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  • Innovation & Designing for Impact

    Innovation Excellence
    Innovation Excellence
    29 Jul 2014 | 8:15 am
    What do we mean by innovation? Why do companies struggle so much with innovation? This presentation explains.. Continue reading →
  • What World Cup winner Germany can teach us about developing a culture of excellence

    Game-Changer
    Jorge Barba
    15 Jul 2014 | 6:17 am
    Picture: EPA The 2014 World Cup has ended! For me it was one of the most memorable, the first round alone is worth watching again. Anyway, the Germans won. And they have lots to teach us about developing a culture of excellence, no matter what people say about their “efficient” driven culture. Here are a two takeaways: To play to win, not to lose, requires a different mindset Two weeks ago I watched as Mexico gave up a 1 goal lead to the Netherlands and eventually lose the game on a questionable penalty kick. As all of this was unraveling I wasn’t surprised. I had started…
  • The Best Marketing May be None at All

    Business Model Institute
    Jim Muehlhausen
    29 May 2014 | 1:23 pm
    Marketing can be a daunting task. It’s always more difficult and expensive than anticipated. Sometimes the frustration of those factors causes us to make bad decisions like cutting corners or, worse yet, convincing ourselves that under-spending will probably work out alright.Unfortunately, getting your marketing 90% right sometimes yields a 0% benefit. Take the marketing letter I received below as a case in point. The agent came up with a strategy to differentiate his marketing by hand-writing an introductory letter. This is a decent strategy to stand out from the dozens of similar…
  • If the Internet is a Psychology Experiment, Are You a Psychologist?

    The Discipline of Innovation Blog
    Tim Kastelle
    1 Jul 2014 | 3:02 am
    Scott Adams, the creator of Dilbert, wrote an interesting post on startups and pivoting this week.  You should read the whole thing.  Here is his main point: The Internet is a psychology experiment. Building a product for the Internet is now the easy part. Getting people to understand the product and use it is the hard part. And the only way to make the hard part work is by testing one psychological hypothesis after another. … Experience and history give start-ups their ideas on what to test first. But the thing that worked for the last business often doesn’t work for the next…
  • From Big Data to Cloud Computing: How IT is Creating a New Era of Disruptive Innovation

    ITIF Publication, Events and News Articles
    akey
    31 Jul 2014 | 9:00 am
    Enable Registration Industry after industry is being transformed by IT-enabled disruptive innovation. These include not only information-based industries, such as banking, media, real estate, and education, but also "atom-based" industries like transportation, agriculture, and health care.     At this event, speakers will assess why these transformations are occurring, how they will impact consumers and businesses, and the public policies required to spur even more disruptive innovation. Malcolm Frank, Paul Roehrig, and Ben Pring will discuss their book Code Halos: How the…
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  • You Can’t Craft A New Strategy Until…

    Matthew May
    30 Jul 2014 | 5:26 pm
    …you've defined the problem with the old one, reframed it as choice between at least two mutually exclusive choices, and generated some initial possibilities through focused, facilitated brainstorming. (Side rant to all the creativity "experts" out there poo-pooing brainstorming: Go pound sand. Brainstorming works very well with proper focus and facilitation. Creativity thrives under intelligent constraints.) Let's assume you've got clarity and consensus on your current strategy, using Roger Martin's Playing to Win framework. That is, you're clear on 1. your current aspiration, 2. the…
  • My Apologies To Everyone!

    Matthew May
    20 Jul 2014 | 2:35 pm
    Please accept my sincere apologies for the multiple emails and RSS postings you've undoubtedly received in your inbox. My post "You Know You're Clear on Strategy" had so many hits that it sent the GoDaddy servers into a tailspin, and in trying to resurrect my site they somehow resent my feed several times in the past 48 hours. Please know it is not me spamming you! I believe they have it finally worked out, but I completely understand if you wish to unsubscribe. Apologies again, and please have a hopefully quiet Sunday with no further embarrassing messages from me! Thank you for your…
  • You Know You’re Clear On Strategy When…

    Matthew May
    20 Jul 2014 | 1:56 pm
    "If I had the key members of your executive suite all in the same room, would they all be able to articulate the essence of your business strategy clearly and consistently?" I asked the executive vice president of strategy. "Probably not," she replied. "But I do know we need a new one, because the current one isn't working." I hear this quite a lot. It's fine to want a new strategy, but it doesn't make sense to move to a new strategy if you're not completely clear on the current one, because formulating a new strategy starts with defining a strategic problem culled from the current strategy.
  • [repost] Business Without The Bullsh*t

    Matthew May
    10 Jul 2014 | 1:19 pm
    [Note: This is a re-post of my July 10 blog entry, which was lost in a server migration. Apologies!] We all love secrets and shortcuts to the problems we face as business owners, entrepreneurs, and free agents. And when it comes to the more complex principles and theories of business, we all want someone to cut through all the fancy concepts and buzzwords and tell us what it really means and what we should do. Enter Business Without The Bullsh*t": 49 Secrets and Shortcuts You Need To Know, by Geoffrey James. Geoffrey James is an award-winning business journalist whose Sales Source blog is…
  • [repost] How To Hold A Hackathon

    Matthew May
    3 Jul 2014 | 1:05 pm
    [Note: This is a re-post of my July 3 blog entry which was lost in a server migration. Apologies!] There's nothing like a well-organized hackathon to bring together a group of talented individuals together to do new things, give them a daunting challenge, throw a few "hero's journey" obstacles in their way, and wait for the magic to happen. In the world of corporate innovation, hackathons have moved well beyond the technology-only focus that the word “hack” often conjures up. They've become a valid method of bringing a diverse and passionate group of people together over a short time to…
 
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    Innovation Excellence

  • Combating the Dark Side of Technology (Part 3)

    John Hagel
    30 Jul 2014 | 6:14 pm
    It'’s fitting that I originally penned the third installment of my “Combating the Dark Side of Technology” series on Martin Luther King day. He’s an icon of the power of narrative and its role in building movements that can fundamentally change how we live and work. Narratives are a third key component in our quest to move beyond the dark side of technology. Continue reading →
  • Timeline of Emerging Science & Technology – An Interview with Richard Watson

    Lynda Koster
    30 Jul 2014 | 8:00 am
    A 'first look' conversation for the Innovation Excellence community! Richard Watson is an author, futurist and scenario planner who helps organizations to think further ahead. Lynda Koster interviews Richard about the new release of his "Timeline of Emerging Science & Technology". Continue reading →
  • Will Product Intelligence Develop the Next Sensor Device?

    Kobi Gershoni
    30 Jul 2014 | 5:00 am
    Kobi Gershoni oversees Signals' research methodologies and analytics team. Today he shares data visualization and a Personal Healthcare case study that demonstrates how open source intelligence, or the practice of connecting the dots between publicly available source types, enables a new path to evidence-based decision support for new product development. Let’s see how it works... Continue reading →
  • Innovation & Designing for Impact

    Innovation Excellence
    29 Jul 2014 | 8:15 am
    What do we mean by innovation? Why do companies struggle so much with innovation? This presentation explains.. Continue reading →
  • An Innovator has an Obligation to… Risk!

    Kim Chandler McDonald
    29 Jul 2014 | 5:00 am
    We invite you to our weekly interactive forum — to read and collect your comments on “An Innovator has an Obligation to…” We hope you’ll join the conversation! Continue reading →
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    IDEO

  • Articles: Shaping a School System, From The Ground Up

    IDEO
    5 Jul 2014 | 1:28 pm
    The New York Times spotlights IDEO’s work with Innova Schools to design a school system in Peru from the ground up. The article looks at how “increasingly design companies like IDEO are being asked to build complex systems for businesses, governments and non profit organizations”. For the full article click here.
  • Awards: IDSA’s 2014 IDEA Awards

    IDEO
    2 Jul 2014 | 1:04 pm
    IDEO and IDEO.org were awarded 8 International Design Excellence Awards by the IDSA (seven and one respectively). Winning designs ranged from a new generation of bike saddles for Brooks to ​redesigning the cafeteria and food system for San Francisco Unified School District. Read more about the winners here. For IDEO: Gold Cambium C-17 Bike Saddle for Brooks (Sports, Leisure and Recreation) PillPack (Service Design) Silver Food System Redesign for San Francisco Unified School District (Design Strategy) Spark Camera App (Digital Design) Bronze POWEREASE for Medtronic (Medical and Scientific…
  • Work: Finding a New Business Model in the Everyday for Sensis

    IDEO
    26 Jun 2014 | 1:52 pm
    134 years ago, the phone book was the original killer app. In 1880, the year Australia’s first-ever telephone directory was published, it was a cutting edge technology that offered immediate access to a huge network of goods and services, everything from peaches in Gundagai to ship builders in Darwin. The company that produced that first phone book—and the disruptive change it represented—would later become the Australian directories company Sensis. In recent years, Sensis made a strong transition from a print directory to a digital service, but they asked IDEO to help the company think…
  • Awards: IDEO + Core77 Design Awards

    IDEO
    20 Jun 2014 | 12:45 pm
    Core77 recognizes four IDEO projects in its annual design awards. 2014 Runner Up recipients include our work with Brooks on the Cambium C-17 bike saddle and pharmacy market-disrupter PillPack. Notable honorees include redesigning the food system for the San Francisco Unified School District and the Edison light installation for Joie de Vivre Hotels. For more on the award winners, see here.
  • Awards: 30 Years, 18 MDEA Awards

    IDEO
    11 Jun 2014 | 11:50 am
    IDEO celebrates its 18th Medical Device Excellence Award (MDEA) for our work with Tria Beauty on the Age-Defying Laser, with Tria’s Hair Removal Laser and Medtronic’s POWEREASE being named finalists. For more on IDEO’s history of delivering impactful, human-centered design to the world of medical and consumer products see here.
 
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    Innovation Management

  • Previsão de Sucesso em Equipes de Inovação

    Filipe Costa (Organizador)
    30 Jul 2014 | 5:59 am
    Um estudo da Harvard Business Review traz à tona várias descobertas interessantes sobre a prática da inovação para a empresa, incluindo a matriz de ambição da inovação, que detalha como “empresas que se destacam na gestão da inovação total investem simultaneamente em três níveis de ambição, gerenciando cuidadosamente o equilíbrio entre eles.”
  • Top 10 Masters in Innovation Management Worldwide

    InnovationManagement
    30 Jul 2014 | 12:10 am
    We checked out the Top 10 of best master programs that are entirely dedicated to innovation management. The ranking shows that France is strongly represented with 4 programs. English taught programs can be found in The Netherlands, China, Denmark and Spain.
  • Retrospective on the Dirty Maple Flooring Company

    Doug Collins
    29 Jul 2014 | 2:36 am
    Our columnist Doug Collins began the Dirty Maple Flooring Company tale last fall. Twenty episodes later, the story in which Dirty Maple embraces collaborative innovation has come to an end.
  • Como Criar Produtos que Seus Clientes Vão Adorar

    Filipe Costa (Organizador)
    28 Jul 2014 | 11:38 pm
    Como criar inovações que os clientes não esperam, mas eventualmente amam? Como criar produtos e serviços que são tão distintos daqueles que dominam o mercado e inevitavelmente deixam as pessoas apaixonadas? Uma conclusão tem caracterizado literatura de gestão nas últimas décadas: que a inovação radical, embora arriscada, é uma das principais fontes de vantagem competitiva de longo prazo. Mas esse é realmente o caso? Leia mais neste artigo de Roberto Verganti, Professor de Gestão da Inovação e autor do livro “Design-Driven Innovation”.
  • Should you engage with your company beyond your job description?

    Pedro do Carmo Costa
    28 Jul 2014 | 12:43 am
    Benefits abound when organizations fully engage their employees. Deeply involved employees are more efficient—working longer hours and going beyond what is asked— and, organization-wide, engaged personnel directly impact financial results. A Towers Perrin study found a 6% higher profit margin in companies with engaged staff, while Gallup reported higher employee engagement scores positively correlate with increased earnings per share.
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    Gregg Fraley

  • Changing Innovation Culture by Doing — Three Reasons It Doesn’t Happen

    GREGG FRALEY
    21 Jul 2014 | 10:00 am
    Innovation culture doesn’t change with assessment or analysis. You can learn a great deal about who you are and what your culture is like with the various assessment tools, but knowing isn’t changing. I’m a huge fan of KEYS, FourSight, and other assessment tools but they are not the answer. Training can help, but training alone will not do the job either. What changes innovation culture then? Doing. You change culture by Doing.  When employees are empowered to solve problems and those solutions are put into play, it’s motivating. It changes hearts and minds. And it…
  • Big Imagination is Blind Spot Remover

    GREGG FRALEY
    15 Jul 2014 | 11:35 am
    Coming back from a trip to Toronto (visiting with the amazing Min Basadur) I spotted an interesting billboard at O’Hare airport. IBM suggests they can help “Remove the Blind Spots from Your Business” — by using Big Data and analytics. The visual of a man at a kind of virtual desktop that has visibility to ships, trucks, retail, and factories indicates that if you can just know more about what’s going on out there you’ll have nothing to worry about. If only that were so. I’m not bad rapping IBM here, I’m sure they can indeed provide lots of…
  • Six Ideas for Creative Action

    GREGG FRALEY
    16 Jun 2014 | 2:14 pm
    What kind of action can you take, today, to advance your dream? What action can you take today to make real your invention, your new business idea, or art project? This is a post about taking creative action. All the great ideas in the world, all the wonderful concepts, all the ground-breaking thoughts we have are useless unless we get into real world action. It’s an easy concept to forget for people who love ideas, concepts, and imaginative thinking. Somehow — we are such great rationalisers — the good vibes generated when we have those lovely thoughts feel like action. But…
  • Harvard’s Kodak Moment?

    GREGG FRALEY
    3 Jun 2014 | 6:39 am
    Nitin Nohria, Dean of HBS — and man in the hot seat Have you ever been in the position where you thought, “gee, if only I was better educated, or just smarter, this complex decision in front of me would be easy.” In the innovation world the agonizing decision of whether to embrace a new trend and leave behind your old business model is always brutally dificult. Organizations have been torn to shreds in the conflict about what to do. Some have made those big choices and survived, like IBM, or, made bad choices and bit the dust, like Kodak. Part of the psychology of leadership…
  • Have You Made the Creative Choice?

    GREGG FRALEY
    28 May 2014 | 9:17 am
    Have you made the Creative Choice? There is a ton of written material about creativity and innovation. I make an effort to keep up with the waves of literature — there’s a new methodology, a new process, fresh brain research, best practices, anti-best practices, etc. Some of this literature is quite good. There is also stuff about how creativity relates to mysticism and spirituality, also quite interesting. Finally there is also a good deal of useless, boring drivel that only reinforces unhelpful mythology about creativity. If you intend to be more creative and to use that…
 
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    Bulldog Drummond - Uncommon Sense

  • Zappos Non-Culture

    Bulldog Drummond
    29 Jul 2014 | 9:00 am
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  • No Excuse for Bad Behavior

    Bulldog Drummond
    28 Jul 2014 | 8:56 am
    Written by Russell Ruggiero  The world is changing around us and sadly it seems that poor behavior in public spaces is becoming the rule and not the exception. The word “infringe” seems to be more common than ever before, perhaps it’s our increasing world population, habitual narcissistic actions and behaviors, decreasing attention spans or increasing pressure to participate. More than ever we’re experiencing and encouraging a society of very bad manners. From business to personal we need to remember there’s no excuse for bad behavior. Let’s all remember the basic principles we…
  • The Little Nudges That Would Make Even Churchill Proud

    Bulldog Drummond
    25 Jul 2014 | 9:50 am
    Written by Peter Simms If there’s a bell curve of risk aversion by sector, government and philanthropy are at the far right end (by far). A high-level American diplomat recently described to me the risk aversion in Washington these days as “paranoia,” a fear of failure or making a mistake that leads to a state of near paralysis. Innovation and entrepreneurship are all but non-existent in Washington at a time when reinvention and renewal is needed most. Yet, hard as it may be to believe given the current state of affairs, a trip to London and Number 10 Downing Street last week has given…
  • Carrots Come Out to Play

    Bulldog Drummond
    24 Jul 2014 | 9:00 am
  • Just Do Your Job

    Bulldog Drummond
    23 Jul 2014 | 4:49 pm
    Written by Gregg Imamoto Recently, my six year old asked me during basketball practice, what’s my favorite sport and why? The quick answer was basketball and as for the why, I simply stated that I enjoy playing it even more than I enjoy watching it. But, as most children are prone to do, he asked why again. As I resumed practice, it became clearer, what exactly am I trying to teach these young boys right now? The better answer was that basketball is a team sport. It requires a group of individuals to work together to accomplish a common objective. Basketball, similar to most team sports,…
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    The Heart of Innovation

  • How to Sell Without Selling

    28 Jul 2014 | 11:09 pm
    Two years ago, my wife and I bought a Turkish rug from Mehmet, Istanbul's Steve Jobs of rug merchants. If I could run my company as well he could sell, I'd be a very wealthy man. Technically, speaking, Mehmet didn't really sell us anything. He simply created the conditions that allowed us to buy (which some people, I know, will think is really just a clever form of selling, but it wasn't.) How did Mehmet work his magic, when all we did was sit down at his cafe to drink some coffee with no conscious desire to buy a rug?
  • You Think YOU Have a Long Commute?

    25 Jul 2014 | 5:22 pm
    And now for a little perspective, just in case business is slow or you haven't gotten the promotion you think you deserved. Idea Champions
  • My Doctor Right Kinetic Video

    24 Jul 2014 | 4:52 pm
    My Doctor Right by Sixty Second Stories from Laura Eisman on Vimeo. Brilliant two-minute kinetic video from Fahey Design.
  • It's National TRUST YOURSELF Week!

    22 Jul 2014 | 11:19 pm
    This week, oh aspiring innovators, it's time to trust yourself. That's right. Trust. For the moment, forget about the business cases, spread sheets, best practices, data points, decision grids and the overly somber Six Sigmafication of your soul. You already know what to do. You do! You've known for a while. Now all you need to do is do it! More
  • Upgrade Your In-House Brainstorm Facilitation Skills the Simple Way

    18 Jul 2014 | 5:37 am
    Idea champions brainstorm facilitation testimonials from Mitch Ditkoff Want to upgrade your change agents' brainstorm facilitation skills? Looking for a simple way to open the creative floodgates in your organization? Here's one way. Read this if you think brainstorming is bogus. Covers for our new 142-page facilitator guidebook
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    Innovate on Purpose

  • The innovation bandwidth constraint

    Jeffrey Phillips
    30 Jul 2014 | 7:21 am
    After discussions with a number of current customers and potential prospective clients, I've come to the conclusion that many businesses are at a critical inflection point in regards to the innovation they can conduct.  What's interesting is how closely the constraints align to larger economic issues.  I'm talking here about the necessary level of staffing in order to get things done.  What's I've referred to in the title as "bandwidth".Today, after years of outsourcing, right sizing, continuous improvement and an unfortunate focus on efficiency most businesses run right on the…
  • Innovation starts with a need

    Jeffrey Phillips
    23 Jul 2014 | 7:32 am
    I'm in Chicago this week, interviewing customers of our client to understand their needs for products and services.  Nothing can open eyes and ears more easily than sitting mid level managers and executives in front of customers who are willing to express their frustrations, difficulties, gaps and workarounds to executives who believe their products are fairly robust.  I've never taken a client into an ethnographic encounter or a "voice of the customer" experience that didn't result in my client remarking on how much they learned.  Well, sure.  Get out of your office, out…
  • Unrealistic Expectations and the failure of innovation

    Jeffrey Phillips
    15 Jul 2014 | 6:12 am
    For several years, when OVO first entered the innovation consulting space, I was constantly amazed by the insincerity and misinformation that is constantly spread about innovation.  While it is easy to point to innovation success stories from a wide range of firms, many of the innovation stories one reads are from people who seek to cast doubt on innovation or to disparage innovation activities.  Right now, one lonely journalist has stirred up a debate about "disruptive" innovation, ignoring for a second that disruptive innovation is happening in many industries.  Much of the…
  • Innovation: It's inconceivable

    Jeffrey Phillips
    9 Jul 2014 | 6:11 am
    When I was in graduate school, a number of my friends became aficionados of the move The Princess Bride.  At first, for me, it seemed a lot like many other swashbuckling movies.  It has the requisite hero who has been cheated, a damsel in distress, some swordplay, and so on.  But what I missed initially are all the tongue in cheek gags, the funny lines.  One that has stayed with me for a long time is what Vizzini says quite often in the film.  Anytime a plan or a plot goes wrong, or something doesn't work out the way he planned, he exclaims:  It's…
  • Innovators overcome the can'ts

    Jeffrey Phillips
    7 Jul 2014 | 5:41 am
    There's a vicious, pervasive mentality swirling in corporate America today, and it's limiting innovation, growth and corporate renewal.  Many of your fellow employees have been infected by a mental virus, and they aren't even aware that they have it.  It's not Ebola or the plague, although it can often be just as deadly for new ideas as these illnesses.  The virus has crept into the thinking and attitudes of many managers and employees, without a lot of fanfare.  In fact, when it was introduced it seemed natural and reasonable, but it has become a major limiting factor to…
 
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    Scott Berkun

  • Notes from World Domination Summit: part 1

    Scott
    12 Jul 2014 | 10:44 am
    I’m speaking this Sunday at World Domination Summit in glorious Portland, Oregon. The event started yesterday and it’s clear this is a most unusual event: there’s an energy that I’ve only seen a handful of times in the hundreds of events and conferences I’ve been to. I decided to take notes during the many sessions and I’ll be updating this post after most of the sessions, so come back later to this post for more (please forgive typos as liveblogging comes at a price) I noticed even during speaker rehearsal that the crew was having fun and working hard, a magical…
  • 5 Questions that decide if Facebook crossed the line

    Scott
    30 Jun 2014 | 8:24 am
    There are 4 points and 5 questions at the heart of the latest drama around Facebook and ethics, and the report of a recent experiment they did regarding emotions. 1. All media manipulates emotions by design Newspapers editors have always chosen which news stories we see, choices made with emotional impact in mind. Television and print news have a long history of over-reporting stories of violent crime, far out of proportion to the rate they happen. One argument is the belief it’s easier to draw attention for negative stories. Another is that making people feel bad eases the challenge…
  • Why You Are Not Drowning In Data

    Scott
    25 Jun 2014 | 9:23 am
    We love to blame the world because the world can’t blame us back. I recently read Sarah Gooding’s article titled Drowning in Data: When News is Noise. She feels information overloaded makes it hard to cultivate creativity. It’s a sweet article and you should read it, even if I disagree. She writes: It’s never been easier to be productive, but it’s also never been harder. With technology and a flood of information at my fingertips every time I turn on an Internet-connected device, my resolve crumbles. There is a difference between how something feels and how something is.
  • The doors of Paris: a photo essay

    Scott
    24 Jun 2014 | 2:58 pm
    I spent a few days in Paris last week (to speak at USI 14). For fun I took photos of every interesting door I walked by. I didn’t seek out interesting ones with a plan. I didn’t want to be deliberate about it. Instead I chose to pay attention as  I walked through the city. Doors fascinate me for many reasons. They’re ignored by most people walking past them, but to anyone who lives or works there this is their daily portal into another slice of their life. For many of these doors I wondered: who lives there? what are they like? What does this particular door say or not say…
  • Back my next book on Kickstarter today

    Scott
    12 Jun 2014 | 10:20 am
    This morning I launched the kickstarter campaign for my next book, The Ghost of My Father. I’ve written several posts about the book over the last few weeks, and if you’re interested in the book now is your chance to be a part of it. There are plenty of great rewards – if you’re a fan of my other books I think you’ll dig them, but of course the coolest ones are in limited quantities. Take a look now and I hope you’ll help me with my next project. Thanks. The Ghost of My Father – now on kickstarter.
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    BQF Innovation Blog

  • Spend time with your Unhappiest Customers

    Paul Sloane
    21 Jul 2014 | 11:17 pm
    It is nice to meet and talk to happy customers. They like your products or services and often recommend them to others. As a business leader you get a warm glow from a happy customer – it seems to make all your efforts worthwhile. Unfortunately you do not learn a great deal from the happy client. They just confirm what you already knew – that you are doing a great job. They reinforce complacency. On the other hand, the unhappy customer is a mine of valuable information. They are dissatisfied with your current efforts. Consequently they are the best source of ideas for innovations and…
  • What KPIs can we use to measure success with Open Innovation?

    Paul Sloane
    25 Jun 2014 | 5:24 am
    Many organizations are adopting Open Innovation and Crowdsourcing as ways to generate new products or services. Opening up your innovation initiatives to outsiders is seen as more effective than relying solely on your internal R&D or marketing departments. However, because this approach is so new there is a dearth of guidance on how to measure the success of open innovation activities. This issue is addressed directly in a paper by Erkens, Wosch, Piller and Luttgens from Ernst Young in Germany and the University of Aachen. They point out that 90% of corporate innovation efforts do not…
  • Brainstorm Method – What’s on TV Tonight?

    Paul Sloane
    16 Jun 2014 | 10:51 pm
    In this creativity exercise the challenge or issue is defined and then a TV guide is found with tonight’s programs listed. The group is divided into teams of say 4 or 5. Each team is given tonight’s listing from a different popular TV channel. The teams discuss their program lists and identify the key themes and motivations from each show. The challenge is then seen through the eyes of the characters in the TV programs and their responses or solutions are imagined and discussed. Say the challenge is how to attract more visitors to an art gallery and the programs that evening include: A…
  • Hijack – Innovation and Gamification

    Paul Sloane
    22 May 2014 | 12:57 am
    Meat Pack is a shoe shop in Guatemala which has created a highly innovative mobile marketing campaign called Hijack which targets competitors stores.  Hijack uses location sensing and gamification to target and motivate customers to switch their purchase to Meat Pack.
  • Is the Internet an Enemy of Creativity?

    Paul Sloane
    14 May 2014 | 4:36 pm
    The internet is a massive distraction for just about anyone trying to work, but it can prove especially challenging for writers and anyone who needs concentration for a creative process. Author George Martin fights back with a secret weapon. He has two computers: one to browse the internet, get his email and do his taxes, and then his “writing computer”, which is a DOS machine not connected to the internet. He uses Wordstar 4.0 as his word-processing system. Read the report and see his video interview in the Guardian. Do you ever disconnect completely in order to do creative…
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    Stephen Shapiro

  • Welcome to Our New Website

    sshapiro
    14 Jul 2014 | 3:31 pm
    On Friday July 11, 2014, we launched this new website. It has been 4 years since the last website refresh. We hope you like it and welcome any comments you may have! Stephen Shapiro... The post Welcome to Our New Website appeared first on Stephen Shapiro.
  • Certified Speaking Professional

    sshapiro
    10 Jul 2014 | 3:55 pm
    It is with great pleasure that I can formally announce that I was recently awarded the Certified Speaking Professional (CSP) designation by the National Speakers Association (NSA). What is does the CSP designation mean? Established in 1980 by the National Speakers Association, CSP is the speaking pr... The post Certified Speaking Professional appeared first on Stephen Shapiro.
  • Even Dilbert Thinks Best Practices Are Stupid

    sshapiro
    26 Jun 2014 | 3:42 pm
    Even Dilbert agrees that Best Practices Are Stupid…   Source: Dilbert.com... The post Even Dilbert Thinks Best Practices Are Stupid appeared first on Stephen Shapiro.
  • Meandering With Purpose

    sshapiro
    24 Jun 2014 | 3:12 pm
    The other day I received an email from someone who recently watched a webinar of mine on Goal-Free Living. He wrote: “Your message came to me at the right time, as I’ve recently found myself (painfully) closing a chapter of my life—walking away from a business right as it was becoming successf... The post Meandering With Purpose appeared first on Stephen Shapiro.
  • 2 Ways to Change the Outcome of Anything

    shapiro
    18 Jun 2014 | 5:12 pm
    If you want to see real change in your business, you need to change the process of getting there. Fortunately, it’s a lot easier than you think. You read about it all the time—amazing stories of survival. Regular humans enduring extraordinary conditions to stay alive. This is not a complete surprise... The post 2 Ways to Change the Outcome of Anything appeared first on Stephen Shapiro.
 
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    Creativity and Innovation in Business | Social Media

  • The Benefits of Credit Repair - Become Financially Independent

    Sanjay Dalal
    29 Jul 2014 | 11:13 am
    Did you know that a High Credit Score such as 750 or above can lead to financial, personal and business independence?What are the Key Benefits of Credit Repair? Ever wonder how you can fix your bad credit?Here are just a few advantages:Buy Your Dream Home ‐ Improve your credit now and get the home you deserve for the lowest payment possible!!Pay Less In Interest ‐ Why pay hundreds or even thousands in interest and fees than you have to?Sick Of Being Denied For Credit? ‐ Start to fix your credit now, and get approved for real purchases.Need A New Vehicle ‐ Your…
  • Build an Awesome Business with Limited Resources - Ash Kumra, August 7, Newport Beach

    Sanjay Dalal
    23 Jul 2014 | 9:51 am
    Join us on August 7 and Get Inspired by Ash Kumra! Orange County, Los Angeles, Riverside and San Diego Professionals, Entrepreneurs and Business OwnersoGoing is hosting a Fireside Chat Dinner with an amazing speaker who will share with us how we can Build an Awesome Business with Limited Resources. He is none other than our very own Ash Kumra, White House Award Winner, Entrepreneur, Public Speaker and Acclaimed Author.Ash Kumra has been recognized twice by the White House as an entrepreneur making an impact. Ash has been cited in 100's of interviews & articles including Forbes…
  • Unlock Your Full Potential with Ana Weber on July 24 - Newport Beach

    Sanjay Dalal
    22 Jul 2014 | 6:17 pm
    How's it going Orange County, Los Angeles, Riverside and San Diego Professionals? Are you enjoying this beautiful summer so far?Are you available on Thursday, July 24 evening in Newport Beach? We are hosting a Fireside Chat Dinner with an amazing speaker who will share with us how we can Unlock our Full Potential. Her name is Ana Weber - best-selling author, business coach and turnaround expert who has been featured on major national television networks, radio shows and print publications. Her latest book 360 Degrees of Success won the 2013 USA Best Book award."I’ve always taught…
  • Orange County Fireside Chat Dinner Series Begins July 24. Five Amazing Speakers. Five Networking Opportunities.

    Sanjay Dalal
    1 Jul 2014 | 9:35 am
    oGoing Invites You to the Summer of Fireside Chat Dinner SeriesFive Amazing SpeakersFive Nights of LearningFive Growth OpportunitiesLearn => Promote => Enjoy => Network => GrowThe Best FoodDo you love delicious, mouth-watering, hot Indian food? Come hungry... You are going to love the multi-course dinner and the service at Saagar Fine Cuisine of India in Newport BeachEach Fireside Chat is limited to 50 professionals for maximum engagement. Register EarlyJuly 24 6 pm to 9:30 pmAna Weber - 360 Degrees of Success Coach, Award-winning Author Fast Path To Full Circle…
  • 3 Traits of Successful Entrepreneurs

    Sanjay Dalal
    2 Jun 2014 | 7:54 am
    Risk-Takers who can Persist"The biggest risk is not taking any risk... In a world that's changing really quickly, the only strategy that is guaranteed to fail is not taking risks." Mark Zuckerberg, Facebook founder / CEOEntrepreneurship without risk-taking is like Investing without money. An entrepreneur must have a fearless, never-say-die attitude in the face of all adversities. If you don't have the balls to take everything that is thrown at you and persist, you can't be an entrepreneur. Entrepreneurs don't take blind risks though; they're calculative, and stack up the odds in their…
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  • Windows Phone 8.1 Update: 7 Key Facts

    Michael Endler
    30 Jul 2014 | 12:26 pm
    Microsoft uses its Windows Phone 8.1 update to add Start screen folders and new security features while pushing Cortana to new parts of the world.
  • Smarter Cars: 9 Tech Trends

    David Wagner
    30 Jul 2014 | 9:32 am
    Can your car wake you up if you get sleepy behind the wheel? Or recommend a good Mexican restaurant? These nine technologies will soon change the way we think about cars.
  • Smartphone Shipments Grow, Samsung Loses Marketshare

    Eric Zeman
    30 Jul 2014 | 9:16 am
    Chinese device makers are making a serious push into emerging markets, eroding the position of Apple and Samsung.
  • Google Hangouts Dresses Up For Business

    Thomas Claburn
    30 Jul 2014 | 9:01 am
    Google is making Hangouts part of Google Apps for Business to enhance the appeal of its cloud communications platform.
  • Passport Database Outage: 'We Regret The Inconvenience'

    David F Carr
    30 Jul 2014 | 8:45 am
    US State Department database used to process passports and visas still hasn't recovered from a crash last week -- leaving tens of thousands of people stranded overseas.
 
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  • Adaptive Material Could Cut the Cost of Solar in Half

    29 Jul 2014 | 9:00 pm
    A new material, combined with a cheap tracking system, could unleash the promise of concentrated solar power.A material with optical properties that change to help it capture more incoming sunlight could cut the cost of solar power in half, according to Glint Photonics, a startup recently funded by the Advanced Research Projects Agency for Energy (ARPA-E).
  • Startup Wants You to Capture the World in 3-D

    28 Jul 2014 | 9:00 pm
    Mantis Vision is developing 3-D scanning technology that could end up in lots of tablets.Gur Bittan envisions a future where you’re not just capturing a regular video of a child’s first steps with a smartphone; you’re doing it in 3-D, and sharing it with friends who can manipulate the video to watch it from different perspectives—even the kid’s point of view, providing you’ve scanned the scene from enough angles.
  • LCD Hacking Trick Could Make Virtual Reality More Real

    27 Jul 2014 | 9:00 pm
    Stacking components from two LCD panels more than doubles the pixel density of a video display.Donning a pair of virtual reality goggles like the Oculus Rift can instantly transport you into another place. But being able to see the pixels that make up that computerized world can be a niggling reminder that your brain is being tricked by an LCD panel strapped to your face.
  • A Q&A with Gene Wolfe

    25 Jul 2014 | 9:00 am
    A Twelve Tomorrows exclusive: Science fiction legend Gene Wolfe looks back on his career.Gene Wolfe was born in New York City in 1931 and spent his early childhood in Peoria, Illinois, where he lived near his future wife, Rosemary. He moved to Houston with his parents at the age of six, attended Lamar High School, and enrolled at Texas A&M. But when Wolfe dropped out of college, he was drafted into the Army, and fought in Korea as a combat engineer. He returned home, by his own account, “a mess”: “I’d hit the floor at the slightest noise.” Rosemary, whom he met again shortly…
  • Urban Jungle a Tough Challenge for Google’s Autonomous Cars

    24 Jul 2014 | 11:06 am
    It may be decades before autonomous vehicles can reliably handle the real world, experts say.After catching the world and the auto industry by surprise with its progress with self-driving cars, Google has begun the latest, most difficult phase of its project – making the vehicles smart enough to handle the chaos of city streets.
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  • Don't Chase Unicorns

    admin
    30 Jul 2014 | 3:28 pm
    The unicorn is perhaps unique among myths in that the creature doesn’t appear in the mythology of any culture. The ancient Greeks, for all of their centaurs, hydras and medusas, never had any stories of unicorns, they simply believed that some existed somewhere. Facebook Like Google Plus One Linkedin Share Button Tweet Widget Tags: Greg SatellmythsloyaltyinfluentialsageMillenialsreason
  • The Growth Share Matrix Revisited

    admin
    30 Jul 2014 | 1:59 am
    Thanks to Andrew Warren-Payne for pointing me at this work by Boston Consulting Group revisiting their classic growth share matrix.Facebook Like Google Plus One Linkedin Share Button Tweet Widget Tags: Neil PerkinresearchgrowthchangeBCGagile business
  • A Super-Simple Way To Make Your Prices Seem Lower… With One Catch

    admin
    30 Jul 2014 | 1:32 am
    Want to make your prices seem lower without actually changing them? I’ve got a research-based technique that will do exactly that, with one small catch: your prices will only look lower to your male customers. Facebook Like Google Plus One Linkedin Share Button Tweet Widget Tags: genderpriceneuromarketingcoloursRoger Dooleyresearchbuying behaviour
  • Is Your Customer Experience Suffering from Short-Sightedness?

    admin
    30 Jul 2014 | 1:20 am
    I originally wrote today's post for The DiJulius Group; it was posted on their blog on May 15, 2014.Is your company short-sighted when it comes to the customer? Facebook Like Google Plus One Linkedin Share Button Tweet Widget Tags: customer experiencesAnnette Franz Gleneickivisionlong term view
  • Connect Internal Culture to External Cultural Movements

    admin
    29 Jul 2014 | 2:30 pm
    From What Great Brands Do: By connecting internal culture to broader cultural movements, great brands create futures in which they thrive and grow. Facebook Like Google Plus One Linkedin Share Button Tweet Widget Tags: Denise Lee Yohnorganisational behaviourcultural movementsbrand culture
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    Creativity Central

  • Bullets, Innovation, and the dreaded "M" Word

    Creativity Central
    27 Jul 2014 | 8:05 am
    In the intellectual equivalent of placing my hand over a candle flame, I am taking a course on complex models.  And an answer your obvious question, less Cindy Crawford or Angela Lindvall and more probabilities and algebra.  I have a deep affinity and some aptitude for the English language, but I have never been an aficionado of the “M” word – mathematics.   So why dive into the deep end of the pool of models and mathematics? Frankly, I thought the class promise of “no calculus or advanced math needed” meant I could bumble my way through the course…
  • Forvo: The Holy Grail for Speakers Everywhere

    Creativity Central
    20 Jul 2014 | 5:09 pm
    I may have found the holiest of grails for speakers everywhere.  Imagine you're giving a speech and you want to reference the author of the Little Prince -- Antoine de Saint-Exupéry. If you’re not a native French speaker or haven’t mingled with literature majors, then you are tempting the fates by winging the pronunciation. To mispronounce a word in a public speech isn’t fatal but it does tend to tarnish any credibility you probably earned before the gaffe.  I have learned to compensate by pointing the screen and saying “that wonderful French aviator…
  • Hacking Innovation Part 4: Reframing or the Peter Sellers Problem.

    Creativity Central
    23 Jun 2014 | 6:58 pm
    If you’re on a mission and don’t need context, scroll right to bottom and look for subhead Innovation Hack #3.   But you will miss the story of Dr. Tina Seelig and her approach to creativity and innovation at Stanford. When I tell people how closely related humor is to innovation, I will usually get a slightly bemused but unbelieving reaction. The art of the joke is generally about disrupting expectations or the making an illegal U-turn at the familiar.  But let me bring in a heavy hitter.  Dr. Tina Seelig is Professor of the Practice in the Dept. of Management…
  • Hacking Innovation Part 3

    Creativity Central
    15 Jun 2014 | 7:40 am
    Note:  If you’re on a mission and don’t need context, scroll right to bottom and look for subhead Innovation Hack #2.   But you will miss the story of Jigar Shah and how he helped unlock the climate economy through innovation. If the name Jigar Shah isn’t familiar to you, I hope it will be as you learn more about how his entrepreneurial spirit helped him drive a new way of looking at financing and alternative energy. I met him in September of 2010 at the annual Business Innovation Factory Summit. 4  years later, his story still resonates with me.  7…
  • Hacking Innovation. Part 2

    Creativity Central
    1 Jun 2014 | 4:03 pm
    Note:   If you’re on a mission and don’t need context, scroll right to bottom and look for subhead Innovation Hack #1.   But you will miss the story of the translucent worm and how it might save your life one day. Lewis Carroll famously wrote, “If you don't know where you are going, any road will get you there.” This is one of many paradoxes of innovation.  While many innovations are developed through rigorous methodology (Watson and Crick’s DNA model, Page and Brin’s Google, and Englebart’s computer mouse) others follow a more…
 
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    Don The Idea Guy : BrainBlog

  • Be Your Own Genie

    Don The Idea Guy
    10 Jul 2014 | 4:30 am
    If you had three wishes, what would you wish for…Fame? Fortune? A vacation in Hawaii? Many people spend hours and hours (amounting to years of their life) wishing for their ideal situation.  Think of the time spent wishing for more money, a better job, to be an artist, an actor, an author. Wishing they could find the perfect mate (or escape a bad relationship.)  Wishing they were more fit, weighed less, had gone to college and earned a degree, had a motorcycle, a boat, could go skydiving… Wishing they were “happier”. What if I told you that all of your wishes…
  • When The Student is Ready The Teacher Disappears

    Don The Idea Guy
    8 Jul 2014 | 6:51 am
    I followed a “recent articles” link from Steven Pressfield‘s wonderful blog and email newsletter (First Look Access) — I really enjoy his “Writing Wednesdays” category — and came across a short essay on his friend Liam who applied for one of Seth Godin‘s rare and coveted (and generous) week long seminars (I think it qualifies more as an apprenticeship).  Seth announces one of these every few years or so and lets anyone apply. When I see these posts I send links to a few of the brilliant people I have the privilege to know and encourage them to…
  • Blogging Down Barriers

    Don The Idea Guy
    3 Jul 2014 | 3:57 pm
    I’m a big fan of blogging. I’ve been doing it since people still knew the word was an amalgam of “web log”. Blogger.com launched in 1999 and I think I used that as my own launching point for blogging (up until then I was posting static articles on websites and sharing ideas in online groups and bulletin boards.) My own article archive on this site goes back to 2002. I did my best to import all my Blogger posts, but early on I had changed names or abandoned a blog to start over and those are lost to time (I was just starting to write and they probably sucked anyway.)…
  • Trying to be more creative? Give up!

    Don The Idea Guy
    1 Jul 2014 | 5:31 am
    Have you been trying to be more creative? Reading a lot of books on how to come up with “big ideas”? Checking out websites for tips on how to facilitate brainstorms? Scribbling down your thoughts in a hip Moleskine notebook? Are you constantly trying to corral co-workers into a conference room and bounce ideas off the wall? I’ve got one thing to say that will help you in your creative efforts. Give up! You’re going to need to give-up if you ever hope to achieve a greater level of creativity. Oh, not “give-up” in the sense of abandoning all hope —…
  • Empty Tank Full Mind

    Don The Idea Guy
    20 Jun 2014 | 7:07 am
    Recently a professional speaker posed this question to a group of her peers: “How far are you willing to travel to a 3-hour workshop that meets your needs?” First, let’s ignore the whole “meets your needs” limitation. That’s entire article unto itself. “Meets your needs” smacks of “customer satisfaction” and we all know how worthless that is. As is frequently the case, the wrong question leads to the wrong answer.  Most of the feedback she received included answers that referred to miles they were willing to travel or time…
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    Idea Sandbox

  • Differentiate Your Brand with Storytelling: Sugar House Day Spa & Salon

    Shannon
    3 Jul 2014 | 11:43 am
    When it comes to Branding, there are many ways to differentiate your brand. One very authentic way is “Tell a story that defines you and is unique to you.” We recently experienced an example of storytelling at Sugar House Day Spa & Salon. Sugar House is located in the historic center of Alexandria, Virginia in a beautifully restored early 19th century home. The building was once part of a sugar refinery and now Sugar House leverages that story in what they do. Here are just some of the ways… Treatments Sugar House Scrub: A sweet full body exfoliating…
  • 12 Tips For Successful In-Store Events

    Paul
    9 Jun 2014 | 5:23 am
    No matter what you call them… your customers, clients, consumers or participants – they are all Guests when they visit your location. Being a great host to those visiting your location is no different from entertaining friends and neighbors at your house. While we do think about details when planning a big event at home, as restaurant and retail owners, we and our teams need to be a great host to Guests every day. Here is our guide to being a great host to Guests – from preparation and during to after your event. ♦ Planning ♦ Have A Plan You’ve got to prepare and…
  • They’re Your Words, Choose Them

    Paul
    19 Apr 2014 | 8:37 am
    You’ve seen the signs: ABSOLUTELY NO CREDIT CARDS. NOT RESPONSIBLE FOR LOST OR STOLEN ITEMS. BATHROOMS FOR PATRONS ONLY. Guess what? There’s no legal requirement that signs have to make you sound like a harsh jerk in order to carry weight or to inform the public. To keep our prices as low as possible, we only accept cash. The good news is that there’s an ATM next door. Careful! We’d like to watch your stuff for you, but we’re busy making coffee. Our spotlessly clean restrooms are for our beloved customers only, so come on in and buy something! Also, there’s…
  • CapitalizeYourURLsAndHashTags

    Paul
    2 Apr 2014 | 3:45 pm
    Check out these URLs: ExpertSexChange.com vs. ExpertsExchange.com How it is written: expertsexchange.com | How it is interpreted: ExpertSexChange.com What they meant: ExpertsExchange.com And these two… TeacherStalking.com vs. TeachersTalking.com How it is written: teacherstalking.com | How it is interpreted: TeacherStalking.com What they meant: TeachersTalking.com While the URLs are spelled the same, there is a big difference in the meaning depending on how they’re interpreted. We need to treat our messages as if they’re written for a billboard, posted on a highway, with a 65…
  • It’s Called A Presentation…

    Paul
    21 Feb 2014 | 8:41 am
    The post It’s Called A Presentation… appeared first on Idea Sandbox.
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    Big Think Expert Ideas

  • Modern-Looking Photos of Walt Whitman, Charlie Chaplin, Mark Twain

    Big Think Editors
    30 Jul 2014 | 5:00 pm
    Historical icons look as though they're still alive and working today in these incredible colorized old photographs, brought to the Internet's attention by Open Culture.  Read More
  • Forget Lean and Agile – It’s Time to be Anticipatory

    Daniel Burrus
    30 Jul 2014 | 11:55 am
    We are all good at reacting and responding, putting out fires, and crisis management. In addition, organizations large and small have learned how to be lean and agile, and how to best execute a strategy at a high level. However, despite these skills, General Motors still declared bankruptcy ...Read More
  • Bill Nye: How Finding E.T. Will Change the World

    Big Think Editors
    30 Jul 2014 | 10:00 am
    NASA researchers recently announced that life beyond our planet will be discovered in the next twenty years. Bill Nye, everyone’s favorite “Science Guy,” an educator, scientist, and the CEO of The Planetary Society, an organization that promotes space exploration,  stopped by Big Think’s studio to ...Read More
  • Seriously, Many Ivy League Students Have No Soul...

    Thorsten J. Pattberg
    30 Jul 2014 | 7:07 am
    ...that said, what's the big deal of having no soul when it got you into Harvard or Yale? You can’t have petty moral issues in high society; elites simply see the greater picture anyway; that suffering, inequality, and injustices among the 99% are absolutely necessarily to keep the 1% elite at the ...Read More
  • Cusack on the Senses

    Big Think Editors
    30 Jul 2014 | 6:00 am
    "I force people to have coffee with me, just because I don't trust that a friendship can be maintained without any other senses besides a computer or cellphone screen." - John Cusack Image sourceRead More
 
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    Innovationedge

  • Could we be close to man-made cow’s milk?

    Cheryl Perkins
    26 Jul 2014 | 7:51 am
    The food sciences industry has made a startling advance this week as reported by the Washington Post. Apparently making a synthetic version of cow’s milk can be surprisingly easy: Biohackers Ryan Pandya and Perumal Gandhi are working on crafting a plant-based concoction that’s nearly identical in makeup to what’s found in grocery milk. To achieve this, they’ve gone so far as modifying sunflower oil so that it can take on a structural composition similar to milk fats, substituted lactose with galactose, a nearly indistinguishable sugar, and culturing yeast to release casein, a…
  • Are slums the model for sustainable living?

    Cheryl Perkins
    25 Jul 2014 | 7:32 pm
    There is a fascinating climate change article over at International Business News this week, detailing how sustainability designers are looking to slums as a “proving ground” for experiments in innovation and new methods of local transit–particularly via cable car or gondola. In the past decade or so, cable car transit systems have become increasingly popular in Brazil, Colombia and Venezuela, especially in hillside slums where the only other way down is by narrow, zigzagging walkways and corridors. The soaring lifts carry commuters over the rooftops of the shanties, making…
  • Up close, nature is incredibly innovative!

    Cheryl Perkins
    22 Jul 2014 | 7:21 pm
    I came across an amazing collection of up-close images taken via a high-powered microscope the other day. I found it over at Washington Post, and it shows what we can’t see with our naked human eyes.  From toe hairs on a gecko to bubonic plague bacteria, nature is full of beautiful surprises. What can we learn from these? See the slide show here: Post by InnovationEdge.
  • Ice cream for 3-D Printed treats

    Cheryl Perkins
    21 Jul 2014 | 7:31 pm
    Did you know you can make tasty desserts via 3-D printing?  Yes, you can whip up a pizza, a burger and now even ice cream. Students at MIT did this recently with their “Solidoodle printer,” which they designed to be able to customize ice cream treats. But the real challenge with ice cream is the temperature, reports Digital Trends: The 3D printer was placed inside a small freezer, while the printed mixture itself was sprayed with a liquid nitrogen solution. After several less-than-impressive early runs, the setup eventually printed a star-shaped dessert that might one day appear…
  • A safety check…

    Cheryl Perkins
    19 Jul 2014 | 7:09 pm
    Date rape is a global problem, and drug-laced drinks are often tied to trafficking of women. I wish we didn’t need to think about the need for innovations like this one. Fortunately, there are companies that do think about safety at a time when there are some who will take advantage of women in this way. It’s called “Pd.id” (short for Personal Drink ID), and it is a small battery-operated kit the size of a stick of gum. When dipped into a soda or cocktail, it can detect even the smallest traces of drugs like Rohypnol, zolpidem, and other benzodiazepines. Digital Trends…
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    innovation playground Idris Mootee

  • Does Social Media Makes All Of Us Phenomenologists?

    Idris
    14 Jul 2014 | 7:01 pm
    It is every designer’s dream to design a chair. I have yet to meet an industrial designer that doesn’t want to design a chair or a car. It is designer’s dream for those who study transportation design is to design a car and I get it. Chairs and tables? The reality is how often designers get a chance to design...
  • It's a Bird! It's a Drone! It's Amazon's 3-D Smartphone? It Displays 3D Images, 3D Maps And 3D Gaming!

    Idris
    4 Jun 2014 | 5:40 pm
    Amazon has been working on a number of cool devices for a while. The temptation of playing the hardware game has always been there beyond just the e-reader. This month they will finally be unveiling a new device and there are plenty of rumors out there on what it actually is. It is most likely going to be a Smartphone....
  • How Do Breakthroughs Happen? Here's My Little Secrets For Breakthroughs After Helping Executives For Decades..

    Idris
    1 Jun 2014 | 6:04 pm
    How do breakthroughs happen? Can they be engineered? Are they pure luck? Or are they the result of skills that we can develop and improve upon over time? Along with the fear of the unknown and the pressure to make it happen, breakthroughs come with an incredible sense of possibility and satisfaction. The experience of uncovering a breakthrough is exhilarating...
  • What Are The Unmet Needs Of The Future Of Workplace?

    Idris
    25 May 2014 | 7:46 pm
    We can see it’s coming. The future of work in the next five years will be so different from the last 50 years. There are more than a few driving forces behind this: demographic shift, lifestyles of millennial, technology, organization design, nature of competition, and human capital flow etc. Management of the workplace used to be quite simple. All one...
  • The Competitive Advantage Of Switzerland. Is It Sustainable? Is It Replicable? It Is Where Design Thinking Is In Action.

    Idris
    30 Mar 2014 | 12:02 pm
    We are trying to fix the world, the companies and many of our wicked problems that were mostly 100% man-made. Economists, policy makers, academics are spending too much studying our dysfunctional organizations and societies and trying to figure out why the high level of poverty, joblessness and hopelessness and how we are struggling with competing against low-cost producers and how...
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    Creativity & Innovation

  • Get Your Ideas Out Into the World, Early and Often

    keithsawyer
    30 Jul 2014 | 10:34 am
    One of the most solid findings from creativity research is that you should externalize your thoughts early and often. By “externalize” psychologists mean to take your nascent ideas out of your own head, and create a visual or spatial representation. This helps drive creativity in several ways. First, in most cases you have to transform your idea, usually a little but sometimes a lot, to make it visible. That transformation is always a productive creative process. Working hard to get your idea on paper makes you more creative than if you simply think harder and longer inside your…
  • Is the “Lone Genius” Finally Dead?

    keithsawyer
    21 Jul 2014 | 2:01 pm
    In 2007, I published Group Genius: The Creative Power of Collaboration, where I argued that collaboration is the most important driver of creativity. I called the book “group genius” because all of the research showed that the “lone genius” was a misleading myth. But what about those stories you’ve heard about solitary geniuses coming up with great ideas? Archimedes in the bathtub shouting Eureka, or Coleridge coming up with a poem in an opium-induced daze? These two stories, and others like them, are completely untrue. (As historians have known for many…
  • The Most Entertaining Obituary Ever…and, the Aspen Ideas Festival 2014

    keithsawyer
    30 Jun 2014 | 8:20 am
    I’m here in beautiful Aspen, Colorado, at the tenth annual Aspen Ideas Festival. Yesterday afternoon, I gave a tutorial session about how to be more creative, drawing on my new book Zig Zag: The Surprising Path to Greater Creativity. This morning, I woke up very early, and was reading the New York Times during morning coffee. With lots of spare time, I did something I rarely do: I read the obituaries, and I learned about a fascinating creative life, with lessons about creativity for all of us. The musician and composer Michael Brown died on June 11th at his home in Manhattan. He was 93.
  • Will We Ever Invent Anything Important Again?

    keithsawyer
    16 Jun 2014 | 1:52 pm
    Two professors at Northwestern University have been arguing: Is the age of innovation coming to an end? Professor Robert Gordon, a 73-year-old economist, argues that we’re nearing the end of a historically unusual period of rapid innovation. Professor Gordon knows that we’ve invented many amazing things in the past 250 years; he just thinks today’s innovations are puny by comparison. Reading the historical list, one might be tempted to agree with him: indoor plumbing, running water, urban sanitation, steam power, electricity (and everything enabled by it: telephone,…
  • Great Quotations About Writing

    keithsawyer
    14 Jun 2014 | 9:16 am
    As I writer, I often buy and read books about writing. Here are some of my favorite famous quotations, from the book The Writer’s Quotation Book: A writer is somebody for whom writing is more difficult than it is for other people. — Thomas Mann Some editors are failed writers, but so are most writers. — T. S. Eliot Another illusion, seldom entertained by competent authors, is that the publisher’s readers and others are waiting to plagiarize their work. I think it may be said that the more worthless the manuscript, the greater the fear of plagiarism. — Stanley…
 
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    Phil McKinney

  • Is anything truly original?

    philmckinney
    21 Jul 2014 | 6:09 am
    In a recent discussion among patent attorneys and engineers, the question was asked about the requirement of originality before something can be issued a patent. Younger engineers tend to have the belief that only truly original ideas can be patented. That is not the case. In fact, when you file a patent application, you have to present the “prior art” — work that came before your patent on which your idea is based. Is anything truly original If we are honest with ourselves, we can trace back any idea we come up with  to something that inspired us.…
  • Henry Ford almost lost it all by not recognizing that an innovators job is never done

    philmckinney
    16 Jul 2014 | 6:04 am
    One of the secrets to being an innovator is the ability to ferret out the unspoken needs and unspoken wants of a customer and then develop a product or service that fills it. But the other secret is the ability to adapt to changing circumstances and constantly improve that product or service to stay ahead of the competition. A case in point was Henry Ford, the automobile tycoon who saw a need for the common people to be able to own and drive the then new-fangled automobile.…
  • How do you find that next killer idea? Observe potential customers and ask questions

    philmckinney
    9 Jul 2014 | 10:16 am
    Over the last few months, I started to post selected excerpts from my book, Beyond The Obvious.  This weeks post takes a look at how to identify ideas that could lead to billion dollar innovations.  I’m a big believer in the need for observation skills.  Get out of your chair and go out and observe your target customer in their real-world environment. Why? The gulf between your experience of how things are done and their (your customer) experience can be impossible to intuitively understand.…
  • Is the fear of failure killing your creativity and hindering your success?

    philmckinney
    7 Jul 2014 | 6:09 am
    If you look at any of your favorite creative projects, you will see a polished gem staring you in the face.  And this is where most people stop.  The final product is so amazing that it intimidates them.  Fear and doubt paralyze their minds, their thoughts become jumbled.  And they forget the most important factor in any creative endeavor—failure. Failure is the driving force behind creativity.  That gem you’re amazed by?  It was once stuck within a rock waiting to be weathered by the waves of failure.…
  • Is STEM enough to make innovators?

    philmckinney
    30 Jun 2014 | 6:04 am
    Is STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) the answer to preparing our kids to be the innovators of the future? That’s the question I was recently asked during the Q&A session at the end of a speech. Based on what other attendees said, I got myself wound up about the question and my belief on what is really needed. In a nutshell, while STEM is a great start, its not sufficient to win in the emerging creative / innovation economy.…
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    Outside Innovation

  • Can IBM Be a Major Player in the Apple Enterprise Ecosystem?

    Patty Seybold
    24 Jul 2014 | 11:30 am
    By Patty Seybold As I mentioned last week, in my post, “Enterprise Customers Forged the Apple/IBM Ecosystem,” what tickled me about the exclusive worldwide partnership announced by IBM and Apple on 7/15/14 was that it was a great example of IBM’s running around in front of the customer parade. Enterprise customers—led by their CEOs, sales execs, and top-earning rainmakers—had already voted with their proverbial feet and adopted Apple iPads and iPhones as their devices of choice for getting work done on the go. That meant that their IT organizations had to adapt by accommodating…
  • How Customer-Centric Are You, Really?

    Patty Seybold
    18 Jul 2014 | 7:08 am
    Customer-centric executives often have an uphill battle to instill customer-centricity into their corporate cultures and to nurture and maintain that culture. In working with customer-centric execs and wannabes over 30 years, we’ve found that the ones who succeed in maintaining a customer-centric culture exhibit 10 distinctive behaviors. Can you guess what these are? How many of these behaviors do you exhibit day in and day out? 10 Characteristics of Customer-Centric Execs How Many Do You Embody? By Ronni T. Marshak, EVP and Senior Consultant, Patricia Seybold Group, July 17, 2014 If you…
  • Enterprise Customers Forged the IBM & Apple Customer Ecosystem

    Patty Seybold
    17 Jul 2014 | 11:54 am
    What I like about the new alliance between IBM and Apple for secure mobile apps is that it’s customer-driven. This is a great example of a customer ecosystem. IBM has historically been pretty good at recognizing and acknowledging their customers’ behaviors and either acquiring, or making strong alliances with, the suppliers that IBM customers favor. I often refer to this behavior as “running around in front of the customer parade.” A true customer ecosystem is not a marketing alliance that is ginned up by CEOs and marketing execs; it is a business network that is organically generated…
  • Must Read: E-Patient Dave’s Book on Patient Engagement

    Patty Seybold
    11 Jul 2014 | 7:35 am
    My favorite business model—and the one I believe is gradually becoming more pervasive—is a customer ecosystem. It’s a business network of suppliers, partners, regulators, who are all aligned to help customers meet their outcomes in the easiest, most cost effective manner. It’s not top down. It’s not bottom up. It’s inside out or outside in. It starts with the customers, with what they care about, with what they want to get done, at the core. All of the players in the ecosystem align to help those customers reach their desired outcomes with the most grace and ease. Our healthcare…
  • Don’t Take Customers’ Most Valuable Asset: Their Time!

    Patty Seybold
    7 Jul 2014 | 7:06 am
    We predict that within 24 months there will be no more waiting on hold. No more phone queues. No more music or annoying ads. No more lectures about why we should have tried self-help via the Web (If I could have done it myself, I would have! That’s why I’m calling you!) What a relief that will be! We predict that by 2016 customers will only do business with organizations (even government bureaucracies) that provide convenient options for dealing with them. The most convenient one for me is for you to call me back right away, armed with all my information. I hate waiting on hold. We all…
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    15inno

  • The Big Topic on Open Innovation: Scaling Up the Organization

    Stefan Lindegaard
    28 Jul 2014 | 8:42 pm
    I just did a session on open innovation in Shanghai where I got to interact with a great group of corporate innovators working in China. Here the concept of open innovation is still fairly new, but it is gaining lots of interest. Naturally, one of the participants asked me what I see as the biggest topic on open innovation at conferences and in the community in general. I think this one is pretty clear. It is about scaling up in the context of getting better and bigger buy-in to open innovation within an organization. Many companies today have “advance teams” with strong open innovation…
  • 9 Drivers for the Future of Government Driven Innovation

    Stefan Lindegaard
    24 Jul 2014 | 9:08 am
    It has been 5 years since President Obama named Aneesh Chopra as the first CTO of the United States. It has been 4 years since the US government launched Challenge.gov as a platform for the government offices in the United States to drive innovation and collaboration with its citizens. They were great initiatives, but not much has happened since then. Just as it is in the private sector, governments must continuously reinvent themselves and their approaches and given the lack of new bold initiatives from the United States government, I am now wondering who will take the lead on government…
  • 8 Insights on Open Innovation: Great Interview with Philips

    Stefan Lindegaard
    2 Jul 2014 | 3:02 am
    “Open Innovation and technology scouting are vital for us to stay ahead of competition and identify cutting edge technologies that will allow us to propose the best products to our consumers”. This is the start of an interview on InnovationManagement.se where Steve Vaassen, Open Innovation Leader at Philips Consumer Lifestyle shares his views and insights on open innovation. It is a great interview and Vaassen makes several points that I buy into. I have inserted 8 of them below, but you should read the entire interview. It’s a good read. Innovation needs to happen at the business units…
  • The Greatest Startup Project in the World? Meet #StartUpChile

    Stefan Lindegaard
    24 Jun 2014 | 5:04 am
    Let’s start off with some wise words: “Instead of changing the world through revolution, we can change the world through #innovation” This was said by a former Minister of Economy in Chile and they are to be read on the website of Start-Up Chile. I first learned about this initiative while reading about a promising Danish entrepreneur, who had sold all of his belongings in Denmark because he is moving to Chile for the next 7 months – and maybe longer. The entrepreneur is not moving there because he wants to explore South America as a tourist. He is going there to further develop his…
  • 5 Reflections on Innovation Talent

    Stefan Lindegaard
    23 Jun 2014 | 3:07 pm
    I have been reading some interesting articles recently on talents; how to spot them and how to develop them in a fast-changing world. Here you get 5 reflections on this in the context of innovation. • Future versus past: What are the traditional competencies that innovators were hired for in your organization? Must hires today are based on competencies, but the future of hiring will move towards potential. If you don’t really know the competencies – in the context of innovation – that your company has hired for so far then it will become more difficult to make the shift towards hiring…
 
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    Innovation in Practice

  • Philips study reveals that most North Americans think they are sitting on the “next big thing”

    Drew Boyd
    28 Jul 2014 | 12:00 am
    Philips North America announced the launch of the second annual Philips Innovation Fellows competition, in conjunction with the release of its 2014 North America Innovation Report. According to the report, nearly two-thirds of North Americans consider themselves innovators, of which a majority (72 percent) believe they are sitting on an idea for “the next big thing,”  and just need money and ‘know how’ to develop it. The Philips Innovation Fellows Competition awards mentoring and $100,000 in cash prizes to inspire would-be entrepreneurs to bring their ideas to life by entering the…
  • Fusion: Linking Your Product to the Message to Create Great Packaging

    Drew Boyd
    21 Jul 2014 | 12:00 am
    Creative marketers use a clever little tool called fusion. Fusion links a product to a message in a creative way that communicates the value inherent in the product. Fusion creates a visual connection between the product and a symbol representing the value. When a customer sees that connection, they instantly understand the message and appreciate the value delivered by the product in a more powerful and subtle way. The packaging of the product is a great, but often overlooked way to do this. Here are examples from a website called Pulpplastic.com. The one above is for a cereal called Beehive…
  • Be Fruitful and Multiply: The Multiplication Technique

    Drew Boyd
    14 Jul 2014 | 6:34 am
    A common problem in photography is the occurrence of red-eye, like you see here. Redeye happens when the flash of a camera goes into the eyeball. It hits the back of your eye which has a lot of tiny blood vessels. The light picks up the red color from the blood in these vessels, and then it bounces straight back into your camera lens. Your friends get that eerie, red-eye look. But today’s cameras have a clever and simple way to defeat redeye. They have a dual flash. The first flash causes the person’s pupil to constrict enough so that very little light will get in. At that exact moment,…
  • How to Organize an S.I.T. Innovation Workshop

    Drew Boyd
    7 Jul 2014 | 12:00 am
    You can use an innovation method like S.I.T. on your own. But there are times when you want to use it in a group with your colleagues. After all, innovation is a team sport. Innovating in groups lets you harness the brainpower of others. Here are some tips and techniques to get the most out of your S.I.T. ideation session.Perhaps the most important step is to select the right participants. The ideal number of participants is between 12 and 16. These people should be from diverse, cross functional areas of the company. About one third of the participants should be marketers from different…
  • Innovation Through Task Unification

    Drew Boyd
    30 Jun 2014 | 12:00 am
    The famous inventor, Thomas Edison, lived in a beautiful home. But something was unusual about the gate that led into his house. His visitors had to push the gate very hard to open it, and then again very hard to close it. It seemed odd that such a successful inventor like Thomas Edison wouldn’t fix his gate. Rumor has it that Thomas had attached a pump to his gate so that every time someone opened or closed it, they were pumping fresh water into the plumbing system of the house. This is a great example of the innovation technique called Task Unification. Task Unification is defined as the…
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    INDIA INVENTS

  • IEIK 2014 International Exhibition of Inventions in Kunshan China, 19-22 November 2014

    A.S Rao
    18 Jul 2014 | 7:39 am
    Since 1988, China Association of Inventions started to hold “The International Exhibition of Inventions ” in China once every 4 years with accumulated more than 10,000 Chinese and foreign inventions exhibited. It is the largest platform for the international exchange activities of the invention circle in China, a channel to make friends extensively and to broaden the cooperation, a site to exchange invention information and a gateway for the innovative products to the huge Chinese market.  It was also highly appreciated and supported by WIPO and IFIA as well as Chinese central and…
  • compendium of selected technologies: DST, Lockheed Martin ,Innovation Growth program 2007-12

    A.S Rao
    3 Jul 2014 | 1:09 pm
    The program started in 2007 with 102 innovations ,raised to 819 by 2012 and apart from awards, many Indian Innovators were rewarded with technology commercialization support by FICCI.The compendium is compiled by Ernst & Young.Download report: https://www.indiainnovates.in/pdf/DST-Innovation-Growth-Report-2012.pdf
  • No CROWD in Crowd funding proposal of SEBI

    A.S Rao
    25 Jun 2014 | 8:46 pm
    The 60 page document is well written , they are aware of the criticism that there is no crowd in crowd funding and  raise the question -  is it premature to come with a regulation now. My answer is yes. Koreans and Chinese are not rushing with any rule book, they probably want the system to evolve and capture the learning.First , why crowd funding? We need crowd of retail investors to support startups because we need crowd of early adopters for our innovations.How to increase the base of investors? Two suggestions:1. Give a push to investment in startups by large profit making…
  • SEBI invites comments on proposed regulations for crowd funding

    A.S Rao
    20 Jun 2014 | 1:03 pm
    Pl see the paper.Do U feel the definition of eligible investors too narrow and process of approval too formal?http://www.sebi.gov.in/cms/sebi_data/attachdocs/1403005615257.pdfCrowd
  • The Product Mindset 2013- India report

    A.S Rao
    25 Apr 2014 | 12:02 am
    This reports compares responses from Indian manufactures and consumers on various issues relating to product purchase decisions and compares same with global set. Interesting aspects of the report:Neither Indian consumers nor Indian manufactures concede cost/price is a deciding factor in purchse.Product reliability, safety, environment, are important.But unlike global peers who consider innovation as the primary driver of success Indian manufacturers & consumers attach least importance to innovation.Low level of importance to innovation can be due to sourcing strategy- sourcing is the…
 
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    InnovationLabs

  • 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, […]
  • The Secret that Victoria Didn’t Know

    Langdon
    24 May 2014 | 5:30 pm
    What the best way to move into an adjacent market? A recent Bloomberg Businessweek* article highlighted how not to do it, reporting briefly on the difficulties that Victoria’s Secret has had in moving from lingerie into the markets for sports bras, sweaters, jeans, and dresses. None of these new ventures has fared as well as […]
  • Innovation Around the World: Palau, China, Brazil & Kenya

    Langdon
    3 Mar 2014 | 8:56 pm
    Innovation is happening everywhere, and there’s a lot to admire about some of the insights behind these excellent ideas: Palau:  Sharks, Better Alive than Dead The southwestern Pacific nation of Palau consists of 250 islands, and is home to about 21,000 people.  Many sharks live there also, and in the past the sharks were killed […]
  • Sustaining Success and Coping with Fundamental Change

    Langdon
    28 Dec 2013 | 2:44 pm
    The acceleration of change and its impact on business and society is a theme that we touch on constantly here in this blog.  This post covers four recent events that individually and together reflect how various organizations are coping (or not) with the changing world, and how they apply innovation and creativity to sustain themselves […]
  • Warren Buffet’s Money Problems, and the Future of Energy

    Langdon
    20 Nov 2013 | 5:58 pm
    Warren Buffet has a money problem.  It’s not the sort of problem that an average person like you or I might have, but it is a problem nonetheless:  He has too much cash. Specifically, Mr. Buffet’s company, Berkshire Hathaway, is throwing off cash by the billions, and so he is obliged to find homes for […]
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    Jim Kast-Keat

  • One Sunday, Two Kast-Keats, Three Sermons

    jimkastkeat
    10 Jul 2014 | 9:11 am
    In case you didn’t know (which most of you who follow me online likely already do), I am one of two Kast-Keats in the whole world. And both of us are pastors in New York City (at two connected but different churches). This past Sunday was a rare alignment of the stars when every Kast-Keat in the world was preaching on the same Sunday: Jes preached at West End in the morning and I preached at Middle in the morning and evening. Being married to Jes is amazing, not only because she makes life a perpetual dance party and poetry slam, but because we are able to collaborate together on the…
  • Love Can Change the World

    jimkastkeat
    2 Jul 2014 | 7:55 pm
    After an amazing Pride Sunday worship celebration in the morning and marching a few miles through the Village, I returned to Middle Church this past Sunday to lead Art & Soul, our evening worship celebration. It’s an honor to be a part of the NYC Pride March each year and an even greater honor to end my day by preaching a sermon about the radical love of God. As I say repeatedly throughout the sermon: God is love, the rest is commentary. Oh, and I also try out some singing-as-preaching in this sermon (about eleven and a half minutes in). Enjoy.
  • Look Both Ways

    jimkastkeat
    24 Jun 2014 | 1:14 pm
    Every few weeks I give the Message for All Ages at Middle Church. I’ve built blanket forts, put us all in a box, and more. But this past Sunday we experienced intersections (it was Intersections Sunday) and reminded us to look both ways: love God and love your neighbor. Enjoy!
  • Our Daily Bridge

    jimkastkeat
    21 Jun 2014 | 8:00 am
    When I moved to New York City in 2012 I worked from home. My living room was my office and the George Washington Bridge out the window kept me company. (We spent a lot of time together and are on a first name basis.) I began taking a photo (almost) every day as a part of an ongoing #OurDailyBridge project. This project continued semi-regularly for over a year, but when I took a new job downtown with an office I would share with actual people (rather than an inanimate bridge), my #OurdailyBridge project began to fizzle out. (And six months of scaffolding outside my living room window…
  • A Good Sermon

    jimkastkeat
    17 Jun 2014 | 5:37 am
    Two preachers, an art project, and Mariah Carey as the voice of God: sounds like a pretty typical sermon at Middle Church. And if you want a road map to follow, here’s my sermon outline.
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    Fast Company

  • This Is What Happens When You Order From The Warby Parker Of Mattresses

    Chris Gayomali
    30 Jul 2014 | 1:32 pm
    Meet Novosbed, a company that sells luxurious mattresses online for a fraction of the retail cost.Is there a bubble for half-baked startup ideas?Read Full Story
  • 23andMe Receives $1.4M From National Institutes Of Health

    KC Ifeanyi
    30 Jul 2014 | 1:07 pm
    The grant could help 23andMe in its ongoing struggle with the FDA.Personal genetics company 23andMe has received a nearly $1.4 million grant from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) to help expand the company's genotype database and aid in its efforts to discover gene variants linked to specific diseases.Read Full Story
  • Watch This "Cute" Toddler Moment Trigger An Internet-Wide Existential Crisis

    Evie Nagy
    30 Jul 2014 | 12:22 pm
    Girl doesn't want her baby brother to grow up, and other tales of being and nothingness.This is what happens when the Internet's obsession with overwhelming cuteness reaches its breaking point. You're lured into watching what you think is an adorable video of toddler who loves her little baby brother so much she can't stand the thought of him being less cute, and find yourself having a full-on existential meltdown.Read Full Story
  • Pinterest Acquires, And Shuts Down, Visual Organization Site Icebergs

    Alice Truong
    30 Jul 2014 | 11:44 am
    This marks the pinboard startup's fifth acquisition.Pinterest has acquired visual organization app Icebergs, which will discontinue its services Sept. 1.Read Full Story
  • Is Snapchat The Next $10 Billion Startup?

    Alice Truong
    30 Jul 2014 | 11:29 am
    Snapchat may have spurned 10-figure acquisition offers, but its valuation could soar way above that with a new round of funding.Snapchat's next round of financing could value the startup at $10 billion. Bloomberg reports the ephemeral messaging app is in ongoing talks with investors, including China's largest e-commerce company, Alibaba.Read Full Story
 
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    Sharp Innovation

  • The Tralin/Tranlin Paper Story from Shandong, China: An Example of Chinese Intellectual Property Creating Jobs--in the US!

    Jeff Lindsay
    30 Jul 2014 | 8:03 am
    In a previous post, I reported that a huge loan had been given to a Chinese paper company backed by its Chinese IP as collateral. The 8 billion RMB obtained by China's Tralin Paper (Quanlin Paper in Chinese, though they use www.tralin.com for their website), one of the biggest IP-backed loans in history, not only shows that Chinese intellectual property is coming of age, but is now being used to bring Chinese technology to the US where it will help create over 2,000 US jobs. Tralin Paper, renaming themselves as Tranlin Paper, has just signed a deal with the State of Virginia, obtaining state…
  • Chinese Paper Company Relies on IP to Gain 7.9 Billion RMB Loan

    Jeff Lindsay
    26 Mar 2014 | 8:06 am
    March 6, 2014: I recently learned of important news from the Province of Shandong in northern China. A Chinese paper company, Quanlin Paper (also known as "Tralin Paper") has used its portfolio of patents and trademarks to secure a loan of 7.9 billion RMB (about $1.3 billion). The story was reported on March 3, 2014 on the website for the Chinese magazine, China Paper. This deal may be a record for China in terms of how much value IP brought in seeking financing. To emphasize the significance of this development, the normally dry China Paper publication begins with a…
  • Imitation Without Knowledge: A Problem for Innovation and Potato Peelers

    Jeff Lindsay
    13 Jan 2014 | 4:07 pm
    Pictured to the right is my potato peeler/fruit peeler which I purchased in Shanghai. It is dutifully based on the design of typical peelers long sold by Western companies. But I suspect this imitation object was copied and manufactured by people unacquainted with the finer points of peeling potatoes. In peeling potatoes, one frequently encounters eyes or other bad spots that need to be gouged out. Good potato peelers have a curved metal end that can be used for gouging potatoes and fruit. My Shanghai peeler has dutifully copied the general shape of other peelers, with a somewhat pointed tip…
  • Trade Secrets and Open Innovation

    Jeff Lindsay
    30 Dec 2013 | 4:08 pm
    A culture that can protect trade secrets is vital for innovative companies. Such a culture becomes especially important in collaborative innovation efforts where failure to protect trade secrets can severely damage partners and the offending company’s reputation. Chinese companies are increasingly recognizing the value of what the West calls “open innovation.” In fact, forms of open innovation were the basis of a great deal of innovation in China long before the term was coined in the West. Innovation in China tends to be fueled by guanxi with trust between partners being…
  • Tortoise Innovation: The Problem with Corporations (and Their Inventors) Hiding in a Shell

    Jeff Lindsay
    7 Nov 2013 | 4:07 am
    Many large companies take a tortoise approach to innovation and stay as hidden within their shells as possible, even some who advocate open innovation. Tortoise companies may have creative R&D staff, including many scientists doing good work, but they keep these inventors hidden in the shell rather than encouraging them to publish or present their work.The hares, on the other hand, take greater risks as they frequently step out of their comfortable burrows. They let their inventors not just show up at conferences and other events, but take the podium and present. Or, when appropriate,…
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    Adaptive Path

  • UX Week Keynote Speaker Denise Jacobs on Making Creativity Happen

    Jesse James Garrett
    21 Jul 2014 | 6:54 am
    Denise Jacobs calls herself a “creativity evangelist”, helping people cultivate the tools and skills necessary for leading a creative life. These skills are important for everyone, but especially for creative professionals such as designers and developers, for whom the creative challenges never really stop. In this interview, I talk with Denise about how her own life inspired her take on creativity, and what it takes to keep creativity flowing. Jesse James Garrett: Denise, you’ve taken an interesting path to get to where you are. Denise Jacobs: Yes. And it’s actually funny…
  • UX Week 2014 Twitter Contest!

    Will Sharick
    14 Jul 2014 | 1:38 pm
    Hello UX Week attendees, friends, and community! We are thrilled to announce the first ever UX Week 2014 Twitter Contest! Four UX Week attendees will be selected to have dinner on Thursday, September 11, 2014 at 7pm with Jesse James Garrett and UX Week keynote Josh Clark of Global Moxie! You can enter by following these 3 easy steps: 1. Register for UX Week (attendees who have already registered skip this step) 2. Follow @uxweek (unless you already do!) 3. Write a Tweet mentioning which UX Week 2014 talk and/or workshop you’re excited for and use hashtag #UXweek. Be sure to post your…
  • UX Week Keynote Speaker Amanda Dameron on Making Design More Human

    Jesse James Garrett
    10 Jul 2014 | 1:20 pm
    If you’re a fan of Dwell magazine, you’re familiar with its unique take on modern architecture and design in the home. Dwell editor-in-chief Amanda Dameron is a passionate advocate for the philosophy of design exemplified by the homes, decor, and furnishings showcased in Dwell. In this interview, I talk with Amanda about that philosophy, the changing role of design in our culture, and her keynote at UX Week 2014 in San Francisco this September. Jesse James Garrett: One thing about Dwell that I think makes it distinctive among media entities that cover architecture and design is…
  • ICYMI: Jesse James Garrett and Ken Jennings Talk Maps and Design

    Will Sharick
    8 Jul 2014 | 4:44 pm
    .@jjg and @KenJennings talk #maps and #design. Read the full @uxmag interview here: http://t.co/gvq2ozM8H3 #UXWeek pic.twitter.com/T9zttndWL0 — UX Week (@uxweek) July 8, 2014 Our friends at UX Magazine published the interview between Jesse James Garrett and Ken Jennings, Maphead author and Jeopardy! winner (of 74 games). The article is a preview for what Jennings, who is a UX Week keynote, will talk about in September. Read the full article here. UX Week 2014 is September 9-12 in San Francisco.
  • UX I/O: Prototyping Interactive Objects Workshop

    Scott Sullivan
    27 Jun 2014 | 11:30 am
    Adaptive Path Experience Designers Scott Sullivan and Evi K. Hui are teaching this workshop August 16-17, 2014 at our Design Studio on Pier 1 next to the Ferry Building. Click here to register for this workshop. Workshop Details: As we are integrating digital capabilities in to our physical environment, the tools of designers are beginning to shift. In order to understand and prototype these new experiences, a new technological skill set is needed. This two day workshop will give you foundational knowledge of Processing, a programming language for Designers and Artists, as well as Arduino, an…
 
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    Holiday Matinee

  • Our July 2014 Mixtape

    holiday matinee
    29 Jul 2014 | 2:11 pm
    This month’s mixtape is just like any other in that we pull tracks from all over the place. There are songs we’re tipped off to from labels, from our friends, shows we’ve recently been to, or the tunes we grew up with on the radio. You might recognize a bunch of older songs on here, but we won’t be apologizing for it. Kick back and click! p.s. Not seeing a tape above? Mobile users can get the jams here. The post Our July 2014 Mixtape appeared first on Holiday Matinee.
  • Ambiancé: A 720 Hour Long Film

    gregory
    17 Jul 2014 | 8:31 am
    720 hours: that’s the entirety of 30 days, a whole month of time. Swedish artist Anders Weberg is currently producing Ambiancé, the longest film ever made. A recently released trailer only 72 minutes long hints of an ongoing montage of ambient sounds intertwined with surreal visuals. From this preview one can infer the eventual film will be devoid of any narrative, offering the cinematic equivalent of waking up from a dream/nightmare with gauzed details dissipating with each passing second. Eventually the finished movie is planned to be screened as a once-in-a-lifetime experience, all…
  • Risqué little people

    kiran
    3 Jul 2014 | 5:47 am
    Porous Walker is killing it with a Little People series of his own over on Instagram. Nudity makes (almost) everything more funny. The post Risqué little people appeared first on Holiday Matinee.
  • Missing these funny guys

    kiran
    26 Jun 2014 | 8:28 am
    Just thought these Shayna Cochefski illustrations of funny guys Chris Farley and Patrice O’Neal deserved a mention. They may be gone, but I still find myself searching them out for a laugh. The post Missing these funny guys appeared first on Holiday Matinee.
  • Our June 2014 Mixtape

    holiday matinee
    18 Jun 2014 | 7:00 am
    And you may find yourself sitting at your desk at work And you may find yourself walking in the street with headphones on And you may find yourself behind the wheel of an automobile And you may find yourself in a beautiful city, with a beautiful girl or handsome guy And you may ask yourself Well…How did I get here listening to this mixtape? p.s. Not seeing a tape above? Mobile users head here. The post Our June 2014 Mixtape appeared first on Holiday Matinee.
 
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    Creativity Unbound

  • Greatest Good: expertise for a cause

    edward boches
    22 Jul 2014 | 11:14 am
    Some of the tech, media, and marketing experts assembled by Greatest Good. They’re all donating their time to a worthy cause. This is what the web should really be about. Connecting us to each other. Helping us share our knowledge. Finding efficient ways to support causes and organizations in need. Greatest Good fosters all three. Created by the innovative Saneel Radia, with some help from a lot of friends, this early stage site aims to connect you with a slew of smart and accomplished folks from tech, media and marketing. For a small fee they’ll consult, advise or share their…
  • Apple’s advertising problems may not be with its ad agency

    edward boches
    6 Jun 2014 | 1:59 pm
    Apple’s new spots, done in house, are beautiful, garner good reviews, but lack the point of view Apple has always been known for. Unthinkable. Apple fire TBWA/Media Arts Lab, the agency that Steve Jobs asked Lee Clow to form in order to concentrate on Apple? Well if you read the recent press reports, it appears possible. The momentum to move efforts in-house grows. Apple is bringing on new digital agencies. And internal emails, recently made public, reveal increasing tensions. According to Bloomberg, which interviewed me for this story, the rift widens. After the Wall Street Journal…
  • College degree, check. Resume, check. Internships, check. Interview techniques?

    edward boches
    29 May 2014 | 11:44 am
    Prior to an interview, do not practice positions of weakness. Learn the power stance. It will elevate your confidence and reduce stress. Advertising is an intense business. You have to solve unsolvable problems. Think on your feet. Generate volumes of ideas. Express yourself clearly. Present with authority. Demonstrate creativity. Produce on demand. Work under pressure. Live outside your comfort zone. Collaborate with multiple partners who have differing opinions. Well guess what, These days the same applies to job interviews. Even for entry level positions. I had lunch today with a few…
  • Three ways to tell stories with data

    edward boches
    25 May 2014 | 8:38 am
    In the advertising business data is typically something we measure to determine the success or effectiveness of our efforts. How many people did we reach? How many page views did we generate? How many likes does our Facebook page have? Or in the case of programmatic media buying, how much should we pay to reach a particular person with a particular message? But data offers those of us on the creative and storytelling side of the business just as much opportunity. We can discover, mine and even produce data to help us tell more emotional and convincing narratives. More on that in a moment.
  • Leaked NY Times Innovation Report reveals what’s wrong with ad agencies

    edward boches
    19 May 2014 | 1:34 pm
    The New York Times overvalues journalistic skills for digital hires and undervalues digital skills for journalism hires. Most ad agencies overvalue traditional creative skills for digital hires and undervalue digital skills for creative hires. The NY Times places too much emphasis on the front page and the home page. Most ad agencies place too much emphasis on television and traditional messages. At the NY Times, social media is an afterthought. At most ad agencies social media is an afterthought. By now you’ve probably read about the NYT Innovation Report, which leaked to the public last…
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    The Complete Innovator

  • CEO Challenges Part 2: Incentives, Scalability, and Overcoming Barriers

    Boris Pluskowski
    16 Jul 2014 | 10:54 am
    In my previous blog post, I discussed the effects of emerging social technologies, and what it means for leaders to execute CEO challenges — top-down initiatives that solve a high-level business problem — through managed innovation, collaboration, and employee engagement. These types of collaborative challenges come in many forms; a necessary approach considering the multitude of variables that exist from company to company. And, as expected, each brand of challenge comes with its own unique hurdles, benefits, needs, and potential outcomes. The Grand CEO Challenge When working within the…
  • CEO Challenges Part I: Rallying the Troops to Solve a Common Goal

    Boris Pluskowski
    11 Jun 2014 | 3:55 pm
    The recent convergence of social technologies in the CEO bag of tricks is great to see, bearing in mind the advancement of these technologies over the years. Nowhere more can we see the growing acceptance for social technologies and business practices than in the emerging trend and desire for CEOs to finally see their world expanding beyond their direct reports, and straight down to the grassroots level. The emergence of social tech platforms like Facebook, Yammer, and Mindjet SpigitEngage have flattened the modern-day organization like nothing has ever been able to do before. This flatness…
  • The Myth of the Millennial Social Movement

    Boris Pluskowski
    7 May 2013 | 11:36 am
    Hardly a day goes by without me hearing a senior executive at some major company cite the growing influence of the upcoming “Millennial Generation” as the reason for their foray into the enterprise social world.  But I wonder if they’re missing a trick here – look at almost any study of who actually uses Social Media in the modern world – and you’ll see that the major users are not those born in 2000+ (who are yet to get into the workforce) – but rather you see an almost even split between those in the 25-34 age and those in the 35-44 range.  Compare that then with the average…
  • Are you listening? The return of Employee Engagement

    Boris Pluskowski
    23 Jan 2013 | 9:17 am
    “Employee Engagement” used to be a term reserved for the hollow halls of HR departments across the land. You’d hear a client say that was their main goal, and you knew a program was doomed to fail – usually because it was code word for “I haven’t got a clue what to do with this type of social application”.  My eyes would roll, my sleeves would get rolled up, and I’d get down to work teaching them the need to rethink the requirement for innovation goals that would drive focused value and strategic change through their organization. But that was 10 years ago – and today, as I…
  • Gamification in Innovation

    Boris Pluskowski
    23 May 2012 | 3:02 pm
    A few months ago I wrote a post on the promise of Gamification in the Enterprise. You can read the whole piece but as a recap, here are some of the more salient points: 1) Gamification in the enterprise is not about trivializing business processes or activities, but rather about embracing a design methodology that taps into an inherent “addiction” inside all of us to the engagement mechanics and format of  “good games” 2) Games surround us everywhere, if we choose to see them as such. Just because we don’t envision the business (and other) systems around us as games; just because…
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  • Leaders should connect with customers

    Arnold Beekes
    29 Jul 2014 | 2:08 am
    It seems like a no-brainer, but I still encounter many leaders who are ‘jailed’ in conference rooms and hardly ever see a real customer.Yesterday I was playing gold and the director of the course passed us by in a buggy. You could tell that it was even hard for him to say hello. He made sure that there was enough distance so we could not talk.However, this was an excellent opportunity for him to ask us how we (the customers!) were doing and maybe even ask whether we had some suggestions for improvement. It was not busy, so he could have easily done this. The response from my golf-buddy…
  • Are your products and services globally available?

    Arnold Beekes
    8 Jul 2014 | 1:09 am
    Last week I wanted to buy an album from Ana Tijoux, as a MP3 file. So, I did go to the Apple iTunes store in The Netherlands. However that album was not available there. Then I did go to the iTunes store in the US. They did have the album, but I couldn’t buy it because I have no bank account in the US. That was also the limitation while trying to use my credit card.Then I did go to Amazon in the US and there was the same story. The album was available but I could only buy it with a US based bank account.A year ago, I did read about the fact that you could use your American Express…
  • Is it technically working or does it work for me?

    Arnold Beekes
    19 Jun 2014 | 12:49 am
    Recently I did switch from a glass fiber provider (for tv, telephone, internet) to another cable provider. I must admit that the reason was a slight dissatisfaction with the original provider as well as a cheaper offer for similar services. The first nuisance is the time that they are planning to visit you. They said that they would arrive between 8.00 am and 1.00 pm. Even when asked a day early they could not give me an exact timing. This is really annoying and inconvenient, as I could not even go to the bathroom in the waiting time. Then the (subcontracted) engineer did install everything.
  • Frontline employees are your main comms channel

    Arnold Beekes
    27 May 2014 | 2:50 am
    Many studies indicate that people working in retail as well as in restaurants are the lowest paid employees. They also have the highest turnover rate.At the same time, they are crucial for the interaction and the relationship with your customers. Customers highly appreciate it if these employees know your name and your preferences. The better this relationship, the more likely it is that customers will return, over and over again. It is also more fun and rewarding for employees to work in an environment in which they are valued themselves.From a customer’s point of view, I have a…
  • Who are your buyers?

    Arnold Beekes
    20 May 2014 | 4:59 am
    I know, it seems like an obvious question. But still, many retail stores are still considering everyone who walks to be their potential customer.Let me give you an example. I had a visit from a US friend. She wanted to buy an orange shirt from the Dutch national football team for her husband. So, I pointed her to the official Nike shirt, which costs more than € 100,-, but is completely recycled and is Dri-Fit. Both features are not marketed at all. So, to an outsider the only difference between this shirt and other, much cheaper, shirts is the price. In that case, the official shirt is…
 
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  • 12 Strategic Insights from Thousands of Years Ago

    Mike Brown
    30 Jul 2014 | 2:50 am
    Based on the title, you might have been expecting a list from The Art of War. If so, that’s not where we’re headed today. With yesterday’s post about discovering strategic insights I use in the secular world while at church, I challenged myself to document and share what some of the other strategic insights from church were. The list starts with yesterday’s strategic insight about “small, possible steps” and adds the first eleven others I jotted down from my hymnal notes and Bible classes of the last few years. 12 Strategic Insights from Thousands of Years Ago In an age…
  • Creating Strategic Impact – Small, Possible Steps

    Mike Brown
    29 Jul 2014 | 2:50 am
    You have to be on the lookout always and everywhere for the wisdom and insights that can help in creating strategic impact. I get a lot of insights from attending daily mass. Even there, though, the insights can come through ways you would never expect. Yesterday’s mass was celebrated by Fr. Mirco Sosio, AVI. He was filling in for our pastor, who has been filling in for the usual priest, who is visiting his family in the eastern US. Fr. Sosio is from Italy originally, and he is serving as a temporary associate pastor at our parish for a few months. This was the first time I’d seen him.
  • Strategic Thinking – 7 Ways to Chill Out and Move beyond Being Perfect

    Mike Brown
    28 Jul 2014 | 2:50 am
    Trying to be perfect has come up in several strategic thinking workshops and conversations recently. I definitely understand trying to be perfect. Been there, done that, and still try to do it way too often. But I’m getting better, even if not perfect, at cutting myself a break and not wasting time and energy on all the strategic thinking that can go into trying to be perfect according to standards nobody else really cares about at all. Do you struggle with trying to be perfect? 7 Ways to Chill Out and Move beyond Being Perfect Here are seven strategic thinking reminders I keep telling…
  • Creative Thinking – It’s Summer, It’s Hot, and This Is What I Got

    Mike Brown
    24 Jul 2014 | 2:50 am
    Creative Thinking in Summer There are some real challenges in the summer that just aren’t that big of a deal in the winter. Still, I like summer so much more . . . It’s really hard for people to change, me included . . . I take on stuff I really shouldn’t because I know there will be learning involved, and it’s SOOOOOOO tough for me to turn down a juicy learning opportunity. The Wall Street Journal ran a story recently about a research project conducted on 36 kids who had been DIVIDED into THREE groups. They’re granting ridiculous credibility to assuming twelve…
  • Creating Strategic Impact – 9 Strategic Thinking Questions for Breaking a Business

    Mike Brown
    23 Jul 2014 | 2:50 am
    Yesterday’s article talked about creating strategic impact through breaking a business and recreating it as something new and better. I’ve been reworking various Brainzooming strategic thinking questions to make them better suited for identifying and exploring concepts for breaking a business. 9 Strategic Thinking Questions for Breaking a Business Here’s a working list of the first nine refashioned strategic thinking questions. How would an incredibly successful company with a very different business model rework our business into something new? How can we go shopping with our customers…
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    Breaking Glass by Rishi Dean

  • What Does a Product Manager Do? Part 2/5: Competencies

    Rishi Dean
    22 Jul 2014 | 1:00 am
    While I’ve previously posted about the requisite “soft-skills” of great Product Managers, in this Part of the series, we’ll explore the functional skill-set required on any given day. These competencies fall into three major categories, which I refer to the “3Ds”, consisting of Direction, Design, and Details. I believe that the Product Manager is ultimately responsible […]
  • What Does a Product Manager Do? Part 1/5: Intro

    Rishi Dean
    15 Jul 2014 | 1:15 am
    When asked questions like “what does a product manager do” or ” is person X a good product manager”, too many times I answer with the unsatisfying “it depends” response. So here I try to better define the role of product management, by providing a framework, which we’ll explore in this 5-part series. My parents (and likely my colleagues too) have no idea what […]
  • An equation for evaluating the adoption potential of a new product

    Rishi Dean
    7 Jul 2014 | 8:19 pm
    There are some great frameworks to evaluate the diffusion of new innovations, but these tend to be qualitative and can therefore be difficult to evaluate multiple nuanced implementations against one another. Here is a “back of the envelope” quantitative approach to assessing whether a new solution might displace an incumbent one, when competing on “convenience”. Competing on […]
  • 10 best mobile market research & analytics tools

    Rishi Dean
    10 Sep 2013 | 5:15 pm
    While the web measurement & analytics space is quite mature, the mobile landscape is still emerging and open. Here are ten of the research & analytical tools that I’ve found most helpful for understanding mobile app usage. Would love to hear your thoughts.  Category & Competitive Benchmarking Similar to Quantcast, Alexa, Compete, and Google Trends […]
  • Driving Activation using the THEME Matrix

    Rishi Dean
    5 Sep 2013 | 2:42 am
    One critical element on the journey to finding product / market fit, is to get people to use your app — not just to simply sign-up, but to actually perform the key behaviors that drive value in the product. Here I’ll describe a framework to help you brainstorm, organize, and prioritize such initiatives. Understanding activation […]
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    Christa in New York

  • Inspired: Check out my magazines on Flipboard for travel, stress-busting, product design, and office design

    Christa Avampato
    29 Jul 2014 | 11:40 pm
    I’m now on Flipboard as @christanyc and created 4 magazines to curate content in travel, product design, workspace design, and stress reduction. I hope you’ll stop by and check them out: Travel on Purpose – use your travels and vacations to build a better world Insanely Cool New Products – the coolest new product innovations and the awesome people who make them Crazy Creative Workspaces – interior design inspirations for the places where we work Stress Sucks – the science of stress and how to bust itFiled under: blogging, communication, creative,…
  • Inspired: I write down six impossible things before breakfast

    Christa Avampato
    28 Jul 2014 | 11:32 pm
    Today’s impossibilities are tomorrow’s realities. That’s why I’ve been inspired by Alice in Wonderland, my favorite book, to take up a new morning ritual. As soon as I wake up, I write down 6 impossible things before I have breakfast. It gets my creative engine running right off the bat. Give it a try and let me know what you come up with! My 6 impossible things lists so far: 7/22/14 – The ability to send people messages through dreams – Trees that grow everything we need – even bicycles – A composter that could recycle anything and everything…
  • Inspired: Are you a friend or foe to yourself?

    Christa Avampato
    28 Jul 2014 | 12:06 am
    You choose: tear yourself down or build yourself up. It’s not about what happens to you; it’s about what you make happen.Filed under: choices, friendship
  • Inspired: Make Work Play

    Christa Avampato
    26 Jul 2014 | 11:53 pm
    From Pinterest “Life is more fun if you play games.” -Roald Dahl We often defeat ourselves with our attitude. Something troubles us and we see it as a burden. If you’ve got a problem, make it a game. Bend, mold, twist, and turn it in your favor. And have fun. The best part of life is figuring it out.Filed under: child, game, play
  • Inspired: You are your best asset

    Christa Avampato
    25 Jul 2014 | 11:06 pm
    My friend, Alex, looks at all my new project ideas because she sees my blind spots. The one she always points out is that I don’t give enough credit to my own experience and point-of-view. When you pitch a new project, you make a list of resources you have. Things like money, time, and connections probably make the list. Do you list your talents that make you the best person to get the job done? You should. You’re what matters most. You are your best asset. Thanks for the lesson, Alex! Check out Alex’s latest venture, Stargrass Paper, purveyor of keenly curated cards,…
 
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    Breaking Glass by Rishi Dean

  • What Does a Product Manager Do? Part 2/5: Competencies

    Rishi Dean
    22 Jul 2014 | 1:00 am
    While I’ve previously posted about the requisite “soft-skills” of great Product Managers, in this Part of the series, we’ll explore the functional skill-set required on any given day. These competencies fall into three major categories, which I refer to the “3Ds”, consisting of Direction, Design, and Details. I believe that the Product Manager is ultimately responsible […]
  • What Does a Product Manager Do? Part 1/5: Intro

    Rishi Dean
    15 Jul 2014 | 1:15 am
    When asked questions like “what does a product manager do” or ” is person X a good product manager”, too many times I answer with the unsatisfying “it depends” response. So here I try to better define the role of product management, by providing a framework, which we’ll explore in this 5-part series. My parents (and likely my colleagues too) have no idea what […]
  • An equation for evaluating the adoption potential of a new product

    Rishi Dean
    7 Jul 2014 | 8:19 pm
    There are some great frameworks to evaluate the diffusion of new innovations, but these tend to be qualitative and can therefore be difficult to evaluate multiple nuanced implementations against one another. Here is a “back of the envelope” quantitative approach to assessing whether a new solution might displace an incumbent one, when competing on “convenience”. Competing on […]
  • 10 best mobile market research & analytics tools

    Rishi Dean
    10 Sep 2013 | 5:15 pm
    While the web measurement & analytics space is quite mature, the mobile landscape is still emerging and open. Here are ten of the research & analytical tools that I’ve found most helpful for understanding mobile app usage. Would love to hear your thoughts.  Category & Competitive Benchmarking Similar to Quantcast, Alexa, Compete, and Google Trends […]
  • Driving Activation using the THEME Matrix

    Rishi Dean
    5 Sep 2013 | 2:42 am
    One critical element on the journey to finding product / market fit, is to get people to use your app — not just to simply sign-up, but to actually perform the key behaviors that drive value in the product. Here I’ll describe a framework to help you brainstorm, organize, and prioritize such initiatives. Understanding activation […]
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    Game-Changer

  • Three common mistakes that innovators make when creating new markets

    Jorge Barba
    28 Jul 2014 | 7:51 am
    Take care of the basics. Sometimes we don’t and get ourselves into trouble; especially when trying to create a new market. As innovators, when it comes to trying to help people understand how our idea can address an unmet need, we make some critical mistakes. Here are three that are very common: Mistake #1 – Falling in love with our idea. We fall so deeply in love with our idea that we end up talking too much and stop listening to customers. Mistake #2 – Being too product focused. We forget that it’s not about our product or service, it’s about the customer.
  • 6 simple questions that yield better decisions

    Jorge Barba
    23 Jul 2014 | 6:16 am
    How can we become better at making decisions? There is wide literature, blogs and books on the topic of decision making , and you wouldn’t go wrong reading most of them. How and why we make the decision we make is one topic I believe we would all do well know about more because it influences everything we do. The most recent books about decision making I’ve read is Decisive by the Heath Brothers, authors of Made To Stick and Switch. I’m a huge fan of them because they take on interesting topics, and they make the content interesting and useful to any type of reader. With…
  • 8 strategies for overcoming resistance to change

    Jorge Barba
    16 Jul 2014 | 9:35 am
    As innovators that want to make things happen and are constantly seeking ways to counter resistance to change. It comes with the territory and is the most predictable challenge we will encounter. At this point, the literature around innovation is vast, so we can all agree that there are many common sources of resistance to change inside organizations and from potential customers: inertia, indecision, fear of making mistakes, lack of best practices and lack of care for your product/service. How do you overcome them? First, let’s get a couple of things out of the way: People love change…
  • What World Cup winner Germany can teach us about developing a culture of excellence

    Jorge Barba
    15 Jul 2014 | 6:17 am
    Picture: EPA The 2014 World Cup has ended! For me it was one of the most memorable, the first round alone is worth watching again. Anyway, the Germans won. And they have lots to teach us about developing a culture of excellence, no matter what people say about their “efficient” driven culture. Here are a two takeaways: To play to win, not to lose, requires a different mindset Two weeks ago I watched as Mexico gave up a 1 goal lead to the Netherlands and eventually lose the game on a questionable penalty kick. As all of this was unraveling I wasn’t surprised. I had started…
  • Is innovation really everybody’s job?

    Jorge Barba
    11 Jul 2014 | 8:58 am
    A culture of innovation. That’s the Holy Grail, how do you get there? Everyone has their ideas and theories, and there is no shortage of examples that we can analyze over and over again. Yesterday, I wrote about the things that any organization can stop doing to open the door to innovation. Being innovation-ready starts with people. And a common question that comes up is this: is innovation really everybody’s job? That was a key question discussed in yesterday’s Innochat. Below are some of my thoughts, as well as from others, that I’d like to share with you: Everyone…
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    STEVENAHILL.COM

  • 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 […]
  • Dress

    Steve
    2 Jul 2014 | 7:49 pm
    Fashion is something you can see talked about all over the Internet, but do we ever ask if there's an underlying meaning to it?
  • The Most Beautiful Video of New Zealand Ever Made

    Steve
    30 Jun 2014 | 10:34 am
    I came across this video on Adventure Journal and it was just too good not to share. If there's any kind of photography I love, it's landscape photography. Throw time-lapses and aerial shots in HD into the mix and you've got something golden. Check out this time lapse/aerial video of New Zealand and I guarantee you'll have a new found appreciation for creation. It's safe to say the Lord of the Rings doesn't do Mount Potts justice quite like this does.
  • I’ll Retire When I Get To Heaven

    Steve
    18 Jun 2014 | 6:56 pm
    There are some people who just seem to leave a special impact on you that stays with you forever. My friend Dean Yoder was one of those people.
  • Looking Back On Jackson Hole, 2008

    Steve
    10 Jun 2014 | 7:54 pm
    Jackson Hole, Wyoming is an awesome place to visit. If you ever have a chance to go, you won't regret it. Go and take a lot of pictures.
 
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    TalentCulture

  • Don’t: Apologize For Success Or Make Excuses For Failure

    Lisa Ryan
    30 Jul 2014 | 12:00 pm
    “Success requires no apologies. Failure permits no alibis.”  Napoleon Hill When I think of Napoleon Hill, I consider the profound impact he had on my life with his book, Think and Grow Rich.  I always believed that because he was given the opportunity to interview 500 of the world’s wealthiest men, his life’s journey was filled with “wine and roses.” However, after reading his newest book, Outwitting the Devil, I discovered that in the course of his research, he interviewed thousands of failures as well.  He found that he learned much more from people who failed than he did…
  • Is the Engagement Spark Gone in Your Workforce?

    Melissa Dawn Photiades
    30 Jul 2014 | 6:30 am
    Have you noticed that the passion you once saw in your workers is fading, or completely burned out? The blame game isn’t fun, but let’s just say that most of the time, it isn’t their fault. Organizations will go to great lengths to source and attract great talent, but then their efforts to impress will often come to a halt before the ink on the I-9 is even dry. Leaders are quickly realizing that retention efforts are just as important, if not more, than attraction. So how can employers fan the flame and keep their workers as passionate about the brand and vision of the company as they…
  • For Lasting Success, Get Your Hiring Down to a “T”

    Ted Coine
    29 Jul 2014 | 11:30 am
    I study fascinating organizations for a living, and there are about fifty of them in our upcoming book, A World Gone Social: How Companies Must Adapt to Survive. Want to know my hands-down favorite in a “this company really gets it” kind of way? It’s Valve, the maker of video games. Per employee, Valve is more profitable than Apple, Microsoft, or even Google. It is also privately held, with no interest in going public. And it is pancake-flat: no managers at all, not one. Even founder Gabe Newell, though he reluctantly took the title of president (to make explaining his role to the…
  • Planning For A Better Career

    Mark Lukens
    29 Jul 2014 | 6:30 am
    Planning for a better career Whatever you want to achieve in life, having a career strategy is fundamental to achieving it. Making things up as you go along can take you in the right direction, but a good plan will get you there faster and more effectively. So what are the steps you can take to ensure that your career strategy develops you to your best potential? What can you learn from the experts and those who have already built the career that they want? The right attitude Taking the right attitude to your career is vital. Jill Hazelbaker, the youngest senior executive in the Fortune 100,…
  • How to Build a Solid Foundation for Better Work Relationships

    Gabrielle Garon
    28 Jul 2014 | 11:30 am
    Search any of the top business, leadership, or HR blogs and you’ll find that one of the key drivers to employee engagement is clearly communicated expectations. You know this old song and dance; if employees know what’s expected of them and understand (and value) how they fit into the big picture, then they’re likely to be highly engaged. And engagement equals productivity, satisfaction, and longevity. Communicating your organization’s goals and providing clear direction is essential to engagement. But what about communicating the everyday stuff with your employees? What about…
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    Innovative Brain Food from New & Improved

  • Influencers Make Trends Contagious

    New & Improved, LLC
    22 Jul 2014 | 2:15 pm
    Social networks and emerging technologies are making anyone a potential influencer. This is causing the world of business a bit of a headache as they try to keep up with, or leverage, new trends. Watch a new video about what it takes to be an influencer.
  • Turning Wood into Water

    New & Improved, LLC
    7 Jul 2014 | 6:47 am
    As design thinkers and creative problem solvers, we’re always on the lookout for interesting creations that inspire us. Be inspired by artist and furniture maker, Greg Klassen, and his gorgeous transformations of discarded wood.
  • Senior Leaders Learn to Overcome Innovation Vertigo

    New & Improved, LLC
    2 Jul 2014 | 7:11 am
    In its most recent global innovation study, GE has found that executives are beginning to understand the keys to creating a culture of innovation. It's tough work, but, it's critical for remaining competitive. In our newest ebook, we have identified the 12 key areas to creating a culture of innovation which are entirely supported by GE's findings.
  • Dove's special call out to dads everywhere

    New & Improved, LLC
    13 Jun 2014 | 8:27 am
    Dove put together this creative tribute to dads to combat the typically unflattering portrayal of dads in the media. It's a beautiful reminder that dads are there for us.
  • You Are Not Special (but we love you anyway)

    New & Improved, LLC
    10 Jun 2014 | 8:13 am
    Among the sea of predictively positive commencement speeches, David McCullough Jr.'s stands out. His message is an inspiration not only for graduates, but for us all. So, you think you're special? Have a read and listen.
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    Front End of Innovation Blog

  • How Do You Create a Culture Where Innovation Thrives?

    29 Jul 2014 | 6:30 am
    Making innovation successful starts and ends with people. Companies with a record of success encourage their employees to think and act differently, they've created an environment that embraces new ideas and nurtures innovation. BEI: Back End of Innovation shares the insights and best practices you need to not only create, but sustain an innovative culture within your organization. Hear how Transamerica has created an environment where innovation thrives, how VF Corporation has motivated the corporate "elephant" to innovate, how Boeing has grown a culture of entrepreneurship and more. Back…
  • That Time Buzzfeed Wrote About Innovation & Totally Nailed It

    25 Jul 2014 | 3:00 am
    Okay, so the weekend is here and we're poking a bit of fun at our favorite listicle-laden, productivity and time suck that is Buzzfeed but in all honesty, here's a few of their links offering some fresh perspectives and inspiration for Innovators, Designers, R&D Executives, Product Developers, Customer Insights Leaders, and Trend Hunters on the 360-degree innovation spectrum to recharge:10 Powerful Ideas That Will Shape The Future11 Things Every Aspiring Inventor Should Know10 Engineering Feats That Could Change Everything10 Kids Changing The Tech World10 Technologies We Won’t Be…
  • Gamification of Trendhunting: Scoring an Amazing Innovation Culture

    24 Jul 2014 | 3:30 am
    In ramping up for our first Canadian Front End of Innovation event, FEI Toronto taking place on September 29 - October 1, 2014, in Ontario, I came across this phenomenal video on YouTube posted last summer by the folks at TrendHunter promoting their Editorial/Social Media internships or what they refer to as TrendHunter Academy.As you may recall, the CEO & Chief Trend Hunter at TrendHunter.com and Author of the book Exploiting Chaos, and the forthcoming one, Better & Faster, Jeremy Gutsche, will be addressing FEI Toronto, with a keynote on the six secrets patterns of…
  • IKEA and Four Seasons Shine in Social Media Innovation

    22 Jul 2014 | 5:00 am
    Photo: Poland. Gmina Raszyn. Janki, IKEA by Albert Jankowski"IKEA Creates a Website Inside the Instagram App" by Rachel OlinerPhoto: Four Seasons Hotel Miami by Marc Averette"Four Seasons Debuts Pinterest Concierge Service" by Daniela WalkerLooking for a resource to help take your organization to the next level of innovation? Immerse yourself in innovation at this year's Back End of Innovation (BEI) event in Las Vegas, Oct. 6-8. John Kao, bestselling author of Innovation Nation, will present "Bringing Innovation to Innovation." During this session, John will present a revolutionary…
  • Exceptional Execution: Iliya Rybchin

    15 Jul 2014 | 6:30 am
    With BEI Back End of Innovation 2014 approaching, we wanted to get an expert’s point of view on innovation execution in today’s increasingly competitive business landscape. We were in luck. Iliya Rybchin, Director of Media & Entertainment, Highnote Foundry sat down with us to discuss innovation strategy and execution.  Here is what he had to say:IIR: What is a fundamental characteristic or skill to lead innovation?Rybchin: Without a doubt it’s entrepreneurial operating experience.  Many innovation initiatives fail because the people who are driving it do not have…
 
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    The Discipline of Innovation Blog

  • Innovation: Action That Could Be Considered a Ridiculous Error in Judgement

    Tim Kastelle
    28 Jul 2014 | 10:32 am
    Innovation drives economic evolution and growth. That’s one of the core ideas from Joseph Schumpeter, and it’s one of the reasons that the group for people studying evolutionary economics is called the International Schumpeter Society.  I’m at the 15th ISS Conference right now in Jena, Germany, where I got to hear Stan Metcalfe, one of my favourite evolutionary economists, speak today. Stan is just a wonderful speaker, and his talk today was filled with gems.  Even though he was presenting a paper that was very theoretical, there were a lot of lessons in the talk for all…
  • Breakthrough Innovations Are Not Predictable

    Tim Kastelle
    7 Jul 2014 | 9:37 am
    The returns to innovation are wildly skewed.  In practice, this means that the value of the vast majority of new ideas is small, even if they are executed correctly. But some will hit massively big, with huge payoffs. The outliers matter – a lot. You can make a living with both kinds of innovation.  For many years, Toyota executed thousands of small improvements to their manufacturing processes.  Cumulatively, all of these changes added up to an entirely new way to build cars – even though there was not one single huge breakthrough included. Home runs can pay off too, and when…
  • If the Internet is a Psychology Experiment, Are You a Psychologist?

    Tim Kastelle
    1 Jul 2014 | 3:02 am
    Scott Adams, the creator of Dilbert, wrote an interesting post on startups and pivoting this week.  You should read the whole thing.  Here is his main point: The Internet is a psychology experiment. Building a product for the Internet is now the easy part. Getting people to understand the product and use it is the hard part. And the only way to make the hard part work is by testing one psychological hypothesis after another. … Experience and history give start-ups their ideas on what to test first. But the thing that worked for the last business often doesn’t work for the next…
  • TEDxUQ Talk – March 2014 [Video]

    Tim Kastelle
    23 Jun 2014 | 12:41 am
    Here is the video from my talk at the 2014 TEDxUQ.          
  • TEDxUQ Talk – March 2014 [Slide]

    Tim Kastelle
    23 Jun 2014 | 12:21 am
    If you can’t see this slideshow in your RSS reader or email, then click here. These are the slides from my talk at TEDxUQ from March, 2014. You can see the full video of the talk here.          
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  • The Big Topic on Open Innovation: Scaling Up the Organization

    Stefan Lindegaard
    28 Jul 2014 | 8:42 pm
    I just did a session on open innovation in Shanghai where I got to interact with a great group of corporate innovators working in China. Here the concept of open innovation is still fairly new, but it is gaining lots of interest. Naturally, one of the participants asked me what I see as the biggest topic on open innovation at conferences and in the community in general. I think this one is pretty clear. It is about scaling up in the context of getting better and bigger buy-in to open innovation within an organization. Many companies today have “advance teams” with strong open innovation…
  • 9 Drivers for the Future of Government Driven Innovation

    Stefan Lindegaard
    24 Jul 2014 | 9:08 am
    It has been 5 years since President Obama named Aneesh Chopra as the first CTO of the United States. It has been 4 years since the US government launched Challenge.gov as a platform for the government offices in the United States to drive innovation and collaboration with its citizens. They were great initiatives, but not much has happened since then. Just as it is in the private sector, governments must continuously reinvent themselves and their approaches and given the lack of new bold initiatives from the United States government, I am now wondering who will take the lead on government…
  • 8 Insights on Open Innovation: Great Interview with Philips

    Stefan Lindegaard
    2 Jul 2014 | 3:02 am
    “Open Innovation and technology scouting are vital for us to stay ahead of competition and identify cutting edge technologies that will allow us to propose the best products to our consumers”. This is the start of an interview on InnovationManagement.se where Steve Vaassen, Open Innovation Leader at Philips Consumer Lifestyle shares his views and insights on open innovation. It is a great interview and Vaassen makes several points that I buy into. I have inserted 8 of them below, but you should read the entire interview. It’s a good read. Innovation needs to happen at the business units…
  • The Greatest Startup Project in the World? Meet #StartUpChile

    Stefan Lindegaard
    24 Jun 2014 | 5:04 am
    Let’s start off with some wise words: “Instead of changing the world through revolution, we can change the world through #innovation” This was said by a former Minister of Economy in Chile and they are to be read on the website of Start-Up Chile. I first learned about this initiative while reading about a promising Danish entrepreneur, who had sold all of his belongings in Denmark because he is moving to Chile for the next 7 months – and maybe longer. The entrepreneur is not moving there because he wants to explore South America as a tourist. He is going there to further develop his…
  • 5 Reflections on Innovation Talent

    Stefan Lindegaard
    23 Jun 2014 | 3:07 pm
    I have been reading some interesting articles recently on talents; how to spot them and how to develop them in a fast-changing world. Here you get 5 reflections on this in the context of innovation. • Future versus past: What are the traditional competencies that innovators were hired for in your organization? Must hires today are based on competencies, but the future of hiring will move towards potential. If you don’t really know the competencies – in the context of innovation – that your company has hired for so far then it will become more difficult to make the shift towards hiring…
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    Innovation Speaker

  • The Eureka Moment of Ideas & Idea Management

    Robert Brands
    22 Jul 2014 | 5:00 am
     Idea management is the second of critical processes of Robert’s Rules of Innovation and is essential in Innovation and New Product Development (NPD). It is really important to fill the innovation... Visit our Innovation-Innovation coach website today! http://www.innovationcoach.com/
  • How Does Your Company Match Up to the GE Innovation Barometer?

    Robert Brands
    7 Jul 2014 | 1:56 pm
    The GE Global Innovation Barometer conducts annual surveys to put a finger on the pulse of innovation around the world. The survey was conducted earlier this year with over 3,200 high level business... Visit our Innovation-Innovation coach website today! http://www.innovationcoach.com/
  • Risk is an Imperative for Sustainable Innovation

    Robert Brands
    29 Jun 2014 | 8:31 pm
      Over five thousand failures for just one success:  When Thomas Edison discovered the light bulb it took him 5999 tries to get it right.  Edison is quoted as saying, “Every wrong attempt... Visit our Innovation-Innovation coach website today! http://www.innovationcoach.com/
  • Chief Customer Officers – Bob Thompson

    Robert Brands
    10 Jun 2014 | 5:00 am
    Chief Customer Officers: It’s Time to Build a Voice of Customer Command Center Like Innovation and being the “Chief Innovation Officer”, the CEO has to be focused on many elements... Visit our Innovation-Innovation coach website today! http://www.innovationcoach.com/
  • Manage Innovation to Drive Value Creation

    Robert Brands
    27 May 2014 | 5:55 am
    The fundamental purpose of Innovation is to create value that translates into enhanced stakeholder/shareholder value. Sustainable process-driven innovation transforms ideas into vital intellectual... Visit our Innovation-Innovation coach website today! http://www.innovationcoach.com/
 
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    Paul4innovating's Blog

  • Recognizing your type of innovation leader

    paul4innovating
    26 Jul 2014 | 1:36 am
    Often innovation succeeds or fails by the personal involvement and engagement of a ‘selected’ few- they make it happen as they are the heavyweights that have the final say. We all need to recognize the type of innovation leadership personality within our organization, the ones we are working for, as this might help you manage the innovation work a whole lot better and attract in the resources you need. So can you recognize the traits of your innovation leader? Are they a front-end or back-end innovation leader? Here’s how you can begin to spot the difference. The thinking about this…
  • Building upon four key wealth creating pillars

    paul4innovating
    20 Jul 2014 | 3:54 am
    Most rooms we enter have four sides; they provide the structure to build upon. Presently in many of our economies, particularly in the West, we are struggling to find real growth; we are limited on our wealth-creating possibilities. Why is that? Our structures seem to be weak not strong. We are certainly relying far too much on ‘selected’ pockets of economic activity to keep us going. Technology is clearly one of these. Yet our longer term forces for sustaining growth remain ‘fragile’, our structures remain wickedly  ‘out of kilter’ and we need to find stronger…
  • Exploring Diffusion and Adoption for Innovation – Part 3

    paul4innovating
    14 Jul 2014 | 12:28 am
    One of my favorite books is “Dealing with Darwin- how great companies innovate at every phase of their evolution” written by Geoffrey Moore. It is well worth a read. When you work through his other books and connected thinking of “Crossing the Chasm” and “Inside the Tornado” you really appreciate the learning stories coming out of Roger Moore’s studies of the Technology Adoption Life-Cycle. We all need to rethink a lot as the new challenges come rushing towards us. In his work Geoffrey Moore talks about ‘traction’ and I think this is a great word for thinking about…
  • Exploring Diffusion and Adoption of Innovation – Part 2

    paul4innovating
    10 Jul 2014 | 1:48 am
    The future within our engagements will determine diffusion and adoption It is all about letting go but also grabbing more at the same time, and then finding ‘it’. Technology has opened up the door to both scale and fragmentation and social business is the one pushing through this open door. We are increasingly facing the Collaborative Economy everywhere we turn. Social business is becoming the denominator of success or failure. We are needing to confront the new questions that are emerging New rules are emerging – you could say new theories – and where are these…
  • Exploring Diffusion and Adoption for Innovation – Part 1

    paul4innovating
    8 Jul 2014 | 1:13 am
    According to Professor Clayton Christensen and drawn from his book “Seeing What’s Next: Using the Theories of Innovation to Predict Industry Change”by Clayton M. Christensen, Scott D. Anthony, and Erik A. Roth published by Harvard Business School Press, the only way to look into the future is to use theories. “The best way to make accurate sense of the present, and the best way to look into the future, is through the lens of theory.” The theory of innovation helps to understand the forces that shape the context and influence natural decisions. This might not be fashionable…
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    Conquering Innovation Fatigue: Helping Inventors, Entrepreneurs and Leaders Find Innovation Success

  • Alice in Blunderland: The Supreme Court’s Alice Decision Fails to Grasp the Physical Reality of Information

    Jeffrey Lindsay
    10 Jul 2014 | 10:03 pm
    The recent Alice decision from the Supreme Court threatens patents for many innovators working with computers, software, information, and knowledge–in short, the heart of the modern Knowledge Economy. By waving around the undefined word “abstract”–a word that the Court expressly refused to define–they have ruled that a major part of the economy is simply not eligible for patent protection. An article at the popular IP blog, PatentlyO, seeks to explain if not justify the Court’s ruling. In “Alice, Artifice, and Action,” Jason Rantanen elucidates…
  • Another Surprise from China: The Tralin/Tranlin IP-Backed Financing Results in Jobs and Green Technology for the US

    Jeffrey Lindsay
    10 Jul 2014 | 7:36 am
    In a previous post here, I reported a huge loan to a Chinese paper company backed by its mostly Chinese IP as collateral. The 8 billion RMB obtained by China’s Tralin Paper (Quanlin Paper in Chinese, though they use www.tralin.com for their website), one of the biggest IP-backed loans in the world, not only shows that Chinese IP is coming of age, but is now being used to bring some of their technology to the US and to create over 2,000 US jobs. Tralin Paper, renaming themselves as Tranlin Paper for some reason, has just signed a deal with the State of Virginia, obtaining state support…
  • Another Innovation Knifing: Cutting “Natural Products” Out of the Scope of Patentable Subject Matter

    Jeffrey Lindsay
    7 Jun 2014 | 4:00 am
    One of the important new antibiotics discovered and developed by pharmaceutical companies in the past few years is Rifampicin and its relative Rifamycin. These potent antibiotics remain key tools in fighting off serious infection. Their story begins with a soil sample taken from a pine forest on the French Riviera in 1957 that was then studied in an Italian laboratory, where unusual antimicrobial properties were observed in a newly discovered bacterium.  eventually an unusual molecule produced by the bacterium was identified, isolated, mass produced–and, yes, patented. Rifamycin was…
  • America’s Anti-Patent Revolution: Stoking the Engines of Innovation Fatigue

    Jeff Lindsay
    15 Apr 2014 | 5:18 pm
    My latest post here at Innovation Fatigue lamented the actions of the USPTO in their apparent war on patents involving natural products. New information makes the story even more troubling than before, indicating that more than just judicial error and bureaucratic blindness was involved. The steps taken appear much more deliberate and political than that, and reflect an increasingly revolutionary attitude toward patent rights holders, where IP is viewed as the problem, not as a vital tool to benefit society. First, new insight into the actions of the USPTO comes from a leaked USPTO PowerPoint…
  • Excluding Natural Products from Patent Protection?

    Jeff Lindsay
    1 Apr 2014 | 5:11 pm
    In response to recent court cases, the USPTO has dramatically revised its approach to dealing with a wide variety of patents. Its new guidelines to patent examiners on subject matter eligibility for inventions involving natural products seem to go way beyond the legal decisions on which they are allegedly based, adding extremely high barriers to patentability. If your invention uses natural products, as almost every tangible invention does to some degree, you now must show that what you claim is “significantly different” that what might be found in nature or from natural…
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    Game-Changer

  • Three common mistakes that innovators make when creating new markets

    Jorge Barba
    28 Jul 2014 | 7:51 am
    Take care of the basics. Sometimes we don’t and get ourselves into trouble; especially when trying to create a new market. As innovators, when it comes to trying to help people understand how our idea can address an unmet need, we make some critical mistakes. Here are three that are very common: Mistake #1 – Falling in love with our idea. We fall so deeply in love with our idea that we end up talking too much and stop listening to customers. Mistake #2 – Being too product focused. We forget that it’s not about our product or service, it’s about the customer.
  • 6 simple questions that yield better decisions

    Jorge Barba
    23 Jul 2014 | 6:16 am
    How can we become better at making decisions? There is wide literature, blogs and books on the topic of decision making , and you wouldn’t go wrong reading most of them. How and why we make the decision we make is one topic I believe we would all do well know about more because it influences everything we do. The most recent books about decision making I’ve read is Decisive by the Heath Brothers, authors of Made To Stick and Switch. I’m a huge fan of them because they take on interesting topics, and they make the content interesting and useful to any type of reader. With…
  • 8 strategies for overcoming resistance to change

    Jorge Barba
    16 Jul 2014 | 9:35 am
    As innovators that want to make things happen and are constantly seeking ways to counter resistance to change. It comes with the territory and is the most predictable challenge we will encounter. At this point, the literature around innovation is vast, so we can all agree that there are many common sources of resistance to change inside organizations and from potential customers: inertia, indecision, fear of making mistakes, lack of best practices and lack of care for your product/service. How do you overcome them? First, let’s get a couple of things out of the way: People love change…
  • What World Cup winner Germany can teach us about developing a culture of excellence

    Jorge Barba
    15 Jul 2014 | 6:17 am
    Picture: EPA The 2014 World Cup has ended! For me it was one of the most memorable, the first round alone is worth watching again. Anyway, the Germans won. And they have lots to teach us about developing a culture of excellence, no matter what people say about their “efficient” driven culture. Here are a two takeaways: To play to win, not to lose, requires a different mindset Two weeks ago I watched as Mexico gave up a 1 goal lead to the Netherlands and eventually lose the game on a questionable penalty kick. As all of this was unraveling I wasn’t surprised. I had started…
  • Is innovation really everybody’s job?

    Jorge Barba
    11 Jul 2014 | 8:58 am
    A culture of innovation. That’s the Holy Grail, how do you get there? Everyone has their ideas and theories, and there is no shortage of examples that we can analyze over and over again. Yesterday, I wrote about the things that any organization can stop doing to open the door to innovation. Being innovation-ready starts with people. And a common question that comes up is this: is innovation really everybody’s job? That was a key question discussed in yesterday’s Innochat. Below are some of my thoughts, as well as from others, that I’d like to share with you: Everyone…
 
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    The Discipline of Innovation Blog

  • Innovation: Action That Could Be Considered a Ridiculous Error in Judgement

    Tim Kastelle
    28 Jul 2014 | 10:32 am
    Innovation drives economic evolution and growth. That’s one of the core ideas from Joseph Schumpeter, and it’s one of the reasons that the group for people studying evolutionary economics is called the International Schumpeter Society.  I’m at the 15th ISS Conference right now in Jena, Germany, where I got to hear Stan Metcalfe, one of my favourite evolutionary economists, speak today. Stan is just a wonderful speaker, and his talk today was filled with gems.  Even though he was presenting a paper that was very theoretical, there were a lot of lessons in the talk for all…
  • Breakthrough Innovations Are Not Predictable

    Tim Kastelle
    7 Jul 2014 | 9:37 am
    The returns to innovation are wildly skewed.  In practice, this means that the value of the vast majority of new ideas is small, even if they are executed correctly. But some will hit massively big, with huge payoffs. The outliers matter – a lot. You can make a living with both kinds of innovation.  For many years, Toyota executed thousands of small improvements to their manufacturing processes.  Cumulatively, all of these changes added up to an entirely new way to build cars – even though there was not one single huge breakthrough included. Home runs can pay off too, and when…
  • If the Internet is a Psychology Experiment, Are You a Psychologist?

    Tim Kastelle
    1 Jul 2014 | 3:02 am
    Scott Adams, the creator of Dilbert, wrote an interesting post on startups and pivoting this week.  You should read the whole thing.  Here is his main point: The Internet is a psychology experiment. Building a product for the Internet is now the easy part. Getting people to understand the product and use it is the hard part. And the only way to make the hard part work is by testing one psychological hypothesis after another. … Experience and history give start-ups their ideas on what to test first. But the thing that worked for the last business often doesn’t work for the next…
  • TEDxUQ Talk – March 2014 [Video]

    Tim Kastelle
    23 Jun 2014 | 12:41 am
    Here is the video from my talk at the 2014 TEDxUQ.          
  • TEDxUQ Talk – March 2014 [Slide]

    Tim Kastelle
    23 Jun 2014 | 12:21 am
    If you can’t see this slideshow in your RSS reader or email, then click here. These are the slides from my talk at TEDxUQ from March, 2014. You can see the full video of the talk here.          
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    URENIO Watch

  • The 2014 100 Resilient Cities Challenge

    Panagiotis Tsarchopoulos
    24 Jul 2014 | 11:21 pm
    The Rockefeller Foundation’s 100 Resilient Cities (100RC) announced the launch of the 2014 100 Resilient Cities Challenge, which is now open to cities worldwide. Applications to be part of the 100 Resilient Cities Network will be accepted until September 10th, 2014, at which point 100RC and a... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit URENIO website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Video: The Social Impact of Open Data

    Panagiotis Tsarchopoulos
    24 Jul 2014 | 11:07 pm
    The Center for Data Innovation and the Sunlight Foundation organized a panel discussion highlighting the impact of open data across education, health care, international development, and other fields. Government agencies collect a vast amount of data that has the potential to usher in large-scale... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit URENIO website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • EU Sixth Report on Economic, Social and Territorial Cohesion

    Panagiotis Tsarchopoulos
    24 Jul 2014 | 2:22 pm
    Energy efficiency, employment and SMEs are core focus of EU 2014-2020 Cohesion Policy says new Commission report. The European Commission’s 6th Report on Economic, Social and Territorial Cohesion published today shows that EU Cohesion Policy is delivering on the growth goals of the Europe... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit URENIO website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • IFTF 20 Combinatorial Forecasts

    Panagiotis Tsarchopoulos
    17 Jul 2014 | 5:51 pm
    Institute’s for the Future (IFTF) Technology Horizons program presented its new 2014 map, 20 Combinatorial Forecasts, which explores the future of technology at the intersections of different fields. This map is designed to help you anticipate the future of combinatorial innovations emerging... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit URENIO website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • i-teams Report

    Panagiotis Tsarchopoulos
    17 Jul 2014 | 5:39 pm
    Drawing on an in-depth literature review, over 80 interviews, and surveys, i-teams report tells the stories of 20 teams, units and funds, all are established by government, and all are charged with making innovation happen. The i-teams case studied are based in city, regional and national... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit URENIO website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
 
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    EYES IN

  • Ceramic Artists Shaped by ‘Birthplace of Porcelain’

    Vivian van Dijk
    30 Jul 2014 | 7:00 pm
    Ferrin Contemporary's current exhibitions feature works by ceramic artists whose experiences in Jingdezhen, China shaped and transformed their work.The post Ceramic Artists Shaped by ‘Birthplace of Porcelain’ appeared first on EYES IN.
  • ‘Kids’ Larry Clark’s Latest Debuts at Venice Days

    Vivian van Dijk
    30 Jul 2014 | 5:00 pm
    The Venice Days draw attention to high quality cinema, without restriction, with special care for innovation, research, originality and independence.The post ‘Kids’ Larry Clark’s Latest Debuts at Venice Days appeared first on EYES IN.
  • East-West Coast ‘Love Affair’ by Rmen Papikyan, Lilia Kay

    Vivian van Dijk
    29 Jul 2014 | 7:00 pm
    'Love Affair' is mid-tempo with a blend of house rhythms, soul-funk with an edgy new vibe & was put together on different coasts in different studios.The post East-West Coast ‘Love Affair’ by Rmen Papikyan, Lilia Kay appeared first on EYES IN.
  • Lumo Lift, App Silently Tracks Posture, Activity

    Vivian van Dijk
    29 Jul 2014 | 5:00 pm
    Lumo Lift silently tracks your posture and activity, and provides feedback via the Lift app and notifications regarding your goals.The post Lumo Lift, App Silently Tracks Posture, Activity appeared first on EYES IN.
  • Religious Freedom Praised as Key to Development

    Vivian van Dijk
    28 Jul 2014 | 5:00 pm
    Human Rights Minister, Ideli Salvatti, praised the Brazilian Religious Freedom & Business Association's work in a meeting this week in Brasilia.The post Religious Freedom Praised as Key to Development appeared first on EYES IN.
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    InventHelp Blog

  • Marketing New Products: 6 Important Aspects of Packaging Design

    Nicole Lininger
    23 Jul 2014 | 4:16 am
    The quality and integrity of a product should be able to stand on its own, but in the business of retail merchandising, the harsh reality is that unless your product packaging fits into certain parameters, it may be doomed to fail before consumers have a chance to purchase and use it. What is the role of product packaging and how does its proper use assist in marketing new products? Product Protection The majority of products have some form of packaging. The most important role of product packaging is to protect a product from damage during shipment from the manufacturer to the retailer as…
  • Cool Inventions: 6 Accidental Scientific Discoveries that Improved Medicine

    Nicole Lininger
    16 Jul 2014 | 5:55 am
    Most inventors work hard to create and perfect their new products or ideas, going through one formulation after another to create something of lasting impact. For some, the invention of a lifetime is stumbled upon like a happy surprise. In the world of science and medicine, there have been a number of incredible and, in some cases, society-changing new products and cool inventions that were developed by happenstance. Below we take a look through the microscope at some of the most ingenious and life-saving medically inspired inventions. X-Rays Physicist William Roentgen was working with…
  • 6 Inventions by Nikola Tesla, History’s Outcast Inventor

    Nicole Lininger
    10 Jul 2014 | 5:00 am
    More than seventy years after his death, Serbian-American inventor Nikola Tesla is finally getting his due. He grew up in the area now known as Croatia with a mother who invented small household appliances. This may have spurred his interest in electrical systems and given rise to his own passion for innovation. Tesla immigrated to the United States in 1884 and soon began working with another inventor, Thomas Edison, before parting ways in less than amicable circumstances. While Edison was known as a powerful figure who focused on career advancement, Tesla was the awkward foreigner who simply…
  • 5 Cool New Gadgets You Need for Your Next Summer Barbecue

    Nicole Lininger
    2 Jul 2014 | 2:00 am
    Happy 4th of July, America! Another great year celebrating with fireworks, outdoor activities and tasty cookout food. Here are a few cool new gadgets we think could be more than helpful to you during your weekend celebration or really any summer barbecue. 1. Ear Visor $4.99 Your bags are packed for your weekend trip. You have your sunglasses, a change of clothes, sunscreen and a care-free attitude. Well, you may be missing one thing: protection for your ears. Prevent that nasty sunburn from hitting the spot you always forget to protect. Attachable to almost any sunglasses! 2. Portable…
  • Who Invented Fireworks? A Short History of the July 4th Phenomena

    Nicole Lininger
    1 Jul 2014 | 4:00 am
    As America celebrates another year of independence with fireworks displays across the nation, it is interesting to note that their original use was in New Year’s celebrations. Who invented fireworks and how did this colorful and explosive entertainment come into being? Cooking with Fire Chinese legend tells of a cook who accidentally spilled the flavoring ingredient saltpeter into a cooking flame, producing a colorful flame. Saltpeter is an ingredient in gunpowder, which was invented about 2,000 years ago. Centuries later, a Chinese monk named Li Tian first produced exploding firecrackers…
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    Business Strategy Innovation

  • Thought of the Day – July 30, 2014

    Braden Kelley
    30 Jul 2014 | 9:56 am
    I hope every parent (and person) out there will ponder the following question: Are you teaching your kids to watch other people do things, OR are they learning to do things other people will find worth watching? You can apply … Continue reading →
  • Should the Government Encourage Innovation?

    Braden Kelley
    17 Jul 2014 | 10:19 am
    “We need to out-innovate, outeducate, and outbuild the rest of the world” – United States President Barack Obama In the quote above the American President implies that it is somehow the role of the government to drive innovation? But can … Continue reading →
  • Things Every Manager Should Know About Innovation

    Braden Kelley
    15 Jul 2014 | 9:36 pm
    “In the 1980s, the [watchword] was quality; today, it’s innovation . . . But the two are not mutually exclusive . . . Now we want superior quality and faster cost reduction, plus innovation—all at once.” – Harry Burritt , … Continue reading →
  • How would you create an oil lamp out of an orange?

    admin
    14 Jul 2014 | 8:55 am
    Often innovation comes as a result of someone looking at things differently. And as I’ve laid out in the Eight I’s of Infinite Innovation framework, innovation starts with inspiration. If you missed haven’t seen the framework, click the link in … Continue reading →
  • Why the Maker Movement Matters

    Braden Kelley
    11 Jul 2014 | 9:21 am
    The Maker movement is steadily gaining steam and some cities are looking to help it grow and thrive, seeing it as an opportunity to inspire artists and entrepreneurs. One such city is Edmonton, which lies in the Alberta province of … Continue reading →
 
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    Ideatrotter

  • World’s Largest Private Tank Fleet Up For Auction Want to...

    6 Jul 2014 | 11:33 pm
    World’s Largest Private Tank Fleet Up For Auction Want to buy a tank? On July 11, a portion of the world’s largest private collection of tanks and historic military vehicles will be up for auction. Former Silicon Valley engineer, Jacques Littlefield, bought his first tanks in the 1980’s and by the time of his death in 2009, he had acquired more than 200 vehicles. Sam Grobart shows off several that are on the block. 
  • Snake Robot Ready for Search and Rescue Missions Israel has...

    6 Jul 2014 | 11:31 pm
    Snake Robot Ready for Search and Rescue Missions Israel has earned itself an enviable reputation in the field of high-tech startups. But when it comes to robots, it’s got some catching up to do. Bloomberg Middle East Editor Elliott Gotkine has been to the south of Israel to meet the man putting Israeli bots on the map.
  • Self Optimizing Network Technology Learn about Self Optimizing...

    6 Jul 2014 | 11:29 pm
    Self Optimizing Network Technology Learn about Self Optimizing Network technology, from AT&T and Intucell, used to create a better customer experience. This product helps to ease the overcrowding of users on one tower, expanding the network coverage area. 
  • Design Innovation in Mature Industries Sometimes innovative...

    7 Jun 2014 | 5:51 pm
    Design Innovation in Mature Industries Sometimes innovative designs in mature industries comes from a repetitive series of incremental enhancements, but design tools can make the entire process more effective.
  • MOOCs Don’t Cannabalize Traditional Education The question...

    7 Jun 2014 | 5:50 pm
    MOOCs Don’t Cannabalize Traditional Education The question keeps educators up at night: Do free, massive open online courses cannibalize enrollment at traditional schools? The results are finally in, part of a new study co-authored by Wharton professor Ezekiel J. Emanuel. Rather than poaching traditional students, MOOCs reach new audiences that business schools, at least, want to target.
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    Doblin

  • 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…
  • Where should banks look to drive growth?

    19 Jun 2014 | 8:12 am
    According to a report from the Deloitte Center for Financial Services, a differentiated customer experience made the short list of ways banks can drive growth and competitive advantage. "To excel, banks have to spend more time understanding the unmet needs and motivations of customers.  This requires the use of more nontraditional approaches to generating insights including ethnographic research, mining social media, and advanced data analytics." - Jeff Wordham In an article on the report, Doblin principal, Jeff Wordham, and others from Deloitte explore key areas of focus for banks seeking…
  • Learn How Integrating Innovation and M&A for More Powerful Outcomes

    29 Apr 2014 | 9:03 am
    Join Doblin’s leader, Geoff Tuff, and Mike Armstrong, director at Monitor Deloitte, for a webinar on how fostering collaboration between your innovation and M&A functions can help you win in the marketplace.   Optimizing Innovation and M&A through IntegrationA discussion of research, insights and examples of companies who have experienced the beneficial ratcheting effect of coordinating innovation and M&A. Wednesday, May 14, 201412:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m. ET Register for the webinar today! In many companies, strategies for innovation, M&A, and strategic investing are not…
  • Chicago Tribune Interview with Larry Keeley on Doblin's Systematic Approach to Innovation

    2 Apr 2014 | 2:07 pm
    Larry Keeley recently toured our new Chicago office with Chicago Tribune’s Blue Sky Innovation reporter, James Janega.  They discussed the Ten Types of Innovation and three steps a company should take to innovate with more discipline and rigor. "Doblin co-founder and author Larry Keeley and his team do innovation that looks or feels like art through a process that looks like science…"  Read the full article at the Chicago Tribune’s Blue Sky Innovation
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    Business Model Institute

  • 5 Checkpoints Before Changing your Business Model

    Administrator
    29 Jul 2014 | 6:13 am
    Most people do not like change, not really. Humans are creatures of habit, and whilst they like the excitement that change can bring, they are averse to the apprehension and the uncertainty that comes with it. We only truly enjoy change when the change we’ve made becomes the norm, when the initial fear fades and we realize that not only are things going to continue to be okay, but they will be so in a new and exciting environment. Change is great for the individual and the business. Change helps you to adapt, it helps you to step away from the stagnant and to take a giant leap into the…
  • The Best Marketing May be None at All

    Jim Muehlhausen
    29 May 2014 | 1:23 pm
    Marketing can be a daunting task. It’s always more difficult and expensive than anticipated. Sometimes the frustration of those factors causes us to make bad decisions like cutting corners or, worse yet, convincing ourselves that under-spending will probably work out alright.Unfortunately, getting your marketing 90% right sometimes yields a 0% benefit. Take the marketing letter I received below as a case in point. The agent came up with a strategy to differentiate his marketing by hand-writing an introductory letter. This is a decent strategy to stand out from the dozens of similar…
  • Don’t be afraid to narrow your niche

    Jim Muehlhausen
    21 May 2014 | 5:47 am
    I saw the van below in a parking lot and it struck me as a shockingly narrow and unusual niche. This stands in stark contrast to many businesses who want to be all things to all people. They sport slogans like, “For all your… needs.”Common sense and human psychology dictate that you cannot be good at many things and most people or companies can only be great at one thing. Saying “all things” implicitly states you are great at nothing.By overly, repeat…overly, narrowing your niche, you offer the customer the opportunity to perceive you as an expert at that. This is not an easy task…
  • Customer feedback may be worth more than you think

    Jim Muehlhausen
    24 Apr 2014 | 5:10 am
    Our organization was engaged in a debate regarding customer and prospect preferences and behaviors. After a bit too much of, “I’m right, you are wrong,” someone wisely suggested surveying prospects to ask their preferences.We created a short 14 question business owner survey and offered the proprietary results as “payment” for taking the time. This collective output would be valuable to an owner to compare their daily activities and preferences with like-minded peers.As the results trickled in, we tried to find a way to speed up the collection process to hit our goal of 1000…
  • Fatal Error #27: Do they graduate or quit

    Jim Muehlhausen
    7 Apr 2014 | 7:54 am
    You are going to hate me for this one because I am going to tell you that you should WANT your best people to leave you.  No, I am not nuts.  I am simply a pragmatist.Think about it.  If you have a true superstar, that once every 10 year person… can you really afford to pay him or her once he/she reaches their potential? Be honest – you can’t!Therefore, you either hold them back in hopes that it takes them longer to figure out they have more potential than you can provide, or they leave on bad terms because they realizes you are trying to hold them back.Here’s a better…
 
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    Innovation Speaker

  • The Eureka Moment of Ideas & Idea Management

    Robert Brands
    22 Jul 2014 | 5:00 am
     Idea management is the second of critical processes of Robert’s Rules of Innovation and is essential in Innovation and New Product Development (NPD). It is really important to fill the innovation... Visit our Innovation-Innovation coach website today! http://www.innovationcoach.com/
  • How Does Your Company Match Up to the GE Innovation Barometer?

    Robert Brands
    7 Jul 2014 | 1:56 pm
    The GE Global Innovation Barometer conducts annual surveys to put a finger on the pulse of innovation around the world. The survey was conducted earlier this year with over 3,200 high level business... Visit our Innovation-Innovation coach website today! http://www.innovationcoach.com/
  • Risk is an Imperative for Sustainable Innovation

    Robert Brands
    29 Jun 2014 | 8:31 pm
      Over five thousand failures for just one success:  When Thomas Edison discovered the light bulb it took him 5999 tries to get it right.  Edison is quoted as saying, “Every wrong attempt... Visit our Innovation-Innovation coach website today! http://www.innovationcoach.com/
  • Chief Customer Officers – Bob Thompson

    Robert Brands
    10 Jun 2014 | 5:00 am
    Chief Customer Officers: It’s Time to Build a Voice of Customer Command Center Like Innovation and being the “Chief Innovation Officer”, the CEO has to be focused on many elements... Visit our Innovation-Innovation coach website today! http://www.innovationcoach.com/
  • Manage Innovation to Drive Value Creation

    Robert Brands
    27 May 2014 | 5:55 am
    The fundamental purpose of Innovation is to create value that translates into enhanced stakeholder/shareholder value. Sustainable process-driven innovation transforms ideas into vital intellectual... Visit our Innovation-Innovation coach website today! http://www.innovationcoach.com/
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    Riverside Innovation Centre » Riverside Innovation Centre

  • The Start Up of You

    RIC Chester
    21 Jul 2014 | 8:18 am
    ‘The Start Up of You’ Wednesday 23rd July 10-4pm, Riverside Innovation Centre This free, one-day Conference will look at ‘The Start-Up of You’ as you embark upon your career. Employers are looking to attract entrepreneurial talent, and those who can apply entrepreneurial skills within the workplace to drive innovation and creativity. During the Conference, a variety of speakers will cover topics such as:   How to create an entrepreneurial CV Your ‘Online You’: How to brand and market yourself The ‘Millennial’ Marketplace Employer expectations, led by KPMG And many more……
  • The Start Up of You

    RIC Chester
    16 Jul 2014 | 7:52 am
      Wednesday 23rd July 10-4pm, Riverside Innovation Centre This free, one-day Conference will look at ‘The Start-Up of You’ as you embark upon your career. Employers are looking to attract entrepreneurial talent, and those who can apply entrepreneurial skills within the workplace to drive innovation and creativity.   During the Conference, a variety of speakers will cover topics such as:   -         How to create an entrepreneurial CV -         Your ‘Online You’: How to brand and market yourself -         The ‘Millennial’ Marketplace…
  • Faster Data Transmission using Nanolasers

    RIC Chester
    15 Jul 2014 | 2:13 am
    The increasing need for speed in data transmission has seen a huge number of research and development projects. Researchers working at the University of California, Berkeley have made advances by growing lasers, called ‘Nanoneedles’, on silicon wafers.  By taking an optical, rather than electrical approach, power consumption and noise interference is reduced.  Previously, lattice mismatch and incompatible growth temperatures in the materials used have limited the integration of lasers onto silicon substrates. The new development uses a new approach to ‘grow’…
  • Raw Food Party

    RIC Chester
    15 Jul 2014 | 1:19 am
    Raw food party – The Green Pages’ 1st Birthday celebration at the Riverside Innovation Centre, 16th July 2014. Are you passionate about health and well-being?  Do you want to meet like-minded people? Be Inspired? Learn and be empowered to feel amazing? Are you fan of Raw Food or just curious to find out more about it? Then join us and connect with our Green Healthy Living Community! This a growing community of conscious people wanting to expand and improve their health and wellness naturally. http://www.mygreenpages.co.uk
  • Facebook conducts secret psychology experiment

    RIC Chester
    30 Jun 2014 | 3:54 am
    Facebook has carried out a massive psychological experiment to monitor emotional responses of over 600,000 users – without telling them. The social media site manipulated the news feeds of users to highlight either positive or negative postings and then monitored reactions of the users and their friends. In a paper published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Scientists of the United States, the team of scientists carrying out the study stated “When positive expressions were reduced, people produced fewer positive posts and more negative posts; when negative…
 
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    Adam Collier

  • 002-Three Creativity Principles Learned from High Tech Innovation [podcast]

    adam@sciencelayer.com (Adam Collier)
    21 Jul 2014 | 7:48 pm
    In this episode Adam discusses lessons learned from writing and publishing his first e-book, support and encouragement for creative people and three valuable principles from technology innovation that can be applied to personal creativity.   Announcements: New e-book Increasing Collaboration is available on amazon, get your copy here: Creating this e-book was a learning process […]
  • Collaborate… even if you have a hard time with trust !

    adam@sciencelayer.com (Adam Collier)
    15 Jul 2014 | 3:26 am
      Collaboration is one of those must-do skills for a successful career especially within corporate life. No matter how intelligent or experienced we are, groups of professionals working together are smarter and more productive than the same individuals working separate.  If we can build relationships and learn to help one another our careers will accelerate, […]
  • 001-The Human Creativity Podcast, [PodcastRelaunch], The Alignment, Purpose of Creativity

    adam@sciencelayer.com (Adam Collier)
    7 Jul 2014 | 10:35 am
    001 – The Human Creativity Podcast – The Re-launch…The Great Alignment, The Purpose of Creativity Announcements: Welcome to the first episode of the Human Creativity Podcast I am Adam Collier creativity and innovation entrepreneur, with each episode we bring a message that helps you the listener to discover to understand and to unleash your unique […]
  • Quote: When People Trust

    adam@sciencelayer.com (Adam Collier)
    1 Jul 2014 | 7:00 am
    When people trust an organization, they are more likely to exhibit supportive behavior. - Linda Locke, Reputare Consulting
  • Five Compelling Reasons To Sign Up For Our Email Updates

    adam@sciencelayer.com (Adam Collier)
    29 Jun 2014 | 4:47 am
    This site exists to help people to discover and to unleash their unique God given creative abilities.    Working in technology R&D for the past (almost) 18 years where creativity, innovation and ingenuity is a daily effort I have accumulated a mindset of individual and team creativity particularly centered around the use of science.  Many […]
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    The Innovation Mill

  • Buying the Nike 5.0, Will You Just Do It?

    Lauren Parker
    24 Jul 2014 | 11:50 am
    I’ve been a runner for the past four years or so. In that time, I’ve ran three marathons and torn through about 10 pairs of shoes. All this is to say that I understand the importance of good footwear. A lot of runners are very particular about their running shoe. I’m partial to the Brooks Launch, but after the latest campaign for the 5.0 shoe I might consider Nike again. Nike calls the 5.0 the most flexible shoe on the market. According to the website, “Designers crafted the new 2014 Nike Free Trainer 5.0 with versatility across strength and cardio training…
  • Not Your Average Hallmark Card

    Laura Bedrossian
    22 Jul 2014 | 8:36 am
    What’s the furthest thing from a Hallmark Card? Probably these new cards. A Minneapolis woman has been confronting catcallers  for more than a year now and came up with a creative way for other women to do the same. With Cards Against Harassment, she has created a number of downloadable cards to hand to offenders if you don’t want to confront them verbally. Having been called many things by strangers, including “Clam Chowder” (which I still do not know what that means), I definitely find this innovative. For those who want to say something in response to any comments as they walk…
  • You WISH You Won

    Laura Bedrossian
    2 Jul 2014 | 2:02 pm
    Yo, what’s up, Newcastle? You don’t know me and I don’t regularly drink your beer, but sometimes do. Let me start off by writing that I am an American and I wasn’t offended by your #IfWeWon campaign, in fact, I thought it was kind of funny? There is a question mark there because I love British humor (or humour) and I didn’t think it was the best you could do. But, back to the offensive point. I wasn’t offended at all by your campaign, and even wrote a paper in high school about how the colonies were listing the wrong reasons for breaking away from  you. America had a sweet deal…
  • Our Stance on Wikipedia, PR & Ethics

    Sam Ford
    23 Jun 2014 | 2:32 pm
    Earlier this month, Peppercomm joined several other PR/communications firms in issuing a statement regarding ethical engagement with the Wikipedia Project. In short, our agency made clear that it is our policy not to act against the Wikimedia Foundation’s Terms of Use and the Wikipedia editor community’s policies and guidelines regarding how those with a paid conflict-of-interest should engage on the site. The statement is available in full here. That page also includes significant coverage on the announcement from the PR/communications trades, the business press, digital/tech…
  • 10 Great Examples of the Latest Thinking from Peppercommers

    Sam Ford
    10 Jun 2014 | 7:09 am
    The Peppercomm team has been involved with a range of activities of late that we thought would be of interest to the Innovation Mill audience: - “6 Reasons to Let Employees Bring Personal Passions to Work.” Peppercomm Director of Audience Engagement Sam Ford lists them—including this very publication as an example—at Inc. - Why should you care about your online presence? Peppercomm has been on a public education tour on the subject. Find out “7 Reasons You Need to Manage Your Online Presence” via Inc. Answer whether you’ve “Outgrown Your Digital Footprint” via CMO.com.
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    Synecticsworld » Thinking

  • What does Collaboration REALLY Mean?

    Synectics
    24 Jul 2014 | 4:40 pm
    Connie Williams, CMO and General Partner Synecticsworld By Connie Williams Collaboration is a hot topic these days.  CEO’s are talking about it.  Schools are emphasizing collaboration skills.  Social media and intranet technologies are described as a foundation for collaboration.  “The Collaborative Economy” is a term Jeremiah Owyang and others are using to describe innovations involving sharing of goods and services from Zip Car to Uber to Airbnb.  Time magazine entitled it “Today’s Smart Choice: Don’t Own, Share” in their collection of 10 Ideas That Will Change the World.
  • 5 Creative Ways to Leverage Big Data

    Synectics
    24 Jun 2014 | 6:40 pm
    Connie Williams, CMO and General Partner Synecticsworld By Connie Williams Big Data is one of the top business terms of the last couple of years. Of course, it refers to data that is too big to fit on single servers or spread sheets that is beyond the reach of conventional analytics. It has become the province of a new breed of “data scientists” and big consulting firms have jumped on the bandwagon. The value of Big Data, though, is not found through conventional analytics. It is not only big but also unstructured and flowing vs. static and with multiple streams, so it needs to be…
  • Alignment is not the same as Buy-in.

    Synectics
    23 Jun 2014 | 6:28 pm
    Paul D. Roberts, Synecticsworld By Paul D. Roberts One of the consistently destructive forces we witness at all levels of the organization is the concept of buy-in masquerading as alignment.   What is the difference?  Buy-in is trying to convince someone that your idea is what they should do i.e. they should green-light what you see as the needed change; cast in stone and not open to change.  It is the presentation of all the details and the thinking behind your concept, taken into the gladiators’ arena to win a  thumbs up.  It is like the worst slaughter of a good idea on the…
  • Optimal Decision-Making and Doing More with Less Time

    Synectics
    3 Jun 2014 | 1:08 pm
    Chipp Norcross By Chipp Norcross I read an eye-opening article about the mathematical challenge known as “The Marriage Problem.” In this challenge, a person, let’s call it a man, is faced with a conundrum of deciding which person, let’s call it a woman, to marry.  The man has a list of a finite number of women, and after he has met each one he must to decide whether to propose marriage to her or not. If he gets to the end of the list, he must marry the last woman no matter whether she was the best option or not. If faced with this challenge, what do you do?
  • How Google Glass and LensCrafters Will Finally Solve Our Collaboration Problem

    Synectics
    11 Apr 2014 | 2:32 pm
    Chipp Norcross By Chipp Norcross Last month, Google and Luxotica announced a new partnership that will likely put Google Glass in every mall in America over the next few years. While we all know Google, not everyone knows that Luxotica is a massive eyewear empire which counts Ray-Ban, Oakley, Ralph Lauren, Oliver Peoples and many more amongst the brands it designs, develops and ultimately sells at one of the many LensCrafters, Sunglass Huts or other locations that it owns. In other words, if you wear glasses, you are likely wearing Luxotica. While this announcement was no doubt very exciting…
 
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    The IdeaConnection Blog

  • Five Innovation Contests that Made Our Lives Easier

    IdeaConnection
    28 Jul 2014 | 7:53 am
    For hundreds of years, innovation has been accelerated through prized-based competitions, inspiring inventors, artists, entrepreneurs and others to push their brains to the limits to create new ideas, concepts and opportunities. From the breakfast table to sea travel and international flight, innovation competitions have revolutionized our daily lives. Here are five innovation contests that have made our lives easier: Canned Foods Concerned about keeping his armies fed and conscious of how malnutrition could decimate the ranks, Napoleon Bonaparte launched a competition for a new method to…
  • Ford Drives into the Future with Open Innovation

    IdeaConnection
    20 Jul 2014 | 2:57 pm
    Every week there are new stories about companies launching open innovation and crowdsourcing initiatives. They hope they can successfully convert the awesome brainpower of the crowd into concrete innovations that propel them ahead in the marketplace. One of the latest corporate giants to initiate an exciting new open innovation venture is the Ford Motor Company. The multinational automobile maker has revealed plans of its Innovate Mobility Challenge Series to come up with novel mobility solutions in eight locations around the world. Those locations are Lisbon in Portugal, Los Angeles,…
  • Two Awesome Prize-Based Innovation Contests

    IdeaConnection
    14 Jul 2014 | 6:32 am
    There’s nothing like the lure of big money prizes to entice inventive brains to create novel and/or disruptive innovations. The premise is as old as the hills and today, it’s still a popular way to innovate. Two of the most prominent prize competitions of the day are the £10 million Longitude Prize  and GE’s $1 million ecomagination open innovation challenge to help accelerate technology development in Canada’s oil sands. The Longitude Prize was launched by the UK’s Prime Minister David Cameron, and commemorates the 300th anniversary of the Longitude Act. In 1714, the…
  • Saving Hawaii’s Rainforests with the Crowd

    IdeaConnection
    6 Jul 2014 | 1:53 pm
    Hawaii’s native forests are under threat from invasive plants. Weeds such as Australian Tree Fern and African Tulip Tree are soaking up vital water resources that native flora needs. The situation is so serious that invasive species have been responsible for the destruction of more than half of Hawaii’s native forests. To help combat the threat, Digital Globe and The Nature Conservancy are enlisting the crowd to help with a huge global initiative. The Problem According to the US Forest Service, invasive species are threatening the unique biota of Hawaii and the Pacific Islands, the…
  • Awesome Summer Reads for the Scientific Mind

    IdeaConnection
    30 Jun 2014 | 10:07 am
    Summer is well and truly underway, and attention now turns to vacation time, long lazy days on a palm-tree fringed beach lapped by pristine waters.  When you’re not sipping cocktails or splashing around in the surf, you may well want to have your nose in a good read.  So, to keep the old grey matter ticking over during your time off, here are some awesome summer science reading recommendations: A Beginner’s Guide to Mathematical Logic by Raymond M. Smullyan Get up to speed on hitherto tricky mathematical concepts with a text that combines stories of renowned philosophers,…
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    Brand Genetics

  • Brainstorms that Work: 3 approaches for better creative sessions

    Tom
    16 Jul 2014 | 3:58 am
    Brainstorming has (rightly in our opinion) come in for a lot of criticism – particularly where it maintains the fallacy of the Eureka moment: that great ideas appear out of thin air thanks to huge creative leaps from super creative individuals. This is a poor basis for innovation, instead, as Scott Berkun suggests in his book The Myths of Innovation, “every amazing creative thing you’ve ever seen, or idea you’ve ever heard can be broken down into smaller ideas that existed before.” As unfashionable as it is in a world that is forever getting faster, good ideas need…
  • Debrief Like TED – A 10 Point Researcher Guide to Presenting Research Findings

    Paul Marsden
    14 Jul 2014 | 5:45 am
    What can market researchers learn from the TED - 15 minute high impact idea-briefings built on incisive and inspiring insights – “ideas worth spreading”? TED idea briefings can help researchers do better debriefs, helping us focus on how we present our findings for maximum impact. So here’s a researcher’s oriented adaptation of top recommendations from the 5-star rated How to Design TED-worthy Presentations from Akash Karia. 1. Have a Hero Insight: Forget reportage, build your debrief around a single hero insight, and structure your debrief around this,…
  • Dan Ariely: 7 Problems with Research Groups and Surveys

    Paul Marsden
    8 Jul 2014 | 7:14 am
    It’s an oldie but it’s a goodie – an interview by Nex Gen Research with psychologist and behavioural economist Dan Ariey, author of Predictably Irrational (speed summary) and expert on non-rational (non value-maximising) consumer behaviour. In the interview Dan suggests that market researchers are irrational – and predictably so - in their over reliance on traditional research groups and surveys that generate biased findings. Specifically he identifies 7 problems with research group and survey methodology. Traditional survey or research groups that pay people for…
  • ‘Innovate or Die’: the challenge of disruptive innovation

    Tom
    7 Jul 2014 | 1:41 am
    Playing it safe is not safe anymore… that’s the key lesson from Lean Startup author Eric Ries’ interview with McKinsey, the global management consultancy. In a world where, any kid with $1,000 in their pocket is able to, as Ries puts it, ‘rent the means of production’, established businesses and brands are no longer safe. Whereas in the past these ‘Blue-Chip’ companies were able to spot challengers coming and decide whether to buy them or battle them, now they are simply being outnumbered by the scale of change. We’re seeing death by a thousand…
  • Use your Past as a Springboard to the Future

    Liza Makarov
    2 Jul 2014 | 4:50 am
    Everyone talks about the accelerated rate of change and the overwhelming complexity of the world today: how to make sense of it, effectively adapt and avoid being left behind. But the focus should really lie on how to create change by constantly innovating rather than always feeling the need to catch up; the new landscape is just too brutal for stop-start innovation. Making change is about creating an effective link between past, present and future – it is a mindset shift – and a sure way to powerful, sustained innovation. Looking at businesses that have been around for a while versus…
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    AmyK International

  • How do you add structure to creativity? It’s not a trick question.

    AmyK
    23 Jul 2014 | 3:26 pm
    Want more creativity and innovation inside your organization? Get less haphazard. Sounds counter intuitive – but hold that thought. Too often people confuse unbridled and accidental with creative and innovative. There’s a reason why Einstein always said he worked better with a deadline. Creativity and innovation need structure. Guardrails help guide our path to the better ideas, the better solutions, the better products, services and systems we want and need. Following a model is an ideal way to create structure. Follow these 5 stages to produce your next brilliant idea and take it to…
  • Hollywood writers have this insider’s secret for Leaders

    AmyK
    15 Jul 2014 | 2:50 pm
    What do high performing company cultures and successful television shows have in common? Just about everything – minus an Emmy and the drama… hopefully. Both a show and a business create a product (or service), both must capture and hold the interest of their customers, both deal with frequently changing variables and both must optimize multi-functional teams. Writers and leaders know this scenario very well – they’re right in the middle of the melee, or so it must seem at times. Both writers and leaders must be creative and often under pressure. If they don’t capture the…
  • Do Your Ideas Pass the 2 Question Test?

    AmyK
    28 May 2014 | 2:05 pm
    What if you created a product or service so cool, so innovative that it actually changed an entire industry? Two companies set out to do just that. One succeeded. One failed. What can we learn from each that could set you and your company on a whole new path to profitable success? Avigilon Corporation, “sees the future” and the future looks profitable. Avigilon is a leader in high-definition (HD) surveillance solutions. They recently acquired VideoIQ, Inc. because of their ability to use technology for real time responses to surveillance. For example, suppose you drove to work one morning…
  • 5 “Next” Practices for a Culture of Innovation

    AmyK
    10 Apr 2014 | 3:05 pm
    Have you heard? Innovation is the key to future success! Right…as it’s stated in approximately 275,000,000 sources – safe to say it’s obvious. What is far less obvious? How. While creativity is most certainly an intimate part of any innovative outcome, it does not always require a gifted artist’s skill. What it does ultimately require is leadership. And, more often than not, the result of innovation will define the leader. Feeling a little pressure? You need to get comfortable with the pressure, for in the words of Brene Brown, “There is no innovation and creativity without…
  • Questions that Must Be Answered Before Starting a New Year

    AmyK
    12 Dec 2013 | 10:51 am
    The holiday season is often overwhelmingly about hustle and bustle, parties, too many cookies and presents…lots of presents. Need more meaning from the holidays? Give the gift of peace to yourself so that you might be a better gift to the world going forward. A few life questions to create a spark that will ignite a rebirth in you… 1. Who and how did you best serve this year? How can you be a better servant to the world next year? The servant-leader shares power, puts the needs of others first and helps people develop and perform to their highest potential. Utilizing your gifts and…
 
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    Brilliant IdeasBrilliant Ideas

  • Brilliant, the hammock for your feet

    Michael
    17 Jul 2014 | 1:56 am
    How did we get to the 21st Century and not thought of this before!   The post Brilliant, the hammock for your feet appeared first on Brilliant Ideas.
  • A glorious fight against food waste

    Michael
    16 Jul 2014 | 12:40 am
    This is brilliant from French supermarket chain Intermarche. 300m tonnes of perfectly good food is thrown away every year in France because it doesn’t meet the visual standards, so they launched the “inglorious fruits and vegetables” range. Brilliant. The post A glorious fight against food waste appeared first on Brilliant Ideas.
  • Brilliant Idea #187. Up-cycled car seat

    Michael
    9 Jul 2014 | 3:02 am
    I saw this in my local garage. They had up-cycled a seat from a car that went for scrap into an office chair. Ok, this is ugly as sin, but imagine this with more desirable car seats – from a sports car or vintage classic and even better one with the makers badge or marque embriodered into the head-rest. They would make a fantastic home office chair – a real talking point and because they are designed to be sat in for hours on end they are actually really good, highly ajustable seats. Brilliant. The post Brilliant Idea #187. Up-cycled car seat appeared first on Brilliant Ideas.
  • Brilliant Idea #186. Pizza Sandwich

    Michael
    8 Jul 2014 | 6:31 am
    Brilliant Idea #186 is a range of sandwiches made of pizza base and the nation’s favourite pizza toppings. Meatfeast pizza sandwich. Mouth-watering!   The post Brilliant Idea #186. Pizza Sandwich appeared first on Brilliant Ideas.
  • Innovation Inspiration #45

    Michael
    8 Jul 2014 | 3:05 am
    The post Innovation Inspiration #45 appeared first on Brilliant Ideas.
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    innovationfitnessdynamics

  • Combining four foundation pillars.

    Paul Hobcraft
    24 Jul 2014 | 9:04 am
    We need to think about recognizing the ‘combining effects’ of four foundation pillars; of value creation (vc), business models (bm), intellectual capital assets (ica) and innovation capital (ic). It is the dynamics within the multiple combinations that will generate the future wealth creation we need. We are in need of having a better understanding of the integrated value focal points of these four pillars combining, they need connecting so we can build the supporting structures and place the roof of need, our wealth creating one, to give us a new potential of harnessing our innate…
  • Struggling with counting ALL the sums of our capital

    Paul Hobcraft
    24 Jul 2014 | 8:28 am
    Organizations have been focused for far too long around the importance of financial capital. It determines and drives organizations destinies. We are caught in a constant focus upon our achieving a return on our (financial) capital as our measuring criteria. Organizations strive for improving their ROCE, RONA, IRR,  EVA and a host of other financial measures. As Clayton Christensen has been arguing the agenda of organizations begins and ends with the “search for numbers”. I think there is a time for changing this, we need to search for the knowledge that makes-up eventually the numbers.
  • Are we really measuring what matters?

    Paul Hobcraft
    24 Jul 2014 | 8:12 am
    Today, it is the non-financial performance, made up of mostly the intangibles within organizations, that is accounting for upwards of 80% of present investors’ valuation of our organizations. Yet do shareholders really have the knowledge to judge the real source of value creation inside our organizations? I think not but they should. Does Management actually? We lack a real line of sight into the true value of our organizations that make it dynamic There is a pressing need to connect the real sources of value creation and these come from all our capitals and bring this clearly into the…
  • Putting some dynamic tension into the system

    Paul Hobcraft
    7 Jul 2014 | 8:31 am
              There is a growing need for having some dynamic tensions within the organization’s system; these helps generate the better conditions for innovation to thrive. We are learning more on the better tools, techniques and approaches available for putting the learning tensions into our work, making them more dynamic, linked and increasingly relevant to the work to be done. 1). A common language is essential Any dynamics in the system needs that ability to talk the same language, something that becomes common and embedded to support the routines and move…
  • All the capitals ‘fire’ innovation so as to make it combustible.

    Paul Hobcraft
    2 Jun 2014 | 1:24 am
    More often than not when we talk within business of capital we tend to default to the financial kind. Of course providing the financial capital into innovation is vital; it provides the potential ‘burn’ but what is often understated and certainly under-appreciated is the other capitals. These capitals when combined ‘fire’ innovation, they make it combustible and change our thinking from the known into the preferred from this ‘set of reactions’ that form new and better innovation solutions What we need is to recognize is the real “nesting effect” of all our capitals. They make…
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  • Six Reasons why you are not Fulfilling your Potential

    admin
    27 Jul 2014 | 11:58 am
    Very few people can claim that they have achieved all that they are capable of. In the Western world most of us do moderately well. We get an education and a succession of jobs; we have some relationships that work; we are well fed; we avoid penury and destitution. We can take comfort in modest achievements. But for many people there is a nagging feeling that they could have done much, much more with their lives and careers. They know that their talents went undeveloped. So what is that is stopping you right now from making a much greater contribution to society? What is it that is preventing…
  • Improve your Communications by Telling More Stories

    admin
    27 Jul 2014 | 11:52 am
    We live in a world with information overload. We are flooded with data, facts, statistics and information in all forms. Definitive answers to specific questions are immediately available from search engines on the internet. But people want more than facts. They want understanding. They want meaning. They want context. They want stories. Children ask their parents to tell them stories because they like to fit the pieces of the story into a context they can understand. It is the same with adults. Audiences at conferences do not want to be bombarded with data and figures. They want stories with…
  • Six Great Ways to Ruin a Brainstorm

    admin
    27 Jul 2014 | 8:35 am
    The brainstorm is the most popular group creativity exercise in business. It is quick, easy and it works. But many organizations have become frustrated with brainstorms and have stopped using them. They say brainstorms are old-fashioned and no longer effective. But the real reason for the frustrations is that the brainstorms are not facilitated properly. A well-run brainstorm is fun and energetic. It will generate plenty of good ideas. But a poor brainstorm can be frustrating and demotivational. Let’s look at some simple ways to ruin your next brainstorm meeting. 1. Having no clear…
  • The Six Best Ways to become Rich

    admin
    27 Jul 2014 | 8:27 am
    We tend to assume that if we work hard and save money then one day we will end up wealthy. This is wishful thinking. We are more likely to end up with some modest but useful savings. If you want to accumulate serious wealth then there a number of approaches you can use and some are much more effective than others. The best ways are as follows: 1.  Start your own business and eventually sell it.  This is the most effective and proven way to become rich. If you can find a new approach to a real customer need and build a profitable business that addresses that need then you have created real…
  • How to Overcome Customer Resistance to Change

    admin
    24 Jul 2014 | 3:51 am
    Sometimes the biggest resistance to innovation comes from the person who should benefit most from it – the customer. Customers can be very conservative. When you come along with an unorthodox new product or service they are often initially unimpressed. Why should the buyer take a risk with your unproven new gismo? He knows that new products often have bugs and he does not want to be the guinea pig on which you experiment. He is familiar with the current method – why should he change? Who would want to be the first customer for a fax machine or indeed for a telephone? It seems…
 
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