Mike Downing

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Break the Rules: How Thinking Flexibly Leads to Innovation

Physicist Leonard Mlodinow describes how elastic thinking lets people unleash their inherent creativity, in his new book.

Creativity

Innovation "Gurus" Love To Talk About These 4 Myths -- None Of Them Are True

What worked for Steve Jobs or Elon Musk Might not work for you<p>Go to any conference these days and innovation is almost sure to come up. When it does, you can be just as sure you will see something Steve Jobs said, something Elon Musk did (or plans to do) and some doomsday scenario about how robots …

Innovation

What is full lifecycle idea management?

Bill Gates once said: “Software innovation, like almost every other kind of innovation, requires the ability to collaborate and share ideas with …

Project Management

How To Build Invincible Companies

<b>It’s more important than ever for companies to focus on inventing the future. Companies have to start giving more power and prestige to growth</b> …

Innovation

Following the digital thread

Join us in our eight-part exploration of the digital thread—a digitally enabled process with the potential to revolutionize design, production, and …

MIT

Do You Understand What Customers Want And Can You Build It?

<b>The ability to build what customers want is obviously a critically important task. In the image of this post, I roughly sketched out the intersection</b> …

Customers

The Breakthrough Mindset: 5 Keys For Exponential Innovation To Solve Global Problems

How big business can solve the world’s largest, most mind-numbing problems.<p>Elon Musk may be worth the $56 billion payout he is asking for to lead Tesla into the future, or maybe not. Time will tell. But one thing is clear: No other business leader has yet captured quite so dramatically the …

Innovation

The Simple Secret to Measuring How Innovative Your Company Really Is

The key is setting clear metrics that will help your business grow.<p>There are plenty of resources out there to help entrepreneurs innovate: Google's Startup with Google website provides dozens of tools. Books like Lean Startup provide frameworks to track your startup's progress. Even nonprofits are …

Innovation

We Need Breakthrough Business Models, Not Breakthrough Technology

Technology doesn’t transform markets, business models do.<p>When humanity encounters a shiny new technology and senses its potential, we usually glibly assume that the world will instantaneously jump aboard and surf the resulting wave of change.<p>Anyone who has experienced at least one of these wave …

Innovation

The 7 Things Every Innovation Center Should Have - Innovation Training | Design Thinking Workshops | Keynote Speaker

Many of the organizations we work with on a culture of innovation focus want to set up an innovation center or lab. This can actually be done in just …

Using the Ten Types of Innovation Framework

Innovation is often focused around product and R&D. The Ten Types of Innovation framework gives us a way to think about innovation from a broad …

Innovation

The Da Vinci Lode

Leonardo da Vinci<p>by Walter Isaacson, Simon & Schuster, 2017<p>Over the last decade and a half, Walter Isaacson has become one of our most interesting …

The Truth About Corporate Transformation

Corporate transformation sits atop the strategic agenda for many CEOs. While transformation is ideally undertaken preemptively, in practice it is …

Management

Why Execution and Innovation Are Fundamentally Different

<b>We decided to repost this video because it continues to be one of the biggest challenges we see companies face: to create two parallel cultures of</b> …

Innovation

What Can You Expect After A 12 Week Innovation Sprint?

<b>With our Strategyzer Innovation Sprints, we help major companies go from ideation to early validation in 12 weeks. That's long enough to produce</b> …

Product Management

Design thinking, explained

Solve any business problem with this approach.<p>By Rebecca Linke | September 14, 2017<p>Graphic design by Mimi Phan<p>Why It Matters<p>Coming up with an idea is …

Design for Action

Throughout most of history, design was a process applied to physical objects. Raymond Loewy designed trains. Frank Lloyd Wright designed houses. Charles Eames designed furniture. Coco Chanel designed haute couture. Paul Rand designed logos. David Kelley designed products, including (most famously) …

Design

The Circular Design Guide

The scale of what we’re designing has shifted from products, to companies, to economic systems.<p>Who we’re designing for has expanded from a solitary …

Globalization

Innovation Labs Don’t Work | The Village of Useful

Why do innovation labs fail? These ‘labs’ temporarily keep the board and shareholders appeased, and provide an answer to “what are you doing about …

How To Systematically Reduce The Risk & Uncertainty Of New Ideas

<b>As an innovator & entrepreneur your #1 task is to reduce the risk and uncertainty of new business ideas before you invest big and scale. In this post</b> …

Innovation

Is There Such A Thing As Over-Innovating?

No one can stop the wave of technology; therefore, we must go with it. Even when we don’t make any efforts to innovate within our companies, our …

Innovation

Digital transformation: Raising supply-chain performance to new levels

Combining digital applications with operational changes helps yield significant performance improvements that stand the test of time.<p><b>For all the</b> …

More than a feeling: Ten design practices to deliver business value

As design thinking nears its 50th birthday, many companies still struggle to realize value from design. Those that succeed often follow ten best …

Design

Professional Innovation Requires Time & Resources

<b>I’ve always struggled to understand why many companies ask fully occupied employees to do innovation in addition to their day job and expect</b> …

Innovation

Pharma's broken business model: An industry on the brink of terminal decline

<i>Biotech</i> <i>Voices</i> <i>is a contributed article from select Endpoints</i> <i>News</i> <i>readers. Commentator Kelvin Stott regularly blogs about the ROI in pharma. You can</i> …

Create Three Distinct Career Paths for Innovators

Big companies are much better at incremental innovation than they are at radical innovation. That’s as true now as it was 20 years ago, despite countless programs aimed at strengthening innovation capabilities. To understand why, researchers at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute studied 21 large …

Groundbreaking empirical research shows where innovation really comes from

Breaking down barriers for underrepresented kids could quadruple America’s pool of inventors.<p>Gaps in opportunity for talented kids with low socioeconomic status don’t just hold back poor, female, black, or Latino children as individuals — they also impose potentially enormous losses to society as a …

Innovation