Spend time with people who challenge your thinking

‘You are the average of the five people that you spend the most time with,’ says author Richard Koch. While this statement is not to be taken literally or mathematically it plainly contains a disturbingly large grain of truth. For most of us the people we choose to associate with reflect ourselves, our values, our […]


12 Questions Innovators should ask

Taken from this site and the book by Adam Hartung

1. What are the biggest obstacles to innovation in your organization? 2. Why do projects identified in brainstorming or ideation sessions seem to never get off the back burner? 3. Why is there so much funding for legacy work, but so little funding for innovation? […]

We need to Challenge our Children

A Personal Story

I went to a Catholic boys grammar school in Blackpool, in the North of England. In my first year in the senior school I was a nerdy kid, with spectacles and short trousers. For one hour a week the class had elocution lessons from an old, portly teacher called Mr Priestley. He […]

Creating a Culture of Innovation

What are the key characteristics of a corporate culture that promotes innovation? And those that inhibit innovation? These were the topics we discussed in a workshop I facilitated yesterday for the Global Business Partnership Alliance. We discussed a number of issues. We conducted a survey among attendees and these were the main issues in the […]

Thinking the Unthinkable

We can broadly simplify innovations into two kinds – incremental and radical. Incremental innovations are improvements to current products, methods, processes, services, partnerships and so on. Customer complaints and suggestions are a good source of ideas for incremental improvements. So are the people who work in the organisation. If you ask customers how your product […]

UPS innovates by not turning left

I read an interesting post on the E-myth blog about UPS. They found that they could save time and fuel by instructing drivers not to turn left. It sounds crazy but by planning their routes to include only right turns they saved time spent waiting to turn left.

‘In 2004, after evaluating their CO2 […]