When we’re innovating a product or iterating a service, we tend to add value by introducing features and benefits. But more isn’t always better. Sometimes improvements and progress are made by removing things that people wouldn’t miss. What could you subtract or stop doing to improve your product or service? Image by Garry Knight

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The contractors who mow the lawn in the public spaces where my parents live whizz around on ride on lawnmowers. They don’t get off to move obstacles, trim edges or collect the grass. The job is done in no time. But for the next few days, cut grass blows around the suburb and is trailed…

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The track and field coach Bill Bowerman spent twenty-four years training athletes at the University of Oregon to optimise their performance. Bowerman was also the co-founder of Nike, and most famously the inventor of the waffle sole running shoe (which he prototyped by pouring rubber into the family’s waffle iron). Bowerman’s innovation made the shoe…

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We make more friends by being a better friend. We do better work by putting more of ourselves into the work. We find more solutions when we pay better attention. We ask better questions by doing more listening. We become more fulfilled when we get better at discerning what matters. We get better at the…

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In the bygone era of local shopping strips lined with family owned businesses the job of each business wasn’t simply to make a profit—it was to add value to the community it served. Every business had a purpose beyond the single bottom line. Every transaction, from a pint of milk to five screws wrapped tightly…

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