Category: Innovation

When a team member brings you an idea

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Ideas are the raw materials of innovation Innovation is the key to competitive success, but innovation is an end product. Ideas are the raw materials that are combined and modified to produce innovation. If you want great innovation you have to start by getting as many ideas as possible. That should be easy. Why many ideas  »  Read More

Learning about innovation from Mr. Edison and his phonograph

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Most people think of Thomas Edison as a lone inventor and marketing genius. But history teaches different lessons. Here are some from Edison’s invention of the phonograph. Not so “lone” after all Edison was no “lone” inventor. He set up the prototype of the modern industrial laboratory. He  »  Read More

“What’s the answer?” is the wrong question

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If you really want innovation, you have to get your head out of school. In school, every problem had a single solution and every question had a single answer. In real life that rarely happens. In real life, sometimes there are no right answers, only intelligent choices. Other times there will be lots of things that  »  Read More

Failure as prototype

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Business Week asked James Dyson how he deals with failure.  I loved his answer. “I mean, 99 percent of my life is failure, because we’re building prototypes all the time. We’re trying out ideas, and they all fail. You then have to try and make it work, and that requires hundreds or thousands of  »  Read More

Hmmmm, that’s interesting

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If you’ve ever heated anything in a microwave oven, thank an unintended outcome. Percy Spencer of Raytheon was working on a military radar system in 1945 when he noticed something strange. The candy bar in his pocket melted. Spencer could have cursed and vowed never to bring a chocolate bar to the lab again. He  »  Read More

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