Igniting Growth

Silver Bullets vs. Toolbelts

Monday, June 12, 2017

Everyone wants a silver bullet. ..

Preparation!

Sunday, June 11, 2017

As I sit watching Princeton's Elite Basketball Camp and my son play, I am reminded of Duke's Coach K saying that "most people fail because they fail to prepare." ..

The Job of Design Thinking

Wednesday, March 08, 2017

Have you heard of Jobs Theory? It is a growing approach to innovation that is capturing business people's imagination.  At the heart of a product or service is the progress desired by the person, the job.  Jobs differ by circumstance and can be driven by functional, emotional or social desired progress, or some combination of the three.  It is a very useful approach, though once again, not a silver bullet. Yes, you need need to understand the job, but also the person you serve and your business strategy or intention.  The three together are critical inputs to a winning effort. I really like Jobs Theory as part of an array of tools to win. ..

Reflection and Renewal

Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Its a brand new year and with that comes a fresh start, a new chance, a new mountain to climb.  I always look forward to January as a time to reflect on the prior year and imagine the future year I want to craft.  In my reflections on the past year, I reviewed my blog posts and wanted to highlight a few I thought I did not want people to miss as they turn the page to the new year. I hope you enjoy! ..

Designing for Delight

Tuesday, November 08, 2016


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What are you asking

Monday, October 31, 2016

Which is more powerful:  focusing on the solution or the question? ..

A clear signal in a sea of noise--insight driven ideas

Tuesday, October 25, 2016

As I tried to have a conversation with the buzz of a conference crowd around me, it was really difficult to hear what was being shared.  I think this is an analogy for so much of what innovators and marketers face. There is a lot of noise out there and people with their noise reduction headphones, DVRs and smarts phones are screening it all out.  ..

The Discipline of Discovery

Wednesday, August 03, 2016

Discovery, Creativity, Innovation.  When you think of these words I bet you don't think of associating words like discipline and process to them. Yet, I would say it is appropriate to do just that, but in ways that may not be what you might typically imagine. ..

Simple Things to Set the Conditions for Co-Creation

Tuesday, June 21, 2016

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Oh! The Strategist and the Tactician Should Be Friends!

Tuesday, June 14, 2016

(Sung to the tune of "Oh! The Farmer and the Cow-man Should Be Friends" from the musical Oklahoma!) ..


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