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I\'m lucky enough to have a personal tutor in innovation - my baby daughter....

I\'m lucky enough to have a personal tutor in innovation - my baby daughter.
A brief introduction to a complex subject.

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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 -


  • 1. Learning to Innovate Chilling Challenge or Child’s Play? A brief overview
  • 2. Contributors
    • Stefan Kukula
    • 20 years working in innovative industries in the UK and Japan
    • Amy Kukula
    • Track record of lifetime continuous high speed innovation
  • 3. What is “Innovation”?
    • “ Innovation is a practice, idea or object that is perceived as new by the individual or unit of adoption.” Goffin, 2005
    • “ Innovation is something new to you that works for you . ” Kukula, 2008
    • It doesn’t have to be new to everyone everywhere!
    • “ Steal with pride” (– but, of course, be legal)
  • 4. Why is it necessary?
    • 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
    • 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. 
    • “ Shift Happens” – viral web video
    If you aren’t getting ahead, you’re falling behind
  • 5. What’s stopping us from “Innovating”?
    • Stopping us from starting?
    • Stopping us from finishing?
    • Stopping us from adopting?
  • 6. Amy is an expert because…
    • She doesn’t let obstacles stand in the way of what she wants – she goes over, through or round.
    • She doesn’t care if it’s not conventional; if she wants her meatballs with bananas, that’s what she’ll have.
    • She doesn’t mind getting her hands dirty, or any other part of her body.
    • If something is bothering her she makes a noise until it’s sorted out.
    • She knows she can’t do everything on her own, and lets people she trusts help her with the things she can’t do.
    • 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.
    • She cares if certain things aren’t done on time.
    • She has fun, and takes time to play.
    • In terms of performance improvement, her track record over the past 8 ½ months has been astonishing.
  • 7. Amy says…
    • Work around obstacles
    • Ignore convention
    • Get dirty
    • Complain
    • Get good help
    • Be persistent
    • Be demanding
    • Have fun
  • 8. Going around obstacles
    • “ TRIZ” Problem solving
    Specific Problem Specific Solution Generic Problem Generic Solution Barriers Previous Solutions
  • 9. Ignoring convention
    • “ Group think”
    • “ Not invented here”
    • “ It may work for them, but not for us”
    • “ We tried it once…”
    • Assumptions
    • Taken for granted
    Sometimes we don’t let ourselves think of any other way
  • 10. Get dirty
    • Talk does not cook rice.      -Chinese Proverb
    • 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. 
    • You can’t build a reputation on what you are going to do.      -Henry Ford
  • 11. Complain
    • A quick dive into “change management”
    • People will only change the way they do things when: D x V x P > C
    • D=Dissatisfaction with how things are
    • V=Vision of things as they could be
    • P=Process of change – an action Plan
    • C=Perceived pain of Change
    V x P > C/D
  • 12. Get good help
    • 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
  • 13. Be persistent
  • 14. Be demanding
    • Delivery on innovation
      • You may need to “project manage”
    • Bare minimum
      • Set a target date – achievable with resources
      • Interim milestones
      • Identify risks
    • Be honest with yourself
  • 15. Have fun
    • http://www.pikeplacefish.com
    • Four Basic Principles
      • Choose your attitude
      • Be there
      • Make their day
      • Play
  • 16. Even experts need a break
  • 17. Reading list
    • Developing Products in Half the Time – Smith & Reinertsen
    • Innovation Management – Goffin & Mitchell
    • The Innovator’s Dilemma – Christensen
    • Fish! – Paul & Lundin (a bit cheesy, but stick with it)
    • The Very Hungry Caterpillar – Carle
    • Web – “Shift Happens” (I prefer the 2.0 version)
      • “ bananaslug.com”
    • TRIZ – I prefer a workshop to books to start with. (Oxford Creativity/IMechE – one supplier)