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An unintended consequence of innovation?

An unintended consequence of innovation?

I spoke on a conference panel today about innovative technology and health care. Once I got over my stage fright I thoroughly enjoyed the discussion.  It was a privilege to speak alongside some very talented innovators. And the great audience participation meant I was able to crowd-source lots of new ideas. I was speaking about … Continue reading

Fail again, fail better

Fail again, fail better

Given the subject of this blog it would be remiss of me not to post this collection of wisdom about failure by Tim Harford. I find the quote by Tristan Tzara particularly poignant: “Let us try for once not to be right”. Tzara was a brilliant poet and a tireless anti-Fascist campaigner who founded the … Continue reading

Incremental Disruption

Incremental Disruption

I had a (good-natured) disagreement with a friend last week. We were talking about innovation and our point of contention was around the value of incremental versus disruptive innovation. I believe both are equally important. He believes that only disruption will stimulate needle-shifting change. A few days later a fleeting reference to Roger Bannister in … Continue reading

The Innovative Runner

The Innovative Runner

I have not been able to run much lately and I miss it.  Good ideas seem to flow while I am running. And there are some interesting analogies between running and innovation. Here is what I came up with: Incremental progress can lead to step-change: When I am running regularly I often get frustrated because … Continue reading

That light bulb moment

That light bulb moment

In the late nineteenth century Thomas Edison was trying to invent a light bulb. When a reporter discovered that Edison had created 10,000 different versions and still could not get it to work he asked: “How can can you keep going after failing 10,000 times? Isn’t that a little ridiculous? Why don’t you just give … Continue reading