Business Innovation Tools

This post was first published in LinkedIn on 25 July 2019 and has been trending on #innovation. I am sharing it here for my website followers.

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The work of innovation should be more about outcomes than the tools itself. Knowing and practicing more tools will give versatility to the organizations because of the evolving nature of change.

Change is difficult. Learning innovation tools are like change, it is difficult. However it is not impossible. Other than satisfying your customers, a worthy initiative to do in the next 5-10 years from now is to train your workforce utilizing innovation tools.

From my research, more than 60% workforce innovate using “their own tools”. The MNCs are more equipped usually with their business systems which are prepared by the Headquarters.

Here are the lists of innovation tools that would almost guarantee and secure your organizations future if not bulletproof it. Eventually with repetition & practice, your organization productivity will change to net positive. Give it 3-5 years, the needle will surely move.

Have a blast! “A tool and a fool seldom differ.”

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The Continuous Connection

This post was first published in LinkedIn on 2 August 2019 and has been trending on #innovation. I am sharing it here for my website followers.

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The continuous connection between Innovation and Leadership is becoming more visible and it will stay for the next decade and more.

Innovation works primarily dealing with business challenges and pain points of customers. Leadership works primarily making the people in the organization respond to those needs more effectively.

It used to be “Innovation” is something we do in spare time. It is no wonder we felt the pinch to catch up now because we haven’t spared any time on it, we were extremely busy. On the other hand, “Leadership” is something delegated higher ups and passing hot potatoes became a ritual.

Having this “continuous connection” understanding between “Innovation & Leadership” will give us an evolving view of our fiduciary duty as corporate leaders, help us reconsider certain practices and create urgency to adopt new ones to survive in the next decade.

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The Best Shampoo Bottle Ever! At #OYO

Have you heard of OYO ? It is a start up from Haryana, India. They were valued at USD$5billion in September 2018 and raised USD$1billion in the same year. OYO is a website that runs booking for budget lodging. Check Wikipedia about OYO here.

I thought Air BNB has nailed it but with OYO, I learned there’s always opportunities to those who keep looking for problems to solve. Good job to OYO teams globally. I had my first OYO recently in Penang, Malaysia.

I concluded that OYO has the best shampoo bootle I have ever seen in hotels! See below, aren’t they practical? The screwcap top is flat so it can stand firmly. Wide based. What makes it special?

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I used to work in hotels around 25 years ago. I’ve seen hundreds if not thousands of shampoo bottles in hotels. They look nice sitting pretty, but after you use the shampoo you find it hard to stand the bottle on the strainer / soap holder near the shower or WC top. Worse you can’t lie the bottle down because it will drip. With your soapy hands, it is challenging to put them to sit straight, the bottles somehow “prefer” to lie down. When it lies, the dripping makes me feel guilty – such a wasted shampoo. 

With OYO, the bottle design is good. It has flat design with 45 degree (about that) sides slant until the bottle tip. The cap is flat too, thus to stand it will be quite stable. However, again during shower and to put them on the holder, the best position for the bottle is the lying down. See picture below.

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This time with OYO shampoo bottle, no dripping!! I was surprised and quickly took note of the bottle. Not a drop goes to waste while showering. There was only one problem, see my drawing below. 

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OYO’s shampoo bottle is straight cut. Just like straight cut jeans, it tends to slip easily. When holding the bottle it slips to the ground very fast because it is a straight cut. Having learned design thinking & user experience, I attempted to redesign the experience of OYO shampoo bottle without the hassle of any technical drawings or codings for that matter. 😉

The shampoo bottle will do a great service in users experience with some curves on the side of the bottles. Check above. With these curves (or just curve on one of the bottle), the shampoo bottle will hold tighter and prevent it from slipping. Just like your bathing soap block, it has that curves on both sides? To grip better!

Other than that, OYO’s shampoo bottle is the best in the world!

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