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Innovation posts of the week: Values, bias and innovation

The Umbrella Problem: Time for Business Model Innovation? via @timkastelle Johanna Blakley: Lessons from fashion’s free culture | TED.com Vision and Passion: All you really need for innovation success by @ovoinnovation Building a Culture of Innovation From the Inside Out via @innovate An Inside View of IBM’s ‘Innovation Jam’ – MIT Sloan Management Review via [...]

New ideas don’t drop from the sky. They’re already here

Thinking is making distinctions and new ideas come from making sense of these distinctions. ‘I find it difficult to get new ideas, you always seem to come up with ideas so you do it’. This is something I hear all the time, it’s not difficult to get new ideas is. Check out what happened to [...]

One question to ask yourself everyday to trump the status quo

Don’t bother just to be better than your contemporaries or predecessors. Try to be better than yourself. – William Faulkner You know the future looks very different than it does today, your business needs to evolve to meet the challenges of tomorrow. What brought you success yesterday might not work tomorrow, you need to keep [...]

Effort as a game-changer

Do you know what else is a game-changer? Effort.   Check out Celtics point guard Rajon Rondo’s effort at the 18 second mark of last night’s win over the Magic, Kevin Garnett described it as a "pure, I-want-it-more-than-you type of play." This play right here completely altered the dynamic of the game.  

Innovation posts of the week: Innovation block by block

    Block-by-Blockbuster Innovation – Harvard Business Review What Surprising Number Will Change Your Business? – Harvard Business Review via @ralph_ohr Observing – the Mother of All Discovery Skills via @innovate The Art of Intelligent Disobedience : OPEN Forum 10 Core Assumptions for the Creative Workplace by @creatvemergence Innovation Must Overcome the Corporate Immune System [...]

Moleskine + Evernote: Idea capture heaven

  Do you know how we get ideas when we’re not thinking about problems? I don’t know about you but I’ve never gotten good ideas in the middle of a brainstorm, I’ve gotten them after the brainstorm when I’m not even thinking  about problems.   I’m a big believer in understanding how one thinks to [...]

Who do you NOT want to be?

Here’s another take on a couple of posts I wrote a few weeks ago on picking an enemy and then declaring war on them.   Part of crafting a business strategy is defining a vision, mission and values. One of the problems I see with this is it’s done more like an uninspired exercise of [...]