10 Lessons of Innovation
Experience from the field.

Idris Mootee
Author, Speaker and New Venture Strategy Advisor
SVP Str...
Innovation is like Ping Pong

“I think Innovation is like Ping Pong
where ideas are often bounced back
and forth and the m...
Lesson from Meg Whitman (ebay)
The 5 Principles that drive Innovation at eBay:
1. Innovation is a mindset. We strive to en...
10 Lessons of Innovation

Idris Mootee
#1 A big part of Innovation is about
selling, not just inventing
#2 Innovation needs brainstorming and
brainstorming needs rules

IDEO rules
- Defer judgment
- Build on the ideas of other...
#3 Creativity is not innovation. Innovation
is built upon creative assets.
#4 There’s no “clear” path or “clean”
solution
#5 Innovation occurs at the intersection of
previously unconnected and unrelated
planes of thought
#6 Innovation is like fencing. You need to
learn to fight like a gentleman

Innovation happens when people respect each ot...
#7 Innovation requires a few grumpy
people

They are good at finding flaws and better at pulling the plug and
stopping org...
#8 Innovation requires its own visual
verbal language

A drawing and picture says a thousand words. A journal to put down
...
#9 Prototype a lot, fail often, and fail early
#10 Money should never come first

“People engage in radical innovation not because they get paid for
it, but because they...
Thank you.
innovation playground
www.mootee.typepad.com
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  1. 1. 10 Lessons of Innovation Experience from the field. Idris Mootee Author, Speaker and New Venture Strategy Advisor SVP Strategy and Innovation Blast Radius Inc. www.mootee.typepad.com A Presentation at Global Innovation Forum March 2007
  2. 2. Innovation is like Ping Pong “I think Innovation is like Ping Pong where ideas are often bounced back and forth and the most interesting games were those played by opponents with totally different training and background.” - Idris Mootee
  3. 3. Lesson from Meg Whitman (ebay) The 5 Principles that drive Innovation at eBay: 1. Innovation is a mindset. We strive to ensure that everyone in the company is focused on Innovation. 2. Innovation is in the DNA. We build new products with Innovation from the inside-out. 3. Cannibalization does not scare us. We would rather cannibalize ourselves than someone else cannibalizing us. 4. Some people are gifted disruptive innovators. We call them "Baby Tigers". We make it a point to nurture them and give them the room to succeed. Serendipity! Sometimes creative ideas simply occur 5. There can only be so much structure to creating innovations. to the prepared mind. We are always open to new ideas and serendipitous finds.
  4. 4. 10 Lessons of Innovation Idris Mootee
  5. 5. #1 A big part of Innovation is about selling, not just inventing
  6. 6. #2 Innovation needs brainstorming and brainstorming needs rules IDEO rules - Defer judgment - Build on the ideas of others - Only one conversation at a time - Stay focused on the topic - Encourage wild ideas
  7. 7. #3 Creativity is not innovation. Innovation is built upon creative assets.
  8. 8. #4 There’s no “clear” path or “clean” solution
  9. 9. #5 Innovation occurs at the intersection of previously unconnected and unrelated planes of thought
  10. 10. #6 Innovation is like fencing. You need to learn to fight like a gentleman Innovation happens when people respect each other -- but fight like crazy over their ideas. It’s for fencers only.
  11. 11. #7 Innovation requires a few grumpy people They are good at finding flaws and better at pulling the plug and stopping organizations from throwing good money after bad
  12. 12. #8 Innovation requires its own visual verbal language A drawing and picture says a thousand words. A journal to put down your thoughts visually will allow you to think about your ideas from various angles, and create clarity of thought.
  13. 13. #9 Prototype a lot, fail often, and fail early
  14. 14. #10 Money should never come first “People engage in radical innovation not because they get paid for it, but because they want to.” - Gene Meieran, Intel Fellow
  15. 15. Thank you. innovation playground www.mootee.typepad.com
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