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Are we overly obsessed with disruptive ideas?

*+-If you disrupt and can’t sustain, you don’t win. – Gary Pisano Disruptive innovations that throw industries into chaos hog the spotlight. We are all transfixed by Google’s Moonshot attempts at either changing transportation, how we interact with objects and people that we believe those are the only innovations that matter. Academics and consultants like […]

You can’t change the world if you haven’t seen the problem

*+-From 6 lessons on innovation from Bill and Melinda Gates: You can’t conceptualize and find the solution for a problem you have never experienced or witnessed. The couple reckon that in order to truly be innovative you have to look at the problem and witness the suffering the problem causes. Bingo! Innovation always starts with […]

To find the truth you have to look within

*+-Peter Drucker famously remarked, “The most important thing in communication is hearing what isn’t said”. The same could be said of innovation techniques such as direct observation and journalistic interviews. You might ask people questions and have them tell you stories about themselves, but they can’t tell you how to matter. Finding the WHY is […]

Why deadlines impede innovation

*+-It’s almost impossible to come up with really innovative things when you have a deadline and schedule. It is no secret that constraints drive innovation. But what about deadlines? Deadlines, when managed well, can be a motivation–but when abused, can set you back. Here are a few things to consider before jumping on the “deadlines […]

So what? Finding a hook for your idea is an innovation imperative

*+-Innovative ideas, initiatives, products, culture transformations, have little chance to succeed if they aren’t enabled by smart communications. And it all starts with a simple and easily understood message.  I’m in the process (pre-production) of co-producing a film with a Director friend of mine. The idea for the film wasn’t mine, so one of the […]

3 tips that will help you better define a problem

*+-If you start with the wrong problem, it’s unlikely you’ll ever arrive at an effective solution. Think about a problem you’d really like to solve, and before you spend a lot of time and energy trying to solve that problem, first define exactly what the problem is. Or better yet, redefine the problem.

How to learn your way to not caring about what anybody thinks

*+-In their most recent book, Think Like A Freak, Steve Levitt and Stephen Dubmer tell the story of the penalty kicks in soccer to highlight how incentives move us. According to them, the data shows that 75% of all penalty kicks at the elite level are successful. That’s a high rate, but what can you do […]