The Innovation Vortex for Critics and Haters (Change by Diversion)

  • “It hurts my eyes.”
  • “Too complicated.”
  • “Buzzword bingo.”

Four Core Improvements

  1. The pictures look sequential/waterfall. I think they should be circular.
  2. They miss an explicit step for context, which I consider essential.
  3. They miss an emphasis on continuous improvement.
  4. I think the goal should be innovation and not design or lean.
The Innovation Vortex, without bells and whistles
  • I like colors, so I made the vortex very colorful.
  • I am a writer, so I played with the words to make it a bit more “poetic”.
  • I realized that you could use the new model as a self-assessment tool, so I divided it into three concentric rings indicating last week, last month, and last quarter, and I added white circles that allow people to mark the sections easily.
  • I added explanations around the picture so that people can perform a self-assessment of their innovation practices with their teams.

What I Learned: Change by Diversion

Which version do you like better?

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Successful entrepreneur, Top 100 Leadership Speaker, Top 50 Management Expert, author of 4 books, junior in humility.

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