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[Written by Burt on 29 Dec 2010 | No Comment | ]

In Scott Anthony’s post, “Three Year-End Innovation Takeaways from Asia” he talks about the human side of innovation. From his blog post:

Increasingly, I’ve heard people at large companies ask how to create human resource systems that support innovation. The first thing I tell them is to make sure they aren’t following policies that penalize innovation, particularly policies that punish prudent risk taking. But that’s obviously not enough. We need to figure out how to create more systematic ways to track, measure, and reward people following behaviors consistent with successful innovation. …

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[Written by Burt on 27 Dec 2010 | No Comment | ]
31 Questions

From Scott Anthony’s blog post,
31 Innovation Questions (and Answers) To Kick Off the New Year
This is an interesting list of questions and thought-provoking one or two sentence answers by Scott. He’s working on a new book tentatively titled, “The Little Black Book of Innovation”. Scott is the author of Silver Lining: An Innovation Playbook for Uncertain Times which I’ve purchased for my iPad but haven’t read yet. Looking forward to reading it this holiday season.
Silver Lining is featured by Harvard Business Review in their Innovation Essentials Library, a 7 volume …

Culture, Featured »

[Written by Burt on 16 Dec 2010 | One Comment | ]
Why work doesn’t happen at work

8-Hours, White walls
Corporate culture in many ways kills innovation. Your boss’s expectation that you need to be sitting at your desk in front of a computer for 8 hours a day in order to be productive is in my opinion, an innovation killer.
Your boss may feel you are less productive when you’re working from a cafe, from home, or at the local Starbucks. He/she may feel that you’re not working as hard or maybe not working at all. Yet it is in these environments that we are free to create …

Culture, Featured »

[Written by Burt on 9 Dec 2010 | One Comment | ]
Fractal Nature of Innovation

Fractals are intriguing geometric shapes. A Wikipedia definition says:
A fractal is “a rough or fragmented geometric shape that can be split into parts, each of which is (at least approximately) a reduced-size copy of the whole,” a property called self-similarity.
This is demonstrated when you deconstruct a fractal in to smaller pieces. Each smaller piece retains the characteristics of the larger piece.
In a recent Innovation Speaker Series talk at HMSA, Ian Kitajima from Oceanit described innovation at his company. He showed this slide that summarized their company’s approach to innovation. The …

Education, Featured »

[Written by Burt on 28 Oct 2010 | No Comment | ]
Schools of the Future

The Schools of the Future initiative started in 2008 and is sponsored by the Hawaii Association of Independent Schools and the Hawaii Community Foundation. This was the first Schools of the Future conference held at the Hilton Hawaiian Village and featured the world-renown speaker Sir Ken Robinson. I got a chance to attend a couple of the break out sessions including Mark Hines and Bob McIntosh of Mid-Pacific Institute about Mobile Technologies in the Classroom. They provided a very thought provoking presentation about the near ubiquitous presence of mobile …