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Ed Harrington

CEO and Principal

I love helping people channel their innovation efforts to blow their opportunities wide open with mind-bending inputs from our Creative Consumers® associates, and the strategic facilitation to help them focus on being innovative.

I find inspiration in everything from nature to the nature of competition. But the quote that puts it perfectly for me is from Nobel Laureate, Albert Szent-Gyorgyi: “My job is to see what everyone else has seen, and think what no one else has ever thought.”

I joined Ideas To Go in 1994, after cutting my teeth in marketing and management at Procter & Gamble and Bausch & Lomb. As a board member, I am also actively involved in the Yale Center for Customer Insights, which puts on several highly engaging conferences per year that both round out my own practice of innovation, as well as expand it.

I love Forness® thinking. It forbids people from being intellectually lazy. It’s easy to say "no." It’s very hard to say "yes" and offer solutions and improvements. We make people play smart, not be smarty-pants.

Ed Harrington

Ed Harrington's Recent Blog Posts

A Suitcase Without Wheels: A Lesson in Availability Bias
A Suitcase Without Wheels: A Lesson in Availability Bias
Our 8-year-old nephew was visiting us and spotted a wonderful old suitcase from the 1950s.  “What’s that?" he asked.  “That’s a suitcase, Hank.” Hank’s face adopted a very quizzical expression. “That’s not a suitcase. It doesn’t have any wheels!” In Hank’s world, suitcases have wheels, and in ...
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Uber Stupor: Confirmation Bias Goes For A Ride
Uber Stupor: Confirmation Bias Goes For A Ride
UBER STUPOR I recently learned of the phenomenon of people getting into someone's car assuming it is their Uber ride. As the driver and totally private citizen sits there, someone grabs the door handle, throws their luggage in the trunk, and climbs in the back seat. Meanwhile, the driver is sitting ...
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Bypass the Brain's Default Mode to Improve Innovation
Bypass the Brain's Default Mode to Improve Innovation
Every business relies on cutting-edge ideas to stay ahead of the competition. Success hinges on maximizing the efforts needed to take a product from idea to development to launch. An important consideration for product development teams that can boost their capacity to generate new ideas and find ...
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