Unnovation Award (Inaugural)

Usually I like to talk about great things that I’ve seen different places, but occasionally a company does something so nonsensical that it deserves special mention.

For this purpose I’ve decided to create my own word in the English language. Here is the word and the definition:

Unnovation (n)- The opposite of innovation.

To go with the word, I’ve created an award that I will bestow upon a deserving winner from time to time called the Unnovation Award. The winner will have done something that violates common sense and the tenets that innovators hold dear. I hope this award will be rarely given.

The winner of the inaugural Unnovation Award is…
Drumroll please…

Motorola for releasing the Motorola HS850 Bluetooth Headset with a charger with a different device connection than that of any Motorola mobile phone I’ve ever seen (including my Razr). So now I have to carry two chargers in my laptop bag, instead of the logical one that you would expect from a company that designed both products to work together.

Congratulations Motorola!


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Braden KelleyBraden Kelley is a Social Business Architect and the author of Stoking Your Innovation Bonfire from John Wiley & Sons. Braden is also a popular innovation speaker and trainer, and advises companies on embedding innovation across the organization and how to attract and engage customers, partners, and employees.

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Braden Kelley

Braden Kelley is a Director of Innovation and Human-Centered Problem-Solving at Oracle, a popular innovation speaker and workshop leader, helps companies build innovation cultures and infrastructures, and plan organizational changes that are more human and less overwhelming. He is the author of Charting Change from Palgrave Macmillan and Stoking Your Innovation Bonfire from John Wiley & Sons. Braden has been advising companies since 1996, while living and working in England, Germany, and the United States. Braden earned his MBA from top-rated London Business School. Follow him on Twitter and Linkedin.

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