The Three Learning Phases of Innovation: Thinking, Automating, Predicting

There seems to be a natural learning progression as something is mastered. I’ve observed, in many instances, the transition of learning through three distinct phases; Thinking, Automating, and Predicting (TAP).

Stage 1: Thinking

The Thinking phase is about learning the necessary skills, rules, and tactics to accomplish the goal. In this phase you’re consumed by gaining proficiency, and there is a strong sense of not knowing everything you need to know.

For innovation, the first stage, Thinking, is embodied through idea capture and processing. Organizations in this stage are trying to figure out how to get innovation started. They are working on the rules and process for capturing ideas, reviewing them, and moving them forward.

Stage 2: Automating

In the second phase, Automating, you’ve mastered all of the rules such that you no longer have to think much about what you’re doing. This is the most dangerous stage as we believe we know all there is to know, and feel confident in our success. Many feel that they have enough expertise to be a good teacher.

Organizations that make it into the second phase have usually succeeded in putting in place a robust innovation process. They will often have achieved pockets of success, and forward-thinking managers will attempt to build on this success. During this phase, the teams will try to align the entire business with an innovation strategy, and incorporate innovation into part of the daily routine so that it’s a continuous process.

Stage 3: Predicting

The last stage, Predicting, is the most sophisticated step and is reached when you can break the rules knowingly and with good reason, and based on your strong understanding, you can predict or actively create the future.

In this final stage of innovation learning, the organization completely weaves innovation into the culture, and innovation is driven by top-level strategy. Now that volume, process, participation and quality are no longer issues (as addressed in stage 1 and 2), innovation is driven by real organizational needs such as blocking competitors, building synergies, or creating value. In this stage, innovation as a means to drive intellectual property is at its peak, considering not only the market/technical aspects, but also the intellectual property issues.


Inevitably, every organization goes through these stages of learning, and hence innovation expertise. With a clear understanding of where you are and where you’re going it’s easier to map out the steps to improve your organization to the expert level. For the complete white paper, click Innovation and the Three Stages of Learning.

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Gaming Mouse – The New Innovation Unveiled

Gaming is a time pass for few while a passion for many. Day by day youngsters are getting acquainted with a wide variety of online games that may or may not need a mouse. Many gamers feel that using the mouse in between the game would hamper the tempo and would lead to tossing the game sometimes. Though, there are many that wouldn’t need a mouse there are certain games that necessitate the usage of it. Keeping in view the need for the hour, the technology market has come up with an alternative; specially designed for gamers. It is the wireless mouse specifically designed for the gamers. This is gaining popularity all over the world and many add-ons are already released to enhance the gaming experience.

As the name suggests, a wireless gaming mouse is specially designed for ardent gamers. Besides providing an exceptional experience to the gamers, this mouse is designed to be an all-rounder. They are embedded with buttons that can be used for different purposes while playing the games as well as during regular computer works. Here are a few benefits that you can expect from any sort of Wireless gaming mouse,

• It can be moved flexibly and looks even more sophisticated than a wired mouse.

• Additional switch buttons embedded to the mouse, would enable you to browse through the tabs easily.

• The programmable buttons on either side of the Wireless gaming mouse makes your gaming experience much more enchanting.

• If you need to use the mouse frequently during the game, then Wireless mouse is the best option you can ever think about.

• It can be used as an alternative to many shortcuts such as cut, copy, paste and many more. Even cursor movements are easier with the wireless mouse.

Besides above-stated advantages, the wireless gaming mouse is designed and structured in such a way that they support the gamer in all ways needed; especially in fast-paced games where this decides the winner. The response time of the majority of the gaming mouse is 1 minute, which means it is faster than the wired mouse. Besides, speedy response, these can be reprogrammed every time you play a new game provided if you set a DPI rating for your mouse along with customization. This customization feature is the USP which is not available with the regular wired ones. More comfort with premium quality for little extra money is the tag that you can attest to a gaming mouse.

Mechanical Bull Rodeo Style Safety Concept – Seat Sensor Shut Off Innovation

In retirement I’ve traveled to every single city in the United States with over a 10,000 population. Now, don’t get me wrong I did not avoid the little cities, I went to so many I can’t even count them, although I didn’t get to all of them, it took me seven years traveling by motorhome just to ensure that I got to every town of over 10,000 or more people. Two areas I really enjoyed were West Texas and South Texas. The people are very nice there, and cowboy-ism is alive and well. Perhaps the most fun place to visit is a Texas two-step bar and grill establishment, and there are quite a few.

That’s where all the fun and action is, and as long as you are not trying to pretend to be something you aren’t, or shooting your mouth off, you can have a lot of fun even as an outsider. One of the coolest things are the mechanical bull rides, and you might think they are safer than a regular bull, and maybe they are, but they aren’t as safe, at least not all of them as you think they might be. Most of them have automatic shutoffs once the rider is dejected. But in some of the older bars, they have the older style mechanical bull rodeo style set up without the automatic shut off.

If you get thrown off of one of these you hope you get thrown off a decent distance because if you try to stand back up the thing is liable to come back and kick you in the butt, and knock you on your rear end. Not only is it embarrassing, but let me tell you; it hurts. Just because some of the locals can ride the mechanical bull on the higher setting, doesn’t mean you’ll be able too, and it might be fun for a few seconds, but often it ends with a hard landing even on the mats, and you had better get out of the way quick.

It seems that those with the automatic shut off are based on weight, and when there is no more weight on the mechanical bull the spring pops up and shuts it off. Still, on some it takes a little while for it to wind down and therefore perhaps these systems need a seat sensor shut off using a fiber-optic wire under the saddle. Immediately shutting off the power and completely stopping the system. This might add cost to the mechanical bull, but it might also help the bar and grill with their insurance policy, even though every rider signs a waiver to ride the bull at their own risk. Please consider all this and think on it.