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Why the Front End of Innovation is Different

Let’s assert that you’ve become very good at your job. Whether you are in finance, marketing or operations, your proficiency is based on your education and your work history. You know how to anticipate financial needs, or how to manufacture products more efficiently because you love what you do, you do it often and you are rewarded to do it well. You have deep knowledge about your chosen area of specialty and you can demonstrate expertise. Then along comes an innovation need.
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Why Kirk Beats Spock at Innovation

There’s a mistake being played out in your organization when it comes to staffing innovation projects. You are likely staffing them with a bunch of “Spocks”, people who know a lot about the subject and have deep expertise. While this may look like a dream team, I can assure you that staffing a bunch of Spocks is not helpful and can be harmful. Continue reading

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Innovators are Unreasonable Networkers

John Stuart Mill lived at a time and in a place where the interaction of the various classes was limited, and when it occurred the conversation or interaction was one of disdain for the lower classes. Mill lived at a time of little change and great social unrest, but his goal was to create more progress. Today we live in a place where anyone can talk with anyone. Twitter, Facebook and other social media provide ever greater opportunities to exchange information and ideas with a wide range of people. Continue reading

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Why Your Business Needs More Innovation

I was working with a client recently where there’s a real, palpable disconnect between the product managers and the executive team. The product managers believe more innovation is necessary – not simply more new products, but more expansive innovation. Continue reading

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For Better Innovation, Fill The Gap

Paul Hobcraft wrote a nice blog about the genesis of an idea in his article entitled Making Innovation Practice Spread. In his article he talks about two schools of thought. The first is that ideas originate from generating ideas – brainstorming and so forth. The other school suggests that ideas originate from adopting new practices. I think both are true, yet… Continue reading

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Want More Innovation? Establish Investments & Priorities

After a long day of innovation workshops, I ask the fateful question – does anyone have any questions about what we’ve done today? Inevitably one hand goes up. The question: can you tell our executives that we need more time to do innovation? Continue reading

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Managers are for Efficiency, Leaders are for Innovation

Time was, back when the railroads were built, that the military was basically the only management structure that was large, distributed and relatively effective. This structure was especially valuable when few people had much education, but could be taught relatively simple operations on a production line. Fast forward to today.. Continue reading

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