Innovation depends on insight. But many of the practices and habits within our organisations actually inhibit generating insights. In Seeing What Other Don’t, Gary Klein offers some ideas for overcoming these obstacles, and for generating novel insights.
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One of the world’s first home computers was the Honeywell Kitchen Computer. It was a disastrous product, but thinking about it can help us spread our own new ideas more quickly.
The Brisbane Innovation Network took a field trip to visit HackerSpace Brisbane today. We can learn a lot about how to innovate by watching how things work in these collaborative invention labs.
The best way to get ideas to spread has been around a long time: talk to people.
Kenya is at the cutting edge of innovation in mobile money. How can this be? There are a plenty of reasons, and a few things to learn about innovation by investigating.
The startup Thumbtack hired a full-time chef a few years ago, and it transformed their business. It’s a great story of unintended business model innovation that we can learn from.
A medical emergency for my cat Wallace leads to surprising discoveries about a common household product, which teach some useful innovation lessons.
What tools do you need to use to be successful in the social era? The fact is that the tools don’t matter. The two keys to success are: do awesome work, and connect with people.
The Bing It One challenge would have been a great tool in 1998. Unfortunately, now that Google dominates search, an improved algorithm isn’t enough to get people to switch. This is the Attacker’s Dilemma: unless you bring a major performance improvement, there is no point in directly attacking a strong incumbent in their area of strength.
What are the implications of the new ways that technology allows people to connect and interact? Nilofer Merchant explores this in her book 11 Rules for Creating Value in the #SocialEra – it’s a good book with some important lessons.
How can you learn what you need to know to become an expert? It requires deep knowledge of a field, but it also requires broad knowledge of related fields. Our current technologies support deep, but not broad. We need to figure out a way to find t-shaped knowledge.
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