Author Archives: Paul Sloane

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In a sense we are all in perpetual beta. The most dangerous people are the ones who think they know it all and who stop learning. We are not yet the finished article and never will be. Continue reading

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Have you been to the Edinburgh Fringe? It is a remarkable experience. The Fringe is the world’s largest annual Arts Festival… Continue reading

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The golden rule is that you should base new product initiatives on a combination of your technical expertise and evident customer needs. But innovators are rule breakers so you can try a new product based on just one of these criteria. Continue reading

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Seek Out Unhappy Customers

A better source of incremental innovation is the customer. If you keep making your product better and easier to use for him or her then you are adding value rather than just adding features. The unhappy customer is the place to start – so seek him out. Continue reading

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Opening up your innovation initiatives to outsiders is seen as more effective than relying solely on your internal R&D or marketing departments. However, because this approach is so new there is a dearth of guidance on how to measure the success of open innovation activities. Continue reading

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Creativity of the Artist: Observe

One way to overcome this common problem is to appoint someone whose job it is to help managers find ideas. Continue reading

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Upbringing and experience seem to encourage girls to play it safe and boys to take risks. Continue reading

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