Author Archives: Jeffrey Phillips

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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Why a Common Language Matters for Innovation

As noted in previous posts, I’m returning to the idea that executives have a number of important roles to play when sponsoring innovation. Perhaps one of the most important roles is the work of creating a common innovation definition and language, and communicating the importance of innovation consistently and broadly.
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Why Corporate Culture is Important for Innovation

A few days ago I wrote a post about why “environment” matters for innovation. Today, in a continuing series of posts, I want to take a look at why corporate culture is such a vital barrier or accelerator for innovation. Continue reading

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Why Environment Matters to Innovation

I’d like to write today about the concept of environment, and why it matters so much to innovation. Continue reading

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Reach Beyond Your Comfort Zone

Lately I’ve met with a number of potential clients who are frustrated that their innovation efforts aren’t creating a bigger splash in the market. It can be difficult to identify the limiting factor in any new product or service. Perhaps the customer need wasn’t as strong as we anticipated.. Continue reading

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