January 2016

Solve Problems By Being A Copycat

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What other industry has already solved your problem?

When faced with a challenge, instead of trying to solve the problem from scratch – find an analog. That is, a comparison model you can copy. Ask yourself who (or what) may have solved a problem similar to yours.


A new book Not Invented Here: Cross-Industry Innovation by Ramon Vullings and Mark HelevenĀ helps us think cross-industry.

As it says on the book jacket…

Cross-industry innovation is a clever way o jump-start your innovation efforts by drawing analogies and transferring approaches between contests, beyond the border of your own industry, sector, area or domain.

Why reinvent the wheel when somewhere out there is something that is already round!

Want to learn more?

June 2009

In The Box Thinking With Dan Heath

2017-03-01T11:56:28-04:00 Categories: grow, SandBlog|Tags: , |

The internet is like a multi-story department store… You could spend all day exploring different levels, come back the next day and find more stuff you hadn’t seen the day before.

I originally missed finding this talk, but happy to share it now… Here is Dan Heath, the co-author of the must-buy book Made To Stick, speaking at the Business Innovation Factory collaborative innovation summit in 2007 (and posted to the interweb in 2008).

Dan shares his take on in the box thinking. I know you’ll enjoy it.

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