Posts in Innovation Coaching
Innovation is Caring and Thoughtful

The word “innovation” is getting used a lot these days. So much so that its meaning has become generic and its definition lost. I wish to find it. What follows is an exploration of the word “innovation” in search of a useful definition, for clarity, and for enlightenment. My favorite definition to date comes from Scott Burleson, friend and innovation expert at The AIM Institute. Scott describes innovation as, “an improvement in value” and then further defines “value” as “benefits over cost.”

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Built to Last

Consider the classic Coke bottle. Can you see it in your mind? The silhouette of that legendary shape. What is that shape? Is that the brand of Coke? Or is that the product? Whether pouring it over ice or drinking it from the bottle, you are experiencing both the brand and the product of Coke all at once.

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Why Spike the Eggnog

Each year around Thanksgiving, Dr. Lancefield would spike a batch of eggnog in the lab, and then let it sit there for about a month to be enjoyed around Christmas. Letting that eggnog age in the cold of winter over those weeks between the holidays made it “better” according to her original recipe (below). But maybe what the microbiologist meant was, “better for your health.” So the question is, does spiking the eggnog kill the Salmonella?

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Why Ask Why 5 Times?

If you have ever spent a lengthy amount of time around any child, you've probably heard the question "why" at least once. Maybe even a few times. A few dozen times. A few thousand times. On some occasions they're genuinely curious and on others... they know exactly how to push buttons and you have to learn when to say enough's enough. Ultimately though, kids may have the right idea. We guarantee you aren't asking "why" nearly as often as you could be or should be.

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Why We Leave Projects Unfinished (And How to Finish Them)

Why are we passionately drawn to starting new projects but so colossally bad at finishing them? Designer Connie Tran discusses what it takes to rekindle motivation and stop the endless cycle of incomplete tasks and neglected hobbies.

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Culture is the Most Important Differentiator

I recently read "A Stake in the Outcome" by Jack Stack, author of "The Great Game of Business" and well known for his success in open-book management. A key takeaway for me after reading "A Stake..." is that culture is the most important differentiator.

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The Preflight Checklist

Dr. Andrew DiMeo reflects on lessons he's learned about values. When an airplane pilot is getting ready for a flight, they perform the preflight checklist every time to ensure not a single important step is overlooked. What if we all start treating our company values like a preflight checklist?

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The Listening Leader

Ty explains a journey of surprising self-reflection when he discovered that being a quiet introvert does not necessarily make someone a good listener. Some people need to feel heard and understood before they can reciprocate trust. Build stronger connections with your coworkers and clients.

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Coach's Corner - Public Speaking

A peek into Trig’s private Slack channel reveals a recent discussion among the team about an upcoming speaking engagement. It was fun to see the advice from some of the more seasoned members. Dr. Andrew DiMeo shares his thoughts and personal strategies for overcoming stage fright.

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Innovation Coaching

Biomedical Engineering expert Dr. Andrew DiMeo takes us through varying ideas on the innovation process and how Trig utilizes expertise from doctors and engineers alike to address patient needs in the pursuit of improving all future healthcare technology with human-centered design.

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Servant Leadership and the Inverted Pyramid

The inverted pyramid is a way of approaching a company’s organizational chart – a way of thinking about one’s place in the hierarchy – in which the traditional leader, the CEO for example, is on the bottom, not the top.

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