Tag Archives: Innovation

Simplifying innovation

Innovation takes up a lot of my time, and whilst successfully bring a new product to market is a huge task, challenging as it does all sorts of personal, organisational and financial barriers, it can nevertheless be broken down into … Continue reading

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Intelligent re-design

Intelligent design is a huge discredited furphy perpetrated by Christian fundamentalists in the US on sections of the school system. But, taking the notion of viewing something through an entirely different lens a bit further, intelligent re-design becomes a notion … Continue reading

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Defining the future of agriculture

Most of the really great innovation that happens has as a core component, a re-definition of what the future should look like. From Orville and Wilbur Wright, to Henry Ford, Martin Luther King and Steve Jobs, the words they used  explained … Continue reading

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Marketing debt.

  I have just been a part of a post investment review with a client, looking at what a significant investment in capital equipment has delivered, compared to the planned outcomes, that underpinned the Capex. Not a pretty sight, and … Continue reading

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Real entrepreneurs never come.

  Public programs are great, they redistribute the largess of success to the less successful or fortunate via taxes. Every civilised society has some, of varying value, but necessary none the less. Public entrepreneurial programs are a bit different, despite … Continue reading

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Unheralded visionaries unite.

Very few people have heard of Douglas Engelbart, who died on July 4, but it was he that thought up much of the stuff we accept as normal, every day tools and devices. His relative obscurity is in stark contrast … Continue reading

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3 reasons Incrementalism wins: Sadly.

Across all my activities, I hear management talking about the “next big thing”, the importance of innovation, of being different, creating new product platforms, and striving to be disruptive, but settling for a change of colour, flavour or pack size. … Continue reading

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4 key marketing trends and the secret sauce of success.

    Marketers have a whole range of new tools to use to tap the opportunities emerging from the  digital age, but most appear to approach the challenge in an ad hoc manner. It seems to me that there are … Continue reading

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Strategy: Where to, not coming from.

  One of the most famous photos ever taken, above, is of the 29 Participants in the 1927 Solvay Physics conference. The astonishing thing is that of the 29, 17 were  Nobel prize winners, lauded busy people, so how did … Continue reading

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FMCG Produce marketing tightrope

Coles limited  engagement in an “anti factory farming” campaign is indicative of the strategic and marketing tightrope the food industry in this country is walking. On the one hand we have an effective duopoly of FMCG retailing exercising their power … Continue reading

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How do you know what you do not know?

I was struck by a line in a terrific blog post by Ian Leslie I read that said ” Google can answer almost anything you ask it, but it cannot tell you what to ask”  It is totally counter-intuitive to … Continue reading

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Big Bang day.

20 years ago yesterday, April 30 1993, CERN, the European Organisation for Nuclear research, the developer of what has become the W.W.W. announced that they would open it up, making it free to all by posting the codes on what … Continue reading

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Cognitive productivity.

At a simple level, cognitive productivity is just using the brainpower at your disposal to deliver the optimum outcome, weather that brainpower be resident between your ears, or between the collective ears of many in a group. However, it is … Continue reading

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Blurring lines between manufacturing, capability, and imagination.

Manufacturing is  not just an amalgam of industries, far more importantly, it is a capability, a way to capture imagination in a physical form. In discussions about manufacturing, its slow demise in Australia, the level and type of support it … Continue reading

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Big Brother CAN watch.

Privacy has been, and remains a key concern in relation to the use of the net, and particularly Social Media. Every time you log on you leave a trail, and as we increasingly log on with mobile devices, the data … Continue reading

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Is the Government serious about Innovation?

Leaving aside the fact that it is an election year, and rhetoric is the usual fare served up, there remains an economy to run. Lots of space will be allocated to “Innovation” plans, the Manufacturing jobs announcements a few weeks … Continue reading

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Old is new again.

As a kid, I built a series of model planes, mostly WW11 fighters, flown with 2.5 – 5 cc motors, on the end of a set of wires. Loved it. I experimented  with primitive radio controlled, built a Spitfire, and … Continue reading

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You can’t test everything

Web based A/B testing goes a long way towards eliminating dumb mistakes, making the best choice, creating a discipline around innovative activity, and encouraging change, and has been made far easier in a whole range of areas by the data … Continue reading

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A really good explanation of the Kickstarter process. Crowdfunding is not the new panacea for new ventures to raise money, you still need a robust business plan, the right people, and a value proposition that really works, but it is … Continue reading

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Corporate imagination and compliance

The interesting and fun bits of our world are driven by the vision, imagination, and execution capabilities of people. Much of the capital and technical capabilities required  to enable these great things to happen are tied up in our corporations, … Continue reading

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