Innovation

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  • The Secret Sauce of Innovation

    Innovation Management
    Langdon Morris
    21 Jan 2015 | 9:21 pm
    Could it be that today’s pervasive bad news, the news that causes everyone else to moan and complain—the economic malaise, the chaos that the digital revolution created, the impacts of outsourcing, political instability, global competition—can offer amazing opportunities to out- distance your competition? In this second chapter excerpt from the new book, Agile Innovation, Langdon Morris explores innovation-under-duress.
  • Innovation Platforms: 3 Ways to Create The Future

    Innovative Brain Food from New & Improved
    New & Improved, LLC
    22 Jan 2015 | 4:08 pm
    Radically Hydrophobic Metal might jumpstart a lot of new innovation. Get there before your competitor realizes its value.
  • Redesigning The Voting Process

    Matthew E. May
    Matt
    11 Nov 2014 | 11:37 am
    The Human Factors and Ergonomics Society (HFES) just named Intuitive Company the corporate winner of the HFES 2014 Voting Design Competition, which called for submissions that aimed to solve problems in the current voting system through cutting-edge, innovative, interactive user experiences that would redefine the future of voting. "Intuitive Voting," submitted by Intuitive Company's team leader Rob Tannen, consists of two smartphone apps, one designed to inform and assist voters, the other to train and support election volunteers. For those of us who suffered through last week's old-school,…
  • Innovation doesn't take a vacation

    Innovate on Purpose
    Jeffrey Phillips
    20 Jan 2015 | 5:31 am
    Yesterday, January 19th, we celebrated Martin Luther King Day in the US.  This is a Federal holiday meant to recognize and celebrate the work that MLK and others did to improve the lot of African Americans.  Since it is a Federal holiday, many businesses also recognize it, so yesterday, many employees stayed home, or used the long holiday weekend to visit family or make a quick get away.Vacations and holidays are awesome. We all benefit from an opportunity to step away from our work, to recharge our batteries and refresh our thinking.  But one thing we all need to realize is…
  • The Paradox of Choice [Speed Summary]

    Brand Genetics
    Paul Marsden
    23 Jan 2015 | 3:15 am
    The Paradox of Choice: Why More Is Less Author: Barry Schwartz Publisher:  HarperCollins Publication date: 2005 The success of your next innovation will depend on whether you are marketing to ‘Satisficers’ or ‘Maximisers’. To find out whether you and your consumers are Satisficers or Maximisers take the test below. In many categories, consumers are primarily ‘Satisficers’ – they opt for the first product they find that they believe will satisfy their needs (including price needs). Satisficers use a ‘take the first‘ rule…
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    Matthew E. May

  • 2015: The Year of the Question

    Matt
    8 Jan 2015 | 9:21 am
    As I contemplate the year ahead and the changes I'd like to bring about, I hereby by dub 2015 the "Year of the Question." If I know anything after a half century on this planet, it's that we all live our lives in constant and continuous pursuit of answers to questions that occupy our minds – forever learning, forever in search of knowledge at many levels. And while we are generally successful in answering the questions we ask, we often either don’t ask the right questions, or don’t give the right questions much thought. Which begs the big question of what are the right questions? I…
  • Understanding the Gen Z Effect

    Matt
    22 Dec 2014 | 11:17 am
    One of the most challenging sociodemographic dynamics facing business owners is literally one for the ages: how to deal with the "new generation" of customer, partners, investors, and employees. Social values and norms are shifting so rapidly, and an accelerating rate, that a business culture may look and behave significantly different than it did six months ago, simply because a critical mass of younger associates have been onboarded. The customer segments you've targeted reliably for the past decade may next month disappear completely, simply because a new app has rendered your product or…
  • Leadership Vertigo: A Chat With Tanveer Naseer

    Matt
    25 Nov 2014 | 8:04 am
    Whenever I travel to speaking engagements or strategy/innovation sessions, I try to connect with people with whom I've had some sort of idea exchange. Last week I traveled to Montreal to keynote at a large quality conference, and my schedule permitted me the time to meet up with Tanveer Naseer, coauthor of a unique leadership book, called Leadership Vertigo: Why Even the Best Leaders Go Off Course and How They Can Get Back On Track. Tanveer interviewed me a while back for his popular podcast Leadership Biz Cafe, and I wanted to return the favor. He graciously gave me a quick walking tour of…
  • Visualizing the G20 Through Social Data

    Matt
    12 Nov 2014 | 8:02 am
    The G20 Leaders' Summit is this week in Brisbane, and Dr. Peta Mitchell of Queensland University of Technology has decided to peek inside the event barricades by mapping it as it plays out on Twitter and Instagram. Mitchell will mine and analyze tweets and Instagram posts sent from inside the declared areas for location-based information, then plotting those - minus the corresponding usernames - on an interactive map the public can explore on this interactive online map. It's never been done for a G20 event, and Mitchell admits she really doesn't know what kind of information the project will…
  • Redesigning The Voting Process

    Matt
    11 Nov 2014 | 11:37 am
    The Human Factors and Ergonomics Society (HFES) just named Intuitive Company the corporate winner of the HFES 2014 Voting Design Competition, which called for submissions that aimed to solve problems in the current voting system through cutting-edge, innovative, interactive user experiences that would redefine the future of voting. "Intuitive Voting," submitted by Intuitive Company's team leader Rob Tannen, consists of two smartphone apps, one designed to inform and assist voters, the other to train and support election volunteers. For those of us who suffered through last week's old-school,…
 
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    Innovation Excellence

  • So you think you can Innovate?

    Patrick Willer
    27 Jan 2015 | 10:40 am
    Let’s look at the impact of digitalization and cloud computing (the connecting of people and machines) and the considerable upheaval caused in the marketing mix. Continue reading →
  • Collective Disruption

    Innovation Excellence
    26 Jan 2015 | 5:22 pm
    I had the opportunity to interview Michael Docherty recently to get his views about disruptive innovation. Michael Docherty is CEO of Venture2 and the author of the new book Collective Disruption: How Companies and Startups Can Co-create Transformative New Businesses. Mike brings unique perspective to his work, having been a successful senior corporate executive, entrepreneur, and venture capitalist. Continue reading →
  • Find New Whys to Do Business

    Stephan Vincent
    26 Jan 2015 | 11:00 am
    As an organization, you need a clear purpose to connect with your employees and customers on an emotional level, in an engaging, meaningful and compelling way. Continue reading →
  • To Improve Innovation, Improve Clarity

    Mike Shipulski
    26 Jan 2015 | 8:00 am
    If I was CEO of a company that wanted to do innovation, the one thing I’d strive for is clarity. For clarity on the innovative new product, here’s what the CEO needs. Continue reading →
  • The Deeper Side of Big Data

    Lynda Koster
    25 Jan 2015 | 1:32 pm
    In this post, Lynda Koster highlights innovative leaders that are delivering value to companies through the use of Big Data, and speaks to the talent shortage and pressing need to functionally address the Big Data expertise gap. Continue reading →
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    IDEO

  • Articles: Barbara Beskind Speaks with NPR

    IDEO
    19 Jan 2015 | 12:01 pm
    IDEO’s Barbara Beskind on All Things Considered talking about her experience designing tech for older generations.
  • Articles: Tim Brown’s AXIS Magazine Cover Interview

    IDEO
    15 Jan 2015 | 9:50 am
    Tim Brown graces the cover of the February 2015 issue of AXIS Magazine. Covering topics ranging from the change in design’s function and role to IDEO’s mission in Japan, this serves as the third time an IDEO employee has graced the cover of the influential Japanese and English design publication. Pick up a copy at your local newsstand, or view the synopsis of the story here.
  • Work: Open for Business for GS Shop

    IDEO
    2 Dec 2014 | 10:03 am
    Brands don’t take bank holidays. A successful company doesn’t just find solutions during strict nine to five office hours—the strength of its relationship with its customers is based on openness to good ideas, and flexibility around the unpredictable ways that real people live and work.  Over a five-year relationship with GS Shop, a multichannel commerce company based in Korea, IDEO helped the company develop a brand that reflected an emphasis on openness, transparency, enthusiasm, participation, personalization, and distinction. When it was time for GS Shop to build a new…
  • Articles: TIME names PillPack as one of the 25 Best Inventions of 2014

    IDEO
    20 Nov 2014 | 2:11 pm
    Along with the Apple Watch and 3D printing, former IDEO Boston Startup-in-Residence, PillPack, was named to Time’s annual round-up of the top 25 Inventions of 2014. The inventions had to make the “world better, smarter and –in some cases – a little more fun.” This week The Atlantic also writes about PillPack’s disruptive service and quotes its CEO and founder, TJ Parker, on his company’s collaboration with IDEO, “We [had] the opportunity to make everyday tasks delightful. Even something as unsexy as taking pills.”
  • Articles: IDEO’s Exploration into the Future of Automobility

    IDEO
    18 Nov 2014 | 3:00 pm
    Leading design publications cover IDEO’s exploration into the Future of Automobility, illustrating how transportation will change in the near and long term. Danny Stillion and Ricardo Figueiroa introduce three new concepts that conceptualize the commute, package delivery services and the mobile office experience. Read more in WIRED, Fast Company and DesignBoom.
 
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    Innovation Management

  • Intermediários de Inovação Aberta: Eles São Importantes?

    Tradução por Filipe Costa
    27 Jan 2015 | 9:15 pm
    O sucesso de Inovação Aberta depende de muitos aspectos organizacionais como discutido amplamente no fórum MOOI nos últimos meses e continuará sendo feito. A partir do início do próximo ano, começaremos a co-criar o nosso e-book sobre Gestão e Organização de Inovação Aberta, em um esforço conjunto com os membros do fórum MOOI.
  • 3 Ways To Scale Up Your Business In 2015

    Becky Wilcox
    26 Jan 2015 | 8:23 pm
    In 2014, you did all the right things and your business began to take off like a Harrier Jump Jet. However, now that you’ve been cruising at a high altitude for awhile, you can either choose to stay on course or go to a new level of elite performance.
  • Becoming Agile Rapidly and Painlessly

    Langdon Morris
    25 Jan 2015 | 11:39 pm
    To take advantage of today’s and tomorrow’s unique opportunities, and to rise above the intense existential challenges your firm will face in the months and years ahead, it will be supremely helpful and confer enormous advantages if your operations embody the Agile essence: quick, responsive, dynamic, innovative. You’ve got to learn to recognize opportunities and to act on them faster than your competitors do. In this chapter excerpt of Agile Innovation Langdon Morris explores what Agile means in detail, with a focus on the roots of the Agile movement and its many insights and…
  • The Secret Sauce of Innovation

    Langdon Morris
    21 Jan 2015 | 9:21 pm
    Could it be that today’s pervasive bad news, the news that causes everyone else to moan and complain—the economic malaise, the chaos that the digital revolution created, the impacts of outsourcing, political instability, global competition—can offer amazing opportunities to out- distance your competition? In this second chapter excerpt from the new book, Agile Innovation, Langdon Morris explores innovation-under-duress.
  • Driving Innovation in Middle-Market Companies

    Anthony Ferrier
    21 Jan 2015 | 12:20 am
    For those of you who read my articles on a regular basis, you will know that I tend to focus on driving innovative activities and cultures within large, corporate organizations. Today however, I would like to focus on the value of innovation to growing, mid-market companies. For the purposes of this article I will consider mid-market companies as anywhere from 300 – 3,000 employees. This is just an arbitrary number, but it provides context for our discussion.
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    Gregg Fraley

  • Seven Essentials of an Effective Innovation Project Manager

    GREGG FRALEY
    23 Jan 2015 | 7:45 am
    Outsourcing innovation project management might be the most strategic money you spend this year. It’s not a new idea but it’s one more companies should consider. It sure beats doing nothing. See my Seven Essentials for hiring below. But first: If you’ve not got an innovation plan in the process of being executed, right now, you are treading water and will eventually drown. So what’s stopping you from kicking off an innovation initiative? I often hear resources. What I hear from top management: “we don’t have the time or resources for innovation projects,…
  • Mash-Ups for Innovation, a How To Guide

    GREGG FRALEY
    19 Jan 2015 | 12:34 pm
    How to Do Mash-Ups for Innovation This is an article length, comprehensive post on Mash-Ups for Innovation. To say the least Mash-Ups hold great promise in helping people and organizations find useful and sometimes breakthrough innovations. This article will likely be part of a book on the front end of innovation that’s in development, stay tuned. Meanwhile I hope you find this guide useful. To digest this in bits, simply use the index to go to the section that interests you. There is value to reading these sections in order, but for those with an urgent need, you’ll find…
  • Innovation 2015 or Five Lame Excuses?

    GREGG FRALEY
    18 Jan 2015 | 10:19 am
    Death or Kryptonite? From Superman Wiki I have a  vinyl record with one of those strategic skips that has it repeating — it drives me nuts — but I still play the record because I love the song so much. The song is Jimmy Olsen’s Blues by the Spin Doctors. It’s a hard rocker about the lament of Superman’s pal who has a crush on Superman’s gal. In the song Jimmy Olsen is competing with the man of steel for the affection of Miss Lois Lane. He’s got a secret weapon, a pocketful of Kryptonite. Innovation ca feel a lot like that — your competition…
  • The Invisible Elephant of Non-Self-Expression

    GREGG FRALEY
    29 Nov 2014 | 2:01 pm
    Late Night Dream Anxiety Re: Self-Expression I had a dream last night about self-expression. I dreamed about writing a blog post. I wish I could recall exactly what I wrote in my dreams. The gist of the dream had to do with how pervasive a concept the lack of self-expression is in our lives — so much so that we usually ignore it. The elephant in the creativity and innovation room is a lack of full self-expression. The elephant in the dream — me — was trying to make itself known to an amorphous group in a meeting. I tried to speak but nobody heard my voice. I blew that…
  • Want Innovation? Ask.

    GREGG FRALEY
    24 Nov 2014 | 6:30 pm
    Not everything about innovation is complicated. I recently gave a creative problem solving workshop to a group of scientists who all worked for the same outfit. It was a lively session. In addition to learning structured creative problem solving (Osborn-Parnes-Basadur framework) we did some short bits of ideation around new business concepts. This was more as a sampler than it was a real session. It wasn’t the goal of the session to reinvent their business, nonetheless, in a short time there were some relevant business growth ideas with potential on the table. An executive with the…
 
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    Bulldog Drummond - Uncommon Sense

  • BULLDOG DESIGNS: TYO

    Bulldog Drummond
    26 Jan 2015 | 8:02 am
    Christopher Rutgers began Outdoor Outreach with the goal of helping at-risk teens in San Diego experience the incredible transformative power of the outdoors. Fifteen years later, it’s one of the most successful regional outdoor programs in the U.S. But Chris realized there was still a huge gap to fill and an entire generation of youth desperately in need of the types of transformation he was able to achieve regionally. That’s why he started Transforming Youth Outdoors—an online community that exists to equip passionate outdoor enthusiasts around the country to better serve the teens in…
  • The Campaign That Got People Talking And 5 Year Olds Swearing

    Bulldog Drummond
    22 Jan 2015 | 7:09 am
  • Live Adventurously

    Bulldog Drummond
    20 Jan 2015 | 8:24 am
    At Italy’s biggest slackline festival, attendees (or slackers, as they’re called) showed their adventures spirits and stunning balance hanging above the Italian Alps in tightropes.
  • Why Strategists Should Lift Weights to Learn About Making Shit Happen

    Bulldog Drummond
    19 Jan 2015 | 7:35 am
    Written by Tom Donald “The goal is not the thing itself. Talking about it is not execution. Please stop confusing goals and plans with the actual doing of things.” -@GymJones Too often, developing strategy is a bookish, quasi-academic exercise. Purple Cows are thrown into Blue Oceans to find the Tipping Point that will Nudge the Herd to Eat The Big Fish. And, self-proclaimed strategists are often aloof, elite and too removed from the reality of closing sales and making shit actually happen. Too few marketing strategists have actually made anything, sold anything or been hands-on…
  • Lessons From A Start-Up As They Happen

    Bulldog Drummond
    16 Jan 2015 | 8:53 am
    Chapter 3: The Engine Written by Erika McKellar and Elisa Hills As founders of a startup, our challenge is to build a fuel-efficient engine from the onset to efficiently gain the most power and the furthest distance. To meet the challenge we’ve transformed our greatest weakness into our greatest opportunities, leading us to create an honest 360-degree picture of our business in the market. It hasn’t been easy to call our own baby ugly, but it’s necessary for a successful launch and to generate sustainable brand awareness. Every business has weaknesses—it’s harnessing them that…
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    The Heart of Innovation

  • 50 Awesome Quotes on Possibility

    26 Nov 2015 | 8:11 pm
    1. "Start by doing what's necessary; then do what's possible; and suddenly you are doing the impossible." - St. Francis of Assisi 2. "Sometimes I've believed as many as six impossible things before breakfast." - Lewis Carroll 3. "The Wright brother flew right through the smoke screen of impossibility." - Charles Kettering 4. "In order to attain the impossible, one must attempt the absurd." - Miguel de Cervantes 5. "The secret of life is to have a task, something you devote your entire life to, something you bring everything to, every minute of the day for the rest of your life. And the most…
  • Radio Woodstock in the House!

    24 Jan 2015 | 8:34 am
    We just received this very nice piece of feedback from the President of Radio Woodstock, Gary Chetkof. "Idea Champions was a true partner in helping us untangle some of the issues we were struggling with. They were very easy to work with and the processes used were fun and creative and they worked splendidly. We were able to find out what the major obstacles were and our entire team worked together to find solutions. Everyone participated fully, and everyone now has much more clarity about how to better work together. We even have our new mission statement that you can see on our Facebook…
  • The World's Best Blog Collection of Awesome, Memorable Quotes

    23 Jan 2015 | 3:07 pm
    If you're on the prowl for inspiring quotes you can use for work, your book, speech, website, news report, blog, proposal, kidnap letter, or time capsule, look no further. What follows are 21 universal topics -- everything from Possibility to Failure to Change.
  • 21 Awesome Quotes on Appreciation

    22 Jan 2015 | 4:43 pm
    According to the U.S. Department of Labor, the #1 reason why people quit their jobs is because they don't feel appreciated. Ouch! Who can YOU appreciate today? 1. "There is more hunger for love and appreciation in this world than for bread." - Mother Theresa 2. "If the only prayer you said in your whole life was, 'thank you,' that would suffice." - Meister Eckhart 3. "The deepest principle in human nature is the craving to be appreciated." - William James 4. "Feeling gratitude and not expressing it is like wrapping a present and not giving it." - William Arthur Ward 5. "I would rather be able…
  • The Good Thing About Bad Ideas

    21 Jan 2015 | 3:59 am
    One of the inevitable things you will hear at a brainstorming session is "there are no bad ideas." Not true. There are plenty of bad ideas. Nazism, for instance. Arena football. Bow ties. What well-meaning "keep hope alive" brainstorming lovers really mean is this: Even bad ideas can lead to good ideas if the idea originators are committed enough to extract the meaning from the "bad". Do you think that War and Peace was written in one sitting? No way. There were plenty of earlier drafts that were horrid, but eventually led to the final outcome. The key? To find the value in what seems to be a…
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    Innovate on Purpose

  • Innovation doesn't take a vacation

    Jeffrey Phillips
    20 Jan 2015 | 5:31 am
    Yesterday, January 19th, we celebrated Martin Luther King Day in the US.  This is a Federal holiday meant to recognize and celebrate the work that MLK and others did to improve the lot of African Americans.  Since it is a Federal holiday, many businesses also recognize it, so yesterday, many employees stayed home, or used the long holiday weekend to visit family or make a quick get away.Vacations and holidays are awesome. We all benefit from an opportunity to step away from our work, to recharge our batteries and refresh our thinking.  But one thing we all need to realize is…
  • Sequels or new ideas

    Jeffrey Phillips
    19 Jan 2015 | 8:51 am
    I was perusing Twitter, checking out the tweets of some of my favorite Tweeters, when a note from Saul Kaplan caught my eye.  He was poking fun at the prevailing need in the US to create "franchises" of successful ideas - the inevitable "sequel".  He wrote:Sequel Nation. Windows 10, iPhone 6, Scary Movie 5.From Saul Kaplan @skap5Note that it is almost a given that any good product will spawn a sequel.  Whether that product is a software product (Windows moving on to its 10th "version") or a sequel of a TV show (Breaking Bad is spinning off Better Call Saul) or a movie (how many…
  • The difference between continuous improvement and innovation

    Jeffrey Phillips
    8 Jan 2015 | 7:17 am
    It's a shame that no true standards body for innovation exists, because the lack of accepted definitions and standards allows anyone to claim anything is "innovation".  One of the biggest issues I face constantly is trying to help people understand why their continuous improvement programs aren't necessarily all there is to innovation.  After all, continuous improvement programs use brainstorming as a tool, seek to improve a situation or process or product and often result in a better solution.  Isn't that innovation?Perhaps I can best illustrate by using an analogy. …
  • Making sacrifices for innovation

    Jeffrey Phillips
    6 Jan 2015 | 5:38 am
    A blog post by Jeff DeGraff prompted me to write this post.  His post was entitled "What are you willing to give up for Innovation", although on a closer read he's not really suggesting that you have to give up anything.  However, modern business thinking is based on winning a shrinking share of a fixed pie.  That is, most executives believe it's all a zero sum game.  If I spend resources to "do" innovation, those resources have to come from somewhere.  Therefore, I am sacrificing some other project, goal or capability in order to attempt innovation.  And this…
  • In the beginning of innovation

    Jeffrey Phillips
    17 Dec 2014 | 6:32 am
    I received an email from a colleague and prospective client recently, letting me know that a lot of his hard work on preparing the ground for innovation within his company seemed to be paying off.  A lot of long, lonely toil to advocate for innovation was finally being accepted.  Executives were starting to recognize the need for innovation and begin to pay attention to his presentations and advocacy.  There's nothing like the feeling when a long period of being a lone voice crying out in the wilderness finally begins to pay off.But, like the proverbial dog that catches the…
 
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    Scott Berkun

  • Why Small Ideas Can Matter More Than Big Ideas

    Scott
    8 Jan 2015 | 3:12 pm
    Americans are preoccupied by the size of things: big houses, big sandwiches, and big salaries. At leadership retreats, and in the bestselling books we buy, we seek grand thoughts. The basic logic we use is the bigger the idea, the bigger the value, but often that’s not true. There’s a myth at work here: the assumption that big results only come from radical changes. There’s good evidence for a counter-argument. The problems that plague organizations, or hold them back from greatness, are often small things that happen to be consistently overlooked. The lack of progress or greatness…
  • 3 reasons you should see the movie Wild (if you’re a writer)

    Scott
    6 Jan 2015 | 10:17 am
    Many books are made into movies, but most movies aren’t very good. Movies are hard to make, period. Even with a great book (Wild is based on the memoir of the same name) it’s hard to transfer what makes the book great into a different medium. For any writer, or reader interested in memoir and storytelling, I recommend going to watch Wild, staring Reese Witherspoon. Here’s why: It’s a film told from a woman’s perspective. Half our species are women, despite how rarely they are central, or even peripheral (see Bechdel test) to the plots of films. And despite the…
  • Why Isn’t Remote Work More Popular?

    Scott
    5 Jan 2015 | 1:57 pm
    In 2013 I published the popular book The Year Without Pants: WordPress.com & The Future of Work about my 18 months working at WordPress.com as a manager of a remote team. I’m often asked “Why isn’t remote work more popular?” My first response is to ask people exactly how popular they think it is right now? The slowest thing to change in the world is human nature. It’s easy to upgrade technology, but when it comes to people’s habits and beliefs change takes time. 1. Remote work is more popular than you think We have poor conceptions of wider trends:…
  • How can Obama & Congress foster innovation in 2015?

    Scott
    30 Dec 2014 | 3:29 pm
    Each week I take the top voted question from readers and answer it (submit one here). I jumped this one, submitted by Mike Nelson, it to the front on the line since it’s timely in nature. What us the most important, single thing that Obama and Congress could do in 2015 to foster innovation in the US? You’d have to start by defining the word innovation. As you might be sick of hearing, I often complain the word has been abused into meaninglessness. In this case I take it to mean significant positive change, as that’s the best definition of the word I know. Caveat:…
  • The distraction free life?

    Scott
    29 Dec 2014 | 1:24 pm
    Maybe the challenge of modern life isn’t external distractions, but our lack of practice with concentration? I learned about how to concentrate when I was 15, when I dreamed about playing in the NBA. To help with my goal I read a book by Larry Bird. I didn’t make the NBA (no surprise) and don’t remember much about the book (the cover was green, like the Celtic’s uniforms!), except for this advice on concentration: You can sit or lay down. Once  you are in position, close your eyes and relax. Just sit there for a minute and think about anything you want. After about a…
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  • Innovators must learn from their Mistakes

    Paul Sloane
    12 Jan 2015 | 4:29 am
    A key precept in the self-improvement manual is to learn from your mistakes. If you can do that then you can keep growing and getting better. Yet many people find this very hard. And the same story applies to organizations. If a company wants to be innovative then it must try many new things, stop the unsuccessful experiments, learn the important lessons and rapidly move on. It sounds straightforward but it is surprisingly difficult. In his book, Adapt, Why Success always starts with Failure, Tim Harford identifies three salient reasons why individuals, corporate executives and organizations…
  • The Best Innovation of 2014

    Paul Sloane
    31 Dec 2014 | 8:32 am
    After exhaustive examination and testing I can safely declare that this is the greatest innovation this year: http://www.springwise.com/beer-creative/ Happy New Year Paul Sloane   Share
  • Top Innovation Blogs of 2014

    Paul Sloane
    22 Dec 2014 | 7:20 am
    Here is a list of the top innovation blogs of the year.   Which are you favourites and why?   Top Innovation Blogs   Merry Christmas Paul Sloane
  • Innovation Lessons from Walt Disney

    Paul Sloane
    14 Dec 2014 | 4:23 am
    As a young man Walt Disney was fired by a newspaper editor because “he lacked imagination and had no good ideas.”   It was an inauspicious start for a man who went on to be one of America’s most innovative leaders. In 1921, he founded his first animation company in Kansas City. It failed. He had to dissolve his company. He could not pay the rent and it is said that he was in such desperate straits that he had to eat dog food. When Disney offered MGM studios the opportunity to distribute Mickey Mouse films in 1927, he was told that the idea would not work because a giant mouse…
  • Ten Innovation Predictions for 2025

    Paul Sloane
    4 Dec 2014 | 6:42 am
    Predictions are always difficult and especially so if they are about the future!  However Thomson Reuters are bold enough to make 10 innovation predictions for 2025.  Some seem eminently sensible but others are a little outrageous – especially teleportation.  What do you think? Ten Predictions   Paul Sloane Share
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    Stephen Shapiro

  • Pink Boxes, Assumptions and Innovation

    sshapiro
    16 Jan 2015 | 6:23 am
    I recently met up with a client. The first thing I noticed was the bandage on his left hand. I asked what happened. He said, “I was looking for a box that contained cloth napkins for a dinner party we were throwing. I went to the garage, remembering that they were in a box on a shelf. I saw a ... The post Pink Boxes, Assumptions and Innovation appeared first on Stephen Shapiro.
  • The Innovation Engine Podcast

    sshapiro
    4 Jan 2015 | 10:00 pm
    I was recently interviewed for “The Innovation Engine” podcast. The conversation was easy and a lot of fun. We discussed innovation and breakthrough thinking. During this interview I shared: how neural pathways get hard-wired into our brains stand in the way of breakthrough thinking an a... The post The Innovation Engine Podcast appeared first on Stephen Shapiro.
  • Stop the Masochistic Resolution Ritual!

    sshapiro
    30 Dec 2014 | 2:00 am
    It’s that time of year again…time to set your New Year’s Resolutions. Unfortunately over 90% of people fail to keep them. What’s the solution? One perspective can be found in my Wall Street Journal article from several years ago. Happy New Year! Like dinosaurs and gas-guzzlin... The post Stop the Masochistic Resolution Ritual! appeared first on Stephen Shapiro.
  • Your Inner Impostor May Be Hurting You

    sshapiro
    16 Dec 2014 | 1:26 pm
    Back in the early 90’s, while working for Andersen Consulting in New York City, I was asked to give a presentation to a client project team that was creating a complex software system. They were struggling with the testing process. The project team was told that I was one of the Firm’s f... The post Your Inner Impostor May Be Hurting You appeared first on Stephen Shapiro.
  • What Aren’t Your Customers Telling You?

    sshapiro
    1 Dec 2014 | 8:36 am
    During a recent podcast, the interviewer, Fei Wu, asked me, “What is a question that other interviewers have not asked that you would like me to ask?” I’ve never been posed that question before in over 100 interviews. The conversation was being recorded and felt pressure to answer ... The post What Aren’t Your Customers Telling You? appeared first on Stephen Shapiro.
 
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    Creativity and Innovation in Business | Social Media

  • My Trip to India - The Land of Gandhi

    Sanjay Dalal
    22 Jan 2015 | 9:22 pm
    Dalal Family in Ahmedabad, Gujarat on December 30, 2014"India has the right, if she only knew, of becoming the predominant partner by reason of her numbers, geographical position and culture inherited for ages. She is the greatest storehouse of spiritual knowledge." Mahatma GandhiI thoroughly enjoyed visiting Ahmedabad, Gujarat, India, a city where Mahatma Gandhi spent much of his time, and started the famous Sabarmati Ashram; a city that Shri Narendra Modi, then Gujarat chief minister, transformed into a thriving metropolis. I was fortunate to spend quality time with my Puppa and Mummi at…
  • Discount Office Supplies with Free Shipping? Check out oGoing Office Store

    Sanjay Dalal
    4 Jan 2015 | 9:59 am
    Are you in need for discount office supplies with free shipping?oGoing Office Supplies Store powered by Amazon.com provides highly discounted supplies for your home office or business. Free shipping is included for orders over $25.Binders & Binding Systems -    Browse and order the latest Avery, Wilson Jones, Universal and leading binders brands at ultra-cheap prices.Calendars, Planners & Personal Organizers -   Popular calendars include At-A-Glance, Dilbert, Mom's Family Calendar, 365 Cats, Bananagrams, DayMinder, Franklin Covey and more at rock-bottom…
  • Mobile Car Wash and Auto Detailing Services in California

    Sanjay Dalal
    3 Jan 2015 | 9:34 pm
    Would you like the convenience of having your car washed in your own driveway by a professional? These mobile service providers bring the car-wash and detailing to you, wherever you are. At your home or at your office!Why not make money by washing local cars in your neighborhood or community? Want to expand your business and create an additional income stream? Partner up with car dealers, rental fleet owners, shopping malls, business centers and corporations.Mobile Car Washing and Detailing is a much-sought after business in 2015!Investment Needed: Less than $1,000 for car wash supplies. A…
  • Have you joined Ogoing.com yet?

    Sanjay Dalal
    13 Dec 2014 | 7:52 am
    We just wanted to follow up and make sure you joined Ogoing.com, the leading business-to-business social networking and social media marketing platform for SMB.If yes, great! Please share with us your oGoing username by adding your comment, and we would be sure to feature you for the next 7 days ($50 value)! Take a moment to share a new post, and make new connections.If not, why not spend five minutes today and join up… Just go here to join for free: Join Business Social Network  We look forward to your joining oGoing, and hearing back from you! Why join Ogoing.com?It's the best…
  • Consumer, Personal and Home Business Service Providers in Los Angeles, CA

    Sanjay Dalal
    9 Dec 2014 | 2:38 am
    Do you provide personal, consumer or home business services in Los Angeles, CA? Are you an entrepreneur who loves helping people or businesses by providing them timely services that make their lives or work easier, saves them time and money, and helps them do better?Are you a Top Business Services Provider in LA and Orange County, California?Personal Services, Consumer Services or Home Services is a Hot Business Services category. If you are looking to start a new business, or have already launched your services startup, here are the 50 businesses that are in demand…
 
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    Top News - MIT Technology Review

  • Why the Time Seems Right for a Space-Based Internet Service

    26 Jan 2015 | 9:00 pm
    New micro-satellite technology is enabling satellite Internet services that could reach billions of new users.Providing Internet access from orbiting satellites—a concept that seemed to have died with the excesses of the dot-com boom—has returned thanks to SpaceX founder (and dot-com billionaire) Elon Musk. And while such a service would be expensive and risky to deploy, recent technological trends mean it’s no longer so out-of-this-world.
  • Technology Repaints the Payment Landscape

    25 Jan 2015 | 9:00 pm
    As technology-driven payment ideas give cash a run for its money, the big winners could be established banks and credit card companies.In developed economies, money has been digitizing for decades. Few Westerners touch a paycheck anymore. Through direct deposit, digital money is transferred electronically from our employer to our bank account every pay period. A similar process moves contributions into our 401(k) accounts or zaps money over to pay the rent, the utility bill, a student loan, or any other expense.
  • Resurrecting a Meltdown-Proof Reactor Design

    22 Jan 2015 | 12:30 pm
    A new molten salt nuclear reactor design could make nuclear power safer and more economical.A new take on an old reactor design could make nuclear power cleaner and safer, and therefore more competitive with fossil fuels.
  • Microsoft’s New Idea: A Hologram Headset to Rewrite Reality

    21 Jan 2015 | 2:30 pm
    A wearable display set for release by Microsoft later this year can augment your world with realistic, interactive virtual objects.Microsoft today showed off an augmented reality headset slated for release later this year. The compact, visor-style device, called Hololens, generates holograms that make 3-D objects appear to the wearer to be overlaid on the real world.
  • Microsoft Researchers Get Wrapped Up in Smart Scarf

    20 Jan 2015 | 9:00 pm
    In the quest to make wearable electronics useful, researchers take a close look at the neck.Microsoft researchers have created a scarf that can be commanded to heat up and vibrate via a smartphone app, part of an exploration of how the accessory could eventually work with emerging biometric- and emotion-sensing devices. It could, perhaps, soothe you if a sensor on your body determines you’re down—a function that could be particularly useful for people who have disorders such as autism and have trouble managing their feelings.
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    Marketing & Strategy Innovation blog

  • In the Near Future, Instead of Choosing Between AT&T, Verizon, Sprint and T-Mobile, You Can Also Pick Google or Apple as Your Mobile Carriers

    admin
    27 Jan 2015 | 2:14 pm
    The US mobile industry has been in a clear state of duopoly with Verizon and AT&T occupying about 70-75% of both consumer and enterprise market. T-Mobile is attempting to disrupt the current status but the impact will not be sustainable, although its Uncarrier attack effort is causing a lot of noise.  Facebook Like Google Plus One Linkedin Share Button Tweet Widget Tags: mobiletechnologyIdris Mooteefuture
  • A Confused Customer Buys Nothing

    admin
    26 Jan 2015 | 2:35 pm
    I originally wrote today's post for Intradiem on September 25, 2014. Are your customers confused? Do you even know what that means? And do you know what the implications of customer confusion are? Facebook Like Google Plus One Linkedin Share Button Tweet Widget Tags: Annette Franz Gleneickicustomer insightsClaritycustomer experiences
  • How Google Attacks Problems - Not People

    admin
    25 Jan 2015 | 11:06 am
    One Friday afternoon in 2002, long before his company became a household verb, Larry Page walked into the office kitchen and posted some printouts of results from Google’s AdWords engine. On top, in big bold letters, he wrote, “THESE ADS SUCK.” Facebook Like Google Plus One Linkedin Share Button Tweet Widget Tags: Googleorganisational behaviourorganisational cultureGreg Satell
  • What Is a Community and How To Nurture It – CMAD Jan 26, 2015 – 09:00 GMT

    admin
    25 Jan 2015 | 9:24 am
    I have been involved in community management from day one and I can pride myself on training a great number of Community Managers from the very early days of social media, that is to say when it wasn’t even called that –  way.  Facebook Like Google Plus One Linkedin Share Button Tweet Widget Tags: community managementcommunitiesYann Gourvennec
  • The Operationalization of Customer Service

    admin
    23 Jan 2015 | 2:48 am
    Continuing on the delivery of the early insights into the third version of the customer service adoption and usage study we are conducting with our friends at KANA, A Verint Company (the summary of early findings is here, and the findings on social can be found here, and mobile here) I’d like to explore a little bit more the operationalization of customer service. Facebook Like Google Plus One Linkedin Share Button Tweet Widget Tags: Esteban Kolskytrendscustomer service
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    Don The Idea Guy : BrainBlog

  • A Carpenter Should Have A Hammer, Right?

    Don The Idea Guy
    21 Jan 2015 | 1:22 pm
    You hire a carpenter to come to your house to build something (I don’t know what he’s going to build, you hired him. What do you need? Bookcases? Let’s say bookcases…) He shows up wearing a t-shirt that says “Bob’s Carpentry” on it and he hands you a business card that has his title listed as “Carpenter”, but otherwise he’s empty-handed. No hammer. No nails. No saw. No wood. Nothing. Too many people who consider themselves professionals in just about any industry show up in the same manner. They have the uniform, they have the…
  • New Year, Old Friends, New Projects

    Don The Idea Guy
    8 Jan 2015 | 6:46 am
    The new year always offers a first best chance to begin something brand new, or to simply begin anew.  With the coming of the new year also came two immediate new project launches from The Idea Guy. The first was publishing a brand new book in a brand new format. The Yellow Sticky Guide to DONE is a collection of my own personal insights and practices to getting more of the most important things done using one of my favorite creativity and productivity tools (and one of my all-time favorite inventions) — the ubiquitous Yellow Sticky Note. It’s a 42-page guide to move your…
  • Write A Book Before You Get Out Of Bed

    Don The Idea Guy
    22 Dec 2014 | 1:28 pm
    Everybody has “that book”. The one they are writing and can never quite get around to finishing and publishing. Personally, I must have four or five. The books aren’t completely abandoned, but they get “back-burnered” because of something else I “need” to work on.  After that, I end up opening the file every few days to tap away at it. And then the file gets opened every few weeks. And then every few months. And then every few years. And then you only remember it in conversations with other people who are talking about the new book they published,…
  • Consider The Source

    Don The Idea Guy
    16 Dec 2014 | 6:00 am
    It used to be that the News Media held their sources to the highest standards. They went to extreme efforts to not just verify the personally integrity of their sources, but to also make certain they could personally vouch for the veracity of their claims. These days the source could simply be a random tweet reported as “news” in order to scoop the competition. Everyone on every channel spends all day talking about the tweet, and then spends all evening discrediting the tweet (which turned out to be false) and those who spoke of it — everybody on every channel —…
  • Wrong vs. Different

    Don The Idea Guy
    9 Dec 2014 | 7:14 am
    I read a post from a business friend the other day in which he outlined the “right” way to apply for a job, the “right” way to outline and explain past positions on a resume, the “right” way to speak to the interviewer, etc.  All I came away with from his advice and perspective was that this place of employment wasn’t not a place I’d want to spend half of my day! While those things might have been the “right” way to do things for this employer, it would have been oh-so-wrong for a creative brain or expressive personality. The…
 
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    InnoBlog

  • When It Comes to Digital Innovation, Less Action, More Thought

    kblake
    21 Jan 2015 | 10:47 am
    A few years ago, we had an idea for a new business opportunity. One of our colleagues owned a restaurant and was complaining about the amount of money he lost because expensive bottles of liquor often went missing (the industry calls this “shrinkage”). This is a problem affecting tens of thousands of restaurants — an attractive target market. So, like good innovators, we began working on a solution to our colleague’s problem by building an automatic liquor inventory-management system. We partnered with a company in a Singapore that had expertise in RFID technology, and began to put…
  • Why Online Retailers Are Starting to Care About Your Feelings

    kblake
    12 Jan 2015 | 12:42 pm
    When I was growing up in suburban Cleveland, the mall was everything.  It was where I hung out with friends, earned my first paycheck, and exercised my newfound independence. Now that mall is practically empty. Storefronts are vacant. You can hear the footsteps of the few shoppers echo down the hall. We all know that shopping is not just about buying stuff, and that there are emotional and social reasons that drive us to choose certain shopping experiences over others. In the rush to get online, retailers focused on building lower-cost digital equivalents of their stores that left behind…
  • Calculate How Much Your Company Should Invest in Innovation

    kblake
    17 Dec 2014 | 11:43 am
    How much does your company need to invest in innovation? It seems like a simple enough question, but answering it with a degree of rigor often highlights a gap that’s bigger than you think between your future financial targets and your current investments in growth. Identifying this so-called “growth gap” is critical, because the bigger the gap, the more a company needs to look beyond its current offerings, markets, and business models to find growth opportunities. And the more growth opportunities stretch beyond a company’s current capabilities, the more the company needs to build…
  • Practicing the ‘Art of Disciplined Experimentation’

    kblake
    16 Dec 2014 | 11:39 am
    “Why don’t we just do that instead of all this testing?” The ‘we’ in the question is a large client active in the retail space. The ‘that’ is what he assumed was required to launch a new product, and ‘all that testing’ was the test & learn plan that came first. The question posed was unintentionally profound, and it articulates a perspective that corporate innovators encounter all too often. A key reason why corporate innovators meet up with persistent resistance from the core business is that people don’t have a clear definition of the ‘what’ and ‘how’  of…
  • Innovation Leadership Lessons from the Marshmallow Challenge

    kblake
    9 Dec 2014 | 11:41 am
    Imagine a room filled with 30 people, divided into six teams. Each team gets 20 sticks of spaghetti, a yard of string, strips of scotch tape, and a single marshmallow. They have 18 minutes to build a free-standing structure that will enable the marshmallow to rest on top. This is the so-called marshmallow challenge, a staple of many design schools. It’s a great way to teach the benefits of rapid prototyping.  Our team at Innosight also uses it as a staple in leadership development workshops. Here’s why. In an arresting seven-minute TED talk, Autodesk fellow Tom Wujec shares data…
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    Innovationedge

  • Defining the Insight-Driven Scoutable Need

    Pat Clusman
    24 Jan 2015 | 4:08 am
    Integral to more advanced company’s open innovation initiatives is a robust technology scouting function. Technology scouting can be regarded as a capability or resource to identify emerging technologies, funnel technology related information into the company and support the acquisition of technologies. The technology scouting function often deploys seasoned research and/or technology professionals to conduct research and explore solutions based on defined needs. The likelihood of success for the technology scouting effort is often determined by how well the need is defined. Taking the…
  • Webinar Encore: Forging CoDev Relationships with your Supplier Community

    Cheryl Perkins
    22 Jan 2015 | 5:39 am
    Highlighted sessions from the CoDev 2014 webinar series are available on-demand and can be viewed at a convenient time of your choice. See the bottom of this post for a complete list of available webinars. Today’s highlighted session is: Forging CoDev Relationships with your Supplier Community What can firms do to break out of the mold and form a truly innovative customer/supplier relationship that delivers technology to the marketplace. Accessing innovation from suppliers is not a new idea. For decades firms have used supplier challenges, win balancing, preferred supplier relationships…
  • Open Innovation Success Factors – A Leading Practitioner’s View of CoDev

    Cheryl Perkins
    20 Jan 2015 | 5:36 am
    Recently my friend Jackie Cooper over at Management Roundtable shared her brief chat with George Wells, Global Portfolio Lead, Nestle S.A.-PetCare, and I am pleased to share her insights here with you as we prepare for CoDev 2015: George Wells, Nestle Until now, our series on Open Innovation Leadership has featured interviews with leading experts. This time, I decided to talk with a leading practitioner to hear from the ‘trenches’ what it takes to succeed in OI, and how attending CoDev may have contributed. George Wells of Nestle S.A.-PetCare has attended CoDev three times. He…
  • Pssst! Get the code!

    Cheryl Perkins
    19 Jan 2015 | 6:56 pm
    Still sitting on the fence for CoDev 2015?  The priority code IE15 will get people a $200 discount. CoDev is the longest running and most respected forum on the topic of Open Innovation. Many participants attend year after year, bringing colleagues and recommending to others. New attendees wonder why they never came before. The reason? Aside from a top-notch, carefully vetted faculty and content, CoDev is an exciting event where you will meet many people and come away energized. But you won’t be lost in a huge crowd or overwhelmed by a confusing agenda. This is not a factory-produced…
  • Fab lab strives for excellence!

    Pat Clusman
    19 Jan 2015 | 6:32 pm
    Recently I had an opportunity to tour the local Fab Lab. If you’re not familiar with Fab Lab, it is a small scale fabrication laboratory offering digital modeling and fabrication. Fab Lab began as collaboration between the Grassroots Invention Group and the Center for Bits and Atoms (CBA) at the Media Lab in the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 2001. A grant from the National Science Foundation in Washington, D.C. helped fund the new concept. Our local Fab Lab is housed on the Fox Valley Technical College (FVTC) campus in Appleton. It was established in the summer of 2007 and the…
 
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    innovation playground Idris Mootee

  • In The Near Future, Instead of Choosing Between AT&T, Verizon, Sprint and T-Mobile, You Can Also Pick Google or Apple As Your Mobile Carriers

    Idris
    25 Jan 2015 | 2:09 pm
    The US mobile industry has been in a clear state of duopoly with Verizon and AT&T occupying about 70-75% of both consumer and enterprise market. T-Mobile is attempting to disrupt the current status but the impact will not be sustainable although its Uncarrier attack effort is causing a lot of noise. To maintain competition and sustainability for all is a...
  • The “Internet of Useless Things” or IuT Is Everywhere. Not Every Player Has A Plan.

    Idris
    12 Jan 2015 | 1:17 am
    The CES is a good one this year. Everywhere is IoT. And honestly I am little tired of hearing IoT or “Internet of Things” which is estimated to become a $7 trillion industry where thermometers, clocks, garbage cans, toilets, washing machines, watches, smartphones, fridges, baby monitors, garage doors and coffee makers are all connected digitally, allowing seamless interactions and smart...
  • Do You Know What A Growth Strategy Is?

    Idris
    31 Dec 2014 | 2:25 pm
    This marks the end of another year. A very busy and fruitful year for us. Personally I was on the road for more than 200 days and I need to take a break - perhaps 3 days. What about my New Year's resolution? I need to cut down on drive and email. I need to cut down on attending unprodcutive...
  • The Come Back Of Hardware. Is Software Becoming A Commodity?

    Idris
    15 Nov 2014 | 4:54 pm
    The world is suddenly obsessed with smart technologies and this time around it seems unstoppable. Our everyday electrical and mechanical industrial object will now be occupied and ran by software and connected to the cloud. It also means each object (as small as some smoke detectors and as large as automobiles) will now be equipped with tons of sensors and...
  • Action Cam King GoPro Is Turning Our Life Into A Movie. HTC and Others Also See The Opportunity.

    Idris
    12 Oct 2014 | 1:59 pm
    When I was at a GoPro event earlier this year I saw how the crowd reacted to it and it is more than a product, it is now a movement. The little mountable camera is a brilliant example of how innovation can shape the industry structure of digital imaging and created a new path of growth under the radar screen...
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    innovation.net

  • New Partnership and People Models for Breakthrough Innovation

    Mike
    11 Jan 2015 | 3:22 pm
    Join The Conference Board and me for a special live webinar on January 14 entitled "New Partnership & People Models for Breakthrough Innovation". We'll cover some thought-provoking topics and provide practical advice for how to manage internally and with external...
  • SHO NUTRITION: Design Thinking for Nutritional Supplements

    Mike
    30 Oct 2014 | 1:23 pm
    My friend Joy Wang is in the midst of an Indiegogo campaign to raise initial funding for her ingenious and elegent nutrition and delivery system: SHO(tm) Nutrition From her Indiegogo page: With a modern, sleek design, sho™ puts your nutrition...
  • Disruption: It's Not Just for Startups Anymore

    Mike
    29 Oct 2014 | 5:44 am
    I'm excited to keep you updated on the progress for my upcoming book Collective Disruption. The book is now planned to be published January 2015 (Polarity Press). I wanted to share this link to the book's landing page that now...
  • Edison Award Nominations Open - Including Collective Disruption Category

    Mike
    1 Oct 2014 | 9:11 am
    The 2015 Edison Awards competition has begun, and I'm excited to share that this year the Applied Technology category will include a Collaborative Disruption subcategory. As I share in my upcoming book, Collective Disruption goes beyond transactional open innovation matchmaking...
  • The Maker Revolution is Alive and Well

    Mike
    30 Jun 2014 | 11:35 am
    The Maker Revolution is alive and well. As part of Fab10 (www.fab10.org), the 10th annual Fab Lab Community Meeting, IAAC - the Institute for Advanced Architecture of Catalonia - is holding the Fab Festival on the 5th and 6th of...
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    Chas Martin, creative director, on creativity and innovation

  • When good enough IS good enough

    Chas Martin
    26 Jan 2015 | 4:58 pm
    One of my first mentors once told me, "Good enough is never good enough." Great advice. Perfection is not easily achieved. It takes commitment. It takes a level of persistence and stubbornness to reach the pinnacle of execution. But, perfection for the sake of perfection can be a false god. Obsession can blind you to the reason you seek it in the first place. I have spent years watching clients try to perfect efficiency, streamline processes, maximize capacity and increase profit. And still, that's not enough. In spite of their managerial success, the margins continue to shrink. There are…
  • The Problem Solving Dilemma

    Chas Martin
    7 Feb 2012 | 6:46 pm
    A dilemma suggests a choice between two or more equally undesirable alternatives. It’s a frequent managerial situation where a decision, and ultimately trade offs must be made to solve a problem. The real problem is not the lack of attractive alternatives, but a lack of understanding of the problem itself.
  • Measuring the wrong metrics. Where innovation often fails.

    Chas Martin
    12 Oct 2010 | 10:08 am
    A truncated quote is often attributed to Peter Drucker, “You can’t manage what you cannot measure.” The continuation of that thought continues, “You can’t measure everything that matters.” The first half has become embedded into our DNA. The second half is simply false. You can measure what matters, but not by the same metrics as everything else. Our culture has created problem solvers. Identify the problem and solve it quickly. The result may create more downstream problems. Solve them later. This is our business nature. But, it’s not our human…
  • Then what? Strategic business questions.

    Chas Martin
    26 Jul 2010 | 5:47 pm
    Every organization wants people with answers. I prefer people with questions – specific questions like: What if? Why not? Then what? Questions do more than seek response. They provide direction. A question well asked is half answered. Ask “Then what?” and you’re exploring beyond tactics to the strategic potential of the solution. Some solutions only postpone the problem. Some offload the problem without really solving it. Some  solve one problem but create another downstream. Then what?
  • Innovation as an economic turnaround strategy

    Chas Martin
    9 Jun 2010 | 3:26 pm
    After months of cutbacks, reductions and layoff, is your organization ready for an economic rebound? Emotionally? Probably yes.Strategically? Probably no. Managing in a downturn requires the most from the least. Efficiency is king. Innovation, strategic visioning? Minimized or eliminated altogether. Your decision clock is ticking.
 
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    Creativity & Innovation

  • If You’re an Innovator, You Should Switch to Microsoft Windows

    keithsawyer
    24 Jan 2015 | 5:45 am
    In 2012, Microsoft came up with the first innovation in personal computer operating systems in almost 40 years. Not Apple. Not Google. Microsoft. Windows 8, released by Microsoft in 2012, is the first new user interface since Xerox PARC created the mouse-and-windows desktop visual metaphor in the 1970s. That was long before we had smartphones and touch screens and the cloud. For Windows 8, instead of incremental innovation, Microsoft chose the path of radical innovation. They asked: What would a user interface look like if we started from scratch? If we designed for touch screens and…
  • Collective Genius: The Art and Practice of Leading Innovation

    keithsawyer
    20 Jan 2015 | 7:34 am
    Collective Genius is a wonderful new book by a team led by Professor Linda A. Hill of Harvard Business School. Of course, I had to read it, because my own business book is called Group Genius. With such similar titles, it’s not surprising there’s a lot of overlap with my book: we cite a lot of the same research, we choose many of the same companies for our case studies, and we provide very similar advice for leaders. Here are some quotations that resonated with my research: People apparently prefer to believe in the rugged individualism of discovery, perhaps because they rarely…
  • Here Come the Disrupters: Insights into Entrepreneurship in Foreign Affairs Magazine

    keithsawyer
    13 Jan 2015 | 11:23 am
    If you care about entrepreneurship, you need to read the latest issue of Foreign Affairs magazine (January/February 2015). The cover title is Here Come the Disrupters—the Special Entrepreneurship Issue. You’ll find influential, smart, and high-powered writers and interviewees, including Jeff Bezos (founder of Amazon.com), Michael Moritz (one of the most successful technology venture capitalists), Robert Litan (an economist at the Brookings Institution), Mariana Mazzucato (Professor at the University of Sussex and author of The Entrepreneurial State), and even Harvard’s Clayton…
  • How Art Gets Created (Homage to Howie Becker)

    keithsawyer
    10 Jan 2015 | 5:14 am
    My approach to creativity was deeply inspired by Howie Becker’s 1982 book Art Worlds–a close analysis of the work done by painters, sculptors, and photographers, of course, but also all of the other roles necessary to get art done and to get it valued, sold, and talked about. Becker made a convincing argument that art doesn’t come from the solitary artist in the studio; there are many other people involved. They remain hidden only because we aren’t looking for them–we believe so much in the romantic myth of the solitary lone genius that we look right past…
  • Desperately Needed: Entrepreneurs Under 30

    keithsawyer
    3 Jan 2015 | 2:03 pm
    The percentage of people under age 30 who own their own private business has reached a 24-year low: About 3.6% of households headed by adults younger than 30 owned stakes in private companies (Wall Street Journal, January 3-4, 2015). That is WAY down from 10.6% in 1989, and 6.1% in 2010. In 2013, the proportion of young adults who start a business each month dropped to its lowest level in at least 17 years (Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation). The U.S. “startup rate”–new firms as a percentage of all firms–fell by almost half between 1978 and 2011 (Brookings Institution).
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    Phil McKinney

  • What’s next for the Killer Innovations Podcast?

    philmckinney
    19 Jan 2015 | 5:01 am
    My guess is that you didn’t expect to hear from me today. I know its been way too long since the last podcast – 5 months to be exact. History of the Podcast In the early days of this podcast (as a reminder we launch on March 22, 2005  which was before iTunes even knew what a podcast was!) the show was a weekly that was posted on Sunday evenings. Life was easier back then. In the early days, it was me with a cheap microphone on a laptop recording shows while setting in hotel bathrooms from around the world.…
  • Creating Opportunity: On Malcolm Gladwell, Impressionism, and Being a Big Fish in a Small Pond

    philmckinney
    5 Jan 2015 | 5:12 am
    Who isn’t familiar with the Impressionists?  Most of us, no matter how little we may know about art, have heard of Monet and Renoir.  Impressionism makes an impact on the human psyche with its sublime, colorful landscapes and distinctive human subjects.  It’s not an exact representation of the world, but rather a rendition of the way we process the world. Impressionism is fascinating because of how it creates the sense of having been done in a hurry, of being a stroke of genius, dashed off as a casual aside straight from the painter’s mind.  But if you’ve tried to imitate…
  • What Can Children Teach Us About Creativity?

    philmckinney
    1 Dec 2014 | 5:08 am
    Some adults tend to think that creativity is something you are born with. But, the truth is we are all creative. If your creativity seems to be at a stand still, I invite you to think about what we can learn about creativity by observing children. I just came back from our vacation with our kids and grand-kids and I took the opportunity to observe my grand-kids and how they exhibit creativity.  And what did I observe?…
  • A Bizarre New Perspective on Brainstorms

    philmckinney
    7 Oct 2014 | 8:56 am
    We’ve all been in a meeting where we were asked to brainstorm.  The concept is familiar. Everyone involved writes out everything they can think of on the given topic, even if it seems strange, silly, or not quite practical, because sometimes, as we let our brains really run, we come across a solution or idea that just works.  Brainstorms help you think about an old topic in a new way and can be great for innovations and inventions.…
  • What is the magic behind the innovations of Silicon Valley?

    philmckinney
    2 Oct 2014 | 1:15 pm
    Many governments and organizations have wanted to unravel the magic behind the innovations of Silicon Valley so that they can take it back and re-create its success. After my many years of working and innovating in the valley, I’ve learned that there isn’t a one size fits all way to re-create the valley.  You can’t read the latest book outlining the “10 Steps of .. [insert: Apple, Steve Jobs, Google, Facebook, etc]” deploy them in your team and automatically expect success.…
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    Outside Innovation

  • Mobile Apps: The Path of Least Resistance for Customer Co-Design

    Patty Seybold
    23 Jan 2015 | 7:13 am
    We predict that 2015 will be a great year for customer co-design initiatives. There are four converging trends that bode well for customer-centric executives: Mobile app development is a popular investment among top execs. Mobile apps are well-suited to customer co-design. Mobile apps require close integration with customer portals, customer-facing web sites, social media, contact centers, and customer service. Customers’ priorities and success metrics (transmitted through stories) trump organizational politics. Mobile app development is only one of many areas in which customer co-design…
  • Innovation: Creating vs. Problem Solving

    Patty Seybold
    16 Jan 2015 | 7:12 am
    I was recently engaged to facilitate an “innovation discussion” between a client’s cross-functional innovation team and an insightful team of people from one of their customers. The session didn't meet my expectations.  Don’t get me wrong; it was a valuable interchange. My client learned an incredible amount about their customers’ (mostly implicit) business drivers, about the real-world constraints of their particular business, about the seemingly intractable problems they had. Their customers learned new ways to think about and to solve some of their operations’ problems.
  • 2015: Industries Ripe for Disruptive Innovations

    Patty Seybold
    31 Dec 2014 | 8:49 am
    Happy New Year from the Customers.com team! We believe that 2015 will be a year of grass roots activity and customer-led innovation. Consumers will continue to vote with their now meager wallets to buy the products they value and need from the companies that treat them with respect. Young people and the swelling ranks of retirees and unemployed around the world will continue to the take both to the streets and to social media to advocate for social justice and better opportunities. Politicians will continue to ignore the will of the people they are supposed to represent, in favor of the…
  • “Best of YouTube 2014” Video

    Patty Seybold
    20 Dec 2014 | 6:58 am
    The best way I can think of to celebrate the holidays is to share with you this video highlighting the incredible adventurousness and creativity of our human race. Luc Bergeron, actor, director, and video editor, known as Zapatou, has compiled a 2014 retrospective “Best of Web” video from crowdsourced YouTube-posted videos. Please take 6 minutes out of your busy holiday schedule to sit back and relax and enjoy Luc’s highlights from YouTube customer-created content in 2014. Best of Web 7 – Zapatou Happy Holidays from the Patricia Seybold Group!
  • How to Create Senior-Friendly Services & Communities

    Patty Seybold
    5 Dec 2014 | 7:25 am
    Several people sent me the same article from this Sunday’s New York Times: Retirees Turn to Virtual Villages for Mutual Support. They all knew that I’m interested in, and working on, the creation of “virtual assisted living” solutions. The article describes “Virtual Villages” – most of these are part of the Village-to-Village Network, which started with the creation of the Beacon Hill Village in 2001. What interests me about this grass roots movement to create senior-to-senior support networks around the country and around the world are three things: It’s a great example of…
 
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    15inno

  • A Free Book / Presentation: 7 Steps for Open Innovation

    Stefan Lindegaard
    26 Jan 2015 | 1:50 pm
    I am happy to give you FREE access to a mini-book and a PowerPoint presentation deck for my framework on open innovation. You can download the free mini-book (PDF, 46 pages) here: 7 Steps for Open Innovation: Grading Your Company’s Open Innovation Capabilities (A Kindle version will be available shortly) The premise for the 7 Steps for Open Innovation tool is that if a company is not already fully engaged with open innovation efforts, it is way behind. This is evident by looking at the number of companies around the globe that today embrace the use of external partners and input into…
  • Open Innovation in the Auto Industry: Toyota, Tesla Open Up Patents

    Stefan Lindegaard
    24 Jan 2015 | 4:42 am
    Last year, I wrote a blog post on Tesla and their move to open up their patent portfolio to others in order to help move the battery-driven car industry forward. Now, Toyota is doing a similar thing and the reason is the same as with Tesla as you can read in the below comment taken from a USA Today article: “We think fuel cells have the potential to become mainstream technology over the next 100 years,” says Bob Carter, a Toyota senior vice president in the U.S. “By having more (automakers) and suppliers in on the development of fuel cells, we think this will help accelerate…
  • Western World, Learn Innovation from Dubai!

    Stefan Lindegaard
    22 Jan 2015 | 7:29 pm
    As I am reading some local newspapers in Dubai airport, I see three articles on new innovation initiatives driven by the government. This is just another day of innovation and media coverage in the UAE. One of the articles has a quote in which the Western countries are called upon to learn from the UAE. When it comes to government driven innovation, this is true. The Western countries need to learn from the UAE and not the other way around. Sometimes a government can do good things.
  • Call for Cases: Training Your Employees for Open Innovation

    Stefan Lindegaard
    14 Jan 2015 | 4:37 am
    I am working on the next webinar in my Innovation MasterClass and this one will be based on some interested questions raised by one of the member companies. They go like this: What are the effective actions to develop skills of the organization for open innovation? What training programs / capability assets are needed? What are some of the common approaches and tools companies use to encourage their organizations to do open innovation What changes to the work processes are needed to connect and manage external connections efficiently? The questions are based on the notion made the company…
  • Five Things Executives Should Learn about Innovation in 2015

    Stefan Lindegaard
    13 Jan 2015 | 6:06 am
    If you want to bring corporate executives up to speed on innovation management as it happens in 2015 you should focus on these elements: • give them a better understanding of what open innovation is and how this impacts an organization • give them a better understanding of business model innovation and how this impacts innovation projects (go beyond products and technologies) • develop better tools for managing “tolerance for failure” as innovation today requires more and more experimentation; not only on products and services but also on the innovation process itself •…
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    Innovation in Practice

  • 15 Biggest Innovations in Health Tech

    Drew Boyd
    26 Jan 2015 | 12:00 am
    View Interactive Version (via 10ZiG ).
  • New Tricks for Old Dogs: The Task Unification Technique in Surgery

    Drew Boyd
    19 Jan 2015 | 12:00 am
    Dr. Steven Palter’s patient began to cry. Not because of the sharp pain that suddenly shot through her abdomen—after years of suffering she was used to that—but from sheer and utter relief. The Yale University fertility specialist had precisely isolated the physical source of his patient’s chronic pelvic pain (CPP). “We got it!” Dr. Palter said elatedly, and immediately released the pressure he’d put on the spot inside her abdomen. “And we couldn’t have found it without you,” he told the woman. For years, she’d been in constant agony that prevented her from sleeping,…
  • Innovation Sighting: Kitchen Ovens Using S.I.T.

    Drew Boyd
    12 Jan 2015 | 12:00 am
    As a teacher, it's always rewarding to see my students create ideas that eventually make it into the marketplace. Here are some great innovations for the kitchen oven that a group of students created last year, January 2014. Later, we'll compare these to the new innovations announced by Whirlpool at the 2015 Consumer Electronics Show. 1. SIT Technique: Task Unification / Multiplication – “A range that is also your recipe”. Description: A “smart” range provides you access to a database full of real-time digital cooking classes and assists with temperatures and timing to help you…
  • Innovation Sighting: The Fusion of Design Thinking and the Task Unification Technique

    Drew Boyd
    5 Jan 2015 | 12:00 am
    Combining Systematic Inventive Thinking with Design Thinking yields wonderful innovations. SIT brings a way to create ideas systematically while Design Thinking brings a way to articulate those ideas in an intuitive, appealing way. Take the Task Unification Technique, for example. It's one of five in the SIT method. Task Unification works by taking an existing resource in the immediate vicinity of where a product is being used and assigning it an additional task. It yields innovative ideas that are clever and deceptively simple. Add Design Thinking to them and you get pure magic. You'll…
  • Five Industries Ripe for Innovation

    Drew Boyd
    30 Dec 2014 | 7:54 am
    The economic outlook for 2015 is, by most accounts, "slightly better than 2014." That, of course, depends on what industry you're in. For some, that outlook could be a lot better with an injection of good, old fashioned innovation. Here is my short list of five industries most ripe for innovation in 2015. 1. Commercial Aerospace: I may be biased because I've worked in this industry, but I've always considered the aerospace industry the most complicated and difficult of any. Think about the conditions that airlines, for example, work under. They're heavily regulated, union intensive, recession…
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    INDIA INVENTS

  • What incubators want from FM in the budget 2015.

    A.S Rao
    19 Jan 2015 | 11:32 pm
    iSPIRIT Expert Team on Incubators submitted their wishlist. Some recommendations:1.      Incubators should be recognized and notified as “Single Window Clearance” point for starting and closing a business, set up by Incubatee companies. New provisions could be incorporated in the Companies Act to establish such procedures, with time limits. 2.     The Incubators be exempt from: a) Income Tax under the applicable sections of IT Act, b) Customs Duty or any other applicable taxes for import of equipments, consumables, raw material,…
  • Market leaders to Category Kings: Fast mover takes all.

    A.S Rao
    17 Jan 2015 | 9:39 pm
    Report by Play Bigger `Time To Market Cap: The new metric that matter' elaborated on this concept of Category Kings.TTMC is the measure of the time it takes a company to reach certain market capitalization milestones such as $500 million, $1 billion, or $5 billion. Time is measured by the number of years since the company was founded. Market cap is measured by (a) a company public marketcapitalization, or (b) a company valuation at the time of purchase, or (c) the most recent post-money valuation from a round of financing.Category Kings, the companies that dominate the rest of their…
  • Lessons from the Chinese patenting system

    A.S Rao
    13 Jan 2015 | 2:26 am
    Peter K. Yu, Drake University Law School, in his paper `Building the Ladder: Three Decades of Development of the Chinese Patent System' traces the development of the modern Chinese patent system. It begins with a historical overview of the protection China offered to inventions during the dynastic and Republican eras. The article then identifies five different stages of development of the modern Chinese patent system. Going from stage to stage, this article demonstrates how a developing country could strategically build a patent system that is tailored to its own social, economic…
  • Fund of Funds- IFC Venture Capital Funds

    A.S Rao
    10 Jan 2015 | 10:32 pm
    Annual report 2013-14 shares information about the 3 funds managed by IFCI viz. India Automotive Component Manufacturers Private Equity Fund-1-Domestic (IACM-I-D), Green India Venture Fund (GIVF) and India Enterprise Development Fund (IEDF) with an aggregate corpus of `508 crore. The focus of all the three funds was on investments in mid-sized companies involved in setting-up niche business models in respective industry sectors with the prospects of scalability. The above mentioned funds were floated in June 2008. The funds are SEBI registered “Trust” funds. IDBI Trusteeship Services…
  • Innovators Exhibition, Egypt, 8-9th March 2015

    A.S Rao
    10 Jan 2015 | 9:39 pm
    Hebatalrahman, Founder & President of Egyptian inventors syndicate is coordinating Egypt's first innovation exhibition and invites participation by Indian Innovators.Dates: 8-9, March 2015Venue: Beni-Suef UniversityConcessional travel by Egypt Air available and accommodation in University Hotel available.Contact:A.S.Rao, President, Indian Innovators Association, indiainvents@hotmail.comandHebatalrahman A, Dr.eng consultant in material sciencefounder & president of Egyptian inventors syndicatepresident of the Egyptian society for women &youth…
 
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    neuronspark

  • Hydrogen Car

    paul
    12 Jan 2015 | 12:06 pm
    I got a look at my first Hydrogen Car at CES and it’s a game changer from Toyota call Mirai
  • Jeana Alayaay

    paul
    24 Nov 2014 | 8:46 am
    At GigaOm Roadmap14 Jeana Alayaay, Product Manager, Pivotal Labs gave her talk on The Future of Product Management and Why Design Matters?
  • Urs Hölzle

    paul
    14 Nov 2014 | 4:31 am
    Urs Hölzle is Senior Vice President for Technical Infrastructure at Google. Urs oversees the design, installation, and operation of the servers, networks, and datacenters that power Google’s services. He talked about building-out Google’s servers at the Web Summit in Dublin, Eire.
  • Intel 14nm Microarchitecture

    paul
    13 Nov 2014 | 11:47 am
    IDF 2014 Intel next generation 14 nanometer microarchitecture from the Team that created it.
  • Intel 14nm Process

    paul
    12 Nov 2014 | 10:49 am
    Mark Bohr an Intel Senior Fellow and director of Process Architecture and Integration talked about 14 nanometer process technology At IDF 2014
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    InnovationLabs

  • Innova-Con Innovation Conference

    Langdon
    25 Jan 2015 | 1:10 pm
    You’ve undoubtedly noticed that the world is changing, and quickly.  We took this photo in an airport a few years ago, and now here it is 2015 and lo and behold, they were pretty close to right on.  Perhaps this may stimulate you to ask yourself if you’re now prepared for 2020?  Of course this […]
  • Innovation Training Around the World … and in Thailand

    Langdon
    11 Jan 2015 | 4:16 pm
    Suppose that you are a leader in your organization, and that you would like to unleash the creative potential of all the people throughout the organization.  Is that not one of your goals?  Almost certainly it is.  One of the most impactful actions that organizational leaders can take to do so is to examine the […]
  • Cities, Innovation, and the Future

    Langdon
    27 Oct 2014 | 6:19 pm
    Innovation is intimately linked with cities. This occurs for many reasons, many of which are entirely obvious. People congregate in cities, and through experiencing problems and sharing ideas for how to solve them, innovation comes about. There are suppliers and experts and scholars and materials and tinkerers in cities in abundance, so questions can be […]
  • Driven to Death by the Rate of Innovation

    Langdon
    18 Sep 2014 | 3:14 pm
    We recently had a fascinating meeting with a prominent venture capitalist based in Palo Alto, and during the course of our conversation about the pressures that his portfolio companies are under he used a fascinating phrase to describe the tech industry as a whole.  He said that the lagging companies, many of which are not […]
  • Arrogance, Risk, and Resources (Or, How to Avoid Unpleasant Surprises)

    Langdon
    20 Jul 2014 | 8:05 pm
    There was recently a small article in The Economist highlighting the growth of Airbnb, the residential room-sharing service, that like Lyft and Uber, is disrupting a traditional industry.  The short piece explores how Airbnb is growing, and discusses how much of a threat this may become to hotel chains.  The signals to date are mixed, […]
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    Fast Company

  • Taylor Swift's YouTube Channel Also--Possibly!--Hacked With Unsettling Video

    David Lumb
    27 Jan 2015 | 2:55 pm
    A bad day for Tay.Earlier today, Taylor Swift's Twitter and Instagram accounts were hacked—and now it seems her YouTube account has also fallen to hacking, as a video was posted on her official Vevo channel showing an earlier interview clearly dubbed over with a track from Phoenix, Arizona-based "music miscreants" Man-Cat.Read Full Story
  • Apple Finished 2014 On A Record High Note

    Ainsley O'Connell
    27 Jan 2015 | 2:36 pm
    Expect the Apple Watch to ship in April, a confident Tim Cook said TuesdayDuring Apple's first-quarter earnings call Tuesday evening, CEO Tim Cook announced that the Apple Watch smartwatch would begin shipping in April.Read Full Story
  • Yahoo Will Spin Off Alibaba Stake Into A Separate Company

    Tyler Hayes
    27 Jan 2015 | 1:45 pm
    Yahoo announces its fourth-quarter earnings.On Tuesday, Yahoo announced mixed fourth-quarter earnings of $1.18 billion in revenue; analysts expected $1.19 billion. The company, however, beat predicted earnings per share at $0.30, compared to the expected $0.29. The more interesting news was that it would create a new investment company to spin off its stake in Chinese e-commerce giant Alibaba. The new company is being referred to as "SpinCo."Read Full Story
  • The Drone That Crashed On White House Lawn Was Piloted By A Drunk Defense Employee

    Luke Dormehl
    27 Jan 2015 | 12:30 pm
    The dangers of drinking and droning.Turns out the drone that circumvented White House radar detection and crashed into a tree on the presidential South Lawn yesterday was piloted by none other than a National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency government official. Woops!Read Full Story
  • Taylor Swift's Twitter Account Hacked!

    Luke Dormehl
    27 Jan 2015 | 11:15 am
    'Cause the "hackers gonna hack, hack, hack, hack, hack."Taylor Swift's relationship with social media was far from a love story today, as the pop star's Twitter and Instagram accounts were apparently hacked by a person referring to him-or-herself as the "leader" of hacking group the Lizard Squad—someone she almost certainly would have known was trouble before he-or-she walked in.Read Full Story
 
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    FOLDEN.INFO eMedia

  • International Short Films

    FOLDEN.INFO
    26 Jan 2015 | 12:59 pm
    International short films are shown for free at the film portal shortfil.ms. There is a broad choice of films available, which are accessible in convenient ways. The films are assorted by genres and by languages. Furthermore one may search for actors, authors or filmmakers. The idea to create the site the makers had by the ...read more
  • Music Streaming in HiFi Quality

    FOLDEN.INFO
    12 Dec 2014 | 5:32 am
    What is already standard to online video, hd or even uhd, now becomes reality for music streaming. Music subscription services are starting to stream in hifi quality. Lately tidal has been launched, a new music subscription service. Currently the service is only available in the US and UK. But the makers of tidal are also ...read more
  • New Realtime Search Engine for News and Events

    FOLDEN.INFO
    4 Dec 2014 | 11:46 am
    Tersee is the name of a new realtime search engine. The search engine has been developed by a small team in Berlin since 2011 and is now available to the public. The search engine is specialized in news and events. Beside texts the engine is searching for videos as well. The search is fast and ...read more
  • Easy, fast and intelligent Online Photo Editor

    FOLDEN.INFO
    5 Nov 2014 | 8:40 am
    polarr is a new online photo editor, which describes itself by being the most advanced one. And indeed the online app is fast and has some outstanding featues, which I personally miss even within some photo and graphic software. The feature I am talking about is the feasibility to easily store a processed version and ...read more
  • Connect your Smartphones

    FOLDEN.INFO
    31 Oct 2014 | 8:33 am
    With smartphones being adopted by many people a new kind of apps has coming up, which allows to connect various smartphones directly and without the need of an internet connection. These apps have various advantages, e.g. to bypass a slow internet connection or to save bandwidth. Zapya for example enables to exchange files via Bluetooth ...read more
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    Holiday Matinee

  • Travel more spontaneously with Whimsy

    kiran
    23 Jan 2015 | 12:47 pm
    Paris. Berlin. Barcelona. Those are all great cities, but now there’s a site out there dedicated to bringing you to some of the offbeat, breathtaking places on Planet Earth. Whimsy offers a small selection of flights to places like Myanmar, Musandam or Kerala. All flights are out of London right now, but even if that isn’t home for you, the video that plays on the site is crazy feel-good. The post Travel more spontaneously with Whimsy appeared first on Holiday Matinee.
  • When in NYC, Ride The Subway

    kiran
    21 Jan 2015 | 10:16 am
    This clip from Broad City isn’t even that much of an exaggeration to anyone that has ridden enough subway cars in NYC. Don’t be an Upper East Sider and live your life in private. Embrace the experience that is public transportation. Click here to view the embedded video. The post When in NYC, Ride The Subway appeared first on Holiday Matinee.
  • A backpack for all adventures

    kiran
    20 Jan 2015 | 11:04 am
    I’m digging this TOPO Designs x Woolrich collab on the Rover Pack. It’s got a laptop sleeve, but also some side pockets that don’t rule out taking this bag on outdoor adventures. Being handmade in Colorado doesn’t hurt either [via Gear Patrol]. The post A backpack for all adventures appeared first on Holiday Matinee.
  • The 99U Quarterly

    kiran
    16 Jan 2015 | 11:54 am
    Print magazines are hot. Either that or I’ve just been obsessed with them lately. We’ve given shout outs to Stack Magazines and Offscreen before, but another intriguing one is the 99U Quarterly. I can’t attest to the quality yet, but it promises practical advice on executing ideas, profiles on interesting creatives and the latest research on getting shit done. Sounds like something I’d be into. First issue ships in March. The post The 99U Quarterly appeared first on Holiday Matinee.
  • Our January Mixtape

    holiday matinee
    13 Jan 2015 | 9:01 am
    Bob Marley once said, “One good thing about music, when it hits you, you feel no pain.” That may not have been the only reason Bob was feelin’ good, but we do hope our first collection of  jams this year does you well. On this month’s mix, you’ll find music by Ivan Ave, Longclaws, The Dreaming Spires and a few other artists we just can’t seem to get enough of. Be sure to let us know which track’s your fave. p.s. Not seeing a tape above? You’re mobile so you best head here. The post Our January Mixtape appeared first on Holiday Matinee.
 
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    Inventor Spot - Inventions, Innovations, and Interesting Ideas for the Inventor in All of Us

  • Is It A Bike? Is It A Boat? Nope, It's The X1 Water Bike

    Samantha Pankey
    27 Jan 2015 | 6:45 pm
    It's not a bike, and it's not a boat...well, not exactly. It's a cross between a bike and a boat, but it's not a paddle boat either. It's the X1 Water Bike, and it will make your next trip to the lake a lot more fun, and you can get in a great workout as well.
  • Salamander Amphibious Concept Motorized Trike Treks Over Land & Sea

    Motors.new
    27 Jan 2015 | 5:24 pm
    The innovative Salamander Concept trike from Philippines-based H2O Technologies was designed for regions subject to frequent flooding... the Philippines, for example. Two three-wheeled prototypes powered by gasoline and electricity respectively demonstrate the company's technology while retail sales could begin as early as 2016.
  • Make Bread With One Dish? Easy With All In One Lékué Bread Maker

    Laurie Kay Olson
    27 Jan 2015 | 5:37 am
    Baking your own bread is an attractive proposition when you consider freshness, taste, the lack of additives, and reduced salt content. It is not so attractive when you consider the time and the mess involved.  The Lékué Bread Maker is a simple-looking bowl that makes baking your own bread a whole lot easier and a lot less messy. And it does it all without using extra electricity and extra moving parts.
  • Hang Out In The Mosquito Free Hammock Bliss And Don't Worry About Bugs

    Samantha Pankey
    26 Jan 2015 | 6:10 pm
    Hammocks are perfect for relaxing. Perfect for napping. Perfect for lounging with a good book. Perfect for enjoying a nice spring day. However, they're not perfect for keeping bugs out of your face...unless you have the Mosquito Free Hammock Bliss.
  • Rat Pro X Gaming Mouse Boasts Swappable Sensors

    Rey M.L.
    26 Jan 2015 | 6:32 am
    Coming five years after the original R.A.T., a computer mouse whose size can be adjusted to match one's hand, Mad Catz' Rat Pro X is the same thing, but even more modular. You can swap sensors and change the wheel tread, among a bunch of other things, and it still has the looks of something designed by aliens.
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    Creativity Unbound

  • Real Beauty VS Charlotte McKinney’s breasts

    edward boches
    27 Jan 2015 | 9:28 am
    Advertising is filled with contradictions. One day you can read an Ad Age article on the best advertising of the 21st century and learn that Unilever’s Dove emerges the winner for actually changing consumer notions about beauty with its inspiring Real Beauty campaign. A few days later in the same magazine you can ogle Charlotte McKinney and her apparently naked bouncing breasts, recruited to metaphorically represent and sell a hormone free burger for – surprise – Carl’s Jr. It appears that women with wrinkles, imperfect bodies, and no photo shop adjustments can help a beauty brand…
  • Will Super Bowl ads ever live up to the hype?

    edward boches
    25 Jan 2015 | 8:48 am
    I teach advertising. I watch advertising. I even like advertising. When it’s good. And if it’s not all that advertising-like. So of course I look forward to the Super Bowl. And of course I’m inevitably disappointed. So how can that be? Isn’t the Super Bowl supposed to showcase the best that advertising has to offer? The strategic imperative, whether officially written into the brief or not, asks agencies to create something that critics and viewers alike will love. There’s pressure to trend on Twitter. And kudos should the spot find itself atop the USA Today’s rankings on Monday.
  • Talent imitates, genius steals. And then it remixes.

    edward boches
    7 Oct 2014 | 5:59 pm
    Talent Imitates, Genius Steals: Four Chapters on Being Creative in the Digital Age from edward boches The good folks at Biogen Idec asked me to speak at a gathering of international marketing folks this week. Admittedly I know little or nothing about bio-tech or pharmaceuticals. So rather than faking it, I talked about something I do know about. Creativity: having ideas, inspiring ideas, dissecting ideas. It was only a few years ago when creative was a word used to describe the art and theater students who kept to themselves in high school. Or people who had no money and lived in lofts,…
  • Creativity for the digital age in six minutes

    edward boches
    26 Sep 2014 | 6:53 am
    Creativity for the digital age in six minutes. from edward boches Boston University COM PR professor Amy Shanler asked me to present “how to be creative” in six minutes for a “speed dating” like session for her PR students. If being creative isn’t already enough of a challenge, trying to explain how to do it in six minutes. Obviously it’s something I think about a lot in a never ending attempt to inspire students who are eager to create, invent, and make stuff that’s interesting. But we all know that you learn and improve by doing, not be listening…
  • Is Apple getting closer to a post-Jobsian voice?

    edward boches
    30 Aug 2014 | 7:19 am
    This morning I got an email from Peter Burrows, a senior writer for Bloomberg/Businessweek. Peter writes regularly about science, research, tech, Silicon Valley and Apple. We talk about the latter every now and then. Peter’s latest query asked whether I thought Apple’s most recent commercials were any indication that the company was getting closer to a post-Jobsian voice. I sent Peter a note, and thought I’d share my answer here. After all, everyone likes to talk about Apple and its advertising. Short answer: perhaps getting closer, yes. Apple has always been about…
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    SERVICE INNOVATION

  • Dealing with the Unknown is an essential skill for innovators

    Arnold Beekes
    21 Jan 2015 | 6:28 am
    "We need to be good at not knowing: In today’s world, being smart is no longer the person with the most knowledge,Those people are going to be rare because the rate at which knowledge is generated is so fast that what you learn in school, or what you learn today could be very, very different than what you learn tomorrow, or two to three years out.”Edward HessLearn or Die: Using Science to Build a Leading-Edge Learning OrganizationWe have nothing to teach you. Our expertise is ‘Not Knowing’ and ‘Unlearning’. A Not Knowing Circle (NKC) is about reflecting and unlearning together via…
  • Imagine that you are a customer

    Arnold Beekes
    11 Dec 2014 | 2:13 am
    Yesterday I had a meeting in a hotel. We were having a great conversation until someone started vacuum cleaning in our area. It was around 11AM.  We had to almost shout towards each other to make ourselves heard. Actually, I have had this experience in other hotels as well. Around mid-morning they start vacuum cleaning. It looks like that it is a standard procedure in the housekeeping manual. This indicates 2 types of problems:1.    The employee is clearly disengaged. Otherwise she would have waited or would have asked us whether she was disturbing us. Neither action…
  • Who knows all about your customers?

    Arnold Beekes
    4 Dec 2014 | 6:43 am
    The other day I was wandering about the high-tech content of ecommerce. Every day there are new online stores being opened, where you can buy anything from tennis rackets, to books, to diapers. Placing the order on the website and planning the delivery is most of the high tech activity.Then a large part of the ecommerce business is done offline, i.e. the physical delivery of the goods to your doorstep by couriers. This is actually the high-touch component of ecommerce. Every day there are a number of delivery vans (from TNT, PostNL, UPS etc) cruising through my neighborhood. And these…
  • A product with a free service or a service with a free product

    Arnold Beekes
    26 Nov 2014 | 3:49 am
    In retail there is a battle for survival. Bricks and mortar stores are having huge problems to deal with the competition from E-commerce.Most players are rather creative in trying to capture the attention of potential customers. Last week I did buy a Sonos loudspeaker. These are rather pricey, so I had just put it on my wish list. By coincidence I saw that Sonos now had a special offer. This offer includes a full year free service from a streaming music service called Deezer. The regular price of this service is €9,99 per month and I now have free access for a year. That seems like a great…
  • What is the goal of design?

    Arnold Beekes
    28 Oct 2014 | 4:28 am
    Last week I did go to Dutch Design Week in Eindhoven. It was a costly trip by train and the admission fee was also much too high. Oh yeah and it rained cats and dogs, so that sets the scene!Basically (former) students are sharing their work in various places.However I did not see anything that I would consider to be useful, with the exception of a good-looking bike. The intent was to allow the manufacturing to happen here, rather than in China. The rest of the pots, carpets, lights and sites was not making me enthusiastic.I might be mistaken, but isn’t the goal of good design to make a…
 
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    The Brainzooming Group

  • 10 Content Marketing Strategy Mistakes Your Competitors Are Making

    Mike Brown
    27 Jan 2015 | 2:50 am
    Content marketing strategy workshop audiences are always interested in hearing about best practices. Best practices seems like easy answers; they make it seem as if all you have to do is simply do what another brand has found successful. The easy answer, however, isn’t always the right answer. What makes sense for another brand won’t necessarily make sense for your brand, whether that is in content marketing strategy or another area. We find it’s much more valuable to share tools and techniques workshop attendees can use to draft the best strategies and tactics for themselves. 10…
  • Creative Thinking Skills – 8 Clues You Are an Idea Slasher

    Mike Brown
    26 Jan 2015 | 2:50 am
    When it comes to your creative thinking skills, are you an idea builder or an idea slasher? In other words, when you ask someone for advice, ideas, or creative thinking (or simply declare you need help and someone else responds), how do you immediately react to what they have to say? Someone with strong creating thinking skills listens to what the other person has to say, then starts to build on ideas being shared. This type of person makes connections to what he or she already thinks, asks for additional information (with positive language), and builds on the creative thinking the other…
  • 5 Fun Strategic Planning Activities

    Mike Brown
    23 Jan 2015 | 2:50 am
    If you’ve ever seen me present a strategic thinking workshop, you’ve likely heard me say, “People think strategic planning is boring, and I agree with them. I’m a strategic planner, and even I don’t enjoy strategic planning. That’s why we make it fun!” That’s not simply a throw-away line. It’s the absolute truth. We consciously try to develop fun strategic planning activities. The reason fun strategic planning activities are so important is they prompt people to want to engage with strategic planning at that moment plus make them eager to participate in the future. 5 Fun…
  • Social Media Strategy – Challenges for Solo Social Media Professionals

    Mike Brown
    22 Jan 2015 | 2:50 am
    Speaking on social media strategy at various fantastic conferences, I’m surprised by how many individuals from prominent brands tell me they are handling ALL the social media for their brands. Yes, being a solo social media professional isn’t something that happens just in smaller companies. Big brands also find themselves putting a tremendous amount of responsibility and social media work on one person. In fact, one study reports that 42% of professionals working on social media full-time serve as one person departments. That background prompted us to work with the Social Media Strategy…
  • Strategic Thinking Exercises – 20 Reasons to Download Our Innovation Strategy eBook

    Mike Brown
    21 Jan 2015 | 2:50 am
    Does your innovation strategy include adopting a more outside-in approach that better involves customer and market input? If so, today is the perfect day to download our latest innovation strategy eBook, “The Outside-In Innovation Edition” of the Brainzooming “Fake Book of Strategic Thinking Tools.” This new outside-in innovation strategy eBook has received a wonderful early response. Today, we want to make sure each reader takes advantage of incorporating these valuable strategic thinking exercises into your innovation strategy. 20 Reasons to Download the Strategic…
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    Christa Rose Avampato

  • This Just In: A dog can make you brave

    Christa
    26 Jan 2015 | 10:00 pm
    Go ahead, illness. You don’t stand a chance against this heart. My dachshund looked drunk. And for a dachshund, a breed prone to spinal issues, a collapsing of the back legs can be a death sentence. I rushed him to the ER, and he was immediately admitted to ICU. I got in my car, alone, and sobbed loud angry cries of “No! Not yet, not yet. I’m not ready yet.” It really forces you to draw your own character into question when a 5-year-old 16-pound weiner dog who was abused and abandoned as a defenseless puppy is braver, stronger, and more courageous than you are. He was…
  • This Just In: Thank you for your prayers for my dog, Phineas

    Christa
    26 Jan 2015 | 9:12 am
    This picture of him is from last year when we were snowed into our apartment in NYC Hi everyone. THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU for all the love, good vibes, and prayers that so many of you are sending to sweet Phineas. They’re working! I just came back from the animal hospital and got to see and hold Phin. He’s still in ICU, but miraculously he’s making very slow and steady progress on meds and bed rest. He is waddling very slowly, but is eating, drinking water, going outside when he needs to, and is alert and affectionate. Best of all, his x-ray doesn’t show any…
  • This Just In: Evaluating my goals at the end of January

    Christa
    24 Jan 2015 | 10:38 pm
    I set a goal to review my 2015 goals at the end of each month to check in and see how I’m doing. Here’s how I’m doing: – I’m continuing to explore the Orlando market to see if it’s possible to build the kind of career I want to have here that’s rooted in content and product that builds a better world. While I’ve found some, it hasn’t been as much as I hoped so I’ll be spending a lot of time in February further evaluating my next steps. – My writing, personally and professionally, is going well and I love every second of the…
  • This Just In: Writing in my dreams

    Christa
    23 Jan 2015 | 10:00 pm
    As I said earlier in the week, I read a short passage of The Poisonwood Bible before going to sleep and it’s working wonders. Here’s another bit of writing that’s come from my dreams and I scribbled down in the wee hours of the morning while half asleep: “Maybe she’ll grow up to be like us. But I hope she’s braver and more courageous than that; I want her to grow up to be herself.” The storm danced toward the sunny shore, consuming it, not out of will but because it was called to do it. I just didn’t know by whom. A thousand strands of light…
  • This Just In: Honor the space between no longer and not yet

    Christa
    22 Jan 2015 | 10:00 pm
    Honor the space between no longer and not yet. Are you in the in-between, that place where you’ve stopped doing something to make room for something else, even if you don’t quite know what that something else is just yet? I’m with you! That place isn’t just something to get through; it’s something to be honored and treasured. It happens a handful of times in our lives after we’ve gone through an intensive learning period, made some changes, and now we’re turning our eyes to our future that’s just around the bend. Before we plunge headlong into…
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    Value innovation consulting for enterprises and startups

  • Architecting the Invisible: Creating a Culture of Innovation

    Jorge
    27 Jan 2015 | 5:32 am
    “Without order, nothing can exist. Without chaos, nothing can evolve”. Just found this is great talk by Greg Horowitt, Chief Evangelist and Co-Founder of T2 Venture Creation, about what it takes to create a culture of innovation. It’s about belief systems; both a mindset and heart-set. Therefore, what does it take to solve problems in the world? It’s your imagination, because often the knowledge to solve a new and different challenge doesn’t yet exist. Innovation requires experimentation and iteration; evolution. It is human-centric. New beliefs lead to new behaviors,…
  • True innovators don’t have a culture that aims to please the boss

    Jorge
    26 Jan 2015 | 7:56 am
    How many strategic plans look a little bit different from the year before? 99.9% do. When I say “a little bit different” I mean tighter strategies with incremental goals and objectives and more of the same activities as the year before. Yes, we’ve all seen this before. What’s ridiculous is that you may begin a strategy session thinking differently, but most everyone defaults to safe because “that’s not what the boss expects” when the time comes to decide on a course of action; a lot of good ideas are not considered because of this. This situation…
  • For innovation: More prototypes, less powerpoints

    Jorge
    20 Jan 2015 | 5:10 am
    Radically better products don’t stand on the shoulder of giants, but on the shoulders of lots of iterations. The basis for success then, and for continual product excellence, is speed. – Eric Schmidt Indeed. Scrappy startups are known for acting with speed and conviction, while established organizations are slow and risk averse. When implemented well, speed and surprise are the ultimate equalizers. To achieve surprise, you need an unexpected idea first. Second, you need to have the ability to execute that idea. Third, you need to decide when and how to execute the idea. It is at…
  • No standard behavior change, no innovation

    Jorge
    14 Jan 2015 | 9:39 am
    “After this, the world will never be the same…” Those are the words a true innovator should say with complete conviction about their product or service because a world-changing outcome is what she/he sees in the future. Unfortunately, this isn’t the case on most occasions. Most entrepreneurs I know aim to make money by taking advantage of a need. This is the most obvious path to “innovation”, but is satisfying an existing need innovative? I don’t think so. It depends on the nature of the solution, but it also depends on ones perspective. Most…
  • Will Chief Innovation Officers still exist in five years?

    Jorge
    9 Jan 2015 | 5:19 am
    A recent article in Fast Company touched on the topic of CIOs (Chief Innovation Officer) and how they’ve become more ubiquitous inside large organizations. This is an enterprise innovation tactic years in the making. But, do they actually mean anything? My take is that in the CEOs call for innovation, there is also a jump for innovation by placing the responsibility for innovation on a single person: the Chief Innovation Officer. Frankly, the Chief Innovation Officer is more akin to placing blame on someone for being “disrupted”; other than the CEO. Why? Because it is a…
 
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    Creativity at Work » The Creativity at Work Blog

  • Creativity Drives Business Results

    Linda Naiman
    16 Jan 2015 | 11:06 pm
    Creativity Drives Business Results What better way to boost business performance in the New Year, than to kickstart your creativity. If you are reading my blog, then chances are you [...] Creativity at Work
  • How do you find the next big thing?

    Linda Naiman
    28 Aug 2014 | 10:04 pm
    How do you find the next big thing? Every entrepreneur with startup dreams, seems to ask, “How do you find the next big thing?” but is it the right question? Biz Stone, co-founder [...] Creativity at Work
  • Great Entrepreneurs Are Creative Thinkers

    Linda Naiman
    22 Aug 2014 | 12:35 pm
    Great Entrepreneurs Are Creative Thinkers Gallup has created a really useful profile on the creative thinker in business. Use the tips below as a coaching tool to help you and your team develop [...] Creativity at Work
  • Creativity and Education: Why it Matters

    Linda Naiman
    24 Jun 2014 | 12:11 pm
    Creativity and Education: Why it Matters In case you need convincing… Creative thinking deserves a much higher priority in education curricula, according to college-educated professionals surveyed in new research by Adobe. [...] Creativity at Work
  • Decision-making in the yellow-light zone

    Linda Naiman
    13 Jun 2014 | 11:14 am
    Decision-making in the yellow-light zone Decision-making is easy at a red or green light, but what about the yellow light? An aha moment coaching a client. One of my roles [...] Creativity at Work
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    STEVENAHILL.COM

  • 5 Pay Per Click Account Items You’ve Gotta Review in the New Year

    Steve
    31 Dec 2014 | 11:40 am
    Note: This post was originally published on LinkedIn. Click here to view the original post. The beginning of the year is a great time to take an in-depth look into your pay-per-click (PPC) accounts and assess its architecture. Much like an annual checkup with a doctor, it’s important to review every component of your account at […]
  • Kim Kardashian, Stop Acting Like You Own The Poor

    Steve
    25 Nov 2014 | 7:40 pm
    As much as it pains me to admit, this post is partially about Kim Kardashian. Yesterday, I came across an article on USA Today about a recent event at Thai orphanage involving the ever-controversial Hollywoodite. Kim was visiting the orphanage as part of a taping for her show (no doubt to portray herself as philanthropic) […]
  • Eleven Must Watch Video Parts From Eleven Years Ago

    Steve
    4 Oct 2014 | 9:02 pm
    At some point in adulthood, usually after you complete the highest level of education you intend on pursuing, life speeds up and memories seem more distant. When I look at the list of video parts below, I think to myself, “I can’t believe that was 11 years ago.” (2003 was a great year for skate […]
  • How Pay Per Click Marketing is Like Investing In Hershey Chocolate

    Steve
    6 Aug 2014 | 5:30 am
    Whenever I’m pitching the value of paid search marketing aka pay-per-click (PPC), inevitably one of the greatest concerns people have is with the cost. They think that it’s too expensive to use Google Adwords or they’re addicted to getting free stuff and only want to focus on organic traffic. Although you do have to pay […]
  • The Artisan Soul Book Review

    Steve
    23 Jul 2014 | 6:58 pm
    First of all, I have to start by saying that I am a huge Erwin McManus fan. My friend Robbie introduced me to McManus’s preaching back in 2008 and ever since that time, I’ve been hooked. When I heard that The Artisan Soul, Erwin’s 9th book was coming out, I was immediately intrigued. Unlike many of […]
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    The Hubble Innovation Feed

  • 借金をしてでも欲しかった防音室。

    jt12030224
    5 Jan 2015 | 11:27 pm
  • 銀行で得たお金を生活費に使用した竹川

    jt12030224
    6 Nov 2013 | 5:57 pm
    30代の会社員です。 私は、妻と二人で暮らしています。 結婚して、約半年がたちます。 私も、妻も働いていますがどうしてもお金にはルーズでどちらもお金の管理が出来ません。 そんな時に、お互いが大きな出費があり生活費が足りないというトラブルがありました。 貯蓄なども二人ともしていませんのでどうするか二人で考えました。…
  • アイフルの審査が心配な人へは お試し審査というものがあります

    jt12030224
    10 Jul 2013 | 5:20 pm
    カードローンは利用したいけれど、アイフル審査が心配だという人も居るでしょう。 そういう人へは、審査結果が前以て知れるお試し審査というものがあります。 この審査を受けておけば、最初から不安を抱えての審査結果待ちをせずに済むのです。 これは、実際の審査がどうなるかある程度解り、融資限度額もほぼ解ります。 しかし、本番の審査がその通りとなるかは別問題です。…
  • キャッシング専用のカード

    jt12030224
    23 Jun 2013 | 7:11 pm
    預金だけで事足りるならそれに越したことはありませんが、そうそううまくいかないものです。 そこでキャッシングが必要な場面が巡ってくるわけですが、引き出すのではなくお金を借りることになるので当然ながら利子というものが発生します。 クレジットカードの例を挙げますと、年利にして17%前後というのが相場でしょうか。 といってもこれは年利ですので、1年間借りた場合の利子になります。…
 
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    TalentCulture

  • Modernize Your Resume For 2015: Part 2

    Ron Stewart
    27 Jan 2015 | 12:00 pm
    If you haven’t written a resume in a long time, but are considering seeking a new position in 2015, it’s important that you are up to date with the latest trends in resume writing and styles. Recruiters are set to focus on quality of hire in 2015, so your resume needs to be top notch, reflecting both your best skill set and an expert understanding of your field. In Part 1 of this series, I discussed two of the five techniques: making a clear value proposition and using a professional layout. Here, in Part 2, I detail the remaining three techniques. Cull Outdated Experience In 2015,…
  • It’s Time To Get Real: Humanize Your Brand

    Meghan M. Biro
    27 Jan 2015 | 6:00 am
    These days, brands are doing everything they can to position products and services. This includes trying to appeal to customers at a human level. A great example is brands’ efforts with Trust Marketing. Trust is necessary if we are to think of brands in human terms. And humanizing brands is more than marketing – it’s a necessity in a world where social media can sweep aside positioning and branding in a heartbeat. After many years spent consulting with leaders at software technology companies to help them attract talent, I have come to believe Brand Humanization holds answers on how to…
  • FAQs About California’s Required Paid Sick Leave

    Michele O'Donnell
    26 Jan 2015 | 12:00 pm
    California recently enacted AB 1522, called the Healthy Workplaces, Healthy Families Act of 2014, which requires most California employers to provide paid sick leave to their employees effective July 1, 2015. California employers already face complex employment laws, which prove to be a challenge for most small businesses. This new bill will only add to the list of laws California business must be aware of to remain compliant. Below is a list of the most frequently asked questions since the mandate was passed. FAQ: California Paid Sick Leave Q: I only have a few employees, does this apply to…
  • The Body Language Business And The Now of You

    Kevin W. Grossman
    26 Jan 2015 | 6:00 am
    “You’re sharpening stones, walking on coals To improve your business acumen…” — R.E.M. (“Exhuming McCarthy”) Look at me. Eyes right here. Watch my face, my arms and my hands as I talk. In fact, watch my entire physical demeanor. What does it tell you? Now, imagine that you’re on your way to a job interview. The grueling commute of only inching along has take its toll on your already fragile job-searching soul and you take a deep breath when you finally park. You enter the building and the interviewer escorts you to the interview room. You’re asked to sit and the…
  • Reputation Management — Building Your Brand!

    Deborah Thomas-Nininger
    23 Jan 2015 | 6:00 am
    People are often surprised by what they hear that has been said behind their backs….! I emphasize as part of my Reputation Management theme, the better one manages his or her reputation, the less likely such surprises will occur. So what comprises a reputation? I stress it is so much more than one’s professional expertise and academic accomplishments. It includes attitude, approachability, verbal presence, sense of style, reliability, attention to detail, kindness, flexibility, global awareness, business etiquette usage, ability to mix and mingle, etc. We admire those who always seem to…
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    Pacific-Tier Communications LLC

  • Risk Management Strategies for IT Systems

    Administrator
    26 Jan 2015 | 3:28 pm
    Risk management has been around for a long time.  Financial managers run risk assessments for nearly all business models, and the idea of risk carries nearly as many definitions as the Internet.  However, for IT managers and IT professionals, risk management still frequently takes a far lower priority that other operations  and support activities. For IT managers a good, simple definition for RISK may be from the Open FAIR model which states: “Risk is defined as the probable frequency and magnitude of future loss”   (Open FAIR) Risk management should follow a structured process…
  • PTC 2015 Wraps Up with Strong Messages on SDNs and Automation

    Administrator
    22 Jan 2015 | 12:28 pm
    Software Defined Networking and Network Function Virtualization (NVF) themes dominated workshops and side conversations throughout the PTC 2015 venue in Honolulu, Hawai’i this week. SDNs, or more specifically provisioning automation platforms service provider interconnections, and have crept into nearly all marketing materials and elevator pitches in discussions with submarine cable operators, networks, Internet Exchange Points, and carrier hotels. While some of the material may have included a bit of “SDN Washing,” for the most part each operators and service provider engaging in the…
  • PTC 2015 Focuses on Submarine Cables and SDNs

    Administrator
    20 Jan 2015 | 12:39 am
    In an informal survey of words used during seminars and discussions, two main themes are emerging at the Pacific Telecommunications Council’s 2015 annual conference.  The first, as expected, is development of more submarine cable capacity both within the Pacific, as well as to end points in ANZ, Asia, and North America.  The second, software defined networking (SDN), as envisioned could quickly begin to re-engineer the gateway and carrier hotel interconnection business. New cable development, including Arctic Fiber, Trident, SEA-US, and APX-E have sparked a lot of interest.  One…
  • OSS Development for the Modern Data Center

    Administrator
    16 Jan 2015 | 6:35 pm
    Modern Data Centers are very complex environments.  Data center operators must have visibility into a wide range of integrated data bases, applications, and performance indicators to effectively understand and manage their operations and activities. While each data center is different, all Data Centers share some common systems and common characteristics, including: Facility inventories Provisioning and customer fulfillment processes Maintenance activities (including computerized maintenance management systems <CMMS>) Monitoring Customer management (including CRM, order management,…
  • You Want Money for a Data Center Buildout?

    Administrator
    12 Jan 2015 | 12:59 pm
    A couple years ago I attended several “fast pitch” competitions and events for entrepreneurs in Southern California, all designed to give startups a chance to “pitch” their ideas in about 60 seconds to a panel of representatives from the local investment community.  Similar to television’s “Shark Tank,” most of the ideas pitches were harshly critiqued, with the real intent of assisting participating entrepreneurs in developing a better story for approaching investors and markets. While very few of the pitches received a strong, positive response, I recall one young guy who…
 
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    Front End of Innovation Blog

  • This Week In Innovation: 1/19/15 - 1/23/15

    24 Jan 2015 | 2:30 am
    Hyundai Is Setting A Blistering Pace For Innovation: The automaker posted the biggest gains in number of patents related to innovationAre Groceries Ready For Disruption? Jerry Seinfeld breaks down whats wrong with the supermarket experience5 Ways Small Companies Can Out-Innovate Big CorporationsPredicting Future Trends: Adding Science to The Art of Prediction via AdAge10 Must-Read Quotes From Today's Marketing Experts Making the Most of Virtual Collaboration: Moving past the old model where only one persona can talk or contribute at once Data Scientist: Humans Today, Software Tomorrow4 Steps…
  • Looking Back on FEI 2014: The Human Element of Innovation

    19 Jan 2015 | 2:00 am
    (Author's Intro: With the coming of the New Year, it's time to get excited for FEI 2015, The Front End of Innovation! Every year brings new insights and discoveries, but it's also helpful to reflect over time in the tradition of slow innovation. As I look back on FEI 2014, I realized that the conference revealed one of the most important elements of innovation: the human element!)At its core, innovation is very much the human endeavor. It is a reflection of our attempt to actualize the best of our potential and to make the most of this spinning bit of rock. It comes as no surprise, then,…
  • Why the future is a cesspool of emerging ideas

    14 Jan 2015 | 2:00 am
    The Future isn’t characterized by steady expected development, so digging a new hole instead of just digging deeper in the old one might be a beneficial approach.Magnus Lindkvist, a Trendspotter, Futurologist, and Author of “Everything We Know is wrong,” based in Zürich who weaves together engaging narratives built on equal parts data and intuition, strongly recommends experimentation for innovation in companies.INGENUITY: The New Innovation CurrencyAt the 8th annual Front End of Innovation EMEA in Munich, Germany, Magnus offered these action points in his keynote on The Attack of…
  • 125 Disruptive Trends to Track in 2015

    13 Jan 2015 | 3:00 am
    At the beginning of every year, every one loves to speculate on the next game changing trend that's undetected and coming at us out of left field. Here are my favorite two that I eagerly consume."Brian Solis, Author of What's the Future of Business, The End of Business as Usual and Engage!, Principal at Altimeter Group, explores some of the biggest technology trends and possible twists on the horizon for 2015 and 2016. The 25 topics cover cyber security, mobile payments, drones, bitcoin, social media, digital, omnichannel, attribution, cx, music, movies, Hollywood" and more. 25 Disruptive…
  • How to scout for new ideas and innovative ventures

    12 Jan 2015 | 2:00 am
    There are a lot of new business ideas and ventures out there to invest in. But how do you find the best ones? At the 8th Annual Front End of Innovation EMEA, in Munich, Germany, Dr. Joost Waeterloos, EU Technology Scouting Leader at Dow Chemical, told the audience about how they handle the scouting for innovative ventures.Finding the needle in the haystackHow Dow Chemical ScoutsHe was straightforward about their approach of cancelling ideas and sorting ventures very fast in the process to save money. In any given month , they look at about 40 ideas from which only 4-5 come through. To a…
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    The Discipline of Innovation Blog

  • You Can’t Win With Average

    Tim Kastelle
    26 Jan 2015 | 2:10 am
    Research has shown that the average corporate acquisition destroys value. And yet… …the firms that are outstanding at Mergers and Acquisitions use this skill as a significant point of strategic difference. Research has shown that the average job interview yields no usable data on whether or not you should hire someone. And yet… …there are people and firms that are outstanding at interviewing and use this skill as a significant point of strategic difference. Research has shown that the average return on innovation is positive, but small. And yet… …you know…
  • How to Design for Outcomes

    Tim Kastelle
    28 Dec 2014 | 10:08 pm
    It’s always a bit dangerous to be “inspirational.” The problem is that inspiration doesn’t always lead to action – and that’s what we ultimately want. This is a lesson that Timothy Prestero and his organisation Design that Matters learned painfully. In 2010, DtM came out with an incubator designed for use in developing countries that won a ton of awards. Their strategy was that they would use the awards and the attention that they generated to inspire manufacturers to make their incubator.  Prestero tells the whole story in this excellent TEDx talk: If…
  • Innovation Requires Change

    Tim Kastelle
    27 Dec 2014 | 12:50 am
    I ran across a fantastic quote today from Marshall McLuhan in Understanding Media: Any innovation threatens the equilibrium of existing organization. In big industry new ideas are invited to rear their heads so that they can be clobbered at once. The idea department of a big firm is a sort of lab for isolating dangerous viruses. When one is found, it is assigned to a group for neutralizing and immunizing treatment. It is comical, therefore, when anybody applies to a big corporation with a new idea that would result in a great “increase of production and sales.” Such an increase would be a…
  • Two Ways to Deal With Innovation Uncertainty More Effectively

    Tim Kastelle
    20 Nov 2014 | 3:05 am
    Is Innovation Risky or Uncertain? If we’re trying to do something genuinely new, then we can’t know in advance whether or not our idea will work. We face this problem every time we try to innovate. This introduces a problem – we mix up risk and uncertainty. Risk is when we know the odds of success in advance. If we face risk, we can make a calculation of the expected payoff versus the cost, and then make a rational decision about whether or not we should accept the risk. That’s not what we face when we innovate. We face uncertainty. Uncertainty is when we not only…
  • Having a “Risk Averse Culture” Increases Your Risk

    Tim Kastelle
    18 Nov 2014 | 11:07 pm
    The Worst Excuse for Avoiding Innovation The most common objection I get from when we talk about the necessity of innovation is: “But I can’t innovate, we have a risk-averse culture.” I can’t tell you how sick of hearing this I am – it’s a terrible excuse for not trying out new ideas. I’m currently running a Lean LaunchPad course with six teams of researchers who are trying to build effective business models to support their scientific work.  During the last set of team presentations, one of the groups got up and said: We did some interviews, and…
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    15inno

  • A Free Book / Presentation: 7 Steps for Open Innovation

    Stefan Lindegaard
    26 Jan 2015 | 1:50 pm
    I am happy to give you FREE access to a mini-book and a PowerPoint presentation deck for my framework on open innovation. You can download the free mini-book (PDF, 46 pages) here: 7 Steps for Open Innovation: Grading Your Company’s Open Innovation Capabilities (A Kindle version will be available shortly) The premise for the 7 Steps for Open Innovation tool is that if a company is not already fully engaged with open innovation efforts, it is way behind. This is evident by looking at the number of companies around the globe that today embrace the use of external partners and input into…
  • Open Innovation in the Auto Industry: Toyota, Tesla Open Up Patents

    Stefan Lindegaard
    24 Jan 2015 | 4:42 am
    Last year, I wrote a blog post on Tesla and their move to open up their patent portfolio to others in order to help move the battery-driven car industry forward. Now, Toyota is doing a similar thing and the reason is the same as with Tesla as you can read in the below comment taken from a USA Today article: “We think fuel cells have the potential to become mainstream technology over the next 100 years,” says Bob Carter, a Toyota senior vice president in the U.S. “By having more (automakers) and suppliers in on the development of fuel cells, we think this will help accelerate…
  • Western World, Learn Innovation from Dubai!

    Stefan Lindegaard
    22 Jan 2015 | 7:29 pm
    As I am reading some local newspapers in Dubai airport, I see three articles on new innovation initiatives driven by the government. This is just another day of innovation and media coverage in the UAE. One of the articles has a quote in which the Western countries are called upon to learn from the UAE. When it comes to government driven innovation, this is true. The Western countries need to learn from the UAE and not the other way around. Sometimes a government can do good things.
  • Call for Cases: Training Your Employees for Open Innovation

    Stefan Lindegaard
    14 Jan 2015 | 4:37 am
    I am working on the next webinar in my Innovation MasterClass and this one will be based on some interested questions raised by one of the member companies. They go like this: What are the effective actions to develop skills of the organization for open innovation? What training programs / capability assets are needed? What are some of the common approaches and tools companies use to encourage their organizations to do open innovation What changes to the work processes are needed to connect and manage external connections efficiently? The questions are based on the notion made the company…
  • Five Things Executives Should Learn about Innovation in 2015

    Stefan Lindegaard
    13 Jan 2015 | 6:06 am
    If you want to bring corporate executives up to speed on innovation management as it happens in 2015 you should focus on these elements: • give them a better understanding of what open innovation is and how this impacts an organization • give them a better understanding of business model innovation and how this impacts innovation projects (go beyond products and technologies) • develop better tools for managing “tolerance for failure” as innovation today requires more and more experimentation; not only on products and services but also on the innovation process itself •…
 
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    Innovation Speaker

  • Aligning Generation X, Y, and Flux for Innovation Implementation in 2015

    Robert Brands
    2 Jan 2015 | 3:55 am
    Here’s to a New Year of Innovation! Goodbye two-thousand and fourteen – Hello to the New Year! Typically with the passing of a year, I spend the first few hours feeling nostalgic. Facebook has their... Visit our Innovation-Innovation coach website today! http://www.innovationcoach.com/
  • Innovation and Disruptive Necessity

    Robert Brands
    18 Nov 2014 | 8:53 am
    Is the world getting smaller, or are we seeing further?   Today we stand on the shoulders of giants in a rapidly changing world. In order to gain the competitive edge needed to stay relevant, it... Visit our Innovation-Innovation coach website today! http://www.innovationcoach.com/
  • Innovation Coach Workshop Philadelphia

    Robert Brands
    30 Oct 2014 | 5:00 am
       Are you a small to mid-sized manufacturing company and concerned that how you currently manage innovation and new product development is not optimized to provide continued growth in revenue and... Visit our Innovation-Innovation coach website today! http://www.innovationcoach.com/
  • Innovation ROI: The Tough Questions

    Robert Brands
    26 Oct 2014 | 9:30 pm
    Some things are easier to measure than others. For example, an objective such as lower cost of goods sold, or improved revenue is relatively easy to measure. Strategic objectives on the other hand... Visit our Innovation-Innovation coach website today! http://www.innovationcoach.com/
  • Best of 2014: Brands & Company Coral Springs Award

    Robert Brands
    12 Oct 2014 | 7:35 am
    Thanks Coral Springs!   Press Release FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Brands & Company, LLC D.B.a Innovationcoach Receives 2014 Best of Coral Springs Award Coral Springs Award Program Honors the... Visit our Innovation-Innovation coach website today! http://www.innovationcoach.com/
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    Paul4innovating's Innovation Views

  • We need the engagement platform for translating big data learning

    paul4innovating
    25 Jan 2015 | 4:47 am
    Big Data is knocking very loudly on our door, how are you going to let it in and manage it? How can we liberate that creative energy we have within our organizations, how can we achieve higher engagement? How can we learn, share and transform the knowledge that is all around us, simply flooding in? How can we translate the data flowing in with the knowledge insights and innovation outcomes expected? How are we going to unleash the creativity that goes with new knowledge? We need to actively encourage connected minds for value creating opportunities and knowledge sharing for innovation to flow…
  • Is all investment about the future?

    paul4innovating
    13 Jan 2015 | 7:51 am
    I was reading an article by Doug Collins on the “three wishes for the innovation practitioner for 2015” where he points out “2014 was the year for share buybacks and dividends“. An article from Bloomberg reports that companies in the Standard & Poor’s 500 Index are “poised to spend $914 billion on share buybacks and dividends this year, or about 95 percent of earnings.” 95% of earnings – Doug rightly says “wow” and offers a thoughtful set of observations “Every organization that enjoys free cash flow makes a decision on where to allocate that resource. If the…
  • Where are the new feeding grounds of innovation?

    paul4innovating
    4 Jan 2015 | 2:02 am
    Wildebeest migration, Kenya by Bonnie Cheung I am presently reading an early release draft of a book written by Mike Docherty of Venture2, on innovation, and I would certainly recommend the read when it comes out. The book Collective Disruption will be available as of February 2015. The book as Mike wrote to me, is aimed at corporate leaders, both in large and small companies, charged with new sources of transformative growth and makes the case for co-creating new businesses with entrepreneurial partners. It builds on a foundation of open innovation, but is focused specifically on new…
  • My innovation wish for 2015

    paul4innovating
    26 Dec 2014 | 2:01 am
    I would like to see emerge a different ‘sustaining’ capacity built around innovation as the continuous core, constantly evolving, adapting, learning and adjusting, in perpetual innovation motion. A truly integrated innovation solution that sits in our organization to allow innovation to be fully leveraged and exploited. We need to recognize innovation has many touch points, a myriad of dimensions that need to be aligned and integrated. I genuinely believe we need a solution provider, who takes a more holistic view of innovation management that can make a significant advancement on where…
  • Dealing with Your Darwin Effect through Innovation

    paul4innovating
    10 Dec 2014 | 8:55 am
    I have been working away, as my labour of love, frustration and sheer determination, on my thinking through the ‘harnessing’ of the dynamics within innovation, to offer organizations their innovation fitness and future landscape design, so as to radically alter their present capabilities and capacity to innovate. The aim is to relate these to where your organization is in their existing capabilities, where they need to go, in identifying and clarifying the necessary capabilities they need to have, so as to achieve certain strategic goals and then, “we”, together, collectively…
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    Conquering Innovation Fatigue: Helping Inventors, Entrepreneurs and Leaders Find Innovation Success

  • The Anti-Patent Revolution in the United States

    Jeffrey Lindsay
    4 Jan 2015 | 4:18 am
    Decapitalizing IP value with our current revolution Many intellectual property practitioners worldwide are scratching their heads over what is happening to IP in the United States. There’s a revolution underway that over the past few years seems to have steadily eroded the value of patents and any semblance of predictability and order in the law. Patents can still be valuable, if you are lucky and have the right connections. For ordinary people and companies, patents, once the great equalizers against big companies, are now an unreliable tool. The erosion of IP rights is becoming a…
  • Simple Steps Can Dramatically Increase Participation in Innovation

    Jeffrey Lindsay
    8 Dec 2014 | 2:09 pm
    At the IP Business Congress Asia 2014 (IPBC Asia 2014), a collection of IP experts from around the world are here in Shanghai, China sharing best practices and advice to help fellow IP workers. Yesterday during a panel discussing ways to build a world-class in-house IP team, a comment from the audience provided a valuable example of how management can stimulate innovation in a company inexpensively. At Aruba Laboratories, a social event was held in which a number of people cam wearing a T-shirt that said “Thought Leader.” Before the event, such T-shirts had been ordered for every…
  • Unpatentable “Abstract” Claims in US Patent Law: How To Know It When You See It, Thanks to Abstract Art

    Jeffrey Lindsay
    18 Oct 2014 | 6:33 am
    The US Supreme Court recently ruled that “abstract” concepts are not eligible for patents. The 2014 case, Alice Corporation Pty. Ltd. v. CLS Bank Intl. or more simply Alice, is said by some to mean the death of thousands of patents if not entire industries. Critics such as Gene Quinn say it is unworkable, vague and indefinite, giving judges and enemies of patents a capricious tool to assault patents for software and other fields. One of the alleged problems with the Supreme Court’s ruling is that they expressly refused to define the word “abstract” because, of…
  • Monopolies vs. Health Care Innovation: What Happens When Incumbents Decide Who Gets to Compete?

    Jeffrey Lindsay
    6 Oct 2014 | 4:31 pm
    Monopolies can innovate, just like elephants can play tennis. The results usually just aren’t very elegant or successful. Competition, on the other hand, is famous for driving innovation. Even in state-owned monopolies, like NASA’s initial monopoly on space exploration in the US, it was competition between nations during the rush to outer space and then competition between suppliers of technology that inspired the hundreds of inventions and innovations that NASA can proudly boast. But without the incentive to do better and stay ahead of competitors, innovation is slow and clumsy.
  • David and Googleliath (or VSL vs. Google): A Small Company Fighting a Giant Reminds Us Why Software Patents Matter

    Jeffrey Lindsay
    19 Sep 2014 | 9:07 pm
    A small start-up company fighting one of the great giants of all time: it’s a classic story of David vs. Goliath, or in this case, David vs. Googleliath (a.k.a. VSL vs. Google). Googleliath’s Googleplex (source: Wikipedia). Many small companies have claimed that Google misappropriated trade secrets or other IP, but rarely has Google graciously (and accidentally) cooperated in providing smoking-gun evidence the way they apparently did for Vedanti Systems, Ltd. (VSL). In this case, they allegedly left sticky notes on VSL’s trade secret materials showing their questionable…
 
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  • Architecting the Invisible: Creating a Culture of Innovation

    Jorge
    27 Jan 2015 | 5:32 am
    “Without order, nothing can exist. Without chaos, nothing can evolve”. Just found this is great talk by Greg Horowitt, Chief Evangelist and Co-Founder of T2 Venture Creation, about what it takes to create a culture of innovation. It’s about belief systems; both a mindset and heart-set. Therefore, what does it take to solve problems in the world? It’s your imagination, because often the knowledge to solve a new and different challenge doesn’t yet exist. Innovation requires experimentation and iteration; evolution. It is human-centric. New beliefs lead to new behaviors,…
  • True innovators don’t have a culture that aims to please the boss

    Jorge
    26 Jan 2015 | 7:56 am
    How many strategic plans look a little bit different from the year before? 99.9% do. When I say “a little bit different” I mean tighter strategies with incremental goals and objectives and more of the same activities as the year before. Yes, we’ve all seen this before. What’s ridiculous is that you may begin a strategy session thinking differently, but most everyone defaults to safe because “that’s not what the boss expects” when the time comes to decide on a course of action; a lot of good ideas are not considered because of this. This situation…
  • For innovation: More prototypes, less powerpoints

    Jorge
    20 Jan 2015 | 5:10 am
    Radically better products don’t stand on the shoulder of giants, but on the shoulders of lots of iterations. The basis for success then, and for continual product excellence, is speed. – Eric Schmidt Indeed. Scrappy startups are known for acting with speed and conviction, while established organizations are slow and risk averse. When implemented well, speed and surprise are the ultimate equalizers. To achieve surprise, you need an unexpected idea first. Second, you need to have the ability to execute that idea. Third, you need to decide when and how to execute the idea. It is at…
  • No standard behavior change, no innovation

    Jorge
    14 Jan 2015 | 9:39 am
    “After this, the world will never be the same…” Those are the words a true innovator should say with complete conviction about their product or service because a world-changing outcome is what she/he sees in the future. Unfortunately, this isn’t the case on most occasions. Most entrepreneurs I know aim to make money by taking advantage of a need. This is the most obvious path to “innovation”, but is satisfying an existing need innovative? I don’t think so. It depends on the nature of the solution, but it also depends on ones perspective. Most…
  • Will Chief Innovation Officers still exist in five years?

    Jorge
    9 Jan 2015 | 5:19 am
    A recent article in Fast Company touched on the topic of CIOs (Chief Innovation Officer) and how they’ve become more ubiquitous inside large organizations. This is an enterprise innovation tactic years in the making. But, do they actually mean anything? My take is that in the CEOs call for innovation, there is also a jump for innovation by placing the responsibility for innovation on a single person: the Chief Innovation Officer. Frankly, the Chief Innovation Officer is more akin to placing blame on someone for being “disrupted”; other than the CEO. Why? Because it is a…
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    The Discipline of Innovation Blog

  • You Can’t Win With Average

    Tim Kastelle
    26 Jan 2015 | 2:10 am
    Research has shown that the average corporate acquisition destroys value. And yet… …the firms that are outstanding at Mergers and Acquisitions use this skill as a significant point of strategic difference. Research has shown that the average job interview yields no usable data on whether or not you should hire someone. And yet… …there are people and firms that are outstanding at interviewing and use this skill as a significant point of strategic difference. Research has shown that the average return on innovation is positive, but small. And yet… …you know…
  • How to Design for Outcomes

    Tim Kastelle
    28 Dec 2014 | 10:08 pm
    It’s always a bit dangerous to be “inspirational.” The problem is that inspiration doesn’t always lead to action – and that’s what we ultimately want. This is a lesson that Timothy Prestero and his organisation Design that Matters learned painfully. In 2010, DtM came out with an incubator designed for use in developing countries that won a ton of awards. Their strategy was that they would use the awards and the attention that they generated to inspire manufacturers to make their incubator.  Prestero tells the whole story in this excellent TEDx talk: If…
  • Innovation Requires Change

    Tim Kastelle
    27 Dec 2014 | 12:50 am
    I ran across a fantastic quote today from Marshall McLuhan in Understanding Media: Any innovation threatens the equilibrium of existing organization. In big industry new ideas are invited to rear their heads so that they can be clobbered at once. The idea department of a big firm is a sort of lab for isolating dangerous viruses. When one is found, it is assigned to a group for neutralizing and immunizing treatment. It is comical, therefore, when anybody applies to a big corporation with a new idea that would result in a great “increase of production and sales.” Such an increase would be a…
  • Two Ways to Deal With Innovation Uncertainty More Effectively

    Tim Kastelle
    20 Nov 2014 | 3:05 am
    Is Innovation Risky or Uncertain? If we’re trying to do something genuinely new, then we can’t know in advance whether or not our idea will work. We face this problem every time we try to innovate. This introduces a problem – we mix up risk and uncertainty. Risk is when we know the odds of success in advance. If we face risk, we can make a calculation of the expected payoff versus the cost, and then make a rational decision about whether or not we should accept the risk. That’s not what we face when we innovate. We face uncertainty. Uncertainty is when we not only…
  • Having a “Risk Averse Culture” Increases Your Risk

    Tim Kastelle
    18 Nov 2014 | 11:07 pm
    The Worst Excuse for Avoiding Innovation The most common objection I get from when we talk about the necessity of innovation is: “But I can’t innovate, we have a risk-averse culture.” I can’t tell you how sick of hearing this I am – it’s a terrible excuse for not trying out new ideas. I’m currently running a Lean LaunchPad course with six teams of researchers who are trying to build effective business models to support their scientific work.  During the last set of team presentations, one of the groups got up and said: We did some interviews, and…
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    URENIO Watch

  • Smart City Strategy: PlanlT Valley (Portugal)

    Margarita Angelidou
    25 Jan 2015 | 11:00 pm
    ‘PlanIT Valley’ (originally 2011-2015) is a private, planned smart city to be developed east of the city of Porto, in Portugal. It is a model city of the future, where the software company ‘Living PlanIT’ will showcase its ‘Urban Operating System’ (UOS) on a real scale. The UOS is a modular smart... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit URENIO website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Smart City Strategy: Bletchley Park (UK)

    Margarita Angelidou
    21 Jan 2015 | 11:00 pm
    The Second World War, according to researchers from the Institute of the Future, was the first occasion in history that resulted in the development of ‘cities’ focused on using technology as a facilitator of knowledge and innovation. These ‘cities’ housed scientific and technical research in an... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit URENIO website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Smart City Strategy: London (UK)

    Margarita Angelidou
    18 Jan 2015 | 11:00 pm
    London’s first concerted effort to use smart city applications took place in 2012, with the purpose of managing public transport under the demanding circumstances of that year’s Olympic Games. Eventually, in 2013, the Smart London Board was created, comprising academics, businesses and... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit URENIO website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Smart City Strategy: Barcelona (Spain)

    Margarita Angelidou
    14 Jan 2015 | 11:00 pm
    The City of Barcelona has been using ICT to improve urban functions for more than a decade now, with dispersed projects running in various departments. It also has a long experience in developing Living Lab initiatives. Today the City of Barcelona is in the process of developing a formal smart city... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit URENIO website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Smart City Strategy: Amsterdam (the Netherlands)

    Margarita Angelidou
    11 Jan 2015 | 11:00 pm
    Amsterdam Smart City is being realized through a partnership among businesses, authorities, research institutions, and the people of Amsterdam (over 70 partners, including CISCO and IBM). The aim of this partnership is the transformation of the Amsterdam metropolitan area into a smart city with the... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit URENIO website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
 
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    EYES IN

  • Sandor Lakatos Shows Preview of Next Collection

    Vivian van Dijk
    27 Jan 2015 | 3:12 pm
    Hungarian menswear designer Sandor Lakatos released a preview of 8 images from his upcoming campaign for the fall-winter 15-16 season. The post Sandor Lakatos Shows Preview of Next Collection appeared first on EYES IN.
  • Summer 2015 Haute Couture Collection Unveiled

    Vivian van Dijk
    27 Jan 2015 | 2:07 pm
    One of the most spectacular events Vivian witnessed was the unveiling of the new Summer 2015 Haute Couture Collection at Paris Fashion Week. The post Summer 2015 Haute Couture Collection Unveiled appeared first on EYES IN.
  • Robert Clergerie Unveils Brilliant New Collection

    Vivian van Dijk
    27 Jan 2015 | 12:00 pm
    French shoe brand Robert Clergerie unveiled their Autumn/Winter 2015 collection at Paris Fashion Week. The collection continues to surpass expectations . The post Robert Clergerie Unveils Brilliant New Collection appeared first on EYES IN.
  • Songzio Unveils Breath Taking New Collection

    Vivian van Dijk
    27 Jan 2015 | 10:20 am
    EYES IN™ Magazine Editor Vivian Van Dijk covered the Paris Fashion Week live where she came across Songzio's visionary AW 15/16 Collection. The post Songzio Unveils Breath Taking New Collection appeared first on EYES IN.
  • Sustainable Floating Island Calling for Investors

    Vivian van Dijk
    26 Jan 2015 | 6:00 pm
    The Sustainable Floating Island in the Maldives is now looking for Investors to revolutionize the Maldives's fight against global warming. The post Sustainable Floating Island Calling for Investors appeared first on EYES IN.
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    InventHelp Blog

  • Casino Game Inventors Test their Luck

    Emily Moorhead
    14 Jan 2015 | 8:00 am
    Have you ever wondered how casinos find new table game and slot ideas? Some ideas come from gambling and gaming think tanks, but many casino game concepts come from individuals, much like new product ideas come from individual inventors. This industry isn’t all fun and games, but the competition and challenge is very appealing to some game inventors. There are two main components to inventing a new casino game: a unique concept and odds that are in the casino’s favor. Games that are new and exciting with an original theme or offer a twist on a traditional game are more appealing than an…
  • 7 Innovation Trends to Follow in 2015

    Emily Moorhead
    9 Jan 2015 | 10:24 am
    It is in the nature of innovation for new products to go through trends. When a new trend begins, few companies are contributing to it. Consequently, when consumers and development firms discover hot new products, similar and improved products start popping up in the market. Generally, a trend starts with a more expensive product, and subsequent products get cheaper and cheaper. Once the market is flooded with a cheap product and/or people get sick of the trend, the original fad dies and a new one slowly replaces it. It can be difficult to identify new fads before they become old news. Read…
  • 6 Steps to Start 2015 with an Invention Idea

    Emily Moorhead
    2 Jan 2015 | 9:51 am
    The New Year is the perfect time to get a jump start on projects you’ve been putting off. Nothing feels fresher than a new calendar and a new date, and starting it off with the right mindset can bring about some beneficial change and progress in your life. If you have an invention idea you’ve been toying around with in your mind, right now is the time to get started. We’ve compiled some steps to help you with your invention idea. What are you waiting for? Let’s go! 1. Do your research What kind of product do you want to invent? If that particular industry is flooded with new products,…
  • Invention Stories Behind Your Favorite Holiday Traditions

    Emily Moorhead
    18 Dec 2014 | 11:42 am
    The holidays are a time of tradition. Even in the age of technology, the simplicity of the sparkling lights of a Christmas tree, scent of freshly baked cookies in the air, and squealing of young children opening their gifts could be a scene straight out of a classic holiday movie. All holiday traditions have invention stories behind them, some going back hundreds of years. Sparkle and Shine A Christmas tree looks splendid with lights and ornaments, but it just isn’t complete without tinsel. Tinsel was invented in Germany in 1610, but it was made of genuine silver, shredded into thin…
  • 5 Innovations to Help You Achieve Your 2015 New Year’s Fitness Resolution

    Emily Moorhead
    12 Dec 2014 | 12:53 pm
    Who wants to get fit in 2015? According to the Marist Poll, 44% of Americans vowed to improve their fitness in 2014, and the numbers are expected to rise for 2015. If you’re looking to shrink your waistline and pump up those arms in the New Year, check out these innovative products that can help you to achieve your goal. Kettleshell The kettlebell workout became a trend a couple of years ago because of its ability to build strength and endurance in the lower back, legs, and shoulders. The workout received some backlash, however, because kettlebells tend to be expensive, and as you get…
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    Innovation Change Strategy

  • Microsoft Stomps on Google Glass

    Braden Kelley
    21 Jan 2015 | 6:28 pm
    Wow! I have to start that word, because I’m not sure how else to describe what has just emerged from Microsoft Research in the new Microsoft HoloLens. And as I say in the title, if you watch the video below … Continue reading →
  • Innovation Keynote and Change Planning Workshop Special

    Braden Kelley
    21 Jan 2015 | 10:39 am
    To kickoff January with a bang I thought I would make a special offer to companies and event organizers who would like to get an excellent innovation keynote for their company or event attendees AND get a jump on your … Continue reading →
  • Agile Change Management is Coming

    Braden Kelley
    19 Jan 2015 | 9:41 am
    How fast is your organization capable of changing to continue to remain relevant and successful in the marketplace? The world is changing at an accelerating pace as new technologies are discovered, developed, released and adopted by consumers faster than ever … Continue reading →
  • Innovation is All About Change – Webinar Recording

    Braden Kelley
    19 Jan 2015 | 9:33 am
    The hardest part of making any change is taking that first step. We may point our shoulders in the direction we want to travel, but planning our change journey and mapping the steps to get there can still feel overwhelming. … Continue reading →
  • Is Jibo Joining Your Family?

    Braden Kelley
    6 Jan 2015 | 9:34 am
    I wrote a couple of months ago about the Amazon Echo, the latest piece of hardware to emerge from the South Lake Union headquarters of one my city’s largest employers. A piece of hardware that follows in the wake of … Continue reading →
 
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    Doblin

  • Join the Doblin Team

    22 Jan 2015 | 10:50 am
    We are a community of committed and experienced professionals from across multiple disciplines working together to help our clients drive transformation through the discipline of innovation.  We are always looking for top talent to join the Doblin team. Current openings Innovation Trends Advisor - Chicago Innovation Insights Advisor - Chicago Innovation Project Manager - Chicago Design Strategy Lead - Chicago Innovation Project Manager - New York Design Strategy Lead - New York In addition to our current openings, we are always looking for talented professionals interested in pursuing a…
  • Beacons for Business Model Innovation

    12 Nov 2014 | 1:10 pm
    by Geoff Tuff and Steve Wunker Business model innovation is a hot topic in management thinking these days, even though there seems to be little agreement about what it looks like and even less about how to discover it. But there is no reason for business model innovation to feel mysterious or hard to achieve. In this article by Doblin’s leader, Geoff Tuff, and co-author Steve Wunker, you’ll learn how using analytic tools that provide better decision-making insights can help you vastly improve your innovation success rate which will help your business model investments generate…
  • Roll up your sleeves for our Chicago Ideas Week Labs

    11 Sep 2014 | 3:04 pm
    
Join Doblin and The Chicago Community Trust for an interactive workshop to explore and activate ideas for improving our communities. On Thursday, October 16, Doblin will host two interactive labs that will jumpstart The Chicago Community Trust’s “collaboratories” initiative to activate ideas for improving Chicago’s communities. Not only will you be introduced to Doblin’s systematic, design-led approach to innovation, you’ll be able to contribute to a real project that will continue on long after Chicago Ideas Week comes to a close. At these Chicago Ideas Week Labs, you will…
  • Watch: Larry Keeley Reveals Innovation Secrets on Bloomberg TV's "Taking Stock"

    29 Jul 2014 | 10:46 am
    What is the secret to innovation effectiveness?  Larry Keeley recently revealed the answer to this question and many others on Bloomberg TV’s “Taking Stock.” "Most innovations are increasingly about the elegant integration of many things, not the invention of one thing." - Larry Keeley During the interview, Larry dispels common myths of innovation, underscores the importance of discipline, and outlines how businesses can avoid innovation’s many pitfalls. Watch the full interview >
  • A Designer's Guide to Crafting Prize Competitions

    24 Jun 2014 | 2:50 pm
    A new report by Doblin helps designers tailor prizes to specific outcomes and increase the effectiveness of challenges. Prizes are powerful tools for innovation because they incentivize a diversity of individuals or organizations to cooperate and compete against each other to solve hard problems. If effectively designed, prizes can generate bold, transformative results. Now, designers have a practical guide in the form of a report co-authored by Doblin’s Jesse Goldhammer and six leading U.S. foundations. DU Press published the report last week. In “The Craft of Incentive Prize…
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    Innovation Speaker

  • Aligning Generation X, Y, and Flux for Innovation Implementation in 2015

    Robert Brands
    2 Jan 2015 | 3:55 am
    Here’s to a New Year of Innovation! Goodbye two-thousand and fourteen – Hello to the New Year! Typically with the passing of a year, I spend the first few hours feeling nostalgic. Facebook has their... Visit our Innovation-Innovation coach website today! http://www.innovationcoach.com/
  • Innovation and Disruptive Necessity

    Robert Brands
    18 Nov 2014 | 8:53 am
    Is the world getting smaller, or are we seeing further?   Today we stand on the shoulders of giants in a rapidly changing world. In order to gain the competitive edge needed to stay relevant, it... Visit our Innovation-Innovation coach website today! http://www.innovationcoach.com/
  • Innovation Coach Workshop Philadelphia

    Robert Brands
    30 Oct 2014 | 5:00 am
       Are you a small to mid-sized manufacturing company and concerned that how you currently manage innovation and new product development is not optimized to provide continued growth in revenue and... Visit our Innovation-Innovation coach website today! http://www.innovationcoach.com/
  • Innovation ROI: The Tough Questions

    Robert Brands
    26 Oct 2014 | 9:30 pm
    Some things are easier to measure than others. For example, an objective such as lower cost of goods sold, or improved revenue is relatively easy to measure. Strategic objectives on the other hand... Visit our Innovation-Innovation coach website today! http://www.innovationcoach.com/
  • Best of 2014: Brands & Company Coral Springs Award

    Robert Brands
    12 Oct 2014 | 7:35 am
    Thanks Coral Springs!   Press Release FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Brands & Company, LLC D.B.a Innovationcoach Receives 2014 Best of Coral Springs Award Coral Springs Award Program Honors the... Visit our Innovation-Innovation coach website today! http://www.innovationcoach.com/
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  • Creating What Consumers Want

    18 Jan 2015 | 10:00 pm
    CPG companies are good at the early stages of innovation where they develop new products, and the late stages of innovation, where they commercialize them. But they're not so good at the middle stage of learning which product features, prices, and packaging a consumer will be attracted to buy.
  • Give-to-Get Corporate Partnering

    14 Jan 2015 | 3:00 am
    In The Reciprocity Advantage, Bob Johansen and Karl Ronn argue that the most successful partnerships start with sharing, not protecting, your intellectual capital.
  • 7 Surprising Disruptions

    14 Jan 2015 | 3:00 am
    Are you ready for what's coming in your industry this year? For more insights, read the full collection of perspectives from Strategy&.
  • The Truth About Breakthrough Strategies

    15 Dec 2014 | 3:00 am
    You won't find them through typical strategic planning, executive retreats, or brainstorming sessions.
  • How to Avoid Bad Investments in Good Ideas

    2 Dec 2014 | 3:00 am
    Michael Schrage proposes a fast, cheap, experiment-driven approach to boosting the bottom line in The Innovator's Hypothesis.
 
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    Riverside Innovation Centre » Riverside Innovation Centre

  • Start-Up Surgery with NatWest

    admin
    27 Jan 2015 | 3:16 am
    Wednesday 28th January 2-5pm Do you have a business idea that you would like to run past an expert? Do you need some help to figure out your start-up costs? Do you need some advice on what banks look for in a business plan? Do you know how to impress investors? Have you started up & want to know how NatWest can help you? We have the NatWest Start-Up experts on hand to answer all your questions & provide you with FREE information, advice & guidance. To make it even easier, they’ll be coming to the Riverside Innovation Centre (RIC) tomorrow & we can book you an appointment to…
  • An Audience With… James Wilson

    admin
    27 Jan 2015 | 2:58 am
    Wednesday 11th February 12-2pm Riverside Innovation Centre, Riverside Campus, Castle Drive Open to staff & students Once a month, we invite entrepreneurs to the Riverside Innovation Centre to share their story with you to uncover ‘how they made it’. A FREE event not to be missed for those interested in starting a business, freelancing or enterprise & entrepreneurship. After graduating from the University of Birmingham and completing a post graduate year at LJMU, James went on to the NHS graduate training scheme. Before taking the plunge into business ownership, he also worked in…
  • Bright future ahead with senior appointment

    admin
    20 Jan 2015 | 3:03 am
    The development of University Centre Shrewsbury is moving further forward with the appointment of a Deputy Provost. Paul Kirkbright has been chosen for this role on the leadership team for the University Centre. As a senior manager in higher education, the Deputy Provost works closely with the Vice-Chancellor of the University of Chester and, will support the Provost, once appointed, to oversee the establishment and progression of the institution. The Deputy Provost, Vice-Chancellor and, at a later date the Provost, are at the forefront of the development of University Centre Shrewsbury,…
  • Last chance to spend £1000 on Google Glass

    admin
    20 Jan 2015 | 2:49 am
    As of yesterday, Google has officially stopped selling their wearable tech experiment, Google Glass; although you can still pick up a pair at the Play Store at the time of writing. Google insists the product is still in development as an individual project. It is very likely to return in a different form at some point in the future. Glass Explorer was launched almost three years ago in April 2012 but failed to generate interest and sales to match the fanfare of its release. The appeal of paying £1000 for a ridiculous-looking wearable device was always going to be limited compared with…
  • Fix-it Fair for Staff and Students – Can you help?

    admin
    16 Jan 2015 | 6:15 am
    On Tuesday 17th March the University will be holding its first Fix-it Fair in the Small Hall.  This event, for both staff and students, aims to encourage repair and repurposing of a range of household items by providing support, advice and demonstrations. We already have a wide range of ‘Fixperts’ lined up who will be offering advice and demos related to a whole range of items (bikes, cars, gadgets including laptops and phones, jewellery…). However, we’re still looking for ‘Fixperts’ who could help us with textiles – repair or repurposing of…
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  • Understanding The STEM Gaps

    adam@sciencelayer.com (Adam Collier)
    24 Jan 2015 | 10:13 am
    I’ve heard a great deal recently from our president and from people within my company about resolving the STEM gap. This post is my take on the two STEM gaps, the STEM gaps are the perceived lack of students who major in and are employed in science, technology, engineering and mathematics.  So there is another gap in the number of […]
  • Future Science Majors? – Take My Survey

    adam@sciencelayer.com (Adam Collier)
    19 Jan 2015 | 10:57 am
    I am building a course which prepares students of faith to enter college and highschool as a science major.  If you are a parent of a future science major or considering science as a major would you please take the following survey to help me in designing this course, also please enter your email address […]
  • Lead Your Family by Knowing It’s Season

    adam@sciencelayer.com (Adam Collier)
    18 Jan 2015 | 1:00 pm
    Family life can be chaotic, it can be stressful, it can be expensive and it can be wonderful.  A family needs vision and leadership just like any team or group of people. One way to do this is to recognize the seasonal nature of family life. Families go through seasons, seasons of change, seasons of […]
  • The secret of what he was looking for – Part 2

    adam@sciencelayer.com (Adam Collier)
    16 Jan 2015 | 3:20 am
    Part 2; When God Hovered Genesis 1:2 Now the earth was formless and empty, darkness was over the surface of the deep, and the Spirit of God was hovering over the waters.   And God said… When God hovered over the waters in Genesis 1:2, he was looking for something, many theologians and the repeating pattern found […]
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    The Innovation Mill

  • JetBlue: Surprise, Delight, and Change the Subject

    Bonnie Pedlow
    22 Jan 2015 | 6:37 am
    Starting at around 1PM yesterday, a persistent hum managed to break through my steady string of meetings and things-to-do. With an email from a friend in Philly, a GChat from a friend in DC, and a newsfeed update from someone I haven’t talked to in years, JetBlue’s message cut through the noise and grabbed me: $32 one-way tickets from New York airports to 32 destinations across the country. By 2PM when I hopped over to their website, flights to Burbank, Los Angeles, Port of Spain, Turks and Caicos, and Sarasota were all sold out. That was the last I could check before the 4PM deadline,…
  • Trend Spotting: 5 Tools for Monitoring Traditional and Social Media

    Marian Daniells
    20 Jan 2015 | 1:00 am
    The most successful PR isn’t just about media relations – it’s about understanding the client’s audience and broader media landscape. And that means a lot of listening. Public relations professionals are trend spotters, monitoring the sentiment surrounding a client or issue, and adapting accordingly. Though the process of listening and analyzing the landscape can be labor-intensive, we pulled together a selection of some of our favorite listening tools and resources for help in keeping an ear to the audience: TO KNOW THE MEDIA LANDSCAPE theSkimm: It goes without saying that media and…
  • Still Haven’t Found What I’m Looking For: Searching for Brands in Excel

    Jeffrey Cipriano
    16 Jan 2015 | 11:50 am
    Brands are always asking, obsessively, how they match up to their competition. Did we get more hits this quarter, or less? If we got less hits, were they at least good hits? Can you tell me what a good hit is? With all the data available for brands to analyze, someone needs to sift through the muck and find the pieces that are actually valuable – numbers that tell the story of brand’s success and failures over time, especially in relation to the industry competition. So when I’m handed a spreadsheet with thousands of data entries, and I need to sort it by brand before I can start my…
  • Pitch Perfect: 5 Tools to Craft a Top-Notch Pitch

    Marian Daniells
    14 Jan 2015 | 11:36 am
    A good craftsman never blames his tools. But a butcher can’t do his job well with a dull knife, either. Tools are important and help streamline and polish the work we do for clients. Earned media is just that – earned – and it requires work and research. But that doesn’t mean there aren’t a few tips, tricks and shortcuts. Here’s a selection of tools – some well-known and others top-secret – for planning and crafting the perfect pitch: TO TARGET THE RIGHT MEDIA Gorkana: Seldom do I pass on an opportunity to share the glories of Gorkana. The journalist database is an…
  • Using Competitors to Deliver a Message

    Deb Brown
    5 Jan 2015 | 6:27 am
    Although this “Trojan Mailing” video from DHL was posted on YouTube last February, I saw it for the first time when Inc. Magazine announced the best PR and marketing stunts of 2014.  This is truly an innovative – and clever! – stunt.  But, is it real? Basically, DHL gets their competitors to advertise for them. DHL taped HUGE boxes with thermo-active foil that, when cooled down below 32 degrees Fahrenheit, turns the packages black. But, when they are picked up by an unsuspecting competitor’s delivery service and warmed up to above freezing, all of a sudden each big box reveals the…
 
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    The IdeaConnection Blog

  • Crowdsourcing Experiment to Solve the Mystery of Edwin Drood

    IdeaConnection
    26 Jan 2015 | 10:03 am
    Could crowdsourcing solve one of the world’s biggest literary mysteries?  Many Charles Dickens fans are certainly pinning their hopes on the crowd to discover what actually happened to Edwin Drood. When the author of such classics as Great Expectations and A Christmas Carol died, he was midway through The Mystery of Edwin Drood.  With the novel laying unfished, its ending was therefore unknown. But now an innovative website going by the name of the Drood Inquiry hopes to determine the location and fate of the story’s young protagonist. The website was set up by Dr Pete Orford…
  • Awesome Quotes about Genius

    IdeaConnection
    19 Jan 2015 | 9:47 am
    What exactly is genius? Psychologists and thinkers still spend many hours trying to pin down this elusive quality and where it comes from. Here are some quotes about genius that may help us get closer to the answers: The difference between stupidity and genius is that genius has its limits. Albert Einstein There is no great genius without a mixture of madness. Aristotle There’s a fine line between genius and insanity. I have erased this line. Oscar Levant When a great genius appears in the world you may know him by this sign; that the dunces are all in confederacy against him. Jonathan…
  • Boost Your Creativity with Beer

    IdeaConnection
    12 Jan 2015 | 11:41 am
    Has the long-lost Holy Grail been finally found?  No, not that one.  We’re talking about a beer that can help you think more creatively to solve your problems. Sure, imbibing lots of beers over the years can be ruinous to health, but the makers of The Problem Solver beer claim that a little of their brew can help drinkers reach their creative peak. This is how they are able to make their bold assertion: A scientific study has shown that the average person produces their most creative thinking at an alcohol level of 0.075%.  And as we know, everyone as a different alcohol tolerance level…
  • Mark Zuckerberg Crowdsourced his New Year’s Resolution

    IdeaConnection
    5 Jan 2015 | 9:53 am
    He may well be one of the world’s most successful innovators, with billions of dollars in the bank, but Mark Zuckerberg thinks there is still room for improvement.  So, toward the end of 2014, the Facebook Chairman, CEO and co-founder decided to crowdsource his New Year’s resolution. Following the suggestions of 50,000 people, he’s selected one. It all started in December when Zuckerberg wrote a Facebook post asking for ideas.  He listed resolutions from previous years, including learning to speak Mandarin and meeting one new person every day who doesn’t work at…
  • 3 Awesome Open Innovation Challenges for Better Health

    IdeaConnection
    29 Dec 2014 | 9:04 am
    Need a medical innovation, a better way to treat patients or new approaches to improve health and well-being? The crowd may just have the solution that you are looking for. The medical and healthcare industries are no strangers to open innovation and putting the brain power of the public to good use. After all, we all have vested interests in the outcomes.  Here are three open innovation challenges that have yielded breakthrough innovations: Seizure Detection and Prediction Challenge – an open innovation contest for computer algorithms to predict, detect and help prevent epileptic…
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    Brand Genetics

  • The Paradox of Choice [Speed Summary]

    Paul Marsden
    23 Jan 2015 | 3:15 am
    The Paradox of Choice: Why More Is Less Author: Barry Schwartz Publisher:  HarperCollins Publication date: 2005 The success of your next innovation will depend on whether you are marketing to ‘Satisficers’ or ‘Maximisers’. To find out whether you and your consumers are Satisficers or Maximisers take the test below. In many categories, consumers are primarily ‘Satisficers’ – they opt for the first product they find that they believe will satisfy their needs (including price needs). Satisficers use a ‘take the first‘ rule…
  • Seasons Greetings from Brand Genetics

    Tom
    22 Dec 2014 | 4:00 am
    So that was 2014… As we rapidly steam towards the end of another year we wanted to send everyone our Seasons Greetings and thank you for helping make 2014 what it was. This year has been an exciting one for Brand Genetics, so if you will permit us the self-indulgence of talking about ourselves (and what is Christmas without a little indulgence) then here goes. We’ve had great times working with our established clients who continue to come back to us with ever more interesting and challenging problems, but 2014 has also been a year where we have worked with exciting new clients…
  • The Consuming Instinct [Speed Summary]

    Paul Marsden
    1 Dec 2014 | 5:25 am
    The Consuming Instinct: What Juicy Burgers, Ferraris, Pornography, and Gift Giving Reveal about Human Nature Author: Gad Saad Publisher:  Prometheus Publication date: 2011 Reasons not Rationalisations Ask consumers the reasons why they buy the stuff they buy, and you’ll probably get rationalisations, not reasons. Rationalisations are the ‘justifications’ we make to ourselves – and to others – for why we’ve bought something. But the real reasons may be quite different to rationalisations; they may be private, hidden or even unconscious. Enter The Consuming…
  • The Hunger Games Generation: Innovating for ‘Gen Z’

    Tom
    28 Nov 2014 | 2:14 am
    To coincide with the recent launch of Hunger Games: Mockingjay – the franchise that is so iconic for Gen Z – Brand Genetics has created a short report on this exciting generation. We believe that if you want to know what the world will look like tomorrow you need to understand the up and coming generations – and Gen Z already look like they will be a real force for change. Whether or not they’re your target audience today, Gen Z are already starting to influence how the world works. Their traits are only just starting to emerge but they show a marked difference to Gen Y /…
  • 6 Innovation Lessons from the Global Innovation Forum

    Tom
    25 Nov 2014 | 4:59 am
    Last week the 4th Global Innovation Forum rolled into London town and Brand Genetics chaired the event, which gathered a diverse range of innovators from around the world to share and learn from one another. We all learnt a huge amount over the course of the two days, but here are 6 key themes that emerged which we thought worth sharing: 1. The world has changed: It’s not changing it’s changed! At the conference we heard how you cannow take ‘Dronies’ (selfies from a drone) and ‘Yelfies’ (where you shout and the camera snaps you), drive cars designed to…
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    Brilliant Ideas » Brilliant Ideas

  • Brilliant Idea #256. Custom background for your home office

    Michael
    27 Jan 2015 | 5:55 am
    Many of us work from home and many more of us will start to work from home in the future. This shift from physical to virtual location is down in no short measure to the improvement in communications and the use of video conferencing. The upside of working from home is that you are generally sitting in room on your own which makes it significantly easier to do video calls. The downside is that it’s obvious that you are a homeworker because the background is obviously of a small room with storage on the opposite wall. If you are talking to a co-worker this isn’t a problem. If you…
  • Brilliant Idea, busking with poetry

    Michael
    27 Jan 2015 | 3:49 am
    This is genius, pure genius. Meet Lynn Gentry. You can find him on the subway in New York and ask him to create a Poem, on demand. He’s a pay what you please vendor. The most he has ever earnt is reported to be $122 but he estimates that most people pay $5-$10 per poem and he will compose up to 20 poems a day (that’s around $700 per week, more in the summer). Gentry also composes for events and business campaigns, and performs music in a style he calls “electric freak folk.” Within the next month, he’ll start a crowdfunding campaign to finance his second music…
  • Innovation Inspiration #77

    Michael
    26 Jan 2015 | 3:36 am
    The post Innovation Inspiration #77 appeared first on Brilliant Ideas.
  • How to test an idea. 5 simple questions

    Michael
    23 Jan 2015 | 5:32 am
    How to test whether an idea is any good? Here are five questions that you can apply to just about any idea to test it.  The point at which you can’t, hand on heart answer the question, stop, re-think, seek help or ditch the idea and have another one. 1. Would you be confident enough in the idea that you could describe it to a complete stranger? 2. Can you describe (or even better quantify) what problem it solves? 3. Can you describe the type of person that has the problem, how many of them there are and how to find them? 4. To what extent does the idea solve the problem? 5. How could…
  • Innovation Inspiration #58

    Michael
    23 Jan 2015 | 4:49 am
    The post Innovation Inspiration #58 appeared first on Brilliant Ideas.
 
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    Destination Innovation

  • The Search for Certainty and Fit kills Innovation.

    admin
    21 Jan 2015 | 2:40 pm
    In the 1990s a group of developers at Microsoft came up with an innovative device for reading electronic books. At that time no such product existed as a commercial entity. The team was excited at the possibilities for this innovation and they sent the working prototype to Bill Gates. He rapidly rejected the idea. It did not fit in with the Microsoft business strategy and the product did not have the Windows look or feel. Microsoft missed the opportunity.[1]  Amazon went on to develop a huge business based on e-books and the Kindle. Bill Gates is renowned for being an open-minded leader…
  • The Christmas Quiz – with Answers

    admin
    13 Jan 2015 | 6:47 am
    Here is the Quiz which went out in the Christmas Newsletter 1. What word has just three syllables yet contains 26 letters? (Lateral one to start with.) 2. What is the longest word in which all the letters come from the second half of the alphabet (Something you eat at Christmas – 7 letters). 3. What is the longest word which forms another word when spelt backwards? (One word is something you eat at Christmas and the other is something you get at Christmas). 4. What 6 letter boy’s name has two anagrams which are also boys’ names? (They start with A, R, R) 5. Some of the…
  • Why is it so hard to learn from our Mistakes?

    admin
    12 Jan 2015 | 4:56 am
    A key precept in the self-improvement manual is to learn from your mistakes. If you can do that then you can keep growing and getting better. Yet many people find this very hard. And the same story applies to organizations. If a company wants to be innovative then it must try many new things, stop the unsuccessful experiments, learn the important lessons and rapidly move on. It sounds straightforward but it is surprisingly difficult. In his book, Adapt, Why Success always starts with Failure, Tim Harford identifies three salient reasons why individuals, corporate executives and organizations…
  • Paul Sloane Show Reel

    admin
    1 Jan 2015 | 7:46 am
    Paul Sloane is an entertaining and inspirational keynote speaker on lateral thinking, creativity and the leadership of innovation.    
  • The Cook’s Badge

    admin
    25 Dec 2014 | 3:54 am
    As a lad I was in the boy scouts – the 1st Bispham Scout group, Seagull patrol. I was a keen collector of badges and at the age of about 12 I entered for my cook’s badge. I had to cook a dish at camp and have it tasted by the Scoutmaster. My mother trained me in how to cook fried liver and onions with mashed potato. I learned how to roll the liver in flour, how to fry the meat and onions, how to peel and boil the potatoes, how to mash them and most importantly – to add salt to the potatoes. We arrived at the Mowbreck campsite, which was a muddy field, late on a Friday evening. First I…
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  • Design & Innovation Workshop for Your Business

    rnadworny
    15 Jan 2015 | 5:36 am
    With the support of the Free Press Media I’ve organized innovation breakfasts during 2014. National innovation gurus have talked with and inspired us. At the end of each, we’ve included short hands on workshops that make people “do” and not just “think.” Along the way, the professionals attending have given some interesting feedback. The top things they asked for were more practical tools, more in-depth training, and techniques they could apply with minimal effort. Heeding that feedback, I’ve created a Design and Innovation Workshop on Feb. 6. It’s full day, hand on experience…
  • Yakkity Yak

    rnadworny
    11 Nov 2014 | 8:33 am
    You never really learn much from hearing yourself talk. – George Clooney We all looked forward to the meeting. We were presenting the culmination of a design project and were eager to hear how the various stakeholders responded. Eager doesn’t do it justice; since we had engaged all of the stakeholders in various design workshops, we wondered if they would recognize their part in the work. There were a few new people in the room. One worked with our client but hadn’t participated in our design process. Another was a consultant who had nothing to do with the client or project, but was…
  • The Fear of “I Don’t Know”

    rnadworny
    30 Oct 2014 | 6:42 am
    “I don’t know.”  Three simple words. Those words impel otherwise intelligent adults in two opposite directions. One group finds energy in those words and is excited to explore. I call these the Detectives. Detectives look for clues. Detectives make and test assumptions. Detectives imagine different scenarios and see which ones make sense and which ones don’t. The Detectives are in the minority. The other group feels paralyzed by those words. I call these the Accountants. Accountants need facts and figures to proceed. Using their imagination makes Accountants feel…
  • The Future of Education and Work

    rnadworny
    29 Oct 2014 | 5:23 am
    Liz Gerber is a professor at Northwestern University and founder of Design for America, an extracurricular, interdisciplinary design program hosted by 21 universities across the country. Fast Company has featured the program on its cover and one of its first projects, SwipeSense, just raised $1.7M for its smart hand hygiene sensor. Liz grew up in Burlington and attended Burlington High School. RN: I love the whole concept behind Design for America. How did you come up with the idea of teaching students design and innovation by sending them out into Chicago to solve community problems? LG: The…
  • Minimum Viable Change (MVC)

    rnadworny
    10 Oct 2014 | 7:39 am
    What’s Your Minimum Viable Action for Change? At a recent Innovation Breakfast workshop, I asked participants to send in a business challenge they faced in their organization. It had to be short, but important. Many of the challenges or questions sounded like these: Our own bureaucracy is getting in our way. We ask ourselves too many critical questions and thwart breakthroughs too soon. How do we find the time for research and exploration while managing a busy workflow? How might we create the time and space to innovate? How can we communicate better between the different silos of our…
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    Improvides

  • Microsoft’s new HoloLens is revolutionary, disruptive, and actually useful

    Nick Skillicorn
    23 Jan 2015 | 3:16 am
    Virtual Reality is a gimmick that will never catch on in mainstream society. But Microsoft just announced a new Augmented Reality headset that could actually bring a change in the way we interact with technology. In the world of innovation, you can never rest on the idea that your products and research are ahead of […] Originally published at Microsoft’s new HoloLens is revolutionary, disruptive, and actually useful
  • How can we get women innovating more?

    Nick Skillicorn
    16 Jan 2015 | 4:42 am
    As Intel announced that they will be investing $300million to help address the diversity gap in Technology and Gaming, Improvides considers the gap’s impact on your innovation ability. Here’s a quick challenge for you: Think of any three people who since the year 2000 have developed something truly innovative and successful. It could be anyone, […] Originally published at How can we get women innovating more?
  • Nick Skillicorn @Improvides voted one of the best innovation bloggers of 2014

    Nick Skillicorn
    9 Jan 2015 | 2:42 am
    I had a lovely surprise this morning. Just over a week ago, I found out that I had been nominated as one of the Top 40 Innovation Bloggers of 2014 by Innovation Excellence. I managed to make the list in 2013 (my first year) in the position of 38 out of 40, so was hoping […] Originally published at Nick Skillicorn @Improvides voted one of the best innovation bloggers of 2014
  • Top 25 most influential Innovation Blogs & Experts: 2014

    Nick Skillicorn
    21 Dec 2014 | 1:20 pm
    If you want to stay on the cutting edge of innovation insight and techniques, then these are the blogs and experts you need to follow in 2015 2014 has been an excellent year for the spreading of insights around what makes innovation and creativity around the workplace. The proliferation of blogs, LinkedIn groups, podcasts and […] Originally published at Top 25 most influential Innovation Blogs & Experts: 2014
  • Ideas are scary – Great video

    Nick Skillicorn
    14 Nov 2014 | 2:07 am
    General Electric produced a wonderful video about one of the main problems related to creativity: The fact that when new ideas are born, they’re ugly. They’re scary. And sometimes they look very different to how they’ll end up. This is why so many great ideas are initially dismissed and left by the wayside. Things that […] Originally published at Ideas are scary – Great video
 
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    Innovation Architecture by Doug Collins

  • The Employee Suggestion System Turns 135

    26 Jan 2015 | 9:00 pm
    Your Creative Power A friend of mine runs the innovation and creativity practice at a large, global firm. He turned me onto the book, Your Creative Power: How to Use Imagination to Brighten Life and to Get Ahead, by Alex Osborn. Osborn was one of the original "Mad Men" of advertising. Your Creative Power, published in 1948 by Scribners, explores exhaustively all the ways in which one can discipline themselves to become more creative. It's a great read. The post-war optimism that found its expression in Osborn’s positive turns of phrase cheered me.   Towards the end of the book,…
  • Three Wishes for the Innovation Practitioner for 2015

    12 Jan 2015 | 9:00 pm
    Introduction 2014 leaves us with a number of mega-innovations that feel tantalizingly close to becoming part of—and improving—our daily lives. The driverless car. Commercial applications of graphene. Reliable, accessible renewable energy. Personalized medicine based on our genome. The reinvention of commercial air travel as a relaxing, invigorating experience. Okay—that last one may be a bit of a stretch. Perhaps the best expressions of innovation, as with charity, begin at home. With that thought, I leave you, the innovation practitioner, with a couple wishes for the new…
  • What Is the Secret Sauce for Your Collaborative Innovation Practice?

    12 Jan 2015 | 9:00 pm
    American Sauce for Americans I found myself overseas—and outside my native U.S.—recently. One day at lunch, my hosts—gracious to a fault—offered me as a condiment American Sauce from Heinz (figure 1). The connection made perfect sense. I was American. The sauce was American. It said so on the label. We were destined, in the eyes of my hosts, to become fast friends. I wondered: What ingredients, exactly, comprised American Sauce? The hopes and fevered dreams of a new nation? An admixture of inalienable rights granted by the Creator? Polyunsaturated fats? It was a…
  • Predictions: Ten Ways the Driverless Car Will Change Everyday Life

    18 Nov 2014 | 5:16 am
    When Henry Ford made the car a mass-market success, people applied their immediate point of reference to its name, calling it the horseless carriage. Their point of reference was out back, eating oats and whinnying. We come full circle. People look to experience the driverless car. Their point of reference is in the garage, complete with steering wheel and gas pedal. Some brand manager, somewhere in the world, will make their professional career by giving this new means of conveyance its permanent name. For now, however, we make do with the driverless car. The driverless car revolutionizes…
  • Imagine: the Dream of the Accidental Entrepreneur

    3 Nov 2014 | 9:00 pm
    Imagine that it’s early on a quiet Saturday morning. The ebb and flow of everyday life has yet to start. You decide to get your hair cut. You walk down the street to your local hair salon. They have just opened. John Coltrane plays in the back room. The owner opens the blinds. You wait for your stylist, eyeing the magazines on the corner table. An older gentleman—the second customer of the day—enters the salon. You exchange pleasantries and, as happens with strangers who find themselves sitting next to one another, you share your perspective on the news, sports, the weather,…
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