Book in Dutch

July 27, 2012

I just received my copy of “Best Practices Are Stupid” in Dutch.  More translations are on their way!

Books in Chinese

June 22, 2012

I’m please to announce that both Personality Poker and Best Practices Are Stupid  are now available in Chinese.  I love the cover designs, especially the cat on the Best Practices Are Stupid book.

Best Practices Are Stupid #1 in Canada

March 26, 2012

Currently, Best Practices are Stupid is the best selling business book in Canada.

Southwest Airlines Magazine Article

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!



Making Connections

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.

“Best Practices Are Stupid” Named One of the Best in 2011

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

Best Practices Are Stupid on ABC News…and more

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)

Review on - “Why your company (probably) can’t innovate”

Best Practices Are Stupid on the USA Today reading list

Best Practices Are Stupid on the CIO Magazine reading list

Interview on CBS Interactive’s BNET (click video above)

TODAY! “Best Practices Are Stupid” is available

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,  Please help spread the word to anyone who might benefit from this book.

My New Mantra

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.

Innovation is not replication replication replication

Slideshow of 10 Tips from New Book

September 23, 2011

Innovation and best practicesDennis 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.

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