Author Archives: Paul Sloane

Disaster Can Open the Door for Innovation

A catastrophe produces an unexpected set of circumstances and this can lead to opportunities for innovation. In January 1992 a container with 29,000 plastic bath toys was washed overboard in the Pacific Ocean.  They were manufactured in China and were on route to the USA.  They were called Floatees, bath toys consisting of red beavers, green frogs, blue turtles and ...

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Improve Your Innovation Process with Innovation Journey Maps

The Customer Journey Map is a popular management tool.  It is a visual representation of customer interactions with a company and a tool to investigate, analyse and thus improve customer experiences.  Let’s borrow the tool and adapt it for our purposes. The Innovation Journey Map (IJM) is a similar concept showing the journey that an innovation takes from initial conception ...

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Seven Verbs that Define Innovation Leaders

Leaders of innovation have a bias for action. They get on with things. No matter how well the business is doing they are not content to settle for what has been achieved so far; they are restless to try new initiatives. These seven verbs describe some of their key actions. 1. Focus.  They focus on the long term, on the ...

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Take More Risks

In this two minute video clip we will explore two important questions relating to risk in your life: 1. What is the biggest risk your have taken which has succeeded? 2. What is the biggest risk you have taken which failed? Wait! Before you go… Choose how you want the latest innovation content delivered to you: Daily — RSS Feed ...

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Flipping the Script on Innovation

“If the Door is Shut, Open it. If the Door is Open, Shut it.” Change of State Innovation In looking for innovations it is sometimes helpful to consider whether your product or service is open or closed.  If it is open what would happen if you enclosed it?  If it is closed what would happen if you opened it?  The ...

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How do you get the World to Adopt your Great Idea?

Sometimes the idea is simple and obvious but getting it adopted is very tricky.  Containerization was a massively important innovation which powered the expansion of global trade but it was a difficult idea to implement. Before containerization,  goods were physically manhandled as break bulk cargo. At the factory or warehouse goods were loaded onto a truck, driven to a port ...

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Try this Ideation Method – The Ideas Exchange

The Ideas Exchange is a brainstorm method which works well for larger groups.   It is easy to run, quick and effective.  This is the procedure: The problem is clearly stated. Everyone is given two colored cards (or post-it notes). Say one white and one pink. Working silently and individually they write down a sensible idea to solve the problem ...

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Innovation is a Cruel Game

So get your patent filed! Sometimes the idea is tremendous but it fails because of the current state of technology or infrastructure.  Consider the common remote control for your TV set.  The Zenith Radio Corporation launched the first wireless remote control for TVs in 1955.  The ‘Flashmatic’ shone a beam of light onto a photoelectric cell in the TV.  Unfortunately, ...

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Why are we so Gloomy about Human Progress?

How well-informed are you about the state of the world? Please try this short quiz. How did you get on? Most well-educated people do badly in this little test. The average person gets only two or three questions right out of 13. This is because we generally hold a distorted view of the world – we see the world as ...

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