Category Archives: Innovation

Creativity is Not the Same as Innovation

Back in the early 1980s Roger von Oech got everyone excited about the power of creativity. His book, A Whack on the Side of the Head, was a business best-seller as many CEOs believe that if their people were more … Continue reading

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Where’s There’s Smoke, Maybe That’s All There Is

Dollar Shave Club was an Internet sensation last year with their clearly clever, viral videos. They also have a pretty big pot of venture capital funds behind them; but how are they doing? Not so well it turns out. And … Continue reading

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Breakthrough Innovations Come from Changing the Standard

Bike helmets are ugly and compliance is difficult because of that, at least. Most people don’t think they’ll need one, until they do, which is too late. Attempts to make them “cool” have created streamlined, aerodynamic designs and wild color … Continue reading

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Innovation in…bras!

Innovation is, of course, a necessary competence for any successful organization.  We usually think of it as being centered around new technologies, but it can have new ways of doing things in distribution, selling, or any other business area, as … Continue reading

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Who is to blame for Apple’s fall?

Yesterday Apple posted its first ever profit decline in more than a decade. As a “make good” (or maybe because they can’t find a better use for the cash), the Apple Board has decided to increase the dividend and begin … Continue reading

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Growing share of wallet

U.S. movie theaters have been outstanding at extracting money from their patrons with expensive snacks. A $10/ticket experience can easily be upgraded to another $10-$15+/person with popcorn, soft drinks etc. In truth I understand that the business model for movie … Continue reading

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Process innovation vs Product innovation

Much of what is written about innovation focuses on product innovations, especially in the high technology world. While these innovations are often significant, it must be recognized that often a breakthrough or significant product innovation cannot succeed without a process … Continue reading

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Apple stumbles?

The press is beginning to question Apple’s future. They wonder about Apple’s next big thing. They are asking the wrong questions. I posted shortly after Steve Job’s death what Apple’s challenge was going to be. I see no evidence to … Continue reading

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Did Apple just save RIM and the Blackberry?

Apple‘s devastating legal victory over Samsung and, by association, the Android operating system may have had the unintended effect of breathing life into RIM and its Blackberry; a product mostly given up for dead, except by those corporate users whose … Continue reading

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Okay, this right-brained stuff can be profitable (says the engineer)

I’m an engineer by training, and so is Mitch.  We tend to have left-brained approaches — at least initially — to problems.  While we like to think that we can be reasonably creative (everything’s relative), we definitely appreciate and encourage … Continue reading

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