Category: Design

Holiday Innovation: The SIT Patterns in Christmas Gifts

‘Tis the season for catalogs, and my favorite is Hammacher Schlemmer, America’s longest running catalog, “Offering the Best, the Only and the Unexpected for 166 Years.” I was curious to see if I could spot any of the five patterns of the innovation method called Systematic Inventive Thinking (SIT). Continue reading

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The incremental commitments to innovation still rule the day to move growth along. Until a new sustaining confidence returns to our economies, risk mitigation dominates as markets continue to be more volatile and unreliable in predictive data and executive sentiment remains cautious. Continue reading

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Thinking Inside the Box

You’ve all heard about “thinking outside the box.” It’s a tired expression really. “You need to put on your innovation hat! You need to think outside the box!” OK, true enough I guess. But actually, we live in a real world with real constraints. We are, truth be told, in a box. There are timelines, there is physical space, there are responsibilities, there are budgets. Yes, we can solve problems with… Continue reading

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What Change Roles Are Missing?

I’m gearing up to write a new book and app on organizational change to complement a powerful new collaborative, visual change planning toolkit that will be incredibly useful for use in change programs, project and portfolio management, and even innovation, and so I’m canvasing the organizational change literature space (including change leadership, change management, and business transformation) and looking to identify: Continue reading

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There has been a lot of buzz around embracing failure as a stepping-stone to success. Many organizations welcome the idea and contemplate the thought of celebrating failure, but they are often reluctant to embrace the concept in practice. Continue reading

Posted in Blogging Innovation, Case Study, Conferences, Creativity, Culture & Values, Design, Disruption, Entrepreneurship, Experience Innovation, Government, Industry, Innovation, Innovation Perspectives, Innovation Teaching Story, Inspiration, Leadership, Management, Open Innovation, Social Innovation, collaboration, culture, education | 2 Comments
Dr. Larry Miller

He said “my father was a toolmaker and I used to watch him work, I still like to tinker, to make things.” I was speaking with an eminent Emergency Room surgeon, Dr Larry Miller who created a life saving technology called the EZ-IO. Continue reading

Posted in Design, Entrepreneurship, Health/Healthcare, Innovation Perspectives, People & Skills, Processes & Tools | 1 Comment
Innovation Sighting: Subtraction in Email

The only thing worse than having too many emails is getting very long ones. When I open an email and see a long-winded message followed by a chain of other emails that have to be read as well, I dread it. Now there’s a new app that helps manage the problem.. Continue reading

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