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Validation

Tuesday, August 25, 2015

Have you ever questioned yourself and wondered..."Is it just me? Am I making this up?"   ..

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.  ..

Complex doesn't have to be complicated

Friday, August 29, 2014

We live in a complex world.  Interdependent like never before. Flat. Volatile. The US Military coined it as VUCA--volatile, uncertain, complex and ambiguous.  True in world powers. True in business.  Sometimes I hear people longing for the good old days when things were simple. Life is so complicated now.  It doesn't have to be.  It is a choice to respond to complexity with complicatedness or to respond to connectedness and interdependency with control.   ..

Shop Talk! Insights from SHOP14

Tuesday, May 27, 2014

Provocative. Engaging. Stimulating.  Shop14 was a great experience.  While I was one of the speakers, I think I enjoyed the learning experience even more.  Some interesting things to ponder. ..

Little things mean a lot

Tuesday, April 29, 2014

I have been on a college tour with my daughter over spring break and design thinking even showed itself in this context.  At one college, they were quite proud of their new classroom design which included round tables on wheels, walls that were white boards with dry erase markers, the latest technology and an in class approach of collaboration to solve problems.   ..

Rockin Robin….DT Tweet Tweet

Thursday, April 24, 2014

Michael Jackson sang about it long before its time…. ..

A Decision Allegory

Wednesday, April 02, 2014

"We don't make decisions." "Nothing ever gets done around here."  "No sooner than we make a decision in a lead team meeting it is undone by all the conversations behind closed doors." "Sales and marketing refuse to cooperate." ..

The Design of Decisions. Yes!

Friday, March 28, 2014

Fo most of my career I thought of decisions as a thing, an event, a point in time. Perhaps decisions were positioned throughout the stage gate process. Or, a decision was a "go/no go" final decision.  That perspective is naive and incomplete. Decisions are not a point in time event; they are a living, systemic process.  Given this, decisions can and should be designed. Yes! Even decisions. ..

Seeing is Believing: Holy Socks!

Friday, January 31, 2014

Seeing is believing.  That is why a picture is worth a thousand words and a prototype is worth a thousand pictures.  There are times you just cannot visualize what you might need until you see it.  I often hear the complaint about how consumers don't know what they need so they are not that useful in the innovation process. While I agree they can't always articulate it, they do know it when they see it.  And, understanding a person's life and the broader context is so powerful in fueling new ideas, so we do need to seek out the people we serve. ..

Brainstorming doesn't work!?!

Friday, January 24, 2014

Recent research suggests the long "go to innovation tool" of brainstorming doesn't work*.  How can that be? ..


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