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3 common innovation mistakes—and how the intersection of customer experience and performance chains can better set you up to win

The hot topic these days is innovation, whether I’m in conversation with relative newcomers or long-tenured companies trying to reinvent themselves. Everything is moving so quickly in markets and inside businesses today. This forces the obvious question of ‘How best to get and stay ahead?’ Innovation invariably becomes the answer – but what kind? How [...]

Innovation must reads of the week: Hold strong visions weakly

How Serial Innovators Find The Best Problems To Solve – Fast Company Getting serious about experimentation by Follow @thisissethsblog Please, Can We All Just Stop “Innovating”? by Follow @practicallyrad Hold Strong Visions Weakly by Follow @ralph_ohr Innovation is a system; Brainstorming an activity by Follow @ovoinnovation If you like these links, check out all the [...]

How to boost your creative capacity

Those of us in the innovation space know that to be creative, you need to be very diverse in your education and life experiences. Not only as a person, but also as an organization. Put simply, diversity breeds breakthroughs.

Innovation must reads of the week: Is innovation dead?

Is Innovation Dead — Or Doing Just Fine, Thank You? – Time.com How fast should you innovate? by Follow @ovoinnovation What Customers Want (Except When They Don’t) by Follow @frogdesign 10 mental traits of truly innovative leaders by Follow @geekwire 7 Reasons Big Companies Can’t Build Strong Relationships for Innovation by Follow @lindegaard If you [...]

When should you begin trend-spotting?

Most of the Innovation Consultants I know, advice businesses on doing trend-spotting as part of the innovation process. I also insist on doing the same because like creative thinking, I believe trendspotting isn’t a one time activity. It is not a “communicate and forget it” activity. It is an ongoing activity.

Innovation Must Reads of the week: The Hierarchy of Innovation

What Your Innovators Want You to Know - HBR The Myths That Prevent Change – HBR Before branding subcategory creating innovations ask four questions by Follow @davidaaker The rise of idea festivals – Financial Times The hierarchy of innovation – David Carr If you like these links, check out all the earlier “Innovation Must Reads of [...]

What my Mom taught me about questioning assumptions

My Mom taught me to be neat. To keep things clean and organized. And for the most part, I’m like her. But one place where those lessons don’t take effect is in my propensity to keep every single printed receipt of things I buy. Not only that, but notes, biz cards, un-opened mail, and everything [...]