Author Archives: Mike Shipulski

Even Entrepreneurial Projects Must Fit the Brand

To meet ever-increasing growth objectives, established companies want to be more entrepreneurial. And the thinking goes like this – launch new products and services to create new markets, do it quickly and do it on a shoestring. Do that Lean Startup thing. Build minimum viable prototypes (MVPs), show them to customers, incorporate their feedback, make new MVPs, show them again, ...

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What’s Your Problem?

If you don’t have a problem, you’ve got a big problem. It’s important to know where a problem happens, but also when it happens. Solutions are 90% defining and the other half is solving. To solve a problem, you’ve got to understand things as they are. Before you start solving a new problem, solve the one you have now. It’s ...

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The Right Way to Choose the Best Idea

We have too many ideas, but too few great ones. We don’t need more ideas, we need a way to choose the best one or two ideas and run them to ground. Before creating more ideas, make a list of the ones you already have. Put them in two boxes. In Box 1, list the ideas without a video of ...

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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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If You Are Not Learning, What Are You Doing?

You can’t learn until you acknowledge you don’t understand. No one knows everything. No sense pretending, especially if you want to learn. If you don’t know what you want to learn, any learning will do. If you’re not surprised, the learning could have been deeper. When you learn it won’t work it’s not failure, it’s learning. When assumptions are formalized, ...

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Wisdom within Dichotomy

To create future success, you’ve got to outlaw the very thing responsible for your past success. Sometimes slower is faster and sometimes slower is slower. But it’s always a judgement call. We bite the bullet and run expensive experiments because they’re valuable, but we neglect to run the least expensive thought experiments because they’re too disruptive. There’s an infinite difference ...

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Don’t Accelerate Innovation – Burst it

The most difficult part of innovation is starting, and the best way to start is the Innovation Burst Event, or IBE. The IBE is a short, focused event with three objectives: to learn innovation methods, to provide hands-on experience, and to generate actual results. In short, the IBE is a great way to get started. There are a couple flavors ...

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The Three R’s of Innovation – Risk, Reward, and Resources

The Three Rs of Innovation – Risk, Reward, and Resources

Is it innovation or continuous improvement or is it innovation? Is it regular innovation or disruptive innovation? Is it new enough or too new? These questions are worse than meaningless as they suck emotional energy from the organization and divert emotional energy from the business objective. With every initiative, there are risks, rewards, and resources. Risk generally tracks with newness, ...

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