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 the Eureka! Ranch and the Innovation Engineering Institute. For over 12 years she has spent her days, many nights and some weekends running logistics for all things Eureka! and Innovation Engineering. 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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