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Of Pumps and Poop

Of Pumps and Poop

I’m controlling the pumps, heater, lights, and so forth of my pool back home while I vacation in Nantucket. That’s only possible because of modern technology.

But the baseball cap I’m wearing is made in only one size because it’s adjustable at the back. That’s not technological (it doesn’t require Velcro, you can do it with a small clip or buckle). Yet when I was playing Little League Baseball, they carried limited quantities of hats in various sizes. If you were lucky, and not in competition with a tougher kid, you were able to get your size. But more likely, you got a hat that came down over your ears or looked like a bird dropping high up on your head.

My point is that innovation isn’t dependent on technology. It’s dependent on people figuring out better products and services with what already exists. One of our most valued vendors is the company that takes dog waste out of the yard several times a week. That requires a pickup truck, a scoop, and a bag (and someone who wants to work and make money). Yet these services only began advertising a relatively few years ago.

It’s not about “AI.” It’s simply about “I.”

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Alan Weiss is a consultant, speaker, and author of over 60 books. His consulting firm, Summit Consulting Group, Inc., has attracted clients from over 500 leading organizations around the world.

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