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Drew Boyd
Cincinnati
Co-author of Inside the Box: A Proven System of Creativity for Breakthrough Results. Innovation practitioner, professor, blogger, and speaker.
Interests: speaking, writing, teaching, ice hockey, innovating, playing blues guitar, building guitars, fishing
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Backing up your car in those crammed, hard-to-see spaces just got safer and easier, thanks to Pearl Automation’s innovative use of the Task Unification Technique. Task Unification is defined as: assigning an additional task to an existing resource. That resource should be in the immediate vicinity of the problem, or what we call The Closed World. In essence, it's taking something that is already around you and giving an additional job. Continue reading
Posted 5 days ago at Innovation in Practice
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For many people this week’s Thanksgiving celebration will mean endless shopping, prepping, and cooking in anticipation of the big feast. The hours of slaving away in the kitchen usually seem worth it all once you sit and savor the joy shared by family and friends. And though every dish sprinkled with a pinch of love is the tastiest, none of us would slight a little help in the kitchen in order to make this one-day-a-year dinner a little less stressful for the chef. Continue reading
Posted Nov 21, 2016 at Innovation in Practice
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What exactly is critical thinking? Do we know how to define it, or better yet, to foster it in those we are teaching? In her article, “Teaching Critical Thinking: Some Practical Points,” Dr. Linda B. Nilson aptly describes how critical thinking can be encouraged and successfully practiced in the classroom. Continue reading
Posted Nov 8, 2016 at Innovation in Practice
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Task Unification is defined as: assigning an additional task to an existing resource. That resource should be in the immediate vicinity of the problem, or what we call The Closed World. In essence, it’s taking something that is already around you and giving it an additional job. Continue reading
Posted Oct 31, 2016 at Innovation in Practice
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There are various schools of thought about how to learn creativity. One approach is to study the functioning of the brain. The psychology profession leads the way on researching how your brain generates an idea, and it’s contributed a mountain of knowledge about it. These scientists conduct rigorous experiments to see how different conditions affect a person’s creative output. But there is still so much to learn about the brain. Continue reading
Posted Oct 24, 2016 at Innovation in Practice
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What holds people back from being creative? Is it a lack of time? Do you not have a budget for doing creative work? Perhaps you work in an industry where there are lots of regulatory or legal barriers that seem to make it hard to generate novel ideas. Continue reading
Posted Oct 17, 2016 at Innovation in Practice
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So where do great ideas come from? The answer might surprise you. Let’s look at the most successful rock band in history, The Beatles. In a biography of Paul McCartney he shared his secret: “As usual for these co-written things, John often had just the first verse which was always enough. It was the direction it was the signpost and it was the inspiration for the whole song. I hate the word, but it was the template” Continue reading
Posted Oct 10, 2016 at Innovation in Practice
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A clever and effective way to name an innovative brand is to use an existing verb. Verbs by their very nature are action oriented, so it’s a great way to create a sense of activity and movement for your brand. But even more powerful is when your brand creates a new meaning and becomes the verb itself. In marketing, we call in verbifying a brand. Continue reading
Posted Oct 3, 2016 at Innovation in Practice
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Subtraction is a powerful technique because it breaks fixedness and forces you to mentally imagine all the remaining components delivering some new benefit. Continue reading
Posted Sep 26, 2016 at Innovation in Practice
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I don't believe Apple has lost its way. I say that not based on what they have or haven’t launched, but rather based on the methods they use to create new innovations. Apple is a prolific user of innovation templates, and these templates predict success. Continue reading
Posted Sep 20, 2016 at Innovation in Practice
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Creating an innovative brand is a great way to build loyalty with your customers. For many companies, brands are the single most valuable asset. But once you’ve created a brand, that’s where the challenges kick in. And it can be a real headache if you don’t manage brands correctly. Continue reading
Posted Sep 12, 2016 at Innovation in Practice
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Medical device makers have been trying for years to replicate the success of drug-eluting stents - devices that do a particular job while at the same time, delivering a therapeutic drug. Here's a new one that demonstrates the Task Unification pattern. Task Unification is defined as: assigning an additional task to an existing resource. That resource should be in the immediate vicinity of the problem, or what we call The Closed World. In essence, it's taking something that is already around you and giving an additional job. Continue reading
Posted Sep 5, 2016 at Innovation in Practice
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There’s an old saying in business. Don’t make enemies of your peers. If you do, you won’t need any more enemies. They’ll be able to do you in...just fine. Continue reading
Posted Aug 29, 2016 at Innovation in Practice
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Before you launch your innovation campaign, you want to set up key performance indicators or KPIs for short. Key performance indicators help you keep track of your overall strategy and your individual innovation programs. They alert you when it’s time to intervene and take action to get things back on track. Without KPIs, you’re flying blind, so to speak, and you run the risk of falling short of your overall goal. Continue reading
Posted Aug 22, 2016 at Innovation in Practice
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Technology, globalization, economic shifts, geopolitical shocks, and, yes, management thought leaders over the past 30 years have set in motion a continuous onslaught of radical, discontinuous change in the global business environment that will not abate anytime soon. In fact, worldwide economic turmoil will most likely only increase in the future. Is it possible for existing businesses to survive, let alone thrive, in this turbulence? Authors Shane Cragun and Kate Sweetman say “yes” – if you as a leader are prepared to look more inquisitively, even positively, at the global shockwaves that might impact you, and prepare your organizations and the people in them to remove self-imposed blindfolds and proactively seize the opportunity to improve performance in these revolutionary times. Continue reading
Posted Aug 8, 2016 at Innovation in Practice
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Innovation is all about delivering value to customers, and you do that by offering them the right products and services. Think of products and services as benefit delivery vehicles. They’re a collection of various features that create value when customers use them. Continue reading
Posted Aug 1, 2016 at Innovation in Practice
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Innovator operate in a world of ambiguity. Every situation you face has some uncertainty, and you need to be prepared when unexpected things happen. If you’re not prepared, your strategy may derail and you end up losing competitive ground in the marketplace. Continue reading
Posted Jul 25, 2016 at Innovation in Practice
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Want innovation at your fingertips? Consider the Innovate! Inside the Box web application, which acts as a digital sherpa for Systematic Inventive Thinking (SIT). Continue reading
Posted Jul 18, 2016 at Innovation in Practice
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Great innovators motivate by activating needs and directing wants. You create a feature benefit ladder starting from the bottom up. But then you motivate consumers starting at the top and working down. Continue reading
Posted Jul 11, 2016 at Innovation in Practice
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Your digital assets are just as important as your products and services. Using the SIT Method will unlock more value for your customers and find new ways to engage them more effectively through digital channels. Continue reading
Posted Jul 4, 2016 at Innovation in Practice
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CLV encourages innovators to focus on the long-term value of customers instead of investing resources in customers of lower value. And it makes you sensitive to how much you’re spending on acquiring and retaining customers and whether it’s effective. Continue reading
Posted Jun 27, 2016 at Innovation in Practice
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At some point as an innovation leader, you and your team will launch new innovations into the market place. Those could be new products and services, it could be a new advertising campaign, or simply displaying your products at a trade show. These initiatives are an important test of your leadership. So here are my tips - the DO’s and DON’Ts for launching new initiatives. Continue reading
Posted Jun 20, 2016 at Innovation in Practice
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You are one of the few people who have encouraged me to admit that I want to do great things in my life. I did not always have the courage to proclaim this. When I say it aloud, it fills me with energy. It makes me hungry to acquire knowledge, inspire breakthrough, and create impact. Thanks to you, I feel that I am on my way. Continue reading
Posted Jun 13, 2016 at Innovation in Practice
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Diversity is a driver of creativity. Diverse teams see new possibilities, they hold each other accountable to bring their best thinking. And it helps you boost your creativity at work. Continue reading
Posted Jun 6, 2016 at Innovation in Practice
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What products or services have you purchased that are your absolute favorites? Can think of a few? My bet is that you can think of a few because those products did everything and more than what you expected. Your satisfaction after consuming those products is very high. That’s one reason why the last step of the buying process, the post-purchase phase, may be the most important in the study of consumer behavior. Let’s learn more reasons why and what you as the innovator can do about it. Continue reading
Posted May 30, 2016 at Innovation in Practice