Borrow with Pride

Sometimes the best way to innovate is to borrow someone else’s idea and apply it in your business. A successful innovation does not have to be an all-new invention. It just has to be something useful which is new to your business. Maybe everyone in Singapore is doing it but you are the first in Holland; maybe every consulting firm does it but yours is the first doctors’ surgery to try it;... Read More--


Try Asking a Different Question; it will lead to a Different Answer

Every year millions of babies die within the first week of birth.  Most could be saved with the use of incubators, which are widely available in the developed world but not in under-developed countries.  There is a common problem with interrupted power supply.  Also much of the medical equipment that is donated to hospitals in these countries falls into disuse because of the lack of spare parts... Read More--


Pain can be the Father of Innovation

Necessity is the mother of invention. And pain can be the father of innovation. Whenever you or your customer has a problem, an inconvenience, a difficulty or a pain there is an opportunity for innovation. A new product or service is called for to alleviate the pain. Nick D’Aloisio was a 16 year old London schoolboy when he invented a mobile phone app called Summly. He said, “I was revising for... Read More--


Innovation Lessons from the Artist

Have you seen The Artist? It won the best film award at the 2012 Oscars. It is a charming tale about the transition from silent movies to talkies. It is remarkable for a number of reasons – not least because it is a silent movie in black and white with unknowns as stars. It seems to me that we can learn some innovation lessons from this film and its appeal to audiences. First, the story relates how... Read More--