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What is the most common way to block innovation in any business?

Punish failure. Someone made a comment about how some of the recommendations that I made on a recent post where ready made solutions for how to stimulate innovation in any organization. They are not. They are idea starters on how to drive innovation in any business, tactics that have been used elsewhere. But they are [...]

3 criteria your business ideas must have for them to work

This is part three of the series on how to leave small thinking behind. In the first post, I showed you a simple technique for coming up with radical ideas. On the second part, I showed you how to evaluate ideas so they don’t fit into “me-too” territory. Here, I’ll tell you how to determine [...]

How to filter me-too ideas and leave small thinking behind

This is a three part post on how to leave small thinking behind. In the first post, I showed you a simple technique for coming up with radical ideas. Here I talk about how to evaluate ideas so they don’t fit into the “me-too” territory. On the third post I’ll tell you how to determine [...]

For innovation: Uncommon insights come from uncommon places

This is part one of the series on how to leave small thinking behind. In this first post, I’ll show you a simple technique for coming up with radical ideas. In the second part,  you’ll learn how to evaluate ideas so they don’t fit into “me-too” territory. In part three, I’ll tell you how to [...]

For innovation: listen to your customers but don’t believe them

Big data and analytics are going to alter customer experiences through personalization. But, companies should be wise get out of the building and not assume that big data is an innovation silver bullet. As companies adopt social and big data technologies, automation and anticipation will become hotly adopted strategies to create or enhance existing offerings. [...]

Customer satisfaction is no longer enough, we have to create new expectations

Here’s a pop quiz for you, do you think it is easier to be innovative if: you consistently aim for excellence you pursue excellence only after there is a crisis If your answer is #2, pay attention because this post is for you… I’m proud to say that the people and companies that I’ve worked [...]

For innovation: culture trumps office design

Innovation Labs, either accelerators or corporate bunkers, are now becoming commonplace. As a result, workspace design is booming. Browse around the web, and you’ll quickly see articles about startups that have designed their workspace to resemble their culture. For established companies trying to create a culture of innovation, this means copying the same design mantra [...]