“A Great Source of Inspiration” – Some readings this week!

What do you think about this…?

 

Dissonant Design by Stuart Hogue

In the Upper East and West Sides, the West Village, and Brooklyn Heights – some of the New York City neighborhoods where well-off new parents reside – Bugaboo strollers are pervasive

Are You Innovation Ready? by Soumitra Dutta via Ralph-Ohr

Collaborative innovation will be key for success in the future. Corporate leaders realise that they need to work collaboratively with their business partners, customers and governments to innovate successfully for the future. Innovation ecosystems that span across public and private sectors and extend to include citizens and societies have to be formed. Collaborative innovation is the name of the game for future success.

Changing the rules of innovation by radically innovating what things mean by Roberto Verganti

The etymology of the word design goes back to the Latin ‘designare’ which means to designate, to give meaning to things… Design is not about styling. It’s not about technology. It’s about radical change in meaning. These are things that people were not asking for, but when they saw them, they fell in love.

Three Ways to Fail at Innovation by Tim Kastelle

Three blog posts that caught my eye this week demonstrate three different ways that you can fail at innovation:

  • Ignore the small innovations: James Todhunter wrote an excellent post yesterday defending thinking about improvements as innovation. You should read the whole post, but here is a highlight:

 

The Innovation gap between Executives and their teams by Jeffrey Phillips

It strikes me regularly that senior executives of many firms underestimate the insights and abilities of their companies.  I guess that many of us grow up with a backward-looking preference.

 

Interactions: A Great Source of Inspiration for Thought Leaders by Stefan Lindegaard

Your blog is up and running and you are so ready to share your thoughts and ideas with others. The first blog posts come out nicely as you can simply tap into your notes and mental drawer and write about issues that you have been wondering about for a long time.

 

In Innovation, Culture Trumps! Learnings from P&G by Deb Mills-Scofield

Quick – what company do you think of when you hear “Open Innovation”? Many think of P&G – they were, and are, at the forefront of Open Innovation (OI) and the results are now case studies at business schools around the world and benchmarks for many.

Innovating your business model by Jorge Barba

Competition in industries is essentially competition between business models. A recent  tweet by @TimKastelle which led to a post about the evolution of the business model concept reminded me of a great creative exercise to help you look at your and other industries dominant business model as a lego kit, which when broken apart can be reconnected like building blocks to create new types of business concepts.

Six Keys to Being Excellent at Anything by Tony Schwartz

I’ve been playing tennis for nearly five decades. I love the game and I hit the ball well, but I’m far from the player I wish I were.

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