Innovation Chilling Challenge Or Childs Play


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I\'m lucky enough to have a personal tutor in innovation - my baby daughter.
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  • Otherwise known as “who is that guy at the front and why should I listen to a word he says?”
  • James Rowland Angell – early 20 th century educational pioneer, became president of Yale University Pace of change; now have to innovate to keep still. Innovation is a coping mechanism for change How many of us doing jobs that did not exist 20 years ago…? Amy cannot expect to still be crawling in 20 years time…
  • We used to innovate all the time…
  • Atschuller – Russian patent agent Dyson vacuum cleaner, evolution of multi-blade razors, clear trends in design evolution Obstacles are those frightful things you see when you take your eyes off your goal.      -Henry Ford
  • Company, industry culture – the norm –may seem ludicrous to outsiders Try exercises – the ridiculous approach, bananaslug random word, what if’s, proper brain-storming
  • Try it. Experiment. Can you test market, conduct trials?
  • Honda advert – “power of hate” – diesel development. Has a point “ Boiling frogs” – test the water temperature!
  • Henry Kaiser – industrialist and philanthropist – 2/3 life building an enormous fortune, last third establishing a legacy of good works
  • Dyson – thousands of prototypes Homer Simpson – if at once you don’t succeed, give up. No point in making a fool of yourself. We are TAUGHT not to try again Develop success from failures. Discouragement and failure are two of the surest stepping-stones to success.      -Dale Carnegie How many children walk first time they try/
  • Much out of scope – new product development, NPD, innovation management Make the money out of the bright idea!
  • Experts at having fun at work…. A fish market in Seattle Big point – choose your attitude Relate to baby: -Each day a clean slate; no carry over -Be there – completely focussed -Wants YOUR response -
  • Innovation Chilling Challenge Or Childs Play

    1. 1. Learning to Innovate Chilling Challenge or Child’s Play? A brief overview
    2. 2. Contributors <ul><li>Stefan Kukula </li></ul><ul><li>20 years working in innovative industries in the UK and Japan </li></ul><ul><li>Amy Kukula </li></ul><ul><li>Track record of lifetime continuous high speed innovation </li></ul>
    3. 3. What is “Innovation”? <ul><li>“ Innovation is a practice, idea or object that is perceived as new by the individual or unit of adoption.” Goffin, 2005 </li></ul><ul><li>“ Innovation is something new to you that works for you . ” Kukula, 2008 </li></ul><ul><li>It doesn’t have to be new to everyone everywhere! </li></ul><ul><li>“ Steal with pride” (– but, of course, be legal) </li></ul>
    4. 4. Why is it necessary? <ul><li>Change is no modern invention. It is as old as time and as unlikely to disappear. It has always to be counted on as of the essence of human experience.       -James Rowland Angell </li></ul><ul><li>Learning how to respond to and master the process of change will be a critical leadership skill for the 21st century. Constant, rapid change will be a fact of life for all of us.  </li></ul><ul><li>“ Shift Happens” – viral web video </li></ul>If you aren’t getting ahead, you’re falling behind
    5. 5. What’s stopping us from “Innovating”? <ul><li>Stopping us from starting? </li></ul><ul><li>Stopping us from finishing? </li></ul><ul><li>Stopping us from adopting? </li></ul>
    6. 6. Amy is an expert because… <ul><li>She doesn’t let obstacles stand in the way of what she wants – she goes over, through or round. </li></ul><ul><li>She doesn’t care if it’s not conventional; if she wants her meatballs with bananas, that’s what she’ll have. </li></ul><ul><li>She doesn’t mind getting her hands dirty, or any other part of her body. </li></ul><ul><li>If something is bothering her she makes a noise until it’s sorted out. </li></ul><ul><li>She knows she can’t do everything on her own, and lets people she trusts help her with the things she can’t do. </li></ul><ul><li>Sometimes she just gets things wrong, or gets into difficult situations; she may have a quick cry, but she doesn’t dwell on it, or let it stop her trying again. </li></ul><ul><li>She cares if certain things aren’t done on time. </li></ul><ul><li>She has fun, and takes time to play. </li></ul><ul><li>In terms of performance improvement, her track record over the past 8 ½ months has been astonishing. </li></ul>
    7. 7. Amy says… <ul><li>Work around obstacles </li></ul><ul><li>Ignore convention </li></ul><ul><li>Get dirty </li></ul><ul><li>Complain </li></ul><ul><li>Get good help </li></ul><ul><li>Be persistent </li></ul><ul><li>Be demanding </li></ul><ul><li>Have fun </li></ul>
    8. 8. Going around obstacles <ul><li>“ TRIZ” Problem solving </li></ul>Specific Problem Specific Solution Generic Problem Generic Solution Barriers Previous Solutions
    9. 9. Ignoring convention <ul><li>“ Group think” </li></ul><ul><li>“ Not invented here” </li></ul><ul><li>“ It may work for them, but not for us” </li></ul><ul><li>“ We tried it once…” </li></ul><ul><li>Assumptions </li></ul><ul><li>Taken for granted </li></ul>Sometimes we don’t let ourselves think of any other way
    10. 10. Get dirty <ul><li>Talk does not cook rice.      -Chinese Proverb </li></ul><ul><li>Hard work spotlights the character of people: some turn up their sleeves, some turn up their noses, and some don’t turn up at all.  </li></ul><ul><li>You can’t build a reputation on what you are going to do.      -Henry Ford </li></ul>
    11. 11. Complain <ul><li>A quick dive into “change management” </li></ul><ul><li>People will only change the way they do things when: D x V x P > C </li></ul><ul><li>D=Dissatisfaction with how things are </li></ul><ul><li>V=Vision of things as they could be </li></ul><ul><li>P=Process of change – an action Plan </li></ul><ul><li>C=Perceived pain of Change </li></ul>V x P > C/D
    12. 12. Get good help <ul><li>I make progress by having people around who are smarter than I am - and listening to them. And I assume that everyone is smarter about something than I am.      -Henry J. Kaiser </li></ul>
    13. 13. Be persistent
    14. 14. Be demanding <ul><li>Delivery on innovation </li></ul><ul><ul><li>You may need to “project manage” </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Bare minimum </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Set a target date – achievable with resources </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Interim milestones </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Identify risks </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Be honest with yourself </li></ul>
    15. 15. Have fun <ul><li> </li></ul><ul><li>Four Basic Principles </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Choose your attitude </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Be there </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Make their day </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Play </li></ul></ul>
    16. 16. Even experts need a break
    17. 17. Reading list <ul><li>Developing Products in Half the Time – Smith & Reinertsen </li></ul><ul><li>Innovation Management – Goffin & Mitchell </li></ul><ul><li>The Innovator’s Dilemma – Christensen </li></ul><ul><li>Fish! – Paul & Lundin (a bit cheesy, but stick with it) </li></ul><ul><li>The Very Hungry Caterpillar – Carle </li></ul><ul><li>Web – “Shift Happens” (I prefer the 2.0 version) </li></ul><ul><ul><li>“” </li></ul></ul><ul><li>TRIZ – I prefer a workshop to books to start with. (Oxford Creativity/IMechE – one supplier) </li></ul>