A Meaningful Life

As we open the New Year, 2017, I find myself both thankful yet yearning for more, especially more for my family, friends and colleagues. I’m blessed to have a three-time, three different cancer survivor for a wife – blessed that Robin is here, but also...

Corporate Innovation Fantasy

Has anyone ever read Arie de Gues' 1997 book The Living Company? That seminal work coupled with Christensen's The Innovator's Dilemma says it all. Big companies for the most part still don't get innovation but claim to. After a zillion articles, Ted Talks,...

Cultivating Champions Cultivates Success

I've always loved the Caterpillar story. Last year's set of posts highlighting Ken Gray and Nathan Furr’s article on cultivating innovation from the inside highlighted Ken and his team’s efforts developing the 336E H hydraulic hybrid excavator. The focus...

EA White Paper : Adaptive Innovation

Adaptive Innovation An Introduction By Adam Malofsky, Ph.D. & Steven Levin Those who excel at anything in their lives have a way of making that effort, that interest, that passion become all pervasive and yet not all consuming in their lives. It's simply...

Edison, Jobs and The Innovation Lifestyle

Steve Jobs and Thomas Edison are rarely talked about in the same conversation or even the same sentence. Yet while over 125 years apart in general, the two men share a profound approach to innovation that we all can learn from today. Both followed the...

Embracing Innovation Uncertainty

A few days at NASA hanging with some of the world’s brightest reinvigorated my innovation passion. The collaborative discussions and debate affirmed a few powerful beliefs, principally those centered upon great ideas emerge and how one can institutionalize...

Millenial Job Madness

So you want a job? Just graduated...or maybe been out longer, much longer... Are you... Angry? Upset? Confused? Livid? Depressed? Feeling entitled? Feeling disrespected? Yes, no? To most, all, some? Well, sorry to break the news, but if you answered yes to...

Part 2- Persistent, High Impact Innovation

This is the second in our series of the how to of Adaptive Innovation – moving from insights and product abstractions to transformative commercial platforms and their specific products. As we've noted before, context is king. No context – and the insights...

Part 1 : Persistent, High Impact Ideation

Big ideas - where do they come from? How can we generate them? How can develop impactful ideas - the ones that translate in winning products and services? How can we do that persistently, repeatedly...even predictably... In our view, historically looking...