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Red Thread Thinking: Weaving Together Connections for Brilliant Ideas and Profitable Innovation by Debra Kaye

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4Stop Crying over Spilt Milk Because the Glass Is Still Half Full

I see no advantage in these new clocks.

They run no faster than the ones made 100 years ago.

—HENRY FORD

Existing Resources Fuel Innovation

Your last failure may be part of your next success. The fastest, most profitable innovation opportunities could be right in front of you, yet unnoticed. Uncovering your hidden assets unlocks new opportunities because virtually all innovations are linked to other inventions, successful or not. In the classic tale of Post-it Notes, Dr. Spence Silver at 3M unintentionally created a weak glue, but he didn’t just throw it away. Instead, he wondered what purpose it might serve. For years, he kept that glue around, periodically asking friends and ...

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