innovation excellence weekly - issue 13
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DESCRIPTIONWe 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
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
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.
photo image: whitneyjohnson.com
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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