Posted by Plish on January 18, 2013
What color is your brand?
No, not the colors in the logo, but what color is your brand? What is the color that authentically speaks and shares of its essence?
What color is your product?
No, not the color of the housing, but what color do people see when they look at your product? When they touch it? When they hear it? What color are the support services you offer? What colors emanate from your customers?
Do all those colors harmonize?
Colors always speak their minds
What colors do you live and breathe?
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Posted by Plish on November 10, 2012
First on the scene – last to leave
Thrive where others struggle
Become the new ‘normal’
Difficult to get rid of
Who wouldn’t want their organization/product/service to have the above traits – to thrive like a weed in a field where others struggle? Differentiating and proliferating, authentic and proud!
When I was younger we were on a family camping trip. In the morning we went on a hike, escorted by a local ranger. He would point out various plants and say, “Weed, or wildflower?” His point was that depending upon the context, one person’s weed was someone else’s wildflower.
Weeds are in the eyes of the beholder.
What do you think Hewlett-Packard thinks Apple is?
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Posted by Plish on July 27, 2012
I recently looked at some simulation software to help me do some analysis for a project I’m working on. I wasn’t looking for a full-blown exact solution. I was instead looking for possible directions – ways to help me ’zero in’ on ways to attack the problem.
I looked at three tools, all very similar, with each software package having its own advantages and disadvantages. The problem was that I knew each software program couldn’t solve the problem exactly. So, I sent a sketch of the problem to the owner of each software company and asked them this question:
“How would you do this?”
Two of the three wrote back with variations of this response: “Our software can’t handle that problem. If you have $10,000 I’m sure you can find software that can.”
The third took a totally different approach: “If you model the top half and do trial and error scenarios, you can zero in on the answer. Double check how the material behaves to make sure that your scenario is accurate.”
That’s what I was looking for. Someone that would work with me and find a way to make it happen.
I used his proposed solution and built upon it. The result?
I understood the problem more thoroughly and was able to come up with multiple solutions (which made my client very happy!)
That’s what innovation is about:
Making the most of the tools one has.
Finding ways to look at the problem from different perspectives.
Acting “as-if” the solution is accessible, even if it doesn’t seem like it at first. This means not being afraid of trial-and-error.
Collaborate with people who exemplify the above traits; dig in and make it happen, and your innovation machine will be unstoppable.
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Posted by Plish on February 18, 2012
Over at the Looper’s Delight group we were discussing what to do with ideas that don’t grow the way we expected, or wanted them to. Richard Sales of Glasswing Studios and Good Nature Farms (A farm/Creative sanctuary) then said the following:
We have a policy at our house that, when someone is in the creative moment, we tiptoe, we close doors quietly, we are very respectful of the presence of the Muse – that lightning fast butterfly. When we accidentally barge in, we dont’ make conversation and apologize etc. Everyone is trained.
This is such a great practice to follow!
Everyone puts such a great emphasis on collaboration nowadays, we assume that the best results will only occur when everyone is open to everyone else. Businesses try and force collaboration through architecture, work flows, etc.
Yet, how often do businesses respect the need for people to seriously engage their muses; to afford people the silence to hear the silent whispers of inspiration within? How often to we tread lightly when approaching people who are immersed in their creative moments?
How can businesses and people structure the environment, or create rules, so that individual creative moments are free to blossom?
Beautiful, amazing, new, hybrid plants are possible through botanical cooperation – the collaboration of multiple flowers.
But before this can occur, each flower needs to bloom on its own…
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