The Innovation Blog

Is Bill Belichick a Design Thinker?

Posted by Creative Realities on February 2, 2012

Bill Belichick is widely regarded as a football genius, contrarian, and grump. He is also an innovator. All of the X's and O's of design thinking can be found under the hoodie.

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Topics: Design, Design Thinking, Innovation, Innovation Strategy, strategy

A Parable of Yin, Yang and the Pursuit of Innovation

Posted by David Culton on July 13, 2011

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Topics: Future, Future Pull, Future Trends, Innovation Strategy, breakthrough innovation, leadership

Escape from Brainstorm Island with Paddy Miller

Posted by Creative Realities on June 17, 2011

We tend to innovate by going off on an island, with lots of Post-its and flip charts, and we end up stuck on Brainstorm Island. How do we escape from Brainstorm Island?

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Topics: Chris Dolan, Thought Leaders, Corporate Innovation Group, critical ideation skills, Innovation, Innovation Strategy, brainstorming, Creating an Innovation agenda

The 'SNIFF' test - criteria for early-innovation decision-making

Posted by Creative Realities on March 28, 2011

Innovation clients frequently ask us how to make better decisions when pursuing breakthrough innovation.  Decision making in pursuit of breakthrough and transformational innovation is significantly different that which is for sustaining or incremental innovation (where frames of reference, past benchmarks, etc. exist).  There are five key decision points along the journey.  At each point, beliefs, assumptions, SWAGS, etc. will get tighter, and more useful.  

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Topics: Jay Terwilliger, SNIFF test, Innovation criteria, selecting, selection, evaluating ideas, evaluating innovation, Innovation, Innovation Strategy, criteria for innovation

Wayne Gretzky and the Perfect Metaphor for Innovation

Posted by Creative Realities on March 9, 2011

In a recent workshop I was asked this question: “If you could only share one thing that executive decision-makers must learn if they are to get what they expect from their innovation investments what would it be?” I didn’t hesitate for a second. I immediately flashed this hockey graphic onto the wall. They thought I was nuts.

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Topics: Mark Sebell, Innovation Strategy, Innovation Metaphor, Innovation Metrics