Author Archives: daynah

Do “skunkworks” create corporate silos?

I just read an interesting article by John Winsor, a contributor to Forbes.com.  The title of the article is Don’t Put The Word ‘Innovation’ On Business Cards. Here’s the link to the article. SUMMARY: The idea of the article – … Continue reading

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Social Innovation and the Theory of Change

I just read an interesting article by Kathleen Kelly Janus on the Stanford Social Innovation Review. The title of he article is Demystifying the Theory of Change Process: Why the process of creating a theory of change matters, and a … Continue reading

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Don’t Hesitate Wait, or Debate; Instead, Innovate

March through the Steps of Innovation Global market Need to compete Outsource pressures Slipping balance sheet.   Must differentiate So, go innovate! Innovate! Innovate. (Yeeeah, Innovate!)   This is today’s rallying cry. Businesses leaders intone it, government officials cantillate it, … Continue reading

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Why Safety Professionals need to go beyond being the Squeaky Wheel

Sandy Smith wrote an article for ehstoday.com titled, “Former President of Chemical Company Sentenced for Federal Crimes Related to Employee Deaths“. This in turn caused Joseph Wesley, a safety professional,  to write the following comment: “As Safety Professionals we have … Continue reading

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Tinkering is good; but it is not necessarily innovation

Bruce Kasanoff (from Opportunity Shaper, Now Possible) just wrote a blog article called, “Why Tinkering Around is the Key to Success” It’s on linkedin. He starts the article this way, “Here is a quick way to judge whether your company … Continue reading

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When does continual improvement actually begin?

A Quality Assurance Manager asked, “When does continual improvement actually begin?“. Here was my response: It begins in the minds of each worker the second they begin to work. It begins in the hearts of a leader (whether they be … Continue reading

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What Serial Innovators Know about Fear

Judith E. Glaser blogged at the Huffington Post, “Innovate or Evaporate” This is a good article about innovation (click on her name above to read the whole article, it’s good) but I have one disagreement her statements about fear limiting … Continue reading

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2 of my favorite quotes from Genrich Altshuller, the father of TRIZ

Here are two quotes from the father of TRIZ. I think they get to the heart of what TRIZ is. “I became more and more interested in the mechanics of creativity. How were inventions made? What happens in the head … Continue reading

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What are some of the most effective tools that you have used to prevent repeatable defects in a manufacturing plant?

A Quality, Safety and CIP  Manager asked, “What are some of the most effective tools that you have used to prevent repeatable defects in a manufacturing plant? We are trying to improve our FPY but continue with inconsistent results.” Scott’s … Continue reading

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Innovation can be mapped to any culture

I just read a blog by Pearl Zhu at at her blog . She says Maintaining a culture of innovation in an ongoing and sustainable way requires: Openness because innovation comes from a combination of need and culture of being … Continue reading

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