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Compliment for a very good line. "A breath of turbo-charged clean air that does not regurgitate the ego-maniac CEO's selective reminiscence or an outdoor expert's misinterpretations. Hartmut explains innovation during the lens of layout, and it is approximately time we received his worthy perspective."--Guy Kawasaki, former leader evangelist, Apple and co-founder of Alltop.com. "At Flextronics, we fell in love with Hartmut and frog, and their ardour for bringing loopy nice designs and layout strategies into the leading edge of significant product businesses. We used their services to assist our consumers, lots of. learn more... Design-driven approach: staking a declare within the artistic economic climate -- actual lies: the position of management in innovation -- Designing to win: the artistic company method -- Minds beat cash: the innovation approach, step-by-step -- A enterprise layout revolution: the greening of planet, inc. -- Design-driven thoughts for larger business--and a greater global -- The factories

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As strategic creative directors, the best design firms know that devising an early stage or “pre-PLM” (product lifecycle management) business strategy is vital for successful innovation. It cuts to the chase by revealing the realities of both the marketplace and the company’s capabilities. Some of the most valuable lessons and advice I’ve gathered in my professional career have come from Japan and the Japanese. Kenichi Ohmae’s classic book, The Mind of the Strategist, has been an especially invaluable source of information on business strategy, and I think it’s as relevant today as it was thirty years ago.

Radical new directions raise well-founded and substantial worries about costs, pricing, profits, and losses. And many executives work within fractured corporate structures made up of walledoff business units and divisions. The pressure to avoid risk and limit exposure to internal criticism in such a segregated and disunited organization places rigid limits on corporate decision-makers. indd 19 4/12/09 12:01 PM 20 a fine line In the end, business and economics are essentially human adventures. They may strive for rational objectives, but the driving elements behind them are most often irrational and illogical.

The communities created around these companies are tightly knit, as most employees also share social lives, through soccer clubs and other cultural and social gatherings. This social organization introduces a valuable ethical element to the mix, tied directly to the concept of community that we talked about in Chapter 2. When everyone in the company knows each other well, they have greater respect both for co-workers and the company. Before a great product is commoditized and outsourced to low-cost labor in another country, people in successful mid-size companies come together to innovate a better solution.

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