innovation

A Quote by Douglas McGregor on employee, ingenuity, innovation, control, and management

The ingenuity of the average worker is sufficient to outwit any system of controls devised by management.

Douglas McGregor

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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 Umair Haque on innovation and sustainability

Innovation is premised on force-feeding people more junk; on fuelling artificial needs for super-size meals, Hummers, and a new pair of sweatshop-produced fast-fashion jeans every weekend.

Sustainability, on the other hand, is premised on helping people finally step off that creaking treadmill of consumption.

Umair Haque

Source: Open Thread: Overinnovation: http://discussionleader.hbsp.com/haque/2008/08/open_thread_overinnovation.html

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A Quote by unknown on vision, reach, amitions, and innovation

Our reach is limited by our vision. Our vision is limited by our horizons and our horizons are set by our ambitions.
We can make our ambitions and goals come true, if we use innovation.

unknown

Source: from myself Jalal Aslam

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A Quote by Umair Haque on industrial revolution, innovation, efficiency, and productivity

The revolution needs revolutionaries. Today’s investors, boardrooms and entrepreneurs are looking for value in all the wrong places. Facebook's game of musical chairs won't solve big economic problems - and neither will making token investments in greentech.

Where is the next industrial revolution crying out for revolutionaries? Simple: in industries dominated by clear, durable, structural barriers to efficiency and productivity.

Umair Haque

Source: A Manifesto for the Next Industrial Revolution: http://discussionleader.hbsp.com/haque/2008/06/a_manifesto_for_the_next_indus_1.html

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A Quote by Umair Haque on innovation and industrial revolution

The next industrial revolution begins here. What happens when we think of using new DNA to reorganize structurally inefficient industries? A blueprint for the next industrial revolution emerges. Here’s what it looks like.

Organize the world's hunger.
Organize the world’s energy.
Organize the world’s thirst.
Organize the world's health.
Organize the world's freedom.
Organize the world's finance.
Organize the world's education.

That's not an exhaustive list - it's just a beginning. In fact, let's open source it: please add to it ("organize the world's xyz"), and we'll keep an index here or elsewhere.

What's important is the logic behind the list. Let's make that as razor-sharp as possible.

Organize: to transform DNA, not lower-value technology. The world's: to have a global impact; to be able to scale to global levels. Hunger, health: some measure of economic well-being: to radically change the world for the better.

If you're a startup, and your elevator pitch isn’t shaped by this blueprint; if you're an investor, and your portfolio isn't full of companies like this; if you’re a corporate boardroom, and you're not refocusing and restructuring to meet these new challenges – here’s the bottom line: the next industrial revolution has your name written all over it.

Umair Haque

Source: A Manifesto for the Next Industrial Revolution: http://discussionleader.hbsp.com/haque/2008/06/a_manifesto_for_the_next_indus_1.html

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A Quote by Umair Haque on innovation

There are huge shocks rolling across the global economic landscape. Here are just a few. Food prices are skyrocketing. The financial system is melting down. Energy, of course, is more and more toxic, and costly. We are all, make no mistake, dancing on the precipice of economic cataclysm.

It is the obligation of radical innovators to create new value by solving these problems - or cede capital and resources to those who can.

Umair Haque

Source: An Open Challenge to Silicon Valley: http://discussionleader.hbsp.com/haque/2008/04/an_open_challenge_to_silicon_v.html

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A Quote by Malcolm Gladwell on invention, innovation, and ideas

In order to get one of the greatest inventions of the modern age, in other words, we thought we needed the solitary genius. But if Alexander Graham Bell had fallen into the Grand River and drowned that day back in Brantford, the world would still have had the telephone, the only difference being that the telephone company would have been nicknamed Ma Gray, not Ma Bell.

Malcolm Gladwell

Source: Annals of Innovation: In the Air: http://www.newyorker.com/reporting/2008/05/12/080512fa_fact_gladwell

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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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