The Innovation Canvas® forces a group of people to look through six frames at any issue, problem or innovation opportunity. The canvas focuses your attention through a triangle, circle, square, heart, diamond and step. It is simple to use, but very effective and clarifying. It helps to process information by forcing you to look at one frame at a time. (Click here for printer-friendly version of the the Innovation Canvas®).
It is important for an innovative leader to remember that your company only has three customers: The ones buying from you now, the ones who bought from you in the past, and the ones who could buy from you in the future. Or as I like to call them, the alreadies, lefties and barelies. This gives you three opportunities for innovation.