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An Open Letter on Innovation to President Obama

"We need to out-innovate, outeducate, and outbuild the rest of the world" - President Obama --- In reading the stories and quotes from last night's State of the Union address by President Obama, it is clear, and frustrates me to no end, that my government talks a lot about innovation but still does not understand how to foster it. Innovation in America, especially in the short term, is not achieved by pumping huge sums of money into government-sponsored research and development efforts.

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Solving Innovation Problems with Strangers

What’s it like? by Stefan Lindegaard In writing and making public presentations about open innovation, I often remind people that while process is important, in the end success comes down to having people with the right mindset and skills. So much can be accomplished when a good team comes together, even when that team consists of experts in various disciplines ...

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Outsourcing Innovation

Over the last 20 years or so, as global barriers fell and telecommunications and information infrastructure increased, it has become easier and cheaper to outsource some functions. In the US this started with NAFTA for manufacturing and then moved to Taiwan and to mainland China. For services it started in the nineties as many firms moved high overhead operations like ...

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Observing – the Mother of All Discovery Skills

Observing is a critical skill for people willing to increase their innovation capability. It is critical because observing customers will reveal behavior patterns that they have unknowingly developed to compensate for some inconvenience that could be removed or for some unmet need to could be addressed more fully. Surveys and focus groups will reveal improvement opportunities that customers are conscious ...

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Watch Out for the Innovation Boogeyman

If you are operating under tight resource constraints (and these days, who isn't?), you may recognize that this is the innovation world you face every day. You desperately want to - need to - innovate, but you are in the dark about emerging technologies, consumer trends, and competitive movements. Optimally, you'd like to throw on the light switch and see clearly into all of those areas, but the costs of market research studies, consumer testing, innovation management software, and outside consultants are beyond your reach.

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