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The Discipline of Discovery

Wednesday, August 03, 2016

Discovery, Creativity, Innovation.  When you think of these words I bet you don't think of associating words like discipline and process to them. Yet, I would say it is appropriate to do just that, but in ways that may not be what you might typically imagine. ..

WOW-the power of failure!

Monday, October 27, 2014

I just finished teaching my graduate school class on design thinking for business. For a few weeks each fall I have graduate marketing, research, finance and mba students learning how to solve a classic business/marketing problem using design thinking methods and mindsets.   ..

Innovation is rose colored

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

As a child, my parents would say "Cindy you wear rose colored glasses."  It was meant as a compliment and a commentary on how naive I was, not seeing the world for its bumps and bruises.  ..

What is your "have to"?

Monday, September 22, 2014

What is your have to?
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The weather report: foggy and clearing

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

I often start and end an innovation workshop with a personal "weather report".  What are you? Sunny? Cloudy? Stormy? Breezy?  It is a simple way to understand how people are arriving to that moment or how they are leaving.  A couple of metaphorical words and you understand a lot. It doesn't really matter what their weather report is as much as it matters to understand where a person is. Being stormy is not in some way better or worse than being sunny, though I often see "stormy" people a bit shy about offering that report.  With innovation work, the key is to be present and tapping into your personal weather report is a simple way of being so. ..

The Creative Pause

Monday, June 23, 2014
Where has downtime gone? Recently I considered this question as I was watching a young mom walking her baby in a stroller with one hand and on her iPhone with the other--multi-tasking versus just being with her child. I hate to admit it; but I have been guilty of similar juggling acts, though not that one exactly. My day is absolutely filled to the brim and I bet yours is too. The connected world waits for no one. Yet, in the waiting and just being, there is creativity. And, today we need creativity more than ever. ..

Talking SHOP

Tuesday, May 13, 2014

Tomorrow I am speaking at the SHOP conference at the University of Arkansas on Design Thinking.  I will be joined by many executives from the retail industry, including Wal-Mart, as we explore Retail Innovation.  I am excited. I think the Retail Industry overall is ripe for reinvention of their experiences and I am excited to stimulate their thinking in this space and how Design Thinking might be of help. 
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Crossing the Chasm

Thursday, March 20, 2014

There is a great divide between creating/imagining a new idea or invention and crossing over to launching it as a successful innovation in the marketplace.  One way this divide can manifest is between the innovation team and the commercialization team in a large organization. ..

The Dilemma: how to create innovation in an established business

Friday, March 14, 2014

Recently I was conducting a training on innovation at a client and was bombarded with questions about how to create innovations in an established business.  These were important questions which many people share.  In his book, The Innovator's Dilemma, Clayton Christensen identifies the paradox of an established business, that it doesn't have incentives to disrupt itself. The innovation that is born in this paradoxical world is Sustaining Innovation, which is good for short term health, but can be deadly for the long term viability of an industry or business. Just ask Kodak or MCI what happens if you don't tend to both your present and future.  A business needs Disruptive Innovation too for the long haul.  How do you do it?  How can an established business innovate for today and tomorrow? ..


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