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We are proud to announce our thirteenth Innovation Excellence Weekly for Issuu. Inside you'll find ten of the best innovation-related articles from the past week on Innovation Excellence - the world's most popular innovation web site and home to 5,000+ innovation-related articles.


  • December 28, 2012

  • Issue 13 December 28, 2012

    1. Disrupt Yourself Our Interview with Whitney Johnson.............................. Julie Anixter

    2. Innovation Themes from Architect Daniel Libeskind .... Scott Bowden

    3. 6 Innovation Roadblocks Worth Breaking Through ....... Greg Verdino

    4. Innovation Philosophy and the Truth about Technology ........................... Greg Satell

    5. The Pope Tweets, so why not CEOs? .. Kevin Maney

    6. Leadership Is About Leading ... Mike Myatt

    7. Lasting Behavioral Change ..... Mike Shipulski

    8. When Innovation Goes Wrong ....... Rowan Gibson

    9. Why Environment Matters to Innovation ..... Jeffrey Phillips

    10. Who Wants a Big Mac for Christmas? Bah! Humbug! ..... Adam Hartung

    Your hosts, Braden Kelley, Julie Anixter and Rowan Gibson, are innovation writers, speakers and

    strategic advisors to many of the worlds leading companies.

    Our mission is to help you achieve innovation excellence inside your own organization by making

    innovation resources, answers, and best practices accessible for the greater good.

    Cover Image credit: Elderly Mans Face over Dry Desert Background

  • Disrupt Yourself Our Interview with Whitney Johnson

    Posted on December 23, 2012 by Julie Anixter

    Together we approach the end of 2012. Twelve Twelve Twelve had such a nice ring to it! Then December 14 th broke our collective hearts as we

    watched the events in Newtown unfold, destroying lives and so much of the joy of the season.

    Here we are on December 23rd, mourning still and picking up the pieces, at least here in America, where mass murder happened (again) in our

    back yards.

    But no matter where we are, and what tragedies and disappointments befall, all can never be lost while we can still find the courage to act. In

    the face of disappointment and worse, we can still act, and, must act and invoke our best selves to make it, invoking Lennon and McCartney,

    better, better, better, better. We believe one reason our IX community continues to grow with such vibrancy is that the word innovation is a

    powerful magnet for the best selves in all of us. The promise of innovation, however you define it, is a more enlightened way forward, especially

    when we can activate it in the broader conversation and create new irrefutable value.

    This year, Im consumed with a particular conversation inspired by Whitney Johnson, and indeed betting on dreaming as a key to our way

    forward. We may have to be a little more open and childlike, a little less cynical, to really dream. But this time of year has a certain sweetness to

    it, and offers the time to pause, reflect, and yes, do some active dreaming. Borrowing from the poet Henry Wadsworth Longfellow The

    Childrens Hour

    Between the dark and the daylight,

    When the light is beginning to lower,

  • Comes a pause in the days occupation,

    That is known as the Childrens Hour.

    Pause and join me for the webinar interview Innovation Excellence did recently with

    author Whitney Johnson, whose book, Dare, Dream, Do, is interrupting or better yet,

    disrupting our notion of the role of dreaming in innovation and in life, and in doing so,

    challenging us to rethink what dreams mean to us.

    Whitney is a deliberate strategist and investor, a big picture thinker who defies easy

    description. It is no surprise to me that a community is building around her on the HBR

    blog, on twitter, and in her speeches and classes, as she calls us to deliberately dare

    to dream fully enough to invest in and reshape our worlds. According to Whitney its our privilege to dream but we have to first dare to step up

    and take that privilege. As the year ends, we invite all of you to step up and claim that privilege for yourselves. The world really needs you.

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    Julie Anixter is Chief Innovation Officer at Maga Design and the executive editor and co-founder of Innovation Excellence. The

    co-author of three books, shes working on a fourth on courage and innovation. She worked with Tom Peters for five years on

    bringing big ideas to big audiences. Now she works with the US Military, Healthcare, Manufacturing and other high test

    innovation cultures that make a difference.

  • Innovation Themes from Architect Daniel Libeskind

    Posted on December 19, 2012 by Scott Bowden

    One of the greatest modern architects is Daniel Libeskind, whose

    masterprieces range from the bold angles of the Denver Art Museum to the

    stunning alignment of old and new in the Dresden Military History Museum to the

    creative master plan for One World Trade Center in New York.

    In a recent interview with Elmear Lynch in Conde Nast Traveler, Libeskind

    reflects on some of the great innovation themes that instructed his previous work

    and speculates on several new trends that will drive architectural innovation in

    the coming years. By parsing each of the ideas identified by Libeskind, we can

    derive useful insights into our work as practitioners of innovation. Libeskinds themes can be useful tools for innovation workshops and can

    assist in brainstorming exercises.

    Themes from Past Architectural Innovation

    Living Rooms Moved Outside

    In this theme, Libeskind explores the trend in urban living where living spaces became smaller while public green spaces grew in size.

    Libeskind factored this into his building designs by paying particular attention to room for outdoor seating and greenspace, which would be

    easily accessible by large entryway doors, such as his World Trade Center design.

    Innovation Theme For the innovator, we should think about turning concepts inside-out. For example, when thinking about a problem to solve,

    we should consider removing the problem from its current environs and flipping it to the opposite space to generate new ideas. A simple

    example would be a team designing a new leaf blower. The tool is designed to be used outside, but as a thought exercise the team should

    consider what it would be like to operate the tool indoors and think about the types of capabilities that would be needed operating in this new

    environment (noise reduction, adjustable speeds, smoke reduction, etc.). Thinking about these capabilities could provide insights for outdoor

    operation or identify a new concept that the team might have missed by its limited focus.

    Substance Became One with Style

    Libeskinds theme here envisions matching form and function by conceptualizing not just how a building looks but also how it functions for the

    people who use the facility. In this architectural approach, conservation of water and energy carries the same importance as stunning exterior

    and interior design.

    Innovation Theme An innovator leading a product development team could trigger an interesting thought experiment by transposing the roles

    of team members. Engineers could focus on style, while marketers could focus on substance. By forcing individuals outside of their comfort

  • zones, the innovation leader could generate some interesting new concepts to consider for the product. Another idea would be for an innovation

    leader to make sure that his or her requirements are not solely focused on form or function but, rather, represent a mix of the two.

    Nations Declined as Cities Rose Up

    According to Libeskind, the city has evolved into a much more important entity than in the past, almost the point of the city-states of the past

    that are all-encompassing in their pluralism and power. Cities reinvented themselves from declining relics into powerhouses of creativity and


    Innovation Theme The re-emergence of cities in terms of prominence vis-a-vis the nation is a classic case of Mark Twains famous assertion

    that the reports of his demise were greatly exaggerated. There was a time where cities were seen as over-tired remnants of a time gone by and

    that they could not compete with the growing suburbs and exurbs because of infrastructure and space limitations. Some of the great cities of

    the world have fought this migration and transformed themselves to the point where the migration is reversed and cities are once again the land

    of opportunity. For the innovator, this theme indicates the importance of focusing intensively on the inherent value of an entity rather than the

    outward appearance. During the period of their supposed decline, cities still maintained at their essence an energy and vitality that the suburbs

    and exurbs would never be able to match. The job of the innovator working on a new concept is to identify that core essence of an entity and

    find ways to drive it to the surface.

    Themes from Future Architectural Innovation

    Everyone will be an Architect

    Software, Libeskind notes, will enable individuals to design their own architectural solutions and be less dependent on experts. People will be

    able to generate their own blueprints for complex designs without incurring the large costs of traditional architectural services.

  • Innovation Theme An innovation team could focus on where some task, process, or technology is complex and costly today but could be

    rendered simple and more user-friendly in the future. The team could then consider the implications of that transformation and identify new

    products and services that would