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What’s your ice water innovation strategy?

Richard P. Feynman was a scientist, teacher, teacher, translator of Mayan hieroglyphics, drummer, and raconteur. And in his spare time, he won the Nobel Prize for physics.

He created a great visual moment as part of the Rogers Commission investigating the NASA Challenger tragedy. He famously demonstrated how the O-rings became less resilient and subject to seal failures at ice-cold temperatures.

He simply dipped an O-ring into a glass of ice water, removed it and showed how ...

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What online dating can teach us about innovation.

This summer,  I read a fascinating article by Nick Paumgarten in the New Yorker.  It was titled  “Looking for Someone: Sex, love and loneliness on the Internet.”

What resonated with me was less about dating and more about the curious assortment of algorithms that companies use to determine the dot.com chemistry.

“What you do is more important than what you say,” says Greg Blatt, who is the former C.E.O. of Match.com.

“You may specify that you’d like your date to be blond or ...

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The Change Equation

I first discovered the change equation from Pip Colburn in his book The Change Function: Why Some Technologies Take Off and Others Crash and Burn.

It was simplicity itself. Change = F (level of current crisis, perceived pain of adoption).  He said, “people change their habits when their current situation exceeds their perceived pain of adopting a possible solution.

I heard it again a few years ago at a BIF Summit from Alan Webber, ...

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It’s time to rethink groupthink.

Recently, I spoke at the IFCA (Insurance and Financial Communicators Association) in Nashville.  I put up a large slide that had a single word: Groupthink.

I asked the audience what they thought of this word.  Was it positive or negative?  Like most groups, they agreed that it was negative.  Then, I boldly said, “my mission to help you begin to see Groupthink as a positive.”

It’s not speaker’s hyperbole.

Typically Groupthink is defined ...

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The Rules Audit. One step to a more innovative company.

 

Pogo had the business wisdom decades ago.

“We have met the enemy and he is us.”

Tom Rieger, a Senior Practice Expert for Gallup, once wrote that “The greatest threat to an organization’s success is not always the competition. Often, it is what a company does to itself. “

 

Pogo daily strip from Earth Day, 1971.

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Rieger, who has ...

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Empowering innovative spirits

Digital watches were ignored by Swiss watch makers.  Radial tires were not developed by Goodyear or B.F. Goodrich, they were developed by a small French tire company, Michelin.

Overnight package delivery was not innovated by UPS or an airline company, it came from Federal Express, a product of a thesis.  Light beer wasn’t introduced by the King of Beers or Miller, it came from a chemist name Joseph L. Owades and it was originally marketed as Gablinger’s Diet Beer.

Amazon didn’t emerge ...

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The Serious Work of SeriouslyCreative

This week, SeriouslyCreative, Inotivity’s sister company in Puerto Rico is partnering with SHRM (Society of Human Resources Management) to engage attendees on finding innovative ways to help move Puerto Rico forward.

Dana Montenegro and Angiemille Latorre have created an Idea Garden — a gathering area where attendees can place their ideas on a wall.  Attendees can view the wall and expand on ...

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A Creativity Test for People who hate Creativity Tests.

A creativity test is a bit like a flu shot.

The anticipation is often more painful than the actual experience.

So, I’m only asking for one minute.  60 seconds.  You’ll love yourself later.

Look at this figure.  It is a square defined by four dots.  Classically, a  square is a rectangle with four equal sides and four 90? angles.

Now for the test.  Try and move  two dots to create a square twice as ...

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What M&Ms and Van Halen can teach us about innovation

My apologies to David Lee Roth.

It will take a few paragraphs to tell you why.  Last year,  Dan  and Chip Heath wrote an article for Fast Company about the  curious connection between eight grade, Google and brown  M&Ms.

They opened with a provocative line.  “Walk into an urban high school and look around at the kids.  Roughly half of them will drop out of school.  How do you spot a ...

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An Exercise in Changing Your Company

Marshall Goldsmith (20 March 1949) is an Ameri...

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A few weeks ago, SeriouslyCreative and Inotivity helped a major company disrupt themselves.

It was a disruption day.

A day for them to ask questions that they typically don’t ask themselves.  A day to look at how conventional thinking has helped them achieve ...

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