Posts Tagged ‘Paula Thornton’

Great readings this week! Special selection!

11 de Setembro de 2010

Looking for what women write on creativity and innovation!

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Some great works this week:

Conceptual Framework for Online Identity Roles by Venessa Miemis

I just wrapped up a final project for an aesthetics course this semester, the assignment being to create a “Database of the Self.” I chose to make the database as a representation of the roles we play in terms of how we interact with information online

Creativity in Business: My Interview with George Pór by Michelle James

Interview #22 in the Creativity in Business Thought Leader Series is with George Pór, co-founder of Community Intelligence Ltd, a London-based transformation agency, the hub of an international network of consultants collaborating on larger projects.

Le Petit Chaperon Rouge by Paula Thornton

Dear @pascal_venier

This is in lieu of an email. I had to write to thank you for your tweet last Friday.

While you offered it in jest, I was touched by it at the time…then it began to to haunt and taunt me. While showering that day (where I do my best deep thinking), I kept repeating “Petit Chaperon Rogue”.

9 Sept Innochat Framing – Setting The Culture For OI & Crowdsourcing by Gwen_Ishmael

Ah, April Fools’ Day – that 24-hour period when we can play harmless pranks and practical jokes on those who are near and dear to us.

R & D Tax Credits Mean Little to Businesses That Do Not Competently Manage Their Intangible Assets by Jackie Hutter

This week, President Obama will announce a $100 billion proposal to stimulate the economy, where much of the focus is to be placed in the area of R & D tax credits. In addition to making the R & D tax credit permanent, Obama will seek increasing one of the credits available from 14 to 17 percent.

Mentoring: Who really benefits more? By Deb Mills-Scofield

Last year, I volunteered to participate in Brown University’s Women’s Launchpad Program which pairs women alumni in industry (me) with senior women for mentoring in career and graduate school planning.  My mentee, Sarah, was a Mechanical Engineering major from the Boston area and leader on the Women’s Crew Team. Our love of Brown gave us an immediate common ground and we quickly found others. We talked/emailed/texted at least weekly for the academic year. 

The world needs all types of minds & Temple Grandin by Roisin Markham

Great TED Talk from Temple Grandin whose book Animals in Translation is a must read for anyone interested in people, creativity, diversity and special needs education, opportunities and parenting.
Mico Hassett who runs Kingfisher Tea lent me the book.

What would you choose if you had three futures? By Joanna Maxwell

I’ve been using a ‘3 futures’ exercise with some of my clients lately. It’s been fun – and productive – so I thought to share it with you.

Are You Asking the Right Questions? By Holly G. Green

As a business consultant, behavioral scientist, and keynote speaker, much of what I talk about runs counter-intuitive to conventional leadership thinking.

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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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A lot of inspiration and learning this week!

9 de Maio de 2010

Why a CIO Isn’t by Paula Thornton

Chief Information Officer, Chief Technology Officer: What’s the difference? Sometimes one reports to the other. How accurate is the title, Chief Information Officer? Do they champion and defend the delivery of information? Really?

FREE BOOK CHAPTER: Why Top Executives Do Not Get Innovation, Much Less Open Innovation – and What to Do About It by Stefan Lindegaard

My book, The Open Innovation Revolution: Essentials, Roadblocks, and Leadership Skills hits the bookstores late May. As an appetizer, I am happy to provide you yet another chapter for free.

Innovation Failure Points: Evaluation, Selection and Prototyping by Jeffrey Phillips

Over the last week I’ve written several posts about the “failure points” of innovation, using the premise that failure is more instructive than than success, and that there are consistent points of failure in the innovation cycle.


Bad Attitudes Can Lead to Good Innovation by Paul Sloane

How can you build a team that is innovative, dynamic and capable of finding breakthroughs for tough problems? How can you avoid repeating dreary routines and find sparkling new ideas instead? One way is to make sure that among your solid citizens you have a good sprinkling of rebels.


Think Like a Biologist to be a Better Manager by Tim Kastelle

The first Archaeopteryx fossil was found in 1861, and it now resides in the Natural History Museum in London. It was an important find – two years after the publication of The Origin of Species by Charles Darwin, Archaeopteryx was the rarest of fossils, and one that was quite useful for Darwin’s theory – an intermediate form. Archaeopteryx very clearly shows the transition from dinosaurs to birds.

And, Via Ralph-Christian Ohr (Special thanks):


Together We Innovate By Rob Cross, Andrew Hargadon, Salvatore Parise and Robert J. Thomas


WHEN it comes to innovation, the myth of the lone genius dies hard.
Most companies continue to assume that innovation comes from that individual genius, or, at best, small, sequestered teams that vanish from sight and then return with big ideas. But the truth is most innovations are created through networks — groups of people working in concert.

The Best of Inspiring ideas – HSM

…Organizational DNA for strategic Innovation…

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Have a nice week!