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:

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A Quote by Bill Gates on innovation, education, science, and technology

I believe this country stands at a crossroads. For decades, innovation has been the engine of prosperity in this country. Now, economic progress depends more than ever on innovation. And the potential for technology innovation to improve lives has never been greater.... If we make the right choices, the United States can remain the global innovation leader that it is today.

These four policy prescriptions – strengthening educational opportunities, revamping immigration rules for highly skilled workers, increasing federal funding for basic scientific research, and providing incentives for private-sector R&D – should in my view be top priorities as Congress and the Administration consider how to maintain the nation's leadership in science, technology, and innovation.

Bill Gates

Source: Written testimony of Bill Gates before Committee on Science and Technology, U.S. House of Representatives:

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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:

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A Quote by Bill Gates on business, capitalism, conscious capitalism, conscious business, creative capitalism, corporations, and innovation

I hope corporations will dedicate a percentage of their top innovators' time to issues that could help people left out of the global economy. This kind of contribution is even more powerful than giving cash or offering employees' time off to volunteer. It is a focused use of what your company does best. It is a great form of creative capitalism, because it takes the brainpower and makes life better for the richest, and dedicates some of it to improving the lives of everyone else.

Bill Gates

Source: Bill Gates: World Economic Forum 2008:

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A Quote by Stephen Shapiro on innovation, entrepreneurship, and success

Too often, we try to fit in with the crowd. We play it safe. But innovation is about taking risks while being true to you. This takes confidence. And it takes the belief that your “style” is what the world needs and wants. Yes, taking this risk may help you stand out. More importantly, it may be the ticket to your success.

Stephen Shapiro

Source: Be Outrageous, It’s the Only Place That’s Not Crowded:

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A Quote by Niccoló Machiavelli on innovation and creativity

It must be remembered that there is nothing more difficult to plan, more doubtful of success, nor more dangerous to manage than the creation of a new system. For the initator has the enmity of all who would profit by the preservation of the old institutions and merely lukewarm defenders of those who would gain by the new ones.

Niccolo Machiavelli (1469 - 1527)

Source: 1513

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A Quote by Stephen Shapiro on tools, mindset, innovation, and creativity

Tools are great. But giving people tools, without first changing their mindset is useless.

People buy more weight loss books/diets (tools) than all other books, yet people are fatter than ever. Why? Most diets do not address the psychological reasons (mindset) for eating.

The same holds true for innovation.

Do not train your employees on creativity techniques or bring in innovation software until you have addressed your underlying cultural issues (the mindset).

Stephen Shapiro

Source: Innovation Mindset, Not Innovation Tools:

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A Quote by Stephen Shapiro on innovation, culture, performance, and motivation

The more you measure and motivate based on innovation, the less likely you will have a truly innovative culture.

Stephen Shapiro

Source: 2007 Innovation Lesson:

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A Quote by Thomas J. "Tom" Peters on innovation and change

Nearly 100% of innovation -- from business to politics -- is inspired not by "market analysis" but by people who are supremely pissed off by the way things are.

Tom Peters (1942 -)

Source: Tom Peters's True Confessions:

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A Quote by Peter F. Drucker on innovation, entrepreneurship, and wealth

Entrepreneurs innovate. Innovation is the specific instrument of entrepreneurship. It is the act that endows resources with a new capacity to create wealth.

Peter F. Drucker (1909 - 2005)

Source: Innovation and Entrepreneurship, Pages: 30

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