June 22, 2012
March 26, 2012
Currently, Best Practices are Stupid is the best selling business book in Canada.
December 15, 2011
Last month (November), Best Practices Are Stupid, was featured in Southwest Airline’s Spirit Magazine. Now that it is no longer on planes and can’t be found on the internet, I figured it was time to share the article with the readers of this blog. They did such a nice job, I feel as though their work should live on. Click the image below to launch the article in a new window. Enjoy!
December 14, 2011
One of my favorite topics is to discuss how breakthroughs are generated by looking for someone who has solved a similar problem in a different space.
Some examples I talk about in my “Best Practices Are Stupid” books are:
- A company developed a new type of whitening toothpaste by studying the way non-bleach laundry detergent works
- A gas pipeline “sealing” system was developed by studying the way the capillaries in the finger coagulate blood and heal themselves
- An office supply company found a way to get customers to return used toner cartridges by studying Netflix’s DVD service
And there are so many more interesting case studies.
While giving a speech on this recently, a client shared another wonderful example.
The company is in the computer simulation space. They are able to build incredibly realistic models of what might happen in the real world by creating simulations in the virtual world.
When working for a medical device company that made angioplasty equipment, they wanted to create a computer simulation that would predict how the “balloon” would expand.
Where did they turn for an accurate computer model?
In the past, they worked with car manufacturers and built statistical models that simulated the expansion and contraction of airbags. This proved to be a wildly accurate way of predicting how a balloon catheter would operate.
When you are working on your next business challenge, ask yourself: “Who else has solved a similar problem.”
In doing so, you might significantly accelerate your innovation effort.
December 13, 2011
I’m pleased that the American Express OPEN Forum (via Matthew E. May) selected Best Practices Are Stupid as one of the top 15 books of 2011. Check out the complete list
Also, Best Practices Are Stupid was selected as one of the “Top-Drawer Business Books of 2011″ by the advertising agency, DDB. See the complete list here
And, in case you missed it, there is an excellent review of the book on the Actionable Books website. Read it here
October 10, 2011
My new book, Best Practices Are Stupid, has been all over the news lately. Here’s just a small sample…
Interview on ABC News (click video above)
Interview on CBS Interactive’s BNET (click video above)
September 29, 2011
I am excited because today my 5th book, Best Practices Are Stupid: 40 Ways to Out-Innovate the Competition, is published by Penguin. You can watch a short video about the book. And after you are done, you can watch even more videos on our new website, StupidPractices.com. Please help spread the word to anyone who might benefit from this book.
September 26, 2011
Chris Martin created this cool graphic that is the mantra for my new book. As you can see, it includes the url for our soon to be launched website.
September 23, 2011
Dennis McCafferty from Baseline Magazine, created a cool slideshow that features ten of the tips from my upcoming book. Although the names of the tips were changed (maybe to protect the innocent), you will get a good sense of the content. Click the image on the right to go to their website.
September 22, 2011
In one week (September 29th), my new book will be available in book stores, online, and on the Kindle. It is published by Penguin’s Portfolio imprint. For those of you who are new to this blog, here’s a description…
Best Practices Are Stupid:
40 Ways to Out-Innovate the Competition
Well-intentioned leaders, in their attempts to boost innovation, are inadvertently destroying it.
What if everything you know about creating a culture of innovation is wrong? What if the way you are measuring innovation is choking it? What if your market research is asking all of the wrong questions?
It’s time to innovate the way you innovate.
In Best Practices Are Stupid, I offer forty counterintuitive yet proven strategies for boosting innovation and making it a repeatable, sustainable, and profitable process at the heart of your company’s culture. They include:
- Hire people you don’t like. Bring the right mix of people to unleash your team’s full potential.
- Asking for ideas is a bad idea. Define challenges more clearly. If you ask better questions, you will get better answers.
- Don’t think outside the box; find a better box. Instead of giving your employees a blank slate, provide them with well-define parameters that will increase their creative output.
- Failure is always an option. Looking at innovation as a series of experiments allows you to redefine failure and learn from your results.
I will show you that nonstop innovation is attainable and vital to building a high-performing team, improving the bottom line, and staying ahead of the pack.
Other powerful strategies include:
- The performance paradox. When organizations hyper focus on their goals, they are less likely to achieve those goals.
- Expertise is the enemy of innovation. The more you know about a particular topic, the more difficult it is for you to think about it in a different way.
- The Goldilocks principle. Challenges can’t be too big or too small. They must be “just right” to maximize the likelihood of a workable solution.
- Learn from Indiana Jones. Real treasure can be found when you leave your office, don your fedora and bullwhip, and study customers with your own two eyes.
- Use the reality TV show model. Competitions are as much about generating buzz and stimulating interest in innovation as they are about finding specific solutions.
You can pre-order NOW on any of these sites.