Category: Processes & Tools

Be Fruitful and Multiply: The Multiplication Technique

A common problem in photography is the occurrence of red-eye, like you see here. Redeye happens when the flash of a camera goes into the eyeball. But today’s cameras have a clever and simple way to defeat redeye. They have a dual flash. Voila! No redeye. This innovation is a classic example of the multiplication technique. Continue reading

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Every great idea begins as a revelation. Yet when that flash of insight leads to action, it inevitably encounters the real world and that’s when hard lessons are learned. Adjustments have to be made and…profitable models rarely come easy. Continue reading

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Financial capital is vital for innovation. it provides the potential ‘burn’ — but what is often understated and certainly under-appreciated is the other sources of capital. Continue reading

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Innovation Through Task Unification

The famous inventor, Thomas Edison, lived in a beautiful home. But something was unusual about the gate that led into his house… 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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It’s been a big couple of weeks for Prof Clayton Christensen, one of the world’s most influential thinkers on innovation. Not only has his theory of Disruptive Innovation been attacked in the New Yorker, in his most recent article for the Harvard Business Review he acknowledged that his “Innovator’s Solution” may have been wrong too. Continue reading

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How to have Brilliant Ideas: Can you trust in the slow hunch?

Tim Berners-Lee, the inventor of the internet makes no claims of a single epiphany. The Web came into being as an archetypal slow hunch. Berners-Lee’s idea to connect people via a network took at least a decade to mature. Continue reading

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