• I'm embarrassed - I allowed myself to give up my spirit of learning.

“I’m embarrassed, I’m angry, I’m frustrated”

The senior leader confessed, “I’m embarrassed, I’m angry, I’m frustrated”  He was reflecting on what he had each learned over the first two days of a recent Innovation Engineering Accelerator session.  An IE Accelerator combines industrial strength brainstorming with very, very, very fast cycles of Plan, Do, Study, Act discovery. He explained the reason for his confession, “I used to think and work this way.  I was curious, nimble and passionately engaged.  Somewhere along the way I allowed myself to lose that spirit.” Sadly - his words are not uncommon.  The week before last at our Innovation Engineering College - Innovation Management course the same sentiments were expressed. My question to everyone reading this today is WHY? Why do we allow our sense of curiosity, adventurous experimentation and overall joy in learning to die? I’m not interested in the “blame game.”  No one took the spirit from you.  Rather, you voluntarily gave it up.  As the senior leader said  “I allowed myself to lose that spirit.” Here’s three thought starters on why we have “allowed the spirit to leave us” 1.   It might be that we have lost sight of our mission and purpose be it personally or professionally.  [...]

By |September 30th, 2016|1 Comment

I was wrong “the idea” is 2 percent not 10 percent of a successful innovation

Good Morning Innovation Pioneers, For years I have stated that "the idea" is but 10% of the creative force required to make an innovation successful.   90% is the cycles of learning, creating and problem solving required to turn an idea into a successful reality.    Steve Jobs felt that it was a "disease" to feel that all you needed to do was to create a great idea and give it to people to execute.   His experience was that there was far more creative work required in the development process. Recently I read a quote form James Dyson - famous for the creation of Vacuums and Hand Dryers.  Note - he's a kindred spirit to the Innovation Engineering philosophy as it took hime 5,127 prototypes to create his first cyclone vacuum cleaner.    Dyson feels that "The original idea is just 2% of the innovation journey. " Thinking deeply about this - I think he's right. The idea is just 2% of the journey. In Innovation Engineering Accelerators we literally accelerate the innovation discovery process - taking the idea from 2% to 10% of the way to market.  The Accelerator is able to accomplish this because we have people from across [...]

By |September 19th, 2016|1 Comment

IGNITE Innovation SPEED – Change your destination

A simple way to ignite innovation development speed is to change your destination. When you move from a destination of … “World wide expansion”  to “We are shipping 300 units to a Learning Lab” risk to the organization is reduced dramatically.  It becomes easier for regulatory, finance, sales, marketing, product quality, etc, etc, etc. - to say yes when your destination is a limited marketplace experiment. The result is you can learn faster and move faster. Learning Labs can be - direct sale via the internet, 6 stores, 2 distributors, etc..  They are small and contained real world experiences where real customers buy and use your service or product. In situations where there continues to be nervousness - you can execute the learning lab under a different company’s name.   You can use a research company, vendor partner, etc. to be the “official” name.   Over the years we’ve done this for Fortune 50 companies to help them reduce their perception of risk. Importantly, if you have a true innovation - a true breakthrough - then you probably have depths of proprietary protection.  As a result there is little risk to doing a public Learning Lab.   Conversely, if your idea [...]

By |September 14th, 2016|0 Comments

IGNITING Innovation SPEED –  LIVE Webinar Podcast

Are you frustrated with how long it takes you to go from idea to market? If you are, you are not alone.  Time to market is a top frustration that is shared by everyone from front line innovators to CEO’s. In this BETA test of the new IGNITING INNOVATION Video Podcast host Doug Hall will take you through 5 Tips for Accelerating Your Speed to Market. An example of the kind of things Doug will be discussing includes… How discipline can be used to accelerate speed to market.  This is in contrast to many cultures where discipline creates bureaucracy and frustration. The discipline Doug will be talking about will include practical ideas for bringing discipline to: 1) enrolling staff groups, 2) strategic alignment by overtly saying what you are NOT interested in, 3) Bringing structure and benchmarking to Gate Review meetings. This is a LIVE BROADCAST - as a result you will be able to submit questions, ideas and insights on-line after Doug’s presentation.   If you sign up by clicking on the link below - you will be sent a link to watch the broadcast when you have time. Please register for IGNITING INNOVATION SPEED .....  5 Tips for [...]

By |September 12th, 2016|0 Comments
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How to Overcome Inertia

Sir Isaac Newton’s first law shows that when all the forces acting upon an object or idea are balanced then the acceleration of that object will be ZERO.  Objects or ideas at equilibrium will not change. Newton’s second law teaches us that Force = Mass times Acceleration. Basically - this means that to generate a FORCE in the world - you need to be either very big or you need to step on the gas. New ideas by their very nature start with a small mass.  Someone says “I have an idea.” The classic response to this is to evaluate, analyze and prudently examine the idea.  The result is certain death. To overcome inertia you need to accelerate your learning cycles. You need to be able to rapidly create ideas - test the ideas - adapt and adjust and test again. You need to be able to painlessly collaborate - connecting with others - learning from others. You need to have alignment - vertically with leadership and horizontally across departments This is what Innovation Engineering is all about. FREE INNOVATION ENGINEERING – WEB CONFERENCE To learn more about how to enable innovation attend our fourth annual International Innovation Engineering Conference this [...]

By |June 20th, 2016|0 Comments

Stop – Order – READ THIS BOOK!

Hi friends,  Peter Brown - a participant in Innovation College this past week recommended with great enthusiasm that I read the book EXTREME OWNERSHIP - How US Navy Seals LEAD and WIN.    THE BOOK ROCKS... ORDER IT... READ IT...  LIVE IT! When you read it - you will find alignment between the principles taught and the systems for Enabling Innovation By Everyone, Everyday that make up Innovation Engineering.  At it's core the message is the system thinking of Dr. W. Edwards Deming.   It's what Dr. Deming taught the Japanese in 1950 and the Western World in the early 80's.   It's about leaders being real LEADERS - it's about Enabling and Trusting those under you to lead - it's about Alignment on a common aim - it's about being comfortable with failure as a part of rapid cycles of learning. To give you an quick idea of the content - here's a list of the chapter names / principles taught       No Bad Teams, Only Bad Leaders       Believe       Check the Ego       Cover and Move       Simple       Prioritize & Execute       Decentralized Command       Plan       Leading UP and Down the Chain of Command   [...]

By |June 18th, 2016|1 Comment
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The Secret of GREAT Innovators – exposed

Great Innovators - the ones that create big ideas that customers are willing to pay more money for - have a secret source for inspiration. And that source is a patent database. Patent databases contain detailed 'blueprints" as we call them for how to invent just about anything.  AND - when you take two to 6 of these patent blueprints and put them together - you can't help but be inspired to create fresh ideas that can make a difference in your world. Patents give you the background and step by step instructions for how to make the impossible possible. There are commercial databases designed for patent professionals. They work for everyone - if you have a little patience. To make it easier for or “ordinary” people to search and find inspiration from patents we’ve created a new type of patent database.   It’s called Patent ROI 3.0 -it’s a dramatically upgraded database designed to deliver faster and more accurate patent searches and alerts.    It has three unique features PAIN FREE - Separation of FREE, FLEA MARKET & CURRENT PATENTS:  This makes it painless for you to find “free technology” i.e. patents n the public domain - to build [...]

By |June 15th, 2016|0 Comments

Free Online Innovation Conference

Hello Pioneers, Register yourself and or your team for the 4th annual Innovation Engineering Conference - held on-line June 22, 2016. To register click here WHAT:  Innovation Engineering is a new field of academic study and leadership science.   It teaches you and your team systems to ENABLE innovation by everyone - resulting in both increased speed to market while at the same time decreasing risk. ON-LINE CONFERENCE:  The Innovation Engineering movement has an international conference each year.  The conference is in two parts - a “beta” version was tested in a live event that was recently held at the Eureka! Ranch in Cincinnati Ohio USA.   The full release version is an ON-LINE conference.   It’s an interactive event with participants from around the world.   A PDF of the work along materials will be emailed to those who register prior to the event. WHEN:  The online conference is June 22, 2016 from 9 am EST to 5:00 pm EST WHO:  The Innovation Engineering on-line conference is valuable to those who are NEW to Innovation Engineering as well as those who are experienced veterans.   The conference is designed to work well for individuals.  HOWEVER - it is even [...]

By |June 2nd, 2016|0 Comments
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4th Annual Innovation Engineering Conferences

4th Annual Conferences Enabling LEAP Innovations Nothing enables innovation confidence and momentum like disruptive “Leap” Innovations. In truth - these types of big ideas that “matter” are no harder to create and develop then small ideas.   That’s because: 1) Innovation Leaps are changes that are worth the effort i.e. “they are cool stuff that matter” 2) Innovation Leaps have upside potential that creates pull within the organization 3) Innovation Leaps are a ton of fun to work on as they are truly Meaningfully Unique With the release of Innovation Engineering 3.0 - education content, human systems and digital tools the movement has everything it needs to enable and accelerate Leap innovations. To help the community activate the world’s best practices - this year’s theme is Enabling LEAP Innovations.  We will be unleashing, igniting and yes enabling big, bold, ideas that matter! A LEAP INNOVATION - Two Conferences (Live & Online) each with the SAME Content As the movement multiples around the world, AND corporate travel budgets continue to be under pressure :) - it’s clear that we need to innovate on how we run our annual conference. The simple yet elegant idea we are testing this year is to hold two [...]

By |May 4th, 2016|0 Comments
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“Consistency” is the Hobgoblin of Little Minds….

As Ralph Waldo Emerson wrote in his famous 1841 essay on Self Reliance “A foolish consistency is the hobgoblin of little minds, adored by little statesmen and philosophers and divines. With consistency a great soul has simply nothing to do. He may as well concern himself with his shadow on the wall. Speak what you think now in hard words, and to-morrow speak what to-morrow thinks in hard words again, though it contradict every thing you said to-day” Dr. Deming said it in a similar way when challenged to defend why he had changed is views versus a year before; “I will never apologize for learning.” Sadly - in today’s world - instead of never ending learning and innovation - we embrace a world of “DECLARE & DEFEND.”  To change is to show weakness - to be a flip flopper - to not have conviction. All great successes that I’ve been a part of or observed involved never ending innovation from raw strategic direction - through idea generation and development to market.  And it doesn’t stop there - great leaders pivot and adapt their innovations even after they’ve shipped.  Great leaders know that anything they have created can be made [...]

By |May 2nd, 2016|1 Comment