What great thinkers have in common is the ability to make sense of changing worlds. Crucial to the initial steps of any innovation project is sense-making: understanding the inner workings of your surroundings and knowing how to apply and re-apply your deep insights. That is how innovators make their visions come to life.Read More »
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The middleman just might be the vanguard of your next innovation strategy. They are untapped sources of innovative potential and growth.
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Kalamazoo Convention and Visitors Bureau set in motion their most memorable ad campaign: “Yes, there really is a Kalamazoo.” When your brand message is that you exist, it’s safe to assume that the halcyon days are officially over. Ten years after its inception, the Kalamazoo Promise is now an innovation annuity that will pay dividends for an entire community for years to come.Read More »
Making Stone Soup: How to Jumpstart Innovation Teams is available in a print or an electronic edition at Amazon.com.Read More »
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Jul 27, 2015
The middleman just might be the vanguard of your next innovation strategy. It’s time to reimagine the role of supply chains in our creative thinking. The truth is that the suppliers we all depend on are greater than the parts they provide. Supply chains are more than places where orders Read more »
Jul 20, 2015
For years I trained consultants in the ambiguous and complex art of innovation at a prestigious consulting firm. I was amused at their indoctrination which included an unbending adherence to the rule of three. No, not that bad things happen in threes but rather that a client should always be Read more »
Jul 13, 2015
At the heart of every great innovation is a great compromise: in order to start something new, we have to stop something old. Think of it as a deal you make with yourself–the things you’ll give up in order to make room for future growth. Our days are filled with Read more »
Jul 6, 2015
Innovation is less like a sprint or a marathon than a relay race: a team event where the hand-offs between each phase are the most crucial moments of the competition. Bringing together the fastest people won’t necessarily ensure a first-place finish in the innovation relay. The quickest runner is only Read more »
Jun 29, 2015
Picture it: this is a phrase that so many creative thinkers use when they’re introducing their new project. The best ideas begin with a compelling image. In a single image lies a larger story, a whole series of suggestions, memories from the past, and gestures toward the future. Visual aids Read more »
Jeff delivered a keynote, Leading Innovation, for 100 members of the Zurich Insurance, North America Leadership Team.
KPMG engaged Jeff to lead a discussion on innovation and disruptive technologies that can harness the growth.
Jeff lead the opening event for Lenovo’s Research & Technology Innovation Retreat. The Leadership Team from Beijing convened in Morrisville North Carolina.
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