Monday, November 27, 2006

Where do you get your ideas?

Innovation is a big topic these days. Some years ago, I noted that I often learn well through a combination of action, reflection, and the injection of new ideas from outside. Sometimes those ideas come from dialog with others; at other times, they come from reading, perhaps even from seemingly unrelated books.

IBM has published Expanding the Innovation Horizon: The Global CEO Study 2006. Figure 11 on page 22 (section 3) of the printed report indicates that "Companies with higher revenue growth reported using external sources significantly more than slower growers" (40% to 30%).

Where do you get your fresh ideas? What fosters innovation in your organization?

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