Week 4 Reflection: Chapter 2: The Experimenter & Chapter 3: The Cross – Pollinator

The Experimenter celebrates the process, not the tool, testing and retesting potential scenarios to make ideas tangible. A calculated risk-taker, this person models everything from products to services to proposals in order to efficiently reach a solution. To share the fun of discovery, the Experimenter invites others to collaborate, while making sure that the entire process is saving time and money. Source:  http://www.tenfacesofinnovation.com/tenfaces/

The Cross-Pollinator draws associations and connections between seemingly unrelated ideas or concepts to break new ground. Armed with a wide set of interests, an avid curiosity, and an aptitude for learning and teaching, the Cross-Pollinator brings in big ideas from the outside world to enliven their organization. People in this role can often be identified by their open mindedness, diligent note-taking, tendency to think in metaphors, and ability to reap inspiration from constraints.  Source:  http://www.tenfacesofinnovation.com/tenfaces/

In Chapter 3:  The Experimenter, Tom Kelley talked about Tupperware and how the product started and how it changed.  This story hit home with me, since I love Tupperware and am a Tupperware lady (rep) for fun.  Earl Tupper fashioned Tupperware at DuPont from the leftovers of the oil business.  Tupper quickly figured out how to refine and manufacture the material into a variety of useful shapes.

So, he figured it out, but he didn’t have a clue on how to sell these products.  He developed a line of kitchenware, but couldn’t really sell it.  SO, the story of Brownie Wise starts…She was given a piece of Tupperware and tried her “burping” skills — and was impressed with the containers.  Wise asked Tupper if she could have a go at selling the products.  Her remarkable idea?  She came up with the party plan idea — home parties to demonstrate the wonders of the new product.

Guess what?  We still do that today.  Tupperware is 65+ years old and still going strong.  The Tupperware business is all about the party, the personal touch.  Sales representatives have their own business and thrive off of the party scene that was invited a long time ago.  Now there is an abundant of newer companies, direct sales that thrive off this same home party concept.

What can you create or make better that we will still be using 20, 30 years from now?

Sources:

http://www.tenfacesofinnovation.com/tenfaces/

The Ten Faces of Innovation by Tom Kelley

February 28, 2017

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