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What if you did things wrong?

Dolls are supposed to be cute right? Not so according to UglyDolls. They designed their dolls to be the opposite of conventional wisdom. UglyDolls might have asked themselves: What if we designed our product the wrong way? What if we made dolls that are ugly instead of cute? According to WSJ, University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton […]

Innovation must reads of the week: If we had a blank slate

Is Continuous Innovation Too Risky? – Forbes What Does an Innovator Look Like? – The Creativity Post Innovation is a process – Management Innovation eXchange Six Steps to Put Christensen’s Jobs-to-be-Done Theory into Practice – Forbes A recognition that innovation is a complex adaptive system –  @paul4innovating If we had a blank slate – @ovoinnovation

Engage in sci-fi thinking to understand what makes people tick

Last week I gave a workshop on how to mine social networks for insights. I used Facebook’s Fan Pages as a use case. Many of the participants were surprised as they didn’t visit Fan Pages and thought most were spammy. They also said they didn’t like it when brands suddenly went off topic because businesses […]

MBA in Curiosity

Last month I got invited to be part of a small group of Businessmen/Entrepreneurs/Consultants/CEO’s that meet once per month to talk about technology and innovation. We’re calling it Mix 2.0 for some reason. Our first meeting was Wednesday. We met at (ironically) Bar20 at VIA Corporativo, which is one floor beneath my office. There were […]

3 cognitive limits we must overcome to think differently

Expertise is the enemy of innovation right? Yes, but even experts can think differently. And, there’s much to learn from them on how they are able to overcome their ‘know-it-all’ tendencies. Indeed, research into expertise and expert performance explains how great strategists use mental frames to break cognitive barriers that prevent others from seeing new […]

What can you do to improve your business in a day?

That is the question. That and what can you do better tomorrow that you did today? With that in mind, I’m organizing a Business Hack-a-Thon next month in my office building. It’s for us and everybody else in the building. I want everyone to come together and see different points of view. This is an […]

10 Most Popular Innovation Posts of 2011

2011 is over. Lots of blog posts were written this year, lots of new and interesting friends were made, lots of ideas were crystallized and lots of value was created. It was fun looking through the archives to find those posts everyone liked the most. It was fun to revisit them and re-read the comments […]