Michael Plishka

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 it. In the 1880?s as the country was adopting and making sense of time zones (from 300 to four), Sears…

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 your Solutions! (Best viewed at Full Screen)

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 in to play? I came across this short reflection (Via Charlie Badenhop of Seishindo) by a Japanese architect who we know...

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 wrote about the pros and cons of open office plans. I wanted to share this article from today's Wall Street Journal...

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

"Positive Deviance is based on the observation that in every community there are certain individuals or groups (the positive deviants), whose uncommon but successful behaviors or strategies enable them to find better solutions to a problem than their peers. These individuals or groups have...

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 a Greener Package award. According to KFC's website the new package, Reduces the shipping cube by 14% over expanded polystyrene...

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 update of the 2011 FUSE Conference.  Loring shared these thoughts from Pek's talk," (Pek explained that) we should give pause to the constant chatter that we...

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 guide an audit of the innovation capabilities in your organization. The map is simple to use: Pick a...

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 is a great article here discussing the role of metaphor and analogy in creative design. Unfortunately, sometimes those different domains...

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