Stephen Shapiro

A Quote by Stephen Shapiro on innovation

I like to describe innovation through an old – yet relevant – joke. 

The story is of two men who are mountain-hiking when they stumble upon a hungry grizzly bear.  Immediately, one of the hikers takes off his backpack and hiking boots and proceeds to put on his running shoes. The other hiker looks at him and asks, “What are you doing?  You can’t outrun a bear!” The first hiker responds, “I know, but I only need to outrun you!”

Stephen Shapiro

Source: Stephen Shapiro: What is innovation? http://www.steveshapiro.com/2008/08/13/what-is-innovation/

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A Quote by Stephen Shapiro on innovation

Most organizations are at the “innovation as an event” level. They have brainstorming sessions to generate new ideas.

At a more sophisticated level, innovation can be part of a “process.” That is, the organization has a structure in place to define problems, generate/evaluate ideas, and develop action plans to implement those ideas. The result is a realistic deliverable based on an organizational problem. However, the problem with both of these levels is that innovation is reactionary and discrete. It occurs only when someone decides it is time to innovate.

Stephen Shapiro

Source: Stephen Shapiro: Our Philosophy: http://www.steveshapiro.com/2008/08/14/our-philosophy/

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A Quote by Stephen Shapiro on business

While in Asia, I heard a great expression, “Before You Can Multiply, You Must First Learn to Divide.”  I now find myself using this saying nearly every day.

The idea is that if you want to grow your business, you must learn to partner with others - and give them a slice.  This means you take a smaller slice of a bigger pie.

Stephen Shapiro

Source: Before You Can Multiply, You Must First Learn to Divide: http://www.steveshapiro.com/2008/07/30/before-you-can-multiply-you-must-first-learn-to-divide/

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A Quote by Stephen Shapiro on jobs and work

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SEEK OUT OVERSEAS OPPORTUNITIES – Given the weak dollar, US products and services are bargains in other countries. Volunteer for an ex-pat job. Take on a sales job overseas. I will be spending more time overseas this year than I had over the previous 6 years combined.

Stephen Shapiro

Source: 7 Things You Can Do To Save Your Job… Or Create a New One: http://www.steveshapiro.com/2008/07/25/7-things-you-can-do-to-save-your-job-or-create-a-new-one/

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A Quote by Stephen Shapiro on value

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CHARGE MORE – Oscar Wilde once said, “A cynic knows the cost of everything and the value of nothing.” People equate value with price. Charge more and you will be valued more. Reducing prices makes you a commodity. Increasing prices makes you a luxury. Luxury items tend to do better in tough economic times.

Stephen Shapiro

Source: 7 Things You Can Do To Save Your Job… Or Create a New One: http://www.steveshapiro.com/2008/07/25/7-things-you-can-do-to-save-your-job-or-create-a-new-one/

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A Quote by Stephen Shapiro on technology and blackberry

Technology can be a wonderful boon to humankind, but sometimes we abuse it in ways that prevent us from really participating in life. For example, I have a BlackBerry phone. My original thinking was that this would free me from my computer and allow me to stay connected. Yes, it does allow me to stay connected electronically, but it also makes me disconnected from what I should really be doing—being present.

Stephen Shapiro

Source: Stay Connected by Disconnecting: http://www.steveshapiro.com/2008/07/05/stay-connected-by-disconnecting/

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A Quote by Stephen Shapiro on intellectual property, business, and free

What if you gave away your intellectual property? What if you gave away your “tell me” content and used it as marketing material? What if your greatest assets were converted into “enable me” products? How would you need to re-invent YOUR business?

Stephen Shapiro

Source: What Can You Give Away for Free?: http://www.steveshapiro.com/2008/07/02/what-can-you-give-away-for-free/

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A Quote by Stephen Shapiro on simplicity, focus, complexity, and innovation

Next time you are designing a process, a product, or a service, ask yourself, “What can I remove?” For most consumers, simplicity is more important than comprehensiveness (and complexity).

The concept of “taking away” is also a great time management technique.  In addition to your “to do” list, be sure to create a “don’t do” list.  Become masterful at killing products, eliminating non-value adding tasks, and removing old/pointless habits.

Stephen Shapiro

Source: Simplification is Innovation: http://www.steveshapiro.com/2008/03/20/simplification-is-innovation/

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A Quote by Stephen Shapiro on innovation, business, and management

If you are crunching numbers, you are probably gathering information from existing customers. This will give you insight into their buying habits, usability behaviors, and other patterns. But most likely you are only gathering data on YOUR customers.  This represents the middle of the bell curve or the norm. This information may be useful in “incremental” improvement, but it will rarely lead to significant innovations.

Stephen Shapiro

Source: What Innovators Can Learn from Vegas Card Counters: http://www.steveshapiro.com/2008/03/21/how-innovators-can-learn-from-vegas-card-counters/

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A Quote by Stephen Shapiro on innovation, business, and creativity

Take it a step further and look to non-business analogies and metaphors. If redesigning a product, ask what the product is really like. If redesigning a computer chip, look to racing circuits, rivers, or anything with a flow. A gas pipeline company developed a new technology for finding and sealing pipeline cracks by mirroring the clotting agents in the human body.

Stephen Shapiro

Source: Analogy Driven Innovation: http://www.steveshapiro.com/2008/02/19/analogy-driven-innovation/

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