The Edge of Uncertainty

Good Morning Innovation Pioneers,

This summer I’ve been deep into writing my 6th book.  This one is focused on Innovation Engineering.   Taking inspiration from Hemingway I write each morning.   In the afternoon and evening I do something not connected with the book to give my mind time to process my thinking.

This has included working on some client projects, some sailing and cooking.  My latest adventure in cooking is wood fired cooking as is done in Argentina.   This new passion was fueled by Argentinian Chef Francis Mallmann.   His book Seven Fires: Grilling the Argentine Way opened up a whole new way of cooking for me.

I’ve become so fanatic — I invented and had welded at a local job shop a new type of wood grill.  And yes – before you ask I’m preparing a patent application on it :)

And here’s a photo of some local Canadian Lobsters being cooked on my grill last month. LobsyterFire

This type of cooking is not for the faint of heart.  It involves high heat and lots of courage.  Last night we had friends over and I tossed the tomatoes and cheese in a cast iron grill pan over the fire – they quickly “charred” the look of shock on my guests face was priceless.   When I served they hesitated – after one taste they were back for more.   Here’s a link to the recipe.    The key to success is to have courage… when you think it’s time to flip it’s not… wait longer.

I was first inspired with Mallmann’s approach by a video on Netflix as part of their Chef’s Table series.   You can find it with a quick search of Netflix.

The complete video tells an inspiring story of how he was taught in France and then went against French Cooking to blaze a path of his own.   Like all of us he’s not a perfect human.  He has flaws. However there is much that can be learned from his creative approach.

Here’s how Francis summed it up near the end of the show.

My life has been a path at the edge of uncertainty. Today I think we educate kids to be settled in a comfortable chair. You have your job, you have your little car, you have a place to sleep, and the dreams are dead. You don’t grow on a secure path. All of us should conquer something in life. And it needs a lot of work. In order to grow and to improve you have to be there at the edge of uncertainty. “

You can see and here him saying this on YouTube – here’s a link.

I’ve watched this video 4 times this summer.  It’s given me new ideas for cooking and inspiration for telling the story of Innovation Engineering in new ways.   It’s inspired me to challenge myself to push my boundaries – to be there at the edge of uncertainty.

Today my challenge to you is to – go for it…. be there at the edge of uncertainty in your life somehow, somewhere.

From Springbrook,  Prince Edward Island

Cheers

 

Doug

 

 

 

 

Drucker on Why Managing for Today is FICTITIOUS

Hello Innovation Pioneers

I continue to get struck by the distance between today and tomorrow.

I just read this in Peter Drucker’s classic — The Practice of Management

“There is one more major factor in every management problem, every decision, every action.  Management always has to consider both the present and the long-range future.  A management problem is not solved if immediate profits are purchased by endangering the long-range profitability, perhaps even the survival, of the company.  A management decision is irresponsible if it risks disaster this year for the sake of a grandiose future.  The all too common case of the management that produces great economic results as long as it runs the company but leaves behind nothing but a burned-out and rapidly sinking hulk is an example of irresponsible managerial action through failure to balance present and future.  The immediate “economic” results are actually fictitious and are achieve by paying out capital. In every case where present and future are NOT BOTH SATISFIED, where their requirements are not harmonized or at least balanced, capital, that is, wealth-producing resources, is endangered, damaged or destroyed.  The time dimension is inherent in management because management is concerned with decisions for action.  And action is always aimed at results in the future.”

If there is no tomorrow in our thinking there is no change….there is no need to innovate… and there is no hope.

Investment in educating workers is a sign of an organization with a concern for the future.  We invest in education today to make for a better tomorrow.    A culture of learning creates an organization that works smarter.

What are you doing to learn more?

My friend  and mentor – Walter recently sent me the following.

Deming and education are not really goal oriented. They are both more journeys and not destinations. We used to ask Deming: “When will we catch the Japanese?” He would smile and say: “What makes you think they are standing still waiting for you?”

Progress is taking one step in the right direction and following it with another in that same direction. Speed is important only if you don’t lose direction. All the speed in the world in the wrong direction is a total waste. Once you know how to walk you can learn to run but it’s hard to do that in the reverse order.

 We can never know all we need to know… it’s a never ending journey.   Constancy of Purpose is about focusing the learning journey in the right direction.
Everyone agrees that tomorrow will be different than today.  Everyone agrees that today’s skills and systems won’t work tomorrow.
Everyone agrees that today’s products and services won’t work tomorrow.
The question then is – are you leading yourself and your organization on the journey to prepare yourself for tomorrow – while also managing today.
From the shore of New London Bay
Prince Edward Island
doug

 

Thank You & Two Gifts to You!

What a difference a year makes.

Today we wind up the Innovation Engineering Conference.    It’s exceeded my expectations by an order of magnitude.    Thank you to everyone who made it possible – everyone at the Innovation Engineering Institute – the Eureka! Ranch, University of Maine and most importantly to the community of Innovation Engineering pioneers.  YOU made this possible.  The future is bright!

In celebration I’ve attached links to DropBox of two gifts.

Gift 1. Is the Innovation Engineering song by Donnalou Stevens – Everybody’s Got Wings!   It’s a celebration of our mission to Change the World through systems that ENABLE innovation by everyone everywhere everyday… resulting in increased speed to market and decreased risk.   The download is an MP4 Movie (in two sizes) that includes images of the pioneers who have helped us get to where we are.  There will be more photos added – as we get them and as the community grows!

CLICK HERE TO DOWNLOAD Everybody’s Got Wings in video or audio only format.

As we talked at the conference – the key to success is to blend scientific management with participatory leadership – to blend analytical thinking with system thinking – to blend the mindsets of the “east” and the “west”

 

Gift 2. Is a digital copy of my book North Pole Tenderfoot - thanks to my publisher – for a limited time we’re making it available as a free download by clicking here.   You can add it to your tablet, etc.   It’s a great way to “chill out” when the summer heat hits you!   It’s a story about courage, passion and mission – with more than a few laughs along the way.

Here are the lyrics to the song.

 

Everybody’s Got Wings

A voice unspoken is a voice unheard

A song not sung deserves your words.

A vision unseen might pass you by.

and Wings won’t grow til you choose to fly.

 

Everybody’s Got Wings. Everybody can fly.

Everybody’s got a song to sing inside.

Everybody can dance, if given a chance.

Everybody’s got a gift to bring.

Everybody’s got wings.

A past forgotten is freedom’s friend

Can you let your self  be born again

and can you give your dreams your new found wings

and let the world hear your voice ring

CHORUS

lada die die die, spread your wings and fly

lada die die die, and fly

Together we’ll fly across the sky

bringing light to the darkest night

We’ll fly to the moon and then beyond

and the dreams we’ve dreamed will carry on.

CHORUS

 

After a quick trip to Europe – I’m on my way to Prince Edward Island to go sailing!

Doug

 

 

 

 

ENABLING Patents by Everyone, Everywhere

Yesterday I had the chance to review the presentation that David Laftkas will be giving at the Innovation Engineering conference next Monday.

CLICK HERE TO REGISTER FOR WEB BROADCAST

It will be summarized during the opening Key Note at 8:00 EST

David’s full presentation will be at about 4:00 EST.

My feeling in reviewing it was that I was being a look into the future.

David’s data on patent literacy (horrible) and patent importance (incredible) is impressive.

However, what most excited me about the presentation was how simple and easy it was to understand.  Classically patents have been something that were difficult and painful.

David working with Greg, Jeremy and Scott who built the digital tools – have created a system that ENABLES everyone to be able to take advantage of the power of patents.

Using patents for inspiration for Ideas.

Using patents for Competitive Advantage.

Using patents to Make More Money through licensing.

The systems they’ve crafted are amazing.  The most powerful set of tools that the Eureka! Ranch team have ever created.  Even Greg who architected the amazing Merwyn Rapid Research suite said yesterday “this is the coolest thing we’ve created – it’s even better than the research stuff.”

If you can’t make the conference on-line – sign up anyways as it will get you a link to see the video after the conference.

Rock & Roll

Doug Hall

 

The Numeric Difference between GOOD & GREAT Innovations

We’ve  been research  what makes for a GREAT Innovation.

As background our definition of innovation is Meaningfully Unique.

Our measurement system for level of Meaningful Uniqueness is based on a long term tracking study  published in the Journal of Consumer Marketing Vol 14 No.3, 1997 pp 234-248 and in my book Jump Start Your Business Brain.

The specific methodology is to ask customer how likely they are to buy the innovation  and how new and different they feel it is.  Both questions are asked using a 0 to 10 “juster” scale.   The averages for both questions are weighted and added together –  60% for Purchase and 40% for New and Different.

Historically a 6.0 score has been seen as a “go” rating.  However,  we have been observing that while a 6.0 is a very good score it’s not enough to “break through” in today’s cluttered marketplace.

Our initial conclusion is that  7.5 is a more appropriate goal for Disruptive LEAP innovations.   Shifting from 6.0 to 7.5 increases the % of customers who purchase by only about 10%.  However, it generates a near 100% increase in your odds of gaining word of mouth recommendations for your innovation (14% to 27%).

The word of mouth forecast is based on a relationship discovered in a yet to be published tracking study of the probability of word of mouth for a collection of innovations at varying levels of Meaningful Uniqueness.

Bottom Line: If your goal is to ignite word of mouth awareness building – i.e. a social media explosion – you need to have a WOW level of MEANINGFUL UNIQUENESS.  Word of Mouth recommendations are only made when you have news – real news.  This finding aligns with the literature on Diffusion.

If you want to learn more about this and other new discoveries  sign up for the Web broadcast of our annual Innovation Engineering Conference.

It is all day June 22 and a half day on June 23rd.

To sign up visit

http://learn.innovationengineering.org/2015-ie-conference-webinar-registration/

ALSO SIGN UP TO SEE VIDEO:  Everyone who signs up will be sent a link to watch the video after  the conference.

Cheers

Doug Hall

Innovation Engineering 2015 Conference – FREE Webcast Sign Up

I am proud to announce the Web broadcast of the third annual Innovation Engineering Global Conference

It is all day June 22 and a half day on June 23rd.

To sign up visit

http://learn.innovationengineering.org/2015-ie-conference-webinar-registration/

Sadly all seats for in person attendance are sold out.

SIGN UP TO SEE VIDEO:  Everyone who signs up will be sent a link to watch the video after  the conference.

Like last year it is an interactive event – before the broadcast you will be sent a PDF to participate in the activities and instructions for how to  feed your ideas and advice into the conference live.

The theme for the 2015 conference is…

Everybody’s Got Wings

Enabling Innovation by Everyone, Everywhere, Everyday. 

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The conference is a great way for New People to learn more about Innovation Engineering.   It’s also a great way for those who are involved with Innovation Engineering to kick start their innovation efforts

It’s a major upgrade event –  powered by the Innovation Engineering 3.0 release of Best Practices and IE Labs Tools.   Over the past 12 months 100% of the Innovation Engineering System has been updated – that’s all 48 Skills and all 100+ Videos!

MONDAY Broadcast June 22, 2015 – EST

Innovation Engineering Systems &  Best Practices

NOTE: VARIANCE IS EXPECTED IN SCHEDULE: Content has priority over the clock.  We will attempt to stay close to the schedule but we will not stress if they are  plus or minus 15 minutes.

8:00 – Opening Keynote – The State of the Movement:  Doug Hall , Innovation Engineering Founder, will provide a review of where we’ve been, where we are and where we are going.

9:00  – What Did You Learn in 2015: This will involve those in the room and remote sharing their learning from the year.

9:30 – BREAK

9:45  – ENABLING Innovation Engineering 3.0:  Maggie Pfeifer, Innovation Engineering Director of Education, will review the new best practices from the past year.  This includes Create, Communicate, Commercialize, Systems driven Leadership and Innovation Engineering Black Belt Certification.

12:00 – Lunch Break

1:00 – ENABLING Innovation Pipeline 3.0 - Lydia Carson, Eureka! Ranch Vice President, will review the Innovation Pipeline subsystem for enabling Increased Innovation Speed & Decreased Risk By Creating Alignment with Strategy, Departments & Teams.

2:00 – ENABLING Collaboration Cafe  3.0- Maggie Nichols, Innovation Engineering Institute President will review the Collaboration Cafe subsystem for enabling Increased Innovation Speed & Decreased Risk By Confronting the Psychological Barriers to Internal/External Idea Sharing.

3:00  – BREAK

3:15 – ENABLING Merwyn Rapid Research 3.0 - Doug Hall,  Innovation Engineering Institute CEO will review the Merwyn Rapid Research subsystem for enabling Increased Innovation Speed & Decreased Risk By Reducing Testing Time & Cost by up to 50% / 99%.

4:00 – ENABLING Patent ROI 3.0 - David Laftkas,  Innovation Engineering Institute Patent Attorney will review the Patent ROI subsystem for enabling Increased Innovation Speed & Decreased Risk By Making it EASY to Find, Filter and File Patents for Competitive Advantage.

5:00 Closing Keynote:  Wisdom From The Legends:  Doug Hall will close out day 1 with lessons he’s learned over the past year from 7 experts on system thinking. The learning is from personal interviews plus recently discovered written & video archives.  It will be a blend of inspiration and education.

TUESDAY Broadcast – June 23, 2015 – EST

8:00 What did you Learn:  A brief sharing of what was learned the day before.

8:30 – 12:30 – Innovation Engineering Express:  John Ferris CEO of Innovation Engineering Network Canada and Maggie Nichols will co-present the Innovation Engineering Express demonstration It’s an inspiring live demonstration event that will let you see, feel, and touch what it’s like to be part of a high performance innovation team that can outpace the competition in today’s fast changing world.   It’s designed to be done individually or in teams.  Invite others to participate with you to maximize learning and impact.

12:30 Closing

Why I Thrived at P&G despite never selling out my PASSION and how YOU CAN too!

Passion

 

I have always had a passion, no make that a fanatical compulsion, to innovate.  To some this spirit is inspiring. To others it’s their worst nightmare.

After graduating with a degree in Chemical Engineering from the University of Maine I went to work for Procter & Gamble in their Brand Management department in Cincinnati.  My first boss, Barb Thomas said of me, “Were there times I wanted to strangle Doug? Absolutely.  He was what I call a high-maintenance subordinate.  You had to watch him like crazy.  He’d be nodding at what I was saying, but his mind would be somewhere else.  Linear he’s not.  He sees the same thing you see, but from a different perspective.”

My passion to do things differently, smarter, faster, more creatively was the key to my success at P&G. It was how my small team created and shipped 9 innovations in 12 months.  What I didn’t know until recently was that to many leaders of P&G, Passion was the key to making really big ideas happen.   During my tenure I had many mentors.  One of them was John Pepper who had a 39-year career at Procter & Gamble and served as President, Chief Executive Officer and Chairman from 1986-2003. John recently posted a story on his blog  that explained in an indirect way – why he and the company were so supportive of non-traditional ways…John wrote…

I have often told the story of how I responded to a young P&G employee’s question of how she could make a difference in such a big company, filled with so many smart people. I told her:

Find an idea which you believe can make a big difference. 

Learn all you can about it, get help from other experts, seek evidence it will work,.

Go to whomever has to approve it and present it WITH ALL OF YOUR MIND AND ALL OF YOUR HEART.

Be prepared even having done that extremely well for the first answer to be, “but we tried that before”, or “we can’t afford this right now”.

This is the “moment of truth”. You need to listen carefully. Maybe the idea isn’t as good as you thought, or maybe you’ve heard something that can make it better, but also MAYBE THIS IS A BIG IDEA YOU JUST NEED TO KEEP COMING BACK  WITH MORE EVIDENCE AND MORE HEART. For I told the young woman, this is the only way I have seen really big ideas  happen. 

Reading John’s story – I suddenly realized how much his support and that of other P&G Mentors had impacted me.  Without realizing it I had built it into  the DNA of the INNOVATION ENGINEERING field of academic study and innovation leadership science..

I was blessed with visionary mentors – who “got it.”  However, sadly, not everyone is so lucky.    With Innovation Engineering we provide education and systems that enable innovation by everyone, everywhere, every day – we make it possible to activate passions! 

NEW NEWS:  In discussions with company leaders we find that no one – and I mean no one – disagrees with the need to find ways to work faster, smarter and more creatively.   However, at least 85% of executives are stressed with short term pressures.  As one senior leader said “Doug, I just can’t afford to disrupt the business at this time.”

In response to these very real short term pressures that they feel the Innovation Engineering community have identified 5 ways to ignite innovation without causing DISRUPTION TO THE ORGANIZATION!  – YES – now it’s possible to do the right thing for both the short term and long term RIGHT NOW! 

This Wednesday I’m doing a webinar at 12:00 NOON EST to explain how you can get your organization started with igniting innovation WITHOUT CAUSING DISRUPTION!

To register click on the link below

http://learn.innovationengineering.org/ie-3-0-how-it-works-1/

Importantly – register even if you can’t attend – as we’ll send you a link following the webinar so you can watch when you have time.

Have fun this week.   Remember – life is too short to be miserable – do cool SH#$ that matters!

doug

A New Leadership Mindset for the Millennial Manager, Worker and Marketplace

The New World Requires a New Leadership Approach
The New World Requires a New Leadership Approach

Good Morning Innovation Explorers & Pioneers,

Innovation Engineering is a curriculum, tool set and mindset that prepares undergraduates, graduate students, managers and executives to be able to thrive as leaders in the new reality of faster innovation, increased competition and rapidly changing technology.

To win in today’s marketplace  “reactive” management must be replaced with leadership and leadership by definition is about proactively leading innovations in strategy, customer offerings and how we work together to accomplish our organizational mission.

Leadership is not about dictating, commanding or controlling.  Rather, it’s about motivating people to take action and enabling them with the education, tools and mindset needed for them to win.  It’s about igniting intrinsic motivation such that people are self motivated to innovate.  Inspired people fail miserably three times yet don’t stop – they are driven by a sense of purpose and meaning that is greater then themselves so they get up and try again and again till they win.

The Leadership Development subsystem enables leaders with “What, Why and How“ to create, communicate and commercialize meaningfully unique ideas.   It is grounded in 48 Innovation Skills taught over four undergraduate or two graduate school courses that are industry validated and academically grounded  that provides you with an entirely different way to approach your personal and professional life.

Importantly, we don’t teach Innovation Engineering using the old world “sage on stage” lectures with exams to identify the smart and stupid.  With Innovation Engineering a patent pending teaching technology called Cycles to Mastery is utilized with two very simple goals: 1) Enable all who are willing to achieve mastery of the 48 Innovation Engineering Skills and 2) Systemically and continuously as we learn to teach better increase the mastery standard.   Said simply, enable innovation by everyone, everywhere, every day.  And, walk the talk institute never ending improvement in the Innovation Engineering curriculum and method of teaching.

A Leadership System That Was Developed In a New Way

We started Innovation Engineering on college campuses so to tap into the rigor, discipline and wisdom of the academic community.   A side benefit that we didn’t realize at first is that because we started on campus with undergraduate and graduate students they also taught us invaluable lessons in how to motivate, ignite and lead the new generation of Millennial managers and employees.

I can report from first hand experience living on campus in a dorm (that was an experience), teaching undergraduates and graduate students that Millennials are different than Baby Boomers.  I can also report that with proper leadership Millennials are the most effective, dedicated and technically skilled workers ever!

As a Baby Boomer who was taught that management was about “command and control” driven by management by objective, inspection and direction the campus experience has been transformational.   So much so, that I gave up my planned retirement to a life of writing, key note speeches and sailing on my beloved Winnijean sailboat for a 25 year commitment to this new way of leading.

When you flip to this new mindset you unleash the potential of all of your employees – you find personal meaning again in work – you find yourself living the career you dreamed you would have, and a joy in work that you’ve not experience for years.

To make this more real to your head and heart – Gallop research finds that most managers (51%) are not engaged and that 70% of workers are non engaged.   This is arguably the greatest waste in our companies, governments and universities.   But you don’t need data to prove it –  just ask on social media, ask at your kids day care center, ask at the local pub who “loves their job and is passionate about what they do for a living.”

The solution to this epidemic of apathy towards work is a new form of leadership.  Gallop data gives us some clues. When they analyzed their data to find what could be done to ignite engagement they found some simple things:

• The mission or purpose of my company makes my feel my job is important.

• This last year, I have had opportunities at work to learn and grow.

Said another way – what is needed is a leadership approach that enables workers to be be “Willing and Able.”   Willing comes from doing what is meaningful.  Able comes from providing education, growth and the tools to make meaningful ideas happen.

OK – probably more than you wanted to read.  I got carried away writing this morning.

If you’d like to learn more about this I’m teaching an Innovation Engineering College – where you are immersed in 4 college courses in five days.   The next one is next week – the one after than is May 4 to 8 in Cincinnati at the Eureka! Ranch.  Call 513 271-9911 to receive a brochure on the experience.

Rock and Roll

doug

Learning how to WIN Again!

 

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A common theme over the past few months at companies is that they and their culture need to “Learn how to WIN again.”

The conversation goes something like this…

When asked if they have ever innovated they can point to when they last innovated in a disruptive LEAP fashion.    They speak of the excitement, the joy, the days of great success when they had something that none of their competitors offered.

When I then  ask “So you agree that LEAP innovations work – why not now?” The body language changes instantly from energy to despair.  They become the “huddled masses.”  The room goes silent.   And that is when someone says a version of “I guess we’ve forgotten how to WIN.  We just don’t believe we can anymore.”

I’ve observed this 5 times this year.   The first time I was amazed that a senior leader would say such a thing. I’ve become used to the conversation but continue to be filled with overwhelming sadness.

I’ve grown to responding with encouragement…. “It’s just not right.  This is a great company with great people.  You can.. you could.. you should…”

I’ve learned to respect the depth of pain that executives feel.   Over the past 15 years – as the  internet has created the digital age – it has unleashed price/value transparency, new competition and cycles of change that cause never ending stress.    The stress is very real.  We’ve tracked the mindset of executives since the early 90’s and since  the year 2000 we’ve seen a steady decline in optimism and courage to take action.  The stress you feel is REAL folks.  Your lack of confidence in your culture’s ability to win is VERY REAL.

The Antidote to Not Believing You Can Win

When I hear this challenge – my recommendation is NOT to change the culture, not to transform the leadership. These types of transformations will simply fall on deaf ears.  Rather, my recommendation is to assemble a small team of “Explorers” to work together to drive a BIG WIN in 6 months!  

By BIG WIN I mean an outrageously bigger idea discovered, developed and taken to market faster than anyone could ever imagine the company doing it.

Importantly, the small team do not operate as a “skunk works” outside of the organization.  Rather, they work in parallel to the existing system and in collaboration with the existing culture.

They “infect” the existing culture with their energy and excitement.  They do this by leveraging the wisdom of the existing culture through High Performance Collaboration Technology like our Collaboration Cafe (strategic focused requests, idea scan benchmarking technology,  fear resolving private & public responses with 4 tiers of security, and stimulus to ignite fresh ideas).

They leverage Rapid Research using internal wisdom and customer feedback using High Performance Research systems (up to 400 tests in 4 days!), High Performance Project Management Technologies (working up to 6x faster) and High Performance Patent ROI technologies to leverage the world’s largest database of Invention Blueprints – and writing patents in about an hour.

Working in parallel honors the culture and the people within it while working in parallel with incredible speed.   In contrast, the “Skunk Works” approach communicates in spoken or unspoken ways that the existing people are stupid and slow – and the Skunk Works team are smart and fast.  WRONG ANSWER.    Everyone can innovate on big ideas if they are ENABLED – with the education, systems, tools and confidence that they too can WIN.

To be successful the Senior Leader who serves as Management Coach for the Explorers needs to have extremely high standards.  They need to set a Blue Card vision that is bold and VERY IMPORTANT.  They need to be brutally honest with the team on what success looks like.  They need to be helpful in problem solving ideas that can be saved and equally helpful in helping kill ideas that just can’t get the team to the BIG WIN it needs.    This role is VERY hard – VERY hard.  However, this “tough love” is critical if we are to breakthrough and achieve the level of Bold success that will cause people to believe they can win again!.

With Mega Success from the Explorer Team — a chain reaction is ignited – that is the ONLY WAY for a Culture to Learn How to WIN Again! 

Walter Werner, who worked for my Dad years ago when Dr. Deming was working at Nashua Corporation described the Diffusion of Innovations – the diffusion of believing we can win in this way…

Explorers were the first to travel west from the 13 Original American Colonies.

The EXPLORERS hate civilization as it is. They will go over the hill to try anything to get away from all the constraints and false promises.

The PIONEERS also hate civilization for the same reasons. They are a tiny bit more conservative and want some assurance that the world really isn’t flat.

SETTLERS are different. They like civilization but they want more. Maybe it’s cheap land or economic opportunity. Settlers bring civilization but they do adapt to change in every generation.

STRAGGLERS will always be nice people they are just too darn slow.

RESISTORS just like New Hampshire granite never change. Resistors anchor society and prevent it from fling away with each new fad. They really do help keep a level head in the decision making process.

YOU CAN DO THIS.   I’ve seen it happen at small, medium and mega sized companies over the past year.    All it takes is a small group of Explorers – leaders, managers, front line staff – coming together to say… we’re not going to take it anymore… lets prove that we can WIN again… lets do cool Sh$#@ that matters!

Rock and Roll!

doug

If you’ve read this far – and are intrigued – but don’t know where to start.  Call in the USA 513 271 9911 and ask for Maggie or doug.

We’ll show you how  –  if you stated today – by October 7, 2105 you will have a disruptive LEAP WIN that makes people Believe Again! 

The April Fool – The April Thinker

 

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The April Fool  believes that by doing the same thing they can get different results. The April Thinker knows that change is the only certainty – they embrace it, ignite it and encourage it.

The April Fool believes that if it’s not broke don’t fix it.  The April Thinker knows that when you find out it’s broke it’s too late – to the proactive go the rewards.

The April Fool believes that CONTROL creates smarter creativity.  The April Thinker knows that creativity comes from ENABLING employees and  that part of enabling is giving strategic direction to What ideas are needed, Why they are needed and being transparent about constraints.

The April Fool over rates the value of expertise.  They believe that qualitative conversation are statistically reliable.  The April Thinker knows that the ONLY way to reduce risk is with data – quantitative data statistically analyzed. Anything else is gambling.

The April Fool believes that the mission of the company is to make money.  The April Thinker knows that making money is a consequence of a mission that is meaningful – meaningful to the customer, company and most important of all to the employees who make the mission happen.

The April Fool believes that employees are motivated by financial bribes.  The April Thinker knows that the only true motivation is when people are doing “Cool Sh#$% that Matters!”

Post your April Fool / April Thinker lines to the DougHall.com Blog or inside InnovationEngineeringLabs.com (You can now post on these inside labs).

Rock and Roll

Doug

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Innovation  College -  The smart way to turbo charge your personal life and professional career.  It’s a Deep Dive into the new field of Innovation Engineering that results in certification as an Innovation Engineering Blue or Black Belt.  It’s a five day immersive experience in the full content of the four Innovation Engineering courses:  CREATE, COMMUNICATE, COMMERCIALIZE, SYSTEMS.   These are the courses that they never taught you at University – however today 20 University’s Teach Them at various levels.

To give you an idea of the impact of this education – students graduating with the Innovation Engineering Minor / Graduate Certificate / Black Belt – are realizing up to 30% higher starting pay – and it’s worth it – as studies of graduate students with Innovation Engineering training make a bigger impact, faster at companies.

The next two dates for Innovation College are the Week of April 13 and the week of May 4 in Cincinnati Ohio at the Eureka! Ranch.   Call the Ranch  513 271 9911 for details on how you and or your team can attend.

To Change the World by enabling innovation by everyone, everywhere, every day resulting in increased speed to market and decreased risk.