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Innovation is About Making Predictions

By | 2017-04-10T21:47:09+00:00 July 11th, 2011|Innovation Strategies, Personal Innovation Skills, Uncategorized|

When it comes to innovation, making good predictions isn’t about trying to discern where the world is headed as much as where we might take the world. It’s an imaginative process (often just as imaginative as coming up with ideas in the first place). Innovation is not about predicting the future we’re expecting but rather achieving the future we want to create.

Two Ways to Think About Innovation

By | 2017-04-10T21:47:09+00:00 June 27th, 2011|Innovation Behavior, Innovation Culture, Leading Innovation, Personal Innovation Skills, Uncategorized|

People in the wrong frame of mind can undermine even the most thoughtfully designed innovation processes. Folks in the right frame of mind can overcome many imperfections in those processes. Systems and processes are important in business, but they’re no substitute for enhancing the way people think.

The Best Figure-Outers Win

By | 2017-04-10T21:47:09+00:00 June 13th, 2011|Innovation Behavior, Personal Innovation Skills, Uncategorized|

Whenever we must extend beyond what we already know, it’s fundamentally the same cognitive exercise, whether we’re trying to cure disease, invent a new kind of financial instrument, win a promotion, launch a coup, or win someone’s hand in marriage. It all comes down to the ability to figure out; it’s the ultimate transferable skill.

We Learned Early How to Kill Innovation

By | 2017-04-10T21:47:11+00:00 January 31st, 2011|Innovation Behavior, Personal Innovation Skills, Uncategorized|

We need to stop stopping ourselves. We’ve been conditioned to suppress our creative impulses and with them our capacity to innovate. When the world was stable and predictable, this may have been adaptive. But none of us lives in that world anymore. We live in a much more dynamic place where we need to constantly learn and unlearn and relearn...

Personal R&D

By | 2017-04-10T21:47:11+00:00 November 22nd, 2010|Personal Innovation Skills, Uncategorized|

Research and Development has long been at the core of innovation efforts of companies worldwide. While many other innovation tools have since come into use, R & D remains an essential activity—especially in any technology sector. And so it is with individuals.

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