Practice of Innovation

"Our most important innovation is the way we work." Observations by Curt Carlson


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Meaningful Work

Innovation for Jobs: I4J According to Jim Clifton, CEO of Gallup, “The American workforce has more than 100 million full-time employees. One-third of those employees are … engaged at work. They love their jobs and make their organization and America better every day. At the other end, 16% of employees are actively disengaged — they are miserable in the workplace and destroy what the most engaged employees build. The remaining 51% of employees.. Read More

The Innovation Challenge

Test Your Innovation Quotient – IQ The attached spreadsheet allows you to test your knowledge about fundamental innovation concepts and practices.  For example, do you know the definitions for innovation, customer value, and a value proposition plus the primary barriers to innovative success?   You can find out if you are a: Professional practitioner Superior performer Competent Apprentice New recruit Have a good time and let me know how you do.

A Competitive World

Taiwan Silicon Valley Innovation Center President Tsai of Taiwan came to Silicon Valley to open a new center devoted to innovation and entrepreneurship between the two countries.  It is an example of how regions are working to improve their competitiveness by seeking out and leveraging the best global partners and resources, including venture capital. Below is a summary of the comments I made at the ceremony.

A Solution to Poor U.S. Economic Growth?

Law of Accelerating Cost Executive Summary:  America’s economic growth has been in decline for decades and some feel nothing can be done.  The “Law of Accelerating Cost” (LAC) postulates that to maintain economic growth as a constant percent of GDP, exponentially more R&D resources over time are required.  We have not been making these investments since the 1970s.  These resources can be effectively obtained in three ways: Increased federal and corporate investments. Better.. Read More

Drucker Forum on Entrepreneurship

“Do you have a value-creation playbook?”  “No.” The Drucker Forum, led by Richard Straub, is one of the world’s most important conferences on innovation and entrepreneurship. It honours Peter Drucker, the genius who laid the foundations for modern management.  Each November it is held in Vienna, Austria where Peter Drucker was born in 1909.  Many of the world’s thought leaders and practitioners are there to share progress on these increasingly important topics.  During my.. Read More