Archive for: March, 2012

Innovation must reads of the week: Time to redefine “innovation”


Mandatory Innovation

Have you heard of Krav Maga?

If you have, that’s really cool. If you haven’t, then you’ve seen Matt Damon use Krav Maga to kick butt in the Jason Bourne movies.

Krav Maga is a fighting technique that is practiced all over the world. It originated in Europe but was refined in Israel, where the International Krav Maga Federation is located. What’s interesting is that Krav Maga is taught to every Israeli soldier. And every civilian.

Remember that in Israel, every citizen goes through basic military training.

This got me thinking as I was watching the Human Weapon episode of Krav Maga. Just like it’s mandatory for Israeli’s to go through basic military training, what if we made it mandatory to teach every civilian entrepreneurship?

Sounds crazy right?

Ubiquitous to Anomaly: A useful way to begin the creative process

As innovators:

  • We’re on the constant lookout for novelty.
  • We want/need to know what’s happening in the world and what might change it.
  • We’re not really concerned with debating what’s already here.
  • We simply identify what’s already here and think about how we might change or replace it.

Innovation skills require ‘connect the dots’ skills. And today, if you’re in charge of innovation at your organization, you are living in information overload. There’s just no way around it. You have to be able to filter and connect the unconnected. That’s the challenge. How do you do it?

I don’t claim to have the answer to this problem, but I do have a very simple method to jump-start my brain.

Everyone wants to follow the leader, not many want to be one

We all have access to the same information. To the same quotes, to the same people, to the same sources. To the same…

Regurgitation has taken center stage.

For example, those of us ‘in the know’ have a pretty good idea about how Apple works. We know they don’t do focus groups, that they don’t follow traditional management protocol. And that they are ferocious in the pursuit for perfection. Is there anything else we need to know?

Except for all the nitty gritty details, not much else I think. Yet people still love to debate about the same stuff over and over again.

Innovation must reads of the week: Prototyping is the process

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