Why You Can’t Innovate

We cling dearly to certainty, at virtually any cost–but the cost is often much greater than we realize. I will warn you at the outset that what I’m about to share is anything but intuitive. In fact you and I share 200,000 years of programming that often conspires against our intuitive desire to innovate. A recent WSJ article cited a ...

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Top Five Technological Innovations in Medicine

Over the last few years, the health industry has experienced a major shift in technological innovations. What seemed impossible years ago can be solved now only with the touch of buttons. Modern technological innovations in drugs and equipment have completely revolutionized the health sector. The medical machines and the computers that power them are now becoming more smaller, faster and ...

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Should You Fix the Problem or Design it Out?

Let’s start with the problem. According to The Plastic Pollution Coalition (January 3, 2017) – “It’s National Drinking Straw Day! Each day, more than 500 million plastic straws are used and discarded in the U.S. alone. Plastic straws consistently make the top ten list of items found, according to Ocean Conservancy’s International Coastal Cleanup data. In the last three years, ...

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A 270 Year Old Mathematical Formula Can Teach Us A Lot About Innovation

Accountants tell us that numbers don’t lie, because for them numbers are the same as facts. Mathematicians see it differently though. They see numbers as abstract representations of reality that, when combined with other numbers, have an almost mystical ability to create patterns that unlock hidden truths. In other words, as the great early 20th century numbers theorist G. H. ...

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Who Should Own Innovation In Your Company?

Do You Have the Right People Running Innovation? See what the latest research says about who should “own innovation” in the corporation   Who is responsible for innovation within your organization? We all know that successful innovation isn’t just about coming up with an idea for the next big thing. True innovation requires ownership and agile execution . Companies that ...

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Leadership is Not Binary – Use Your Judgement

100% of the people won’t like your new idea, even if it’s a really good one like the airplane, mayonnaise or air conditioning. I don’t know the right amount of conflict, but I know it’s not 0% or 100%. If 100% is good, 110% isn’t better. Percentages don’t work that way. 100% alignment is not the best thing. Great things ...

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The Medical Matriarchy?

The highest paying jobs in the US are in tech, medicine and law. For the first time, there are more women in medical school than men, but only 30% of the physician workforce are women. 60% of pharmacists are women. However, women hold only 20% of tech jobs. Over one in three lawyers are women. Several social cross currents are destroying patriarchies in the ...

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5 Trends Driving Corporate Innovation

The leaders of a 25,000-person U.S. government organization had a serious problem. They were stuck with outdated hardware and software, sometimes dating back to the eighties. Their workforce did not seem capable of adapting, and frustrated younger employees were leaving for more promising opportunities. Their customers and partners were asking for increasingly complicated support using newer technologies that could not ...

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The 70-20-10 Rule for Innovation

One of the things I always get asked about from the companies I work with is how to manage their innovation resources. Should they bet big on an unproven, but possibly breakthrough idea? Or focus on improving the products that they already know their customers want? Or maybe leveraging existing resources into a new market? This is an important question. ...

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