Author Archives: Jeffrey Phillips

Innovation is the Triumph of Hope over Experience

Oscar Wilde, perhaps one of the most acerbic and humorous writers of the 19th century, once commented that a second marriage after a failed first marriage was the “triumph of hope over experience”. His point was that people continued to pursue marriage, even in the face of bitter previous failure. Now Wilde was a bachelor, and also unable to marry ...

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Changing Corporate Culture to Encourage More Innovation

I’ve written and spoken about the importance of corporate culture and its impact on innovation over the last 15 years or so. Heck, one of the underlying issues I address in my book Relentless Innovation (shameless plug) is the overwhelming challenge that corporate culture presents to an innovation team. I’ve argued that corporate culture, more than any other issue, is the ...

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Lego’s Innovation Lessons

Lego's Innovation Lessons - Innovation Excellence

In strange and disappointing news, Lego announced that it was facing dire sales projections, with growth slowing from over 25% per year to low single digits. Strange, when just a few years ago Lego was on top of the world, with great new toys, Lego kits, Lego Robots and the Lego movies.

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You Lack Allocation and Purpose, Not Time to Innovate

What if everyone in your company had to account for their time, and what if everyone had a specific time allocation for innovation? That might differ depending on the individual, their experience and interest in innovation of course, but what if at the end of each year you could look across your team and see how much time an individual spent building innovation skills and contributing to innovation projects. Wouldn't that be valuable as a manager?

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