Get Out Your Design Thinking Whetstone

Get Out Your Design Thinking Whetstone

We need to think of design thinking “tools” as a whetstone for your creativity. Design thinking is not a linear process and the outcomes are not always effective—quite the opposite! Design thinking is a creative mindset that embraces getting lost in the woods — failing early and failing often in order to learn as much as possible. 

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Apple's Unfair Advantage

Apple's Unfair Advantage

As a proud Android user, it was hard not to notice Apple’s announcement of the iPhone 6 and Apple Watch earlier this month. Apple’s ability to combine great hardware with great software designs can tempt even the most loyal Android user to convert to the their ecosystem — a sin of which I am guilty. 

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Looking to Innovate? Let me Play Angel's Advocate

Looking to Innovate? Let me Play Angel's Advocate

How often do you hear, “Let me play devil’s advocate?" Once a week? Every other meeting? You might think there’s good money in the devil’s advocacy, but have you ever heard someone say, “Let me play angel’s advocate for a minute?” Probably not. We’ve all certainly heard the “devil’s advocate” invoked and, for innovation purposes, all too often. But can you actually play "angel’s advocate?"

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Best Practices in Corporate Innovation: Borrowing from Entrepreneurs

Best Practices in Corporate Innovation: Borrowing from Entrepreneurs

The difference between intrapreneurs and entrepreneurs? Some pretty big differences, indeed. So, where might it behoove corporations to replicate entrepreneurial realities in-house? Read on for a beginning list. 

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Coaching for Innovation: A Few Great Questions

Coaching for Innovation: A Few Great Questions

We do quite a bit of coaching at Peer Insight— for managers, for steering committees and for innovation teams. To me, the hardest but also the most rewarding type of coaching is that which helps the client discover their own “right answers", especially because, in innovation work, every project, every client, every organization is different, and what’s “right” will differ as well. 

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