For an example of a business that provides a novel twist on a common product, look no further than Insomnia Cookies. There is nothing special about the variety of cookies they offer, but you can get them warm – and delivered – until 3 a.m.

It’s not surprising that outlets are commonly located near major universities where hungry students may take advantage of the middle-of-the-night hours, nor is it unexpected that they don’t do deliveries until noon on weekends. But they have created a niche where in less than an hour can have your sweet treat, at your door complete with a la mode if you so desire.

Insomnia Cookies has built their business around their hours – having little competition for delivered snacks after midnight – and convenience. Hot breakfast sandwich delivery? Rent-a-dog? “Speed services” (like speed dating) to help you decide on which church to visit?

What about you? Think about how you can take your existing product or service and present it in a new way. Maybe an idea will come to you at 2am when you are eating your cookies!

About the Author leadership dots by dr. beth triplett

I'm the chief connector at leadership dots where I serve as "the string" for individuals and organizations. Like stringing pearls together to make a necklace, "being the string" is an intentional way of thinking and behaving – making linkages between things that otherwise appear random or unconnected – whether that be supervising a staff, completing a dissertation or advancing a project in the workplace. I share daily leadership dots on my blog to provide examples of “the string” in action. I use the string philosophy through coaching, consulting and teaching to help others build capacity in themselves and their organizations. I craft analogies and metaphors that help people comprehend complex topics and understand their role in the system. My favorite work involves helping those new to supervision or newly promoted supervisors build confidence and learn the skills necessary to effectively lead their team.

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