Empathy, Ideation, Lenses, Tool, Understanding the Customer

You, Me, and Jon Snow: The Power of Knowing Nothing

Shaken, but emotionally under control, Bryan Mills (played by Liam Neeson) picks up the phone and talks to his daughter's captor. "I don't know who you are. I don't know what you want. If you are looking for ransom I can tell you I don't have money, but what I do have are a very… Continue reading You, Me, and Jon Snow: The Power of Knowing Nothing

Brainstorming, Ideation, Prototyping

Sticky Storm Innovation [100 Word Challenge]

Yelling out ideas in a crockpot of group-think fails, yet we keep brainstorming. Jake Knapp suggests that perhaps "brainstorming" lingers because of its "catchy name". So I made some other weather-related portmanteau. THUNDERSTANDING Empathy and journey mapping create a swell of idea; the thunderstanding comes before the brainstorms. ISOLATED WONDERSTORMS Structured time to work solo and… Continue reading Sticky Storm Innovation [100 Word Challenge]

Being Awesome, Brainstorming, Ideation, Innovation, Systems

Divergence, Convergence, and Roses

I'm going to show you an image and tell you a story, and you will believe it. You'll believe not because I told you to believe it, but because you want to believe it is true. The Story This is a place where mankind has sanitized, homogenized, and developed using a rigid and typically unforgiving… Continue reading Divergence, Convergence, and Roses

Brainstorming, Ideation, Lenses, Tool

Light Rays, Toothpaste, and Ideation [100 Word Challenge]

Jon Acuff used only 100 words to restrict a recent post. Restrictions can drive creativity like toothpaste channelled through a narrow opening. You can concentrate your brain squeezings onto a precise AND ACTIONABLE solution. Toothpaste everywhere doesn't help you brush your teeth. Tim Brown, IDEO, says that leaders need to define Purpose (goal), Challenges (stepping stones to get… Continue reading Light Rays, Toothpaste, and Ideation [100 Word Challenge]

Being Awesome, Brainstorming, Breakthrough, Failure, Going Forth, Ideation, Innovation, Innovation Mindsets, Sustaining versus Disruptive, Uncategorized

Boss Battle Breakthroughs

I can't imagine a less appealing career than being a video game villain. No matter how hard you try, or how many henchmen you hire, the hero is destined to win the game. Castles broken. Airships grounded. Treasure looted. So what does the video game villain do next? They build a different castle, marginally tougher, but still… Continue reading Boss Battle Breakthroughs

Being Awesome, Diffusion of Innovation, Going Forth, Ideation, Innovation, Innovation Mindsets, Systems, Tool, Uncategorized

Beyond the Right Tool for the Job

Today I did a few odd errands around the house. A typical Sunday afternoon. I finally went to hang the new tiles with our house number on them. For 30 minutes I bore into the front of my house. I switched screw types and drill bits. The sad truth was I had barely made a… Continue reading Beyond the Right Tool for the Job

Brainstorming, Going Forth, Grand Canyon, Ideation, Innovation, Lenses, Prototyping, Systems, Tool

The Donkey Stuck in the Status Quo

Once upon a time, there was a donkey. This donkey, with all other conditions being the same, would eat from the hay closest to him. Kind of an easy win strategy. Well one day the donkey was walking down the road and his hunger grew immensely. There was a bail of hay up ahead, and… Continue reading The Donkey Stuck in the Status Quo