals of the business and the intended purpose of innovation. Continue reading

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All I need to innovate is...

Growing up, one of my favorite movies was the Steve Martin vehicle The Jerk. After a week of working with several clients who are focused on developing and extending innovation capabilities and disciplines, I found myself thinking about this movie.. Continue reading

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