Bold Moves, not just Bold Talk

Bruce Nussbaum's post over at Business Week about the Backlash Against Innovation has started to resonate throughout the innovation community. While Bruce points out that the real work about innovation is just getting started, he also acknowledges that many in the business community and the media are starting to get impatient about seeing some sort of return from innovation. The uninspired results from the false-innovators are starting to overshadow the sparkling results from the true-innovators. (Fairly or unfairly, Ford has been grouped into the list of false-innovators. However, I think that the new guy, Mulally, is world-class and exactly the type of innovative thinker who can lead Ford out of the innovation jungle. If he did it with Boeing, I think he can do it with Ford.).

Anyway, in response to those who claim that innovation is just a fad, Jeffrey Phillips of the Innovate on Purpose blog has responded with a critique of his own, suggesting that the innovation trend hasn't even gotten started yet. Judging from his experience with CRM (customer relationship management) implementations, Phillips points out that this discontent with innovation is "just the continuation of a cycle we've seen before." As Phillips points out, the comparison with the CRM movement should be cause for hope:


important management trend got started this way. I was working with

customer relationship management software before people heard of Tom

Siebel. At first, CRM was the complete ticket to solve your customer

management woes - it would snap sales people into line, improve sales

pipelines and "manage" customers more effectively. Except that CRM

didn't really do those things out of the gate. It required a change in

culture and in management thinking before the software and processes

could make a big change. So, after a few years, Gartner was famous for

a report that over 50% of all CRM implementations failed. In any

management trend, once a leading firm has identified the end of the

trend, you can assume good things will happen next, since the people

who were along for the ride will get off, and the people who are in it

for the long run will get started..."

Anyway, stay tuned to the Innovate on Purpose blog. Jeffrey has a lot to say on the topic of innovation, and he's playing an important part in making organizations more aware of the value of innovation.

[image: Ford Bold Moves. Can't Wait.]

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Scientists study tattooed corpses, find pigment in lymph nodes

It turns out, that tattoo ink can travel throughout your body and settle in lymph nodes.

17th August 1973: An American tattoo artist working on a client's shoulder. (Photo by F. Roy Kemp/BIPs/Getty Images)

In the slightly macabre experiment to find out where tattoo ink travels to in the body, French and German researchers recently used synchrotron X-ray fluorescence in four "inked" human cadavers — as well as one without. The results of their 2017 study? Some of the tattoo ink apparently settled in lymph nodes.

Image from the study.

As the authors explain in the study — they hail from Ludwig Maximilian University of Munich, the European Synchrotron Radiation Facility, and the German Federal Institute for Risk Assessment — it would have been unethical to test this on live animals since those creatures would not be able to give permission to be tattooed.

Because of the prevalence of tattoos these days, the researchers wanted to find out if the ink could be harmful in some way.

"The increasing prevalence of tattoos provoked safety concerns with respect to particle distribution and effects inside the human body," they write.

It works like this: Since lymph nodes filter lymph, which is the fluid that carries white blood cells throughout the body in an effort to fight infections that are encountered, that is where some of the ink particles collect.

Image by authors of the study.

Titanium dioxide appears to be the thing that travels. It's a white tattoo ink pigment that's mixed with other colors all the time to control shades.

The study's authors will keep working on this in the meantime.

“In future experiments we will also look into the pigment and heavy metal burden of other, more distant internal organs and tissues in order to track any possible bio-distribution of tattoo ink ingredients throughout the body. The outcome of these investigations not only will be helpful in the assessment of the health risks associated with tattooing but also in the judgment of other exposures such as, e.g., the entrance of TiO2 nanoparticles present in cosmetics at the site of damaged skin."

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