Ray’s Fenestration Innovation

Innovation Interviews

Aug 14th, 2018

We are all enjoying a great economy for our door and window products. As the run continues, the need for more innovation to help your competitive position grows. As this need grows, your need to hire innovators grows. So how do you hire the best innovators? A recent blog entry on “Board of Innovation” lists 10 […]

Innovation Incentives

Jul 16th, 2018

There are many ways to incentivize more innovation in your company. The normal methods of suggestion boxes and surveys may not be getting you the results that you wish. As we often discuss, innovation is the largest need in most companies. One example of a group that jump-started its innovation ideas is Adobe Systems. We […]

An Innovation Self-Evaluation

May 1st, 2018

As leaders in our industry, how do you really think about innovation? No less of a thinker than Socrates said “To know thyself is the beginning of wisdom.” Knowing your tendencies and real outlook can help focus your innovation efforts. Many of us could use a self-review to help understand how we react to challenges in […]

Innovation vs. Invention

Apr 9th, 2018

“The value of an idea lies in the using of it.” — Thomas Edison Many times we try to measure innovation by how many patents and new products emerge from the work. It is best to rethink this logic and see the difference between just inventing something and building a long-term innovation system. True innovation […]


Mar 22nd, 2018

Just how Innovative is your organization?  Beyond the normal measures of percentage of new products sold and evolutionary products in the pipeline, how change-friendly are you? This understanding is critical to your future and famed writer Peter Ducker agrees stating ” The enterprise that does not innovate inevitably ages and declines. And in a period […]

Award-Winning Innovation

Feb 27th, 2018

One of the best ways to incentivize great innovation in our industry is to make it a goal to apply for a national new product award. There are many awards in addition to our traditional awards. One of these is the Edison Awards. The Edison Best New Product Awards is an annual competition honoring excellence […]

Courageous Innovation

Feb 7th, 2018

The Super Bowl just finished with the most innovative team winning 41-33. The Philadelphia Eagles scored a touchdown that made a big difference in the game, and was very innovative. The offense was fourth and goal at the 1-yard line 30 seconds before halftime in the big game against the New England Patriots. Normal logic […]

Innovation at the Builders’ Show

Jan 24th, 2018

The builders are back! The recent International Builders’ Show in Orlando, Fla., put on each year by the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB), revealed many things — innovative products, many great ideas and lots of people. My first visits to the show were in the early 1980s, and we spent a full week there […]

Investing in Innovation

Jan 3rd, 2018

Happy New Year! We hope your 2018 will be filled with great and powerful ideas. One of the themes that must be advanced by innovative ideas is how we invest in our future innovators now in our school systems. In past blogs, we have discussed the need for involvement by your teams with your local […]

The Realities of Innovation

Dec 11th, 2017

Let’s face it again: Innovation is hard. Great innovation is harder. We are often at odds with multiple groups in the organization on change, on timelines and on costs. Most times the original idea has to adapt to the barriers you encounter, but it is all worth it with a successful innovation project. One of […]

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