Innovating Your Why

Too many brands, companies and even vertical sectors assume what they do is, well, what they do. They define their value based on their current tactical, delivered product or service to the market and to their customers. But that’s not at all what they do, of course. People don’t buy a newspaper because it’s printed news. They can get that ...

Read More »

Simplifying the Complex

Some call it a matrix, others a two-by-two diagram. I call them awesome. Two-by-twos allow you to plot complex information in a matter that allows you not only to see the relationship between two things, but also to make better judgments and decisions. I often use these during brainstorming sessions with clients as a way to filter our stacks of ...

Read More »

Innovation Can't Wait

One of my partners, an electrical engineer, let out a loud cry a few minutes ago. He was responding to an article I sent him about a new electical gizmo that monitors eletrical usage in the home. He was upset because he came up with a very similar idea about a year ago, but he assumed it was safe to ...

Read More »

Innovation Perspectives – 911 Call for Innovation and Revolution

This is the fourth of several ‘Innovation Perspectives‘ articles we will publish this week from multiple authors to get different perspectives on ‘What product or sector is in desperate need of innovation?‘. Here is the next perspective in the series: by Ric Merrifield I define innovation as figuring out a way to accomplish the same outcome, the “what” we do, ...

Read More »

Culture Doesn't Trump Strategy

I was checking Twitter yesterday while getting ready to board my flight when a quote attributed to @zappos (Tony Hsieh, CEO of Zappos) came across my timeline. It read “Culture Trumps Strategy.” I did a double-take on this as it just didn’t resonate with me. Then my timeline started to get peppered with Retweets of this quote from some very ...

Read More »

Video Interview – Dan Pink – Author of "Drive"

I had the opportunity to interview Dan Pink, author of the new book “Drive” at a biznik event last night. If you’re not familiar with biznik, it is an online community for entreprenurs and the independently employed. Instead of just stopping there, Biznik organizes several in-person events and an annual conference called Seattle BizJam (which I spoke at in 2007), ...

Read More »

Innovation Perspectives – Active Senior Opportunities

This is the third of several ‘Innovation Perspectives‘ articles we will publish this week from multiple authors to get different perspectives on ‘What product or sector is in desperate need of innovation?‘. Here is the next perspective in the series: by Tim Kastelle We are facing the best innovation opportunity in the history of business right now, and everyone is ...

Read More »

CES 2010 Report

More than 10,000 people attended the show, and funny enough there was another show running next door – the Porn Show. I don’t know if were are any vendors who showcased products in both. One thing that deserves mention is Nokia’s announcement of the Growth Economy Venture Challenge. Nokia is going to invest $1 million in a developer who comes ...

Read More »