Innovation http://wknofm.org en Fisher-Price: The Classic Innovator http://wknofm.org/post/fisher-price-classic-innovator <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Who's the classic example of an innovative company that develops new products the right way? Fisher-Price</span></p><p> Wed, 29 Jan 2014 13:30:00 +0000 John Malmo 27954 at http://wknofm.org Fisher-Price: The Classic Innovator Henry Ford, In Reverse http://wknofm.org/post/henry-ford-reverse <p>How Henry Ford developed mass-production is a fascinating story. It's also one that I've had backwards all my life: I believed that Ford was able to reduce car prices for a mass market because of his genius in perfecting mass-production assembly lines.</p><p>Actually, the opposite is true. Ford's low prices forced development of mass-production to meet the demand. Hear what Ford, himself, said about it:</p> Wed, 11 Sep 2013 12:30:00 +0000 John Malmo 36584 at http://wknofm.org Henry Ford, In Reverse If You Can't Finish, Don't Start http://wknofm.org/post/if-you-cant-finish-dont-start <p>Little boys growing up in the ‘Thirties were taught not to start something that they couldn’t finish. Initially, that meant don’t punch somebody bigger than you in the nose.</p><p>It’s a wonderful warning to keep in your head throughout your career. Because a starter who can’t finish loses credibility. Socially. Athletically. In government and business.</p><p>Great ideas that don’t materialize have little value. From track to golf, and in every business career, it’s not how you start. It’s how you finish.&nbsp;</p> Wed, 24 Apr 2013 12:43:21 +0000 John Malmo 29913 at http://wknofm.org If You Can't Finish, Don't Start The Myth of the "Ah-Hah!" Moment http://wknofm.org/post/myth-ah-hah-moment <p>The world has been celebrating the life of Steve Jobs. &nbsp;At the same time, a story popped up in <em><a href="http://blogs.hbr.org/cs/2011/08/busting_innovation_myths.html">Harvard Business Review</a></em> that&rsquo;s worth thinking about in the context of Mr. Jobs. &nbsp;It&rsquo;s about the myth of innovation. &nbsp;</p><p>The point of the article is that we celebrate great innovators such as Jobs and Galileo and Sir Isaac Newton; all great discoverers, inventors and innovators. &nbsp;And, generally, we believe in that <em>ah-hah</em> moment of the innovator. &nbsp;</p> Mon, 28 Nov 2011 15:58:01 +0000 John Malmo 4643 at http://wknofm.org The Myth of the "Ah-Hah!" Moment