Great readings this week…!

Great readings! Articles and some comments!

 

“Innovation” is Dead. Herald The Birth of “Transformation” as The Key Concept for 2009. By Bruce Nussbaum

Comments:

By Nicolae Halmaghi @nicdesign
Bruce,

It is not Innovation that failed, and I don’t think Transformation will save us. These terms are way to broad and all-encompassing to deliver relevant insights into specifics. Everybody will to use them according to their level of understanding. General terms like “Change” had a huge impact in Obama’s campaign because they were general in scope but had specific mass appeal. Most people craved and shared at least some part of the Change. His campaign was designed more or less like a tapestry of changes that in the end amounted to massive change….

Stefan Lindegaard

I disagree. Innovation has been over-used but it is here to stay. It will also keep evolving.

Why do I disagree? Let’s consider the innovation piano (Ten Types of Innovation) which is a concept developed by Doblin – http://www.doblin.com – several years ago. In short, Doblin argues that when people think of innovation, they often think products….

See also by Stefan Lindegaard @lindegaard

The CFO and Innovation: Can It Work?

I ask whether CFO’s can make innovation happen, but in reality this should not even be a question of whether it can be done but rather a question of how to do it.

The reason for turning this a how-to question is the increasing role of the CFO in many companies. Their influence keeps growing and this includes influence on innovation and in particular on the funding that goes to innovation.

Using Stories for Design Ideas – new from Johnny Holland Magazine by Andrew (Drew)

In a new post at Johnny Holland Magazine, Whitney Quesenbery and Kevin Brooks share insights from Rosenfeld Media’s book ‘Storytelling For User Experience’. From the perspective of innovation, which is increasingly wedded to the concepts of design and design thinking both conceptually and in practice, storytelling is a powerful discovery and generative tool. This post offers great perspectives on the use of story to capture current state challenges, and future state possibilities.

Broken Promise: Shame on BP for using “Shaggy Defense” on Gulf oil spill by Bob Thompson  

Apparently at BP, th e leadership mantra is, “The bucks stops over there.”

Comments:

Graham Hill

The Devil in the Detail, Assigning Blame and Hypocrisy

Hi Bob

An interesting polemic.

The Gulf Oil Spill is a disaster on too many fronts. It is a disaster for the Gulf ecosystem, heavily polluted by the leaking oil. It is also a disaster for those who live and work in the Gulf, who have seen their livelihoods disappear.

The no. 1 innovation skill you need to master by Jorge Barba

A friend of mine who recently visited this blog made the observation that I make a lot of reference to sports, I thought this was kind of cool because he noticed it and understood what I was trying to convey. This is an important observation because as we’ve mentioned before, one of the key skills that distinguishes innovators is the ability to ‘associate’, to make connections across seemingly unrelated questions, problems or ideas

Where does our best work come from? By Scott Berkun via Ralph Ohr

In a series of posts, called readers choice, I write on whatever topics people submit and vote for. If you dig this idea, let me know if the comments, and submit your ideas and votes.

You Have to Break Connections to Get Your Ideas to Spread by Tim Kastelle

time you get in a car to drive somewhere, take a minute to think about how many parts of the economy are connected to your trip. There are a whole lot. There all of the people and firms involved in building your car. They have taken ideas and designs that have evolved for over a hundred years, added some new ideas, and come up with the design for your car. And if you drive a Toyota, it’s not just people in Toyota that have done that – there are hundreds of other firms that have designed particular parts – brakes, stereos, and windshield wipers.

How to survive in Social Media: Slow Social Media, 4 points to consider! By Jerry van Leeuwen

I think most of you will be familiar with the concept of Slow Food. Slow Food  is a non-profit, eco-gastronomic member-supported organization that was founded in 1989 to counteract fast food and fast life, the disappearance of local food traditions and people’s dwindling interest in the food they eat, where it comes from, how it tastes and how our food choices affect the rest of the world.

The Business of Design by Roger Martin

Quick, what’s your IQ? No, not your intelligence quotient — your imagination quotient. In this turbulent, get-real economy, the advantage goes to those who can outimagine and outcreate their competitors. So says Roger Martin, who has devoted his professional life to the study of competition — first as a director at Monitor Co., the Boston-based consultancy, and now as dean of the University of Toronto’s Rotman School of Management.

The Design of Business by Roger Martin

In his new book, Roger Martin, dean of the Rotman School of Management, says an eye for innovation and efficiency creates a powerful competitive edge

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