Author Archives: Jeffrey Phillips

Innovation Roles – The Jester

Over the last few days I’ve been writing about the different roles, or “hats”, that innovators must play. I’ve talked about the role of the Matador, anticipating the bulls who protect sacred cows. I’ve written about the need for the Futurist, to encourage people to think longer term. I wrote yesterday about the Tinkerer, who must convert virtual ideas into ...

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Innovation Roles – The Tinkerer

If you are joining us mid-stream, I’m writing a series of articles describing the many “hats” that innovators must wear. In recent posts I’ve written that an innovator must sometimes be a Matador, anticipating the reaction of the old bulls when you attack the sacred cows. I’ve also written that innovators at times must be futurists, decoding trends and understanding ...

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Innovation Roles – The Futurist

Yesterday I began a short series of posts about the different roles that innovators play. There are several different and competing roles that any good innovator must assume, and understanding when and where to assume the roles is vitally important for success. Yesterday we argued that occasionally an innovator must become a Matador, able to work with the dangerous bulls ...

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What kind of innovator are you?

It struck me recently that far too often we in the innovation space expect our prospects and readers to understand, and comprehend, lingo and language that we toss about relatively carelessly. I often find myself, when working with clients, having to “define” radical innovation or breakthrough innovation, or introducing topics that I would think are standard in most organizations, like ...

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The Right Timeframes for Innovation

As we begin 2011, the concept of time seems to be paramount in my thinking about innovation. At the beginning of November I wrote a post about the “right” time for innovation. Over the last week I’ve decided that the biggest impediment to innovation isn’t funding, or resources, or time, but commitment. I’m sure somewhere over the 500+ blog posts ...

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Four Innovation Predictions for 2011

For those of you who receive our newsletter, these predictions are the same ones we made in our December 2010 edition. For those who don’t know about the newsletter or our yearly predictions about innovation, please read ahead. Keeping with the publishing traditions that demand that most articles in December relate to a “top ten” list from the year just ...

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All That is Remarkable About Innovation

Like many of you I participate in the social media world. That world has opened up new relationships and new sources of information for me that were completely unexpected. I’ve learned a lot from individuals on Twitter and Facebook and Linkedin, and I’ve become a real believer in the use of social media to support innovation. I was following a ...

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Innovation and Strategic Alignment

In a new study on innovation just released by CapGemini, one chart in particular caught my eye. The chart is a stacked bar chart reflecting how aligned the executives believe their innovation work is with their strategic goals. You can register for the report at www.capgemini.com. The background material on the study indicates that CapGemini received 189 responses from companies ...

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Why Customer Experience Innovation Matters Now

This is the time of year when analysts and consultants make predictions about the upcoming year. The folks at Trendwatching.com have just released their Top 11 Consumer Trends for 2011. Almost seems like a Spinal Tap moment. Anyway, we at OVO are no exception. Each year we publish predictions based on what we believe will happen in the upcoming year. ...

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