7 months, 23 days ago

Try a Little Failure

I saw this graphic on Linked-In a while back and saved a copy to remind me that innovation is a mistake-filled endeavor. No mistake is bad, if you learn from it.

In innovation circles we often hear the phrase "Fail Fast" as if it were a goal to get through the failure quickly so that you can get to the achievement that’s waiting just around the corner. But I prefer to use the term "Learn

10 months, 15 days ago

When Good Companies Stop Listening

AVG was a great anti-malware utility that I recommended to others for years. They’re not out of business, yet, but that may only be a quirk of timing. I was not only a user of their freeware product, I went the extra mile and paid for a two year sub…

11 months, 20 days ago

Inspiration Favors the Connected Mind

Charles Darwin wrote in his autobiography that in October of 1838 he was at home reading when the formula for Natural Selection came to him. He doesn’t mention if he jumped out of the tub and ran through the town yelling "Eureka" which means, "I forgot my robe, and it’s really cold."

Innovation took a break last year. A recent survey of businesses showed that in 2009, being innovative took

11 months, 24 days ago

Are you too old to innovate?

When Louis Braille was just 15 years old, he developed the system of reading and writing by means of raised dots. Bill Gates dropped out of college and founded Microsoft when he was only 20 years old. Larry Page and Sergey Brin were 26 and 25 (and no…

1 year, 9 months ago

Of Peanut Butter and Animated Pictures

Could you end a debate that has raged on for 25 years with five words? Steve Wilhite did. In 1987, while working for Compuserve (you do remember Compuserve, right?), Wilhite developed a graphics format that enables us to create short animations, i.e. m…

1 year, 9 months ago

Of Peanut Butter and Animated Pictures

Could you end a debate that has raged on for 25 years with five words? Steve Wilhite did. In 1987, while working for Compuserve (you do remember Compuserve, right?), Wilhite developed a graphics format that enables us to create short animations, i.e. m…

1 year, 10 months ago

Failure by design

"Nobody plans to fail, they only fail to plan." These tend to be the first words you hear after missing some obvious element in an otherwise brilliant solution. A good friend of mine once had to call the police to open the locked trunk of his car. Seems the last thing he did before shutting the lid was to place his keys on his coat, which was in the trunk. He had a back-up key, which was in

1 year, 10 months ago

Failure by design

"Nobody plans to fail, they only fail to plan." These tend to be the first words you hear after missing some obvious element in an otherwise brilliant solution. A good friend of mine once had to call the police to open the locked trunk of his car. Seems the last thing he did before shutting the lid was to place his keys on his coat, which was in the trunk. He had a back-up key, which was in