What have you learned?

01/19/2011

For as long as I can remember I’ve stopped each January 1st and July 4th and asked myself “what have I learned?” in the past six months.   This was the ritual that kept me at Procter & Gamble for ten years.  My learning curve as a Brand Manager and then leader of the P&G Invention Team seemed endless.  Then, one January, I realized I wasn’t learning. That was my signal to retire from corporate life and start Eureka! Ranch.
As I type this on New Years Day 2011 I realize that the learning I’ve experienced during 2010 might well be the most ever.   The learning of 2010 actually started in the fall of 2009 when I took a sabbatical and lived on the campus of the University of Maine and taught three Innovation Engineering courses.  There is nothing like higher education to heighten your learning.

Stop the BLAME Game - and start Leading SYSTEMIC Change

01/03/2011

Last week I taught the last Innovation Engineering Leadership Institute of 2010. As I taught it Dr. Deming’s proclamation that “94% of failures are due to the system, 6% are due to the worker” rang more true in my mind than ever.
Today’s Innovation Engineering is easier than ever to teach, learn and apply. And the reason is not: 1) smarter teachers or 2) smarter students or 3) smarter coaches in the evenings. The reason is that we have continuously improved the system of learning. We’ve found smarter ways to teach the core concepts.

Doug Hall

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