Category: Innovation

Boss’s Tip of the Week: Don’t encourage risk taking

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Pundits suggest that you should encourage risk taking so that you get more innovation. But most people don’t like doing risky things. You’ll get the innovation you want if you do two things. Tell people: “We expect you to try things.” When they try things, praise them for the effort. While  »  Read More

Larry’s Two-Step Innovation System

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Larry was phenomenally successful in business, but that didn’t stop his colleagues from laughing at him from time to time. One thing they thought was funny was the way he dressed. Larry rarely wore “business attire.” He said that he only wore a tie “when it was culturally mandatory.” Most of the time he  »  Read More

Innovation: to go where no show had gone before

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“Beam me up, Scotty.” You hear that phrase a lot, but a knowledgeable Trekkie friend assures me that it was never actually said in any of the Star Trek shows or movies. Wait a minute. It’s a pretty good bet that you recognized the phrase that I opened this blog post with. And it’s an equally good bet that you know  »  Read More

Englishmen can’t shoot straight: lessons in innovation

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In 1798, the British Army hired German and Austrian soldiers as sharpshooters. Informed opinion at the time was that Englishmen could not be taught to shoot accurately. A dozen years later, that had all changed and British sharpshooters, armed with rifles, were considered “the best marksmen in Europe.” How did that  »  Read More

Innovation: Ultra-Thin Slices at Sargento

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I love sandwiches. My wife says I grew up in a “sandwich culture.” She grew up in the American South where people sat down to eat full meals a lot. We did that too in New York City, where I grew up, but sandwiches were a key part of life. I’d stop by the deli on my way to my job after the school day was done and pick  »  Read More

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