Did you know that in the Karate Kid, Daniel wasn't the only one learning? Mr. Miyagi himself had much to learn, but that didn't stop his shoshin from forging a unique solution to Daniel's situation. Learn how to find your own shoshin!
Time wages war against the innovator with an endless army and the main casualty is time. Get your innovative idea off the treadmill and push it into a new direction by stealing some of your seconds back!
The clock ticks down as our hero grabs the secret briefcase and kicks the evil mastermind sprawling to the floor. "Seems like you forgot to study the map with the escape routes!" the villain cackles. Our hero runs towards the walls of the mountain-top base and looks hundreds of feet down the cliffs to the ground. Seemingly beaten, it is usually at this time the hero saves the day. But in doing so he destroys the spark of innovation. Read on to find more parallels between action heroes and those that drag their feet in the fight against change.
Did you guess 4 C's? No? Then this article is for you! Because I've identified four attributes that can help your innovation team reach new heights and upgrade into a traction-churning prototype machine. And each of those attributes begin with the letter C, because alliteration is fun.
When I was a young mathematics apprentice, learning at the feet of some true numerical wizards, I feared the scarlet letter F would be burned into my forehead like many before me. F for Failure. My grades were good, my test scores were solid, and I picked up topics quickly. Yet I clung to my … Continue reading Making the Fear of Failure Disappear
As Pixar Animation President, Ed Catmull, says "Creativity has to start somewhere." With paper prototyping, you can get your creativity and innovation started faster and cheaper. With the added bonus of rapid iteration, paper prototyping helps us achieve Catmull's other point, "go from suck to non-suck", as well.
On a foggy night, he started his run 95 minutes behind schedule. He was determined to never arrive late vowing to "get there at the advertised time". Illinois Central's engineer had the tough task of making up over an hour and a half between Memphis and Canton. The engineer's name was Jonathan Jones, but he went … Continue reading Feed the Furnace
Joseph Greaser and I were discussing an article on Gamasutra by Andreas Papathanasi. He wrote about Unleashing the Power of Small Teams. The whole article is worth the read because there are many gems. However I am going to focus on only one gem, The T-Shaped Person; who they are, what other letter-shaped people are, and how to branch out into a T-Shaped person.