Good Morning Innovation Leader, I'm off for vacation to Prince Edward Island - then to Scotland to the world piping championship with our wonderful students at the College of Piping and Celtic Performing Arts.
I'll be back posting from U Maine the end of August - where I'll be teaching this fall.
I'll leave you with two thoughts to ponder.
1. How could they know?
I spent yesterday in Toronto filming a small segment on a tv show. I was tasked with helping a small company that sells advanced process control systems to manufacturers. As a company they ride a roller coaster - when the economy is good they do good - when it's bad they do horrible. They want to "get off the roller coaster" -- I spend Sunday Evening and Monday morning with them. In the end they have new hope.
To be clear - I didn't do anything brilliant. Rather, all I did was educate them on how to think about the "pipeline of buyers" from the engineer to the plant manager to the buying department. I educated them about the value of benefits versus features - and about Problem, Promise, Proof.
As I traveled to the airport - all I could think of was the Deming quote ... How could they know?
Friends - it is our job to teach them.
The people you work with or work for are all good people.
They are not against new ideas - they are not against change.....they are not against innovation.
They just don't know what's possible.
2. Be the Change
My daughter Tori - who Debbie and I was with at a wedding this weekend - emailed me a link to this song.
Her email said..
Subject: Life Theme Song.
She encouraged me to listen to it.
I did - and she's right
Here's a link to the lyrics Have a great summer.
I'm gonna do some writing, sailing & recharge my mind on how I can better be the change -- how I can better be the change I wanna see.
p.s. Thank you to the dozens who posted responses to my question I posted last week. If you have more ideas please post.