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Some good readings this week!

24 de Julho de 2010

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20 Awesome Quotes on the Relationship Between Humor, Play, and Creativity by Mitch Ditkoff

 “To stimulate creativity one must develop childlike inclination for play and the childlike desire for recognition.” – Albert Einstein

Being Busy Makes Us Happier, but Our Instinct Is to Do Nothing by Robert I. Sutton, PhD

This research explains nearly 100% of my emotions, actions, and predilections! And it is very consistent with what every parent knows: When the kids are complaining about being bored or are sitting around being grumpy, get them to do SOMETHING no matter how trivial or inane it may seem. This may apply to bosses too, but I have to think about it.

Better Ideas Faster by David Sherwin

I had a chance to attend HOW Design Conference in Denver, Colorado, where over 2,500 designers gathered to be inspired by their peers, play with new tools and techniques, and network in some unusual ways—such as Neenah Paper’s closing party, where everyone wore white. (Have you ever seen a room with a thousand people all wearing white?) My contribution to the event was a session on how graphic designers can brainstorm more effectively.

How Can We Fix the Problems of Design Thinking? In Design Sojourn

This article has actually been sitting as a draft for a few months now. I knew I wanted to write a follow up to the popular (49 comments at the time of writing!) Design Thinking is Killing Creativity, however I held off, as I wanted to have some time to hear your feedback as well as look at the fall out of Design Thinking all over the Internet.


How Open Innovation Can Help You Cope in Lean Times by Henry W. Chesbrough

History shows that the companies that continue to invest in their innovative capabilities during tough economic times are those that fare best when growth returns.

Every Business Startup is a Series of Unexpected Events – Will You Be Ready? by: K. MacKillop

No matter how seasoned an entrepreneur, every business startup has its share of surprises. Whether the entire business idea changes radically during the early stages or an unconsidered market segment emerges as the top consumers, expect the unexpected. How a business owner deals with surprises is a major factor that determines who finds great success and who muddles through.

Design Thinking: A Solution to Fracture-Critical Systems by DMI

The Gulf of Mexico oil spill. The banking collapse. The foreclosure crisis. Tom Fisher, Dean, College of Design at the University of Minnesota, views each of these disasters as a “fracture-critical system,” and he sees design thinking as a potential solution.

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Some great readings this week!

11 de Julho de 2010

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The Chain of Experience: Jobs and Innovation by Stefan Lindegaard

I really like this sentence – the chain of experience – as put forth by Andy Grove in the How to Make an American Job article in BusinessWeek.

Different Forms of Filtering Create Different Forms of Value by Tim Kastelle

Ethan Zuckerman wrote a very interesting post today called What if Search Drove Newspapers? He talks about several different initiatives designed to gauge readers’ interest in different news stories, particularly those that are currently under-reported, and then devising methods for reporting stories on these topics. He asserts (correctly, I think) that this is basically search-driven content development. In particular, this is a strategy that will work well with Google.

A young mind is a healthy mind by Jorge barba

I wrote an article for On Innovation a few weeks ago and it was published yesterday: Finding your crayons: Innovation inspiration from the young. Initially I wanted the the article to be titled ‘A young mind is a healthy mind’ but I guess that didn’t say much, but here then is what I mean in a nutshell:

How to Foster a Culture of Innovation by Mitch Ditkoff

Looking for some inspiration and tips on how to make your company more conducive to innovation? Here’s some food for thought and action — Idea Champions’ ten most popular postings on the subject.

Designers: Stop Armchair Quarterbacking. Play The Damn Game by Gadi Amit

As a naturalized American the 4th of July is an opportunity for me to reflect about this great country. As a designer I noticed a few media streams that have come together to paint an interesting picture–a picture that should be talked about in design circles just as much as any new trend or eco-philosophy.

Why Business Leaders Should Act More like Artists by John Maeda

Stereotypes abound about artists: they range from the mild (“they have fuschia-colored hair”), to the absurd (“they starve,”), to the disturbed (“they do things like uncontrollably peeing in the fireplace as depicted in the popular movie Pollock.”). Granted I know artists with wild-colored hair and others who are certainly struggling to make ends meet, but they all choose to use the restroom. I’ve also met artists who are quite plain-looking and plain-acting CEOs, lawyers, stockbrokers, and scientists.

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Some great readings this week

3 de Julho de 2010

Words that matters!


Selecting the Best Idea is a Universal Innovation Problem by John Steen

 Tim and I write a lot about managing innovation as a process. This is important for a number of reasons, but the two main ones are that if we manage innovation this way then it isn’t dependent on any particular person and that it is proactive and constant rather than reacting to a crisis. In short, its about managing innovation as a sustainable contribution to the performance of the organization.

The Essence of Disruption by Tim Kastelle

Here’s Quincy Smith, who was the head of digital content at CBS at the time, talking about traditional media’s response to Google and the digital revolution (from Googled by Ken Auletta):

Metaphors Be With You! By Mitch Ditkoff

If you want to originate breakthrough business solutions, you will need to think differently than you usually do. In a phrase, you will need to “get out of the box.”

Creative communication is critical to success today, urges Sam Horn by Michelle James – Innovation Tools

 The Modern Corporation: It’s About People, People by Helen Walters

As turmoil continues to roil economies both large and small, as politicians struggle to figure out how to deal with the conditions of the 21st century, and as the United States and the West heads into what Paul Krugman describes as no less than “The Third Depression”, a new way of thinking about management and innovation is making the rounds.

How I learned to stop worrying and love idea collection by Jeffrey Phillips

If like me you are a film buff, you may be familiar with the Peter Sellers movie Dr. Strangelove.  The subtitle has always been my favorite:  How I learned to stop worrying and love the bomb.  In case you haven’t seen it, I’d highly recommend it. 

Building Corporate Innovation Capability: Great Initiative from Statkraft by Stefan Lindegaard

I have been invited to work with Statkraft, Europe’s largest renewable energy company on their Innovation Agent Programme. This is the second year, I am involved in this programme and I am quite impressed by their efforts.

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A good week! Great readings! »:-)

26 de Junho de 2010

To read is fun and makes me think!


6 Tips for Open Collaboration by Venessa Miemis

This is a crosspost from Alpha Lo’s blog, Open Collaboration. Though he had a much catchier title for the post (“What I Learned From Venessa Miemis” – ha), I thought he did a great job listing some of the attitudes and behaviors helpful when trying to extend oneself, collaborate, and evolve. Alpha’s doing some amazing work in creating gift circles on the west coast. Check out the original post and comments here.]


Design Thinking in Stereo: Martin and Brown by Paula Thornton


When the topic of “design thinking” had gained enough momentum for BusinessWeek to devote an entire issue to design in 2004, it was a siren song to me. Newly converted, I digested everything I could find. Design thinking seemed to cover most of the experiential clues I’d been collecting as the means to improve business potential.

Innovation Is All About Behaviors by Stefan Lindegaard

I just read an interesting article in the Wall Street Journal on how the video game industry prepares to launch new technology-based developments such as new motion-based controllers.


Big Pharma Goes Beyond the Blues by Mitch Ditkoff

… The concept was a simple one: help organizations increase teamwork and decrease complaint by getting employees to write and perform original blues songs.

Data-rich, Discovery Poor: Pharma Looks to “Pre-Competitive” Collaborations by Deborah Goldgaber

On the 10th year anniversary of the Human Genome Project it’s been re-marked that, while undeniably a huge scientific achievement, results have fallen far short of expectations.

How Xerox Monetizes Non-Core Innovation by Andrea Meyer

Ursula Burns, CEO of Xerox, discussed innovation at her company in an interview at the World Innovation Forum June 9, 2010. She described initiatives to improve the return on innovation at Xerox’s  research centers such as PARC (Palo Alto Research Center). PARC’s ground-breaking inventions like the graphical user interface, ethernet, and postscript as inventions  had a large impact on the world but didn’t contribute enough to Xerox’s bottom line.  Let’s look at why that happened and what Xerox is doing now.

Why purpose matters by Jorge Barba

A big part of strategy making is differentiating your business from others, being able to help people notice what’s different between your product or service and mine. In the beginning of the movie Dark Night when Batman has just fought off Scarecrow and a group of Batman wannabes an interesting conversation takes place:

The future of marketing – changing the game and playing field by wimrampen via Ralph Ohr

How can Service Dominant Logic and its “value in use” mindset be helpful to rethink your marketing goals and approaches?

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Some great readings in the last days…

12 de Junho de 2010

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The Power of Meaning by Ralph-Christian Ohr

About one year ago, I started engaging in discussions on ‘innovation’ via Twitter. As a physicist, used to work in product/innovation management for technology-based companies, my understanding of innovation was: creating value for the customer by leveraging technology development. As innovation is accomplished by people for people – companies are eventually run by people – I had a suspicion, though, that human nature is likely to play an important role in the innovation process.

MinuteClinic’s Service Design Innovation by Andrea Meyer

Story: Some of the best innovations are brilliant in their after-the-fact simplicity. Take MinuteClinic.  We all know “an ounce of prevention…” yet most of us still don’t go to the doctor for preventative care because of the cumbersome process of a office visit: scheduling an appointment, taking time off work, waiting in the doctor’s office for unknown amounts of time, sitting in the midst of other hacking/sneezing people, and being unsure how much the visit will cost

WORLD INNOVATION FORUM 2010 by Mitch Ditkoff

I just returned from the World Innovation Forum in NYC.

My big insight? Thought leaders will soon be a thing of the past.

In their place? Feeling leaders — business savants who have made the journey from head to heart and aren’t afraid to let the rest of us know what they’ve learned along the way.


The Limitations of Open Innovation by Stefan Lindegaard

…often lie in the minds of people. I had an interesting workshop this week working with one of the leading gaming companies and I was once again reminded on the limitations set by imagination.

The power of bringing in an outsider for #innovation by Jorge Barba

Nilofer Merchant, CEO of Rubicon Consulting, argues that if organizations want to be innovative they should stop hiring the same type of people just to meet the requirements of the job position:

It seems to me we ought to also know how to get diverse points of view into the system, because that is what allows us to see things from different angles and fundamentally shift our approach from seeing the problem the way it’s always been seen (and thus unsolved, one could presume) and see it afresh to create the shift in viewpoint that allows for a new creative act.

‘Oops! I’m deviating from the group; I have to do something about it!’ Rotterdam School  Via @ariegoldshlager

Rotterdam/Nijmegen, 15 January 2008 — A team of researchers from the Rotterdam School of Management, Erasmus University has conducted an unprecedented experiment that reveals what brain processes are involved in social conformism. It is a well-known fact that people have a tendency to adjust their opinions to those held by others

Biz 2.0: Orchestrated Improvisation by Paula Thornton

Reading Andy McAfee’s recent piece “IT’s Three Key Organizational Transformations”, spurred a personal thinking theme today. I was a bit disturbed (and disappointed) by what Andy seemed to miss in his thought — stuff that 2.0 thinking hinges on (but it wouldn’t be the first time, or likely the last).

Innovation & Correspondence Bias – Misunderstanding motivation misreads meaning by Andrew (Drew)

The more we learn about the individual and social psychology misunderstandings at play in organization life, specifically in the development of innovations, the harder it is to identify clear and unambiguous actions we can take to address them. We must become adept at inquiry, observation, exploration and reflection – any of which might be effectively preceded by the word “self”. Thankfully these are prerequisites for effective innovation which makes for some strong synergies if we can apply the skills effectively.

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Last week I read…All great!

5 de Junho de 2010

Some of my readings:


Critical Lessons, Facts On Open Innovation by Stefan Lindegaard

In early May, I moderated a great panel discussion at The Front End of Innovation conference in Boston working with Chris Thoen, Managing Director of Open Innovation at P&G and Jeff Bellairs, Sr. Director Connected Innovation at General Mills.

To see the invisible make distinctions by Jorge Barba

Over the weekend  Ralph Ohr shared a blog post about 20 ways to see the invisible to which I want to add to it.

How many times a day do you notice something? 

My grandfather was a successful Mexican entrepreneur in his time, he designed bags for women and was also an interior designer. I was 7 seven years old when I started hanging out with my grandfather and one thing I remember about him is that he had deep empathy for people (my grandparents had a room in their house where they would give low-means people shelter for a few days).

E-tailing and the Net Generation by by Rowan Gibson

“Hey Dad, can I have your credit card number? I need to buy something online”. This is not just an annoying question my sixteen-year-old son seems to ask me two or three times a month. It’s a harbinger that e-tailing is set to go ballistic as soon as today’s teenagers get their first paychecks.

“I Link, Therefore I Am” by Mitch Ditkoff

Rene Descartes, the famous 17th century philosopher, mathematician, and physicist is best known for having distilled his world view down to five words: “I think, therefore I am.”

Innovation is playing offense, not defense by Jeffrey Phillips   via @ralph_ohr

Innovation is playing offense, not defense

Where would we be without a good sports analogy every so often?  I was thinking about the challenges of innovation recently and it occurred to me that corporate strategy and innovation is often about making a choice between defending turf and taking or creating turf.

Guidelines for Engaging in Generative Dialogue (a.k.a. The Conversation)  by Venessa Miemis 

This article is crossposted from Jorge Jaime’s blog, in response to my video post a few weeks back about “The Conversation.” I recorded an hour long chat on skype with Scott Lewis (@jazzmann91), broken down into 5 minute clips, in which we discussed the concept behind Junto. Namely, it is a conversation platform we are inspiring to be built around the intention of creating a respectful space where people can engage in generative dialogue and come to a place of understanding and shared meaning


Dozens of integrated tools help you capture what inspires you in Evernote By Chuck Frey

If you’ve read this blog for any length of time, you know that I’m a big fan of Evernote, an application that enables you to capture content from web pages, write notes, and store just about any kind of digital content you can think of. That makes it an ideal tool for me to capture all of my ideas and the things that inspire me. In short, it’s my idea management tool of choice.

Go Out and Do Great Stuff  by Tim Kastelle

I just finished an executive education course on Public Sector Innovation. It was a terrific week – doing a full course in one week is very intensive, but when you’re working with a really smart group, as we were this week, it is exhilarating.


The end of busy  by  Leo Babauta via Paul Sloane

Stop being busy and your job is half done.

Think about how busy we are, and how it has become a way of bragging: I’m so busy, I must be important.


Bruce Mau’s new book: The Third Teacher by hellodesigners

I had the opportunity to work with Bruce Mau Design at OWP/P a few years ago on a 50th Anniversary Book for the firm. Since then the two design firms completed a book, The Third Teacher. This is a strong-willed and informative book, as are all of BMD’s work. Large type, bold colors and the use of shocking statistics make this book a great addition to anyone involved in education, any parent concerned in their child’s education, and anyone questioning our country and planet’s future (hummm, that would be everyone).

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Some very special readings this week

3 de Abril de 2010

Those are special to me! And to you? Take a look!

The Rising Underemployment Rate and its Emotional Impact by Steve Nguyen

In a previous post called The Cost of Unemployment, I wrote about the toll, on health and well-being, that unemployment had on people.

One aspect of unemployment that rarely gets mentioned is underemployment. Gallup defines underemployment as people who are “unemployed or working part-time but wanting full-time work” (Jacobe, 2010, para. 3). According to the latest Gallup poll, the underemployment rate is at a staggering 20% as of March 15, 2010, compared to the 9.7% unemployment rate reported by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.

#Innovation = changing things by Jorge Barba

When I was younger and went with my parents to all family get togethers all the grown ups would sit at a table and talk/rant about politics (you get the picture!). My mom would ask me why I didn’t go and sit with my dad so that I could learn something, to which my response was:

Open Innovation Perspectives for Executives, Innovation Leaders and Employees by Stefan Lindegaard

As I prepare for a couple of workshops in the coming weeks, I have the opportunity to think about how to prepare different messages for three different groups of stakeholders within a company; executives, innovation leaders and other employees working with innovation.


Preparing for the Unknown by Andrea Meyer

Story: What will the web look like in 20 years? Stuart Miniman of the Office of the CTO at EMC Corporation asked me to contribute my thoughts on this, as part of EMC’s ON magazine celebration of the web’s 20th anniversary.


The Art of Good Decision Making by Mitch Ditkoff

What follows is the second in a series of postings by leadership maven, Barry Gruenberg, the newest member of the Idea Champions team.


The Law of Attraction is a Dangerous Delusion by Paul Sloane

One of the biggest bandwagons that has rolled through the self-help community in recent years is the so-called Law of Attraction (LoA). This claims that you attract into your life whatever you think about.  Before I explain why I believe that this is not a law, not true, and not helpful, let me differentiate the LoA from some associated but different self-help concepts that actually do work.

How You Define a Problem Determines if You Can Solve It by Tim Kastelle

How we define things is incredibly important. I’ve been reminded of this almost constantly this week. Here are some examples:

  • I was talking with a friend of mine over the weekend about using social media to improve the flow of ideas within an organisation. She is a high-ranking manager in a very large organisation, and she was curious to hear about this blog, and about how John and I have used it as a communication tool


Design Thinking: Everywhere and Nowhere,… by Kevin McCullagh

It’s a sign of the times when The Economist, the house journal of the global business elite, holds a conference in London on ‘design thinking’ (official Big Rethink site here). Having attended the conference, produced in association with The Design Council and held over 11-12 March, I was left wondering one thing: why is design thinking such a hot topic with business leaders, given that it leaves so many designers cold?

Thinking About Open Design  By Roland Harwood and David Simoes-Brown

“Open-source software is one thing, but would you fly in an open-source aircraft?”

This question was posed late last year at a gathering of senior design professionals in London. It was couched as a counterargument to the rise of open design and such companies as 99 designs and Quirky that offer low-cost, crowd-sourced design.

Good readings! Have a nice weekend!

Last week great readings and…

20 de Fevereiro de 2010

an interview!!


You can choose because you are free!

So do I! Last week I Choose:


Video Interview – Eric Liu – “Imagination First” by Braden Kelley

I had the opportunity to interview Eric Liu, author of the new book “Imagination First” at a book event last night. I’d like to share a video interview I did with Eric before the event: see at

Open Innovation Happens Behind the Scenes by Stefan Lindegaard

John Hagel and John Seely Brown wrote a great post recently named Open Innovation’s Next Challenge: Itself.

What would you do with a Radical Idea? Reject it of course. By Paul Sloane

Einstein said that all great original ideas at first appear absurd. This is why it is so easy to dismiss radical suggestions when they surface.

Preparing for the Unknown by Andrea Meyer

Point: You may not be able to predict the future, but you can prepare for it by tracking early trends and staying open to disruptions.

Weaving innovation into the corporate structure by Jeffrey Phillips

I’ll get up and bang on my innovation drum all day, hoping that people will listen to the message.

Traits of Leadership by Steve Nguyen

Research regarding traits related to leadership effectiveness has found about half a dozen (Yukl, 2010):

The 10 Top Reasons Why The 10 Top Reasons Don’t Really Matter by Mitch Ditkoff

“Time flies like an arrow. Fruit flies like a banana.” (Groucho)

Circle Gatekeepers to Launch Innovations with Dr. Ellen Weber

For years I sought pathways past gate-keepers in order to introduce and develop shared innovations.

Crowdsourcing Is the New Collaboration  by Hutch Carpenter

The value of accessing a collaborative network outside the company walls is nicely articulated in the quote above. Well, why not recast that concept?

Be free!

Create an opinion!

Be happy!

Good readings brings happiness

7 de Fevereiro de 2010

A very good collection of texts, to make you a great thinker!

Those links below represents wisdom and intuition!

Visit and tell me I am right!

1 – In which business functions do you have the most open innovation activity in your company? – Stefan Lindegard  –15inno

2 – Want to revitalize your next meeting to trump innovation brainpower? – by eweber – Brain Leaders and Learners

3 But with Apple, and Steve Jobs, that’s not really the point now, is it? – Radical Innovation of Meaning – Apple iPad  – by Hutch Carpenter – Blogging Innovtaion

4 – Currently interest for postgraduate education is very high but funding is being slashed. – Paul Sloane – BQF Innovation

5 – So how do you start using the OODA loop to craft strategy? – Jorge Barba – Game –Changer  

6 – Specifically her perception on design activism and humanitarian design – Manal Khan – Perspectives of Innovation – Innocentive

7 – Serendipity and connecting the unexpected dots are very important still in addition to the targeted proactive searches for new opportunities.” – Michael Fruhling – Innovation Tools

8 – How to Create a Winning Business Model – by lmorris – INNOVATIONLABS

9 – Innovation from the Inside Out – Mitch Ditkoff – The Heart of Innovation


You like it! See more links, like those, next week! Bye!

Permissão para não ter más ideias!

29 de Novembro de 2009

De entre algumas leituras,

 Em “Innovation Perspectives -Blogging Innovation”, podemos encontrar um conjunto de artigos escritos por vários autores com formações e orientações diversas que são credores de uma leitura contínua. Eis um exemplo:

 Steve Todd – Do you need permission to innovate?

…“Do I need permission to be productive? Absolutely not! Productive people earn the right to innovate. When an employee not only meets but exceeds their corporate goals, they’ve given themselves the right to explore new opportunities. So go ahead and get started. The worst thing that can happen is that management might be surprised to see your extra effort (hopefully they’ll be pleasantly surprised). Managers are also likely to be forgiving if they know that you’re someone who delivers.

Of course, lack of productivity works against you. If you can’t do your day job effectively, who’s going to believe you when you propose something innovative?”

 Jose Baldaia said…

Hello Steve!
This is a very clear and motivational article.
I think besides your permission an innovator needs her permission. In fact fear must be changed by audacity. Being part of productive people he may consider the permission already given.
If it is necessary, sometimes big ideas need it, he may forgot the command chain and make deliveries directly to the top. And if he had strong collaboration he has all the supports he needs to not have unethical behavior.


Já em “The heart of innovation”  blog de “Idea Champions”, Mitch Ditkoff fala-nos da conversão de ideias que é uma boa ajuda para combater o criticísmo e aumentar a auto-estima.

“The Good Thing About Bad Ideas

“…The key for aspiring innovators? To find the value in what seems to be a “bad idea” and then use that extracted value as a catalyst for further exploration. The following technique, excerpted from Awake at the Wheel, shows you how…


1. Bring a challenge, question, or problem to mind.
2. Conjure up a really bad idea in response to it.
3. Tell another person about your bad idea.
4. The other person thinks of something redeemable about your bad idea — and tells you what it is.
5. Using this redeemable essence as a catalyst, the two of you brainstorm new possibilities….”

Hi Mitch!
This is what I call work on others ideas. It is very useful because we “can use the six hats” to mix the contents with different roles and it turns everyone more productive. May be with a large group this can transform brainstorming in a Fun Factory.

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São dois bons exemplos para combater sentimentos de fracasso na coloboração necessária para a mobilização de estratégias de inovação.

“The best ideas come as jokes. Make your thinking as funny as possible”.- David Ogilvy