Igniting Innovation: Tips, Sparks and Ideas for Acting on Innovation

One of the Best Innovation Tools Was First Used in  The 1950s

Posted by Corie Roudebush Spialek on Oct 22, 2015 10:00:00 AM

When thinking about innovation and developing new ideas or systems have Innovation Reset Buttonyou ever considered just blowing up the entire thing? Hitting the reset button? Consider, you come in to work tomorrow and your #1 product no longer exists, and you can never get it back. What would you do?

In the 1950s a Vice President at Bell Laboratories introduced what he called Idealized Redesign - it is understood that out of this came voice mail, call waiting, and many other features that we take for granted today.  In the video below Dr. Russell Ackoff explains the concept to Dr. W. Edwards Deming:

(Video shared with permission from the Deming Institute)

He made a powerful statement, “If you don’t know what you’d do if you could do anything, then how could you possibly know what to do when you can’t?”

The next time you and your team sit down to innovate blow up the system. Try it you never know where you might end up.

Topics: Create, innovation, leadership, Dr. Deming

Corie Roudebush Spialek

Written by Corie Roudebush Spialek

Corie is the Director of Operations at Eureka! Ranch. She has a superlative attention to detail, yet sees the big picture. She is vigilant at doing the right things – even if they are not the easy thing to do. She’s efficient, persistent, dedicated, and unflinchingly committed to the Ranch and her clients. During her over 14 years with the Ranch she has helped push teams from a diverse group of companies like Jim Beam, Tyson Foods, Walmart, General Mills, Infantino, Public Radio International, National Wildlife Federation, and The Student Conservation Association to new places in their approach to innovation. Corie is a DePauw University graduate who gets the job done with grace and good humor. She and her husband Ed live in Cincinnati, Ohio with their son and twin girls. She is a DePauw University graduate who spends her free time at the pool or on the lake with her husband and three kids.

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