I Solve Problems, Develop Products, Coach Startups; Crowd-Sourcing Expert; Innovation Methods Guru; Connector at Unlabelinnovation
Level: LEVEL 02 (12 mo pts: 22 pts)
Lifetime points: 74 pts
Innovation means a lot of things to different people so I’ll give you my version. Innovation is the way you see, think about, and interact with the world. While most people describe “innovation" as a noun or the output (e.g. iPhone, automobile, Internet), I think of “innovation” as a verb, as in “innovating,” akin to problem solving, building, making, tinkering, seeing, understanding. In my world view, innovation is how we decide to travel, not where we decide to travel to.
To this end, being good at innovation means having a mindset that is properly aligned with a skillset and a toolset. Like a good mechanic, carpenter, or engineer, not committing to a single tool to complete a job, but having the knowledge and skill to deploy a variety of tools for any given situation is the way of becoming the best possible innovator.
I am skilled at: crowd-sourcing, facilitation, Lean Startup, Business Model Generation (business model canvas, value proposition canvas), startup coaching, human-centered design, product design, and business strategy. I have developed two proprietary tools, the Innovation Program Handbook assessment and Innovation IQ, an innovation project assessment, risk manager, health check, and decision-making tool.
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