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Want to Innovate? No Excuses, Make it Happen!

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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Great New Tool for Collaboration (and More!) – Use a ‘Big Marker’

Posted by Plish on July 19, 2012

What do GoTo Meeting, Dropbox, and Ning have in common?

Not much really.

So, if you want to web conference, share files and create a community presence on the web, you need to subscribe to all the above services and maybe more.

Enter Big Marker.

BigMarker.com is a one-stop shop – and the majority of features are free.  Those that aren’t are very reasonably priced. And, there’s nothing to download; it’s all web-based.

Seth Godin describes a tribe as, “a group of people connected to one another, connected to a leader and connected to an idea;” it’s people with, “a shared interest and a way to communicate.”

Big Marker is essentially a tribe builder.

Public or private, project management or social widgets, educate or elucidate, Big Marker can help you innovate!

~Would love to hear your experiences using Big Marker~

Posted in Creative Thinking Techniques, culture of innovation, Disruptive Innovation, Education, innovation, Innovation Tools, Project Management, Start-Ups, Team-Building, Web 2.0 | Tagged: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 1 Comment »

The Press Release Ralph Lauren and the US Olympic Team Should Have Released

Posted by Plish on July 13, 2012

Ralph Lauren is proud to announce the release of its 2o12 Elite Olympic Collection.  Designed and manufactured in the United States, this limited edition line reflects the best the United States has to offer.  Made from state of the art, ‘smart’ materials, these clothes keep athletes warm in cold environs, and cool and dry when the competition gets hot.  The snappy red, white and blue uniforms are entirely manufactured  in the United States.  “The athletes that represent the United States are the best of the best,” said Ralph Lauren, “It’s only fitting that our Elite Collection represent the best that the U.S. garment industry has to offer.” 

 

Note: At publication of this piece, Ralph Lauren announced that future Olympic garb will be manufactured in the United States.

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Innovating a Nation – Happy 4th of July!

Posted by Plish on July 4, 2012

The Original Declaration. Click to go the National Archive to learn more.

When people talk of innovations, they speak of business models, products and services.  In the United States, people forget that we areable to be an innovative society because of a great innovation in the governmental realm:

A  new type of government formed by the people, to secure their rights to, “…Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Happiness.”

Thanks to the chutzpah of the Founding Fathers (they were speaking treason after all) we are the inheritors of one heck of an innovation.

They saw the situation, knew it needed to be changed, and did something about it. They put their lives and livelihoods on the line.  They collaborated to come up with a statement of purpose and followed up relentlessly until their dream became reality in, and through, the US Constitution.

This was innovation!

Thank you to all the following who pledged their ‘Lives, Fortunes and Sacred Honor’ in signing the Declaration of Independence (which you can read by clicking on the link)

Josiah Bartlett, William Whipple, Matthew Thornton, John Hancock, Samuel Adams, John Adams, Robert Treat Paine, Elbridge Gerry,  Stephen Hopkins, William Ellery, Roger Sherman, Samuel Huntington, William Williams, Oliver Wolcott, William Floyd, Philip Livingston, Francis Lewis, Lewis Morris, Richard Stockton, John Witherspoon, Francis Hopkinson, John Hart, Abraham Clark, Robert Morris, Benjamin Rush, Benjamin Franklin, John Morton, George Clymer, James Smith, George Taylor, James Wilson, George Ross, Caesar Rodney, George Read, Thomas McKean, Samuel Chase, William Paca, Thomas Stone, Charles Carroll of Carrollton, George Wythe, Richard Henry Lee, Thomas Jefferson, Benjamin Harrison, Thomas Nelson, Jr., Francis Lightfoot Lee, Carter Braxton, William Hooper, Joseph Hewes, John Penn South.   Edward Rutledge, Thomas Heyward, Jr., Thomas Lynch, Jr., Arthur Middleton, Button Gwinnett, Lyman Hall, George Walton

Thank you to all those that have worked and fought to keep this nation and her people, free and able to be, a nation of innovation!

Happy Birthday, United States!

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