Inovatia Blog

Deformulation of a Stone Soup

Posted by J.B. Waggoner on Mon, Feb 27, 2012 @ 09:54 PM

     Recently, I shared the Kindle Edition of the book "Stone Soup" with members of our team (Stone Soup on Amazon).  This children's book tells the story of how some savvy travelers were are able to bring a community of people together to make something out of nothing.  It is a cute fable that demonstrates some simple truths (of course, that has not stopped some 'wanna be' business gurus from overstating and over-analyzing it - stay away from this, if at all possible).  I have read through this book several times as an adult (it only takes a few minutes) and always enjoy it.  I will not break it down (a.k.a., deformulate it) any further, in case you would like to read it yourself.  However, I would like to share what moved me at this recent itteration - that is, reflecting upon the people I have encountered along my journey as an entrepreneur/business owner.

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Tags: Stone Soup, Human Capital, Inovatia, Analytical Services

Thanksgiving - Analytical Services Laboratory-Style

Posted by J.B. Waggoner on Wed, Nov 23, 2011 @ 09:01 AM

     Many of us use the holiday season to reflect upon the activities of the past year. Personally, I enjoy doing this while contemplating what the future may hold for me, my family, my friends, and my company.  The Thanksgiving holiday, in particular, is a great reminder to take into account all of life's blessings as part of that process.

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Tags: Reverse Engineering, Deformulation, Analytical Services

'Tis the Season - for Reverse Engineering Charities

Posted by J.B. Waggoner on Thu, Nov 17, 2011 @ 01:00 PM

     As the holiday season approaches, many of us begin to think about giving - giving gifts for religious holidays, giving time to help others during the holiday season, making charitable contributions, and perhaps planning future gifts as part of a corporate or personal budgeting process. At Inovatia we spend the entire year focusing on customer projects breaking down products, materials, and processes to make them "er" - that is, we make them better, faster, stronger, higher, louder, etc., - "er". Similar resources exist to break down the activities of the charities you you may be interested in supporting this year. Organizations such as Charity Navigator, The American Institute of Philanthropy, and the Better Business Bureau can help you evaluate the organizations you intend to support with your dollar by providing information such as administrative overhead expense, executive compensation, and marketing / advertising expense (at Inovatia this GL item is known as Schwag/Chotchkie Expense). Even the United States Postal Service's inspection group can help. It will provide information on known, fraudulent solicitations being made through the mail.

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Tags: Charitible Giving, Philanthropy, Reverse Engineering, Deformulation