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Today is the first video in the “Shift” part of the FAST Innovation Model (Focus, Ask, Shift, Test). In this video I share a fun example that provides a different approach to finding breakthroughs. Hint: your years of expertise may not be helping! Be sure to watch the previous videos! Transcription: coming soon  

Today is the final video in the “Ask” part of the FAST Innovation Model (Focus, Ask, Shift, Test). With this, we sum up with WHY asking questions is so important. We discuss why you should not “think outside the box.” And we talk about the upsides of challenge-centered innovation over idea-driven innovation. The next installment will […]

Today we explore a page from Einstein and his perspectives on asking questions. The key is to avoid focusing on solutions and instead focus on the problem. We are in the “Ask” portion of the FAST Innovation Model (Focus, Ask, Shift, Test) Be sure to watch the previous videos! Transcription: At this point in the […]

When you ask different questions, you always get different solutions. Here’s a fun story about an airport that had people complaining about baggage claim wait times. Their solutions on the surface seemed good. But it never really solved the problem in the eyes of the customer. But when they asked a different question, they solved […]

NASA has done some amazing innovations over the years. But when they tried to create a washing machine in space, it didn’t go too well. But changing the question led to different results. We are in the “Ask” portion of the FAST Innovation Model (Focus, Ask, Shift, Test) Be sure to watch the previous videos! […]

Today we use solving the “education system” problem as an example of how changing the question can lead to different solutions. When questions are too abstract, we get very low quality solutions. We are in the “Ask” portion of the FAST Innovation Model (Focus, Ask, Shift, Test) Be sure to watch the previous videos! Transcription: […]

Today we discuss The Goldilocks Principle. This is a method for asking better questions by avoiding ones that are too “hard” or too “soft” and looking for those that are “just right.” We are in the “Ask” portion of the FAST Innovation Model (Focus, Ask, Shift, Test) Be sure to watch the previous videos! Transcription: […]

Today we look at the Exxon Valdez oil spill.  For decades scientists could not find a way to extract the oil/water mixture from the icy waters of Prince William Sound in Alaska. But when the question was changed, a two-decade old problem was solved within weeks. Be sure to watch the previous videos! Transcription: In […]

Today we move to the “Ask” part of my FAST Innovation Model (Focus, Ask, Shift, Test). In this installment we explore a well-known challenge and one unsuccessful method used to solve it. This method is one that is common inside of organizations…and it rarely works. Be sure to watch the previous videos! Transcription: Today, we […]

Today’s Innovation Minute… In the first video I introduced the FAST Innovation model: Focus, Ask, Shift, Test Then I introduced the 5 D’s of Differentiation. In a previous video I introduced this framework: Today I discuss how to make sure your investments in differentiating capabilities don’t become core in your industry too quickly. Be sure […]

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