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We are proud to announce our thirteenth Innovation Excellence Weekly for Slideshare. 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.


<ul><li> 1. December 28, 2012</li></ul><p> 2. Issue 13 December 28, 20121.Disrupt Yourself Our Interview with Whitney Johnson.............................. Julie Anixter2.Innovation Themes from Architect Daniel Libeskind .... Scott Bowden3.6 Innovation Roadblocks Worth Breaking Through ....... Greg Verdino4.Innovation Philosophy and the Truth about Technology ........................... Greg Satell5.The Pope Tweets, so why not CEOs? .. Kevin Maney6.Leadership Is About Leading ... Mike Myatt7.Lasting Behavioral Change ..... Mike Shipulski8.When Innovation Goes Wrong ....... Rowan Gibson9.Why Environment Matters to Innovation ..... Jeffrey Phillips10. 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 3. Disrupt Yourself Our Interview with Whitney JohnsonPosted on December 23, 2012 by Julie AnixterTogether 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 wewatched 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 ourback 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. Inthe 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 apowerful magnet for the best selves in all of us. The promise of innovation, however you define it, is a more enlightened way forward, especiallywhen 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 wayforward. 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 toit, and offers the time to pause, reflect, and yes, do some active dreaming. Borrowing from the poet Henry Wadsworth Longfellow TheChildrens HourBetween the dark and the daylight,When the light is beginning to lower, 4. 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 withauthor 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 easydescription. It is no surprise to me that a community is building around her on the HBRblog, on twitter, and in her speeches and classes, as she calls us to deliberately dareto 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 upand 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 image: whitneyjohnson.comDont miss a post (5,000+) Subscribe to our RSS feed and join our Innovation Excellence group!Julie Anixter is Chief Innovation Officer at Maga Design and the executive editor and co-founder of Innovation Excellence. Theco-author of three books, shes working on a fourth on courage and innovation. She worked with Tom Peters for five years onbringing big ideas to big audiences. Now she works with the US Military, Healthcare, Manufacturing and other high testinnovation cultures that make a difference. 5. Innovation Themes from Architect Daniel LibeskindPosted on December 19, 2012 by Scott BowdenOne of the greatest modern architects is Daniel Libeskind, whosemasterprieces range from the bold angles of the Denver Art Museum to thestunning alignment of old and new in the Dresden Military History Museum to thecreative master plan for One World Trade Center in New York.In a recent interview with Elmear Lynch in Conde Nast Traveler, Libeskindreflects on some of the great innovation themes that instructed his previous workand speculates on several new trends that will drive architectural innovation inthe coming years. By parsing each of the ideas identified by Libeskind, we canderive useful insights into our work as practitioners of innovation. Libeskinds themes can be useful tools for innovation workshops and canassist in brainstorming exercises.Themes from Past Architectural InnovationLiving Rooms Moved OutsideIn 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 beeasily 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 simpleexample would be a team designing a new leaf blower. The tool is designed to be used outside, but as a thought exercise the team shouldconsider what it would be like to operate the tool indoors and think about the types of capabilities that would be needed operating in this newenvironment (noise reduction, adjustable speeds, smoke reduction, etc.). Thinking about these capabilities could provide insights for outdooroperation or identify a new concept that the team might have missed by its limited focus.Substance Became One with StyleLibeskinds theme here envisions matching form and function by conceptualizing not just how a building looks but also how it functions for thepeople who use the facility. In this architectural approach, conservation of water and energy carries the same importance as stunning exteriorand interior design.Innovation Theme An innovator leading a product development team could trigger an interesting thought experiment by transposing the rolesof team members. Engineers could focus on style, while marketers could focus on substance. By forcing individuals outside of their comfort 6. zones, the innovation leader could generate some interesting new concepts to consider for the product. Another idea would be for an innovationleader 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 UpAccording 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 pastthat are all-encompassing in their pluralism and power. Cities reinvented themselves from declining relics into powerhouses of creativity andgrowth.Innovation Theme The re-emergence of cities in terms of prominence vis-a-vis the nation is a classic case of Mark Twains famous assertionthat 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 andthat they could not compete with the growing suburbs and exurbs because of infrastructure and space limitations. Some of the great cities ofthe world have fought this migration and transformed themselves to the point where the migration is reversed and cities are once again the landof opportunity. For the innovator, this theme indicates the importance of focusing intensively on the inherent value of an entity rather than theoutward appearance. During the period of their supposed decline, cities still maintained at their essence an energy and vitality that the suburbsand 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 andfind ways to drive it to the surface.Themes from Future Architectural InnovationEveryone will be an ArchitectSoftware, Libeskind notes, will enable individuals to design their own architectural solutions and be less dependent on experts. People will beable to generate their own blueprints for complex designs without incurring the large costs of traditional architectural services. 7. Innovation Theme An innovation team could focus on where some task, process, or technology is complex and costly today but could berendered simple and more user-friendly in the future. The team could then consider the implications of that transformation and identify newproducts and services that would flow from that newly-enabled simplicity.Individualization will ReignIn this innovation theme, Libeskind observes that the era of mass production is nearing an end and mass-customization will insert itself into themanufacturing process. Architecture will become more of an extension of the individual and less of a statement of the masses.Innovation Theme An innovator could look at a product from the perspective of the end user or customer and think about the differentattributes of that product that the end user would want to customize if given the opportunity prior to the manufacturing process. For instance,who would have imagined years ago that so much attention would be paid to the color of interior and exterior lighting in an automobile interior?Rooms will Change in the Blink of an EyeAccording to Libeskind, architecture will evolve away from its current static nature. Windows that can become opaque by sensing the light of thesun, along with floors that change appearance at the flip of a switch, will drive instant transformation to spaces that were once consideredstatic.Innovation Theme This theme focuses on the size and rapidity of transformation. By size we mean something more than just a picture frameon a desk. Rather, we mean to target an entire wall of windows, or a floor for an entire room, with transformative capabilities. By rapidity, wemean the speed of the transformation. We are all familiar with transformation by re-arranging furniture or painting a room a new color. Thisinnovation would focus on that change happening instantaneously. For an innovation workshop, we could look at a product, process, ortechnology and ask ourselves what value could be derived from large-scale, rapid changes to the target concept.Small Spaces will Make Us SmarterIt is well-known that the increasing interactions of individuals in cities result in an innovation premium derived from certain urban locations (NewYork, London, Shanghai, etc.). Libeskind sees increasing urbanization trends continuing to drive innovation and greater intelligence, as largernumber of people must be creative about organizing their lives in smaller spaces.Innovation Theme Two of the driving forces behind the increasing innovation activity occurring in cities are friction and doing more with less.Friction is the greater interaction between human beings that is facilitated by a city. The more people packed into a smaller space, the greaterthe frequency and intensity of interactions among those people. Over the course of time, these increased interactions lead to a greaterlikelihood of sharing ideas. Likewise, doing more with less is a typical requirement for urban dwellers who know they will have limited space fortheir daily lives, thus forcing them to think about how to get more out of their living spaces. For an innovator, this theme could mean increasingthe quantity of participants in a workshop to obtain a greater variety of ideas and thinking about a problem from the standpoint of how to domore with less. 8. Historic Cities will get ModernLibeskinds final theme is magnificently demonstrated in his design for the Dresden Military History Museum. In this theme, old and new mustco-exist in historic cities by leveraging the power of contemporary architecture to bring out the eminence of the relics of the past.Innovation Theme This theme emphasizes the surprising value of a juxtaposition of old and new. For an innovator working on a new productor service, a thought exercise could be to juxtapose that new concept with some themes from the past, looking for inspiration or ideas in theway that past innovators solved a problem.By using these different themes from Libeskinds observations on past and present architectural innovations, the innovation practitioner caninject new thinking into his or her efforts. If the innovator is not inspired by thinking through these different themes, then perhaps a trip to visitone of Libeskinds architectural creations is in order.Source: Eimear Lynch, The Future of Design: Architect Daniel Libeskinds Predictions, Conde Nast Traveler (December 2012), p. 40.Dont miss an article (5,000+) Subscribe to our RSS feed and join our Innovation Excellence group! Scott Bowden works on Innovation Programs for IBM Global Services. 9. 6 Innovation Roadblocks Worth Breaking ThroughPosted on December 23, 2012 by Greg VerdinoIf theres a poster child for innovation, its most likely Thomas Edison. And iftheres a slogan scrawled across his poster, its probably his often-cited quote,I have not failed. Ive just found 10,000 ways that wont work, which isgenerally believed to relate to his work on the light bulb.If youre looking for a nicely packaged call for the power of perseverance, therewards received for taking risks, or the benefits of having a go-get-em can-doattitude you really cant do much better than these words of wisdom from theman who gave the world the light bulb, the telegraph, the phonograph and motion pictures. Its little wonder that innovation pundits love to trotout this oldie but goodie to inspire business leaders to lean further into the future, take chances, accommodate failure, and adopt an innovationmindset.Granted Edison may never have actually said these words (although generally attributed to the inventor, theyve never been confirmed as hisown). For that matter despite popular belief he didnt really invent the light bulb, arguably the object most often associated with his nameand the icon that has become the de facto visual shorthand for great idea, but an invention that predates his work to improve upon it byroughly 50 years. So not to take anything away from the man (his accomplishments are many), but the 10,000 ways that wont workstory is a myth. An innovation creation myth of sorts, from which the permission to innovat...</p>