Thursday, August 27, 2009

Innovation in the trenches

A friend, Cheryl Perkins, has co-authored a new book entitled Conquering Innovation Fatigue. Here is the Amazon catalog copy:

This practical guide reveals the nine major “fatigue factors” that can block the path to innovation success, along with solutions to energize innovation. Original advances in innovation practice and new case studies are applied to guide inventors, entrepreneurs, companies, universities, and even policy makers in conquering innovation fatigue. Cost-effective solutions include guidance on intellectual assets, dealing with disruptive innovation, and driving innovation using the “Horn of Innovation” and “Circuit of Innovation” models. A surprising view of DaVinci as an engine of open innovation is presented. Throughout the book, a unique aspect is exploring the journey of innovators, including corporate employees and entrepreneurs, at the often-overlooked personal level using the metaphor of immigrants in a strange land to identify barriers and solutions.
The book has a website with a blog by Jeff Lindsay, who wrote the book with Perkins and Mukund Karanjikar. The authors base the book on the problems they faced at industry, and more recently as consultants.

I met Cheryl when she was the chief innovation officer at Kimberly-Clark. I giving my "intro-to-open-innovation” spiel to her co-workers in hopes they would get the OI religion the way that P&G had done (as recounted in the 2003 Chesbrough book).

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