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Eight Reasons why Innovation beats Efficiency

If you are running an organization of any kind then making it more efficient is a key priority.  It is important to speed up processes, eliminate waste, improve quality, reduce costs and generally please customers.  And if you work hard at it you can do all of these things.  But it is also important to prioritise innovation – finding new ...

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Quality, Speed, and Cost: How to achieve all three in Innovation

Quality, Speed, and Cost. Pick Two. A long-standing belief across chemical and industrial product companies is that it’s not possible to rapidly produce low-cost, high-quality products. Many companies dedicate their best manufacturing equipment and people to quickly develop and launch a high-quality product, but these additional resources drive up costs unexpectedly. In other situations, management decides to deliver a very ...

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Innovation Is Becoming A Core Competency

If you've lived a while as a consultant to corporations, you've had the chance to see significant, even tectonic change to the way things work in larger enterprises over the last 20-30 years. Stuff that would have seemed illogical or inconsequential we now consider imperative, and right now, things that seem incremental or short-lived may rapidly become mission-critical.

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Dangers of Innovation Peer Pressure

My growing fear is that innovation is on course to become the fad of the day in the same way quality was in the 90s. Having said that, I expect that Braden Kelley’s new book – Stoking Your Innovation Bonfire is going to prove a very helpful guide for organizations making decisions about where innovation is relevant. For those of ...

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Go Beyond Your Addiction to Incrementalism!

In today’s nano-second, downsized, caffeine-buzzed business world, corporations are increasingly demanding that “their people” redouble their efforts to find new and better ways of getting the job done. If this were the 1950’s, an efficiency expert might be called in, a bespectacled, uncharismatic gentleman with a fascination for predictability, order, and control. His motto? “A place for everything and everything ...

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