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  • Where to focus your innovation effort

    Innovate on Purpose
    Jeffrey Phillips
    13 May 2015 | 6:18 am
    OVO has done a fair amount of innovation work in the banking and financial sector.  As such I would not call us "experts" in the banking or financial services space, but we've spent time there and we are always interested in new ideas that are percolating in the industry.  It was with great interest that I read a synopsis of a presentation given at Forum 2015, by the wonderfully named Jeffry Pilcher, who is the CEO/President and Founder of The Financial Brand.  His talk to the conference was on a key innovation target.  Not customers, not needs, not products, but on saving…
  • Better and Faster Innovation

    Stephen Shapiro
    sshapiro
    7 Apr 2015 | 6:42 am
    I recently received a review copy of Jeremy Gutsche’s “Better and Faster.” Jeremy is the CEO of TrendHunter.com and the book reflects the quality of the site. If you are a regular reader of my blog, you will know that I rarely post (if ever) post book reviews. But I liked this one so much, I decided... The post Better and Faster Innovation appeared first on Stephen Shapiro.
  • Why Create a Culture of Storytelling?

    The Heart of Innovation
    8 May 2015 | 3:04 pm
    Unless you've been living in solitary confinement for the past few years, chances are good that you are a member of some kind of organization or community -- a gathering of people who have come together in service to a common goal. Whether it's a Fortune 500 company, non-profit, or softball team, we are all, whether we know it or not, involved in the process of creating organizational culture -- "a collective way of thinking, believing, behaving, and working." How conducive the cultures we create are to the success of our missions is anyone's guess, but what is not a guess is the fact that…
  • The Art of Strategic Observation

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    Matt
    14 Apr 2015 | 1:37 pm
    I am nothing if not a consumerist. Meaning, I am constantly impressing upon companies I work with to make sure they have a deep and empathic understanding of their customers…past, present, and future, especially if they are contemplating a strategic shift that entails repositioning or refocusing their efforts to target new and different segments.Generally speaking, most companies are pretty good at getting out and rubbing elbows with customers to conduct the kind of ethnographic research that involves watching customers in their user habitat. The challenge that all of them have is…
  • The Revolution Will Not Be Centralized

    Marketing & Strategy Innovation blog
    admin
    19 May 2015 | 2:14 pm
    In his novel The Castle, Franz Kafka tells the story of a man named “K” who is summoned by mysterious authorities for unknown reasons. He finds himself at the mercy of their bureaucracy and endless paperwork, which is carried out for a purpose that nobody can fathom but everyone seems to accept. Facebook Like Google Plus One Linkedin Share Button Tweet Widget Tags: revolutionchangeGreg Satellplatformsecosystemsdigital living
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    Guy Kawasaki

  • Startups: How to Do a Pre-Mortem (and Prevent a Post-Mortem)

    Guy Kawasaki
    20 May 2015 | 9:42 am
    Doctors conduct postmortems to figure why people died. They do this to solve a crime, prevent the death of others, and satisfy curiosity. However, once somebody dies, it’s too late to help him. Entrepreneurs and their investors also often analyze why a product, service, or company died—especially if it’s someone else’s company. And, as in the case of dead people, a postmortem is too late to do much good for a defunct product, service, or company. Enter the concept of premortems, coined by Gary Klein, chief scientist of Klein Associates, and author of Sources of Power: How People Make…
  • Photos from the May 2015 Maker Faire in San Mateo California

    Guy Kawasaki
    18 May 2015 | 2:27 pm
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  • The Art of the Panel

    Guy Kawasaki
    11 May 2015 | 8:50 am
    At any conference, there are ten times more panelists than there are keynote speakers, so the odds are higher that you’re on a panel than giving a keynote speech. Therefore, rocking a panel is an important skill for evangelists, too. A panel looks easy. There are four or five other people on it, and it lasts only sixty minutes. How hard could it be? Herein lies the problem: because everyone thinks a panel is short and easy, no one prepares for it. In reality, a panel is harder than an individual speech because you cannot control a panel like your own keynote speech, and you get much less…
  • Must Do: Intern Like a Rock Star

    Guy Kawasaki
    5 May 2015 | 6:00 am
    This is a reprint from Leave Your Mark: Land Your Dream Job. Kill it in Your Career. Rock Social Media. By Aliza Licht. I’m publishing it because many students are about to begin their summer internships, and I want them to have the most valuable experience possible.   When you enter a real work environment for the first time, especially as a college student starting an internship, remember why you want to be there: First and foremost, to learn real marketable skills that can enhance your resumé and to secure a strong referral from your supervisor. You do not go about getting these…
  • How to Launch (And Why Scaling Doesn’t Matter)

    Guy Kawasaki
    4 May 2015 | 6:06 am
    In the early days of starting up, the ability to scale is overrated. “Scale,” in case you haven’t heard the term, refers to the concept that there are processes in place that are fast, cheap, and repeatable because there will soon be millions of customers who generate billions of dollars of revenue. For example, if Pierre Omidyar had to test every used printer offered for sale, eBay couldn’t scale. If Marc Benioff had to make every sales call, Salesforce.com couldn’t scale. If James Hong’s parents had to check every picture to see if it was porn, Hot or Not couldn’t scale.
 
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  • Do Your Internal Functions Have A Strategy?

    Matt
    22 May 2015 | 9:58 am
    A significant portion of my strategic facilitation work is with internal functions, a click or two below corporate and business unit strategy: marketing, human resources, purchasing, and even internal strategy groups.There is good news and bad news in this. The good news is that internal functions have recognized the need to be strategic, even if it is because higher level strategies demand supporting strategies. The bad news is how many internal functions don’t think strategy applies to them.When I ask internal functions to show me what guides their department’s work, I’m…
  • What Appears To Be Strategy…Isn’t

    Matt
    24 Apr 2015 | 4:45 pm
    I regularly engage in hansei (reflection) after each of my facilitation engagements. It’s a simple learning mechanism, essentially an after-action process of asking: what I expected to happen (my hypothesis if you will), what actually happened, and what explains the gap, if there is one. And there invariably is. The gap is where learning and insight live. It creates new knowledge. It’s how I improve. I know no other more effective way.I do what I call a “rollup” of those individual after-action reflections a few times each year, to identify important patterns. Peter…
  • The Art of Strategic Observation

    Matt
    14 Apr 2015 | 1:37 pm
    I am nothing if not a consumerist. Meaning, I am constantly impressing upon companies I work with to make sure they have a deep and empathic understanding of their customers…past, present, and future, especially if they are contemplating a strategic shift that entails repositioning or refocusing their efforts to target new and different segments.Generally speaking, most companies are pretty good at getting out and rubbing elbows with customers to conduct the kind of ethnographic research that involves watching customers in their user habitat. The challenge that all of them have is…
  • Swat Your SWOT…Forever

    Matt
    27 Mar 2015 | 6:47 am
    The more strategy development work I do with organizations, the more I’m becoming aware of a prevalent pattern, a pattern which I find counterproductive, even detrimental. It concerns the starting point for their strategy work: in nearly every case, they begin with convergent thinking, the polar opposite of divergent thinking, which I believe is the kind of thinking true strategy demands.To show just how embedded this pattern is in the corporate mind, take a moment to mentally fill in the blanks:Strategic ______________SWOT _________________Invariably, the answers I get when I do this…
  • Strategy vs. Execution: A Meaningless Distinction

    Matt
    17 Mar 2015 | 6:56 am
    Over at HBR blogs, there is a wonderful debate on the subject of strategy between Roger Martin, who authored the post Stop Distinguishing Between Strategy and Execution, and Don Sull, an MIT scholar who believes there’s a meaningful distinction between strategy and execution.Normally, I don’t bother looking at comments to blogs because in today’s social media-driven world they generally add little if any valuable insight. At their best vanity metrics for the hosts (thumbs-up, likes, etc), and at worst they are simply a means for commenters to plug themselves (take a gander…
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    Innovation Excellence

  • Most Companies Suck at Innovation Because…

    Braden Kelley
    25 May 2015 | 7:08 am
    Most companies suck at innovation because they suck at change. There you go, there is the entire article in a single sentence. Please click the like button or leave a comment on your way out, and I'll turn out the lights. I'm actually serious, but... Continue reading →
  • Are you an Elephant or a Salmon? Sex, Nature and Innovation Strategy

    Pete Foley
    25 May 2015 | 5:00 am
    Nature’s innovation strategies have been optimized over billions of years. She has developed a number of distinct approaches to innovation, and these strategies are strongly influenced by the speed and cost of prototyping, and how fast the surrounding environment changes. Can we learn from this, and make our own innovation strategies more targeted and responsive? Continue reading →
  • Here’s What Killed The British Technology Industry

    Greg Satell
    24 May 2015 | 8:00 am
    There is no British Apple, Google or IBM. In fact, only one company on the FTSE 100 is a computer firm. The story of how that happened is more than a mere historical curiosity, but offers important lessons for how to foster technology and innovation. Continue reading →
  • Three Critical Ingredients for Innovation

    Michael Graber
    24 May 2015 | 5:00 am
    Based on our experience, we know that three key things must be in place for innovation to flourish. If innovation is to become the No. 1 strategy priority to drive growth and wealth creation, these three ingredients must be in place. Continue reading →
  • 4 Ways to Survive and Thrive in the Era of Black Swans

    Greg Heist
    23 May 2015 | 11:00 am
    About eight years ago, I had a profound professional awakening. In a moment of clarity, I realized that the world was changing far more rapidly than I had ever imagined. I recognized that the traditionally staid world of market research would be turned upside down by a series of cultural and technological currents that would permanently change the landscape and future of an industry. Continue reading →
 
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    Innovation Management

  • If You Want To Be a Good Leader, Be a Good Learner

    Langdon Morris
    25 May 2015 | 10:48 pm
    As you, the leader/entrepreneur, embark on the pursuit of innovation, there are a handful of your personal skills and talents that will contribute enormously to the success and joyfulness of your journey. These skills are of course not just specific to innovation, and as a successful business person you probably already have well-developed capabilities in many of these areas. Nevertheless, it’s well worth spending a few minutes to review the key abilities where your refined skill set will result in enormous benefits.
  • Full Team Engagement in the Innovation Culture

    Langdon Morris
    20 May 2015 | 9:56 pm
    The possibility of innovation is born when people transcend the beliefs that limit their thinking, and engage in the search for new and better ways. When people are doing this consistently and throughout your organization, you will see a pattern begin to emerge which you will discover is the dawning of the innovation culture.
  • 4 Tricks to Building a Successful Open Innovation Program

    Rob Hoehn
    20 May 2015 | 12:46 am
    One of the most critical professional challenges that employees face today is being able to successfully manage positive change within their organization. Innovation is has become a watch word, with so many divisions not being able to find enough valuable ideas and then successfully manage those ideas into a commercial offering that sometimes companies even respond to customer tickets and bugs and simply label those results as “innovation.”
  • Speed of Innovation – How to Master Rapid Prototyping

    Langdon Morris
    18 May 2015 | 10:49 pm
    In the disciplined and structured process of innovation we search for unmet needs and unfulfilled desires, and when we think we find them we have to construct a sort of a mental map that defines why our proposed solution will be better than whatever currently exists. We may use the business model map to show how we’re using this innovation to move up and to the right, or we may use the customer value ladder to show how this innovation provides differentiated value. And once we’re convinced that our idea is a really good one, the next step is often prototyping.
  • The Rise of the Chief Innovation Officer

    Harvey Wade
    17 May 2015 | 11:11 pm
    Questionable or confusing job titles have long provided fleeting office lunch-break entertainment. A quick search online brings up innumerable lists, featuring classics such as: Senior Information Adviser (otherwise known as a librarian), Wet Leisure Assistant (lifeguard) and Ideation Director (advertising). In this article Harvey Wade, Director, Innovation Strategy at Mindjet, discusses why a job title formerly found at wannabe creative companies is now playing an increasingly recognised and integral role in business.
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    Bulldog Drummond - Uncommon Sense

  • In Memory of Those Who Did Not Return to Us

    Bulldog Drummond
    22 May 2015 | 7:14 am
    Written by Peter Greulich Memorial Day is set aside as a time to remember those who never returned to us. Honoring those who made the ultimate sacrifice. Remembering those who took their last breath on the battlefield. But I also remember those who returned home dead in spirit. These families also lost loved ones forever. I am classified as a Vietnam-era vet but I spent my entire time stationed in Germany. Intellectually, I know I served during this time. I volunteered. I know I could have ended up there, but I hold in the deepest respect those who were on the frontlines. They are, to me, the…
  • Uncommon Leadership. Ask, Don’t Tell.

    Bulldog Drummond
    21 May 2015 | 8:00 am
    Written by Gregg Imamoto “A wise man can learn more from a foolish question than a fool can learn from a wise answer.” –Bruce Lee Early in my career I was taught that good leaders must know everything in order to tell their teams what to do. When I asked, “Everything, about what?”, the coaching was helpful, ”Everything about EVERYTHING.” Lacking perspective, I didn’t spend much time thinking about the impossibility of this expectation as much as I spent time trying to execute it. I was naively optimistic that if I just worked longer and harder it was possible to know…
  • Can Businesses Measure Success? The Happiness Factor

    Bulldog Drummond
    18 May 2015 | 8:22 am
    Written by Carl Boutet Looking for new ways to engage customers? Earlier this year McDonald’s launched, to mixed reviews, a “Choose Lovin” campaign that gives customers free Mc’Grub in exchange for a demonstration of “Lovin”. McDonald’s was known for consistently creating relevant and satisfying customer experiences that have been the hallmark of their business and success. Innovative customer engagement strategies like McDonald’s can provide learning opportunities for brands today. Specifically, how their effectiveness can be measured. “Forrester data indicates that…
  • Learn Something New Today

    Bulldog Drummond
    11 May 2015 | 8:06 am
    Written by Martin Orton “There is no end to education… The whole of life, from the moment you are born to the moment you die, is a process of learning.” –Jiddu Krishnamurti There’s a point in life that most of us experience education as a chore. The value of learning is simply not yet recognized and our minds are often too immature to grasp the value of learning I’m a firm believer that one should always keep an open mind—a mind that hungrily craves new information. Continuously learning about a myriad of topics (and different perspectives on those topics) is the best way to…
  • 64 Days of Learning

    Bulldog Drummond
    8 May 2015 | 8:40 am
    64 Days of Learning from Sim Warren on Vimeo. Learning about wildlife, nature, history, other cultures and ourselves.
 
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    The Heart of Innovation

  • What Kind of Stories Will You Tell?

    20 May 2015 | 6:35 pm
    Here's a story you can probably relate to. You are walking down the street when a friend, coming the other way, stops, looks you in the eye, and asks "Whassup?" It's a question you've heard a thousand times before -- the default, open-ended salutation. Your choices are many. You can answer any way you want, from the predictable "Fine, whassup with you?" to an elaborate monologue on any number of topics: the weather, your vacation plans, the economy, the latest terrorist attack, local politics, your job, and the latest viral video. In that moment, there is no correct answer. You get to decide…
  • 15 Awesome Quotes on Collaboration

    18 May 2015 | 10:27 pm
    1. "It is the long history of humankind (and animal kind, too) those who learned to collaborate and improvise most effectively have prevailed." - Charles Darwin 2. "Alone we can do so little; together we can do so much." - Helen Keller 3. "If two men on the same job agree all the time, then one is useless. If they disagree all the time, both are useless." - Darryl F. Zanuck 4. "If everyone is moving forward together, then success takes care of itself." - Henry Ford 5. "Many ideas grow better when transplanted into another mind than the one where they sprang up." - Oliver Wendell Holmes
  • Why Create a Culture of Storytelling?

    8 May 2015 | 3:04 pm
    Unless you've been living in solitary confinement for the past few years, chances are good that you are a member of some kind of organization or community -- a gathering of people who have come together in service to a common goal. Whether it's a Fortune 500 company, non-profit, or softball team, we are all, whether we know it or not, involved in the process of creating organizational culture -- "a collective way of thinking, believing, behaving, and working." How conducive the cultures we create are to the success of our missions is anyone's guess, but what is not a guess is the fact that…
  • Three Audacious Creativity Quotes to Awaken Your Inner Mojo

    3 May 2015 | 11:42 pm
    Idea Champions Innovation Through Storytelling Innovation Keynotes
  • The Four Lenses of Innovation

    1 May 2015 | 11:48 am
    The Heart of Innovation is happy to present the following guest post from Rowan Gibson, author of the recently published The Four Lenses of Innovation. Enjoy! Ever wondered where big, breakthrough ideas come from? How do innovators manage to spot the opportunities for industry revolution that everyone else seems to miss? Contrary to popular belief, innovation is not some mystical art that's forbidden to mere mortals. It can be just as systematic and methodical as anything else we do in business. And the great news is that we can all achieve it.
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    Innovate on Purpose

  • The problem with corporate innovation

    Jeffrey Phillips
    15 May 2015 | 8:50 am
    If that sounds like a pretentious title, you are probably right, but it's time to start talking about the fact that so many companies simply cannot innovate effectively.  Many long standing corporations in the US are simply withering on the vine, unable to respond to changing market conditions, new competitors or changing consumer demands.  Past success does not guarantee future success, and by the time many of these firms recognize the need to innovate the opportunity has past them by.Corporate innovation faces challenges that entrepreneurs can't fathom.  Entrepreneurs often…
  • Where to focus your innovation effort

    Jeffrey Phillips
    13 May 2015 | 6:18 am
    OVO has done a fair amount of innovation work in the banking and financial sector.  As such I would not call us "experts" in the banking or financial services space, but we've spent time there and we are always interested in new ideas that are percolating in the industry.  It was with great interest that I read a synopsis of a presentation given at Forum 2015, by the wonderfully named Jeffry Pilcher, who is the CEO/President and Founder of The Financial Brand.  His talk to the conference was on a key innovation target.  Not customers, not needs, not products, but on saving…
  • What Innovation shares with Humor

    Jeffrey Phillips
    11 May 2015 | 7:52 am
    I had the opportunity to listen to NPR a lot over the weekend.  I was driving my daughter to and from her college as the semester has just ended.  That meant a lot of time on the road, listening to music, books on CDs and the radio.  I've found that NPR is a good source for a lot of my innovative posts, and this weekend was no exception.  Matt Diffee, a cartoonist for the New Yorker magazine, was interviewed in a news segment.  What struck me was how many similarities humor shares with innovation.Here are just a few commonalities I thought were interesting:Success…
  • Innovating against conventional wisdom

    Jeffrey Phillips
    6 May 2015 | 5:49 am
    I love those funny insightful quote from people like Yogi Berra, who was either an unrecognized cosmic genius (When you get to a fork in the road, take it) or perhaps occasionally just full of malapropisms (Nobody goes there anymore, it's too crowded).  Likewise, I think, we innovators should think about how and where we choose to innovate.  Another (baseball) related quote sums this up perfectly.  When Willie Keeler was asked how he was able to sustain such a high batting average, he responded it was simple:  hit em where they ain't.  Shouldn't that be our innovation…
  • Bolt-on or Built-in Innovation

    Jeffrey Phillips
    29 Apr 2015 | 6:10 am
    I'm led to post today by an article from Gary Hamel and Nancy Tennant in the Harvard Business Review.  In it, Gary and Nancy provide a list of actions for innovation success.  When I discovered this list, I rolled my eyes, because there is always another consultant providing another list of things to do in order to succeed at innovation.  And those lists are always self-serving lists of tools that may support an innovation activity, but will not build an innovation competency.  Anyone, anywhere, can do innovation once, and may even succeed at it.  As we say in the…
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    Scott Berkun

  • Giveaway: A Ticket to World Domination Summit 2015

    Scott Berkun
    6 May 2015 | 2:20 pm
    I spoke at WDS 2014 in Portland last year about Saving Your Creative Soul and had an amazing time, which is no surprise as it’s a fantastic event. Tickets for 2015, which sold for $497,  are completely sold out for 2015, but surprise! I have an extra one and want to give it away to a fan. You can read about this year’s WDS event here. [CONTEST CLOSED] The winner is: Aviva Mohliner, who left this comment. I chose the winner on a weighted lottery, with 1 to 3 points for how  entertaining or thoughtful their answers were, and then chosen by a random number (each point was…
  • Coming Soon: Updated Edition of Ghost of My Father

    Scott Berkun
    6 May 2015 | 11:31 am
    This week I’m working on an updated edition of The Ghost of My Father. It will have a new epilogue chapter about what’s happened since the book came out, answers to questions I get asked often and some recommendations for people with family issues like mine. Did you read the book? If yes you can help by leaving a comment about a question you had you wish the book answered. Meanwhile designer Tim Kordik updated the cover design. It now has endorsements, a better description and more. Any feedback on the updated cover? This is the last chance before the cover is finalized. Original…
  • My Burnout Update

    Scott Berkun
    5 May 2015 | 5:12 pm
    Thanks to everyone who left a comment or sent me email in response to the previous burnout post. I’m grateful. I felt I owed you an update and here it is. The unexpected entertainment of expressing an emotional experience is how surprising people’s responses are. Some are too concerned. Others not enough. Some don’t know what to say, so they grasp at what’s familiar and share that. Some don’t know what to say and stay silent. Others admit they don’t know enough and simply ask what they can do to help. It’s fascinating how when you’re real, the…
  • Poll: Help me name an important event

    Scott Berkun
    21 Apr 2015 | 4:47 pm
    For years I’ve struggled with Father’s Day. It was a reminder of a difficult relationship and a tough problem that I couldn’t resolve. In writing The Ghost of My Father I’ve heard from many people who have similar feelings when the day arrives in June. 30% of American children grow up without knowing their fathers, and 27% of adults are estranged from their dads. The plan: a live online event before Fathers day for people to connect, get support, advice and stories that help. It will include a simple website with resources, book reviews and more. It’d be open…
  • My Creative Burnout

    Scott Berkun
    14 Apr 2015 | 11:40 am
    I’m ten days into the worst burnout of my life. I’ve discovered, in times like these, it’s a challenge to answer the seemingly simple question: “how are you?” The polite lie is what most people want, and that’s fine, but when you say enough polite lies you soon lie to yourself too. Out of my own frustration I’ve started surprising people with honest answers. Perhaps I’m just bored with the lie, or maybe I’m hoping honest conversations with people I don’t know that well can help free something stuck inside me. I know that burnout,…
 
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    Stephen Shapiro

  • 30-Day Innovation Challenge

    sshapiro
    13 May 2015 | 1:42 pm
    You hire a speaker. Everyone leaves the event motivated. And then what? One study shows that immediately after a 10-minute presentation, listeners only remembered 50% of the content! A day later that number dropped to 25%, a week later it was 10%, and as the days passed, everyone forgot everything a... The post 30-Day Innovation Challenge appeared first on Stephen Shapiro.
  • Stories not Scoring

    sshapiro
    8 Apr 2015 | 5:00 am
    Last week after giving a speech at a casino hotel in Las Vegas, I sat at the bar and settled in to listen to a band play old music from the Rat Pack. Just as I was getting ready to leave, a guy tapped me on the shoulder and asked, “Are you Steve Shapiro, the guy who spoke at our event this morning?”... The post Stories not Scoring appeared first on Stephen Shapiro.
  • Better and Faster Innovation

    sshapiro
    7 Apr 2015 | 6:42 am
    I recently received a review copy of Jeremy Gutsche’s “Better and Faster.” Jeremy is the CEO of TrendHunter.com and the book reflects the quality of the site. If you are a regular reader of my blog, you will know that I rarely post (if ever) post book reviews. But I liked this one so much, I decided... The post Better and Faster Innovation appeared first on Stephen Shapiro.
  • Stephen Shapiro’s Innovation Philosophy

    shapiro
    26 Mar 2015 | 2:50 pm
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  • The Uberization of Everything

    sshapiro
    23 Mar 2015 | 9:43 am
    The taxi industry is shaking in its boots, worried about the impact of Uber. The reality is, every industry should be concerned. For those of you luddites who have not yet heard of Uber, it is a technology platform that allows you to request a ride from an individual who will then pick you up in his... The post The Uberization of Everything appeared first on Stephen Shapiro.
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    Top News - MIT Technology Review

  • Food Technology for All

    25 May 2015 | 9:00 pm
    We may be heading toward a new food economy that’s more competitive and innovative.For years, the most important food technologies were all about scale. How could we feed a fast-growing population at less expense? By doing everything bigger: food grown on bigger farms was sold by ever-merging global food giants to grocery chains of superstore proportions.
  • Mobile Call Quality Gets a Long-Overdue Upgrade

    24 May 2015 | 9:00 pm
    Wireless companies and a few ambitious startups are racing to make your cell-phone calls better.While apps have turned smartphones into digital Swiss Army knives that can do everything from tracking your heartbeat to hailing you a cab, the phone part of the smartphone hasn’t gotten much better over the years.
  • Firefox Maker Battles to Save the Internet—and Itself

    21 May 2015 | 9:00 pm
    Mozilla helped an open Web flourish in the 2000s. Now it’s struggling to play a meaningful role on mobile devices.In Silicon Valley, most pioneers pursue big ideas and giant personal fortunes with equal zeal. Then there’s Mozilla, an innovation dynamo that refuses to get rich.
  • Internet of Farm Things

    20 May 2015 | 9:00 pm
    Companies are competing to turn data into advice on how to farm better, and attracting investments from the likes of Google Ventures and Monsanto.For more on how technology is changing food, please read our upcoming Business Report, High-Tech Food Chain, this coming Tuesday.
  • Oculus Rift Hack Transfers Your Facial Expressions onto Your Avatar

    19 May 2015 | 9:00 pm
    Facebook teams with researchers to transfer your smiles and frowns into virtual reality.Virtual reality is set to get a vital dash of social reality.
 
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    Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs - Energy technology innovation policy

  • Divestment Debate: Should Harvard Divest from Fossil Fuels?

    Cristine Russell
    8 May 2015 | 5:57 am
    Should Harvard divest its financial holdings in fossil fuel companies to help address the climate change crisis? In the first Kennedy School public debate on this controversial issue, two prominent Harvard professors recently addressed that question, presenting arguments for and against joining the global divestment campaign.
  • Italy’s Path to Gas Liberalisation

    Morena Skalamera
    28 Apr 2015 | 12:08 pm
    Existing studies show that, on average, national champions in energy-rich states tend to ‘stick around’ by maintaining strong links with their respective governments in the distribution of rents. Yet the foundations of preference formation—the particular role of national champions, their relationship to their respective governments and a limited number of third suppliers in that process—have neither been theorised nor investigated empirically in countries that are net importers of gas.
  • The Sino-Russian Rapprochement: Energy Relations in a New Era

    Morena Skalamera
    9 Apr 2015 | 12:09 pm
    The United States could enhance or threaten China’s energy security but China was unsure of the U.S. intentions. China and the United States were both friends and potential foes. In the meantime, Russia’s own ambivalent relationship with the United States and its Western allies has worsened. In this context, China and Russia have grown closer.
  • The global gas market, LNG exports and the shifting US geopolitical presence

    Meghan L. O'Sullivan
    9 Apr 2015 | 8:14 am
    The upstream renaissance in the United States that has resulted from the successful application of new technologies in the exploration and development of shale gas has generated ripples through the global gas market. The US is soon to become a significant exporter of liquefied natural gas (LNG), which is remarkable given conventional wisdom just a decade ago was that the US would become a substantial importer of LNG.
  • Confronting Dangerous Climate Change

    Cristine Russell
    23 Mar 2015 | 5:15 am
    From the endangered Arctic to the nation’s capital, the challenges posed by human-caused climate change have been front and center at the Belfer Center’s Environment and Natural Resources Program (ENRP). ENRP sponsored a delegation of 12 HKS students and Belfer Center research fellows to attend the 2014 Arctic Circle Assembly, held in Reykjavik, Iceland from October 29 to November 2. The Assembly convened delegations from 40 nations as well as senior industry and NGO leaders to discuss national security and energy as well as environmental issues facing the region.
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    Marketing & Strategy Innovation blog

  • Making Sense of Customer Words

    admin
    22 May 2015 | 9:39 am
    I originally wrote today's post for Confirmit in May 2013. I've made some modifications. How do you make sense of your customers' words?Facebook Like Google Plus One Linkedin Share Button Tweet Widget Tags: customer feedbackcustomer experiencesB2C relationshipAnnette Franz Gleneicki
  • Improving the Customer Experience of London's Transport Network

    admin
    20 May 2015 | 1:05 pm
    I was really heartened to read this document about making London's transport network easier to use As a regular user of the network I am well aware of its limitations and the extreme pressure of numbers under which works. Facebook Like Google Plus One Linkedin Share Button Tweet Widget Tags: Dick Stroudcustomer experiencestransportUKgrey
  • The Revolution Will Not Be Centralized

    admin
    19 May 2015 | 2:14 pm
    In his novel The Castle, Franz Kafka tells the story of a man named “K” who is summoned by mysterious authorities for unknown reasons. He finds himself at the mercy of their bureaucracy and endless paperwork, which is carried out for a purpose that nobody can fathom but everyone seems to accept. Facebook Like Google Plus One Linkedin Share Button Tweet Widget Tags: revolutionchangeGreg Satellplatformsecosystemsdigital living
  • Brand Experience Brief: Birchbox

    admin
    18 May 2015 | 2:58 pm
    Birchbox, the online cosmetics sampling subscription service, operates a retail location that teaches brick-and-mortar companies how to stage extraordinary store experiences. Facebook Like Google Plus One Linkedin Share Button Tweet Widget Tags: Denise Lee Yohncosmeticsretail experiencesbrand experiencese-commerce
  • CX Journey™ Musings: Providing a Human Experience

    admin
    17 May 2015 | 1:25 am
    Have you ever had an idea that needs a little boost to get to fruition? Every once in a while, I get some random thoughts and ideas or some things that I question or ponder - and may not necessarily have enough content to write a full post or enough time to develop the concept. I've jotted down a bunch of these thoughts and haven't done anything with them. Time to throw them out into the universe! Introducing CX Journey™ Musings Facebook Like Google Plus One Linkedin Share Button Tweet Widget Tags: customer experiencesAnnette Franz Gleneickihumanizingemployee engagement
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    Don The Idea Guy : BrainBlog

  • Better Than

    Don The Idea Guy
    19 May 2015 | 3:46 am
    As many of you may be aware, this year I’ve committed to producing a single piece of content (Seth Godin calls it “making art”) every single day in the form of a hand-lettered yellow sticky note. If you’re interested, you can follow these efforts on my Instagram account. Last week I posted the Big Yellow Sticky you see embedded in this post. You don’t have to be better than everyone else tomorrow, you just need to be better than you were…Click To Tweet This week saw a video uploaded by Anthony Iannarino. that kind of debunks the literal text of my…
  • The Awesome Door

    Don The Idea Guy
    29 Apr 2015 | 3:15 am
    Last week I saw the really cool video Dove released about their experiment in several parts of the world where they gave woman the choice to enter a store through two doors; one labeled “Average” and one labeled “Beautiful”.  It was an interesting (and somewhat sad) choice to watch women make for themselves, without any obvious outside influence. Was it humbleness? Was is fear of demonstrating ego? Or was it something more insidious with the way media tells the world what “beauty” is? The video raises a lot of good talking points and does a fantastic…
  • Just In Case

    Don The Idea Guy
    9 Apr 2015 | 3:08 pm
    I live in a constant state of discovery. My radar is always up for cool new things — books, music, movies, magazines, art, websites, social media tools, apps, business models, online courses, interesting people, media delivery mechanisms, articles, etc… I always have something new to share. When I’m speaking with friends and clients my conversation inevitably turns to online services and social media sites. I used a reference to Meerkat and Periscope this morning and I caught someone looking at me like I had three heads (but that’s okay. I’m used to it.) In my…
  • Eiffel’s Guide to Towering Success

    Don The Idea Guy
    31 Mar 2015 | 6:24 am
    March 31, 2015 is the 126th anniversary of the Eiffel Tower opening to the public. You might think of it as a stellar achievement of engineering and tourism now, but back in 1889 when it opened it was just another project that a small group of people believed in — but had just as much chance of failure as it had for success. It wasn’t ready, but launched anyway When the tower officially opened on March 31, not everything was up and running — most notably, the elevators.  You’d think to successfully open a structure that was 984 feet tall (the tallest building in…
  • No Trophy

    Don The Idea Guy
    25 Mar 2015 | 5:05 am
    There isn’t a trophy for sleeping in. There’s not a gold-gilded statuette awaiting those who wait. Those who avoid risk don’t get a plaque hanging in the hallway of a building commemorated in their name. The complainers don’t get certificates (that’s one more thing for them to complain about!) But isn’t that what they wanted? To hang-back and not be noticed? To find the path through life that didn’t require them to ever raise their hand or speak in front of the room? Those who maintain the status quo don’t get status and don’t get quoted.
 
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    InnoBlog

  • Tesla’s New Strategy Is Over 100 Years Old

    kblake
    19 May 2015 | 7:09 am
    Contrary to popular belief, Thomas Edison did not invent the lightbulb.  Twenty or so inventors and labs had already come up with similar designs when he patented his in 1879.  What Edison really invented was affordable and accessible electric light. Edison’s breakthrough was guided by a fundamental insight: any given product is only as powerful as the system in which it is deployed.  As he set out to design his lightbulb, he simultaneously sketched out an integrated set of plans for generators, wiring, meters, light switches, and more.  An electric lightbulb without ready access to…
  • Whole Foods’ Misguided Play for Millennials

    kblake
    14 May 2015 | 8:11 am
    The news that Whole Foods will open a separate chain of stores designed to appeal to millennials stopped me mid-aisle. According to Whole Foods co-CEO Walter Robb, these future stores will feature “modern, streamlined design, innovative technology, and a curated selection” of lower-priced organic and natural foods. As millennials would write—facepalm. My dismay is not about the concept. After all, who wouldn’t love to shop for lower-priced, organic, and natural foods in a store that boasts a clean and modern design?  My dismay is about how this new chain is being communicated to the…
  • What to Do When Your Future Strategy Clashes with Your Present

    kblake
    29 Apr 2015 | 12:59 pm
    From time to time, the basis of competition in an industry shifts so dramatically that shifting with it requires a new long-term vision that calls for the organization to do things it never would have done in the past. The hardest part is connecting long-term goals to near-term actions — especially when those new actions directly threaten the way you make money right now. Consider the case of MedStar Health, the largest nongovernment health care provider in the Baltimore-Washington, D.C., region, as it navigates a dramatic shift from competing by offering integrated, comprehensive medical…
  • When Disruption is Not an Option: Dire Straits for the Shipping Business

    kblake
    3 Apr 2015 | 7:50 am
    Corporate leaders generally view the emergence of disruptive technologies with dread. After all, disruption has led to the downfall of many a great company ranging from Kodak to Nokia, and even the most sophisticated companies struggle to respond to disruption. For those that have survived industry disruption, such as IBM and Intel, the experience has been a crucible. However, there is less discussion about another type of crucible, namely the one caused by the absence of disruptive change. In many ways it is as challenging, if slower to manifest, as the threat of disruption itself. So what…
  • Circumstances for the Success of the Apple Watch

    kblake
    13 Mar 2015 | 10:48 am
    First, a confession. I am not a member of the Cult of Apple. Yes, I own an iPhone and an iMac and use a MacBook Pro and, occasionally, an iPad. But I own them primarily for practical reasons – I needed a portable device (iPod then iPhone) to listen to my playlists, and my husband insisted we have a home computer (iMac) in addition to our work-issued laptops (MacBook Pro) and tablets (iPad). The fact that each device is beautifully designed simply made it easier to accept the price tag. So I wasn’t exactly foaming at the mouth to be one of the first Apple Watch owners. Especially…
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    Innovationedge

  • 2025 tech predictions an opportunity for hackers and innovators

    Cheryl Perkins
    18 May 2015 | 1:19 pm
    NSA Headquarters The future – at least in the short term – will make our identities even more of an open book if we’re not careful. That’s according to a new report out from the Institute for the Future called Information Generation: Transforming the Future Today, and identifies five “key directional shifts” in the coming decade. 1. The information economy, which will take the data we generate from shopping, dieting or working out and securely chache it or sell it to the highest bidder. Commerce in the data arena will be able to do everything from literally…
  • Google to make surgery robots

    Cheryl Perkins
    15 May 2015 | 10:14 am
    Google and Johnson & Johnson are teaming up to develop robots that can perform surgery.  The companies say they are developing a “platform” to make robotic assistants to help doctors during surgery. Financial terms were not disclosed. What are your thoughts? Click the image to read more:
  • California’s drought problems need innovators to step up

    Cheryl Perkins
    1 May 2015 | 12:19 pm
    I travel to California frequently, and have seen first hand the devastating effects of the drought and the water problems facing people and businesses. And many other states will soon feel the pinch of what’s happening to our California friends, by way of food shortages and the like. But for those who live and work there, California is becoming a land of thirst. Thankfully, there are many great minds working on this issue. Boston-based Cambrian Innovation is one. It has seen a spike in California inquiries for EcoVolt, a self-contained system that uses electrically active microbes to…
  • Amazon says government red tape is impeding innovation

    Cheryl Perkins
    30 Apr 2015 | 12:18 pm
    We all know how frustrating red tape can be. Last week Amazon vented just a bit before a Senate subcommittee, telling them that they are stifling innovation. Amazon says that the Federal Aviation Administration is taking so long to approve its requests to test-fly unmanned drones that the models they’re developing are becoming obsolete before they’ve even taken to the skies. Amazon officials say their original application took a year and a half to be approved, according to The Verge. By that time, the company had already developed a completely different design. Read about it here:…
  • At Boeing, Innovation Means Small Steps, Not Giant Leaps

    Cheryl Perkins
    19 Apr 2015 | 2:56 pm
    This is a great lesson learned for aerospace giant Boeing, who recently discovered that saving up a trove of advanced technologies for a single new project was simply too expensive and disruptive to succeed.  The WSJ has the story: After a turbulent decade, Boeing Co. is rethinking its formula for innovation. The 99-year-old aerospace giant long has focused on developing new technologies that it reserved for big projects every 15 years or so to craft the fastest—and farthest-flying jetliners—such as its 787 Dreamliner. Today, Boeing is centering innovation on incremental improvements…
 
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    The Creativity Guru

  • The Pixar Film “Inside Out”: The Zigzag Creative Process Succeeds Again!

    keithsawyer
    24 May 2015 | 2:21 pm
    Pixar’s creative process has always followed a zig-zagging, improvisational process–one that’s perfectly aligned with the lessons emerging from creativity research. All of the research is showing that effective creativity, and exceptional creators, all follow an improvisational process: you don’t know where you’re going to end up, or when you’ll get there. It takes a while (and a few successes) to learn to trust in a process It’s because at first, it can feel like aimless failure. Pixar, the animated movie powerhouse, has stayed true to the zigzag…
  • The Secret of Good Writing

    keithsawyer
    23 May 2015 | 7:00 am
    Perfect advice by William Zinsser: The secret of good writing is to strip every sentence to its cleanest components. Every word that serves no function, every long word that could be a short word, every adverb that carries the same meaning that’s already in the verb, every passive construction that leaves the reader unsure who is doing what–these are the thousand and one adulterants that weaken the strength of a sentence.” I agree completely. I have one quibble: Zinsser should have taken his own advice and replaced “adulterants” with a shorter word. But Zinsser…
  • Rodeo Clowns

    keithsawyer
    21 May 2015 | 5:43 am
    You’ll be more creative if you learn about more stuff. And especially, if you learn about randomly different kinds of stuff. That’s why I’m writing about rodeo clowns: because I’m guessing you don’t know anything about them. And research shows that if you learn just a tiny bit about rodeo clowns (or anything else that you know nothing about) it can enhance your creativity. I just read an article in the Wall Street Journal about rodeo clown Justin Rumford, and it was fascinating. I’ve never gone to a rodeo, and I probably never will. But it was fascinating…
  • The Zig-Zag Invention of the Dyson Airblade

    keithsawyer
    19 May 2015 | 5:51 am
    Check out this story about how an invention emerged from an improvisational, wandering, zig-zag process, as James Dyson tells us about the Dyson Airblade hand dryer, in a letter to the editor in this morning’s Wall Street Journal: The U.S. is bold when it comes to invention. In 2014 there were more patents granted in the U.S. than in any other country, but there is a global competition to develop the best technology. The U.S. government isn’t alone in wanting to attract highly inventive companies to develop intellectual property on its shores (“Tax Writers Favor Breaks for…
  • The Future of Educational Technology

    keithsawyer
    27 Apr 2015 | 6:33 am
    It’s my job to stay on top of educational technology. In the last two months alone, I’ve attended huge ed tech conferences like SXSW.edu and ASU+GSV, each with hundreds of well-funded new ed tech ventures. But I’ve been constantly disappointed, because almost none of this ed tech innovation is grounded in the science of how people learn. Of the 2,500 people at ASU+GSV, less than ten of them were learning scientists, and only two of the speakers on the program had any claim to such expertise. (Less than 50 people showed up to hear what they had to say.) Just a few days ago,…
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    Phil McKinney

  • What Dissonance Teaches Us About Innovation S11 Ep10

    philmckinney
    25 May 2015 | 5:00 am
    A music theory book might seem like an unusual place to find inspiration for innovative thinking, but there is a musical principle that provides a useful metaphor for how innovators find inspiration – and also happens to separate the great composers from the mediocre ones. That principle is dissonance. The Power of Dissonance In its most extreme form, dissonance is that terrible sound you hear when two notes don’t harmonize, such as when someone sings off-key in a choir.…
  • 5 Innovation Blind Spots That Killed Nokia and Kodak S11 Ep9

    philmckinney
    18 May 2015 | 5:00 am
      When the mantra “innovate or die” is invoked, two companies who are often mentioned as examples are Nokia and Kodak. But in what ways, exactly, did these two companies fail to innovate? and what lessons can we learn from their failures? Here are 5 innovation blind spots that I identified that ultimately doomed them to failure … 1) They Defined Their Business Too Narrowly Nokia began life in a small village in Finland, as a paper mill.…
  • Lucid Dream and Creativity S11 Ep8

    philmckinney
    11 May 2015 | 5:00 am
    In the 1984 movie “Dreamscape” starring Dennis Quaid and Christopher Plummer , government researchers found a way to have people join another persons dream and then actively participate, and in some case disrupt it. The core of the movie is to use this new found ability to do both good and evil. After I watched the movie, I became enthralled with the idea behind the concept of film – lucid dreaming. How Does Lucid Dreaming Relate to Personal Creativity?…
  • Innovation From Repurposing S11 Ep7

    philmckinney
    4 May 2015 | 5:00 am
    If you look up the Merriam-Webster’s definition, it says that innovation is “the act or process of introducing new ideas, devices, or methods.” However, in a world of continuous technological and ideological advancement, how much is really new? The truth is we are creative beings, but we don’t create alone. While some will try to make the claim of being the sole creator of an innovation, the majority of our ideas are inspired by things and processes already in existence.…
  • 12 Tips on Innovation from Elon Musk’s Twitter Feed S11 Ep6

    philmckinney
    27 Apr 2015 | 5:00 am
    For many innovators, making a splash through social media is the subject of long thought and a lot of trial and error. On the other hand, innovators like Elon Musk tend to have the Midas touch when it comes to combining innovation and social media. For example — on March 30, Elon made a vague announcement via Twitter that Tesla Motors was coming out with a new product, and it wasn’t a car. Within hours, Entrepreneur magazine wrote an article encouraging people to guess what the product was about, and re-tweets and favorites both surpassed 3,000.…
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    Outside Innovation

  • Your Great Suggestions for Malaysia Airlines

    Patty Seybold
    25 May 2015 | 5:55 am
    On May 15th 2015, we wrote about the fact that Malaysia Airlines had just rolled out a new social marketing platform when disaster struck twice: two major airline disasters within four months. Given the arrival of a new "turnaround" CEO and major restructuring at the government-owned airline, we wondered out loud whether it would be better to keep the MAS Malaysia Airlines brand that had weathered these or to rebrand entirely?  Thanks to all of you who participated in our straw poll via survey (and the survey is still open, if you haven't yet weighed in). Of the people who took the time…
  • Can You Help with Malaysia Airlines' Marketing Challenge?

    Patty Seybold
    15 May 2015 | 1:31 pm
    Malaysia Airlines and its passengers suffered two mysterious airplane disasters in 2014 which put the struggling airline in the spotlight. On March 8, 2014, Flight 370 disappeared completely, triggering an unprecedented international search effort. Then, on July 17th, Flight 17 was shot down over Ukraine. The airline has provided a LOT of support to the victims' families, and has received an outpouring of social media support from customers and well-wishers for its #stay strong and #fly high social media campaigns. These were internal marketing campaigns designed to bolster the morale of…
  • Why Managing Cashflow is a Killer App

    Patty Seybold
    6 May 2015 | 6:02 am
    Dealing with Unexpected Expenses Over the last two decades, when working with financial services firms and their end-customers, we invariably encounter a common Customer Scenario: "I don't have enough money to pay for an unforeseen expense." Oddly enough, It doesn't matter how affluent the customers are. They may still have to scramble to pay for a kid's car repair, a large medical bill, or any unexpected large expense. Of course, we're all supposed to have a rainy day fund — savings accounts or liquid investments we can draw upon in the case of emergencies —…
  • News from Nepal (via Facebook)

    Patty Seybold
    30 Apr 2015 | 2:43 pm
    I have a young friend on the ground in Katmandhu, Alex Ulin. Thanks to social media, her friends and family have been able to stay in touch with her. Max Silverman and Alex Ulin in Maine, just before their trip to Nepal Alex Ulin and Max Silverman arrived in Katmandhu a few days before the earthquake hit. Luckily, they were not injured in the quake, and, like many Westerners who happen to be there, they immediately began helping out.  Alex was scheduled to begin work as an Intern at the Womens Foundation in Nepal working in an orphanage. Here's a report from her boyfriend, Max's Facebook…
  • Where do you Stand in your Digital Marketing Maturity Model?

    Patty Seybold
    30 Apr 2015 | 11:05 am
    Interacting with customers who use mobile devices as their most common tool, who search to find information dozens of times a day, and who expect immediate answers to questions and swift problem resolution via text messaging as well as phone or online chats is a huge challenge.  For one financial services firm, Suncorp Group, with over 9 million customers in Australia and New Zealand, there's an additional challenge. The company has many different insurance and financial services products lines, at least 15 different brands, and many business units.  Yet, in 2010, Suncorp Group put…
 
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    15inno

  • Deloitte Lacks Diversity: What’s the Impact on Innovation?

    Stefan Lindegaard
    21 May 2015 | 5:54 pm
      Diversity is better for innovation, right? So what’s wrong with this picture? (26 new partners in Deloitte Denmark) Deloitte makes a major push on innovation advice and services. It’s great to have such a player putting more focus on innovation, but I have to raise a question here. What’s the impact on innovation thinking and the advice you offer in such a situation? Unfortunately, this lack of diversity is not just an issue with Deloitte. It happens all over the corporate world. It has to change. Read how Google is showing us a way to do this: Google – Will Diversity Lead to…
  • Free Webinar: What You Need to Know on the Execution of Innovation

    Stefan Lindegaard
    19 May 2015 | 11:44 pm
    Did you know that the front end of innovation has become the easy part of corporate innovation? The real challenge is the execution part. Did you know that many companies focus more on ideas than people when it comes to innovation? Ideas are important, but people make things happen and thus the right order of focus should be people first, processes next and then ideas. If these questions make you think about the execution of innovation, then you should join my webinar – hosted by HYPE Innovation – in which you will get these insights: the key insights corporate innovators miss on…
  • Intrapreneurs and Corporate Rebels: This Is for You!

    Stefan Lindegaard
    19 May 2015 | 12:35 pm
    I have been in love with the term intrapreneur – and the idea behind the term – for many years now. It is a term that many people do not understand in full, but in essence this is about people who do not like the status quo and are willing to put up an effort to change things within a larger organization that does not always welcome change. As I am preparing to give a talk on how intrapreneurs can boost their careers and make their companies stronger at the upcoming Intrapreneurship Conference in London in May, I stumbled over some blog posts that I believe will be inspiring to those, who…
  • The Danger of Complacency: The Power of Nordic Innovation Fades Away

    Stefan Lindegaard
    1 May 2015 | 5:43 am
    The Nordic countries and their companies have been heralded as true champions of innovation for many years. Although the countries are tiny in size, they have made a big impact around the world and everyone knows global icon companies such as Lego, Ikea and Nokia Unfortunately, I think the Nordic countries and companies are getting into serious trouble with their innovation efforts. Lots of innovation activities and initiatives were shut down during the financial crisis and although things are starting to pick up again, it might be too late. The problem is complacency. There seems to be a…
  • Turkey: An Upcoming Innovation Powerhouse

    Stefan Lindegaard
    26 Apr 2015 | 9:47 am
    As I interact more and more with Turkish companies and meet their corporate innovators, I begin to understand the potential in this emerging country. Today, we don’t hear much about Turkish innovation efforts in the innovation community and we don’t hear them present great cases at the leading innovation conferences, but this is about to change. You can just consider the below facts on the Turkish economy to get an idea of the scale of the underlying economic drivers that are in play. If you have an economy like this, you have lots of opportunities as a corporate executive and as a…
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    Innovation in Practice

  • The Creative Versatility of the Task Unification Technique

    Drew Boyd
    25 May 2015 | 11:16 am
    It's hard for me not to play favorites when it comes to the five creativity techniques of the SIT method. After all, they're just like children - each is unique with their own potential and personality. But when it comes to versatility, the one that may do it the best is Task Unification. It tends to produce ideas that are both clever and resourceful, often harnessing resources in the immediate vicinity of the problem in a unique. These ideas tend to make you slap your forehead and say, "Gee, why didn't I think of that?" Task Unification is defined as "assigning an additional job to an…
  • The Second Direction of Innovation

    Drew Boyd
    19 May 2015 | 8:18 am
    Innovation is the process of taking an idea and putting it into practice. Creativity, on the other hand, is what you do in your head to generate the idea, an idea that meets three criteria: an innovative idea must be new, useful, and surprising. New means that no one else has done it before. Useful means that it delivers some new value for you or your customers. And surprising? It means that the market will be delighted with your latest innovation.Most people think the way you create an idea is to start with a well-formed problem and then brainstorm a solution to it. What if you turned that…
  • Marketing Innovation: The Inversion Technique and How Bad Things Happen

    Drew Boyd
    11 May 2015 | 12:00 am
    Jacob Goldenberg, in his book, "Cracking the Ad Code," describes eight creative patterns that are embedded in most innovative, award- winning commercials. The tools are:   1. Unification   2. Activation   3. Metaphor   4. Subtraction   5. Extreme Consequence   6. Absurd Alternative   7. Inversion   8. Extreme EffortOut of these eight, the one that gives my students the most trouble is the Inversion tool. It conveys what would happen if you didn’t have the product…in an extreme way. It shows the benefits “lost” by not using the product. It is best used when the brand…
  • Which SIT Technique Should I Use?

    Drew Boyd
    6 May 2015 | 5:54 am
    SIT is a collection of five techniques and a set of principles to help generate quality ideas on demand. One of the challenges you can have is deciding which technique to use. So here are some rules of thumb to get you started. At the start of any project, I generally recommend using the Subtraction technique. It helps people get comfortable with the SIT method because it challenges their assumption about creativity and it exposes their fixedness. Subtraction is very useful when your starting point is well understood or the product or service is well established. It's also great when you're…
  • Innovation Sighting: Buttons That Lie and the Subtraction Technique

    Drew Boyd
    20 Apr 2015 | 7:30 am
    Think about how often you push buttons during the normal course of a day, at home, in our car, and elsewhere - elevators, crosswalks, and so on. Did you ever stop to wonder how many of those buttons you push don't actually work? It's called a placebo button - it seems to have functionality, but actually has no effect when pressed. It's a perfect example of the Subtraction Technique, one of five in the innovation method, Systematic Inventive Thinking (SIT). Subtraction works by removing an element of the system that seemed essentially to identity some new value or benefit. So what's the…
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    INDIA INVENTS

  • Twitter co-founder Biz Stone invests in local shopping app Lookup

    A.S Rao
    23 May 2015 | 3:50 am
    Lookup,a free and secure messaging app that connects shoppers with local businesses has raised Series A funding from Twitter co-founder Biz Stone. Biz has joined the team as an investor and advisor. Lookup will be employing the funds towards investment in expanding its merchant base in order to enhance convenience for its users and to branch out in newer geographies.Lookup raised a total of $382,000 in its seed round, from multiple investors including Infosys’ Kris Gopalakrishnan, Teru Sato, DeNA and MKS Group (Switzerland). It was started by Innoz’s Deepak Ravindran and within…
  • NV Organon, a subsidiary of Merck & Co fails to secure patent in India for female contraceptive kit.

    A.S Rao
    23 May 2015 | 3:47 am
    As per reports, NV Organon, a subsidiary of US-based Merck & Co ,one of the largest pharma companies in the world has failed to secure a patent in India for its invention on a female contraceptive kit. The kit, which comprises a vaginal ring, is used in cyclical dosage and has a reminder system. Organon has a similar product under trade name NuvaRing (etonogestrel/ethinyl estradiol vaginal ring), which received initial US approval in 2001 and has been marketed worldwide. That Us patent expires in 2018. Organon followed with another patent in 2006 `Regimens for Oral Monophasic…
  • UNICEF launches Open Innovation Portal

    A.S Rao
    21 May 2015 | 2:16 am
    CauseTech is a private sector initiative in partnership with UNICEF Innovation Center. Innovators are invited to register and offer ideas to solve global challenges like Health, water, Energy listed there.Some of the technologies that have the potential to address these challenges are illustrated in Tech Inspirations. The EcoloBlue product line of Atmospheric Water Generators (AWGs) creates sustainable, unlimited pure drinking water from humidity in the air. New Cycloclean is a bicycle water purification system that can be operated without an engine or a battery. New Cycloclean…
  • IP Systems in the BRIC Countries

    A.S Rao
    21 May 2015 | 1:59 am
    In conjunction with the 2015 BIO International Convention, Michael Best Attorney Lisa L. Mueller will co-present "Strategies for Successfully Mastering the Different Challenges of the IP Systems in the BRIC Countries and U.S. in the Pharmaceutical and Life Sciences Sectors" on Sunday, June 14.Time: Presentation 3:30-5:00pm; Cocktail reception: 5:00pmLocation: Philadelphia Marriott DowntownPanelists include: Otto Licks – Licks Legal, Brazil, Vlad Ugryumov, Gowlings, Moscow, Russia, Tarun Gandhi, Chadha & Chadha, India, Oliver Lutze, Spruson &…
  • Internet Of Things (IOT) in Aquaculture- Eruvaka Technologies

    A.S Rao
    20 May 2015 | 2:13 am
    Water quality maintenance is the crucial component to achieve a healthy aqua-farming environment. Its main purpose is to control the following parameters, i.e., water temperature, pH, dissolved oxygen (DO), salinity, turbidity, ammonia nitrogen, chemical oxygen demand (COD), biochemical oxygen demand (BOD), etc.-, the parameters that strongly correlated to the incubation environment of aquaculture.Eruvaka Technologies, Vijayawada successfully developed and implemented system for aquaculture management using IOT topography based on patented system.
 
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    Jim Kast-Keat

  • #30SOL top 30 [2014-2015 edition]

    jimkastkeat
    4 May 2015 | 2:34 pm
    We made it through a second year on Thirty Seconds or Less. I started this project on May 1, 2013. Now two years later it continues to evolve, most notably with the addition of specific themes (creativity, mindfulness, and justice), curated campaigns (Faith Feminisms, Marrissa418, Stay Woke Advent, LamENT, etc.), and an ever-growing list of contributors providing their voice, sound, or image for each episode. What began as my own personal short form podcast has become a platform to share ideas and amplify voices (not to mention still holding the record for the world’s shortest…
  • DJ Earworm vs. Us The Duo

    jimkastkeat
    3 Dec 2014 | 6:27 pm
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  • #StayWokeAdvent + #30SOL

    jimkastkeat
    26 Nov 2014 | 10:26 am
    Some of my friends are organizing an online Advent flash mob in light of the recent events in Ferguson, MO and the ongoing acts of racism and privilege in America called #StayWokeAdvent. As a part of the Theology of Ferguson project, they will be curating a variety of reflections on the themes of Advent and the current state of affairs in our country. And as a part of their project, Thirty Seconds or Less will be hosting two weeks of podcasts for #StayWokeAdvent. Will you write a reflection on lectionary passage (listed below) or the themes of Advent and the intersection of justice in our…
  • #ScribbleProject2015

    jimkastkeat
    18 Nov 2014 | 7:47 am
    For the past six years I have concocted an annual experiment. These year-long projects have led to the ties I wear every day, my Everything Notebook, my vegetarian lifestyle, and more. (Many of these experiments have also fizzled out or transformed into something else, but that’s another post for another day.) And with 2015 just a month and a half away, I have decided on my next annual project: The Scribble Project. The Scribble Project will be a daily experiment in creativity, design, and iteration. I will be collecting a different scribble for each month, copying them all into…
  • Which Came First?

    jimkastkeat
    26 Sep 2014 | 9:08 am
    Which came first, the sermon or the podcast? If you were at our last Pub Theology gathering you know the answer!
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    Innovation goes bananas!!

  • Quotable quotes – Design

    Sunil Malhotra
    28 Apr 2015 | 9:53 am
    We Designers are the ones with the wherewithal to understand the several connections between disciplines. It’s fair then that we ought to take the lead in making sure that products (and services) are designed responsibly. While Designers do have a responsibility towards justifying the fees they take from their clients, they have a much larger responsibility to the clients’ customers. Design should be used to create the spark, not just to fight the fire. The highest value comes from a designer’s work when products she designs can keep users delighted, safe and comfortable …
  • Tribute to a Guru – The First Princi.pal

    Sunil Malhotra
    1 Jul 2014 | 12:18 am
    Special Golden Jubilee edition Foreword by Dr. Srinivasan Sundarrajan Director, National Institute of Technology, Trichy Order Write to us directly to order in bulk for your families / friends / colleagues. The First Princi.pal is a story waiting to be told. Meandering through the life of Dr. PS Mani Sundaram, it captures anecdotes of mixed flavour to highlight the genius of one of independent India’s foremost institution builders. Princi gave Regional Engineering College, Trichy (now National Institute of Technology) the distinction of consistently featuring among the top 10 Engineering…
  • Now go be awesome! “Do Good” Design

    Sunil Malhotra
    8 Feb 2014 | 11:26 pm
    Now is the opportunity for designers to use the power of design, not just to improve lifestyles but also to practice design in a way that balances social and environmental interests. Advertising Design – the phoniest of them all From an excellent post by Brian Ling suggesting design freedom + designer responsibility. He makes a strong point with the following from Victor Papanek’s Design For The Real World — There are professions more harmful than industrial design, but only a very few of them. And possibly only one profession is phonier. Advertising design, in persuading…
  • Becoming Rich by Designing for the Poor

    Sunil Malhotra
    3 Feb 2014 | 12:34 am
    (This essay was first published on Egology – The Ideafarms Blog on December 12, 2013) Last year, Amit Gulati, who runs Incubis Consultants, invited me to participate in an interactive session to think through design ideas for a low-cost washing machine. The workshop brought out some very interesting and fascinating ‘ways of seeing’ that completely overturned the engineering / tech / product way of approaching design problems. Did we need to redesign the washing machine (Product) under stricter constraints [this is the way most people think – start with an existing product,…
  • Job Description for Accidental Entrepreneurs

    Sunil Malhotra
    28 Nov 2013 | 1:46 am
    Ami Kassar is a typical accidental entrepreneur. Kassar had spent a decade in senior management with a large, national credit card company based in Philadelphia. When the recession hit in 2008, he suddenly found himself unemployed. His employer did not survive the recession-induced shakeout in the financial industry. via Job Description for Accidental Entrepreneurs – Business Insider. Entrepreneurs are folks that have no Plan ‘A’. But they have Plans “B-Z”.  Entrepreneurship is no accident. It is a choice. Contrary to popular opinion, choosing to be an…
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    Fast Company

  • What Happens When You Put A Sex Therapist, A Conservationist, And A Millennial Entrepreneur On A Boat?

    Elizabeth Segran
    25 May 2015 | 6:00 am
    Summit Series, which today announces Summit at Sea 2015, believes great ideas are born when leaders focus on each other and on nature.The Time 400 Industry Leaders Talked About Sex On A Mountain In 2013, Esther Perel, a Belgian psychologist who explores how human sexuality intersects with culture, was invited to a private gathering in Eden, Utah. There, she would have the opportunity to mingle with 850 thought leaders from the worlds of science, art, business, philanthropy, and sport.Read Full Story
  • After The Fracas Over Hello Barbie, ToyTalk Responds To Its Critics

    Evie Nagy
    23 May 2015 | 3:00 am
    CEO Oren Jacob has a few things he'd like to clear up.At New York's Toy Fair, the toy industry's big February trade show, visitors to Mattel's booth were greeted, literally, by Hello Barbie, a Wi-Fi–connected doll that uses speech-recognition technology to have real conversations with kids. The prototype was programmed with a few lines of dialogue specific to visiting New York and the Toy Fair, well short of the hours of conversation she'll be prepared to engage in when she's released officially later this year. Still, she performed so well that some visitors asked if there was a woman with…
  • Snapchat Is Hiring Journalists To Cover The 2016 Election

    David Lumb
    22 May 2015 | 11:20 am
    And you thought election coverage was ubiquitous in 2012.Snapchat in January began hosting video content from CNN, ESPN, the Daily Mail, and other media organizations. Now, the ephemeral photo-messaging app is gearing up to publish its own video news coverage: The company is looking to hire "political junkies and news aficionados" with experience in journalism, according to a hiring post on Greenhouse.Read Full Story
  • American Companies Are One Step Closer To Claiming Asteroid Treasure

    David Lumb
    22 May 2015 | 10:35 am
    The House of Representatives has passed a bill that would authorize firms to keep what they mine from asteroids. Welcome to the space rush.Space may be the final frontier, but according to the pesky 1967 UN Outer Space Treaty, celestial bodies may not be claimed for any particular country. But what about the things on the celestial bodies—specifically, the things that can be sold for lots of money? The SPACE act, which would authorize American companies to keep whatever they mine from asteroids, has just passed in the House of Representatives. If you can mine it, American business will…
  • See What Times Square And Wall Street Looked Like 100 Years Ago

    Sophie Weiner
    22 May 2015 | 10:00 am
    See what places like Times Square or Wall Street looked like 100 years ago.Software engineer Dan Vanderkam has embedded a collection of historical photos from the New York Public Library into an awesome interactive map of old New York. If you're a history nerd, or you just love New York, prepare to waste your entire afternoon (or weekend) on this site.Read Full Story
 
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    VizThink

  • Chris Smalling : MU Harus Bangkit Musim Depan

    VizThink
    26 May 2015 | 2:04 am
    Manchester United akhirnya bisa bermain imbang dengan skor 1-1 saat melawan Arsenal pada hari Minggu lalu. Sebelumnya sang pelatih Louis van Gaal selalu menginginkan finish ke empat untuk bisa masuk ke laga Champions di musim depan. Dengan hasil skor itu maka bisa saja Manchester United bisa mendapatkan posisi ke empat. Tapi pencapaian ini tidak terlalu menggembirakan untuk beberapa pemain Manchester United. MU adalah tim yang sangat besar dengan beberapa prestasi yang sangat membanggakan. Beberapa musim terakhir ini posisi Manchester United memang tidak terlalu bagus. Pada musim sebelumnya…
  • Prepare Well to be a Good Journalist

    VizThink
    26 Mar 2015 | 9:15 pm
    Being a journalist is a good job to have as you can get many new experiences meeting with new people and discuss many new things. Even so, not all journalists have good basic on journalism. That is why sometimes journalists are unable to do their job well. If you want to be a good journalist, here are some information that may be useful for you to start your journalism career. Plan Your Career Well Before starting your journalism career, be sure on what will you do. That is why it is important to plan your career. Here are some things you should plan before starting your journalism career.
  • Be a Good Journalist

    VizThink
    26 Mar 2015 | 1:46 am
    Journalism is one of the most interesting fields of job. Many people want to be journalists as this job offers an interesting experience in interacting with other people and make a good writing whether for a magazine or newspaper article. If you are interested to be a journalist, here will be some tips for you on how to be a good journalist. judi online Happy reading! What Skills Should You Have? To be a good journalist, you have to do these things. First, be willing to meet some new people. Journalist’s main job is doing interview with someone that may be new in your life. That is why…
  • Steps to be a Fashion Journalist

    VizThink
    23 Mar 2015 | 9:46 pm
    Fashion is surely the most interesting thing for you. You have to admit that there are many aspects in fashion which is interesting to be learned. judi bola If you are interested in fashion but you do not have much skill in designing, there is no need for you to worry since there are a lot of job opportunities that you can try in fashion field. If you are not in the group of the designer, then you can give your comment to their design. In other words, you are expected to be a fashion journalist and tell your opinion about today’s fashion. Take Journalistic Class In order to be a fashion…
  • Taking Journalism to be a War Correspondent

    VizThink
    22 Mar 2015 | 10:26 pm
    It is a sure thing that everyone wants to have a job that they like. Types of job are various. You have to make sure that you choose a kind of job that you will really like. When it comes to a job, you should not choose a kind of job that you have even if the salary is big. The most important thing is to be happy with what you do. Therefore, you would never feel like you are working. It will be simply a kind of doing your hobby and get paid for it. Here, you can also try to have a kind of job which is challenging. When it comes to a challenging job, it is sure that you want to try to be a war…
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    Adaptive Path

  • Maker Faire 2015

    Scott Sullivan
    18 May 2015 | 11:41 am
    This past weekend was the 10th annual Maker Faire Bay Area – The Greatest Show & Tell On Earth. Over the past ten years Maker Faire has expanded from a small hobbyist event to a massive hobbyist event where said hobbyists turn pro and debut their projects that they’re taking from the garage to the manufacturing line. Here are some of those projects that I’m most excited about: Shaper http://shapertools.com Shaper is the breakout product of the show, calling this thing a ‘smart router’ does not do it justice. Shaper is a hand router outfitted with optical sensors that track…
  • Hugs to Our MX Community

    Kristin Skinner
    27 Apr 2015 | 1:37 pm
    We just wrapped our eighth MX. It felt different. Different in a good way. Different because it was authentic. Different because it made you want to do something BIG (armed with both intuition and data). This year, we started with a mission — to guide someone on their journey as a manager, helping them build out new ways to succeed as champions for great human experiences. MX15 challenged us to become guides in uncharted territory. As managers and leaders, we’re designing things that we’ve never had to before: careers, teams, organizations, and cultures. Stepping back from our everyday…
  • Update: New Adaptive Path Events Now Open For Registration

    Will Sharick
    23 Mar 2015 | 10:45 am
    Happy Monday from the Adaptive Path Events Team! Here’s an updated roster of Adaptive Path’s 2015 events. These conferences and workshops are all open for registration––including early bird prices! 2015 Upcoming Events MX: Managing Experience – San Francisco // April 20-21, 2015 // Full Conference Sold Out––Only General Session Tickets Available UX Week – San Francisco // August 25-28, 2015 // EARLY BIRD ROUND 4 UX Intensive – Denver // October 5-8, 2015 // EARLY BIRD ROUND 1 The Service Experience Conference – San Francisco // November 16-17, 2015…
  • Considering the Consideration Funnel

    Chris Risdon
    12 Feb 2015 | 11:54 am
    The transaction funnel. The moment you hope a customer is sure enough of what they’re buying that they’ll go through all the necessary steps to complete the purchase. We work to reduce friction, hoping to improve the rate at which people starting down the funnel complete it. We’ve come a long way in understanding the science of the funnel and the factors that affect someone’s likelihood for completing the transaction. At least for simple, commoditized purchases. What about complex purchases? So-called high-consideration purchases? We don’t typically change our…
  • A Design Approach to Human Flourishing

    Maria Cordell
    9 Dec 2014 | 11:49 am
    Anna Pohlmeyer is assistant professor in the Department of Industrial Design at TU Delft where she also co-chairs the Delft Institute of Positive Design, a research institute devoted to the study of design for human flourishing. We met when I toured TU Delft on a visit to the Netherlands early this year, and since then I’ve been intrigued by the work Anna, her collaborators, and students are doing in this area. I talked with Anna and asked her to tell us about positive design and how designers might incorporate it into their work. Anna spoke about positive design at the Adaptive Path UX…
 
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    FOLDEN.INFO eMedia

  • Social Listening and Viewing by SyncMeTo

    FOLDEN.INFO
    22 May 2015 | 9:50 am
    There is a new service to listen und view synchronously aka social listening and social viewing. It is called SyncMeTo and represents itself by a minimalistic homepage. But it got some interesting features. To start enjoying media together the service provides a link to the one initiating the party. A link is provided to be ...read more
  • Citizen Journalism with Blasting News

    FOLDEN.INFO
    18 Apr 2015 | 6:46 am
    Blasting News describes itself by social journalism and revolutionary. That is what it is about, although not unique. Because there are some portals for citizen journalism, especially the well known Huffington Post. But Blasting News (here is the international site with self-expression Blasting News) has its own peculiarities. Already the surface of the service is ...read more
  • Mobile Live Video Streaming Apps

    FOLDEN.INFO
    10 Apr 2015 | 1:46 pm
    From webcams to webcam communities to live streaming. Live broadcasting on the internet gains steam. Now already existing webcam communities like Livestream, which provides an app as well, or YouNow and of course Hangouts by Google now are followed by a new generation of mobile apps. These currently have a lot of coverage (s.a. Social ...read more
  • New Social Network pays for Sharing

    FOLDEN.INFO
    27 Mar 2015 | 11:10 am
    Other social networks have grown rapidly and become greater than those offering revenues to its users. There have been some attempts to engage users to create content for money like participatory media. These early approaches let to crowd sourcing or user generated advertising services usually offering creative people opportunities in the form of tenders or ...read more
  • Online Editor for Interactive Storytelling

    FOLDEN.INFO
    20 Mar 2015 | 7:47 am
    Let’s start with a brief introduction to the topic. The idea of interactive storytelling is older than the internet and probably the idea may have existed even before the invention of computers. Regarding telling interactive stories on the computer the Project Xanadu claims to be the first one having. Later a couple of services followed ...read more
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    ZenStorming

  • Use This Simple Innovation Technique to Create Better Pizza….er, Products!

    Plish
    19 May 2015 | 10:54 pm
    We’ve all had this experience: You order a pizza for pickup.  You get home and open the box and find the cardboard under the pizza is wet and soggy.  You dig into the pizza but find out that, unfortunately, the flavor of  the wet cardboard  transferred to the pizza’s crust. I’ve had the same experience […]
  • Are You Doing This Simple Thing to Improve Your Creative Abilities?

    Plish
    6 May 2015 | 8:17 pm
    To become a better writer – READ To become a better cook – EAT To become a better musician – LISTEN In short, to become a better designer/maker/artist/engineer – OBSERVE I recently started an Instagram page for ZenStorming.  It’s filled with tips for idea generation and creative inspiration, and it’s especially geared towards people that […]
  • Do You Want to Be More Creative? Please Help Me Help You With Your Creative Problem Solving and Creative Thinking

    Plish
    25 Apr 2015 | 10:58 am
    Hi, it’s me! I’ve always been fascinated with how things work: machines, products, nature, the universe, and yes, even people. (It’s the scientist in me). At the same time, I’ve always enjoyed making things: products, games, art, music, food and more! (I’m inspired by the muses :) ) Most of my professional career I’ve been designing […]
  • Some Thoughts on Earth Day – Design a Better World and Walk the Talk

    Plish
    23 Apr 2015 | 12:41 am
    So often we get caught up in fighting for  causes that we don’t notice that in our zealousness we can betray the very the cause we’re trumpeting.  We can talk about the need to take care of the poor and not actually help the people in our own neighborhoods who are struggling to find food […]
  • Brand Strategy and Design – One Collective Voice at FUSE 2015

    Plish
    22 Mar 2015 | 11:59 pm
    Yes, one of my favorite conferences is coming up and I hope to see you there! FUSE 2015 From April 13-15  in Chicago, Illinois, the Loews Hotel will be home to a provocative and inspiring mix of leaders in Design, Brand Strategy, Marketing, Innovation, Trends, and Strategy.  For 3 days you will have an opportunity to learn, […]
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    Holiday Matinee

  • Let’s take that shit analog

    kiran
    16 May 2015 | 5:36 pm
    When was the last time you sent some snail mail? I don’t know about you, but I think it’s a mighty fine way to spend an afternoon and these Note Cards from Folk Rebellion have the perfect amount of edge to make it more fun. Also be sure to check out the Folk Rebellion site proper, which is chock full of content that will make you want to be more analog. The post Let’s take that shit analog appeared first on Holiday Matinee.
  • Woodsist Festival 2015 Mixtape

    kiran
    14 May 2015 | 10:38 pm
    As one of the few festivals I’ve never been to (but really wanted to attend), I’m pumped to head down to Big Sur for Woodsist Festival. This year, the folksy shindig moves from Henry Miller Memorial Library to Loma Vista Cafe and Gardens, an equally amazing place to kick it underneath the trees and let nature and music heal ALL the wounds. In anticipation, I’ve put together a mixtape featuring a couple songs from each artist. Tickets are sold out, but here’s hoping some of you out there nabbed tickets early and are joining me in playing hookey from work on Monday.
  • Sleep your way to the top in these headphones

    kiran
    12 May 2015 | 3:08 pm
    Kokoon has come up with a pretty rad idea to help us all get a better night’s sleep, whether we’re cruising at 40,000 feet in the sky or just laying in bed listening to our neighbor sing YouTube karaoke. Its headphones are designed so that you can wear them comfortably no matter where or how you sleep, plus using EEG technology, they know what stage of sleep you’re in to promote your ability to nod off and stay there. I don’t know about you, but I’m never feeling very creative when I miss out on some shuteye, so I’d be willing to give these a shot.
  • Embrace the Grind

    kiran
    5 May 2015 | 1:40 pm
    I follow the Hamburger Eyes YouTube channel because the conversation is always entertaining. Sometimes it’s ridiculous and it’s generally not elegant, but you will find wisdom tucked within. Take this recent video where Jamie and Ray talk about the pleasure/pain dynamic and embracing the grind, whatever yours may be. Over the past few days, I’ve been thinking about this and you know what? It’s working. Click here to view the embedded video. The post Embrace the Grind appeared first on Holiday Matinee.
  • Gramming For Good

    kiran
    4 May 2015 | 12:29 pm
    There’s caught grammin’, but I’d much rather be caught Gramming For Good. This new project from our buddy Daniel Cohen is connecting nonprofits with rad photographers that want to give a little of their time to give back to causes they are passionate about. The project is in soft launch stage, but is accepting applications from both nonprofits and photographers so it can do the matchmaking and make the introductions. Whether sparks fly is up to left up to the two cuties. For more info, check out the site and stay tuned for a June 11th event during SF Design Week. The post…
 
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    Inventor Spot - Inventions, Innovations, and Interesting Ideas for the Inventor in All of Us

  • My Sleevies: When You Don’t Want To Bare It All

    M Dee Dubroff
    26 May 2015 | 12:26 am
    Do you wish your arms were invisible when you get into a swimsuit? How about the rest of you? If you do, rest assured that you are no alone. Introducing My Sleevies, an innovative, attractive and attachable alternative to bare arms. that has come just in time for beach season.T
  • Invention Of The Week? Halo WX Smoke Detector Also Warns Of Natural Disasters

    Paul Fitzgerald
    25 May 2015 | 4:14 pm
    A new smoke detector that is loaded with all sorts of unique features will soon hit the market. Its inventors claim it is the best in the world. So, what makes the Halo WX Smoke Detector so special?
  • Solid Lip Gloss? Check Out OFRA's Lip Gloss Stick

    Alicia Zuberbier
    25 May 2015 | 12:30 pm
    Lip gloss....probably the first makeup every girl owned. As little girls, we carried around tubes of flavored and shiny lip gloss. But how can women over the age of nine still get the shine without smelling like bubble gum or grape? OFRA Cosmetics introduced a new kind of lip gloss, perfect for women who love shiny lips but in a sophisticated form. OFRA's Lip Gloss Stick is an elegant way to add the gloss we all love to any look.
  • Girls Get the Anime Look with Extra-Wide Contact Lenses

    Steve Levenstein
    25 May 2015 | 4:54 am
    Anime girls are known for their big-eyed beauty; so much so that Japanese girls are now trying to snag anime-obsessed Otaku by wearing extra-wide tinted contact lenses.
  • Handy Bikes Is Bringing Mobile Bike Repair To DC

    Samantha Pankey
    23 May 2015 | 9:00 am
    Handy Bikes DC has only been around for about two years, however in that time, they have become DC's highest rated bicycle repair shop. Now, they are taking their business to the streets. Among the many food trucks in DC, residents may soon see a "mobile repair unit," able to service cyclists who need emergency repairs.
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    Creativity Unbound

  • If You Could Pick Only One, Would You Hire Don, Peggy or Joan? I asked, and a litany of advertising VIPs answered

    edward boches
    23 May 2015 | 12:18 pm
    (This post originally appeared on AdWeek.) We know them better than we know some of our own peers. We’ve admired their work. We’ve watched them present. We’ve seen them build an agency. We’ve also witnessed them create problems, fail miserably and fight among themselves. So if your creative department could hire only one character from Mad Men, who would it be: Don Draper, Peggy Olson or Joan Holloway? I posed that question on Facebook this week, and creative directors and agency executives wasted no time weighing in. Yes, there’s a winner, and (spoiler alert)…
  • Creative people can’t help themselves, they have to create

    edward boches
    19 May 2015 | 2:17 pm
    Peggy got Don thinking about Coke and he couldn’t stop himself. I was a day late to the Mad Men finale. Truth be told, I had to watch it without commercials. As my friend Daniel Stein once said, “advertising interrupts a good story with a less interesting story.” In fast forward mode I did catch a glimpse of Adobe’s Photoshop ad, which debuted on the Oscars, and for a moment I considered watching it on the big screen, but I really didn’t want to delay the climax of the better story. Well my take is simple. While the pundits, none of whom ever worked in advertising or felt…
  • What we talk about when we talk about advertising*

    edward boches
    1 Mar 2015 | 1:55 pm
    The good folks at Innovation Hub, a weekly NPR radio show produced at WGBH in Boston, recently invited Thinkmodo’s James Percelay and me to chat about where advertising is headed in the years to come. Hint: it’s not going away. Granted no one has a crystal ball, but if this show is any indication, one thing we can be certain of is that people in the business will never be short on opinions. Myself included. And we all like to predict. My thoughts, which you can hear preserved forever on the episode titled 21st Century Mad Men, are summed up in one of the examples I shared. In a few years…
  • How to succeed in advertising: show up

    edward boches
    13 Feb 2015 | 10:51 am
    Against all odds ( l to r) Kristen Cavallo, Shirley Leung, Pam Hamlin and Karen Kaplan appear on stage together. It was Tuesday. The entire city of Boston was digging out from its third major storm in 30 days. Snowbound cars clogged city streets. Small mountains of snow and ice stood at every corner. Getting from one end of the city to the other could take an hour or more. And that’s if you could find a cab since public transportation was shut down. This was causing me undue stress. In 36 hours I had 260 people coming to a sold out event at Boston University. Invitations had gone out.
  • Lessons from Snickers and the Bathing Suit Issue

    edward boches
    10 Feb 2015 | 6:42 am
    Take a look at BBDO’s Snicker ad on the back cover of this week’s Sports Illustrated Bathing Suit issue. Brilliant. Not because it’s a print ad, but because it hijacks a cultural moment. The fact is there aren’t very many universal or all-inclusive media events anymore – the Super Bowl, the Oscars, a few others perhaps. But smart brands and their marketing partners can create visible concepts by identifying the few that do remain and making themselves a part of them. It could be the news, public events, popular TV episodes or in this case a highly anticipated magazine edition.
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    The Brainzooming Group

  • Creative Inspiration – The Streets of San Francisco

    Mike Brown
    21 May 2015 | 2:50 am
    The creative inspiration behind today’s “few words and more pictures” post relates to how, in one way or another, we have to make daily decisions about how we handle the events and situations we face in life. These moments of creative inspiration are all from walking the streets of San Francisco going to mass at Notre Dame des Victoires Church or coming back from dinner and walking up Nob Hill. It was my first time back in San Francisco in years. It was fun to see places that are the same, and others that have changed names, but were still recognizable from what surrounded…
  • Brand Innovation – 7 Keys to Creating a Brand Toolkit

    Mike Brown
    20 May 2015 | 2:50 am
    First-time workshop questions always trigger blog posts. A new question from last week’s Outside-In Brand Innovation Brainzooming Workshop at the Brand Strategy Conference is no exception. The intimate size of the brand innovation workshop afforded a rare opportunity. The participants decided to select one brand from among the attendees with everyone working together on outside-in innovation exercises for that brand. Using this approach with the strategic thinking questions, we created a tremendous jumpstart for a B2C brand whose brand manager admitted struggling with differentiating…
  • Effective Presentation Skills – More than 127 Tips for Speakers

    Mike Brown
    19 May 2015 | 2:50 am
    Based on conferences I attend, there’s an opportunity to see many “emerging speakers.” These are either executives inside corporations or ones having recently departed. They are in a different experience and style category compared to speakers on the full-time speaking circuit. This speaking world of emerging speakers is both frustrating and exciting. It’s frustrating when you sit through full-on bores with content that isn’t compelling. There’s one global B2B company, and every speaker I’ve seen from it the past few years is arrogant and plainly disconnected…
  • Strategic Thinking Exercises – 8 Ideas for Brand Innovation

    Mike Brown
    18 May 2015 | 2:50 am
    I compare how we approach creating Brainzooming strategic thinking workshops to how a band develops a live music set list for a concert. For example, I read somewhere that when Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band go out on tour, they have more than two hundred songs ready to slot into any one concert. They play some songs nearly all the time; other songs might only appear once. That’s comparable to how we select specific strategic thinking questions and exercises from among our large (and always growing) repertoire for a client session. We include some exercises (in one form or…
  • Strategic Change Management in 1 or 2 steps?

    Mike Brown
    15 May 2015 | 2:50 am
    If you’re trying to create strategic change in an organization having a sense it knows the right way to do things and an even stronger perceived handle on which things are important to do and not do, what is the best change strategy? Is it better to do a two-step sale or a one-step sale to get the go ahead for strategic change? This strategic pondering emerged from several Brand Strategy Conference presentations this week. Strategic Change Management in 1 or 2 steps? There were discussions during various Brand Strategy Conference presentations about how you get an organization to…
 
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    Christa Avampato

  • This just in: How to know who you are

    Christa Avampato
    26 May 2015 | 12:00 am
    How are we? What we want determines who we are and who we become.Filed under: curiosity, feelings
  • This just in: Memorial Day and the act of memory in action

    Christa Avampato
    24 May 2015 | 11:27 pm
    Hero “A hero is someone who has given his or her life to something bigger than oneself.” ~Joseph Campbell This weekend, we will take some time to pause, reflect, and give thanks to the many men and women who have served in the armed forces and given their lives to keep our country safe. As we bow our heads and lift our hearts this Memorial Day, I also hope we can use the example of these brave men and women to consider how we can serve and how we can make the world we live in a little better every day for others. Let’s be heroes to each other. Happy Memorial Day and thank…
  • This just in: Isabel Allende’s cure-all for writer’s block and how to leave a legacy

    Christa Avampato
    21 May 2015 | 11:00 pm
    “Write what should not be forgotten…” ~ Isabel Allende “Write what should not be forgotten…” ~ Isabel Allende If ever you find yourself with writer’s block, Isabel Allende offers you the only remedy you need. We will all, eventually, pass on. Writers leave a legacy, a trail of breadcrumbs open to anyone and everyone who arrives on our path. Most of the people who read our work will never meet us, will never have the chance to sit down and ask, “So how did your life go this time around?” Your writing will be what stands the test of time.
  • This just in: It’s okay to close some doors

    Christa Avampato
    21 May 2015 | 2:00 am
    The world is full of possibilities. What no one tells us is that not every one of them is meant for us. The only work we ever really have to do is to find the doors that are ours to open. And no one can make that choice for you except you. Other people will try to push you down one path or another. They will try to tell you that this or that opportunity is too good to pass up. What matters is whether or not that opportunity is something you want and leads to a place you want to go.Filed under: choices, decision-making
  • This just in: These are the days that must happen to you

    Christa Avampato
    19 May 2015 | 11:00 pm
    Brighter days ahead “These are the days that must happen to you.” ~Walt Whitman We can’t be sure of any moment’s purpose as it happens. That’s why recording and reflecting on our thoughts and experiences is such a valuable practice. Now that I’ve had a number of years to collect and review my own stories of life as it’s unfolded, I’m finding that my faith in the universe, myself, and others is growing at an unprecedented rate. In reflection, I understand the tough times. The disappointment, anger, and sadness, even the injustice, makes sense. I…
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    Value innovation consulting for enterprises and startups

  • A simple piece of advice on how to disrupt yourself

    Jorge
    21 May 2015 | 6:08 am
    40% of today’s Fortune 500 companies will be gone in ten years: Lifespans of top companies are shrinking – average company lifespan on S&P 500 going from 60 years to 15. pic.twitter.com/HljwA1rDF2 — Vala Afshar (@ValaAfshar) February 15, 2015 Think about that… For established businesses, the path to transformation is really simple: innovate or die. To do so, established businesses must adopt an innovators mindset. And one of the main attitudes that drives innovation inside established businesses is a willingness to cannibalize: Innovative companies are more willing to eat…
  • The Difference Between Customer Needs and Wants

    Jorge
    20 May 2015 | 6:10 am
    Understanding the difference between a customer’s wants and needs is a major key to succeeding in business. Often what a customer wants is diametrically opposed to what they need. As a businessperson, your job is to give the customer what they want. Helping them to understand what they need is also important. However, it’s not your responsibility to convince customers to get what they need. Businesses make money by satisfying their customers. Often it’s easier to sell them what they want than what the need. So that’s where businesspeople should primarily focus their…
  • New Disruption Study: How entrepreneurship is driving corporate reinvention

    Jorge
    15 May 2015 | 7:14 am
    With the inevitable rise of entrepreneurship and startups driving customer innovation, incumbent companies have begun adopting some of their techniques to either catch up or really stimulate transformation within the enterprise. A recent report by BPI Network called “Start-Up Innovation: Inspiring Business Transformation,” examines the impact of digital disruption on global enterprises and markets. The research report is based on an online survey of more than 250 enterprise business leaders and innovators across North America, Europe and Asia. Survey respondents ranked the top five ways…
  • Without great leadership there is no innovation

    Jorge
    14 May 2015 | 6:20 am
    What does a culture of innovation look like? It’s a question I discussed on a previous blog post but elaborated further on the Culture Radio podcast by Be Furniture… Culture for me is: what do we prize and what don’t we tolerate? So it’s behavioral. And if you don’t shape it at the beginning, you’ll end up with a culture that you don’t really want. It’s very hard to change it later on. So, taking that point of view, when you talk about innovation, well, number one is that innovation happens only when people are supported, when they’re given freedom and when they’re…
  • 6 of the most common strategy traps

    Jorge
    11 May 2015 | 5:39 am
    Strategy without change is pointless, and doing what everyone else is doing is not a strategy; it’s a key principle most business people don’t get. Take the most common advice you hear out there: don’t limit yourself to niche market; you won’t make any money. First of all, it’s all about context. And, you come in with a different angle if you are aiming transform the category/industry/market. So that common advice is worthless without proper context and perspective; which many lack because they are doing what everyone else is doing. It’s an all too common…
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  • 5 Tips: Unlocking New Meaning for Keywords

    Steve
    7 May 2015 | 6:13 pm
    The constant evolution of digital marketing necessitates regular revision of what we define as a keyword. In the past, keywords referred to basic phrases that captured a theme someone might find interesting. If you recall the early days of AOL, well-known companies promote their “keyword” to help you find your content on that platform (Ironically […]
  • How Can You Reach Impossible-To-Reach Customers With Paid Search?

    Steve
    3 Mar 2015 | 7:05 pm
    Let say you’re trying to use paid search ads promote physical therapy services solely to people who are claiming workman’s comp. Essentially you must reach a group of people who meet a specific requirement. You know the value paid search has in reaching and converting people like those in your target audience, but you have […]
  • Common Misconceptions About PPC Keywords

    Steve
    21 Feb 2015 | 9:38 am
    As with any developing technology, some people hold misconceptions about PPC keywords. Some are completely false, while others are based on half-truths that simply need some clarification. While I can’t pretend that I’ve seen it all when it comes to misconceptions about pay-per-click (PPC) marketing, there are a few about keywords I want to address. […]
  • The Mailman on Analytics

    Steve
    12 Feb 2015 | 7:41 pm
    NBA Legend Karl Malone recently gave a pretty eyebrow-raising interview which is currently getting quite a bit of attention. Most of that interest centers on the comments he made about fighting former teammate, Kobe Bryant, but what I want to look at is what he said about the use of analytics in sports. The Mailman, […]
  • 5 Pay Per Click Account Items You’ve Gotta Review in the New Year

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

  • What You Need To Know About Social Hiring

    Rakesh Singh
    25 May 2015 | 6:00 am
    Thinking about applying for a new job? Make sure that you keep your social media profiles updated and crisp, because recruiters these days are queuing up on websites like Facebook, Linkedin, and Twitter to get the best of the lot. If on the contrary you’re hiring, then make sure that you go through a chunk of digital profiles and do extensive social hiring research on prospective applicants. Recruitment Today – What’s Trending? Among the wide variety of recruitment portals, corporate career sites and direct sourcing have seen a lull when compared to social networking sites, mobile…
  • How To Convert More Candidates Using Psychology

    Ben Slater
    22 May 2015 | 3:00 pm
    In today’s hyper-competitive recruitment market, the secret to convincing great talent to apply is often as simple as understanding exactly what they want (and expect) from your company. Unfortunately, we’re too busy to get to know all candidates personally. So, what do we do? Well how about a secret weapon?Try to convert candidates using psychology. Developing a basic understanding of the subtleties of the human mind can give you a major headstart in the hiring process. Our brains often react in the same way to certain impulses, so there is plenty of scope for finding creative…
  • #TChat Preview: How Improving the Candidate Experience Empowers a Better Workforce

    TalentCulture Team + Guests
    22 May 2015 | 6:00 am
    The TalentCulture #TChat Show is back live on Wednesday, May 27, 2015, at its new time from 1-2 pm ET (10-11 am PT). Last week we talked about how disruptive technologies will empower the future of HR, and this week we’re going to talk about how improving the candidate experience empowers a better workforce. The hiring economy today is highly complex. Even though job growth has improved dramatically in the past 14 months, employers still struggle to fill jobs due to talent shortages. The Candidate Experience (CandE) Awards were created to provide a universal measure of the candidate…
  • #TChat Recap: How Disruptive Technologies Will Empower The Future Of HR

    Meghan M. Biro
    21 May 2015 | 11:00 am
    This week we were joined by Alexandra Levit, Future of Work speaker, author of “They Don’t Teach Corporate in College” and long time friend of #TChat. Alexandra talked with us about how disruptive technologies will empower the future of HR. The next decade will huge change to the world of work. We discussed those disruptive digital HR technologies that will influence the form and function of HR in a various ways like how and where we work today, how we recruit and hire, and how we train and develop the workforce. The podcast also touched on which tools, such as email and those…
  • Avoiding The Pitfalls Of Employee Engagement

    Mark Lukens
    20 May 2015 | 7:00 am
    Employee engagement is ever more vital for modern businesses. As social media and big data make it easier for us to hunt out potential employees and try to lure them to work for us, so we face the growing risk of having our own best talent lured away. Employee engagement remains largely about getting the most from your staff, but it is also becoming ever more important for hanging on to the staff you have. So how can you get the most out of engagement and avoid its most common pitfalls? A long Term Investment Shifting from thinking about employee engagement to employee investment might sound…
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    Innovative Brain Food from New & Improved

  • Exploration: The Innovation Frontier

    New & Improved, LLC
    15 May 2015 | 12:19 pm
    In today's busy environment, it's nearly impossible to find time for lunch, let alone dedicate time to explore outside of your day-to-day objectives. However, if you don't make the time for broader view exploration then your organization will likely miss opportunities to create new value that will foster future success.
  • Innovation Pointers: Don't kill ideas - Create killer ideas instead

    New & Improved, LLC
    11 May 2015 | 11:10 am
    If we want robust innovation, we have to change the way we typically evaluate newness. This simple shift in the way we evaluate ideas might just turn an idea that would have been killed into the next breakthrough. Read on and you'll get the point.
  • The Innovative Brain - April 2015 - Stumbling on Innovation

    New & Improved, LLC
    30 Apr 2015 | 12:28 pm
    When was the last time you stumbled upon an innovative idea? What did you do about it? In our most recent, The Innovative Brain, newsletter we share some tips for how you can prepare your mind for innovation. As Nobel prize-winning biochemist Albert Szent-Gyorgi said, "A discovery is said to be...
  • Innovation Leadership - 6 Values that Foster an Innovative Climate

    New & Improved, LLC
    17 Apr 2015 | 11:18 am
    A leader's behavior has a direct impact on innovation culture. Often well intended managers stifle innovation. Learn more about the values an innovative leader should hold dear. And, how living these values will foster a more supportive climate for creative thinking and innovation.
  • Innovation Governance: Optimize your Innovation Pipeline

    New & Improved, LLC
    9 Apr 2015 | 2:34 pm
    Establishing a pipeline for product development is important, but it's only a first step. The flow of ideas may quickly get bogged down. One "Big Pharma" company saved millions by unclogging its pipeline with POINt, an easy and powerful tool.
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    Front End of Innovation Blog

  • This Week In Innovation: 5/18/15 - 5/22/15

    22 May 2015 | 6:18 am
    The "What If" Innovation Process: The four parts and how Uber drivers are benefitingHigh-Impact Innovations: Game changing innovations that exist today via MashableWasting Money and Time? How to find real innovation Disruption Is More Than The Buzzword It Has Become: Traveling down the curvy road of innovation The Future Of Router Security: 30 years old and still struggling to find their footingWeb Trends: Immersive Interactive Design, Animations and TransitionsAmerican Innovation Lies On A Weak Foundation: Innovation has flatlined over the past few years Open Source As A Path To Innovation:…
  • Live from the Front End of Innovation 2015: A Panel on Creating a Culture that Supports Innovation

    21 May 2015 | 6:57 pm
    We expect you to show up as yourself at work. -- Vaishali Jadhav, Whole FoodsIn that statement is one of the secrets not just to Whole Foods's culture, but to any cadre of people looking to innovate. Everyone brings their own frame of reference to their work, and one of the keys to innovation is harnessing that vast diversity and integrating it into a host of ideas. Many of the features that make Whole Foods stores a fun and exciting experience, such as bars and ice rinks, came from employees' putting a piece of themselves into their day-to-day work.As Jadhav noted, having the…
  • Fail Fast and The Purple One (Part II)

    21 May 2015 | 4:14 am
    Immediately following Tom Kelley came Seth Godin. He opened with the idea that, “Golf is the worst spectator sport ever.” Well played sir, with golf your applause is muted, you can’t see the action and the ball is so small that the sport can be tricky to follow. Still it offers a great opportunity to nap, but I digress.Godin’s true talent remains less in his ability to tell a compelling narrative, but to cheerlead the innovation and creativity within all of us. Packed densely within his discussion were his very greatest hits, a compilation of all the great wisdom and thinking from his…
  • Fail Fast and The Purple One (Part I)

    21 May 2015 | 4:10 am
    On this last day of the conference FEI saved the very best and brought out the big guns, Tom Kelley of IDEO and writer/entrepreneur Seth Godin. Visionaries, legends and icons are words you can safely use in describing them. I have not had the privilege of hearing either of them speak but knew of them from Ted Talks and the numerous books and articles they’ve authored. It’s safe to compare the experience to putting on a Rolling Stones album versus seeing them live. First came Tom Kelley who had a very simple, straightforward prose and presentation. It still remains dense and rich with…
  • Live from the Front End of Innovation 2015: Miki Agrawal on Doing Cool S*ht

    21 May 2015 | 12:52 am
    I have some good news, and some bad news. Since this is Miki Agrawal's talk, bad news first:Bad news: You haven't changed the world enough.Good news: You have the opportunity to learn how you can do more from Miki Agrawal.Thing 1: Sh*t happens -- now go make something of it.Miki told a number of stories about the challenges that she faced, ranging from embarrassing moments to pains in the...well, I'd say to use your imagination, but you'd rather not. Of course, that's the whole problem: people are not willing to imagine these pains, and they are not willing to discuss them. Instead of facing…
 
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    The Discipline of Innovation Blog

  • Zappos Just Pulled Off the Boldest Change Management Move Ever

    Tim Kastelle
    12 May 2015 | 8:06 am
    Why aren’t we mad at the bad managers? Have you heard that 210 people left Zappos at the end of April because they apparently don’t like the new flat management system called Holacracy® that the firm is moving to? I’ll bet you have. In the 12 days since that happened, have you heard that: US Steel announced more layoffs, bringing them to 9000 people cut for the year. Siemens cut another 4500 people, bringing their cuts to more than 12000 for the year. Lenovo laid off 235 people. Labinal Power Systems let 480 people go. Manitoba Telecom and Mountain Iron both laid off 400…
  • Efficiency is the Enemy of Innovation

    Tim Kastelle
    21 Apr 2015 | 3:04 am
    This quote, from the book Not Knowing by Steven D’Souza and Diana Renner: To arrive at the simplest truth, as Newton knew and practised, requires years of contemplation. Not activity. Not reasoning. Not calculating. Not busy behavior of any kind. Not making any effort. Not thinking. Simply bearing in mind what it is one needs to know. – Mathematician G Spencer Brown … reminded me of this quote from Duchamp by Calvin Tompkins: His finest work is his use of time. That was Marcel Duchamp’s friend Henri-Pierre Roché’s comment on Duchamp. While Duchamp is probably…
  • Authenticity is an Evolving Process of Search and Discovery

    Tim Kastelle
    19 Apr 2015 | 12:59 am
    The Trap of Authenticity Do organisations need to be authentic? It’s a question that came up as I was talking to a colleague recently. He runs a program for the London Stock Exchange designed to accelerate growth in mid-sized companies so that they will become big enough to list on the LSE faster.  One of the firms in the program right now refuses to let their name be known – they’re afraid that their customers will think that trying to grow is inauthentic. It’s an interesting problem – the firm makes food and their brand is built on edginess, and…
  • Do Work Worth Doing

    Tim Kastelle
    13 Apr 2015 | 1:52 am
    My Grandfather’s Watch I only got to meet one of my two grandfathers – my Mom’s father George.  My Dad’s parents both died when Dad was very young.  They each had watches that have been passed down through our family. I recently put a new band on the watch from Grandpa George so that I can wear it a bit more often.  This is how it looks now: It’s about 50 years old.  Grandpa was a bus driver, and wanted a good watch to keep time on his route.  This Waltham was not an expensive watch at the time.  In fact, it was about the cheapest automatic watch you could…
  • Innovation and Organizational Culture

    Ralph-Christian
    21 Feb 2015 | 2:37 pm
    Recently, the Boston Consulting Group (BCG) has published key findings of their latest “Most Innovative Companies 2014” survey. Beside the annual ranking, headed by the top three companies Apple, Google and Samsung, some insightful outcomes with regard to organizational and cultural requirements have striked my eye. According to BCG’s research, successfully innovating companies approach innovation as a system. The system is rooted in experimentation, and, like all adaptive systems, it evolves over time as the external environment and internal needs change.  …
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  • Deloitte Lacks Diversity: What’s the Impact on Innovation?

    Stefan Lindegaard
    21 May 2015 | 5:54 pm
      Diversity is better for innovation, right? So what’s wrong with this picture? (26 new partners in Deloitte Denmark) Deloitte makes a major push on innovation advice and services. It’s great to have such a player putting more focus on innovation, but I have to raise a question here. What’s the impact on innovation thinking and the advice you offer in such a situation? Unfortunately, this lack of diversity is not just an issue with Deloitte. It happens all over the corporate world. It has to change. Read how Google is showing us a way to do this: Google – Will Diversity Lead to…
  • Free Webinar: What You Need to Know on the Execution of Innovation

    Stefan Lindegaard
    19 May 2015 | 11:44 pm
    Did you know that the front end of innovation has become the easy part of corporate innovation? The real challenge is the execution part. Did you know that many companies focus more on ideas than people when it comes to innovation? Ideas are important, but people make things happen and thus the right order of focus should be people first, processes next and then ideas. If these questions make you think about the execution of innovation, then you should join my webinar – hosted by HYPE Innovation – in which you will get these insights: the key insights corporate innovators miss on…
  • Intrapreneurs and Corporate Rebels: This Is for You!

    Stefan Lindegaard
    19 May 2015 | 12:35 pm
    I have been in love with the term intrapreneur – and the idea behind the term – for many years now. It is a term that many people do not understand in full, but in essence this is about people who do not like the status quo and are willing to put up an effort to change things within a larger organization that does not always welcome change. As I am preparing to give a talk on how intrapreneurs can boost their careers and make their companies stronger at the upcoming Intrapreneurship Conference in London in May, I stumbled over some blog posts that I believe will be inspiring to those, who…
  • The Danger of Complacency: The Power of Nordic Innovation Fades Away

    Stefan Lindegaard
    1 May 2015 | 5:43 am
    The Nordic countries and their companies have been heralded as true champions of innovation for many years. Although the countries are tiny in size, they have made a big impact around the world and everyone knows global icon companies such as Lego, Ikea and Nokia Unfortunately, I think the Nordic countries and companies are getting into serious trouble with their innovation efforts. Lots of innovation activities and initiatives were shut down during the financial crisis and although things are starting to pick up again, it might be too late. The problem is complacency. There seems to be a…
  • Turkey: An Upcoming Innovation Powerhouse

    Stefan Lindegaard
    26 Apr 2015 | 9:47 am
    As I interact more and more with Turkish companies and meet their corporate innovators, I begin to understand the potential in this emerging country. Today, we don’t hear much about Turkish innovation efforts in the innovation community and we don’t hear them present great cases at the leading innovation conferences, but this is about to change. You can just consider the below facts on the Turkish economy to get an idea of the scale of the underlying economic drivers that are in play. If you have an economy like this, you have lots of opportunities as a corporate executive and as a…
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    Innovation Speaker

  • Creating a Structured, Repeatable Process For Innovation

    Robert Brands
    25 May 2015 | 1:28 pm
    Established companies do not easily reinvent themselves.  History shows us that Innovation is often the strategy of startups – but not only is it important in getting to the top, innovation is... Visit our Innovation-Innovation coach website today! http://www.innovationcoach.com/
  • Ownership: To Risk or Not to Risk

    Robert Brands
    2 May 2015 | 8:19 pm
    It’s easy to view leadership with rose-colored glasses, to envision the accolades and respect that comes with authority. However, from the beginning of modern business, the pressures associated with... Visit our Innovation-Innovation coach website today! http://www.innovationcoach.com/
  • Observation, Measurement, and How They Lead to Sustainable Innovation

    Robert Brands
    7 Apr 2015 | 9:50 am
    The degree in which a company prioritizes sustainable innovation can often become the difference between a successful business and a struggling business. True innovation does more than just meet the... Visit our Innovation-Innovation coach website today! http://www.innovationcoach.com/
  • Complacency, Stagnancy, and Their Effects on Innovation

    Robert Brands
    4 Apr 2015 | 10:57 pm
    Though competition is an unavoidable aspect of business, its effects can potentially foster or deter innovation depending on a leader’s management style. Celebrating success and discouraging failure... Visit our Innovation-Innovation coach website today! http://www.innovationcoach.com/
  • Exponential Leadership and Innovation

    Robert Brands
    16 Mar 2015 | 8:56 pm
    “If I had asked people what they wanted, they would have said faster horses.”  While there is no hard evidence to attribute the above quote to Henry Ford, there is no argument that he was a visionary... Visit our Innovation-Innovation coach website today! http://www.innovationcoach.com/
 
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    Paul4innovating's Innovation Views

  • The challenge for the CIO is the fusion of business and IT.

    paul4innovating
    19 May 2015 | 6:35 am
    Taken from the Field Guide for Practical IT by Deloittes In the past twelve months or even more, I think there have been some exceptional reports and thinking coming out of Deliotte’s group, from its dedicated practice centers, their University Press and the Deliotte Consulting LLP, mainly from the US practice. I would regard their thought leadership as close to the top or even at the very top of any of the big consulting firms. I’ve certainly gained some richer understanding as I am sure many others have and for me Deloitte deserve significant praise for investing in their thought…
  • Delivering the innovation core: building capability, capacity and competency.

    paul4innovating
    14 May 2015 | 7:12 am
    Each organization needs to understand its strategic resources to build continuously, so as to sustain and grow the organization; otherwise it will eventually die, starved of what is vital to sustain itself. The resources provide the lungs that give oxygen; they need to constantly be nurtured, too breathe and pump new life into the existing. For innovation the same applies, we need to consistently build our innovating resources, they give delivery of the healthy living cells to promote and sustain us in new value potential. The problem is we often are not very good at maintaining our resources…
  • Disruption, Destruction, Digital – Our Way of Future Life?

    paul4innovating
    9 May 2015 | 12:44 am
    I wanted to depart from just focusing on extolling innovation within this post – a sort of sound off, of sorts. It seems in all I keep reading that we are being extorted to disrupt our enterprises before someone else does. The constant threat of both those known to us and those unknown competitors who can simply raise money based on a disruptive concept, provide a different business model and then attack tomorrow. It is not a comfortable feeling is it? We are told It is in our ‘complacency’ that we are losing our competitive advantages, even face extinction from these that attack…
  • The Connected Art of Selling Outcome-Based Solutions

    paul4innovating
    7 May 2015 | 5:28 am
    The typical linear and often siloed mindset that we have for much of our innovation thinking within our business organizations, has to rapidly fall away. We are in the ‘cusp’ of a fundamental change that technology, platforms and connected ecosystems will bring into the mix for connecting and collaborating in dramatically different ways than the past. One of the implications will be our need in measuring and the metrics within companies. The measurement of inputs, throughout and outputs need to become far more focused on delivering speed and scale potential as the critical points.
  • Balancing Our Innovation Understanding

    paul4innovating
    1 May 2015 | 6:11 am
    Recently I have been hearing of a lot about different innovation equations that will deliver the value on the efforts you put in. I think the activity behind all of this is actually very encouraging, it shows the current dissatisfaction with what we have and the quest for providing a formula for overcoming this ‘present state’. I think they are all contributing to a promising future. Yet we need to consider the balance within any innovation understanding or equation to derive its real value. At least this introduction allows me to work in a few of my own contributions here. If you are…
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    Conquering Innovation Fatigue: Helping Inventors, Entrepreneurs and Leaders Find Innovation Success

  • More Cold Water on the Fire of Innovation: Unnecessary Patent Reform

    Jeffrey Lindsay
    21 May 2015 | 7:23 pm
    Abraham Lincoln said that the patent system “added the fuel of interest to the fires of genius.” Today the fires of genius and the fire of innovation itself is getting doused with something less helpful than fuel. These fires are being cooled and, in some cases, extinguished with harsh attacks on the IP rights that once enabled and motivated lone inventors and small businesses to take the fruits of their genius to the market. The owners of small businesses, the people who generate most of the innovation and business growth in the United States have good reason to be worried. Their ability…
  • A Need To Save the US Patent System: A Warning from Dana Rohrabacher

    Jeffrey Lindsay
    15 Mar 2015 | 4:32 am
    Many leading IP professionals working with the US patent system are growing increasingly concerned about the weakening of the IP system there. Some are so concerned that they are wondering what steps can be taken to save it. Save it from what, you might ask? Save it from erosion of the basic property rights that the Constitution sought to protect. Solve it from the capricious destruction of the incentives that inventors need to create and share their work. Save it from judges and politicians who see patents and property rights as problems. One man who wants to save our IP system is Rep. Dana…
  • The Dangerfield Theory of Innovation and IP in China

    Jeffrey Lindsay
    7 Feb 2015 | 8:52 am
    Rodney Dangerfield’s 1980 comedy album No Respect, an image that describes Chinese IP and innovation in the eyes of the West. From Wikipedia, licensed under Fair Use. In a few days, I’ll be speaking about IP and innovation in China at the RISE 2015 conference in Miami, Florida, sponsored by INDA (a professional organization for the nonwoven fabrics industry). In my presentation, I’ll be sharing my “Dangerfield Theory” of IP and innovation in China. The Dangerfield Theory is based on comedian Rodney Dangerfield, who famously and repeatedly complained that he got…
  • The Anti-Patent Revolution in the United States

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

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

  • A simple piece of advice on how to disrupt yourself

    Jorge
    21 May 2015 | 6:08 am
    40% of today’s Fortune 500 companies will be gone in ten years: Lifespans of top companies are shrinking – average company lifespan on S&P 500 going from 60 years to 15. pic.twitter.com/HljwA1rDF2 — Vala Afshar (@ValaAfshar) February 15, 2015 Think about that… For established businesses, the path to transformation is really simple: innovate or die. To do so, established businesses must adopt an innovators mindset. And one of the main attitudes that drives innovation inside established businesses is a willingness to cannibalize: Innovative companies are more willing to eat…
  • The Difference Between Customer Needs and Wants

    Jorge
    20 May 2015 | 6:10 am
    Understanding the difference between a customer’s wants and needs is a major key to succeeding in business. Often what a customer wants is diametrically opposed to what they need. As a businessperson, your job is to give the customer what they want. Helping them to understand what they need is also important. However, it’s not your responsibility to convince customers to get what they need. Businesses make money by satisfying their customers. Often it’s easier to sell them what they want than what the need. So that’s where businesspeople should primarily focus their…
  • New Disruption Study: How entrepreneurship is driving corporate reinvention

    Jorge
    15 May 2015 | 7:14 am
    With the inevitable rise of entrepreneurship and startups driving customer innovation, incumbent companies have begun adopting some of their techniques to either catch up or really stimulate transformation within the enterprise. A recent report by BPI Network called “Start-Up Innovation: Inspiring Business Transformation,” examines the impact of digital disruption on global enterprises and markets. The research report is based on an online survey of more than 250 enterprise business leaders and innovators across North America, Europe and Asia. Survey respondents ranked the top five ways…
  • Without great leadership there is no innovation

    Jorge
    14 May 2015 | 6:20 am
    What does a culture of innovation look like? It’s a question I discussed on a previous blog post but elaborated further on the Culture Radio podcast by Be Furniture… Culture for me is: what do we prize and what don’t we tolerate? So it’s behavioral. And if you don’t shape it at the beginning, you’ll end up with a culture that you don’t really want. It’s very hard to change it later on. So, taking that point of view, when you talk about innovation, well, number one is that innovation happens only when people are supported, when they’re given freedom and when they’re…
  • 6 of the most common strategy traps

    Jorge
    11 May 2015 | 5:39 am
    Strategy without change is pointless, and doing what everyone else is doing is not a strategy; it’s a key principle most business people don’t get. Take the most common advice you hear out there: don’t limit yourself to niche market; you won’t make any money. First of all, it’s all about context. And, you come in with a different angle if you are aiming transform the category/industry/market. So that common advice is worthless without proper context and perspective; which many lack because they are doing what everyone else is doing. It’s an all too common…
 
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    The Discipline of Innovation Blog

  • Zappos Just Pulled Off the Boldest Change Management Move Ever

    Tim Kastelle
    12 May 2015 | 8:06 am
    Why aren’t we mad at the bad managers? Have you heard that 210 people left Zappos at the end of April because they apparently don’t like the new flat management system called Holacracy® that the firm is moving to? I’ll bet you have. In the 12 days since that happened, have you heard that: US Steel announced more layoffs, bringing them to 9000 people cut for the year. Siemens cut another 4500 people, bringing their cuts to more than 12000 for the year. Lenovo laid off 235 people. Labinal Power Systems let 480 people go. Manitoba Telecom and Mountain Iron both laid off 400…
  • Efficiency is the Enemy of Innovation

    Tim Kastelle
    21 Apr 2015 | 3:04 am
    This quote, from the book Not Knowing by Steven D’Souza and Diana Renner: To arrive at the simplest truth, as Newton knew and practised, requires years of contemplation. Not activity. Not reasoning. Not calculating. Not busy behavior of any kind. Not making any effort. Not thinking. Simply bearing in mind what it is one needs to know. – Mathematician G Spencer Brown … reminded me of this quote from Duchamp by Calvin Tompkins: His finest work is his use of time. That was Marcel Duchamp’s friend Henri-Pierre Roché’s comment on Duchamp. While Duchamp is probably…
  • Authenticity is an Evolving Process of Search and Discovery

    Tim Kastelle
    19 Apr 2015 | 12:59 am
    The Trap of Authenticity Do organisations need to be authentic? It’s a question that came up as I was talking to a colleague recently. He runs a program for the London Stock Exchange designed to accelerate growth in mid-sized companies so that they will become big enough to list on the LSE faster.  One of the firms in the program right now refuses to let their name be known – they’re afraid that their customers will think that trying to grow is inauthentic. It’s an interesting problem – the firm makes food and their brand is built on edginess, and…
  • Do Work Worth Doing

    Tim Kastelle
    13 Apr 2015 | 1:52 am
    My Grandfather’s Watch I only got to meet one of my two grandfathers – my Mom’s father George.  My Dad’s parents both died when Dad was very young.  They each had watches that have been passed down through our family. I recently put a new band on the watch from Grandpa George so that I can wear it a bit more often.  This is how it looks now: It’s about 50 years old.  Grandpa was a bus driver, and wanted a good watch to keep time on his route.  This Waltham was not an expensive watch at the time.  In fact, it was about the cheapest automatic watch you could…
  • Innovation and Organizational Culture

    Ralph-Christian
    21 Feb 2015 | 2:37 pm
    Recently, the Boston Consulting Group (BCG) has published key findings of their latest “Most Innovative Companies 2014” survey. Beside the annual ranking, headed by the top three companies Apple, Google and Samsung, some insightful outcomes with regard to organizational and cultural requirements have striked my eye. According to BCG’s research, successfully innovating companies approach innovation as a system. The system is rooted in experimentation, and, like all adaptive systems, it evolves over time as the external environment and internal needs change.  …
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    URENIO Watch

  • 2015-16 IBM Smarter Cities Challenge Winners

    Panagiotis Tsarchopoulos
    13 May 2015 | 4:04 pm
    IBM announced the 2015-16 Smarter Cities Challenge winning cities. In these cities, the company will send teams of experts to help them with critical issues ranging from jobs creation, transportation, and public safety, to healthcare, revenue, social services, and public works. The 16 winners for... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit URENIO website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Smart City Strategy: Konza Technology City (Kenya)

    Margarita Angelidou
    26 Mar 2015 | 12:00 am
    Konza (2010-2030) is a planned city with a target population of 250,000 inhabitants, to be constructed 60km away from Nairobi. It is a flagship project of the Kenyan government’s “Vision 2030″, a long-term economic development plan for transforming Kenya into a newly industrializing,... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit URENIO website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • New Smart City Rankings by IESE

    Margarita Angelidou
    24 Mar 2015 | 1:08 am
    London remains the undisputed leader in the rankings of the smartest cities in the world. It is followed by New York, which grabbed second place, and Seoul, in third. Rounding out the top 10, we see five other European cities — Paris, Amsterdam, Vienna, Geneva and Munich — and two Asian... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit URENIO website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Open source technology for citizens’ political participation in smarter cities

    Isidoros Passas
    23 Mar 2015 | 2:21 am
    Smart Citizen is a platform to generate participatory processes of people in the cities. Connecting data, people and knowledge, the objective of the platform is to serve as a node for building productive and open indicators, and distributed tools, and thereafter the collective construction of the... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit URENIO website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Smart City Strategy: Rio de Janeiro (Brazil)

    Margarita Angelidou
    23 Mar 2015 | 12:00 am
    One of the most characteristic infrastructure-oriented smart city models is IBM’ solution for the ‘Smarter City’. According to IBM, traditionally city infrastructures and services are created and managed by independent departments or organizations. City domains are focused on their own operations... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit URENIO website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
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    EYES IN

  • Colico Unveils Explosive New Chair Design in Milan

    Vivian van Dijk
    25 May 2015 | 2:15 pm
    The time has come to keep our appointment with the highest expressions of excellence from the world of furnishing and design. During the Milanese event that took place from 14 to 19 April, Colico showed functional furnishing solutions with a contemporary twist. A special area hosts the real protagonists of this installation: brand new products that have recovered the European design tradition alongside bestsellers revisited for the occasion. Share your innovative news with EYES IN™ Magazine via our Facebook page. Colico Released Incredible Chair Designs in Milan The Milano 2015 chair,…
  • Time Out Unveils 11 Spectacular American Road Trips

    Vivian van Dijk
    25 May 2015 | 1:17 pm
    <> Itching to run off on a grand adventure? Time Out has rounded up the top 11 road trips with  routes that combine history, dynamic scenery and a wide range of geography. Before you head out on the highways or byways, do a little research to map your path, load up the best road-trip tunes and just drive… Share your innovative news with EYES IN™ Magazine via our Facebook page. Time Out Brings Us 11 of the Best Roadtrips in America Route 66 The ultimate road trip, which traces a route from Chicago to L.A., is equal parts driving tour and time travel through an America that no longer…
  • Festival de Cannes Announces 2015 Prize Winners

    Vivian van Dijk
    25 May 2015 | 7:15 am
    <> The Jury of the 68th Festival de Cannes, presided by Joel and Ethan Coen, has revealed the names of the 2015 prize-winners during the Awards Ceremony.  EYES IN™ Magazine Editor-in-Chief Vivian Van Dijk covered live on the scene as the winners were announced in Cannes. After paying tribute to Jean Zay, a resistance hero and founder of the Festival, Lambert Wilson welcomed the prize-givers and winners onto the stage of the Grand Théâtre Lumière, to the sound of music playing. The Belgian actress, Cécile de France, had the honor of awarding the Palme d’or to the best of the 19…
  • Finnair Wins International Yacht & Aviation Award

    Vivian van Dijk
    23 May 2015 | 6:07 pm
    <> Finnair has won a prestigious International Yacht & Aviation Award for the design of its new Airbus A350 XWB cabin interiors in Economy and Business Class. Finnair’s A350 cabin, the creation of Helsinki-based dSign Vertti Kivi & Co, applies the design firm’s Space Alive concept to dynamically change the colors, mood and atmosphere on board, easing customers on long-haul journeys into new time zones, destinations and seasons. Share your innovative news with EYES IN™ Magazine via our Facebook page. Finnair Wins Coveted International Yacht & Aviation Award The bright…
  • True Cost Exposes the Fashion Industry’s Dark Side

    Vivian van Dijk
    23 May 2015 | 6:00 pm
    <> This is a story about clothing. It’s about the clothes we wear, the people who make them, and the impact the industry is having on our world. The price of clothing has been decreasing for decades, while the human and environmental costs have grown dramatically. The True Cost is a groundbreaking documentary film that pulls back the curtain on the untold story and asks us to consider, who really pays the price for our clothing? Share your innovative news with EYES IN™ Magazine via our Facebook page. True Cost Exposes the Fashion Industry’s World Impact Filmed in countries all…
 
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    InventHelp Blog

  • 3 DIY Product Photography Tips for Inventors

    Emily Moorhead
    22 May 2015 | 10:57 am
    Product shots are great pieces to have in your invention portfolio. They complement a description and business plan, prototype, and elevator pitch to create an all-inclusive invention package. Although hiring a professional photographer is the ideal situation, it can get expensive. With a high-quality camera, a great backdrop, and some patience, you can shoot great product photography for your invention. Camera High-quality images are essential in product photography. If possible, rent a DSLR camera from a website or local rental shop. A DSLR is a digital camera combining the optics and the…
  • 6 Ways to Celebrate National Inventors’ Month

    Emily Moorhead
    15 May 2015 | 10:34 am
    May is the time to honor the accomplishments of famous inventors past, present, and future. National Inventors’ Month, which used to be celebrated in August, celebrates innovation and creativity. The holiday began in 1998 when the United Inventors Association of the USA, the Academy of Applied Science, and Inventors Digest magazine came together and decided to recognize individuals who have invented products which shaped the nation. Observe the holiday all through the month of May with some educational, interactive, and entertaining activities for adults and children alike. Inventor Quiz…
  • 5 Ways Product Innovation and Technology Have Embraced the DIY Movement

    Emily Moorhead
    8 May 2015 | 11:47 am
    The Do-It-Yourself (DIY) movement has taken society by storm. Thanks to Pinterest and other crafting resources, there is nearly limitless information about crafting wedding favors, refinishing antique furniture, sewing clothing, and many other useful DIY tutorials. Even the technology and innovation/invention industries have welcomed the DIY movement. Through 3D printing and creator workshops, crowdfunding, online coding tutorials, website builders, and smart phone video and audio, the product innovation realm has embraced the DIY movement wholeheartedly. 3D Printing and Creator Workshops 3D…
  • 10 Motivational Innovation Quotes to Inspire Inventors

    Emily Moorhead
    1 May 2015 | 8:58 am
    Collecting and reading motivational innovation quotes can be a good way to remind yourself of your invention and innovation goals. Over the past couple of centuries, famous innovators have given us excellent advice through memorable quotes. William Pollard (1911 – 1989) Physicist and Episcopal Priest, “Atomic Deacon” “Without change there is no innovation, creativity, or incentive for improvement. Those who initiate change will have a better opportunity to manage the change that is inevitable.” Stephanie Kwolek (1923 – 2014) Chemist and inventor of Kevlar “I tell young people to…
  • Evolution of the Smartwatch

    Emily Moorhead
    22 Apr 2015 | 10:22 am
    Wearable devices are revolutionizing the way we are connected to the internet. From fitness trackers to Google Glass, wearable devices allow us to stay connected to our social networking sites, email accounts, calendars, and lifestyle managers by simply looking at our wrists or through a lens. There is hardly a time we are not connected to the internet in some way. Of all the wearable devices, the smartwatch is potentially the most popular, and it certainly has the most extensive background. Smartwatches combine the classic design and operation of a watch with the modern convenience of a…
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    Innovation Change Management

  • Most Companies Fail at Innovation Because…

    Braden Kelley
    20 May 2015 | 10:54 am
    Most companies fail at innovation because they fail at change. There you go, there is the entire article in a single sentence. Please click the like button or leave a comment on your way out, and I’ll turn out the … Continue reading →
  • Change the World – Step One

    Braden Kelley
    17 May 2015 | 8:51 am
    Do you want to change the world? Even just one tiny corner of your own world? Change often feels overwhelming, scary even, and frequently we don’t know where to begin. Stoking Your Innovation Bonfire focused on helping organizations identify and … Continue reading →
  • Your Chance to Help Change Change

    Braden Kelley
    11 May 2015 | 6:03 pm
    My first book Stoking Your Innovation Bonfire was designed to help organizations identify and remove barriers to innovation, but readers also found it to be a great primer on how to take a structured, sustainable approach to innovation, and as … Continue reading →
  • Conference Wrapup – Change Management 2015

    Braden Kelley
    23 Apr 2015 | 6:17 pm
    Recently I had the opportunity to attend the Association of Change Management Professionals’ (ACMP®) annual conference in Las Vegas, Nevada, titled appropriately Change Management 2015. The event represented a convening of nearly 1,000 change management professionals from around the globe, … Continue reading →
  • A Lifetime of Innovations

    Braden Kelley
    20 Apr 2015 | 10:49 am
    This week I was in Michigan for a family wedding and I had a great conversation with a family member about the history of Lifetime Products and how probably more than twenty years ago he saw the founder of Lifetime … Continue reading →
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    Innovation Speaker

  • Creating a Structured, Repeatable Process For Innovation

    Robert Brands
    25 May 2015 | 1:28 pm
    Established companies do not easily reinvent themselves.  History shows us that Innovation is often the strategy of startups – but not only is it important in getting to the top, innovation is... Visit our Innovation-Innovation coach website today! http://www.innovationcoach.com/
  • Ownership: To Risk or Not to Risk

    Robert Brands
    2 May 2015 | 8:19 pm
    It’s easy to view leadership with rose-colored glasses, to envision the accolades and respect that comes with authority. However, from the beginning of modern business, the pressures associated with... Visit our Innovation-Innovation coach website today! http://www.innovationcoach.com/
  • Observation, Measurement, and How They Lead to Sustainable Innovation

    Robert Brands
    7 Apr 2015 | 9:50 am
    The degree in which a company prioritizes sustainable innovation can often become the difference between a successful business and a struggling business. True innovation does more than just meet the... Visit our Innovation-Innovation coach website today! http://www.innovationcoach.com/
  • Complacency, Stagnancy, and Their Effects on Innovation

    Robert Brands
    4 Apr 2015 | 10:57 pm
    Though competition is an unavoidable aspect of business, its effects can potentially foster or deter innovation depending on a leader’s management style. Celebrating success and discouraging failure... Visit our Innovation-Innovation coach website today! http://www.innovationcoach.com/
  • Exponential Leadership and Innovation

    Robert Brands
    16 Mar 2015 | 8:56 pm
    “If I had asked people what they wanted, they would have said faster horses.”  While there is no hard evidence to attribute the above quote to Henry Ford, there is no argument that he was a visionary... Visit our Innovation-Innovation coach website today! http://www.innovationcoach.com/
 
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    Riverside Innovation Centre

  • When in Rome…

    admin
    18 May 2015 | 12:20 am
    Last evening (Sunday 17th May) saw the initial briefing of the Breakdown or Breakout Project's Partner Meeting in Rome. Activities and planning meetings run throughout the week until the final activities and briefings on Thursday 21st May. Two staff members from the University of Chester are involved in the Partner Meeting which sees delegates from Italy, […]
  • UK Deans of Science Day Two

    admin
    14 May 2015 | 2:14 am
    The meeting of the UK Deans of Science is being held at the University of Chester's Riverside Innovation Centre. The meeting, on Wednesday 13th and Thursday 14th May 2015, will feature talks from invited speakers as well as the opportunity to discuss issues facing Deans of Science in UK universities.
  • UK Deans of Science Day One

    admin
    14 May 2015 | 1:38 am
    The meeting of the UK Deans of Science is being held at the University of Chester's Riverside Innovation Centre. The meeting, on Wednesday 13th and Thursday 14th May 2015, will feature talks from invited speakers as well as the opportunity to discuss issues facing Deans of Science in UK universities.
  • Driverless Car accidents – its the drivers at fault!

    admin
    12 May 2015 | 2:48 am
    Out of the 48 self-driving cars licensed in California, 4 have been involved in minor accidents, described as 'fender benders'.
  • Windows opens up to Android and Apple

    admin
    30 Apr 2015 | 5:10 am
    Microsoft is adapting its Windows 10 operating system to make it easier for Android and Apple software to run apps on Windows devices.
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    The Innovation Mill

  • “We’ve got a problem.”

    Jeffrey Cipriano
    15 May 2015 | 11:44 am
    While those are not the best words to hear at any job, it’s particularly stressful when you work in public relations – it means crisis management, and crisis management means your life is about to get a whole lot harder for the next few days. Responding to a crisis scenario is important, but responding correctly is even more important, and what is where Peppercomm comes in. Our firm doesn’t just become a mouthpiece for our clients during a crisis – talking fast or talking loud doesn’t mean you’re saying the right thing.  That’s where measurement comes in. As Meritus Media CEO…
  • A WILLINGNESS TO FAIL

    Bonnie Pedlow
    4 May 2015 | 2:18 pm
    This Friday, I was fortunate enough to attend the Liberty Science Center’s Genius Gala in support and celebration of science and creativity. It’s not every day that you get to hear astronauts like Scott Kelly recount their journeys through space and published mathematicians like John Urschel speak to their time in the NFL (really). To hear them tell their stories was to be transported to different lives embarking on discoveries that take deep dedication and exceedingly brilliant minds. Science, however, didn’t stand alone, as the night’s headliner was Jeff Bezos. The founder of Amazon…
  • What We Think We Know: How Data Helps Us Refine Reality

    Jeffrey Cipriano
    20 Apr 2015 | 9:09 am
    We’re all taught to trust our gut. When you work in marketing and communications, intuition can be cornerstones of your strategy. Think the flowery pitches on Mad Men, and how they all involve an emotional appeal. They come from a place of knowing what people want and using that to sell a product or idea. The problem is that your gut isn’t always right, and that’s where data comes in. One of the most common phrases I hear from clients meeting with our agency’s research and measurement team, Business Outcomes, is “What we think we know is this, so we should look at the data in…
  • Throwing Shade @ #BodyShaming and Other Beautiful Things About the #ImNoAngel Campaign

    Melissa Vigue
    9 Apr 2015 | 6:05 am
    Lane Bryant launched its spring marketing campaign called #ImNoAngel this week with an event in NYC featuring none other than Salt ‘N Pepa and a name that hedges no bets. Victoria’s Secret, these confident ladies are coming for you and your Perfect Body. Plus sized fashion is estimated to be a $17.5 billion industry and the timing for this campaign is impeccable. Bathing suit season is about to start for millions of American women; Kelly Clarkson’s recent run-ins with Katie Hopkins and Chris Wallace are still fresh in the minds of fans; Tess Holliday was signed by MiLK…
  • Mad Men: More than just a TV show?

    Bonnie Pedlow
    8 Apr 2015 | 7:01 am
    This week saw the beginning of the end of Mad Men, with the first of the final episodes airing on Sunday. With the episode focusing on characters and the intricacies of the agency, there wasn’t an incredible pitch to be drawn into… at least on the screen. Instead, the impressive integrated marketing, advertising and PR campaign that I couldn’t stop thinking about was the one that lead up to 10PM EDT Sunday when the show came on the air. The 360 approach that the Mad Men PR and marketing teams executed created a cohesive package of varied channels that yes, drove anticipation but more so…
 
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    Synecticsworld » Thinking

  • To Change the Culture, Change the Climate

    Synectics
    18 May 2015 | 12:30 pm
    Connie Williams, CMO & General Partner Synecticsworld By Connie Williams   If your company looks similar to a competitor on paper, yet your business results are markedly different, the mostly likely source of that difference is the organization’s climate. Climate’s intangible nature leads many executives to believe it is unquantifiable or worse, fanciful. The truth is, climate is highly measurable in terms of impact on productivity, creativity, innovation and ultimately employee engagement, satisfaction and both individual and organizational success. Ultimately, climate is the…
  • The Power of Strategy Innovation

    Synectics
    18 May 2015 | 7:36 am
    We have recently re-connected with Bob Johnston, a former Synector, and he has been collaborating with us on some projects and helping us think about the intersection of Innovation and Strategy. Bob is the author of a book, The Power of Strategy Innovation, which outlines his process. I recommend reading Bob’s book to anyone who is a fan of Synectics, I think you will appreciate the synergies between Bob’s approach and Synectics while learning about Strategy Innovation, which is definitely not strategic planning. Briefly, it is an approach for companies to identify opportunities for…
  • Lasting Impact of Synectics

    Synectics
    5 May 2015 | 7:58 am
    Bill Teague reflects on working on a project with Synecticsworld–and how the experience continues to affect his professional life more than a decade later. Read his article Focus group? I learned more from the facilitator on LinkedIn.
  • Three Articles Concerning Healthcare

    Synectics
    20 Apr 2015 | 6:29 pm
    Leo Boudreau   By Leo Boudreau   I have recently read some very interesting articles about the intersection of creativity/innovation and the healthcare industry that I thought would be of interest to many of you. Oscar The first article is from the New York Times describes an emerging new firm in the healthcare field – Oscar. Strictly competing in the NY market right now, Oscar comes at the market from a very different perspective from the traditional insurers and has attracted considerable interest from investors. It has to be considered a possible source of disruption to the…
  • How does your business kill innovation?

    Synectics
    1 Apr 2015 | 10:05 am
    Chipp Norcross, Synecticsworld By Chipp Norcross If there is one common thread that weaves together my experience in the field of innovation, it is hearing on a weekly basis, how frustrated people are about how their organizations kill innovative solutions. Innovation murder doesn’t happen on purpose. Typically the perpetrators believe they are helping innovation, not hindering it. They are innocent in spirit, if not in action.  The proverbial bulls in the china shop. The two most common accidental axe wielding I see are: Starvation, which happens when good ideas are put on hold until the…
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    The IdeaConnection Blog

  • UNICEF Launches Open Innovation Portal

    IdeaConnection
    19 May 2015 | 8:24 am
    UNICEF is hoping to do more to help the world’s poorest and most vulnerable people with a new open innovation initiative. The global humanitarian charity has launched the CauseTech.net community and portal site where innovators, researchers, IT professionals, academics and others can work together to solve some of the world’s most pressing problems. The open innovation portal is dedicated to making the most of diverse and collaborative thinking to identify, invent and adapt technologies to help UNICEF with its work in approximately 150 countries.  Participants will be able to share…
  • Innovation to Put the Brakes on Texting While Driving

    IdeaConnection
    12 May 2015 | 8:53 am
    It seems remarkable, but there is a significant number of drivers on the roads who are texting while on the move. Not surprisingly, there has been a rise in the number of crashes caused by those who are distracted while thumbing the keypads of their mobiles. The problem got one Florida Atlantic University professor thinking, and he’s come up with an invention that can block a driver from sending or receiving texts messages while they are behind the wheel. Professor Daniel Raviv has patented his software program which is now being worked on by technology company Port Nexus. Terminating…
  • Crowdsourcing the Future of New Zealand’s Flag

    IdeaConnection
    5 May 2015 | 9:48 am
    New Zealand is on the hunt for a new flag and is asking its citizens to help. The New Zealand Flag Consideration Project is a crowdsourcing effort for the public to have a say in the flag’s design. Although it has been changed before, this is the first time New Zealanders will have an input into its future. The project has a number of facets to it, including discussion groups, public workshops and a roadshow for people to express what they, as New Zealanders stand for.  It is hoped that these values will guide those who want to suggest a flag design. Unfurling Flag Design Suggestions…
  • IdeaConnection Partners with Brightidea

    Wendy
    29 Apr 2015 | 2:49 pm
    This partnership allows Brightidea to offer their clients IdeaConnection’s many services, but in particular, the service of building proprietary open innovation community of experts, and research and development problem solving. It also provides IdeaConnection’s clients with access to Brightidea’s Innovation Pipeline Management Platform. In their joint press release, IdeaConnection’s Founder and CEO Scott Wurtele says “Brightidea has an impressive line up of Blue Chip customers who have expressed interest in building their own internal communities in order to…
  • NASA Gives Innovation a Stellar Boost

    IdeaConnection
    28 Apr 2015 | 9:56 am
    You may never get to ride in a spacecraft or walk on the moon, but you can get your hands on lots of NASA data to help you come up with ground-breaking innovations. The space agency is giving away thousands of terrestrial and space-based data sets through its NASA Data Portal. There are currently more than 9,000 data sets and they include satellite images of the Earth and probes that have scanned the far reaches of the Solar System. Among the rich collection of material are thousands of images of Apollo-Saturn missions as well as ice core records and ocean and lake records from our own…
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    Brand Genetics

  • General Election 2015: A Bad Night for the Market Research Industry?

    Paul Marsden
    8 May 2015 | 4:00 am
    “Fire your market researcher” is this morning’s cry from the media as the market research industry’s surveys on UK voter intentions proved to be as accurate as the beliefs of the Flat Earth Society. For months, the market research industry, armed with surveys, Big Data and powerful modelling has been unanimous in its prediction that the UK would return a hung parliament with no overall majority.  The industry also predicted that the Conservatives would lose seats in parliament, and Labour would win seats. And the market research industry was utterly wrong on all…
  • Growth Hacker Marketing [Speed Summary]

    Paul Marsden
    3 May 2015 | 6:36 am
    Growth Hacker Marketing: A Primer on the Future of of PR, Marketing and Advertising Author: Ryan Holiday Publisher:  Profile Books Publication date: 2014 (Expanded edition) It’s a case of mistaken identity. You may think you are a marketer, but actually you’re now a ‘growth hacker’. At least that’s the case if you want to keep your job. That marketers – whether in innovation or communication – have become or need to become ‘growth hackers’ is the central thesis of the growth hacker formerly known as Director of Marketing at American Apparel, Ryan Holiday in Growth…
  • Creating High Performance Innovation Teams

    Tom
    24 Apr 2015 | 1:00 am
    In Creativity Inc., Ed Catmull, the founder and President of Pixar makes the following point about innovation: ‘If you give a good idea to a mediocre team, they will screw it up. If you give a mediocre idea to a brilliant team, they will either fix it or throw it away and come up with something better’. On 28th May Brand Genetics is speaking at FDIN on the topic of developing high performance innovation teams: we too believe that the team – and how they behave and act – is more important as the idea. We will be sharing some of the lessons from our long…
  • The home and it’s owner – a changing relationship: A Crowdsight Analysis

    Cliff Fawcett
    13 Feb 2015 | 8:01 am
    Intelligent home security has been an interesting concept for years – and a constant feature of science fiction writers – but until recently it hasn’t been a reality. With smart-device proliferation and increasingly affordable state of the art electronics that is changing. In the US alone, currently less than 1% of homes employ full smart home technology, but by 2018 it is predicted that over 45 million smart home devices will have been installed, with annual business volume of over $12 billion. When it comes to this smart revolution start-ups are leading a charge! We’ve used…
  • Fresh beer that stays fresh: A Crowdsight Analysis

    Cliff Fawcett
    6 Feb 2015 | 4:16 am
    One trend ‘tapping’ into the huge growth of craft beer in the US has been the rapid rise of Growlers. These half-gallon refillable bottles (as well as the emerging 32-ounce “growlet,”) have become a prominent feature of the beer landscape that let drinkers take craft and microbrews home, straight from the tap. Though their market share is still small it’s where the growth is at, with volume rising 15% in 2012. But the big problem for growlers is retaining ‘freshness’: as soon as the growler is open, that half gallon of beautifully brewed craft beer starts to ‘go off’,…
 
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    AmyK

  • Are You Creating A Culture Of Self-Expression?

    AmyK
    14 May 2015 | 11:13 am
    In March I had the privilege of spending a week in Buenos Aires, and to say it’s a fascinating city is like saying, having Jim Carrey and Hugo Chavez to dinner might be entertaining. While most people go on and on and on about their travels,.
  • AmyKism #3 Video

    AmyK
    16 Apr 2015 | 10:29 am
    Tired of pursuing balance? Tired of even hearing about this elusive concept?! Enjoy a perspective shift that’s refreshing and liberating! Check out AmyKism #3.
  • AmyKism #2 Video

    AmyK
    9 Apr 2015 | 1:45 pm
    Need to get more items checked off your To-Do list?! Need more creative items on your To-Do list?! Need to get away from your To-Do list and head to a Happy Hour near you?! Forget about your To-Do list or take a sec to figure out.
  • Does Your Life Pass the Creativity & Innovation Quiz?

    AmyK
    2 Apr 2015 | 9:03 am
    Leaders often ask, Who motivates the motivator? Today we’re asking, Who or what innovates the innovator? Does your life pass the five-question creativity & innovation quiz? In business we tend to talk a lot about creative and innovative cultures, focusing on physical environments, the need for.
  • AmyKism #1 Video

    AmyK
    25 Mar 2015 | 4:53 pm
    How do you know you’re “buying” the right stuff?
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  • Innovation Inspiration #89

    Michael
    25 May 2015 | 5:56 am
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  • Turning trash into plants. Brilliant

    Michael
    22 May 2015 | 10:34 pm
                Now this is a brilliant idea. It’s disposable items like coffee cups that are made with recycled materials and plant seeds. Once used you can soak the cup in water for 5 minutes and then plant it.                 Brilliant.  More information here The post Turning trash into plants. Brilliant appeared first on Brilliant Ideas.
  • Innovation Inspiration #88

    Michael
    22 May 2015 | 6:23 am
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  • Innovation Inspiration #73

    Michael
    22 May 2015 | 5:41 am
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  • Brilliant illustration of how disruption happens

    Michael
    22 May 2015 | 1:30 am
    The whole document is well worth a read, it’s essentially the New York Times’ Innovation Strategy so if you want to know what one looks like, that a look, but this one illustration is a brilliant way of describing how mature industries and organisations are disrupted.   The whole document can be found on this link to the The New York Time’s Innovation Strategy The post Brilliant illustration of how disruption happens appeared first on Brilliant Ideas.
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  • Reward Defiance and Heroic Failure

    admin
    20 May 2015 | 11:04 am
    Actions speak louder than words.  If you want to change a corporate culture which is comfortable and risk averse into one which is adventurous and entrepreneurial then fine words are not enough.  The leader needs to send some powerful signals through deeds. A famous incident in the history of HP concerns the awarding of a ‘Medal of Defiance.’  In 1982 the co-founder of the company and chairman of the Board, David Packard, awarded a Medal of Defiance to Charles (Chuck) House for ‘extraordinary contempt and defiance beyond the normal call of engineering duty.’  The…
  • Mathematical Lateral Thinking Puzzles

    admin
    18 May 2015 | 8:11 am
    Test your mathematical thinking skill with these three little puzzles from the new book by me and Des MacHale:   1.  In a 100 metre race, athletes A, B and C all run at a uniform pace.  If A beats B by 10 metres and B beats C by 10 metres, by how much does A beat C?   2.  Move any one digit to make this equation true: 62 – 63 = 1   3.  Find any three positive integers a, b, c such that   a3 + b4 = c5   The answers and many more wonderful mathematical puzzles are found in the book.     On Amazon.co.uk On Amazon.com The post Mathematical Lateral…
  • Reinvent Yourself

    admin
    10 May 2015 | 1:16 am
    Madonna Louise Ciccone has sold over 300 million records worldwide and is recognized as the best-selling female recording artist of all time by Guinness World Records. She was born in 1958 in Bay City Michigan. She attended the University of Michigan School of Music, Theatre & Dance before joining the group Breakfast Club where she sang, and played drums and guitar. In 1981 she left the band to start a solo career. Her first album was titled Madonna and contained upbeat disco music. Her breakthrough came with her second album, Like a Virgin, in 1984. It was her first number one album and…
  • Are you Playing too Safe? Review your Innovation Portfolio.

    admin
    6 May 2015 | 7:24 am
    Many companies plough money into innovation projects without a clear strategy for their overall portfolio. Here is a method which gives a framework for sorting and reviewing our innovation initiatives. We can categorise our new product development initiatives into one of four quadrants using the two by two window shown below. On the vertical axis there are markets – the ones we currently occupy and new markets. On the horizontal axis we plot products or technologies – ones we currently have and new products or technologies. Now we populate the diagram with our projects. In the bottom left…
  • Never Hire on First Meeting

    admin
    1 May 2015 | 3:44 am
    Brian Tracy Hiring people is one of the most important tasks that a manager performs yet many hiring managers are easily fooled and make bad hires.  Here is some valuable advice about hiring for key positions from the veteran management guru Brian Tracy.  He calls it his four rules of three.  Say you meet a candidate who makes a strong initial impression – you are tempted to hire them straight away.  Tracy advises: 1.  Interview at least three other people.  This will put your preferred candidate into context by comparing him or her with some strong competitors for the position.
 
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  • Innovation Management Maturity: A Simple, Visual Approach

    11 May 2015 | 9:00 pm
    Simple Does It Clients and I talk about innovation management maturity all the time. How mature is their practice of collaborative innovation? What signs point to maturity? What outcomes speak to maturity? How might they perfect their practice? I craft a simple visual to help us have the maturity conversation. Figure 1 shows the basic approach. Figure 1: talking about innovation maturity Program and Practice Maturity We resolve maturity across two vectors: program maturity and process maturity. Program maturity is a function of advocacy and buy-in borne out of confidence in results achieved.
  • Does the Digital Age Play Favorites?

    27 Apr 2015 | 9:00 pm
    Hand Me a Wrench Every profession has its tools of the trade. Carpentry has its hammer. Plumbing has its wrench. What of strategy? What tools does the business strategist wield? Does the Digital Age make some tools more relevant? Tell Me a Story I use four (4) tools in the strategy trade: the Balanced Scorecard, the Delta Model, the Three Horizons Model, and the Four Forces Model. By useful, I mean the tools help a group of people reach a shared understanding around (a) what they plan to do and (b) why they plan to do it. By useful, I mean, too, that each offers a simple, visual simplicity to…
  • Thank you, Delta Airlines.

    14 Apr 2015 | 9:00 pm
    A thunderstorm came through Atlanta last Friday afternoon, delaying all the flights.  Delta 1417 was supposed to depart at 7:30 pm ET. We ultimately departed at 1:20 am ET the next morning.  The ground crew, gate crew, and flight crew all made best efforts to get us in the air by 1:20 am ET. After that, the pilots would have needed to stop flying on account of FAA regulations. The pilots from the previous flight, which had just landed, could be seen loading our luggage with the ground crew. It was a long, long day. We were just happy to be able to get home.  As the plane…
  • Spring Housecleaning for Your Innovation Management Practice

    14 Apr 2015 | 6:00 am
    The Altar Guild My mom was a member of the altar guild. The altar guild at our church consisted of a small group of capable ladies who, each weekend, would dedicate themselves to preparing the altar linens, flowers, and sacrament for Sunday service. I am sure, too, they did more—a lot more—than what I can recall from my childhood. As a result of my mom’s service, I became, by way of the curious action of knowledge transfer through familial osmosis, familiar with the church calendar. I learned, for example, that the Christmas season extends deep into January, long after the…
  • On Sustaining Innovation

    23 Mar 2015 | 9:00 pm
    Nature’s Alarm Clock My sense of smell returns in the spring. It’s how I know spring is close at hand. Last week, while walking along the river near the house, I noticed that the plow had cut away a portion of the snow beyond the border of the trail, revealing wet, brown ground. The afternoon sun hit the ground, warming it and releasing an earthy, pungent odor. Nature’s alarm clock. The First Muda In my last article, I wrote of my appreciation of the quality professionals—the people who pursue operational excellence as a way to help their organizations deliver value to…
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  • Putting my blue hat on: Thinking @ Idea Management

    Peter
    26 May 2015 | 12:30 am
    Idea management systems require more than just a collection of collaboration tools. Productive systems of this sort require some science in order to move ideas from light bulbs over someone’s head to scrambling to create a new way to manufacture ... Read More The post Putting my blue hat on: Thinking @ Idea Management appeared first on CogniStreamer.
  • Opening up the fuzzy front end: driving incremental innovation through customer integration

    Wim Soens
    19 May 2015 | 12:36 am
    This is the third blog post about the integration of customers and experts into the front-end innovation process. Previously we highlighted some benefits of capturing and analysing market and product insights from customers or solution experts (see “Opening up the ... Read More The post Opening up the fuzzy front end: driving incremental innovation through customer integration appeared first on CogniStreamer.
  • Why you should get an idea management system instead of merely a collaboration tool

    Peter
    11 May 2015 | 11:33 pm
    Seemingly what everyone agrees on are these facts: Idea management systems (versus generalized collaboration systems) will yield projects with cost benefits that help pay for the system. Either new products or processes will result in actual dollars. This is because ... Read More The post Why you should get an idea management system instead of merely a collaboration tool appeared first on CogniStreamer.
  • The evolution of social networking leads to collaboration

    Peter
    4 May 2015 | 11:24 pm
    To predict the future of social networking we should probably make a couple of assumptions that anyone can agree with… Computers will continue to get smaller. Computing technology will continue to get less expensive. If each of us continues to ... Read More The post The evolution of social networking leads to collaboration appeared first on CogniStreamer.
  • Opening up the fuzzy front end: linking customer integration to your innovation strategy

    Wim Soens
    27 Apr 2015 | 11:25 pm
    This is the second blog post in a series dedicated to the integration of customers and experts into your front end innovation process. In the previous post we explained that capturing and analyzing market and product insights from customers or ... Read More The post Opening up the fuzzy front end: linking customer integration to your innovation strategy appeared first on CogniStreamer.
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