Eugene A. Fitzgerald: An interview by Bob Morris

First Friday Book Synopsis

Building upon his early experience at AT&T Bell Labs, he has created and led a series of fundamental innovations, from early technology to final implementation in the market. [.]. Bob's blog entries Andreas Wankerl AT&T Bell Labs Carl Schramm Cornell University Eugene Fitzgerald Inside Real Innovation: How the Right Approach Can Move Ideas from R&D to Market – And Get the Economy Moving Merton C. Eugene A. Fitzgerald was born in Springfield, MA, USA.

Todd Henry: An interview by Bob Morris

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Todd Henry is the founder and CEO of Accidental Creative, a company that helps creative people and teams generate brilliant ideas. He regularly speaks and consults with companies, both large and small, about how to develop practices and systems that lead to everyday brilliance. Todd’s work has been featured by Fast Company, Fortune, Forbes, HBR.org, [.].

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The Comparing Trap

Harvard Business Review

In an adjacent office was a colleague who had written something like 12 books and was an internationally recognized scholar in the area of organizational innovation. Robert Merton was 46 when he won the award. Merton had the office on the other side of my office. Bob Merton was as gracious and supportive as the colleague I mentioned earlier.

Make Serendipity Work for You

Harvard Business Review

Merton and Elinor Barber.). So how might serendipity help us refine our understanding of innovation? Innovation is as much about looking at the past as it is about anticipating the future. Creativity Innovation Skill vs. LuckSerendipity has been voted one of the most popular words in the English language. It is also one of the hardest to translate. Conversationally, it is used as tantamount to luck, providence or chance.

Sacrifice Is Overrated

Harvard Business Review

My role models for serving the greater good are not the people who walk around in sack cloth and ashes but industrialists like Gustavus Swift, who developed the refrigerated boxcar, which dramatically reduced life-threatening food-borne illness; the drug companies that continue to innovate new forms of protease inhibitors that keep my HIV-positive friends alive; and my friend who's risking his savings to start an ice cream business, which will employ a dozen people.

Three Times You Have to Speak Up

Harvard Business Review

I was thinking about that story by Thomas Merton during a recent board meeting. Minority viewpoints have been proven to aid the quality of decision making in juries, by teams, and for the purpose of innovation. Nilofer Merchant is a corporate advisor and speaker on innovation methods. It was said of Abbot Agatho that for three years he carried a stone in his mouth until he learned to be silent. The CEO and CFO were marching through their 112-slide presentation.

What an Economist Brings to a Business Strategy

Harvard Business Review

Varian has since overseen the hiring of a large corps of statisticians and economists who developed other innovations for the company, notably Google Trends, which can be used to track the number of search terms that can be helpful in predicting various real world events (such as the progress of the flu or forthcoming official unemployment statistics). Walker’s innovation was to bind travelers to pay the prices they bid if the airlines and hoteliers on Priceline accepted the offers.