Author Archives: Jeffrey Phillips
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
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
Here’s a question that has befuddled even the best innovation thinkers, and has led to countless articles, white papers, surveys and other analysis: which is more important to innovation success, leadership or culture? Continue reading
I read a lot about innovation, and I’m constantly amused by the articles that talk about “kick starting” innovation. If there is one activity that is resistant to forward motion based on one quick action like a kick start, it’s innovation. What people who advocate “kick starting” innovation don’t understand is the analogy, and the effort involved before the fact. Continue reading
I think Newton left out a law when he devised his three laws of nature. You know the laws I’m speaking of – objects at rest tend to stay at rest. Every forced is opposed by an equal and opposite force. And so on… Continue reading
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.