The Truth Behind the Faster Horse Myth

According to legend, Henry Ford scoffed at market research and what we now call Consumer Insights, proclaiming, “If I had asked people what they wanted, they would have said faster horses.” While there is a certain degree of wisdom in this statement, it has been misquoted to justify bad, hubris-inspired product failures by too many corporate egos. Continue reading

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 How to Quantify Novel, Useful and Successful - Innovation Excellence

Is it disruptive? Is it innovative? Two meaningless questions. Two questions to stop asking. More strongly, stop using the words “disruptive” and “innovative” altogether. Strike them from your vocabulary and replace them with novel, useful, and successful. Continue reading

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Top 20 Innovation Articles of May 2016

Drum roll please… At the beginning of each month we will profile the twenty posts from the previous month that generated the most traffic to Innovation Excellence. We also publish a weekly Top 10 as part of our free Innovation Excellence Weekly magazine and email newsletter. Did your favorite make the cut? Continue reading

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Coaching to Overcome the Ten Innovation Intractables - Innovation Excellence

If you could ask a series of question that might help unlock innovation blockages it would make such a difference to our innovation performance and engagement. I think this might need a good external facilitator as my recommendation, one who has deep innovation knowledge and expertise, able to manage the ‘dynamics’ within the room. Continue reading

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How Six Sigma Promotes a Culture of Innovation - Innovation Excellence

The claim that Six Sigma stifles innovation is a myth, and structure-driven quality can co-exist peacefully with creative innovation. Continue reading

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New insights

This article emphasizes that all of us have the creative potential and looks at different practical ways we can use for generating new ideas in our workplaces and during team meetings and being creative for problem-solving. Continue reading

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Well-designed products make life easier by solving problems. Extraordinary products introduce new ways of doing things. To learn how to design great consumer products, I spoke with “Product Whisperer” Tracy Hazzard. Continue reading

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