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Innova-Con Innovation Conference

January 25, 2015

You’ve undoubtedly noticed that the world is changing, and quickly.  We took this photo in an airport a few years ago, and now here it is 2015 and lo and behold, they were pretty close to right on.  Perhaps this may stimulate you to ask yourself if you’re now prepared for 2020?  Of course this […]

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Driven to Death by the Rate of Innovation

September 18, 2014

We recently had a fascinating meeting with a prominent venture capitalist based in Palo Alto, and during the course of our conversation about the pressures that his portfolio companies are under he used a fascinating phrase to describe the tech industry as a whole.  He said that the lagging companies, many of which are not […]

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The Innovation Master Plan: A New Book

August 12, 2011

I’ve just released a new book (shown above on the left), The Innovation Master Plan. Here’s a short passage from the introduction: “Some executives look at the innovations that come from companies like Apple or P&G, and they think to themselves, ‘Well, we don’t have people or the resources like theirs.  We can’t do that kind […]

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Do “Lean” and “Innovation” Go Together?

August 2, 2011

  Once the Toyota management system became more widely known by the single word “lean,” it became a fad and a mantra (and also a boon for authors and consultants who have been able to help companies adopt the lean mindset and methods).  In the process of doing so, a great number of companies and […]

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Concept Cards™ – Innovation Tool for Developing Insights

August 14, 2010

In a recent newsletter I wrote about one of the tools we use in innovation consulting engagements to help client teams develop insights. The following short video will introduce you to Concept Cards™ – single frame documents that make complex concepts accessible and usable in the planning process. Imagine having a hundred or several hundred […]

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Innovation in Social Action

July 9, 2010

What happens when 1000 innovators and community leaders get together?  Great things can! For the last few years, InnovationLabs has partnered with CFED, an organization that has for more than 30 years dedicated itself to expanding economic opportunity for all Americans.  We’ve shared lessons and methods in innovation with CFED and its broader community, and […]

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