Those who've participated in this chat for awhile know of my proclivity to focus in on the nuances of word meaning and to insist that we get on the same page, so to speak, before we waste our 140 characters talking past each other by using different meanings of the same word.
It's not that I want everyone to use the same meanings. No, everyone's entitled to their interpretation of what a word means. But unless a meaning can be agreed upon, even if it's just for a conversation or a particular project, communication and more importantly, collabration an't happen.
Submitted by John W Lewis on August 06, 2014 - 8:36pm
Thu, Aug 07, 2014
For the last two weeks, about 4500 athletes have been competing in and around Glasgow in Scotland, UK during the Commonwealth Games (#Glasgow2014). In the 71 nations and territories involved, their performances have been covered and reported at length, and outstanding stories have been included in the news bulletins.
But what makes this happen? Who enables these athletes to perform? And what does this have to do with innovation?!
Last week we explored one of the basic building blocks of creative thinking and innovation: brainstorming. As we were working our way through exploring the effective use of brainstorming as a tool it dawned on my that we accept at face value the notion that there are a range of tools and methods that can be taught in order to help someone develop the skills necessary to innovate.
Submitted by John W Lewis on July 17, 2014 - 7:48am
Thu, Jul 17, 2014
An interesting article was published in the Harvard Business Review this week on a topic which follows nicely from last week's innochat topic. Last week with Kevin McFarthing (@InnovationFixer), we discussed whether innovation is everyone's job.
Submitted by John W Lewis on July 04, 2014 - 12:43pm
Thu, Jul 10, 2014
Our innochat guest this week is Kevin McFarthing of Innovation Fixer. As a frequent participant in innochat, he provides his perspective on the important issue of the roles and responsibilities for innovation in organizations. Join us on Twitter on July 10th for an hour from noon Eastern time (1600UTC). Here is Kevin’s framing for the discussion:
Submitted by John W Lewis on July 03, 2014 - 8:35am
Thu, Jul 03, 2014
This week, let's discuss a topic raised in an interesting recent article by Jack Welch, ex CEO and chairman of GE for 20 years, and Suzy Welch published on LinkedIn on June 30. They called it: "You're getting innovation all wrong".
Their starting point is that:
You hear the word "innovation" all the time these days.
In case you missed, this past week was a little…disrupted (yeah, I said it)…in the world of innovation. Jill Lepore, the David Woods Kemper ’41 Professor of American History at Harvard University and staff writer at The New Yorker wrote a piece which was less-than-glowing about disruptive innovation. To call it a tear down might be over-selling it, but only just. At the least it was another kind of PDA (public display of animosity).
Submitted by John W Lewis on June 19, 2014 - 7:25am
Thu, Jun 19, 2014
What do you mean by “innovation”? Oh, here we go again, I hear you thinking!
This question arises frequently and in a variety of guises. When a term such as “innovation” is used widely and in many different contexts, it can be difficult to find a meaningful definition which is not so generic as to be almost worthless.