14 Ago

Innovators, personalities and electrocuted elephants

Innovators, personalities and electrocuted elephants

Recently was issued an article about the personalities that innovators must goldsmith to create ideas, create value out of them, execute a plan to make those ideas tangible and commercialize them successfully.  Dr. Shankar Venugopal is the author of the article called “Four Faces of an Innovator” and ensures that the creation of valuable innovation requires individuals to hone the following personalities:


1)      Innovators must focus on knowledge to create valuable ideas.

2)      Innovators must be strategic thinkers to take the idea to customers.

3)      Innovators must focus on execution to make the idea to happen.

4)      Innovators must be money makers to successfully achieve on the market.


Well the idea is interesting but I doubt that an innovator can manage such amount of personalities in his own persona even if he tries one at the time. The last time that I read about an idea of adopt different types of thinking was the six hats of Edward de Bono where he suggests that a problem must be solved thinking in:


1)      White Hat, focus on facts and figures

2)      Red Hat, focus on emotions and feelings

3)      Black Hat, cautions and careful

4)      Yellow Hat, speculative-positive

5)      Green Hat, creativity thinking

6)      Blue Hat, control of thinking.

 Taking advantage of the DeBono’s six hats, and wearing the red hat, what troubles me about the idea to embrace different personalities is that there is too much to swallow by a single person, even if we ignore that normally we hold a single personality, unless you are bi polar, if we take the example of Steve Jobs work, we can agreed that the ideas and the strategic thinking came from Jobs, however execution of ideas came from others, like Jonathan Ive, and the money maker at the end perhaps materialized on Tim Cook.


My personal feeling is that an innovator undeniable role of create ideas and strategically wait for the correct moment to put them on the table is his predominant role, however the goldsmith of the ideas and the tracking of the market of such ideas not necessarily is 100% role of the innovator, however the enterprise most embrace all of them with no doubt.


Finally Dr Shankar makes a remark: “Tesla’s great idea of connecting the world (wireless) got killed because his financier could not figure out how to make money out of it”  what I believe really killed Nikola Tesla innovations was his spooky technology and the fact that Edison, his most gentleness opponent, used to electrocute elephants on public with Tesla’s AC power technology, that menaced DC’s Edison power, even nowadays Testla’s ideas to wireless energy still on development, Jim Schauesler, senior technical marketing manager for portable products from Palm incorporated presented on CES 2007 a prototype to wireless power by magnetic coupling to charge cell phones, and quoted “But we see this as a long adoption cycle, on the order of 5 to 10 years” Was Tesla’s issue an financer flaw or just Tesla’s ideas were ahead of time?


My conclusion, innovators cannot swallow all! Barely can chew our own thoughts and put them together to change the world!




1)      Venugopal  Shankar “Four Faces of an Innovator”  http://www.innovationexcellence.com/blog/2012/08/05/four-faces-of-an-innovator/  USA August 2012. Recovered August 2012.

2)      Issacson, Walter “Steve Jobs” Simon & Schunters USA 2010.

3)      Merritt, Rick “Cellphones warm up to magnetic coupling” http://www.eetimes.com/design/analog-design/4006352/Cellphones-warm-up-to-magnetic-coupling June 2009, recovered August 2012.

02 Ago

Innovators Manifest

Innovators Manifest       

Our minds are destiny to novelty otherwise is conformism, there is nothing wrong with it, but we can push ourselves to achieve greater tasks that demand compromise with a cause of our own. Those who embrace the challenge become creative minds, innovative subjects, innovators, willing to excel on their task with the reward of a problem solved.

Innovators never give up and bravely accept the challenge, knowing that will succeed on their enterprise or at least show the way for others to succeed. Problems are an endless front, that is why we must be prepared at any time to embrace the challenge.

Innovators and creative minds are elected for the most important task, where conformist are set aside to let the other build the way.

Conformist has the choice to awake and understand they can also be part of the challenge; there is not small or bigger challenge, as a child all of us started crawling and end up running at some point of our lives, so there is not a rush.

Creativity and Innovation is a novel task that results on a better live for all of us, because we are destine to change, because nothing last forever and we must be ready to find other ways to prevail.

Everything has a time to pass including or home planet which sooner or later it will fade away by the flames of our dying start but before that happens we must find the way to a new home, for now we have other mundane task to achieve to make our home a better place for our childs.

I encourage you to unveil your eyes and find out a challenge or your own, reward may come or not, but the fact is that every step forward is better that step backward to find your place on your job, enterprise or home, do not be afraid of failure because such failure does not exist, there is just better ways to achieve.

Once you find out that there is nothing can stop you then you are welcome to the team of creative and innovator folks, usually called trouble makers, who we want to change the world by solving one problem at time, welcome to the team.

 Dedicated to Garret John Loporto



21 Feb

Think Out of The Box

Think Out of The Box

Think Out of the Box

Think Out of the Box as strategy to overcome paradigms

We need to think out of the box! use to say my best mentor ever, when we were facing complex problems on the manufacturing of automotive micro electronics and we needed non-Orthodox solutions, but what exactly means Think out of the Box? Few years ago I found my answer on an unexpected item, in a drawing my daughter draw in her painting classes when she was a child.  On her crayon drawing she drew a fish tank or a fishbowl, but what about that? What is so special about it and what it has to do with thinking out of the box? If we take a closer look we will see that this fish tank has two storeys and she provided to the fishes a door between storeys! I never considered a fish tank with storeys neither fishes may need doors to cross between them, so she thought totally out of the box!

It is evident that a child has very few paradigms, to become aware that fishes do not need doors and that there are not storeys on the ocean, rivers or lagoons, but she did not care and she let her creativity loose while painting this interesting fish tank, that by the way is one of my treasures that I keep from my daughter childhood and I have the proud to share it to you on this blog entry.

Think out of the box is left behind our paradigms, Edward DeBono (1970) propose provocations to put aside our paradigms, associating or connecting random words with ideas may help us to find creative solutions to problems we are facing, and these ideas may lead to unexpected results. These provocations are very well described on DeBono’s Lateral Thinking Book, he indicates that people use to think vertical, meaning building up ideas within their paradigms, then provocations lead us to think lateral, thinking lateral allow us to have fish tanks with storeys and doors to help fishes to transit between them just like my daughter did. 

DeBono said that thinking out of the box lead us to generate unusual ideas that changes concepts, perceptions and rules resulting in fresh creativity. At the end the concept of thinking out of box must be part of or language on the creative and innovation enterprise path in order to take apart our paradigms in the generation of new ideas that could lead to creative and innovative solutions to our problems, so then I invite you to Think out of the Box!  

Have you thought out of the box recently? Do you feel free to think out of the box at work? Please share your experiences, your feedback in important.


  1. De Bono Edward “Lateral Thinking” Harper Perenial First Edition, 1970 USA
  2. De Bono Edward “On Creativity Thinking” http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UjSjZOjNIJg December 2006.
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