Innovation

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  • Fresh eyes see new opportunities.

    Get Fresh Minds
    Katie Konrath
    8 Apr 2014 | 7:30 am
    Innovation doesn't have to be hard. Sometimes ideas with big impacts can result from simply looking at a challenge from an angle no one has ever considered before. A 14-year old in Pennsylvania recently found a way to save the US government nearly $400 million dollars - simply by considering something most other people overlooked. As part of a science project, sixth graders Suvir Mirchandani dove into a study of the cost of printing and ink. He discovered that by switching their default font, his school district could save $21,000 every year.  How?  Simple - fonts like Garamond are…
  • Technology Innovation and Energy

    Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs - Energy technology innovation policy
    Kavita Surana, Ananth Chikkatur and Ambuj D. Sagar
    1 Apr 2014 | 9:10 am
    Energy technology innovation is the key to driving the technological changes that are necessary to meet the challenge of mitigating energy-related greenhouse gas emissions to avoid 'dangerous climate change.' Success in innovation requires the enhancement of public investment in the innovation process, the creation of markets for low-carbon technologies through stronger climate policies, and a continued focus on energy access and equity.
  • Innovation inspiration of the day

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    Michael
    1 Apr 2014 | 6:56 am
    The post Innovation inspiration of the day appeared first on Brilliant Ideas.
  • Innovation Inspiration of the day

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    Michael
    19 Mar 2014 | 3:55 am
    Thanks to  https://plus.google.com/u/0/+HuibKamps/posts The post Innovation Inspiration of the day appeared first on Brilliant Ideas.
  • Taking Innovation Training to the Next Level: Integration With Employee Networks

    Innovation Management
    Anthony Ferrier and Wendy Castleman
    15 Apr 2014 | 10:24 pm
    In the previous two whitepapers of this series we examined both the benefits of innovation training and areas of innovation skills that mid-to-junior level employees can be taught. In this installment we will address an important topic that is often missing from innovation training / education programs: How to build effective employee networks that support employees who have been trained around with new innovation skills.
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  • Strategy’s Magic Question

    Matthew May
    16 Apr 2014 | 6:50 am
    Your grand strategy seems airtight on paper. You've arrived at a winning aspiration. You've honed in on an open and attractive segment in which to play. You've identified the competitive advantages that will enable you to win in your chosen spaces. You've got the capabilities and systems to support your choices. But as the saying goes, no battle plan survives first contact with the enemy. Generally, that's because multiple assumptions have been folded in to your strategy--unconscious leaps of faith you've made in your natural enthusiasm and optimistic outlook. If not attended to--teased out,…
  • Getting Unstuck

    Matthew May
    2 Apr 2014 | 11:45 am
    Everyone, in any endeavor, gets stuck at some point. All of a sudden, or so it seems, things aren't going right. Or even going anywhere. Writers get writer's block. Athletes suffer from losing streaks. Running a business is no different. What was working well yesterday isn't working today. You try many things, but nothing works. You're at a loss for how to get moving forward again. The first thing you need to do (after admitting to yourself you're stuck) is to pinpoint why. The reasons come in many different flavors. Scan the list below. Be honest, and check any that have you nodding your…
  • What Management Systems Must You Have to Win?

    Matthew May
    28 Mar 2014 | 9:34 am
    In my last "strategically speaking" post, I covered the fourth of the series of five cascading questions in Roger Martin's Playing to Win strategic framework. I used the example of Stanislas Wawrinka's domination of Rafa Nadal in the 2014 Australian Open. Many email comments arrived in my inbox (strangely, though, no public comments), more than a few of which dismissed Wawrinka's win as nothing more than luck. Well, fine. But the issue is: how do you make your own luck? One answer: create and use a system that gives rise to, and supports, your chosen capabilities that will lend you…
  • Can You Talk Like TED?

    Matthew May
    21 Mar 2014 | 9:52 am
    This year marks the 30th anniversary of the TED (Technology, Entertainment, Design) Conference, known for its 18-minute presentation format. In those 30 years, TED has become the ultimate forum for today’s top thinkers and doers to share innovative "ideas worth spreading." By all measures, TED talks are inspiring, creative, informative, entertaining and, judging by the numbers, wildly addictive. Created in 1984, the inflection point happened in 2006 when TED began posting its talks online for free. TED talks are now viewed more than 2 million times a day. For his latest book, Talk Like…
  • What Capabilities Do You Need to Win?

    Matthew May
    19 Mar 2014 | 9:37 am
    You've got a winning aspiration. You've chosen where to play, and how to win. Now: what capabilities must you have in place to enable you to win where you've chosen to play? This is the fourth question in the cascade of five questions in Roger Martin's "Playing To Win" strategic framework. As Deming once said, "a goal without a method is nonsense." Without the right capabilities, your strategic choice remains purely academic, and, in reality, nonsense. As I watched the championship match of the Australian Open tennis tournament several weeks ago, it occurred to me that #8-ranked Stan…
 
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    Innovation Excellence

  • The New Era of Talent

    Greg Satell
    20 Apr 2014 | 1:00 pm
    Unfortunately, it seems that even the best firms are facing a widening skills gap and it will only get worse. McKinsey recently released data outlining a fundamental mismatch between the demand for skills and the supply of workers who have them. Continue reading →
  • Infographic – The Workplace of the Future

    Innovation Excellence
    19 Apr 2014 | 5:00 am
    If asked to envision an office of the future, some people might channel space-age options like “The Jetsons,” including robots and moving walkways. But when we really think about how offices have progressed over the past century, what’s changed the most? Workspaces, communication and technology. Let’s take a look at how these three integral parts of the office will evolve in the not-so-distant future. Continue reading →
  • Where’s Google going next?

    Innovation Excellence
    18 Apr 2014 | 6:00 am
    Onstage at TED2014, Charlie Rose interviews Google CEO Larry Page about his far-off vision for the company. It includes aerial bikeways and internet balloons … and then it gets even more interesting, as Page talks through the company’s recent acquisition of Deep Mind, an AI that is learning some surprising things. Continue reading →
  • Netexplo Digital Start-ups 2014: a brilliant vintage!

    Nicolas Bry
    17 Apr 2014 | 9:45 am
    Everyday I feel gifted to live in Paris. But some days are exceptional, and Netexplo event is one of them. I don't know any event which compares to the worldwide digital symphony that Netexplo plays, collecting trends and gathering start-ups from every continent. Continue reading →
  • Changing the Innovation Game

    Kevin McFarthing
    17 Apr 2014 | 8:00 am
    Open Innovation has gained a lot of traction since Henry Chesbrough’s eponymous 2003 book. Simplistically, it can be split into two. The first, the vast majority, is inbound, where a business uses the assets of other companies to develop something new and take it to market. The second is outbound, where a company licenses its assets to somebody else to take to market. Continue reading →
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    Innovation Management

  • Taking Innovation Training to the Next Level: Integration With Employee Networks

    Anthony Ferrier and Wendy Castleman
    15 Apr 2014 | 10:24 pm
    In the previous two whitepapers of this series we examined both the benefits of innovation training and areas of innovation skills that mid-to-junior level employees can be taught. In this installment we will address an important topic that is often missing from innovation training / education programs: How to build effective employee networks that support employees who have been trained around with new innovation skills.
  • Soft is Hard to Change: The Challenge of aligning HR with Open Innovation

    InnovationManagement
    13 Apr 2014 | 11:15 pm
    The fourth theme addressed by MOOI is the relation between Open Innovation and Human Resource Management. This article delves deeper into the few articles that have arisen on HR and OI in the academic and professional literatures and the lessons that can be drawn from these existing sources. It also shares some of the take aways from the MOOI-forum discussions on this particular topic focus.
  • Innovation Governance: Why Should Top Management Care?

    Jean-Philippe Deschamps
    13 Apr 2014 | 11:02 pm
    In its research report “CEO Challenge 2014, ”[1] The Conference Board lists the ten most important challenges facing CEOs in 2014. Innovation ranks N°3 in this survey of 1,020 responses, on a par with operational excellence. Innovation was the N°1 issue in 2012, and in 2014 it is still the N°1 challenge in China. This article (in a series of seven) looks at the theme of innovation governance from a top management angle.
  • Managing consumer behavior in ideation contests

    Alexandra Gatzweiler, Vera Blazevic and Frank T. Piller
    10 Apr 2014 | 10:19 pm
    Increasingly many consumers are interested in becoming an active part in idea generation. The increasing online connectedness and emerging methods and platforms for co-creation provide consumers with the opportunity to play a greater role in the exchanges with companies and their value creation. The TIM Research Group of RWTH Aachen University is working on a study about the management of ideation contests, and seeking the input of InnovationManagement.se readers.
  • Can Innovation Be Learnt?

    Anthony Ferrier
    9 Apr 2014 | 3:22 am
    The first whitepaper in this series focused on the benefits generated from training employees in innovation skills. A natural extension of that approach is to now focus on what innovation training really means to an organization. In other words, what actually is innovation training, and more importantly, can innovation be learnt?
 
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    Gregg Fraley

  • Support RAMI

    GREGG FRALEY
    17 Apr 2014 | 6:26 am
    Senator Roy Blunt We Can’t Get Serious About Manufacturing Soon Enough. I support RAMI. I read with interest a post on the congressional blog The Hill. In a rare example of cross party cooperation it would appear that the Senate is taking action on supporting growth in our manufacturing sector. Do read the piece but in essence the idea is to set up a national network for manufacturing innovation. This would build on the pilot center/hubs for innovation already set up by the Obama administration. Kudos to Senators Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio) and Roy Blunt (R-Missouri). I like your…
  • Eleven Weird Ways to Create Innovation Culture

    GREGG FRALEY
    4 Apr 2014 | 9:15 am
    Eleven Weird Ways to Create Innovation Culture Lately I’ve been seeing the glass half empty when it comes to innovation topics. I want everyone to know that, wow, can I ever be positive. In fact, highly creative and insightful, when it comes to inspiring innovation. Are you an empowered leader who wants to make something innovative happen? Try these Eleven Weird Ways — they work to improve the innovation culture. Surprise and delight the team. There’s nothing like a good surprise to inject new energy into a group. It can be really simple stuff. I once gave everyone on the…
  • Employee Abuse is Poison to Innovation

    GREGG FRALEY
    1 Apr 2014 | 2:41 pm
    Abuse Poisons Innovation Efforts — and Innovation Experts Take Fairness as a Given The Five Forms of Employee Abuse (see below) One of the nice things about working for yourself is you don’t have to put up with abuse. Yes, sometimes I’m out there scrambling, sometimes clients are very demanding — but that’s a small price to pay for living or dying on the strength of my own ideas and work. I was reminded yesterday that the vast majority of people work for a company. A good friend suffered a demeaning and unfair incident at work — and it was devastating. I…
  • Minimum Wage Boost in Silicon Valley Ups the Cinderella Factor

    GREGG FRALEY
    18 Mar 2014 | 9:47 am
    Sometimes Cinderella Boys Hit Innovation Holes-in-One. Let’s put politics aside for a moment and pretend the minimum wage is not a party-centric issue. Let’s look at it from a pragmatic perspective if possible. Raising the minimum wage in Silicon Valley (beyond San Jose which has already done so) is a very important and rational thing to do for the economic health of the valley, California, and the USA economy as a whole. I’m sure a lot could be written about the class warfare aspect of this, but to me, the innovation guy, that’s not the key issue. The issue is…
  • The Innovation Metronome

    GREGG FRALEY
    14 Mar 2014 | 8:26 am
    Like a good guitar player — innovation has rhythm. There is no achievement without hard work. There is no breakthrough innovation without hard work. Innovation happens when you practice with discipline, with rhythm. We sometimes get lucky with things and shortcuts present themselves. Even then, one has to be ready to recognise luck when it’s sitting in front of you — on its hind legs begging for a ham bone. Even recognising a breakthrough innovation opportunity takes the hard work of understanding the market, the context. Call that deep research. Usually innovation is a bit…
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  • Busting assumptions about preventing teen pregnancy.

    Katie Konrath
    16 Apr 2014 | 6:30 am
    What assumptions are you making without even knowing it?  Are those assumptions preventing you from seeing real solutions to your challenges? When TV shows like "16 and Pregnant” and “Teen Mom" launched, critics contended that those shows glorified teen pregnancy. They believed that starstruck young women would want to emulate what they saw on TV - much like young men imitated the Jackass stunts. But data shows that the opposite is true. Professors Melissa Kearney of the University of Maryland and Phillip Levine of Wellesley College found that "16 and Pregnant” actually motivates teens…
  • Compelling new evidence for why innovators should target only one customer at a time.

    Katie Konrath
    14 Apr 2014 | 6:30 am
    Recently I wrote about why it's essential for innovators to go by the motto "less is more" when they're promoting an idea.  Turns out that "less is more" when deciding who to promote your idea to as well! The Journal of Consumer Research just published a fascinating article titled Overindividuation in Gift Giving: Shopping for Multiple Recipients Leads Givers to Choose Unique but Less Preferred Gifts. It's about how just thinking about giving gifts to more than one person negatively affects the gift-giver's ability to understand what the recipients really want. When you're promoting an…
  • Steal ideas like Cleopatra

    Katie Konrath
    10 Apr 2014 | 8:02 pm
    She was last Pharaoh of ancient Egypt. Brilliant and charismatic, she ruled over the great city of Alexandria and spoke 7 languages. And she stole ideas. After Julius Caesar’s assassination, Cleopatra struggled against the politics of a divided Rome. So when the powerful general Mark Antony summoned Cleopatra to explain her loyalties, the Egyptian ruler pulled out all the stops. Arriving in a treasure barge rowed by silver oars, Cleopatra dazzled in expensive silks and wore the biggest pearls ever discovered in her ears. She threw lavish banquets for Antony and his friends, all in the…
  • Fresh eyes see new opportunities.

    Katie Konrath
    8 Apr 2014 | 7:30 am
    Innovation doesn't have to be hard. Sometimes ideas with big impacts can result from simply looking at a challenge from an angle no one has ever considered before. A 14-year old in Pennsylvania recently found a way to save the US government nearly $400 million dollars - simply by considering something most other people overlooked. As part of a science project, sixth graders Suvir Mirchandani dove into a study of the cost of printing and ink. He discovered that by switching their default font, his school district could save $21,000 every year.  How?  Simple - fonts like Garamond are…
  • Why every innovator should eat bugs.

    Katie Konrath
    2 Apr 2014 | 6:11 am
    It isn't everyday that you get to look a legendary innovation guru in the eye and refuse to show your openness to new possibilities. Yet there I was, sitting across the table from Lateral Thinking legend Edward de Bono as he urged me to eat a plate full of chocolate-covered worms.  And I wanted nothing to do with them. I've been thinking about this recently as I was reading Edible, An Adventure into the World of Eating Insects and the Last Great Hope to Save the Planet, a new book about eating bugs by entomophagist Daniella Martin. As I read the book and was faced by all the evidence…
 
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    Bulldog Drummond - Uncommon Sense

  • Bulldog Design: Total Woman Gym + Spa—Designed With Women In Mind

    Bulldog Drummond
    16 Apr 2014 | 9:00 am
    Women do it all. They run Board meetings, cook dinner, drive carpool, host book clubs, organize the family’s activities—and even occasionally squeeze in some “me time”. So whether it’s a relaxing yoga session, an invigorating Zumba dance class or a revitalizing deep tissue massage, all women need to take the time to care for themselves—and it’s even better when it’s done in a space designed with their needs in mind. Total Woman was built over thirty years ago on the principle of women living their best lives. Building a loyal following in a number of California communities,…
  • Brand Stories

    Bulldog Drummond
    14 Apr 2014 | 9:00 am
    Twenty noteworthy CEOs attempting to solve the world’s greatest challenges.
  • Close The Experience Gap

    Bulldog Drummond
    14 Apr 2014 | 9:00 am
    Written by Scott Schimmel Fyodor Dostoevsky famously wrote, “Every man has some reminiscences which he would not tell to everyone, but only to his friends. He has others which he would not reveal even to his friends, but only to himself, and that in secret. But finally there are still others which a man is even afraid to tell himself, and every decent man has a considerable number of such things stored away. That is, one can even say that the more decent he is, the greater the number of such things in his mind.” Let’s be honest and admit that you and I aren’t as awesome as we wish…
  • Brands That Survive

    Bulldog Drummond
    14 Apr 2014 | 9:00 am
  • What does being the brand mean to you?

    Bulldog Drummond
    14 Apr 2014 | 9:00 am
    What does being the brand mean to you?
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    The Heart of Innovation

  • 25 Reasons Why Brainstorming Sessions Fail in Your Company

    19 Apr 2014 | 5:45 am
  • On the Brink of a Breakthrough

    18 Apr 2014 | 1:24 am
    The following piece, written by Thomas Wolfe, is the most moving thing I've ever read about what it takes to stand at the crossroads of one's creative calling -- utterly alone, howling at the void, and yet, at the same time, utterly supported. If you want to get the total value of this brilliant piece of writing, read it aloud and let it sink in. I find it hard not to cry whenever I read it. "During this time I reached that state of naked need and utter isolation which every artist has got to meet and conquer if he is to survive at all. Before this I had been sustained by that delightful…
  • 24 Quotes on Good Communication

    16 Apr 2014 | 7:01 pm
    1. "The most important thing in communication is hearing what isn't said." - Peter Drucker 2. "The single biggest problem in communication is the illusion that it has taken place." - George Bernard Shaw
  • The Art of Self-Acknowledgment

    10 Apr 2014 | 12:37 pm
    If you're a creative person regularly involved with starting new projects -- the kind unlikely to get results overnight -- here is a simple practice that will keep you in a positive frame of mind and save you from the all-too-familiar phenomenon of depressing yourself by focusing on the cup (or your life) being half empty. At the end of each work day, acknowledge yourself for all of your accomplishments, small, medium, and large. But not just silently, in your head, verbally -- aloud. Most cultural creatives, no matter how inspired they are at the beginning of a project, eventually end up…
  • Storytelling in Business Infographic

    9 Apr 2014 | 2:25 pm
    Infographic: LookBookHQ and Beutler Ink Sagacious storytelling in business Great storytelling quotes Idea Champions
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    Innovate on Purpose

  • The state of Innovation, 2014

    Jeffrey Phillips
    16 Apr 2014 | 6:43 am
    As a person who lives and breathes innovation constantly, daily in fact, it seems to me the right time to step back and look at the state of innovation broadly.  I'm doing this about a decade after OVO started its innovation focus, trying to assess what's working, and what's merely conversation, in the innovation sphere.Ten years ago we formed OVO to transition some innovation processes and tools that we'd been using in the R&D and Federal space to start assisting clients in the private sector.  Dean Hering and I started OVO because we were convinced that the future of the US…
  • Innovation, team sports and vital components for both

    Jeffrey Phillips
    14 Apr 2014 | 5:48 am
    In a slightly strange but very insightful Tweet Friday, Bill O'Connor (@Oconnorautodesk) noted that innovation today is often like a chess tournament where "no one has a chess set and no one knows the rules" .  I think he's on to something, but I'd use another sport to describe the opportunity and challenge of corporate innovation.My preferred sport wouldn't be chess, which is primarily a solo practitioner game where one person faces off against another.  My preferred analogy would be baseball, where a number of important factors come into play. In team sports, the field or arena…
  • Is crowdsourcing the answer for NBC?

    Jeffrey Phillips
    9 Apr 2014 | 4:36 am
    When companies that rarely innovate attempt "open innovation"  I often wonder:  is this a sign that they finally understand the number and range of excellent ideas in the broader world, or is this a desperate sign that they've recognized the idea well is dry internally, and are left with nothing but an external search for ideas?This question presented itself to me today when I read that NBC is crowdsourcing ideas for new TV shows.  Is NBC leading the way to greater democratization of television, breaking down barriers to find new talent and better stories, or have they simply…
  • The innovation worm turns at GM

    Jeffrey Phillips
    7 Apr 2014 | 5:52 am
    There's been a lot of coverage in the US about GM and it's latest quality fiasco, the faulty ignition switch.  As is the case in many corporate investigations, the people now taking the heat were probably uninvolved or unaware of the dangers, and the executives who made the decisions are comfortably retired.  Hopefully, through this investigation, the people who were injured will receive some compensation, and GM and other companies will learn how to value human safety over profits.But in the story I read, what may be a "throw away" line from GM's new CEO Mary Barra was all but…
  • Renegades, unreasonable men and jesters drive innovation

    Jeffrey Phillips
    25 Mar 2014 | 6:02 am
    I've written before about the Shaw quote about progress and it's reliance on the "unreasonable" man.  Just as a reminder, George Bernard Shaw wrote that "a reasonable man adapts himself to the conditions that surround him.  The unreasonable man adapts conditions to himself...therefore all progress depends on the unreasonable man."  This was brought home as I was thinking about the events in Crimea recently.There are people, even perhaps readers of this blog, who understand game theory and psychology better than I do, but what a great example recently of game theory and…
 
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    Scott Berkun

  • Life under Surveillance: Snowden, NSA and America

    Scott
    18 Apr 2014 | 11:23 am
    I frequently take the the top voted question from readers and answer it on the blog. With 64 votes, today’s winner was submitted by Imran: Life under Surveillance: Issues and Options? Edward Snowden will go down in history as a hero. A quick look at the history of The Pentagon Papers and the story of Daniel Ellsberg reveals easy comparisons. Just like the legacy of presidents, we are bad at evaluating the long term impacts of leaks, revelations, scandals and whistleblowers. With every year that goes by we’ll see a continued shift to his positive recognition. I know many people call…
  • Web designer wanted for work on scottberkun.com

    Scott
    17 Apr 2014 | 12:43 pm
    Hi folks. I’m working on a minor to moderate redesign of scottberkun.com and I’m looking to hire a freelance designer to work with: I have ideas, rough sketches and beer (and of course money to pay you). You don’t need to be a unicorn, as I’d likely hire the good folks at 10up to do the development work. But if you are unicorn enabled that’s nice too as maybe I can hire you for both. Here’s how to apply: Ideally you’re a fan and know some of my work (don’t fake it if you’re not – maybe i can make you one after we work together)…
  • When My Parents Seperated

    Scott
    17 Apr 2014 | 10:58 am
    This is a brief excerpt from a draft of my next book, a memoir about my family. When I was 8 years old my parents separated. While cleaning out my father’s car, My Mom discovered movie stubs for a film she hadn’t seen. He left a few days later. When he left, much of the energy in our house went with him. Not precisely because he was missed, but more that everyone’s energy went inward, away from each other. We all found our corners in that house and those corners became familiar places. My Mom would smoke in the basement, trying to escape the pressures of raising three kids…
  • Mindfire book is FREE today: download it here

    Scott
    15 Apr 2014 | 2:29 pm
    Hi folks. It’s my birthday, and to celebrate I’m giving away one of my most popular books Mindfire: Big Ideas For Curious Minds. Just go to the download page and you’ll be on your way. Enjoy – Happy April!
  • Please Don’t Be Generic (When sending LinkedIn requests)

    Scott
    10 Apr 2014 | 4:18 pm
    I believe in first impressions, especially if you’re asking someone else for something. When you make a connection to another person, even on the interwebs, please take 60 seconds to say something personal about why you’re making the connection. If you’re not willing to take 60 seconds to write something personal, and explain why you want to connect, why would you expect them to say yes? If they’re important enough to you to ask for something, match that with putting in a moment of effort. Otherwise you’re the equivalent of a stranger running up to someone on the…
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    BQF Innovation Blog

  • 3D Printing – It is the Future

    Paul Sloane
    9 Apr 2014 | 8:01 am
    Picture by Mojo I spoke at an event for an Aerospace company recently and while I was there I saw an exhibition of some of the things they are doing with 3D printers.  They print in different plastics but also in Titanium, Aluminium and Stainless Steel.  They can print very complex designs which would be hard to machine or manufacture.  This is bad news for specialist engineering companies which supply parts or tools as these can now often be done quicker and cheaper by the 3D printer.  These devices can also make lighter components with hollow spaces.  Saving weight is very important in…
  • Out of Bad comes Good

    Paul Sloane
    31 Mar 2014 | 10:42 am
    The disappearance of Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 is a mystery and a tragedy. We have no plausible explanation yet.  However it seems possible that some useful innovations will emerge from this.  One is that all planes will be fitted with communications systems which cannot be turned off. It appears that this disaster was caused deliberately by whoever was flying the plane.  Indeed far more airplane crashes are caused by pilot error than technical or other faults.  So perhaps this event will lead to another innovation – pilotless planes.  Automatic pilots already do most of the…
  • Innovation means Winners and Losers

    Paul Sloane
    24 Mar 2014 | 3:18 am
    It seems that when it comes to innovation you can either ride with the change and benefit or oppose the change and be run over.   You are either the diner or the dinner. Smith Corona made beautiful typewriters but word processors put them out of business.  Encyclopedia Britannia made excellent encyclopedias but Wikipedia killed that business.  Kodak were leaders in photographic film but consumers now prefer Instagram to prints.  Warner Brothers and EMI were destroyed by music downloads and iTunes. We continue to see that innovation leads to winners and losers. A recent Reuters report…
  • Innovators do not trust Experts

    Paul Sloane
    12 Mar 2014 | 1:22 am
    Mark Twain said, ‘It is not what we don’t know that gets us into trouble; it is what we think we know for sure.’  The things we are certain of are the most dangerous assumptions we hold.  That is why great innovators do not trust experts, or theories, or spreadsheets or models.  They trust experimentation and empirical results. Video clip here Paul Sloane at the Like Minds Conference
  • A Lateral Idea – the Zero Rupee Bank Note

    Paul Sloane
    26 Feb 2014 | 12:54 pm
    Zero is not Nothing The ancient Greek and Roman civilizations did not employ zero.  If you think of the Roman numbering system 100 is represented by C and 1000 by M. The ancients did not use a symbol like 0 as either a number or a placeholder.  Indian mathematicians are credited with the first use of 0.  Arabs used it and introduced the concept along with the decimal numbering system into Europe during their occupation of Spain in the 12th century.   It is highly unlikely that the development of western mathematics, science and technology would have happened without the number zero.
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    Creativity and Innovation in Business | Social Media

  • Download Ten Social Media Tips for Small Business to Attract Customers

    Sanjay Dalal
    8 Apr 2014 | 11:45 am
    Small Business Owners, SMB and Entrepreneurs are always juggling their time and resources managing, running and growing their business.Social Media Marketing requires extra time, resources and expertise... companies end up spending 4 to 6 hours a week to manage their social media activities. The benefits of effective social media are tangible; consistent online exposure, increased website traffic, sharing of knowledge, better lead generation, improved search ranking (SEO), direct customer feedback, customer service, learning, and engagement with customers.“RBN is very…
  • Six Things Entrepreneurs Should Not Be Doing

    Sanjay Dalal
    7 Apr 2014 | 6:12 pm
    We always hear what entrepreneurs ought to be doing. Here are six things they should not be doing:1. Procrastinating or waiting for things to happen. Things that you don't complete will remain in that state. Believe me, things won't happen with wishful thinking. Don't procrastinate any longer. Just do it...2. Trying the same thing over and over again. This is the big trap that many great entrepreneurs fall into. Rule of thumb: After trying it the third time, it's time for a change. 3. Going alone. Entrepreneurship is a long, exhausting and exciting journey. It's more fun…
  • How Mark Zuckerberg will Connect the World?

    Sanjay Dalal
    2 Apr 2014 | 6:13 pm
    Mark Zuckerberg, founder & CEO of Facebook is on a dual mission:A. He wants everyone on Earth to have affordable access to the Internet through Internet.orgB. He wants over half the population on Earth to connect and share using Facebook and Facebook companies"Our goal with Internet.org is to make affordable access to basic Internet services available to every person in the world." - Mark ZuckerbergInternet.org is doing well... and has already helped over 3 million new people access the internet within a short time, primarily in Philippines and Paraguay.However, Zuckerberg has…
  • What defines Rich Trader and Poor Trader

    Sanjay Dalal
    31 Mar 2014 | 8:03 pm
    Top 5 Differences Between Rich Trader and Poor TraderOnline Robotic Stock Trader wrote this classic blog post on what makes a rich stock trader richer, and a poor trader, you guessed it right, poorer..."You may have been trading for years and may have made some profits on the way, but have you actually made it to the ranks of Rich traders? Are you still dependent on predictions and speculative hope? If this is the case, then you are unfortunately a Poor trader. Yes, this may be hard to digest but it is the bitter truth. What makes a trader rich or poor? Check out the following differences and…
  • Larry Page Speaks his Mind at TED

    Sanjay Dalal
    30 Mar 2014 | 6:25 pm
    Google CEO Larry Page was on stage with Charlie Rose at a TED conference on March 19.Page shared key insights on many topics, his vision of the future, success and failures, NSA, self-driving cars, medical records, and much more.Here are some excerpts from his talk:"The main thing that has caused companies to fail, in my view, is that they missed the future" "We are still at the very early stages with search. Computers don't know where you are and what you are doing" "When we bought Android, it was small and I felt guilty working on it, but it was smart, it was the future" “He (Elon…
 
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  • Wearables, Drones Scare Americans

    Thomas Claburn
    19 Apr 2014 | 6:06 am
    Google has some public relations to do. People remain wary of tech breakthroughs including care-giving robots and drones, Pew research finds.
  • Samsung Galaxy S5: My First Week

    Eric Zeman
    19 Apr 2014 | 6:06 am
    Samsung's latest Android smartphone proves an all-around solid performer -- and can survive a 30-minute dunk in liquid.
  • Microsoft Office: 4 Changes, Explained

    Michael Endler
    19 Apr 2014 | 6:06 am
    Microsoft maneuvers to keep Office on top, touting data analysis power, tweaking office 365, and more. What do the moves mean to you?
  • Google Trends Adds Email Notifications

    Thomas Claburn
    18 Apr 2014 | 12:48 pm
    Keeping tabs on what people are searching for just got a bit more convenient. But Google Trends is still not a serious research tool.
  • Facebook Video: How To Disable Auto-Play

    Kristin Burnham
    18 Apr 2014 | 10:36 am
    Use Facebook's newest setting to disable auto-play videos and ads on desktop, limit them to WiFi on iOS and Android.
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    Top News - MIT Technology Review

  • Enlightened Spaces

    18 Apr 2014 | 9:00 pm
    For almost half a century, James Turrell has been working with light in a way that merges art and technology.Imagine a painting by Mark Rothko transformed into a movie. In a space behind a glass panel, fuzzy clouds of color slowly morph from one configuration to another. A golden patch may appear in a field of crimson and slowly expand like a rising sun, suffusing the whole zone. Then around the edges a filament of green appears, spreading almost imperceptibly. This, in turn, shifts and modulates. And on and on. This is the experience of looking at works in James Turrell’s Tall Glass and…
  • The Cost of Limiting Climate Change Could Double without Carbon Capture Technology

    18 Apr 2014 | 12:13 pm
    The economics of combating climate change may depend on an underfunded technology.When it comes to technology for averting climate change, renewable energy often gets the limelight. But a relatively neglected technology—capturing carbon dioxide from power plants—could have a far bigger impact on the economics of dealing with climate change, according to a U.N. report released earlier this week.
  • Shape-Shifting Touch Screen Buttons Head to Market

    17 Apr 2014 | 6:00 am
    An iPad accessory launching later this year will bring transparent morphing buttons to the device’s screen to aid touch-typing.As they peck out text on the featureless glass surface of their phone or tablet, some people still mourn the passing of the physical keyboard. Now technology is heading to mass production that can offer the best of both worlds: a featureless surface for watching video and buttons that rise out of it when you need to type.
  • Selling Teslas in China Won’t Do Much for the Environment

    16 Apr 2014 | 9:00 pm
    Because China relies so heavily on coal for power, electric vehicles aren’t necessarily an improvement over gasoline-powered cars.Sales of electric vehicles in China, the world’s largest auto market, have been minuscule despite government incentives meant to put five million of the cars on the nation’s roads by 2020. Tesla Motors hopes to begin changing that as it makes its first deliveries of Model S sedans to customers in China this month.
  • Microrobots, Working Together, Build with Metal, Glass, and Electronics

    16 Apr 2014 | 10:45 am
    Tiny robots that work together like ants could lead to a new way to manufacture complex structures and electronics.Someone glancing through the door of Annjoe Wong-Foy’s lab at SRI International might think his equipment is infested by ants. Dark shapes about a centimeter across move to and fro over elevated walkways: they weave around obstacles and carry small sticks.
 
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    Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs - Energy technology innovation policy

  • The Geopolitics of Russian Natural Gas

    9 Apr 2014 | 8:09 am
    Part of a joint study by the Center for Energy Studies at Rice University's Baker Institute and Harvard University's Kennedy School on the geopolitical implications of natural gas.
  • EU-Russia Cooperation in a Rapidly Changing Interregional Gas Market

    Morena Skalamera
    8 Apr 2014 | 11:26 am
    In the past few years the gas sector has experienced a wave of unprecedented changes. The increasing globalization of gas markets and the technological breakthrough of shale gas production in the United States have triggered deep changes in Eurasian gas market governance.
  • Technology Innovation and Energy

    Kavita Surana, Ananth Chikkatur and Ambuj D. Sagar
    1 Apr 2014 | 9:10 am
    Energy technology innovation is the key to driving the technological changes that are necessary to meet the challenge of mitigating energy-related greenhouse gas emissions to avoid 'dangerous climate change.' Success in innovation requires the enhancement of public investment in the innovation process, the creation of markets for low-carbon technologies through stronger climate policies, and a continued focus on energy access and equity.
  • DOE Budget Authority for Energy Research, Development, & Demonstration Database

    Kelly Sims Gallagher and Laura Diaz Anadon
    28 Mar 2014 | 4:05 pm
    This document contains March 2014 updates to our database on U.S. government investments in energy research, development, demonstration, and deployment (ERD3) through the Department of Energy. The database, in Microsoft Excel format, tracks DOE appropriations from FY 1978–2014 and the 2015 budget request and includes funding for ERD3 from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009. It also includes several charts.
  • Energy Saving Alignment Strategy: Achieving Energy Efficiency in Urban Buildings by Matching Occupant Temperature Preferences with a Building's Indoor Thermal Environment

    Xiaoqi Xu, Patricia J. Culligan and John E. Taylor
    25 Mar 2014 | 4:46 pm
    Existing strategies for residential energy savings through physical renovation or motivating occupant energy conservation behavior can be costly and/or have transitory effects. Focusing on multi-family dwellings, an important subset of the urban residential sector, the authors propose an Energy Saving Alignment Strategy (ESAS) that has advantageous cost-effectiveness and a long-lasting influence. By aligning the distribution of residents' thermostat preferences with the indoor temperature, ESAS aims to maximize thermal comfort and, accordingly, energy savings in multi-family buildings where…
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    Marketing & Strategy Innovation blog

  • Mercedes Is Driving Dangerously, Chasing Customers

    alex
    20 Apr 2014 | 10:01 am
    “Brazen.” “Provocative.” “Exuberant.” What automotive brand comes to mind when you hear those words? BMW? Audi? Maybe even Porsche?Facebook Like Google Plus One Linkedin Share Button Tweet Widget Tags: Mercedesautomobilebrand strategyDenise Lee Yohn
  • No One Really Cares About Your Great Idea

    alex
    20 Apr 2014 | 9:30 am
    I stumbled over a great Q&A over at Quora. Someone asked about what to do with their great ideas and inventions so that they won’t get cheated. I’ve decided to reproduce the question here and the answer by Jimmy Wales, founder of Wikipedia, as I often get asked the same question but in many different ways. The question:Facebook Like Google Plus One Linkedin Share Button Tweet Widget Tags: ideasDesign Translatorinnovationexecutioninvention
  • Misunderstandings About Bank Customer Rationality

    alex
    19 Apr 2014 | 1:25 pm
    Sixxtep Analytics wrote in a blog post titled Irrational banking customer (hat tip to @BankInnovation): Facebook Like Google Plus One Linkedin Share Button Tweet Widget Tags: Ron Shevlinbankingfinancial servicesirrationaldecision makingcustomer insights
  • New MSI Blogger - Esteban Kolsky

    alex
    17 Apr 2014 | 12:47 pm
    It's high time we introduced another author who has been so kind as to join our MSI blog, namely Esteban Kolsky. A seasoned customer strategist and a researcher, Esteban is a promoter of translating statistics and facts into practical solutions.Facebook Like Google Plus One Linkedin Share Button Tweet Widget Tags: Esteban KolskyFuturelabMSI
  • What (Some, if Not Most) CMOs Don’t See

    alex
    17 Apr 2014 | 4:22 am
    Two things to start: I have no qualms with CMOs and their responsibilities – it is a critical job in most organizations and hard to do as any other one. I was not going to caveat the title and say ALL CMOs, but am trying to avoid being singled out as ignorant (yeah, new thing for me – I know)Facebook Like Google Plus One Linkedin Share Button Tweet Widget Tags: Esteban KolskyCMOchangemarketing
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    SLINGSHOT: Re-Imagine Your Business, Re-Imagine Your Life

  • New web home for SLINGSHOT and Re-imagining Boundaries

    Gabor George Burt
    27 Mar 2014 | 3:53 am
    The much anticipated new web home for SLINGSHOT and Re-imagining Boundaries is now accessible. Come and experience it for yourself.
  • Celebrating 1200 posts over nearly a decade

    Gabor George Burt
    14 Mar 2014 | 3:09 am
    “To be successful we must live from our imaginations, not from our memories.” —Stephen Covey, author and leadership expert Nearly a decade ago I started this blog as a resource on Blue Ocean Strategy, innovation and creativity. And in those first few years it quickly became the go-to place on the Internet for up to date information, stories and inspiration on Blue Ocean Strategy.   1200 posts later, it delights me to announce the relaunch of this space. So please check back next week and share in the excitement as the new home for Slingshot and Re-Imagining Boundaries launches. For all…
  • Raising a glass to lifestyle enrichment

    Gabor George Burt
    11 Mar 2014 | 10:21 am
    In a highly competitive and changing landscape, companies must understand that they are not in the business of making a certain product or providing a certain service, but rather they offer something much more encompassing, much more fundamental: they are in the business of enriching people’s lives. They are in the business of making people’s lives more fun, more thrilling, simpler, more comfortable, more liberating, safer, more meaningful, more efficient, and more harmonious. This seemingly small shift in strategic thinking is huge. It allows companies to infatuate large groups of…
  • Re-engaging our childhood creativity

    Gabor George Burt
    7 Mar 2014 | 3:01 am
    Re-engaging our childhood creativity is not just an imperative part of successful business strategy. It is now also an imperative part of a full consumer experience. This was the central theme of an interview I gave to Icelandic media outlet Morgunbladid, in connection with my recent talk at the IMARK event in Iceland. Icelandic speakers can read the interview in PDF format. If that makes you feel left out, then check out my book, Slingshot: Re-Imagine Your Business, Re-Imagine Your Life. Related articles SLINGSHOT Music: Childhood Melody The world's most non-conventional mayor…
  • Your biggest challenge: staying relevant

    Gabor George Burt
    4 Mar 2014 | 3:54 am
    In order for companies to deliver lifestyle enrichment to consumers, being relevant is much more important than being best in any traditional measure. As my example today shows, you can be the most well-known brand in the world and the undisputed market leader, but it won’t matter if your market segment itself becomes irrelevant and no longer enriching people’s evolving lifestyles. At most, you can prolong your inevitable demise and have the dubious honor of being the last in your market to fold — in this case carbonated beverages.   Via the New York Times: “For Coke to regain brand…
 
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    Don The Idea Guy : BrainBlog

  • Breaking Things and Breaking Through

    Don The Idea Guy
    8 Apr 2014 | 8:27 pm
    Sometimes things fall apart. You own and care for something long enough, and things are bound to wear out or the odds catch up with you and it breaks. For me, it’s been a week of broken things. I’ve been blogging for decades. I don’t even recall the first platform I used (before they even called it blogging), but I remember switching to Blogger back when it first launched and being so excited about how easy it had become. Then Blogger began allowing customization, and then they allowed it to be embedded on a site you hosted yourself — and with each advancement came the…
  • Back-Up Coffee

    Don The Idea Guy
    31 Mar 2014 | 2:28 pm
    This morning I arrived early for a meeting at a local Bob Evans. I told the greeter (who also turned out to be the server) that I was expecting to meet one other person. They noticed my laptop bag and asked if we’d need a place to plug-in. WOW… Nice job paying attention and trying to be helpful! I told them that we wouldn’t need an outlet and he immediately seated me at a great table where I could keep an eye on the entrance (so I could spot my guest) and was near an outlet “just in case”. I told him that we’d probably both want coffee and in less than…
  • Wiping Out Cancer

    Don The Idea Guy
    11 Mar 2014 | 2:06 pm
    Continuing on the trend of Helpful Humor I’ve been noticing lately, I wanted to share the activity of possibly one of the funniest businesses I’ve had the pleasure to spend my money with — Dollar Shave Club. Still the BEST commercial you’ll never see on television, these guys didn’t quit with a one-hit wonder (technically, a 13 million hit wonder and counting) after getting millions of monthly members to pay to become part of their razor blade subscription business. In addition to humorous notes and postcards being packaged with my monthly shipment of blades (the…
  • Making Creative Waves

    Don The Idea Guy
    5 Mar 2014 | 9:48 am
    As you may have guessed from some recent blog posts, I’ve spent some time on the west coast during the past couple months and many ideas were spawned by that seaside setting — like this one about creativity and ocean waves. While walking along the beach watching the waves come crashing into rocks and wash across the shore, I was struck by the concept that creative inspiration and brainstorming are much like waves. They can be a violent and overwhelming deluge of concepts that serve to disorient and turn you upside down by dumping a ton of ideas on your mental shores all at once.
  • Emergency Coffee

    Don The Idea Guy
    3 Mar 2014 | 12:56 pm
    A few weeks ago I was in San Diego taking a few vacation days after delivering three workshops at the DogWatch Hidden Fence annual Dealer conference in Huntington Beach, California. My fiance and I had asked an employee at The Nat gift shop if she could recommend any local restaurants near our hotel, and without hesitation named Cafe 21 as the place we had to visit for breakfast the next morning. Now, I expected the food to be good based on a recommendation like that (and it was — incredibly tasty!) but what I wasn’t expecting was the early morning sense of humor from our server.
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    Idea Sandbox » SandBlog

  • They’re Your Words, Choose Them

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

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

    Paul
    21 Feb 2014 | 8:41 am
    The post It’s Called A Presentation… appeared first on Idea Sandbox.
  • Great Brands Aren’t Display Cakes, They’re Real To The Core

    Paul
    29 Jan 2014 | 11:17 am
    Today Idea Sandbox is Stop #3 for the virtual book tour featuring Denise Lee Yohn’s book: What Great Brands Do: The Seven Brand-Building Principles that Separate the Best from the Rest. Before I jump into the questions I had for Denise… I want to summarize my take on the philosophy of the book… You’ve seen wedding cakes on display in the window of a bakery. Beautifully decorated, delicious-looking cakes. The baker doesn’t bake display cakes each day… they decorate hollow, plastic forms. These display cakes are an advertisement for the real thing. Serve…
  • “What Great Brands Do” Virtual Book Tour

    Paul
    28 Jan 2014 | 1:55 pm
    Today is Day 2 of the virtual book tour featuring What Great Brands Do: The Seven Brand-Building Principles that Separate the Best from the Rest by Denise Lee Yohn. Author and Customer Loyalty expert Jackie Huba kicked the tour off on Monday at her site with: Q&A with the author of new book, What Great Brands Do Tuesday (today) Phil Gerbyshak posted a great video interview with Denise. Check it out… What to know the Secret of What Great Brands Do? Here is the tour schedule for the rest of the week! Wednesday – Idea Sandbox (You are here!) Thursday – Brand Autopsy with…
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    InnoBlog

  • How Corporate Investors Can Improve Their Odds

    kblake
    27 Mar 2014 | 1:12 pm
    When investing in new growth businesses, corporate leaders are commonly advised to behave more like venture capitalists. VCs, they’re told, take more of a long-term approach, have a greater degree of risk tolerance, and parcel out their funds in stages to mitigate risk. All of this is right, as far as it goes. But having spent the past five years straddling between our consulting business (which advises large companies) and our venture investment arm (which provides seed investment to entrepreneurs), I now believe there is a more fundamental philosophical difference that corporate leaders…
  • Perspectives on a day spent serving up ideas for system-wide innovation with local leaders

    kblake
    27 Mar 2014 | 12:49 pm
    Most healthcare leaders know in their gut that the industry has to make a fundamental shift in the way care is paid for and delivered. But they worry – What’s will our business be like in the new future? How do we get there? What’s the path forward?  By creating a unique collaborative approach to leading dialogue about such healthcare questions, McKesson recently held its first in a series of “Better Health” events in Portland. While our time in Portland didn’t net absolute answers to these big questions, it certainly generated some phenomenal insights and kick-started a new…
  • Should Big Companies Give Up on Innovation?

    kblake
    13 Mar 2014 | 2:02 pm
    “Why bother?” It’s a common question thrown at me by entrepreneurs, venture capitalists, or the more cynically minded corporate leaders. That is, why bother trying to innovate if no matter what they do, large companies can no longer maintain a sustainable advantage and their life spans are just getting shorter and shorter?  Isn’t it better to hasten Joseph Schumpeter’s process of creative destruction and move capital and employment from inefficient dinosaurs to more vibrant and agile upstarts? I give them three reasons. First, timing matters. There’s a difference between…
  • The Strategic Mistake Almost Everybody Makes

    kblake
    21 Feb 2014 | 1:02 pm
    “It is simple math,” the strategist said in a tone that sounded suspiciously similar to how I explain things to my six-year-old daughter. “Decreasing churn by a percent — a single percent! — creates tens of millions of dollars of value. A point of market share creates five times that amount. Our growth investments are years from providing that kind of return.” The general point is right — a dollar of investment in incrementally improving the core is almost always going to earn a greater near-term return than a dollar invested in a growth business that might take years to…
  • Why the X Games Won’t Dethrone the Olympics

    kblake
    11 Feb 2014 | 1:20 pm
    A “new model for how winter sports are done” that “feeds an audience hunger for life-treating daredevilry” and drives “high market penetration and . . . high dollars.” Yes, that’s a collection of phrases describing the X Games, a series of athletic competitions created by cable giant ESPN. With the Winter Olympics set to start this week, is it just a matter of time before we can add “disruptor” to the list of words used to describe the upstart? ESPN started the X Games almost 20 years ago as an effort to reach younger consumers that seemed to be turning away from more…
 
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    Big Think Expert Ideas

  • The Science of Flirting

    Big Think Editors
    20 Apr 2014 | 12:00 pm
    Scientists recently found that it's not how attractive you are but how well you flirt that helps you find a potential mate. What are the classic tactics of flirting and how well do you have them down, from a scientific standpoint? Watch this video from DNews to learn how science can help you become ...Read More
  • 10 Discoveries Unexplained by Science

    Big Think Editors
    20 Apr 2014 | 6:00 am
    How do placebo pills reduce pain and even improve symptoms in Parkinson's patients?What causes fireballs to allegedly shoot from Thailand's Mekong River? And what is making that insanely annoying humming noise in Taos, New Mexico? This and other mysteries are featured in this video of 10 ...Read More
  • Jack White's Latest Music Video Stars Non-Newtonian Fluids

    Big Think Editors
    19 Apr 2014 | 9:00 pm
    Isaac Newton was a rock star of scientists, so it makes sense that one of his discoveries stars in "High Ball Stepper," the latest music video from Jack White. In it, you can witness a blue fluid "dancing" around, shaken by the speakers blasting the song.  The Huffington Post explains:  ...Read More
  • Carl Sagan on Science and Technology

    Big Think Editors
    19 Apr 2014 | 9:00 pm
    "We live in a society exquisitely dependent on science and technology, in which hardly anyone knows anything about science and technology." - Carl Sagan Read More
  • Moon Glow Mystery

    Big Think Editors
    19 Apr 2014 | 9:00 pm
    NASA scientists have been trying to figure out a mystery dating back to the Apollo moon missions, according to the Mother Nature Network. They may be closer to understanding what causes a strange glow on the moon's horizon just before sunrise. Enter the Lunar Atmosphere and Dust Environment ...Read More
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    Innovationedge

  • The future of a digital cashless society?

    Cheryl Perkins
    17 Apr 2014 | 9:46 am
    After seeing this bracelet, you may look at your checkbook or even your online billpay system as archaic and inconvenient.  Right now this bracelet appears to be in the imagination stage, but it’s sure to get the attention of a financial or tech corporation. Check out the design blog here. “Triia” is shown as a secure payment bracelet, which acts like a wallet for your digital cash. In this scenario, your fingers tell the account what to do, and it will require users to learn a few easy movements.  Could this be the future of payments for everyone? Check out the Triia…
  • Leapfrogging your innovation!

    Cheryl Perkins
    11 Apr 2014 | 3:07 pm
    I wanted to highlight some work with one of our partners innovator Soren Kaplan. In the months ahead we are going to be sharing more information on LeapFrogging. Soren has written an award-winning and bestselling book that shows how any organization or internal business function can “change the game.” That’s exactly what Innovationedge and Soren will be doing in our partnership to deliver the tools to help business leaders embrace uncertainty, rather than avoid it! We’ll be helping clients create new products, services and business models. This month Soren is our guest writer, and he…
  • Hot News: Innovationedge featured in CGT’s “2020 Imperative”

    Cheryl Perkins
    7 Apr 2014 | 6:07 pm
    Those who follow the latest trends in the future of innovation know that Consumer Goods Technology is a go-to hub for all things cutting edge in where many industries are heading. CGT’s expertise is second to none in my opinion, which is why I am thrilled and honored to play a role in the brand new, hot-off-the-presses publication titled, The 2020 Imperative. Check out my article! I will be sharing it here on this blog soon, but you can get a sneak peek: Download your copy here.
  • Oshkosh Event: Innovation Management

    Cheryl Perkins
    1 Apr 2014 | 6:38 pm
    Innovation is in demand, but can only be successful if properly managed. Join Cheryl Perkins for this program, and learn how to leverage internal and external capabilities to accelerate delivery of results. Leave this session with a better understanding of what innovation management is and its enablers. You will also learn the role that leadership and culture play in innovation, and which organization and partnership models truly support it. Program fee: $30 Click here to register now! 
  • First 3-D Printed Skull Successfully Implanted in Woman

    Cheryl Perkins
    27 Mar 2014 | 5:12 pm
    A fascinating development straight from news headlines: Post by InnovationEdge.
 
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    Creativity & Innovation

  • ZIG ZAG Book Review (By a Ten Year Old)

    keithsawyer
    16 Apr 2014 | 6:12 am
    My 2013 creativity advice book, Zig Zag: The Surprising Path to Greater Creativity, is dedicated to my 10-year-old son, Graham. He just returned the favor by reading and reviewing the book for his 5th-grade book review assignment. The teacher used good arts integration pedagogy: she had the students do their review in multiple media (decorating a brown paper bag, and then filling it with items related to the book). Here’s the report my son turned in. First, the front, with title, author photo, and the 15-shape invention exercise from inside the book: On the back, his short review:…
  • Ed Catmull and the Secrets of Pixar’s Creativity

    keithsawyer
    12 Apr 2014 | 9:04 am
    You’ve seen his face staring at you from the cover of the April 2014 Fast Company magazine as you pass the airport bookstore: It’s Ed Catmull, President of Pixar, behind the words “How to Unleash Creativity”. Anyone would love to have this kind of news coverage: He’s called “A great leader” and “The master” (and that’s just the magazine cover). The issue contains excerpts from Catmull’s new book, Creativity, Inc. It’s a great title. (But it’s been used already: it’s the title of a 2003 book by Jeff Mauzy…
  • The Airplane: Not Invented By the Wright Brothers

    keithsawyer
    10 Apr 2014 | 3:02 am
    One of the most fascinating stories in patent law is now over 100 years old: the story about how the Wright Brothers tried to lock up all legal rights to human flight. I told this story in my 2007 book Group Genius, and I’ve just learned that Lawrence Goldstone has told a new version–in his forthcoming book Birdmen: The Wright Brothers, Glenn Curtiss and the Battle to Control the Skies, excerpted in the Wall Street Journal April 9, 2014.* In Group Genius, I use the Wright Brothers’ legal battles to demonstrate how “collaborative webs” are always more innovative…
  • Innovation, Entrepreneurship, and the Evolving Education Marketplace

    keithsawyer
    6 Apr 2014 | 3:32 pm
    I’ve just spent the past four days at one of the biggest annual conferences in any field, the American Educational Research Association annual meeting, with over 13,000 researchers gathered in Philadelphia. The high point, for me, was an invited Presidential session called “innovation, entrepreneurship, and the evolving education marketplace.” A high-profile group of connected education leaders engaged in a wide-ranging discussion up on stage, and I’ve quoted below their comments that leaped out at me. First, the participants were: Christopher Swanson, Education Week…
  • The Key to Spontaneity is Practice

    keithsawyer
    29 Mar 2014 | 7:01 am
    Paradoxical, but true: Great improvisation requires extensive practice and expertise. My own studies of jazz and improv theater groups shows this to be true, as I describe in my 2007 book Group Genius: The Creative Power of Collaboration. Most people find this to be surprising, because our mythical image of the great improviser is someone who is driven by internal impulse, genius-level performance creativity. Stereotypes like saxophonist Charlie Parker, high on heroin, blowing his horn at 2am in some New York jazz club. It’s the same with every performance genre. This recent article in…
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    Phil McKinney

  • Just imagine what you can do

    philmckinney
    16 Apr 2014 | 8:11 am
    Do you take the time to just imagine? Yes, John Lennon had it right, and you can too. Click here to view the video on YouTube.   It is the first step in any creative process. Without imagination, it would be sad to think where our world would be. Just consider the man who imagined bending a piece of metal in a fashion that would hold many papers together….the paperclip. How about the imagination that saw a piece of thread that would emit light….the light-bulb. It all started with imagination, and this is why Albert Einstein’s quote rings with so much truth:…
  • Geoffrey Moore: What it takes to be an innovation leader

    philmckinney
    14 Apr 2014 | 6:55 am
      This weeks Killer Innovations Podcast is a phone interview with Geoffrey Moore. Geoffrey is an author, speaker, and advisor who splits his consulting time between start-up companies in the Mohr Davidow portfolio and established high-tech enterprises. Moore’s life’s work has focused on the market dynamics surrounding disruptive innovations. His first book, Crossing the Chasm, 3rd Edition: Marketing and Selling Disruptive Products to Mainstream Customers, has become required reading in universities around the world. We discussed a wide range topics including: How organizational…
  • How cutting edge technology makes the familiar better

    philmckinney
    7 Apr 2014 | 6:30 am
    I’m amused by the different answers I get when I ask people what certain terms mean to them.  One example is “cutting edge” which is a term often used interchangeably with “state of the art”. So what does it mean to me? Let me take an extreme position (which I’m sure will elicit some comments/challenges). To me, it describes a product or other thing that is at the highest level of development of what is currently available. This is different than “breakthrough” which describes something that didn’t previously exist that is a radical…
  • How to invent opportunity with luck and innovation

    philmckinney
    31 Mar 2014 | 6:42 am
    Have you ever wondered what it takes to get opportunities out of thin air? You might think it takes a lot of good luck to come across them, but that’s not the case. We invent our opportunities more often than we stumble across them. “I’m a greater believer in luck, and I find the harder I work the more I have of it” – Thomas Jefferson Jefferson had it right when he said these now famous words, luck is something you create. The secret to creating your own luck, as Kevin Daum at Inc.com points out, is actually pretty simple. All you need to do is: play to your plan ahead…
  • Does Brainstorming Deserve its Bad Rap?

    philmckinney
    24 Mar 2014 | 7:51 am
    In the last few years, brainstorming has been shot down, put down, and dismissed.  Why? Since 1941, when Alex Osborn changed the culture of advertising with innovative, nonjudgmental thought-generating, brainstorming has been a major part of business.  Osborn described brainstorming as “a conference technique by which a group attempts to find a solution for a specific problem by amassing all the ideas spontaneously by its members.”  He included specific rules including: No criticism of ideas Go for large quantities of ideas Build on each others ideas Encourage wild and…
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    Outside Innovation

  • FIRST: Celebrating 25 Years of Training Young Innovators

    Patty Seybold
    15 Apr 2014 | 8:43 am
    This month, Dean Kamen and Woodie Flowers’ amazing global organization celebrates its 25th anniversary. I highly recommend that you take your kids or grandkids and make the pilgrimage to St. Louis for the FIRST world championships on April 23-26th, 2014. Or at least watch the action via video. I’ve been to two of these annual championship events and taken both grandkids and clients. It was much more memorable and inspirational than a trip to Disneyland. Of course, kids are naturally creative and innovative. So what’s special about the FIRST program that participation in it transforms…
  • Best of Our Innovation Articles

    Patty Seybold
    14 Apr 2014 | 7:57 am
    This week, we’re celebrating innovation and innovative ways to be innovative. To that end, I’d like to recommend these particular articles: Why Chaos Is Important for Innovation How an Organization, Group, or Individual Can Foster Innovation by Patricia Seybold Jan. 17, 2014 How to Address “Wicked Problems” Use Dialogue Mapping to Build a Shared Understanding and Evolve a Group’s Thinking by Patricia Seybold May 23, 2013 New Metaphors Spur Innovation How We Describe Things Impacts How We Think about Using Them by Peter Horne Mar. 6, 2013 How to Innovate Business Models Should You…
  • See FIRST in Action Today & Tomorrow in Boston!

    Patty Seybold
    11 Apr 2014 | 1:28 pm
    For those of you in the Boston/New England area, you have an opportunity to experience firsthand what a FIRST challenge looks like and to experience its gracious professionalism first-hand. The 2014 New England FIRST Robotics Competition Region Championship (Qualifying Championship) Boston is this weekend...April 11/12 – The opening ceremony is TODAY, Friday, April 11th, starting at 8:30 a.m. at the Boston University Agganis Arena. The final matches and the closing ceremony takes place tomorrow, Saturday, April 12th. You’ll find the event details on the New England FIRST website.
  • What’s the Problem with CABs? Too Little Listening; Too Many Presentations!

    Patty Seybold
    4 Apr 2014 | 8:45 am
    What if you had a Customer Advisory Board meeting in which PowerPoint presentations were banned? What if your executives and product managers spent most of the first day listening deeply to their customers talk among themselves about how they do their jobs and comparing notes about the strategic issues they’re grappling with in their respective industries? What if, instead of sitting through your product managers’ roadmap presentations and being expected to react to them, your customers presented their roadmaps and asked their colleagues for advice? What if those customers—incredibly…
  • Can IBM Deliver Customer Clouds?

    Patty Seybold
    29 Mar 2014 | 7:04 am
    We all walk around with the cloud in our pockets. Our mobile devices are our connection to the cloud. Computing resources, networking resources, storage, content, applications, and even business processes now run using cloud computing. That means that the actual data we’re accessing is sitting on one or more secure database arrays in one or more locations somewhere in the world. The computers whose cycles we’re accessing are spinning up and down in various server farms somewhere in the world. We don’t care where. We don’t need to care where. Except that, if the data we’re accessing…
 
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    15inno

  • Innovation as a Career Choice

    Stefan Lindegaard
    8 Apr 2014 | 3:19 am
    Do you want to work with innovation? Or do you already work with innovation and like this so much that you want to build you career on this? I am working on a short and sharp webinar in which I share my views on what it takes to get to work with innovation today and how you can stay sharp in a fast moving business discipline that is getting more and more respect among the top executives. It would be great to get you input on what to include in such a webinar so I am asking you for questions that you would me to address. As a discussion starter, I have listed some potential topics for the…
  • Crowdsourcing = Marketing or Innovation?

    Stefan Lindegaard
    7 Apr 2014 | 12:02 pm
    When companies tap into the crowd in the right way, they can reap lots of benefits. They are primarily focused on innovation and marketing and while many believe (myself included) that the ”proper” form of crowdsourcing leans towards the innovation benefits, we do see lots of initiatives that are more about marketing than innovation. I recently wrote a post on LEGO Cuusoo. This is an initiative that I like a lot and I also argued that this is more about innovation than marketing. This spurred a good discussion with Klaus-Peter Speidel on the intersection of innovation and marketing in the…
  • A Crowd is Not Wise; The Filtering Team Must Be – Insights from Novozymes

    Stefan Lindegaard
    3 Apr 2014 | 4:12 pm
    I participated at the Community Conference in Copenhagen as a panel moderator. The energy and the buzz felt great so it was with mixed feelings that I had to leave early. However, the Twitter stream on #CCDK gave me a good idea of the topics discussed at the conference and I paid extra attention to tweets related to a presentation given by Frank Hatzack, who is Head of Innovation Development at Novozymes. They included: Culture is what the employees do when the boss is not around. Don’t oversize your crowds if you want rapid learnings cycles. How wise is a crowd? The screening/filtering…
  • Who Are the Better Innovators – Global Giants or Startups/SME’s? – FREE WEBINAR, APRIL 8

    Stefan Lindegaard
    3 Apr 2014 | 9:43 am
    Who are the better innovators – the global giants or the startups and SME’s? What are the key differences between these types of companies in the context of innovation? What are the do’s and don’ts when they want to innovate together? You can get the answers to the above questions and other insights by joining a short and sharp webinar on April 8 at 10.30-11am New York time. It is free of charge and you can register on this link: Innovation: Global Giants vs Startups and SME’s Please feel free to share this with your colleagues, friends and network. About Stefan Lindegaard:…
  • Free Consulting Session for Corporate Innovators

    Stefan Lindegaard
    2 Apr 2014 | 9:24 am
    Are you looking for external perspectives on the innovation initiatives in your company? I am offering a free 1-hour consulting session for corporate innovators on the topics of open innovation, innovation culture/management and the people side of innovation (the mindset, skills, toolbox needed for innovation today). The session can take place as a talk over the phone or face-to-face if I happen to visit your city in the near future. As preparation for the session, I will ask for a short description of your issues and challenges and 3 questions that you would like me answer. It would be great…
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    Innovation in Practice

  • Inside versus Outside: The Story of the Inside the Box

    Drew Boyd
    20 Apr 2014 | 2:25 am
    Go behind the scenes of "Inside the Box: A Proven System of Creativity for Breakthrough Results"  with co-author, Drew Boyd, who shares insights about the writing of the book and its impact on the creative potential of organizations. The book has been or will soon be published in the following languages: English/US, English/UK Commonwealth, Dutch, Spanish, Korean, Chinese, Japanese, Hebrew, Portuguese, Thai, Russian, German, and Turkish. See all book jacket versions here: http://www.pinterest.com/drewboyd/inside-the-box/.
  • The Division Technique: Cutting Innovation Down to Size

    Drew Boyd
    14 Apr 2014 | 1:06 am
    You can frequently make groundbreaking innovations simply by dividing a product into “chunks” to create many smaller versions of it. These smaller versions still function like the original product, but their reduced size delivers benefits that users wouldn’t get with the larger, “parent” product. This is one of three approaches of the Division Technique called “Preserving Division.” Les Paul used Preserving Division to produce his multitrack recording by taking a single piece of media—a tape—and dividing it into multiple smaller tracks that perform the same function as the…
  • Think Inside the Skyscraper: Innovations in Architecture

    Drew Boyd
    7 Apr 2014 | 12:00 am
    Skyscrapers are amazing from any vantage point - near, far, or even inside. If you look closely, you'll spot the patterns inherent in the techniques of Systematic Inventive Thinking. Take a look at these five examples. 1. MULTIPLICATION: Architect Bruce Graham probably didn't realize he was using Multiplication when he created the Sears Tower in Chicago (officially now called the Willis Tower). Inspired by a pack of cigarettes, he produced a collection of nine tubes, each of a different height. When attached to specially manufactured steel frames that lashed each tube to the others, the tubes…
  • Innovation and Design Thinking MOOC to Return This Fall

    Drew Boyd
    31 Mar 2014 | 12:00 am
    The University of Cincinnati's popular Massive Online Open Course called "Innovation and Design Thinking" will return this Fall beginning in October. Stay tuned for details about registration.
  • The Six Best Books on Creativity and Innovation

    Drew Boyd
    24 Mar 2014 | 12:00 am
    Creativity is what you do in your head to generate an idea, while innovation is the process of putting it into practice. You need both to succeed, which may be why the number of new books on these topics seems to grow every year. Yet despite the popularity of this category and the steady stream of new books, I continue to go back to the classics, those books that actually taught me how to do it versus those books that just talked about it.  Caution – these are not “light reads,” but they’re the ones I’ve learned the most from. 1.  The Act of Creation by Arthur KoestlerAll creative…
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    INDIA INVENTS

  • Entrepreneurship training in India

    A.S Rao
    16 Apr 2014 | 11:22 pm
    EY Entrepreneurship Barometer 2013 places in India at rank 11, scores in access to funds, entrepreneurship culture are at same rank. Lower rank of  19 for tax & regulation and higher rank of 5 for coordinated support are also on expected lines. But lower rank of 20 at the bottom for education and training is a surprise. What is this parameter and why are doing this activity so badly?Entrepreneurship education uses indicators like  Pre-university education, University education, Entrepreneurship specific training and Informal education/lifelong learning. The survey findings on…
  • E Governance in Estonia

    A.S Rao
    13 Apr 2014 | 11:53 pm
    AADHAAR hopefully will survive political transition. It is interesting to learn how a small country Estonia embraced technology to provide e-governance to its citizens.Electronic government is the use of information and communication  technologies in government to provide public services, to improve  managerial effectiveness and to promote democratic values and  mechanisms; as well as a regulatory framework that facilitates  information intensive initiatives and fosters the knowledge society.Estonia of the 1990s did not have an industrial policy, nor did it engage in…
  • MNCs offer to donate technologies to Social Entrepreneurs targeting poverty reduction.

    A.S Rao
    4 Apr 2014 | 12:15 am
    Potential of Information and Communication Technologies (ICT) to reduce poverty by improving poor people’s access to education, health, government and financial services has led to many programs in India and Outside. Popular are ICT plans to help small farmers and artisans by connecting them to markets. Health and solar are another group of technologies leveraged by social entrepreneurs.Capital remains main concern of social entrepreneurs , while technology deployed is undifferentiated/ open/ non-exclusive, the business plan netting the funding has to be innovative. The new generation…
  • DIPP discussion paper: Towards strong and meaningful university-industry collaboration and creation of sustainable competitive advantage in manufacturing - Missing links and way forward

    A.S Rao
    28 Mar 2014 | 11:44 pm
    The paper can downloaded from here.Suggestions and recommendations made in this discussion paper are:4.1.1 Targeted investments by Government in R&D projects of national importance over a reasonable horizon, say 5 years: 4.1.2. Enactment of the Indian version of a law such as the one passed in Japan in 1998 for promoting the establishment of  technology licensing/ transfer organisations (TLOs) with authority to license some university inventions and to channel royalties back to the inventors, their laboratories and their universities.4.1.3.Enabling stronger University-Industry…
  • Long Coastline of Andhra : a discovery by policy makers

    A.S Rao
    24 Mar 2014 | 3:28 am
    Once arrival of new state of Andhra is announced, politicians are busy searching for clothes to dress the baby. Andhra politicians discovered long coast line and daily assure the public that this strategic advantage would transform economy of new state. It may be possible to build ports, power plants, economic corridors provided the coastal land is not eaten away by cyclones. The long coast needs natural or manmade sources, which can dissipate or deflect the potential wind and wave energy and protect the coastal life and properties from the calamities,  called as coastal…
 
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    Lateral Action

  • Video: Public Speaking for Introverted Creatives

    Mark McGuinness
    2 Apr 2014 | 8:15 am
    If you want to succeed as a creative professional, sooner or later you’re going to have to stand up in front of an audience and persuade them of the value of your work. If you’re a writer you’ll be invited to give readings and talks. If you’re an artist you’ll be asked to talk about your work at salons and exhibitions. If you’re an agency creative, you’ll have to pitch ideas to your colleagues and clients. If you’re an entrepreneur you’ll need to tell investors and potential buyers about your company and products. If you’re a…
  • Unlock Your Creativity (and Win Pitches) by Starting at the Finish Line

    Gigi Rosenberg
    21 Nov 2013 | 12:26 pm
    Image by digitalista via BigStock When I teach my workshop on ‘Fundraising for Artists,’ we play this game: I give the class an imaginary check for $10,000 and I ask an artist to come to the front of the room and describe her project. Participants have to decide if and when they’re willing to give the artist the check and if not, what questions they want answered. Suddenly, the attendees who walked into the room as unsure artists transform into savvy philanthropists with smart questions about the artist’s project and vision. This game helps both the artist see where…
  • How Interrupting Your Sleep Can Silence Your Doubts and Boost Your Creativity

    Brian Cormack Carr
    24 Oct 2013 | 7:23 am
    Are you the type of creative person who only generates ideas and solutions when you’ve had your full eight hours of shut-eye? Or perhaps you find your mind firing off with so many bright ideas that you sometimes find it hard to get to sleep? Here’s how to consciously use sleeplessness to your advantage – by tapping its power to silence your inner critic and open you up to new streams of innovative thinking. I was a student when I first came across Dorothea Brande’s book Becoming A Writer. At the time, writing loomed large in my life: I was writing essay after essay for my…
  • Why You Need to Ask More Creative Questions

    Aaron Morton
    6 Aug 2013 | 6:25 am
    I love crime dramas, especially ones where the protagonist appears to have a psychological edge over everyone else, such as The Mentalist, Sherlock and Luther. The way they look at the crime scene from a different perspective and as a result get new insights into the case that ultimately leads them to the villain. The majority of times what leads the protagonist to get fresh insight is the quality of questions they ask. When I coach my clients, I do so with the understanding that the questions I ask influences the direction of their thinking. For example, if I ask you “What will…
  • IMPORTANT: If you want to keep receiving Lateral Action…

    Mark McGuinness
    21 Jun 2013 | 6:00 am
    If you subscribe to Lateral Action via email… You can relax, there’s nothing for you to do. You’ll keep getting the latest blog posts as usual. Sorry to bother you, and have a great weekend. If you subscribe to the RSS feed… I’ve moved the Lateral Action RSS feed from Feedburner to Feedblitz, for a more reliable and better supported service. So if you’re subscribed via RSS and you want to keep receiving practical inspiration from Lateral Action, you need to subscribe to the new feed. You have two choices: Subscribe via email – the most reliable way to…
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    neuronspark

  • DreamColor Refresh

    paul
    8 Apr 2014 | 2:21 pm
    HP DreamColor Solutions Architect Greg Staten describes the cutting edge features of the most innovative LCD monitor that’s ever been seen.
  • Pivotal Hadoop

    paul
    31 Mar 2014 | 2:59 pm
    The Elephant in the Cloud: A Quest for the Next Generation Hadoop Architecture – talk and hands-on Pivotal Hadoop With Apache Hadoop contributor, Roman Shaposhnik, – Pivotal Labs office NYC
  • Big Data at Intel

    paul
    24 Mar 2014 | 5:21 am
    Ajay Chandramouly explains how Intel deals with their big data
  • Dennis Crowley checking-in

    paul
    20 Mar 2014 | 5:41 am
    Foursquare CEO Dennis Crowley came to GigaOm Structere Data in NYC to talk about selling our data
  • Data Centric Paul Maritz

    paul
    19 Mar 2014 | 10:40 am
    Paul Maritz, Go Pivotal CEO at GigaOm Structure Data NYC talking about Data centric companies
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    Jim Kast-Keat

  • Palm Sunday, Flash Mobs, and Doing What You Gotta Do

    jimkastkeat
    17 Apr 2014 | 8:08 am
    What happens when you but two preachers in front of a congregation for one sermon? This:
  • Daughter

    jimkastkeat
    15 Apr 2014 | 1:43 pm
    I stumbled upon Daughter on Spotify over a year ago. I saw that they were coming to New York and bought tickets. I was blown away. (One of their songs even made it into my final Credo project for seminary.) They came back to the city six months later, playing a bigger venue filled with even more people. And they were just as amazing. Only now, after a day at Air Studios, they are blowing me away all over again (and after my recent infatuation with San Fermin, that’s pretty hard to do). So stop whatever you’re doing and watch these five videos. If they don’t make Daughter one…
  • Bones, Breath, and Rhythm [a sermon on Ezekiel 37]

    jimkastkeat
    7 Apr 2014 | 8:44 pm
    The time when I preached with a five foot skeleton and a djembe: Does your essence ever feel like it’s gone dry? Who breathes life into you? Who do you breathe life into? What does it feel like for your essence to be in rhythm with the Breath of God?
  • Shuv Your Nephesh (The Most Popular Psalm)

    jimkastkeat
    30 Mar 2014 | 4:23 pm
    The sermon where I spill water on the pulpit, tell everyone to shuv their nephesh, and tell Westboro Baptist Church that we are sorry for their loss:
  • N’est-ce pas?

    jimkastkeat
    28 Mar 2014 | 11:17 am
    One concept, two commercials. Watch the first one, just to be even more blown away by how amazing the second one is.
 
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    Fast Company

  • Airbnb Reportedly Closes New Round Of Funding Valuing It At $10 Billion

    Alice Truong
    18 Apr 2014 | 1:03 pm
    However, it's still unclear what the total amount raised is. Reports suggest it's between $450 million and $500 million.As widely speculated, Airbnb has reportedly closed a new round of fundraising that values the company at $10 billion.Read Full Story
  • Criminals Are Using Drones To Find And Rob Marijuana Farms

    Alice Truong
    18 Apr 2014 | 12:19 pm
    The drones are equipped with infrared cameras to spot the lights used in grow operations.Borrowing a tactic from the police, some criminals in the U.K. are using drones equipped with infrared cameras to steal or extort from marijuana grow operations.Read Full Story
  • New Laser Communication System Could Speed Up Communication Between Astronauts And Earthlings, Thanks To SpaceX and NASA

    Neal Ungerleider
    18 Apr 2014 | 11:59 am
    If a new SpaceX and NASA pilot program succeeds, astronauts will communicate with Mission Control via lasers... and the results could change how the Internet works.This afternoon, beneath a cloudy sky in Cape Canaveral, a rocket is scheduled to launch with some unusual cargo: a laser communications system for astronauts, the space equivalent of upgrading from dial-up to DSL. NASA's optical laser communications (known as opticom) technology could make it much easier for the International Space Station to share data with Mission Control-and it could change the way our own earthly Internet works…
  • Nest Expects To Make More From Its Data Than Selling Thermostats

    Alice Truong
    18 Apr 2014 | 11:21 am
    A thermostat is a one-time purchase for consumers, but Nest can continue to make money off partnerships with utility companies.Google acquired smart thermostat maker Nest for $3.2 billion earlier this year, but it turns out the company's most valuable asset isn't its hardware, but rather its data.Read Full Story
  • Food Delivery App Eat24 Sponsors Its Own Strains Of Weed

    Evie Nagy
    18 Apr 2014 | 11:08 am
    The food delivery app partners with San Francisco dispensary the Vapor Room to name 10 flavors of pot in honor of 4/20.As weed legalization spreads, there's a new story almost every day on the evolution of the business of marijuana. Now, enterprising brands are getting in the pot partnership game--in honor of 4/20, food delivery app Eat24 now has 10 branded strains at the Vapor Room, a San Francisco delivery-based medical marijuana dispensary. The flavors on the Vapor Room's menu range from Eat24 Silver Sour Chicken to Eat24 Blackberry Ice Cream Kush.Read Full Story
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    Sharp Innovation

  • Chinese Paper Company Relies on IP to Gain 7.9 Billion RMB Loan

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

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

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

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

    Jeff Lindsay
    6 Nov 2013 | 3:20 pm
    Prisoners of Hope: How Engineers and Others Get Lift for Innovating by Larry Vincent is an unusual book on innovation that I found to be a refreshing guide to strengthening innovation with great practical value. Part of what makes this book unusual and, for some, perhaps highly challenging, is that it is written from the perspective of a preacher turned innovation champion, filled with references to biblical material, including frequent passages cited from scripture and analogies, sometimes extensive and detailed, drawn from the Bible. Although I treasure the Bible, initially this approach…
 
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    Adaptive Path

  • Telling Stories: Mapping the Patient Experience at John Muir Health

    Anel Muller
    2 Apr 2014 | 5:15 pm
    Oral storytelling is a universal human trait. Its inception can be linked to the beginning of the human language; it has preserved the traditions of civilizations and traverses religious differences, political views, socio-economic backgrounds, education, and gender. We encounter storytelling throughout our day; from current events shared on the web to our favorite television shows to the conversations we have at the dinner table; it is a unique human quality, which is easily understood and practiced in one way or another by everyone. Storytelling also plays a pivotal role in our visits to…
  • Why I’m Going Back To GDC

    Jesse James Garrett
    12 Mar 2014 | 4:28 pm
    Next week, when I’m not at Adaptive Path’s MX: Managing Experience conference, I’ll be heading to the Game Developers Conference here in San Francisco for the fourth time. It may seem strange for someone outside the game business to attend an event like this. After all, this isn’t one of the big consumer-facing game industry events like PAX. It’s an event by insiders for insiders, talking about the issues insiders care about most. But even as an outsider, I still get enough out of GDC to want to go back. Every time I’ve been to the event, I’ve…
  • The Great Convergence

    Jesse James Garrett
    3 Mar 2014 | 2:25 pm
    This is a photo from the Hubble Space Telescope of two galaxies, NGC 2207 on the left, and IC 2163 on the right. They’re about 80 million light-years from here. And if it looks like they’re running into each other, that’s because they are. Even in the vast emptiness of deep space, galaxies sometimes collide. The interesting thing about galactic collisions is that because galaxies contain so much room between the stars, there’s very little actual colliding going on. The galaxies just sort of flow into one another, individual stars finding new places in the larger system…
  • IBM at MX 2014: Design-centered at Scale

    Todd Wilkens
    27 Feb 2014 | 2:27 pm
    I’ve been going to the MX: Managing Experience conference since it began in 2007 (full disclosure: I used to work for Adaptive Path as a Studio Director — I even spoke at the first MX!). Over the years, I’ve seen a lot of amazing work done to manage and lead in organizations from a design perspective. The war stories, successes, and failures are amazing and have influenced me greatly. One of the things that stood out most from many of them is how important commitment from overall leadership is to putting design and experience at the core of an organization’s activities. Design-led…
  • A Reading List That (Actually) Gets Read

    Brandon Schauer
    26 Feb 2014 | 1:55 pm
    Books can be like New Years’ Resolutions. You have great ambitions to get to them or through them, but eventually what gets read are the ones that were super enjoyable or really, really important for you to read. When I teach a workshop or give a talk, I often get asked for a reading list or for a suggestion on topics I tend to focus on: business strategy, UX, CX, and change. I’ve gotten to the point of recommending the things that I think turn people on, either because they make the point quickly or because they convey what they have to say in such a compelling way that you can make it…
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    FOLDEN eMedia Blog

  • Tiny Site lands literary Viral Hit

    FOLDEN.INFO
    15 Apr 2014 | 8:35 am
    Stories for your Screen is just a tiny site, but it landed a literary viral hit with the story “annie96 is typing”. It seems that the site is something like a private blog and not a service to participate in as no information has been found on the site. There are a couple of short […]
  • Mobile Telephony App with Social Media Updates

    FOLDEN.INFO
    9 Apr 2014 | 4:09 am
    The message of the purchase of WhatsApp by Facebook made headlines and by the price it is clear, that the business with mobile messaging apps is lucrative. Quite in contrast to the credo simple and specialized apps are the trend, one of the latest mobile messaging and telephony apps TrueCaller is going a different way […]
  • Get the best Stories shared by your Friends

    FOLDEN.INFO
    5 Apr 2014 | 9:19 am
    Getting you the best news out of your social graph of friends is what Nuzzel does. Probably you already experienced a large amount of stories delivered to you and that taking out the best and most important news may be a lot of work. This is what Nuzzel does for you. The service assorts the […]
  • Browsing and Searching in Private

    FOLDEN.INFO
    28 Mar 2014 | 8:55 am
    Keeping the own data protected is a major concerns of many people using the internet. Disconnect provides various tools to keep searching and even browsing privately. To do so plugins are provided. Using these plugins routes the data through Disconnect, which itself does not gather data. All services aiming to get data about the browsing […]
  • Newsfeed Tool with Filter

    FOLDEN.INFO
    21 Mar 2014 | 6:13 am
    SpecificFeeds is a new newsfeed service enabled to filter the news to get just the most relevant ones. It is a directory as well offering the option to list rss feeds to get more readers. The filter is the main function of the service, but there are even more facilities. The filter various functions. One […]
 
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    Holiday Matinee

  • Murakami’s music

    kiran
    17 Apr 2014 | 1:29 pm
    At least three of us are big time Haruki Murakami fans, so we were thrilled to find that software development company Decor put together a user-generated site (Murakami’s music) listing and streaming all the songs referenced in the Japanese novelist’s books. You can sort tracks from each book or by genre/title and contribute anything that’s missing. It’s a fun project we’re glad exists because it makes for some great afternoon listening. By the way, how stoked are you for Colorless Tsukuru Tazaki and His Years of Pilgrimage? Image via MurakamiHaruki The post…
  • Co-working meets active fitness. I couldn’t be more excited about this venture from Brooklyn Boulders

    dave
    16 Apr 2014 | 9:46 am
    One the highlights of last week’s PSFK Conference was getting turned on to Brooklyn Boulders and how they’re revolutionizing co-working. Combining active fitness and creativity feels like a natural progression and BB’s Somerville location has absolutely nailed it with their Active Collaboration Workspace. Watch this video and be prepared for serious amounts of envy. Click here to view the embedded video. The post Co-working meets active fitness. I couldn’t be more excited about this venture from Brooklyn Boulders appeared first on Holiday Matinee.
  • Poster Pairings: No Plan

    kiran
    4 Apr 2014 | 1:18 pm
    We beat ourselves up over things not going according to plan, but the truth is it seldom does so why let it bother us? I’m not saying never plan or prepare, but learn to be okay with your plans getting bent out of shape or being completely shattered. I know for me, all the best parts of life weren’t planned at all. And I think that’s what makes life worth living – we don’t know what’s going to happen next. This edition of poster pairings is a print from our pal Chris Piascik with a fitting tune from Oakland musician Spencer Owen. Spencer Owen – The…
  • Do-Tell: Maceo Keeling of Paisley Socks & Citizens of Culture

    gregory
    3 Apr 2014 | 10:31 am
    Rare is the creative polymath – an individual with seemingly unlimited energy and unbounded interests radiating out like an octopus’s arms – an individual centered by an innate and unquenchable desire to create, share, and connect all at once. My pal (and sometimes stairs of Silver Lake workout buddy) Maceo Keeling is that kind of impressive 20-sided die of unbridled energy, able to flip from the role of prolific writer for his site, Citizens of Culture, easily over to fashion entrepreneur as the founder of Los Angeles brand, Paisley Sockwear, in a heart beat. He also somehow finds…
  • Time to put on your thinking cap

    kiran
    1 Apr 2014 | 5:37 am
    Helltotheyes. We’re stoked to share maybe our favorite shop item ever – the Thinking Cap. It’s been something we’ve wanted to make forever and even though we’ve had to navigate the maelstrom that is the fashion and merchandising industries, it was totally worth it. This 5-panel all-season cap is embroidered, fully-adjustable and looks even better when it’s been through a few brainstorms. The Thinking Cap is perfect for a-ha moments, problem-solving or contemplating life’s greatest mysteries. Pick one up in our shop before they’re gone. Big ups…
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    Inventor Spot - Inventions, Innovations, and Interesting Ideas for the Inventor in All of Us

  • Power Press Pushup Promises "Extreme Results" In Training Your Upper Body

    Samantha Pankey
    20 Apr 2014 | 1:14 pm
    The Power Press Pushup by Maximum Fitness Gear promises to "maximize push ups like never before." Maximum Fitness Gear is pushing this piece of exercise equipment as "revolutionary" and "innovative," guarantying "extreme results." But how "revolutionary" is a push up board that just changes your hand position in a push up?
  • New Super Oat Invention To Improve Heart Health

    Michael McParland
    19 Apr 2014 | 3:04 am
    Science's ever-turning cogs have been at it again, and this time the cogs in question have been turning at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and more specifically within its team of plant breeders, led by John Mochon. Whilst many may look into their respective cereal bowls and see a bunch of simple oats, John and his team see the BetaGene, and the heathier future that their super oat can bring for us all.
  • Calling All Inventors! "Gotta Have It Guy Gadget" Search Is On!

    Myra Per-Lee
    18 Apr 2014 | 1:28 pm
    Maybe your must have gadgets are all collecting dust right now, but there are always more ahead to look forward to... And, lo and behold, Edison Nation is always looking for the next one.  This time those folks are looking for a must have gadget for a guy!  
  • Cutest Star Wars Gadget Yet: R2-D2 Measuring Set (Clever Video Too!)

    Must Love Gadgets
    18 Apr 2014 | 12:00 pm
    Still the most memorable robot in film history, R2-D2 has also become a popular embodiment for a variety of toys and gadgets.  This set of R2-D2 Measuring Cups and Spoons pays tribute to the movie star in its likeness and adds a surprise element to your kitchen counter. This Lucasfim licensed charmer makes a super gift for a fan too!
  • Snack Of The Gods? Frito-Lay Japan's Doritos Gourmet Bacon & Mustard Tortilla Chips

    Steve Levenstein
    18 Apr 2014 | 11:18 am
    The good news is, Frito-Lay Japan's Doritos Gourmet Bacon & Mustard tortilla chips hit store shelves on April 21st. The bad news is they're only available in Japan or in your wildest dreams.
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    Creativity Unbound

  • Questions for a panel on the evolution of marketing

    edward boches
    14 Apr 2014 | 3:00 am
    I’ve just been asked to submit moderator questions and suggested topics for a panel titled The Evolution of Marketing Since the Mad Men Era. It seems an impossibly broad topic that has been covered in one way or another by numerous thought leaders and been the subject of more than a few conferences. Nevertheless for companies still struggling to change and students and young professionals eager to stay relevant, it struck me these were some good topics and questions. The age of us and them is long over. Brand, media, and agency control is a thing of the past. It is the era of “we.” What…
  • Can a table kill creativity and collaboration?

    edward boches
    11 Apr 2014 | 1:36 pm
    Sit on the floor. Get rid of the chairs. And the desks. And the teacher at the front of the room. What happens? Ideas happen. And creativity happens. And collaboration happens. It’s amazing the influence that physical space has on how we determine our roles, perceive ourselves, and interact with one another. In Ed Catmull’s new Creativity, Inc. he tells a story that I’ve seen play out over and over. Alter the space and improve the work. In the opening chapter of his new book, Catmull tells the tale of a long, elegant conference table that hosted Pixar’s production meetings for 13…
  • Creativity is the new currency

    edward boches
    23 Mar 2014 | 11:23 am
    For most of my career, I’ve been labeled a “creative.” I worked in the “creative” department. My business card said “creative director” or even more pompous “chief creative officer.” I was someone who crafted taglines, thought up ads, wrote clever copy, conceived TV commercials, and designed digital experiences. Or I helped others do the same. My company, my clients, and the industry therefore said I was “creative.” But that label as wrong. Not because I was or wasn’t “creative.” But because in the act of…
  • SXSW observations and reactions

    edward boches
    17 Mar 2014 | 2:39 pm
    SxSW 2014 Trends, Observations, Predictions from edward boches
  • A conversation about teaching creativity and advertising with VCU, Hyper Island and the 4As

    edward boches
    16 Mar 2014 | 1:49 pm
      It’s hard enough to define what advertising is right now never mind what it will be a few years from now. Is it about brands? Telling stories? Creating immersive experiences? Designing new products? And who creates advertising today? We have traditional agencies that do some digital. Digital agencies that struggle to do brand building. And firms like Sapient that started in the software business, R/GA, whose DNA comes from production, even PR shops such as Edelman and Weber Shandwick that now produce creative content and buy paid media on social platforms. And that’s before we…
 
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    SERVICE INNOVATION

  • Patient-centric or hospital-centric healthcare

    Arnold Beekes
    8 Apr 2014 | 1:35 am
    As of January of this year, I have been daily in the hospital, partly for myself and mostly for visiting my mother (who did brake her hip).This article focuses on the experience with my own health issue.  Since April 2013 I am having some breathing issues, especially when I do some physical exercise. However, it is good to know that I do daily some sports since my 6th year or so.After a few visits to my doctor, I was send to this newly opened (January 2014) hospital in my hometown. I have visited the cardiologist a few times, did a CT scan and bike exercises. After that I did many lung…
  • Changing your work-habits

    Arnold Beekes
    26 Feb 2014 | 2:16 am
    As you know, we are creatures of habit. From the moment we get out of bed until we get back to sleep again, we are doing the same things over and over again.This is a good thing, to a certain extent. For example, it would not be good if we would not know how to brush our teeth every morning.From a business perspective, those habits could rather limit our learning. It sounds like a cliché, but it is a reality that change is happening at a very fast pace. So, if you keep on doing the same things over and over again, you might be loosing the game quite quickly, because sudden events will…
  • The city without a soul

    Arnold Beekes
    20 Feb 2014 | 8:18 am
    Recently I did listen to a podcast about the growing power of cities. As most people are living in cities now, existing cities are growing beyond their limits and new cities are being established.An example of such a new city is  Songdoin Korea, a $ 40 billion project. The reporter did share her experience being there. She was not planning on living there, as it appears to be a “city without a soul”.Again, this is an example where technology and business goals are taking precedence over human needs. But what is a city without people?There are also many companies without a soul. The…
  • Who is the customer in a hospital?

    Arnold Beekes
    4 Feb 2014 | 12:34 am
    Yesterday I had to visit a new hospital in my city for a couple of tests. The hospital is now open for a month or so. This means that everything is new and quite a lot of things are not finished yet. For instance, the signs for the various departments are mostly missing. So, many patients and visitors have the feeling that they are in a maze. Even the nurses don’t know where you are supposed to go.  I was sent 4 times to the wrong location! Then they did ask a volunteer, who acted as a traffic guide, to accompany me, but she had problems as well in finding the place to be!It is clear…
  • What are some of the interesting trends for 2014?

    Arnold Beekes
    14 Jan 2014 | 1:58 am
    Besides some big sports events (Winter Olympics and World Football Championship), it is likely that we will see further disruptions at political, environmental and economical level.Here is a small overview of areas, which will need your attention.Always ON – Occasionally OFF As, we are digitally connected at every time and every place; it becomes increasingly important to plan some time to ‘de-digitalize’. This ‘de-digitalization’ is necessary to detach, reflect, relax and to create the space for new ideas to emerge.Home AutomationThe first practical example of the Internet of…
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    The Brainzooming Group

  • What to Blog About? 9 Blogging Ideas from Blogs in Your Social Feeds

    Mike Brown
    17 Apr 2014 | 2:50 am
    If you’re looking for ideas on what to blog about, how about spending a few minutes looking at the blog topics in your social feeds? 9 Blogging Ideas from Blogs in Your Social Feeds When you’re feeling creatively stuck coming up with blog topics, the answer to what to blog about might be to write an answer post to a blog in your social feeds. If the topic fits your blog’s content strategy, you can use the original blog’s subject as a point of departure by writing a blog post in response to any of these nine questions: What would someone need to know before reading the original blog?
  • Strategic Thinking – 4 Benefits of Letting Life Flow Over You

    Mike Brown
    16 Apr 2014 | 2:50 am
    There is a line in the movie “The Big Chill” that has stuck with me: “Sometimes, you just have to let art . . . flow . . . over you.” That’s a great strategic thinking for art – and life. Letting life flow over you, however, is easier said than done for most analytical people. But it is wonderful advice you CAN extend to other situations in life. The benefit of doing so will be a calmer demeanor and a lot less angst than sweating every detail. If you can let the “art” that is part of your life flow over you, you can also: Appreciate the bigger picture…
  • Extreme Creativity – Starting with Big Creative Thinking Exercises

    Mike Brown
    15 Apr 2014 | 2:50 am
    When it comes to creative thinking exercises, I’m typically a proponent of introducing people to incremental creative thinking before trying to dunk them into extreme creativity. That preference is predicated on getting people more familiar and comfortable with smaller creative steps. In that way, the first creative step you ask them to take isn’t such a doozie. Sometimes, however, when it comes to creative thinking exercises, starting small is not the best strategy to follow. We were using a combo creative thinking exercise recently. We had asked creative thinking session…
  • Creating Strategic Impact – 3 Strategic Planning Ideas in a Matrix Organization

    Mike Brown
    14 Apr 2014 | 2:50 am
    A topic among my Friday lunch partners was whether a blog post would emerge from our conversation about strategic planning and creating strategic impact. They were pretty sure one would, and they were right. We were discussing strategic planning challenges within a matrix organization. Issues emerge when multiple groups with line responsibilities (i.e., product lines, business units, geographic units, etc.) need to coordinate separate planning activities. Ideally, one group goes first and the other follows to coordinate their strategic plans. This requires more time, however, since groups are…
  • Brand Strategy – When Good Enough Is Not Good Enough by Woody Bendle

    Mike Brown
    11 Apr 2014 | 2:50 am
    It’s wonderful to feature four important brand strategy questions from customer experience strategy and innovation expert Woody Bendle. In the course of his typical daily routine, Woody has a more than healthy commute by Kansas City standards. Woody texted me about this brand strategy lesson on the way home one recent evening and followed it up the next day with this post reminding those responsible for brand strategy to think about what will happen when our ideas actually meet up with customers. Here’s Woody! Brand Strategy – When “Good Enough” Isn’t by…
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    Christa in New York

  • Inspired: Easter Yoga

    Christa Avampato
    20 Apr 2014 | 12:00 am
    From Pinterest So this is how the Easter Bunny stays in such good shape. A little rabbit asana. Hoppy Easter, everyone! Enjoy the day.Filed under: holiday, humor, yoga
  • Inspired: Create Change

    Christa Avampato
    19 Apr 2014 | 12:00 am
    From Pinterest Change doesn’t happen by accident. It happens by action. If you don’t act, someone else will and then you’ll live in a world designed by someone else rather than one that you designed. You deserve better than that. Build your own best circumstances. Keep what you love; change what you don’t.Filed under: action, change, creativity
  • Inspired: Make Everything An Adventure

    Christa Avampato
    18 Apr 2014 | 12:00 am
    From Pinterest On Sunday, I went to Long Island City and saw an apartment that was so hideous I wouldn’t feel comfortable having a goldfish live there much less my dog, Phineas. It was a second-floor walk-up for $1800 on a street that I am fairly certain could be renamed crack alley. After giving the dim-witted broker a piece of my mind, I high-tailed it back to the subway as fast as my legs would carry me. I had two choices: I could cry or write. So I wrote this: “I will find a way to put this stress to use. I am on a treasure hunt and at the end of it, Phin and I will find a…
  • Inspired: Join Me Today For a Twitter Chat on Stress Reduction for Caregivers

    Christa Avampato
    17 Apr 2014 | 12:00 am
    careADvantage I’m thrilled to let you know that today I am guest hosting the Alzheimer’s Foundation of America’s Twitter Chat on stress reduction techniques for caregivers. We’ll get together for an hour from 2pm—3pm Eastern. Ask questions, get tips, share stories, or just follow along via this link: http://www.tchat.io/rooms/careadvchat or with the hashtag #careADvchat. Tweet you there!Filed under: care, health, social media, stress, Twitter
  • Inspired: How I Get Up Every Morning

    Christa Avampato
    16 Apr 2014 | 12:00 am
    Throughout this crazy hunt for a new home, Carole King’s song Beautiful keeps running through my mind. “You’ve got to get up every morning with a smile in your face, and show the world all the love in your heart.” I keep smilin’ and lovin’. It’s so much better than the alternative. Filed under: beauty, happiness, opportunity
 
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    Game-Changer

  • What are the key ingredients necessary to accelerate innovation in any environment?

    Jorge Barba
    18 Apr 2014 | 7:12 am
    MIT’s Andy Pentland says the best decision-making environment for good ideas to spread is one with high levels of both “engagement” and “exploration. Via the NY Times: The best decision-making environment, Mr. Pentland says, is one with high levels of both “engagement” and “exploration.” Engagement is a measure of how often people in a group communicate with each other, sharing social knowledge. Exploration is a measure of seeking out new ideas and new people. Mr. Pentland arrived at this insight through his research on how good ideas spread, dubbed social physics. His…
  • New doesn’t equal innovation

    Jorge Barba
    17 Apr 2014 | 6:41 am
    Misunderstanding innovation Just because something is new doesn’t mean it should be touted as an innovation. What’s an innovation and what isn’t? Normally, people believe that just because they’ve never seen or heard about something that it’s new, and therefore innovative. In their heads, because it’s new, it also means that it will succeed. Of course, it doesn’t work out that way. It is this type of misunderstanding, and others such as innovation only being about technology, that creates all types of headaches for those of us who help others…
  • Failure isn’t the goal, it is a means for innovation

    Jorge Barba
    15 Apr 2014 | 7:57 am
    Last week I wrote about how you can ask yourself one question to innovate how you innovate: What can we learn from ___company___ about __challenge__? I then posted some ideas from Amazon and Google that help them drive innovation, which you can use for inspiration. Well, here’s another idea you can use to get you thinking, and it may sound like a cliche but it is really the principle that sets any innovative company apart from non-innovative ones: reward failure. Not because failure is the goal. It isn’t. Failure is a means to an end: innovation. Google’s Innovation Lab,…
  • Jeff Bezos: Failure can’t be separated from invention

    Jorge Barba
    14 Apr 2014 | 6:28 am
    Jeff Bezos – Caricature (Photo credit: DonkeyHotey) How do you maximize people’s potential to drive innovation? As Bob Ross says, “We don’t make mistakes, only happy accidents”. So, let employees make happy accidents. This is what happens at the world’s most innovative companies, one of which is Amazon. There are many lessons we can learn from Jeff Bezos about maximizing people’s potential to drive innovation. For example, in his annual shareholder letter, Jeff Bezos closes the letter with some final tips on what lets the company continue to lead.
  • Which is more valuable, good ideas or good people?

    Jorge Barba
    11 Apr 2014 | 6:59 am
    The answer is obvious, right? Well, not so. Some think that ideas matter more because you can snap them out of thin air. Which is why I think most people guard their ideas. They think they are unique on their own… That isn’t true. Ideas matter, but execution is where the rubber meets the road. You need both. With that said, the answer is obvious: Ideas come from people. Therefore, people are more important than ideas. Bottom line: Getting the team right is the necessary precursor to getting the ideas right. But, getting the right people and the right chemistry is more important…
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    TalentCulture

  • #TChat Preview: Employee Engagement And Putting THANKS In The Bank

    TalentCulture Team + Guests
    19 Apr 2014 | 5:00 pm
    The TalentCulture #TChat Show is back live on Wednesday, April 23, 2014. #TChat Radio starts at 6:30 pm ET (3:30 pm PT) and the convo continues on #TChat Twitter chat from 7-8 pm ET. Last week we talked about building a cultural advantage, and this week we are talking again about creating a high-engagement climate and culture. We know why employee engagement matters, and that’s why we keep talking about it on our show; the importance of creating a climate of support and encouragement in the workplace cannot be over-stated. By creating a climate and culture of appreciation with a few…
  • Knee Deep in the Hoopla of Workplace Culture and Health

    Kevin W. Grossman
    18 Apr 2014 | 6:28 am
    “Don’t stop me now, I’m having such a good time, I’m having a ball…” – Queen Every single time it’s a big production, an inspiring or fun song and a dance number, all played out in an endless video loop in my head. No, not a Broadway production per se, but a world of work real-time video where the camera moves fluidly through the semi-choreographed flash mobbed “office spaces” that make up my life here, there and everywhere; where everyone around me sings along and moves with the music unfettered as if no one were watching, except of course my camera eye. For me, this is…
  • #TChat Recap: The Culture Advantage. Quantified.

    Meghan M. Biro
    17 Apr 2014 | 6:30 am
    Building a Cultural Advantage with Tim Kuppler Culture has long been thought a nice to have by stakeholders and HR pros alike, but how much of a business advantage is it really? Last night, the bright minds and leaders of #TChat worked together with special guest Tim Kuppler to answer THAT very question. We started at the top…literally asking how leaders knew that cultural change was in order. @TalentCove said: A1. When they see their employees only doing the bare minimum and not going the extra mile. #TChat and @marksalke said: A1: If every action requires someone’s approval,…
  • Want Success? Ask Questions.

    TalentCulture Team + Guests
    16 Apr 2014 | 6:30 am
    By Raj Sheth I was talking with some friends over a few drinks about an acquaintance that we all have in common on social media. He always seems to be where the action is, trying out fun new products and schmoozing with a lot of pretty awesome people. Yes, a large part of his envy-worthy lifestyle has to do with his profession, but as we talked, we realized that much of his success came because he’s simply not afraid to ask –for just about anything. Now if you’re like me, your fear of being presumptuous or even rude will often override your urge to ask for things of others, especially…
  • How Do You Embrace Culture Change In Your Company?

    Nancy Rubin
    15 Apr 2014 | 6:30 am
    Any change, even a change for the better, is always accompanied by drawbacks and discomforts. ~Arnold Bennett Change is hard. We all know that. Changing anything in an organization can seem like a daunting task; changing the culture of an organization can seem like an impossibility. Fear not. Others have done it and so can you. This week on #TChat guest, Tim Kuppler, co-founder of The Culture Advantage and CultureUniversity.com, will share his experience on the subject. Changing an organization’s culture is one of the most difficult leadership challenges according to Steve Denning, author…
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    Innovative Brain Food from New & Improved

  • Body Bags, Innovation and Open Mindedness

    New & Improved, LLC
    17 Apr 2014 | 8:40 am
    At N&I we get frustrated with the lack of openness to newness that we see so "everywhere." We are unimpressed with the commonality of polarized, stuck thinking in our general culture. So, a few of us have established what we are calling "The Year of Truth" We've invited our friends (that's you) - conservatives, middle of the roaders and liberals alike - to not accept things as "true, factual or correct" just because that information, or the slant on it, conforms with the opinions and world view that they/you/ we hold as generally true. We could call it "Red Teaming"...
  • Are You Curious About How You Can Grow a Better Brain?

    New & Improved, LLC
    14 Apr 2014 | 8:36 am
    Curiosity may have killed the cat, but new research shows that it can aid in brain development. Einstein understood this and we have some ideas to spark your curiosity.
  • Innovation and a Happy Life

    New & Improved, LLC
    28 Mar 2014 | 7:33 am
    Innovators can apply their skills to finding meaning and achieving happiness as well as creating commercial success. While related, meaning and happiness are not the same, so require different strategies to achieve.
  • Something to Make NEXT Winter a Little Cooler

    New & Improved, LLC
    24 Mar 2014 | 1:41 pm
    For fun check out this inventive take on a snow sled. Eckert Tree Farm, where our home office is based, can't wait to get one!
  • The Innovative Brain Newsletter - March edition

    New & Improved, LLC
    21 Mar 2014 | 2:43 pm
    In our March newsletter, we offer you an antidote to the great idea killer - FEAR. You will also learn more about the power of perspective and what would motivate a leader to wear a chicken head.
 
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    The Discipline of Innovation Blog

  • Tools for Unlocking Innovation

    Tim Kastelle
    13 Apr 2014 | 1:36 am
    The posts that caught my attention this week all connect to ideas that we can use to unlock innovation in our organisations. First up: How GE Plans to Act Like a Startup and Crowdsource Breakthrough Ideas by Liz Stinson.  Stinson talks to GE Chief Marketing Officer Beth Comstock about open innovation efforts at the firm.  One of the big motivations for pursuing open innovation is that even if you are massive, like GE, you can only employ a tiny fraction of the smart people in your field.  Open innovation strategies help you reach some of the rest of them: By tapping into the bright minds…
  • Where Others See Only Barriers, Innovators See Opportunities

    Tim Kastelle
    9 Apr 2014 | 12:59 am
    How can we make our organisations more innovative? That’s a big question.  My colleagues John Steen, Jerad Ford and Martie-Louise Verreynne, working with Ernst & Young, just released a report that gives us some insight into the answer. The report is Adapt to win: How Australian oil and gas companies improve productivity in challenging times, and you should check it out.  They’ve been studying productivity in the oil & gas sector for a few years now, and this is their second report to come from that work. The consistent finding is that productivity is driven by three…
  • Improve Your Personal Innovation Skills

    Tim Kastelle
    5 Apr 2014 | 11:44 pm
    In this week’s review of the posts that grabbed my attention, the main theme is: how can I be more innovative personally? The first post comes from Jane Porter, who outlines 5 Ways to Be Inspired by Your Everyday Life.  She looks at ideas for improving our ability to notice things: “Exploration happens best by accident, not by following a schedule,” says John Stilgoe, professor of the history of landscape at Harvard and author of the book, Outside Lies Magic. And exploration is important because it goes hand in hand with creativity. “How does one learn to be…
  • The Difference Between Good and Great

    Tim Kastelle
    3 Apr 2014 | 3:25 pm
    As I write this, the last piece of work on the house renovations that we’ve been doing is getting done – our front door is being painted. Unsurprisingly, the renovations have taken MUCH longer than we ever would have guessed.  They’ve been close to on budget, but we’ve had work being done for about 15 months now. The weird part is this: 98% of the work was done 7.5 months ago – it’s taken us half of the time to get the last 2% done. That last 2% is the difference between good and great. We did a lot of work: we repainted the whole house: inside, outside…
  • 3 Innovation Triggers: Fear, Fantasy & Frustration

    Tim Kastelle
    30 Mar 2014 | 9:58 pm
    This is part of my TEDxUQ talk from Saturday.  The theme was Old Ideas, New World.  I used different examples in the talk (which I’ll post here as soon as it’s available), but this should give you an idea of the key themes. The Three Parts of Innovation When I posted on Facebook that I was going to give a talk here, Rick DeWitt, my oldest friend, replied – saying: For me, the most important thing you’ve taught me about innovation is that it is  (1) a new idea, (2) that adds value, and (3) actually happens (becomes reality). That test really separates mere ideas from…
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    15inno

  • Innovation as a Career Choice

    Stefan Lindegaard
    8 Apr 2014 | 3:19 am
    Do you want to work with innovation? Or do you already work with innovation and like this so much that you want to build you career on this? I am working on a short and sharp webinar in which I share my views on what it takes to get to work with innovation today and how you can stay sharp in a fast moving business discipline that is getting more and more respect among the top executives. It would be great to get you input on what to include in such a webinar so I am asking you for questions that you would me to address. As a discussion starter, I have listed some potential topics for the…
  • Crowdsourcing = Marketing or Innovation?

    Stefan Lindegaard
    7 Apr 2014 | 12:02 pm
    When companies tap into the crowd in the right way, they can reap lots of benefits. They are primarily focused on innovation and marketing and while many believe (myself included) that the ”proper” form of crowdsourcing leans towards the innovation benefits, we do see lots of initiatives that are more about marketing than innovation. I recently wrote a post on LEGO Cuusoo. This is an initiative that I like a lot and I also argued that this is more about innovation than marketing. This spurred a good discussion with Klaus-Peter Speidel on the intersection of innovation and marketing in the…
  • A Crowd is Not Wise; The Filtering Team Must Be – Insights from Novozymes

    Stefan Lindegaard
    3 Apr 2014 | 4:12 pm
    I participated at the Community Conference in Copenhagen as a panel moderator. The energy and the buzz felt great so it was with mixed feelings that I had to leave early. However, the Twitter stream on #CCDK gave me a good idea of the topics discussed at the conference and I paid extra attention to tweets related to a presentation given by Frank Hatzack, who is Head of Innovation Development at Novozymes. They included: Culture is what the employees do when the boss is not around. Don’t oversize your crowds if you want rapid learnings cycles. How wise is a crowd? The screening/filtering…
  • Who Are the Better Innovators – Global Giants or Startups/SME’s? – FREE WEBINAR, APRIL 8

    Stefan Lindegaard
    3 Apr 2014 | 9:43 am
    Who are the better innovators – the global giants or the startups and SME’s? What are the key differences between these types of companies in the context of innovation? What are the do’s and don’ts when they want to innovate together? You can get the answers to the above questions and other insights by joining a short and sharp webinar on April 8 at 10.30-11am New York time. It is free of charge and you can register on this link: Innovation: Global Giants vs Startups and SME’s Please feel free to share this with your colleagues, friends and network. About Stefan Lindegaard:…
  • Free Consulting Session for Corporate Innovators

    Stefan Lindegaard
    2 Apr 2014 | 9:24 am
    Are you looking for external perspectives on the innovation initiatives in your company? I am offering a free 1-hour consulting session for corporate innovators on the topics of open innovation, innovation culture/management and the people side of innovation (the mindset, skills, toolbox needed for innovation today). The session can take place as a talk over the phone or face-to-face if I happen to visit your city in the near future. As preparation for the session, I will ask for a short description of your issues and challenges and 3 questions that you would like me answer. It would be great…
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    The Extra Piece of Chicken

  • Strategic Stimulation

    admin
    9 Apr 2014 | 9:47 am
    The following techniques give you specific ways to cheat using existing forces. This first force is strategic stimulation. Here’s what that means, when people brain chain on their own (that is look at stimulus and see what their minds can conceive of), some do pretty well. When they brain chain in groups, they do a lot better. When they brain chain alone or in groups with strategic stimulation, they really score. It’s all in the strategic stimulation. Strategic stimulation is simply looking at the paper of the neighbor who’s already been there or someplace similar. For example, when…
  • Pliable Knowledge

    admin
    4 Apr 2014 | 8:53 am
    Any piece of information is just that, a piece of information. It can be assembled with other pieces of information. Often these pieces fit well together, most of the time they don’t. In either case, we never throw away the pieces. No! Keep them because any piece of information can help build a new idea when it meets the right piece. Let ideas live, serve them up, nurture them. It’s never necessary to kill them—ever. And it can be so gratifying to pay them off. Let your ideas live so you can revisit them. Say them out loud so other people can use them. Who gives a crap what others may…
  • Square Peg, Round Hole

    admin
    26 Mar 2014 | 8:43 am
    When we’re trying to solve a problem, too often we got to the same source for help. No wonder we get the same old kinds of solutions. Instead of putting the round peg in the round hole, remember how nature works—randomly and chaotically. At the chaotic center of our galaxy at this very minute, great masses of stars are forming, dying, and blowing debris far into space. It’s a mess. But it’s our home and we love it. Why not put those wildly random forces behind the way you think? Try putting the square peg in the round hole. You did it when you were a kid. Unfortunately school…
  • Say You Like It

    admin
    17 Mar 2014 | 2:39 pm
    What do you do when someone you live or work with screws up? In short, condition yourself to resist giving automatic criticism. More specifically, take the following simple steps next time, and I promise you everyone will come out a winner. LISTEN. Resist your urge to judge, and consider what really happened. When you get all the facts, all sides of the story, things might be better than they seemed at first. LIKE. Say you like it. Find something in the mistake you can use to encourage the people you assume have just busted their butts for you. LEARN. Extract a lesson from the loss. Make sure…
  • It Pays to Cheat

    admin
    13 Mar 2014 | 10:20 am
    What if I told you that after a night at the blackjack tables you’d be $50,000 ahead? If I guaranteed it, would you listen? Cheating is like a guarantee to win. Figure it out. If you take the best of what’s already been discovered, what’s already known and improve upon it, how can you lose? Cheating isn’t a deficiency, it’s an efficiency. And what an amazing trick for those of us who aren’t natural born rocket scientists—permission to cheat! We were taught to know the answer. Now we can keep crib notes. Cheating doesn’t mean getting lazy. It means getting to work. Doing better…
 
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    Innovation Speaker

  • Innovate With Purpose: Idea Prioritization

    Robert Brands
    8 Apr 2014 | 4:59 am
    Idea Prioritization  Ideation and idea management pack the front end of the New Product Development (NPD) funnel with a wealth of viable concepts. One of the toughest processes in innovation is idea... Visit our Innovation-Innovation coach website today! http://www.innovationcoach.com/
  • Invitation to Innovate

    Robert Brands
    24 Mar 2014 | 4:55 am
    Innovation is hardly a new term. Dating back as early as the 15th century, innovation comes from the Latin innovationem, noun of action from innovare, and means “to renew or change”.  It seems the... Visit our Innovation-Innovation coach website today! http://www.innovationcoach.com/
  • Forecasting Innovation: Observe and Measure for Future Success

    Robert Brands
    23 Mar 2014 | 11:38 am
    When creating innovation, it is vital to set metric goals and track these metrics. One of Robert’s Rules of Innovation, “Observe and Measure,” in terms of the performance of the program... Visit our Innovation-Innovation coach website today! http://www.innovationcoach.com/
  • The Chief Innovation Officer: Is It CIO, CNO, or CINO ?

    Robert Brands
    18 Mar 2014 | 5:00 am
    Blog By Sean Klein & Bill Poston of Kalypso The great Chief Innovation Officer acronym confusion has obscured a much more important conversation about the requisite responsibilities to do the job... Visit our Innovation-Innovation coach website today! http://www.innovationcoach.com/
  • Don’t (Just) Focus on Innovation

    Robert Brands
    25 Feb 2014 | 4:00 am
    While innovation is paramount to the profitability of any business, there are other supporting factors which are essential to make innovation successful. Similar to the construction of any building,... Visit our Innovation-Innovation coach website today! http://www.innovationcoach.com/
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    Paul4innovating's Blog

  • There are no easy innovation answers.

    paul4innovating
    20 Apr 2014 | 1:58 am
    In response to a recent post of mine, Tobias Stapf on the Social Innovation Europe LinkedIn networking group, pointed me to a really good report “Innovation Is Not the Holy Grail” and I really have appreciate it. I wanted to draw out some useful learning from this report and useful reminders here in this post that there is no easy answers in innovation, social or business related. The report outlines the difficulties of enabling innovation in social sector organizations. In this review the authors undertook exploring what enables organization capacity for continuous innovation in…
  • So why are we not facing up to the big challenges of today?

    paul4innovating
    18 Apr 2014 | 12:22 am
    Perhaps why innovation feels somewhat flat (well for me) is our organizations and societies are utterly failing to allow us all to step up in innovation to tackle the massive, growing problems that are swirling all around us. We need to shake out of our lethargy and really begin to attempt to solve the real issues of our time. Some organizations are clearly working on and trying to draw attention and gain greater engagement but we need a much greater concerted effort to focus on the big societal challenges. Global warming, rising health issues, finally cracking cancer, malaria, dementia,…
  • So are we in a trough of innovation disillusionment?

    paul4innovating
    15 Apr 2014 | 12:10 am
    You get this increasing sense that the ‘fizz’ has gone out of the innovation bubbly. The innovation party presently feels a little flat; the numerous delicious canapés to choose from are turning up at the edges as we are becoming disillusioned, just being fed on a present unexciting incremental innovation diet, lacking any real substance. People are milling around with that bored look on their faces, some are also slumped down checking their watch or smart phones on when is the best time to cut out and find somewhere else to be, rather than be here. Has the fizz gone from innovation? Are…
  • Gaining idea engagement can be a five step process.

    paul4innovating
    9 Apr 2014 | 4:52 am
    I have been recently revisiting Everett Rogers work on diffusion and adoptions recently, evaluating if it has the same relevance in my mind in our more connected world, where speed, knowledge and exchanges are measured in micro seconds. This reminded me of a suggestion I made some time back and I thought I’d ‘air’ this again for engaging with others. We constantly fall into the trap of not providing our listener enough of a reason to ‘buy into’ our thoughts. We forget to either pitch it to their mental framework or we do not provide a set of compelling arguments…
  • Learning favours the brave

    paul4innovating
    6 Apr 2014 | 3:08 am
    The challenges we are facing today seem to be coming faster at us, more complex to decipher and then re-evaluate how we should respond. To achieve faster response we certainly need to educate the organization more than ever. We need to absorb more, we need to encourage learning more especially to pursue innovation. We need to actively set up learning ways within our organizations to establish their abilities to recognize the value of new, external information (knowledge), to assimilate it, and apply it to commercial ends. Innovation within the organization needs not just greater recognition…
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    Conquering Innovation Fatigue: Helping Inventors, Entrepreneurs and Leaders Find Innovation Success

  • America’s Anti-Patent Revolution: Stoking the Engines of Innovation Fatigue

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

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

    Jeff Lindsay
    6 Mar 2014 | 6:50 am
    Breaking news from the Province of Shandong in northern China: A Chinese paper company, Quanlin Paper (also called “Tralin Paper”) has successfully used its portfolio of patents and trademarks to secure a huge loan of 7.9 billion RMB (about $1.3 billion). Potentially significant story for those tracking IP and innovation in China. The story was just reported on March 3, 2014 at China Paper (the story is in Mandarin). This is quite a big deal and may be a record for China in terms of how much value IP brought in seeking a corporate loan. To emphasize the significance of this…
  • Don’t Let Mergers and Acquisitions Kill Innovation

    Jeff Lindsay
    19 Feb 2014 | 3:32 pm
    One of the great innovation killers in the Corporate world is the traumatic change that can come with a merger and acquisition. Through rough handling and several forms of neglect, some of the brightest would-be innovators for the transformed company can be driven out or, if they remain on board, turned from enthusiastic contributors to bitter observers. Those who generate IP or have the best potential to do so need special attention during M&A activity. They need to be considered carefully during due diligence, but that often does not happen. If there is one well-known star who is the…
  • Innovation and Potato Peelers: Beware Cheap Imitations

    Jeff Lindsay
    13 Jan 2014 | 3:32 pm
    My imitation peeler Pictured to the left is my potato peeler/fruit peeler which I purchased in Shanghai. It is dutifully based on the design of typical peelers long sold by Western companies. But I suspect this imitation object was copied and manufactured by people unacquainted with the finer points of peeling potatoes. In peeling potatoes, one frequently encounters eyes or other bad spots that need to be gouged out. Good potato peelers have a curved metal end that can be used for gouging potatoes and fruit. My Shanghai peeler has dutifully copied the general shape of other peelers, with a…
 
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    Game-Changer

  • What are the key ingredients necessary to accelerate innovation in any environment?

    Jorge Barba
    18 Apr 2014 | 7:12 am
    MIT’s Andy Pentland says the best decision-making environment for good ideas to spread is one with high levels of both “engagement” and “exploration. Via the NY Times: The best decision-making environment, Mr. Pentland says, is one with high levels of both “engagement” and “exploration.” Engagement is a measure of how often people in a group communicate with each other, sharing social knowledge. Exploration is a measure of seeking out new ideas and new people. Mr. Pentland arrived at this insight through his research on how good ideas spread, dubbed social physics. His…
  • New doesn’t equal innovation

    Jorge Barba
    17 Apr 2014 | 6:41 am
    Misunderstanding innovation Just because something is new doesn’t mean it should be touted as an innovation. What’s an innovation and what isn’t? Normally, people believe that just because they’ve never seen or heard about something that it’s new, and therefore innovative. In their heads, because it’s new, it also means that it will succeed. Of course, it doesn’t work out that way. It is this type of misunderstanding, and others such as innovation only being about technology, that creates all types of headaches for those of us who help others…
  • Failure isn’t the goal, it is a means for innovation

    Jorge Barba
    15 Apr 2014 | 7:57 am
    Last week I wrote about how you can ask yourself one question to innovate how you innovate: What can we learn from ___company___ about __challenge__? I then posted some ideas from Amazon and Google that help them drive innovation, which you can use for inspiration. Well, here’s another idea you can use to get you thinking, and it may sound like a cliche but it is really the principle that sets any innovative company apart from non-innovative ones: reward failure. Not because failure is the goal. It isn’t. Failure is a means to an end: innovation. Google’s Innovation Lab,…
  • Jeff Bezos: Failure can’t be separated from invention

    Jorge Barba
    14 Apr 2014 | 6:28 am
    Jeff Bezos – Caricature (Photo credit: DonkeyHotey) How do you maximize people’s potential to drive innovation? As Bob Ross says, “We don’t make mistakes, only happy accidents”. So, let employees make happy accidents. This is what happens at the world’s most innovative companies, one of which is Amazon. There are many lessons we can learn from Jeff Bezos about maximizing people’s potential to drive innovation. For example, in his annual shareholder letter, Jeff Bezos closes the letter with some final tips on what lets the company continue to lead.
  • Which is more valuable, good ideas or good people?

    Jorge Barba
    11 Apr 2014 | 6:59 am
    The answer is obvious, right? Well, not so. Some think that ideas matter more because you can snap them out of thin air. Which is why I think most people guard their ideas. They think they are unique on their own… That isn’t true. Ideas matter, but execution is where the rubber meets the road. You need both. With that said, the answer is obvious: Ideas come from people. Therefore, people are more important than ideas. Bottom line: Getting the team right is the necessary precursor to getting the ideas right. But, getting the right people and the right chemistry is more important…
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    The Discipline of Innovation Blog

  • Tools for Unlocking Innovation

    Tim Kastelle
    13 Apr 2014 | 1:36 am
    The posts that caught my attention this week all connect to ideas that we can use to unlock innovation in our organisations. First up: How GE Plans to Act Like a Startup and Crowdsource Breakthrough Ideas by Liz Stinson.  Stinson talks to GE Chief Marketing Officer Beth Comstock about open innovation efforts at the firm.  One of the big motivations for pursuing open innovation is that even if you are massive, like GE, you can only employ a tiny fraction of the smart people in your field.  Open innovation strategies help you reach some of the rest of them: By tapping into the bright minds…
  • Where Others See Only Barriers, Innovators See Opportunities

    Tim Kastelle
    9 Apr 2014 | 12:59 am
    How can we make our organisations more innovative? That’s a big question.  My colleagues John Steen, Jerad Ford and Martie-Louise Verreynne, working with Ernst & Young, just released a report that gives us some insight into the answer. The report is Adapt to win: How Australian oil and gas companies improve productivity in challenging times, and you should check it out.  They’ve been studying productivity in the oil & gas sector for a few years now, and this is their second report to come from that work. The consistent finding is that productivity is driven by three…
  • Improve Your Personal Innovation Skills

    Tim Kastelle
    5 Apr 2014 | 11:44 pm
    In this week’s review of the posts that grabbed my attention, the main theme is: how can I be more innovative personally? The first post comes from Jane Porter, who outlines 5 Ways to Be Inspired by Your Everyday Life.  She looks at ideas for improving our ability to notice things: “Exploration happens best by accident, not by following a schedule,” says John Stilgoe, professor of the history of landscape at Harvard and author of the book, Outside Lies Magic. And exploration is important because it goes hand in hand with creativity. “How does one learn to be…
  • The Difference Between Good and Great

    Tim Kastelle
    3 Apr 2014 | 3:25 pm
    As I write this, the last piece of work on the house renovations that we’ve been doing is getting done – our front door is being painted. Unsurprisingly, the renovations have taken MUCH longer than we ever would have guessed.  They’ve been close to on budget, but we’ve had work being done for about 15 months now. The weird part is this: 98% of the work was done 7.5 months ago – it’s taken us half of the time to get the last 2% done. That last 2% is the difference between good and great. We did a lot of work: we repainted the whole house: inside, outside…
  • 3 Innovation Triggers: Fear, Fantasy & Frustration

    Tim Kastelle
    30 Mar 2014 | 9:58 pm
    This is part of my TEDxUQ talk from Saturday.  The theme was Old Ideas, New World.  I used different examples in the talk (which I’ll post here as soon as it’s available), but this should give you an idea of the key themes. The Three Parts of Innovation When I posted on Facebook that I was going to give a talk here, Rick DeWitt, my oldest friend, replied – saying: For me, the most important thing you’ve taught me about innovation is that it is  (1) a new idea, (2) that adds value, and (3) actually happens (becomes reality). That test really separates mere ideas from…
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    URENIO Watch

  • IEEE Smart Cities Initiative

    Panagiotis Tsarchopoulos
    17 Apr 2014 | 5:35 pm
    IEEE, the world’s largest professional organization dedicated to advancing technology for humanity, announced the IEEE Smart Cities Initiative aiming to assist local government leaders in planning smart cities for growing urban populations. Municipalities are invited to apply for consideration to... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit URENIO website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Mapping the European ICT Poles of Excellence: The Atlas of ICT Activity in Europe

    Panagiotis Tsarchopoulos
    15 Apr 2014 | 2:24 pm
    European ICT Poles of Excellence (EIPE) are geographical agglomerations of best performing Information and Communication Technologies production, R&D and innovation activities, located in the European Union, that exert a central role in global international networks. The EIPE Atlas presents... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit URENIO website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • The Open Government Guide

    Panagiotis Tsarchopoulos
    15 Apr 2014 | 1:27 pm
    People all around the world are demanding more openness in government. They are seeking ways for citizens to be able to participate in the decisions that effect them, and for governments to be more transparent, responsive, accountable, and effective. The Open Government Guide highlights practical,... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit URENIO website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Smart cities, technology with people in mind

    Panagiotis Tsarchopoulos
    14 Apr 2014 | 1:45 pm
    In its latest issue, Barcelona Metròpolis magazine, looks at the smart policies that are being deployed in the city, from apps to the fields of health, transport and culture. The implementation of these new technologies affects the en­vironment, infrastructure, buildings, public spaces and... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit URENIO website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Video: Smart Cities: Becoming a Gimmick?

    Panagiotis Tsarchopoulos
    14 Apr 2014 | 8:47 am
    This 10 minutes video directed and produced by Gynna Millan, Illiany Hamdan and Roderick Selfridge, from the Media and Arts Technology Ph.D. programme, Queen Mary University of London, provides a quick overview of the ‘Smart Cities’ concept. In 21st Century urban planning, the term ‘Smart Cities’... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit URENIO website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
 
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    Linda Bernardi - DISRUPT | INNOVATE | LEAD

  • Innovation Strategy vs. Culture of InnovationDISRUPT | INNOVATE | LEAD

    Kimberly
    15 Apr 2014 | 10:58 am
    Here’s something to think about: Strategy vs. Culture when it comes to disruption and innovation in large enterprises. More and more of the large enterprises under duress and pressure from clients are trying to become more innovative. I would love to say that many are embracing the merits of mindful disruption, but from experience I would [...]
  • Not Enough Inter-Preneurism? Not Just The CEO’s FaultDISRUPT | INNOVATE | LEAD

    Kimberly
    28 Mar 2014 | 10:12 am
    Note: A) In this blog the terms enterprises, corporation, large company are use interchangeably. B) Inter-preneurism is referred to as entrepreneurism inside a corporation. Fact: Corporations spend large sums of money on internal R&D - Internal R&D is entrepreneurial/risky. However, it is considered ‘focused’ experimentation. Fact: Enterprises take far bigger risks in external venture investments [...]
  • Change and Large EnterprisesDISRUPT | INNOVATE | LEAD

    Linda Bernardi
    5 Mar 2014 | 8:00 am
    This Financial Times article by Hasso Plattner, Co-Founder of SAP caught my eye yesterday, while I was thinking deeply about the complications (difficulties) of executing ‘change’ in large enterprises. Fact: SAP is about as rigid of a company as you can imagine, and HANA, the in-memory-database concept which SAP introduced a few years ago, represents [...]
  • Why We Need to Disrupt Corporate R&D Spending Patterns!DISRUPT | INNOVATE | LEAD

    Linda Bernardi
    24 Feb 2014 | 2:24 pm
    Firstly, I am extremely bullish on the innovation CAPACITY of large companies (enterprises). Let’s start with a fact: For most of the past three decades, investments made by the entire venture capital sector totaled less than the R&D and capital expenditure budgets of individual large companies such as IBM, GM, or Merck [Source: Architecture of [...]
  • BR: Boulevard of Broken Dreams and The Architecture of InnovationDISRUPT | INNOVATE | LEAD

    Linda Bernardi
    24 Feb 2014 | 10:36 am
    BR:  Boulevard of Broken Dreams and The Architecture of Innovation, by Josh Lerner. Josh is professor of Investment Banking at Harvard Business School and co-director of the Productivity, Innovation and Entrepreneurship Program at the National Bureau of Economic Research. I am delighted to be sharing 2 new book reviews with you. To understand the true [...]
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    EYES IN

  • Second Syngenta Photography Award Call for Entries

    Vivian van Dijk
    20 Apr 2014 | 5:00 pm
    The Syngenta Photography Award aims to stimulate dialogue and create awareness around significant global challenges through powerful photography.The post Second Syngenta Photography Award Call for Entries appeared first on EYES IN.
  • Dromoland Castle Celebrates O’Brien Family History

    Vivian van Dijk
    19 Apr 2014 | 7:00 pm
    In recognition of their history, Dromoland Castle is celebrating the Millennium by devising Castle Experiences to all O'Briens visiting in 2014.The post Dromoland Castle Celebrates O’Brien Family History appeared first on EYES IN.
  • The Knickerbocker in Times Square to Open Summer 2014

    Vivian van Dijk
    19 Apr 2014 | 5:00 pm
    The Knickerbocker fuses rich history with modern day functionality & contemporary design, creating a sanctuary for travelers and local clientele.The post The Knickerbocker in Times Square to Open Summer 2014 appeared first on EYES IN.
  • VDKA 6100 Co-Creator Robert De Niro Celebrates at Tribeca

    Vivian van Dijk
    18 Apr 2014 | 6:08 pm
    Editor-in-Chief Vivian Van Dijk enjoyed the VDKA 6100 It's Already Tomorrow party at the Tribeca Film Festival, attended by co-creator Robert De Niro.The post VDKA 6100 Co-Creator Robert De Niro Celebrates at Tribeca appeared first on EYES IN.
  • Chelsea Clinton Premieres ‘Of Many’ Film at Tribeca

    Vivian van Dijk
    18 Apr 2014 | 5:14 pm
    EYES IN Magazine Editor-in-Chief Vivian Van Dijk attended a short film during the Tribeca Film Festival this afternoon featuring Chelsea Clinton as Executive Producer, featuring Imam Khalid Latif and Rabbi Yehuda Sarna. Vivian says, "I'm impressed by what the documentary tells you. It is more than a simple proof that Muslims and Jews can live […]The post Chelsea Clinton Premieres ‘Of Many’ Film at Tribeca appeared first on EYES IN.
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    InventHelp Blog

  • How to Pitch an Idea or New Product to a Company

    Mara Addison
    16 Apr 2014 | 12:25 pm
    You have decided to pitch your idea or new product to a company. Are you feeling confident and energized by this prospect? Or are you nervous and unsure how to even begin? If you fit into the latter category, don’t despair. There are a number of inventors who feel the same way as you. Below […]
  • Nine Entrepreneur Tips All Business Owners Should Know

    Nicole Lininger
    11 Apr 2014 | 7:00 am
    In the corporate world, the goal is to strive, not simply survive. Leading entrepreneurs depend on a core set of guidelines to help them reach this objective. Some of them may seem deceptively simple, but all of them are important as you either move your start-up into growth mode or strive to sustain your existing […]
  • Solve the Problem: Innovative Problem Solving Leads to Innovative Inventions

    Nicole Lininger
    8 Apr 2014 | 7:00 am
    Inventions come in many different shapes, sizes, and levels of complexity, but their goal of solving an existing problem is the same. Through the use of innovative problem solving techniques, inventors have been able to change the world—or at least their corner of it—through creation of innovative inventions designed to tackle challenges large and small. […]
  • 7 Tips for Brainstorming New Invention Ideas

    Nicole Lininger
    4 Apr 2014 | 8:00 am
    One of the ways inventors come up with cool invention ideas is through a process called brainstorming. Did you know that “brainstorming” itself was an invention? The Inventing Invention Originally presented in the 1953 book Applied Imagination: Principles and Practices of Creative Thinking, author Alex Osborn identified brainstorming as a theory of steps involved in […]
  • Additive Manufacturing: How 3D Printing Is Changing the Way We Make Things

    Nicole Lininger
    2 Apr 2014 | 9:10 am
    Since the dawn of the industrial area, manufacturers have utilized what is commonly known as “subtractive manufacturing” to produce products. That means in order to make a widget, they would take a lump of material and put it through a process to take away (subtract) parts of it until it looked like a widget. Think […]
 
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    Business Strategy Innovation

  • Scaling Local Food Revival with a Business Model Innovation

    Braden Kelley
    16 Apr 2014 | 11:07 am
    Business Model Innovation Taken for a Spin by Zaycon Foods Their is no doubt that people are becoming more interested in where their food came from and with meat prices rising (especially here in the United States with widespread drought … Continue reading →
  • Announcing a New Lean Innovation Series

    Braden Kelley
    10 Apr 2014 | 10:22 am
    I’ve started working with a local healthcare insurance company in a role focused on driving improvement and innovation in its membership and billing operations. The company has a big focus on LEAN throughout the company and always has some sort … Continue reading →
  • Looking at Healthcare Innovation from the Inside Out

    Braden Kelley
    2 Apr 2014 | 5:42 pm
    After working for the last decade helping organizations from the OUTSIDE IN: Build innovative marketing strategies Manage multiple, simultaneous, cross-functional business projects Optimize complex processes Create an enterprise-wide innovation-focus I thought it was time to flip things around and go … Continue reading →
  • Announcing the Crowd Computing Revolution

    Braden Kelley
    21 Mar 2014 | 11:31 am
    Designing Work for Man and Machine to Do Together I am proud to bring you a downloadable PDF of a piece I created on The Crowd Computing Revolution and the redesign of work that is now possible thanks to new … Continue reading →
  • Building Virtual Diplomacy

    Braden Kelley
    19 Mar 2014 | 3:31 pm
    The Setup Lets look at Innovation, Crowdsourcing, and the United States Government for a minute… The world continues to move faster than ever and diplomatic responses from the United States are required that are both increasingly more complex and more … Continue reading →
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    Ideatrotter: Disruptive 2.0 Intelligence

  • Micro-organs to shape the future of personalised...

    20 Apr 2014 | 3:00 pm
    Micro-organs to shape the future of personalised medicine Researchers at Vanderbilt University are developing an artificial liver as part of a larger system of synthetic organs being built to test drugs. If successful, the technology will not only change the way drugs are developed and tested, but also provide doctors with a way to personalise treatment for patients with conditions like heart disease and cancer.
  • The Future of Online Original Content Amazon, YouTube and...

    20 Apr 2014 | 2:58 pm
    The Future of Online Original Content Amazon, YouTube and Netflix have three different models. They do original content but they do it in a different way. In Netflix’s case most of their content is not original. Only roughly two percent of their budget is originals but they’re increasingly spending more money. House of Cards they made 100 million dollar commitment for two seasons but now they’ve just signed to go to a third season of that and they’ve got some other original programs like Orange is the New Black and some others. What Amazon has done is the different model there is they…
  • Video Is Going to Be Bigger Than Ever This Year Content...

    20 Apr 2014 | 2:56 pm
    Video Is Going to Be Bigger Than Ever This Year Content marketing and social media expert Jayson DeMers talks about one of the big social trends to watch out for in 2014.
  • Apocalypse: These Termite Robots Don’t Need Humans Is the...

    16 Apr 2014 | 12:30 pm
    Apocalypse: These Termite Robots Don’t Need Humans Is the robot apocalypse already here? Scientists at Harvard are developing a robot that can build structures without humans telling them how. The bot is inspired by nature’s best builder — the termite. Researchers hope one day they’ll be able to build projects on Mars and rescue people from burning buildings.
  • Gramofon: The new WiFi music box and social router  TNW’s...

    16 Apr 2014 | 12:27 pm
    Gramofon: The new WiFi music box and social router  TNW’s Martin Bryant talks to Martin Varsavsky about the company’s new Gramofon device, which has just hit Kickstarter.
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    Doblin

  • Chicago Tribune Interview with Larry Keeley on Doblin's Systematic Approach to Innovation

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

    26 Mar 2014 | 3:29 pm
    Failed innovation attempts can leave CFOs skeptical.  In a recent article, Doblin’s leader, Geoff Tuff, and Bansi Nagji, leader of Monitor Deloitte, discuss why CFOs should play a larger role in setting and managing an organization’s innovation agenda and the value they can bring. "CFOs are the people who can bring discipline and analytical thinking to the innovation process, which are needed for success.” - Geoff Tuff, leader of Doblin Read the full article.
  • Like the book? Get the app!

    14 Mar 2014 | 10:13 am
    Ten Types of Innovation® App Launching Soon! We’re taking the Ten Types of Innovation mobile. Bundling a generative toolset and newsfeed of topical innovations, the new Ten Types of Innovation app provides an interactive experience to help you develop a deeper understanding of the framework and how to use it more effectively—right from your tablet. Register today to get notified when the app launches!
  • Heading to Austin? We are.


    5 Mar 2014 | 1:54 pm
    Doblin will be at SXSW showcasing, with Deloitte, how companies, start-ups, and individuals are designing tomorrow As designers, thought leaders, and technologists from around the world prepare to converge in Austin, Texas for the 21st annual SXSW Interactive Festival, we are preparing the final touches on the Deloitte experience that will greet them when they arrive. Employing the same protocols and methodologies we use to help our clients build bold breakthroughs, we collaborated with our colleagues at Deloitte to build a series of experiences that stimulate, inspire, and engage the…
  • Kicking off the New Year in a New Home

    10 Jan 2014 | 12:56 pm
    The Doblin team in Chicago closed out 2013 with a move around the corner to a state-of-the-art space co-located with Deloitte’s Chicago office. We are excited to be in our new space, which was designed to support the work of our team and clients. Outfitted with advanced technologies to create an immersive environment, the client engagement spaces are designed to facilitate co-creation with clients and help accelerate progress toward solving their biggest innovation challenges. Our client teams collaborate in spacious project rooms that look out to an open floor plan with individual…
 
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    Business Model Institute

  • Fatal Error #27: Do they graduate or quit

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

    Jim Muehlhausen
    26 Feb 2014 | 5:41 am
    I am a big fan of by Dr. Christopher Hart’s book, “Extraordinary Guarantees: A New Way to Build Quality Throughout Your Company & Ensure Satisfaction for Your Customers.” In the book Dr. Hart lays out a blueprint for improving margins and sales via exceptional guarantees. He offers several examples including a powerful one of a New York company that captured a 60% share of their market with a product priced at double the normal rate. I could not agree more with Dr. Hart’s commentary on guarantees as a powerful business model tactic. However, the business landscape is currently…
  • Cool business model or waste of time

    Huss Sadri
    26 Nov 2013 | 5:51 am
    Whether this is an ingenious business model or a great way to earn $0.84 per hour, it's fun to watch.
  • The power of a brand

    Jim Muehlhausen
    17 Nov 2013 | 7:49 am
    If you weren't convinced of the power of a brand, check out the cool infographic below. More interesting is the rise of the tech brands and the fall of consumer and hard goods.
  • Fix them or fire them?

    Jim Muehlhausen
    6 Nov 2013 | 11:02 am
    I just finished reading Steve Shaer's book "Fix Them or Fire Them" and think it's a great resource for entrepreneurs and managers alike. He takes the tough topic of termination and breaks it down into manageable steps anyone cal follow. Here's the book on Amazon. http://www.amazon.com/Fix-Them-Fire-Terminating-Underperforming/dp/0615872808/
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    Innovation Speaker

  • Innovate With Purpose: Idea Prioritization

    Robert Brands
    8 Apr 2014 | 4:59 am
    Idea Prioritization  Ideation and idea management pack the front end of the New Product Development (NPD) funnel with a wealth of viable concepts. One of the toughest processes in innovation is idea... Visit our Innovation-Innovation coach website today! http://www.innovationcoach.com/
  • Invitation to Innovate

    Robert Brands
    24 Mar 2014 | 4:55 am
    Innovation is hardly a new term. Dating back as early as the 15th century, innovation comes from the Latin innovationem, noun of action from innovare, and means “to renew or change”.  It seems the... Visit our Innovation-Innovation coach website today! http://www.innovationcoach.com/
  • Forecasting Innovation: Observe and Measure for Future Success

    Robert Brands
    23 Mar 2014 | 11:38 am
    When creating innovation, it is vital to set metric goals and track these metrics. One of Robert’s Rules of Innovation, “Observe and Measure,” in terms of the performance of the program... Visit our Innovation-Innovation coach website today! http://www.innovationcoach.com/
  • The Chief Innovation Officer: Is It CIO, CNO, or CINO ?

    Robert Brands
    18 Mar 2014 | 5:00 am
    Blog By Sean Klein & Bill Poston of Kalypso The great Chief Innovation Officer acronym confusion has obscured a much more important conversation about the requisite responsibilities to do the job... Visit our Innovation-Innovation coach website today! http://www.innovationcoach.com/
  • Don’t (Just) Focus on Innovation

    Robert Brands
    25 Feb 2014 | 4:00 am
    While innovation is paramount to the profitability of any business, there are other supporting factors which are essential to make innovation successful. Similar to the construction of any building,... Visit our Innovation-Innovation coach website today! http://www.innovationcoach.com/
 
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    Riverside Innovation Centre » Riverside Innovation Centre

  • £500,000 investment available!

    RIC Chester
    14 Apr 2014 | 3:33 am
    Big Issue Invest’s Corporate Social Venturing Challenge is back: £500,000 investment available for innovative early stage social businesses Big Issue Invest, the social investment arm of the Big Issue, has opened a second round of its Corporate Social Venturing (CSV) programme. The programme uses corporate partners to invest in, support and nurture a new generation of high potential social businesses to grow and deliver sustainable social and financial returns. Now open, the CSV Challenge is seeking up to 20 teams for an intensive mentoring programme. At the end, 10 finalists will be…
  • Congratulations to Footsqueek

    RIC Chester
    11 Apr 2014 | 6:16 am
      Congratulations to Steve Westgarth, MD of Footsqueek, for winning the Cheshire Business Leaders Award for the Outstanding Cheshire and Warrington Young Entrepreneur at the recent awards ceremony. Steve’s business is located within the Riverside Innovation Centre (RIC), and his award follows another RIC business incubator success when Michael Williams of A.M. Custom Clothing won last year’s award. Link to Awards announcement: http://www.chester.ac.uk/node/24133 Footsqueek: http://www.footsqueek.co.uk/ A.M. Custom Clothing: http://www.amcustomclothing.co.uk/
  • Cyber Safety

    RIC Chester
    11 Apr 2014 | 4:40 am
    The Riverside innovation Centre (RIC) is currently working with University Academy Birkenhead, local government, police and youth organisations to develop cyber safety resources. It is hoped that these resources will be utilised in future by young people and their parents to raise awareness about online safety.
  • CompSci Conference at RIC

    RIC Chester
    10 Apr 2014 | 1:50 am
    The CompSci Conference 2014 is being held today at the Riverside Innovation Centre. The conference is funded by a partnership between the Paul Hamlyn Foundation and the Higher Education Academy to promote active learning in computer science. Delegates can expect a range of talks from the University’s Computer Science and Informatics Departments as well as several talks delivered by Computer Science students. There are a wide range of guest speakers from businesses including Shaping Cloud, How2Evolve, Pawprint Games and Microsoft as well as HMRC.
  • RIC Celebration Event

    RIC Chester
    7 Apr 2014 | 3:38 am
    The Riverside Innovation Centre celebrated the next phase of its Project development and the graduation of Bikmo, who are leaving to their own office premises within Chester. Show more
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    Adam Collier

  • Quote: Trust is a Paradox

    adam@sciencelayer.com (Adam Collier)
    16 Apr 2014 | 7:00 am
    There isn’t a more paradoxical concept in business today than trust. Peter Firestein, Global Strategic Communications
  • Quote: Trust is a Business Driver

    adam@sciencelayer.com (Adam Collier)
    9 Apr 2014 | 7:00 am
    Trust ultimately is a business driver and enabler of transformation and positive change. - Cynthia Figge, CSRHub
  • Quote: Trust is an essential agent

    adam@sciencelayer.com (Adam Collier)
    2 Apr 2014 | 7:00 am
    Trust is an essential agent of social development and organizational sustainability. – Robert Easton
  • Quote: Trust in Leadership

    adam@sciencelayer.com (Adam Collier)
    26 Mar 2014 | 8:00 am
    Trust in senior executives’ leadership capabilities sets the tone for the entire organization. - Lolly Daskal
  • Quote: 1st Job of a Leader

    adam@sciencelayer.com (Adam Collier)
    19 Mar 2014 | 8:00 am
    The first job of a leader is to inspire trust. - Stephen M.R. Covey & Greg Link
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    The Innovation Mill

  • Air Travel: It’s for the Birds

    Lauren Parker
    18 Apr 2014 | 11:46 am
    In its recent advertising and marketing campaign, the quirky travel giant, JetBlue, paid homage to those who were first in flight: birds. The program centers around a lowly pigeon who gripes about the inescapable woes to which anyone whose flown in this century can attest. The food is bad. The space is cramped. Ba humbug. The pigeon is a reflection of us, the consumer. And there lies the brilliance of the campaign; though humans weren’t made to fly, we still expect the best. So, as an airline, JetBlue will now “air on the side of humans.” (It’s punny) Geo-targeted TV…
  • Brands Winning April Fools

    Lauren Parker
    1 Apr 2014 | 6:19 am
    April 1 is a day for mischief and pranks – all in the name of good fun. Some brands, like Southwest Airlines and Google, have taken the opportunity to trick their customers. Here are a few of our favorites: The Moo Pug Post Order today for your chance to have your Moo order delivered by a cute pug! Southwest Airlines Trip to Mars For less than 10K, your next trip can be out of this world! BMW G-Force When drivers travel at speeds under 20 miles per hour, the patented “Forced Injection Booster” will convert kinetic energy into positive g-forces, giving the driver the sense that they…
  • Calculus Cracks the Case of Missing Flight 370

    Laura Bedrossian
    26 Mar 2014 | 1:35 pm
    Today’s post by Nicole Moreo originally ran on Peppercomm’s Measuring Up blog.  It seems like almost every day for the past few weeks’ news of new and improved search methods for Flight 370 have been discussed and analyzed.   Most people cannot understand how, with all of our new technology, Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 went missing.  So, every single possible search method was broadcast and explained via 3D models, computers and simulations.  So, what was the method used to finally finds the flight?   According to a CNN article, it was your basic old friend calculus!
  • Happy 25th birthday, World Wide Web! (Part 4)

    Catharine Cody
    25 Mar 2014 | 4:57 am
    And now, our final installment of Peppercomm’s celebration of the Internet’s 25th birthday with thought-provoking insight from Richard Ouyang, Peppercomm’s Director of Digital. Question: So, what do you think are the biggest or best innovations we’ve seen online over the last 25 years? - Online payments – PayPal was the frontrunner.  It completely transformed the concept of transactions– the seed of facilitated mobile payments, points and loyalty transactions, etc. - Torrents – P2P file sharing made famous by Napster, Kazaa, BitTorrent, PirateBay.  It facilitated…
  • Happy 25th birthday, World Wide Web! (Part 3)

    Catharine Cody
    24 Mar 2014 | 2:57 pm
    Our celebration of the Internet’s birthday continues with thoughts from Jeff Simpsons, our Senior Digital Producer. Question: So, what do you think are the biggest or best innovations we’ve seen online over the last 25 years? - Cloud Computing – Konrad Zuse (1936) anticipated and John von Neumann (1945) demonstrated a revolutionary change in programming that showed programs and data could both be stored in memory on a computer. Previously, changes to programs required changes to hardware and the fixed structure of the machine. Cloud computing extends that line of programming…
 
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    Synecticsworld » Thinking

  • How Google Glass and LensCrafters Will Finally Solve Our Collaboration Problem

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

    Synectics
    6 Mar 2014 | 1:09 pm
    Joe Giordano, Synecticsworld By Joe Giordano Change is here, and it is moving faster and on more dimensions than ever before. It is opening vast opportunities for growth and innovation on a global basis, and with it the comes the need to be agile and resilient.  So, how do leaders deal with this? Leaders are required to manage this inevitable change and to help employees through the transitions. And yet, sometimes it just doesn’t happen. Employees cannot seem to get through to the next phase, and in many cases they never get over the change. They got on the right bus, but the bus changed…
  • 3 Worth the Read on The Need for Creativity in Education

    Synectics
    6 Mar 2014 | 12:05 pm
    Leo Boudreau By Leo Boudreau It feels like our education system is reaching a tipping point.  There are so many areas of contention related to education and a high level of dissatisfaction with the results.  The issues stretch from the earliest preschool experiences through the debate as to whether a college education is worth it on a cost/benefit basis.  At the tipping point, we might see fundamental changes in the way children are educated, particularly around the skills we think are important to develop. An area of particular interest to us at Synecticsworld is the role of creativity…
  • How to Adjust to the Silver-Tsunami of Working Baby Boomers?

    Synectics
    10 Feb 2014 | 6:05 pm
    Paul D. Roberts By Paul D. Roberts A couple of years ago there was a lot of discussion about “The Silver Tsunami”  - the aging of the Baby Boomers as they turn grey beyond their temples. The sheer numbers of Baby Boomers (born between 1946 and 1964) have made them a force to be reckoned with all through their existence.  Today, much of the Silver Tsunami discussion is around; 1. How to Pay for the Rising Health Costs and Who is Going to Care for Them. The older you get the more healthcare you consume on average. 2. How to Pay for Social Security. With a dubious trust fund, the…
  • A strong Corporate Culture is the bedrock of Innovation

    Synectics
    9 Jan 2014 | 1:01 pm
    Leo Boudreau By Leo Boudreau When we think about what it takes to make a company more innovative so much of the discussion comes back to culture.  Virtually everyone talks about the importance of innovation and we all remember when annual reports were liberally sprinkled by some equivalent of “people are our most important asset”.  But it is almost impossible for innovation to take hold, survive, and thrive unless the overall culture of the company is supportive.  Why?  Because innovation is change and change is hard.  Creating change requires courage, it requires sticking your neck…
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    MIT Sloan Executive Education Blog

  • MIT Sloan professors’ award-winning paper points to shift in sales distribution

    MIT Sloan Executive Education
    19 Apr 2014 | 1:29 pm
    A study of the Pareto Principle and the Internet’s “Long Tail” phenomenon by MIT Sloan Professors Erik Brynjolfsson and Duncan Simester recently earned the duo a prestigious award—and reveal results that point to a shift in the distribution of product sales. The big data experts won the 2013 Management Science Best Paper Award sponsored by [...]
  • Pitch perfect: Using human signals to convince and persuade

    MIT Sloan Executive Education
    16 Apr 2014 | 12:25 pm
    The art of the business plan pitch could fill volumes of b-school literature. But what if the real secret sauce had less to do with content and everything to do with delivery? Alex ‘Sandy’ Pentland, Director of MIT’s Human Dynamics Laboratory and the MIT Media Lab Entrepreneurship Program, has conducted research around the power of [...]
  • Certificate holder Bertrand Liang on his experience at MIT Sloan Executive Education

    MIT Sloan Executive Education
    11 Apr 2014 | 7:57 am
    I have been fortunate to have multiple careers—from working in the university setting to the buy-and-sell side of the financial industry to the product development environment. Making the transition from a technically oriented academic career to a practitioner is definitely a humbling experience in the business milieu. Acquiring a commercial perspective was important to my career, which [...]
  • Political Innovation: Embracing and understanding customer service

    MIT Sloan Executive Education
    7 Apr 2014 | 2:01 pm
    Guest post by Grayson Brulte, Co-Founder & President of Brulte & Company Politics is a pursuit inherently built on customer service but without enough attention paid to those who matter the most: voters. In politics, voters are the customers, and instead of asking for a refund or an exchange, they can vote the politician out of [...]
  • MIT Sloan Executive Certificate holder named to “America’s Most Powerful CEOs 40 and Under” list

    MIT Sloan Executive Education
    5 Apr 2014 | 10:00 am
    It’s one thing to be recognized for accomplishments earned over a long and illustrious career. It’s quite another to receive similar kudos at the young age of 39. Such is the case with Justin Hutchens, who for the third consecutive year was named to America’s Most Powerful CEOs 40 and Under list, published by Forbes. [...]
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    The IdeaConnection Blog

  • Burn the Ships

    Paul Wagorn
    11 Apr 2014 | 11:31 am
    Open Innovation, loosely defined as seeking solutions outside your company, can help a company dramatically increase its technology and product pipeline, but it is not without its challenges.  In this article, we explore a major obstacle that can impede the success of an open innovation based project, and how to remedy it. I have seen and been involved with hundreds of open innovation projects.  Many of these projects succeed, and help the company push through major obstacles to be able to release a disruptive new product or technology.  But some fail – and one of the biggest reasons for…
  • Unconventional Success

    Paul Wagorn
    9 Apr 2014 | 1:47 pm
    How is it possible that IdeaConnection is able to put together a team of 5 people who don’t know each other to solve a problem that seems out of reach to a company’s 5000 dedicated researchers? A look at what goes into IdeaConnection’s amazing success at solving some of the most difficult problems.  By Paul Wagorn, President of IdeaConnection. Innovate or die Most medium to large sized companies bear an unrelenting pressure to continually release new products to fill market gaps, build up their technology pipelines and maintain a constant flow of new, proprietary intellectual property.
  • The Problems with Crowdsourcing and how to Fix them

    Paul Wagorn
    8 Apr 2014 | 2:49 pm
    What are the challenges of using the crowd to find solutions to technical problems, and how can we overcome them? By Paul Wagorn, President of IdeaConnection Loosely defined, crowdsourcing is a term used to describe using an open contest or crowd of people, all contributing to solve a problem or get something done.  The term was coined by Jeff Howe in Wired Magazine in 2006, and was officially added to the Oxford Dictionary just last year in its June 2013 update. The premise (and promise) or crowdsourcing is that it allows organizations to solicit the ‘wisdom of the crowd’ by connecting…
  • Crowdsourcing a New Spacesuit Design

    IdeaConnection
    6 Apr 2014 | 8:10 am
    Here’s a bit of crowdsourcing fun for your weekend. Help NASA by taking part in its crowdsourcing initiative to pick the design of a new spacesuit. The space agency has selected three design options for the cover layer of the next-generation spacesuit platform.  The style that garners the most votes may be tested on future astronauts. The three designs are: Biomimicry – inspired by oceans and marine life, particularly creatures at depth that have bioluminescent qualities. This suit has an electroluminescent wire pattern that becomes visible in the dark. Technology – makes use of…
  • Crowdsourcing Clothing Choices

    IdeaConnection
    31 Mar 2014 | 10:47 am
    Maybe this has happened to you. Scanning online shopping sites, you come across the perfect outfit or item of clothing, order it and eagerly await its arrival. When the package turns up you find the dress, jersey, shirt or suit either too large, too tight or too small. You had filled in your details correctly, but with some brands offering dozens of different sizes, and the colossal variation of body sizes/types, it’s rarely easy to find the perfect fit. However, crowdsourcing may be coming to the rescue with an ingenious use of the practice. Currently in private beta is a service called…
 
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    Brand Genetics

  • Using constraints to inspire breakthrough innovation

    Tom
    3 Apr 2014 | 3:03 am
    Delta Airways has just opened it’s ‘Innovation Class’ for business. If you haven’t heard of it, Delta’s idea is that as they already fly ‘some of the smartest people in the world’, these leaders could use this time in the air to share their knowledge with an up-and-coming professional in the seat next to them. So Delta has in fact created a ‘mile high’ mentoring program – giving innovators the chance to share a few hours with leaders in the field. For us this innovation is smart because it makes great use of existing resources –…
  • Fresh beer, straight from the brewery

    Andrew Christophers
    27 Mar 2014 | 9:52 am
    Innovation often happens at the edges of categories.  So we enjoyed a recent blog post from our South East Asia traveling colleague.  He had arrived in Qingdao, on China’s east coast, the home of Tsingtao beer.  Qingdao is apparently, both literally and metaphorically, a breath of fresh air.  Its German history explains the brewery, and the birth of the Tsingtao beer brand.  But aside from the brewery tour and modern high-speed production, the highlight of the visit was fresh takeaway beer, served in unexpected plastic packs! Mimicking the appeal of fresh bread straight from the…
  • Can you tap into the growth of ‘YUMMY’ money?

    Tom
    26 Mar 2014 | 5:47 am
    The world is going crazy for the latest neologism – the YUMMY (Young, Urban Males). This new (frankly horrible) term, coined by HSBC analysts in a recent report, disguises a fascinating trend: the potential of this new, more mainstream version of the ‘metro-sexual’  to reshape the $1 trillion luxury market landscape. Global luxury sales look set grow between 8 – 9% this year, more than expected and helped in large part by the rise of young luxe-hungry males. This ‘Menaissance’ (they don’t get any better do they!) has been happening for a little…
  • Made to Stick: Why Some Ideas Survive and Others Die [Speed Summary]

    Paul Marsden
    25 Mar 2014 | 11:25 am
    Made to Stick: Why Some Ideas Survive and Others Die  Author: Chip Heath and Dan Heath Publisher: Random House Publication: 2007 What makes an idea psychologically sticky? The answer is SUCCESs. Made to Stick distills years of research and communication science into an easy-to-remember mnemonic and blueprint for creating ‘sticky ideas’; ideas that get understood, remembered and that change something – minds or behaviours. And in doing so, authors Chip and Dan Heath offer an evidence-led deep-dive into the murky middle section of Malcolm Gladwell’s hit on how hits…
  • Harness the Power of Time Travel for Innovation Success

    Tom
    25 Mar 2014 | 5:40 am
    We’ve been enjoying Bob Sutton and Huggy Rao’s new book, ‘Scaling Up Excellence‘ and particularly liked a simple, but powerful exercise it outlines called the ‘pre-mortem’ – which we believe can help guide innovation success. The pre-mortem has the honour of being Daniel Kahneman’s favourite approach to making better decisions, though it was developed by psychologist Gary Klein. It harnesses the power of mental time-travel to break people’s natural bias towards overestimating the chances that good things will happen to them and underestimating the…
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    AmyK International

  • 5 “Next” Practices for a Culture of Innovation

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

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

    AmyK
    21 Nov 2013 | 9:20 am
    AmyK – the next Godaddy girl?! LOL. Last Friday night former Philadelphia Eagle QB, Donovan McNabb, in his guest role as a panelist on “Fox Sports Live,” enraged NASCAR fans everywhere when he said Jimmie Johnson was absolutely not an athlete. “Do I think he’s an athlete? Absolutely not. He sits in a car and he drives. That’s not athletic…. What athletically is he doing?” McNabb asked, as the panelists discussed the most dominant athletes in sports. In addition to surprising his host and fellow panelists, McNabb managed to burn more than a few tires in the NASCAR…
  • Ask AmyK – Your Questions Answered

    AmyK
    19 Nov 2013 | 3:12 pm
    Dear AmyK, Is it possible to teach people how to think? I have a lot of smart people on my team that seem to make the dumbest decisions. Signed, Confounded Dear Confounded, Everyone thinks, the real problem is that much of our thinking is biased, distorted, partial, uninformed or down-right myopic and thus tragically flawed. Yet the quality of our life, from the decisions we make to the actions we take depends precisely on the quality of our thought. Sloppy thinking is costly, both in money and in quality of life. Excellence in thought, however, must and can be nurtured. The question is, How?
  • Are You Edgy Enough?!

    AmyK
    8 Oct 2013 | 4:44 pm
    What does it take to lead a $6.2 billion dollar health organization with 3,000 physicians, 40,000 caregivers and rank in the top 3 among healthcare systems in the U.S.? You might be surprised to learn that the answer is the opposite of what we’ve been told great leaders do. Founded in 1921, and now with more than 5.1 million patient visits per year, the Cleveland Clinic is considered a premier institution for advancing healthcare, pioneering research and modeling what it means to serve communities both local and global. Recently, we had the privilege of hearing their Executive Learning…
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    Brilliant IdeasBrilliant Ideas

  • Disruptors eventually become susceptible to disruption

    Michael
    11 Apr 2014 | 4:59 am
    It’s hard to talk about Innovation without talking about disruption and there is perhaps no better example of this than the music business. The digital music revolution – the transition from the business of selling music on physical storage like CDs (and if you are of my generation, cassettes and vinyl records) to data downloads has been well documented. Arguably Apple’s iTunes store was their greatest and most disruptive innovation to date. It’s also become a salutary lesson in how the disruptors eventually become susceptible to disruption. Downloads from iTunes have…
  • Brilliant Idea #122. Pot bot

    Michael
    9 Apr 2014 | 5:51 am
    Potholes in the road are a huge problem. The economics of mending them mean however that the potholes that get fixed are the largest most destructive ones. Large potholes almost always start life as small holes or fissures in the road that gradually grow. Brilliant Idea #122 is a robotic machine that identifies small holes and cracks, drills the hole, sucks out and loose material and fills the hole with liquid asphalt, therefore repairing it before the pothole grows and becomes dangerous. Potbot could work independently, and if not, with a one man operator, and is designed to work at night so…
  • Innovation inspiration of the day

    Michael
    1 Apr 2014 | 6:56 am
    The post Innovation inspiration of the day appeared first on Brilliant Ideas.
  • Innovation Inspiration of the day

    Michael
    19 Mar 2014 | 3:55 am
    Thanks to  https://plus.google.com/u/0/+HuibKamps/posts The post Innovation Inspiration of the day appeared first on Brilliant Ideas.
  • Brilliant Idea #105. Classic works of literature via Social Media

    Michael
    17 Mar 2014 | 4:37 am
    If, like me, you wish you had read the greats of literature but find it hard to find time, then Brilliant Idea #105 is for you. It’s classic works of literature, serialised into ‘snippets’ and delivered daily via social media sites like facebook and google+. Brilliant. The post Brilliant Idea #105. Classic works of literature via Social Media appeared first on Brilliant Ideas.
 
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    Destination Innovation

  • Why You Should Encourage Dissent

    admin
    19 Apr 2014 | 3:46 am
    The innovative organization had an atmosphere of constructive dissent. Anyone can challenge anything. The more sacred the cow, the more likely it is to be sacrificed. The conventional leader of years gone by who ruled by command and control is unsuited to a fast moving entrepreneurial environment. They may be decisive and dynamic but ultimately their reluctance to let go and to allow challenge will limit the motivation of people and the growth of the business. What you need to encourage is not a lack of respect but a lack of deference. In the modern innovative organization leaders need to…
  • Five Reasons why CEOs and their Companies Crash

    admin
    9 Apr 2014 | 9:38 am
    Failure is a natural part of the capitalist system of business. Less effective firms are supplanted by innovative competitors who can better meet customers’ needs. Unfortunately however, it must be admitted that many companies fail not because of superior competitors but because their leaders make egregious errors. Here are five key reasons (CRASH) why CEOs and their businesses crash and burn. 1. Complacency. Success can be the enemy of innovation and the ally of complacency. Why should we change a successful formula? Our customers like our products and we are profitable so why rock the…
  • Why Innovators do not trust Experts

    admin
    29 Mar 2014 | 4:46 am
    Mark Twain said, ‘It is not what we don’t know that gets us into trouble; it is what we think we know for sure.’ The things we are certain of are the most dangerous assumptions we hold. That is why great innovators do not trust experts, or theories, or spreadsheets or models. They trust experimentation and empirical results. Paul Sloane speaking at the Like Minds Conference
  • Get Rid of the Cynics

    admin
    28 Mar 2014 | 4:35 am
    You don’t want happy people working for you – you want passionate people.  You want people who share in the vision and believe that the goals of the organisation justify extraordinary efforts.  Passion, belief and enthusiasm are great qualities – especially if they are allied with constructive dissent.  The ideal companions on your journey want to achieve the same ends as you but they are prepared to challenge your views and to suggest better ways to do things. However, in most teams there is a mixture ranging from the enthusiastic to the neutral through to the negative and…
  • When it comes to Innovation you can either be the Diner or the Dinner

    admin
    25 Mar 2014 | 10:59 am
    Innovation gives you a choice.  You can either ride with the change and benefit or oppose the change and be run over.   A recent Reuters report describes how taxi drivers in Milan, Chicago and Paris are vigorously opposing the use of the Uber service – a mobile app that allows users to summon a chauffeured car.  It bypasses one of the best established of closed shops.  In places like Milan taxi permits are handed down from father to son or sold for six figure sums.  The unions want to jealously guard their privileges but history tells us that they are fighting a lost cause.  The…
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