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Michael Plishka

Michael Plishka
Michael Plishka is the President and Founder of ZenStorming Solutions, LLC an innovation design consultancy. He believes in co-design methodologies, sharing design thinking essentials - empowering people and companies to make a difference with their products and services.

Starting an Empire – Sears’ Eye for Making People’s Lives Easier

Richard W. Sears, founder of Sears Roebuck, lived by that process. His goal was to make life simpler for people and make a profit doing...

Where Innovative Solutions Come From

When you play in the intersection of Needs and Resources, come up with Ideas, Make (prototype) and Evaluate ( learn!) until you get to...

Mushin – Innocence and Simplicity in Design and Innovation

Where does good design come from? Is it a representation of who each of us is? If so, then surely self-awareness comes...

Environments and Creativity – Why Not in Political Discourse?

Posted by Plish on April 30, 2011 A little over a year ago I blogged on optimizing your environment for creative output. I also...

Four Rules for Building a Positive Deviance Repository – A Model Based on Woman’s World Magazine

"Positive Deviance is based on the observation that in every community there are certain individuals or groups (the positive deviants), whose uncommon but successful...

When Customer Experience Suffers at the Expense of Packaging Technology – A Case Study

Courtesy of KFCs Website Since May of last year, KFC has been rolling out reusable packaging to package their side orders. These containers won...

Being In-Between: Mindfully Exploring the Space of Interaction and Innovation

This is a great, inspiring short interview with Andrew Pek, CEO of ivibeglobal.com.  Thanks to Kristina Loring of Frog Design for the interview and her...

Is Your Organization Built for Innovation? Try This Audit Tool

I put together this Innovation Checkmap. It highlights the working relationships that should be present in healthy, innovative organizations; a visual checklist to...

When Domains Clash With a Thud – Fauxnnovation and How to Avoid it

It's well known that some of the greatest innovations occur when two seemingly different domains join together to spawn something entirely new. There...

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