Jeffrey Phillips

When innovation is most important

Jeffrey Phillips

I don't know why, but I am a huge fan of Monty Python. Perhaps my favorite film of theirs is the Search for the Holy Grail. If you've never seen it, take a few minutes to watch it now. I'll wait.

Creating the conditions for disruptive innovation

Jeffrey Phillips

In what is probably one of the most revered books among innovators, Edward De Bono wrote about six "thinking" hats. The point of his book is to recognize and acknowledge that many people, either intentionally or often unintentionally, play roles or "wear hats" that represent a specific point of view.

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Why expertise is a seductive trap for innovation

Jeffrey Phillips

I've been thinking for years that we have innovation all wrong. We treat innovation as it if requires years of experience, deep knowledge of an industry or a technology, or mastery of a specific subject.

You need a red team, not a red pill

Jeffrey Phillips

In the Matrix, Morpheus offers Neo the choice of a blue pill or a red pill. Take one, and you remain as you are. Take the other, and the scales fall from your eyes. Those of us who watched the movie or have seen it on ubiquitous reruns, know what happens next.

The Real Cost of an Effective Learning and Development Program

Speaker: Cara North - Learning & Development Consultant, Speaker, & Researcher | Maggie Quigley - Senior Account Executive for US Market Userlane

In this webinar, L&D professionals Cara North and Maggie Quigley will discuss the various factors affecting training, and how you can stretch your budget to create an effective L&D program.

Success results from deeper engagement and more holistic thinking

Jeffrey Phillips

I've been a consultant most of my working life, doing all kinds of consulting - starting out in software development, moving on to process improvement, data analytics, new product development and strategy. To paraphrase an old saying, all consulting is good, and some of it is useful.

Why incremental innovation is so easy; disruptive is so difficult

Jeffrey Phillips

After years, no decades, of working in and on the margins of innovation, I think I had an epiphany recently. It's interesting to know that the more you work in a field, you become more aware of the things that you don't know, rather than confident in the things that you do know.

Innovation and the Baskin-Robbins effect

Jeffrey Phillips

I'll start out this post by noting that I like ice cream. In fact, one could say that I am a connoisseur of ice cream. I like to eat ice cream at home, and when I am traveling I like to sample the local styles and flavors. Wisconsin, for example, has a lot of custard shops.

Practical Innovation throughout the business

Jeffrey Phillips

One of the big challenges to innovation is that many people think of it as a big program, like implementing the quality programs of the 1980s, or rethinking everything, like the re-engineering programs and right sizing programs of a more recent vintage.

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Working in, Working on, Working for the business

Jeffrey Phillips

In a previous blog post, I wrote about the differences between working "in" the business for strategy and innovation versus working "on" the business for strategy and innovation.

The best time to innovate is in the aftermath of a crisis

Jeffrey Phillips

I've spoken recently with a number of people employed by companies, large and small, and to a number of consultants. The list of challenges most businesses face in the aftermath of COVID is rather significant.

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Product Market Fit: A Lesson from Sephora’s Head of Product

Speaker: Sneha Narahalli - VP, Head of Product at Sephora

In this webinar, Sneha Narahalli, Head of Product at Sephora (Digital, Data & MarTech), will give you an iterative method for identifying and developing Product Market Fit.

Why corporate innovation is harder than a startup

Jeffrey Phillips

Since innovation is a difficult and often misunderstood word, or perhaps just because it is used to mean different things in different contexts, it can be difficult to understand why innovation at an entrepreneurial company or a startup is different from innovation in a corporation.

What to innovate now

Jeffrey Phillips

For years, actually almost two decades now, I've been working with corporations, government agencies and non-profits to help them generate new ideas and create new products and services.

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Why generalists will become more valuable

Jeffrey Phillips

As we leave the COVID lockdown and the economy picks up steam again, I think many businesses will recognize a need for more generalists on their team. That could pose a problem since so many people have structured themselves and their careers as specialists.

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Do you know how much your customers needs have changed?

Jeffrey Phillips

I'm writing a (probably too soon) series of posts on what I've learned as we all return from the COVID epidemic. Previously, I wrote that companies will need to focus on business model and process innovation over product innovation. You can read that post here.

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It's past time to think the unthinkable

Jeffrey Phillips

I've been noodling lately about what new way of thinking or new perspective or approach we can bring to companies and organizations that may help break what I think is a current innovation gridlock.

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Supply Chain Strategy (And Why Yours Isn't Working)

Speaker: Michelle Meyer, Founder and CEO of MatterProviders

Michelle Meyer is here to walk you through the future of supply chain strategy, and why your current approach is probably not working. In this exclusive webinar, she will explore ways to develop and perfect your new supply chain strategy in this post-pandemic era of uncertainty.

Thinking about innovation and strategy

Jeffrey Phillips

I've been asked several times lately to write about, or perhaps more specifically, to opine about, innovation strategy.

What shapes your thinking?

Jeffrey Phillips

There's a famous saying, attributed to Marshall McLuhan, who is reported to have said - we shape our tools, and then our tools shape us. Supposedly Churchill said something similar, only about buildings. I think what was attributed to McLuhan is true - we shape our tools, and then they shape us.

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Two documents that tell you all you need to know about innovation

Jeffrey Phillips

If you believe everything you hear, or read, within your corporation about innovation, you may end up a bit disappointed. As we've seen over the last two decades, talking about innovation is easy, but implementing it and realizing the benefits are a bit more difficult.

The best job to have in the near future - data strategist

Jeffrey Phillips

As you know if you follow my blog, I generally write about the intersection of strategy and innovation. Increasingly, however, we need to invite data into this mix. As more and more data is generated, it creates new opportunities in the strategy realm and in the innovation realm.

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New Ways to Reach, Influence, and Close More Deals with Intent Data

Speaker: Ardath Albee, B2B Marketing Strategist and CEO of Marketing Interactions

Acting on intent data when applied to buyer context can be a game-changer for gaining attention by increasing relevance, which drives purposeful engagement toward purchase. But all intent data is not the same. In this webinar, learn the difference between interest and intent, and the best ways to use the right data.

Ready or not, the future is unfolding

Jeffrey Phillips

I'm back to talk about understanding the future, returning to a subject that I think needs much more examination. By this I don't mean trying to find out when we'll all get our promised jet backpacks and fly to work rather than drive.

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Bringing innovation in from the cold

Jeffrey Phillips

I've been thinking a lot about innovation and it's "place" in a corporate structure. Innovation is often so different, so unique and so unfamiliar that many companies aren't quite sure where to place it. Does it belong with product teams, since some innovation is logically focused on new products?

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Innovation project or Innovation Capability?

Jeffrey Phillips

I've been writing, speaking and consulting about innovation for over 15 years, and I'm constantly amazed by the different perspectives and definitions about innovation.

Maintain and extend or create something new - where do you want to be?

Jeffrey Phillips

One of my favorite questions when I work with software teams is this: given a choice, would you rather work on existing systems in a support and maintenance role, or would you rather work on developing or implementing new systems with new technology? The answers are always the same.

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Gain a Competitive Edge: The Importance of a Supplier Diversity Program

Speaker: Rod Robinson, SVP of the Supplier Diversity Practice, Insight Sourcing Group

In this exclusive webinar, Rod Robinson, SVP of the Supplier Diversity Practice Lead & Center of Excellence at Insight Sourcing Group, dives into the key benefits corporations are seeing emerge from their supplier diversity programs, and how you can gain unique competitive advantages with a supplier diversity program of your own.

It's the end of the world as we know it, and I feel fine

Jeffrey Phillips

For those of you who were listening to radio and, yes, buying compact discs back in the 1990s, you may recognize the headline of this post as the title to an R.E.M It also depicts what innovators and entrepreneurs should be thinking in the middle of this COVID epidemic.

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The new pioneers

Jeffrey Phillips

Time was, a few hundred years ago, that a pioneer was a person who left the civilized areas and moved to new lands in search of a better opportunity or a new way of life.

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As digital transformation unfolds, it pays to be a generalist

Jeffrey Phillips

I remember the hubbub surrounding Dan Pink's book A Whole New Mind , in which he stated that the future (this was back in the early 2000s) would belong to right brained people, because machines would ultimately automate anything that could be easily documented and that followed a standard process.

Reversing your thinking

Jeffrey Phillips

I was speaking with a good friend whose vacation home was threatened by wildfires out west. We spoke about issues like climate change, and controlled burns and other issues that lead to more fires, and more destructive fires. His parting shot to me was - you are an innovator.

Shaping the Future: Product Strategy in the Age of Uncertainty

Speaker: William Haas Evans - Principal Consultant, Product Strategy Practice Lead, Kuroshio Consulting

In this webinar, we'll explore product strategy obstacles and present practices to overcome them while driving clarity and alignment across your executive team.

Practicing for an emerging future

Jeffrey Phillips

I'm writing this in the stages of the corona virus outbreak in the United States where we've finally decided to take the virus and its impact seriously. While the virus may not be as deadly as some other viruses, it is clearly contagious.

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The cost of innovation

Jeffrey Phillips

For many years, in writing this blog, and in leading innovation projects for my clients, I tried to advocate for the benefits of innovation. After all, as the saying goes, sell the sizzle, not the steak.

Building a lasting innovation capability

Jeffrey Phillips

I've been asked a number of times, by companies large and small, how to create an innovation capacity that lasts. This is a really interesting and important question, with a distinction.

One constant and one big change to consider in your business

Jeffrey Phillips

David Bowie sang a song about change called Changes. He spoke about the need to change - to "face the strange" - and find a new reality. Another band - Rush - talked about change as well. In their song Tom Sawyer, they wrote that "changes aren't permanent, but change is".

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Discover the Secrets to Creating More Meaningful Training Experiences

Speaker: David Kelly - CEO The Learning Guild & Luke Talbot - Chief Product Officer at Userlane

During this webinar, you will learn how to streamline your software training, boost ROI for your systems, and increase employee productivity.

The best of times or worst of times for innovation

Jeffrey Phillips

Lately, when I talk to people in large organizations, universities and corporations, I feel like I'm in the middle of a country western song, or a Dickens novel. People and leaders tell me they are distracted, dismayed, disappointed, exhausted, and wondering what the future will hold.

The cost of delaying innovation

Jeffrey Phillips

Right now, as we (hopefully) emerge from the COVID pandemic in late summer 2021, there is a real debate underway in a lot of corporations. The debate is about whether or not to fund innovation work, and if the decision is positive, how much to spend or invest in innovation.

The appropriate innovation speed: slow, then fast

Jeffrey Phillips

As a writer, you are at risk of "jumping the shark" when you start quoting your own material. However, I could not help going back into my archives to dredge up a post I wrote almost ten years ago, which was entitled Innovation Fast and Slow.

Why innovation must become the new core competency

Jeffrey Phillips

I've been thinking a lot lately about innovation in corporations, first, because that's what I've been doing for close to twenty years, and second, because I kept wondering when the switch would flip and we'd see more consistent innovation from large corporations on a continuing basis.

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Secure Your Supply Chain: How to Build Resiliency for the Future

Speaker: Bart Huthwaite, Principal, RSM, Operations and Supply Chain

In this webinar, Bart Huthwaite will explore best practices in building and improving supply chain resilience for a successful and productive future.