Practice of Innovation

"The way we work is our most important innovation." Observations by Curtis R. Carlson

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A Shark Tank – Really?

Companies Using Bad Ideas Companies say staff development is critical for their success.  But what do they do?   Some have their staff building toy bridges out of Lego Blocks to learn “creativity.” Others engage their staff in extreme physical activities, like running through mud, to learn “teamwork.”  My first reaction when I learn that a company is doing these things is to want to short their stock.  Why aren’t their.. Read More

Teaching Future Innovators

Kern Entrepreneurial Engineering Network (KEEN) The KEEN annual conference is sponsored by the Kern Family Foundation.  It is one of America’s most important foundations, helping students across America learn how to be successful value creators and entrepreneurs. These are increasingly critical skills for all professionals in the global innovation economy.

Customer Value

The Primary Enterprise Function Peter Drucker famously said, “Because the purpose of business is to create a customer, the business enterprise has two – and only two – basic functions:  marketing and innovation.  Marketing and innovation produce results; all the rest are costs.”  Few companies have a thoughtful value-creation process and even fewer are truly customer focused.  Achieving that starts by employees understanding the meaning of “customer value”  The attached.. Read More

Are Amazon, Facebook, and Google Good for Society?

A Behavioral Economics Perspective Amazon, Facebook, and Google (AFG) and other social networks are collecting information on us to increase the value of the advertisements and products they sell.  Some worry in a vague way about how this is reducing our personal privacy.  Others increasingly worry that our personal information is being used to manipulate us and to control the flow of information across society.   In a previous post,.. Read More

Is Teaching Entrepreneurship Helping or Hurting?

Focus on Value Creation Summary:  Today’s innovative performance is generally poor, but it can be greatly improved.  Entrepreneurship is the driving force of an innovative economy, but most professionals are value creators, not entrepreneurs.  The initial stages of value creation are where much of the failure resides.  More effort must be placed on the core concepts and processes of effective value creation, which is the precursor to all major innovations. .. Read More

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