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It’s Elementary My Dear, Watson!

For someone that loves technology, this is an exciting week. What used to be the Consumer Electronics Association is now the Consumer Technology Association. Their annual conference is still called CES, which harkens back to both consumers and electronics. But, the show is now so much more. Here are 3 items that caught my attention for application to trucking.

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Technology Is Manageable™

Technology is everywhere forcing change intended to improve humankind. It needs to be humanized to make it manageable. It needs to be the right stuff, or it will be left for something else. Tim, the friendly guy from MIT, and Tech-I-M know that savvy technology creates…

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Tech-I-M enVISIONing Process™

It’s the middle of the year. First half has gone okay. But, you need to make a difference in the second half of the year. It’s not over yet. You’ve still got a chance. And, you need to get ready for the next year or two. What are you going to do? You need a short term order/revenue plan, and a longer term operating plan, and an even longer strategic plan. These are all parts of the Tech-I-M enVISIONing Process™.

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The Power of Many

We’ve all heard the phrase, “Two heads are better than one.” But how many heads are too many? How do you avoid a “follow the crowd” mentality like a bunch of lemmings plummeting to their demise over a cliff?

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Design it Right — for Manufacturing and Service!

I am a big believer in an engineer that can “do it all.” By that, I mean an engineer that understands future technology, today’s technology, what it takes for a user to easily interact with a product and can make it easy to manufacture and service. … Think through what Mom does every holiday to put together a great gathering of family with food, decorations, activities and more. She’s doing the very same things–sometimes with a checklist or two–sometimes all in her head. She is amazing–don’t you think!!!

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Kick Starting Your Company

As a former intrapreneur in the corporate world, I now enjoy working with entrepreneurs across the country. One of my SCORE clients, LumaGlo, has a Kickstarter campaign going to both test the market and generate funds for the first units. LumaGlo’s Freedom Lights have several improvements over existing LED strip lighting.

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NIH Can Kill Innovation!!!

Not Invented Here. So many engineering groups and businesses suffer from this disease. How do you cure it? Better yet, how do you prevent it? How do you keep innovation alive in your organization so that it can grow and prosper?

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Mirror, Mirror on the Wall — Innovate

One of the keys to innovation is taking the ordinary and seeing new potentials. Mirrors are an important part of our everyday world. We have them throughout our homes and attached in strategic places on our vehicles. What If — instead of reflecting the world, the mirror was more like a window that opened us to the world outside? What If — the mirror opened us to the vast expanse of information and entertainment available in the digital world of the internet?

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10 Rules for Innovation

Innovation takes a team of people, working together to find, evaluate, modify and implement disruptive ideas that create growth for either a large corporation or a growth oriented start-up.

“I want to put a ding in the universe.” –- Steve Jobs
“Never innovate to compete, innovate to change the rules of the game.“ — David O. Adeife
“There’s a way to do it better — find it.” — Thomas Edison

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Innovate or Die!

“The enterprise that does not innovate ages and declines. And in a period of rapid change such as the present, the decline will be fast.” Peter Drucker.

“It is not the strongest of the species that survives, nor the most intelligent, but the one most responsive to change.” Charles Darwin

Can a 13-15 year old boy bored in his biology class and upset that an uncle died, find a simple, accurate, cost effective and quick test for prostate cancer? You bet.

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