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While My (Gibson) Guitar Gently Weeps: An Open Letter to Gibson's New CEO

Fifty years ago, when Eric Clapton played lead guitar on the Beatles’ “While My Guitar Gently Weeps,” he played a Gibson guitar.  Gibson is an iconic brand and has been the guitar of choice for a wide variety of musicians...

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The Landmine Problem

Landmines and other unexploded weapons cause horrific damage. The World Health Organization (WHO) estimates that 26,000 casualties are caused by landmines or unexploded ordinances (UXO). Roughly one in four of those victims die as a result (Source), and those who...

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The Internet of Rats: Automating rat tracking for Apopo's HeroRats is a wonderful organization.  They train rats to sniff out land mines in former conflict zones, thus preventing thousands of deaths or injuries.  Why rats?  They’re very trainable and have excellent senses of smell (high olfactory acuity).  And, they...

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Makerbot: A Great Strategy Can't Save a Bad Product

In my book, The Power of Little Ideas, I explain how companies should execute the “Third Way” approach to innovation, and how dramatically it can affect the fortunes of a company that does it well.  One of the lead stories...

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What next for LEGO?

On March 6, LEGO announced its results for 2017.  Sales declined by 8% and profits dropped by 18%.  These results are a striking exception to the company’s recent stellar performance.  But there are lessons from LEGO's recent performance that can...

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Case Studies

Ace Hardware

I tried to fix my toilet last Sunday.  It was leaking somewhere in the tank, causing the valve to kick on and refill the tank regularly, wasting water.  My quest to repair my toilet illustrated something about innovation, and gave...

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Wegmans Grocery Stores

On Sunday, May 22, 2016, Midlothian, Virginia, a former coal-mining town with a population of approximately 60,000, hosted one of its biggest events in its 300-year history. Approximately 2,000 people waited patiently in line; some traveled for over 100 miles....

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Sherwin Williams

One of the motivations to write The Power of Little Ideas came from Stephen, the guy who painted my house.  We hired Stephen and his crew because he had done great work on many neighbors’ houses. We weren’t disappointed -...

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