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  • Ten Easy Ways to Make Your Pitch Rock!

    Guy Kawasaki
    Guy Kawasaki
    14 Apr 2015 | 5:18 pm
    My time-tested, battle-hardened best tips to help you create the best presentations possible. If you feel the need to be creative, do it in your product design, not your pitch. This post is a tiny part of Guy Kawasaki’s latest book, The Art of the Start 2.0. Read it and reap… The post Ten Easy Ways to Make Your Pitch Rock! appeared first on Guy Kawasaki.
  • The Art of Strategic Observation

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

    Innovation Excellence
    Kevin McFarthing
    19 Apr 2015 | 5:00 am
    It is generally accepted that innovation involves risk.  In the more enlightened organizations it is also clear that failure should be accepted as a consequence of playing the innovation game.  It’s a bit like sport.  You can’t win all the time, but it doesn’t mean that you change the whole team if you lose one game.  Equally, embracing failure is going too far. Of course there are caveats; quite often everybody does most things right in the right way and the right decisions are taken at the right time, but the innovation doesn’t work for reasons outside the company’s control. …
  • Work: Making Mondays Joyful by Design

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    IDEO
    3 Apr 2015 | 12:48 pm
  • Live Web Event: Captivating your Open Innovation Crowd

    Innovation Management
    InnovationManagement.se
    15 Apr 2015 | 9:48 pm
    Join this live IM Channel One web event on May 6, 2015 to explore the topic of Open Innovation and to learn from industry leaders such as Siemens and Citi Bank, about how to create engaging experiences, to manage IP issues and how to harness your results.
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    Guy Kawasaki

  • Ten Easy Ways to Make Your Pitch Rock!

    Guy Kawasaki
    14 Apr 2015 | 5:18 pm
    My time-tested, battle-hardened best tips to help you create the best presentations possible. If you feel the need to be creative, do it in your product design, not your pitch. This post is a tiny part of Guy Kawasaki’s latest book, The Art of the Start 2.0. Read it and reap… The post Ten Easy Ways to Make Your Pitch Rock! appeared first on Guy Kawasaki.
  • How to Spread the Word When Information Flows Faster Than Clout

    Guy Kawasaki
    13 Apr 2015 | 9:00 am
    In their book, Absolute Value: What Really Influences Customers In The Age of (Nearly) Perfect Information, Emanuel Rosen and Itamar Simonson explain a new approach to planting seeds to build awareness for a new product or service. Their idea is that the gradual adoption, trickle-down approach that started when Moses went to see God is less applicable today because online information is getting fast, free, and perfect. For example, people can use websites like CNET and Amazon to read reviews hours after a product’s introduction. Innovators, early adopters, and early majority users can…
  • Photos from my first trip to Yosemite

    Guy Kawasaki
    13 Apr 2015 | 8:02 am
    I’ve lived in California for forty years, and I have never visited Yosemite until last week. Wow, I was missing so much. The epic nature of the park is mind boggling. Here are pictures from my visit. Don’t be a fool like me: visit Yosemite as soon as you can! (Photographed with a Sony A7 II, courtesy of my friends at Sony.) The post Photos from my first trip to Yosemite appeared first on Guy Kawasaki.
  • How to Manage Your Board

    Guy Kawasaki
    6 Apr 2015 | 12:18 pm
    The art of board management is a skill that you need to master because it can mean your survival and at least greater leeway in managing your startup. The first issue is deciding when you need a board. If you take outside investment, then you will have to create a board because your investors will want a say in how you manage the company. Even if they don’t, you should create a board when you accept other people’s money in order to establish high fiduciary standards. The second issue is the composition of the board. Your major investors will require a board seat, so some choices are made…
  • How to Be a Demo God

    Guy Kawasaki
    30 Mar 2015 | 7:45 am
    Several times a year a group of executives from startups do a six-minute demo of their products to an audience of venture capitalists, analysts, and journalists. This name of the event is, logically, DEMO. It’s a great occasion—especially if you understand the dance that’s going on: Entrepreneurs acting as if they don’t need venture capital, and venture capitalists acting as if they don’t need entrepreneurs. (This is like acting prudish in a brothel.) This post is for anyone who has to give a good demo, whether at DEMO or anywhere else. Demoing is an essential skill to launch a…
 
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  • The Art of Strategic Observation

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

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

    Matt
    17 Mar 2015 | 6:56 am
    Over at HBR blogs, there is a wonderful debate on the subject of strategy between Roger Martin, who authored the post Stop Distinguishing Between Strategy and Execution, and Don Sull, an MIT scholar who believes there’s a meaningful distinction between strategy and execution.Normally, I don’t bother looking at comments to blogs because in today’s social media-driven world they generally add little if any valuable insight. At their best vanity metrics for the hosts (thumbs-up, likes, etc), and at worst they are simply a means for commenters to plug themselves (take a gander…
  • The Art of the Start 2.0: Interview With Guy Kawasaki

    Matt
    12 Mar 2015 | 5:51 pm
    Coming from an author, you may find this strange: I have very few hardcover books adorning my office library any more. I’ve become an e-reader. The only books I keep are signed editions…they are meaningful gifts, and I’d never dream of donating them to my local library the way I have with all the others.I have more signed Guy Kawasaki editions than I have from any other author, a testament to how prolific he is. But of all the bestsellers he’s penned, his 2004 The Art of the Start is my all-time favorite. It’s dog-eared, highlighted, and Post-It Noted all…
  • State Your Strategy In A Sentence

    Matt
    10 Mar 2015 | 6:12 pm
    Lately I’ve become fond of asking a deceptively simple question of senior leaders: “What’s your strategy?”I ask it in a rather informal and nonchalant way, then brace myself to hear something that rarely answers my question. On one end of the spectrum, I get a medley of purpose, vision, and mission-like responses. On the other end I get blank stares, shoulder shrugs, and head scratches. Somewhere in the middle I’ll get a response akin to either “we have a detailed strategic plan” or “we don’t really have a strategy.”Rarely do I get a…
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    Innovation Excellence

  • Don’t Fail with Innovation Failure

    Kevin McFarthing
    19 Apr 2015 | 5:00 am
    It is generally accepted that innovation involves risk.  In the more enlightened organizations it is also clear that failure should be accepted as a consequence of playing the innovation game.  It’s a bit like sport.  You can’t win all the time, but it doesn’t mean that you change the whole team if you lose one game.  Equally, embracing failure is going too far. Of course there are caveats; quite often everybody does most things right in the right way and the right decisions are taken at the right time, but the innovation doesn’t work for reasons outside the company’s control. …
  • Best Motivational Quotes to Inspire

    Innovation Excellence
    18 Apr 2015 | 11:00 am
    Motivational quotes can trigger the invisible push buttons inside the human mind that unleash immense positive energy. These motivational quotes have been worded by the most experienced and successful entrepreneurs, sportspeople, social workers, politicians, and war veterans from the world, each quote a brook of inspiration, a river of knowledge, and an ocean of motivation. Continue reading →
  • The One Secret You Should Tell Employees

    Holly G Green
    18 Apr 2015 | 8:00 am
    The secret to winning in business is to make sure winning isn’t a secret. Try these tips for keeping your vision of winning alive in your organization. Continue reading →
  • When It Comes to Innovation, Spontaneity Beats Structure

    Kevin Daly
    18 Apr 2015 | 5:00 am
    Kevin Daly, Chief Commercial Officer at Nielsen, explains how business practices best enable innovation. Continue reading →
  • Change Your Questions, Change the World

    Janet Sernack
    17 Apr 2015 | 8:00 am
    Janet Sernack discusses what a disruptive question is, and why are they one of the most critical levers for creating the safe space for innovation. Continue reading →
 
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    IDEO

  • Work: Making Mondays Joyful by Design

    IDEO
    3 Apr 2015 | 12:48 pm
  • Articles: Redesigning Death

    IDEO
    19 Mar 2015 | 1:51 pm
    California Sunday Magazine profiles Paul Bennett and IDEO’s work with BJ Miller and Zen Hospice on redesigning the end of life experience.
  • Events: Introducing IDEO U: IDEO’s online learning school!

    IDEO
    16 Mar 2015 | 9:25 am
    IDEO U, IDEO’s online school where leaders learn to unlock their creative potential, launched today. The first course, Insights for Innovation, taught by Jane Fulton Suri and Coe Leta Stafford is now open for enrollment and begins March 23rd. For more, read here.
  • Work: Holiday Inn Express Europe for IHG

    IDEO
    12 Mar 2015 | 10:11 am
    Whether it’s the receptionist’s smile when you check-in, the tasty snack at the bar, the thoughtfully-designed lobby, or an easy-to-use mobile app, every detail of a hotel plays a part in how much you enjoy your stay. A hotel room is no longer just a place to sleep. This investment in guest insight and innovation is enabling us to stay ahead of the game.Mike Greenup, Vice President, Brand Management, Holiday Inn Brand Family, Europe To that end, multinational hotel company IHG asked IDEO to revamp its Holiday Inn Express brand in Europe—everything from public spaces, to food and…
  • Articles: Fast Company on Holiday Inn Express Europe

    IDEO
    11 Mar 2015 | 11:47 am
    Fast Company speaks to Chris Grantham about IDEO, London’s redesign of the Holiday Inn Express Europe, and prototyping to develop a more human-centered travel experience.
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    Innovation Management

  • Live Web Event: Captivating your Open Innovation Crowd

    InnovationManagement.se
    15 Apr 2015 | 9:48 pm
    Join this live IM Channel One web event on May 6, 2015 to explore the topic of Open Innovation and to learn from industry leaders such as Siemens and Citi Bank, about how to create engaging experiences, to manage IP issues and how to harness your results.
  • Innovation Stakeholder Management: Gain Success From My Failure

    Anthony Ferrier
    15 Apr 2015 | 3:32 am
    In the second article on innovation stakeholder management, Anthony Ferrier focuses on two examples where he tried to generate broad support for innovation efforts with varying degrees of success. The lessons learned from these experiences provide insights for practitioners to successfully navigate stakeholder relations.
  • Strong Businesses Need Strong Recognition Programs

    JP George
    13 Apr 2015 | 11:48 pm
    It is the duty of management to ensure that the human capital they are responsible for are working productively. Appropriate recognition of excellent work by employees is a huge part of having a happy and productive workforce with less turnover. If employees are starting to work less efficiently, it may be time to reinvent management practices to rejuvenate your company culture.
  • Construir uma Incubadora / Aceleradora Corporativa Eficaz: Uma Nova Abordagem

    Tradução por Filipe Costa
    13 Apr 2015 | 10:56 pm
    Com tanto foco na criação de incubadoras e aceleradoras de inovação corporativa, mais atenção deve ser dada à manutenção de conexões efetivas de funcionários de volta nas unidades de negócios que apoiarão as ideias recém-formadas.
  • Game-changing Innovations are Right in Front of You, So Why Don’t You See Them?

    Evan Shellshear
    12 Apr 2015 | 10:48 pm
    Your greatest innovation opportunity may be right in front of you. The problem is you don’t see it. Every day for the last decade of your life this problem has annoyed and frustrated you. Its solution is worth billions of dollars and would open up a totally new market. The problem is, like the millions of other people who have this problem, you don’t think of it as a problem anymore. You’ve been desensitized. You’ve lost your ability to innovate because of something called habituation.
 
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    Gregg Fraley

  • Three Sad Innovation Lessons From Radio Shack

    GREGG FRALEY
    9 Apr 2015 | 12:04 pm
    Keep Punching, Stay True to Yourself and Trends, Make Things The demise of Radio Shack., it’s depressing. Much like Kodak you read the history of events and can point to several ideas not done that could have saved them. You can also point to many ideas they tried that were clearly the wrong bets. Hindsight is better than foresight, but still, if they’d stuck to their original values they might have survived. Radio Shack substituted short sighted management tactics for real innovation and invention and that’s ultimately what killed them. They lost the sense of who they were…
  • “Open For Business” is a Promise Made

    GREGG FRALEY
    27 Mar 2015 | 5:48 pm
    Open for Business  It’s a real joy when a business opens its doors for the first time. “Open for Business” sounds and feels like hope and possibility to me. Starting a new business is where creativity blossoms and where innovation is made real. You’ve created something and you want to deliver that value for a fair payment in return. That’s what an entrepreneur does. Why would the government put anything in the way of a win-win business transaction? The law recently passed in Indiana (Religious Freedom Restoration Act) is being fiercely debated. I really…
  • The Flaming Lips and Economic Development

    GREGG FRALEY
    13 Mar 2015 | 10:21 am
    Consider Attending the Creativity World Forum 2015 As many of you know I’ve participated in the annual State of Creativity Forum in Oklahoma for several years. I’ve written here previously about how effective their model is in getting broad-based involvement, participation, and attendance. This is arguably the most successful creativity conference in the world right now. Those interested in the creativity and innovation field should attend Creativity World Forum 2015 if at all possible. It’s affordable, the content is superb, and it’s a great networking opportunity.
  • Baby Steps To Breakthrough In Regional Economic Development

    GREGG FRALEY
    5 Mar 2015 | 7:51 am
    Creativity, Innovation, and Economic Development — Embracing the Challenge Better Questions Means Better Answers for Regional Economic Development It’s about Attitudes, Projects, and Baby Steps Economic Development is important and challenging work. Having just interviewed players in this field and surveyed some regional initiatives — it’s clear that innovative work is being done in regional economic development — by some. I suspect that many in the field find the economic development challenge overwhelming. A bit like the Bob character in What about Bob,…
  • Seven Essentials of an Effective Innovation Project Manager

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

  • Susan Gregg Koger: Being a Rookie Is an Asset

    Bulldog Drummond
    13 Apr 2015 | 8:37 am
    Forget trying to “fake it until you make it.” Instead admit (and embrace) being a total newbie.
  • Uncommon Tips For Life

    Bulldog Drummond
    13 Apr 2015 | 8:37 am
    So often people over-complicate things. Here’s a few uncommon tips for life and business. Refreshingly honest, relevant and act as a swift kick in the bum to do more and be more.  
  • You think you know yourself? Think again.

    Bulldog Drummond
    13 Apr 2015 | 8:25 am
  • BULLDOG DESIGNS: BE HEARD

    Bulldog Drummond
    13 Apr 2015 | 8:16 am
    Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram are all revolutionary when it comes to how people share and connect with others. And news sources, media outlets and sports streams make it easier than ever to get the latest updates. But connecting with a feed that targets each user’s specific preference has been virtually unheard of—until now. There’s a lack of personal privacy within social media because companies often sell personal information unbeknownst to their users, as Dave Vronay, founder and CEO of eweware, mentions here. So he was determined to find a better way for people to consume online…
  • Find meaning in all that you do.

    Bulldog Drummond
    13 Apr 2015 | 8:02 am
     
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    The Heart of Innovation

  • 20 Things to Remember If You Love a Highly Creative Person

    17 Apr 2015 | 5:40 pm
    Good list of reminders for you if you love a highly creative person Idea Champions
  • Why You Need to Ask Why

    11 Apr 2015 | 7:41 pm
    Some years ago, there was a big problem at one of America's most treasured monuments -- the Jefferson Memorial in Washington, DC. Simply put, birds -- in huge numbers -- were pooping all over it, which made visiting the place a very unpleasant experience. Attempts to remedy the situation caused even bigger problems, since the harsh cleaning detergents being used were damaging the memorial. Fortunately, some of the National Parks managers assigned to the case began asking WHY -- as in "Why was the Jefferson Memorial so much more of a target for birds than any of the other memorials?"
  • The Four Lenses of Innovation

    10 Apr 2015 | 1:09 pm
    A wonderful new book on innovation, by Rowan Gibson, THE FOUR LENSES OF INNOVATION: A Power Tool for Creative Thinking, has recently been published by Wiley. Rowan Gibson is the real deal -- a lucid, passionate, creative thought leader in the field of innovation. If you are looking for a simple way to cut through a lot of the ho hum mumbo jumbo about innovation, this book is for you. Wiley Press announcement Available on Amazon
  • The 8 Dimensions of a Brainstorm Session

    8 Apr 2015 | 11:17 pm
    Most people think brainstorming sessions are all about ideas -- much in the same way Wall Street bankers think life is all about money. While ideas are certainly a big part of brainstorming, they are only a part. People who rush into a brainstorming session starving for new ideas will miss the boat (and the train, car, and unicycle) completely unless they tune into the some other important dynamics that are also at play: 1. INVESTIGATION: If you want your brainstorming sessions to be effective, you'll need to do some investigating before hand. Get curious. Ask questions. Dig deeper. The more…
  • 100 Reasons Why You Definitely Won't Read This Blog Posting

    8 Apr 2015 | 3:06 pm
    I know you have no time. YOU know you have no time. I know you're not gonna do anything you don't wanna do. YOU know you're not gonna do anything you don't wanna do. We both know you're not going to read this blog post. It's too long and you have more important things to do. What follows are 100 other reasons why you won't read it.
 
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    Innovate on Purpose

  • Sprinkling innovation responsibility like pixie dust

    Jeffrey Phillips
    15 Apr 2015 | 6:05 am
    There's a fundamental problem in many corporations that keeps innovation from constantly delivering valuable results.  The challenge probably isn't what you imagine.  While many of us in the innovation space will point at a lack of tools, a lack of innovation experience, low expectations and significant risk barriers as challenges for innovation, along with a lack of resources and inadequate planning and funding, those to some extent can be overcome. In fact these are all frequently overcome when an executive really needs, demands a new product and prioritizes innovation over the…
  • Fast innovation often leads to furious outcomes

    Jeffrey Phillips
    14 Apr 2015 | 6:10 am
    Today, inspired by the Fast and Furious movies, I thought I'd write about the appropriate speed for innovation.  One doesn't have to have the arms of the Rock, or the brains of Vin Diesel, to see that most innovation is attempted at the wrong speed.  And, much like Goldilocks and the Three Bears, there are speeds that are too fast, too slow and "just right".  One more literary allusion and I hit the trifecta!Speed and its relationship to innovationWhat does speed have to do with innovation anyway?  As regular readers of this blog will not doubt remember, there is a market…
  • If you fail to forget, you'll fail to innovate

    Jeffrey Phillips
    8 Apr 2015 | 8:13 am
    I'm happy to report that I've forgotten a lot about innovation.  In fact I make it a regular practice to try to forget what I know.  After over a decade of focus in the innovation space, forgetting isn't always easy, although as a I grow older I think I'll have the opportunity to forget more frequently and perhaps without trying.  If all of this forgetting seems counter-intuitive, please continue to read on.  If this forgetting seems natural, then perhaps you've reached the zenith of innovation nirvana.  And if you are just confused, or have already forgotten why I…
  • Innovation is like societal change

    Jeffrey Phillips
    6 Apr 2015 | 8:00 am
    It occurred to me over the weekend that a lot of the sturm und drang around innovation is very similar to the resistance and issues that arise around social change.  As people we are, for the most part, conservative, willing to accept the established norms rather than face the uncertainty of change.  Is a major innovation in a technical setting all that different from a major societal change?  I think perhaps Gandhi could be a model for how we think about innovation and most importantly, how we anticipate the changes innovation introduces and how we adapt to them.First they…
  • Double Down, Explode, Bridge and Breakout: The innovation options

    Jeffrey Phillips
    31 Mar 2015 | 6:53 am
    For quite a while now, the words and phrases we use when we talk about innovation have bothered me.  To some extent that's because the language is too inexact, and in other cases the words have been appropriated or misused.  In many companies any new product is labeled "innovation", regardless if it is actually innovative or not.  Further, innovation is a word that encompasses so many activities and purposes that it becomes almost meaningless.  It is an umbrella term for a lot of different techniques, deliverables and activities, and therefore has little meaning.We can do…
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    Scott Berkun

  • How to Ignore Pessimistic Family and Friends

    Scott Berkun
    7 Apr 2015 | 11:10 am
    [Every Tuesday I write about the top voted question on Ask Berkun. This week’s question is from Gord, with 39 votes] How can dreamers and young entrepreneurs ignore pessimistic family and friends? Many dreams get snuffed when friends and family are wildly unsupportive. The awkward dinner chats are anything but helpful when your life’s vision means not becoming a dutiful employee. Negative voices don’t sound as loud when they’re not the only voices you hear. Of the people you know, one will be more supportive than the others and it’s your job to figure out who that…
  • Irreverent Roundup of Writing Advice (Q&A)

    Scott Berkun
    31 Mar 2015 | 9:48 am
    [Every Tuesday I write about the top voted question on Ask Berkun. This week it’s a roundup of unanswered questions about writing] 1. I have been writing a book for 12 years, it is a fantastic story of fiction that grabs you from the beginning and is relatable to almost everyone. I have the beginning the middle and the climax, i have characters, names, sub plots and actually very good characters that you care about and cant wait to turn the next page. My problem dialogue. I have the words but the grammar and punctuation is a problem. Is there a ghost writer who could polish the dialogue…
  • What Questions Never Leave You?

    Scott Berkun
    24 Mar 2015 | 5:00 am
    [Each Tuesday I take the top voted question from readers and answer it (submit yours here).  With 119 votes, this week’s winner was submitted by Max] To answer the question about what questions never leave me I skimmed through my journal. My journal is a secret weapon in life. Few people keep them anymore and I don’t understand why. A diary is a time travel device. It lets you jump back in time and see what you truly thought in the past, which is very different than what you believe you thought. By reading a journal you discover hidden patterns in your thoughts and feelings you…
  • Starting Today: Berkun Book Club / Making Things Happen

    Scott Berkun
    9 Mar 2015 | 1:08 pm
    One of my most popular books, Making Things Happen, was published 10 years ago. Originally titled The Art of Project Management, this very popular book on leading and managing projects started my career as an author. I’m grateful to still be writing books with enough success to write about many subjects. To celebrate I’m rereading the book and I’m inviting you to read it with me. When: It starts TODAY March 9th, and you can sign up here. Where: On goodreads. But live Q&As will be hosted elsewhere. Each week we’ll cover a two chapters, you can ask questions…
  • How To Write A Memoir

    Scott Berkun
    5 Mar 2015 | 11:50 am
    Yesterday I did a live Q&A about How To Write A Memoir. It was a reward for the backers of my most recent book, The Ghost of My Father (the story of my relationship with my father, my family and myself). In writing the book I learned much I wanted to share that couldn’t be in the book. Thanks to everyone who tuned in and asked questions (and helped me keep the lights on). As promised here’s the list of answers. 1. The two truths of writing anything There are only two things you need to write any kind of book. Good habits. Books take time to write which means your success…
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  • Encourage Innovation by Celebrating Success

    Paul Sloane
    9 Apr 2015 | 12:39 pm
    When you have a successful innovation be sure to broadcast the fact. Track the source of the original idea that led to the innovation. It may have come from a brainstorm, a suggestion scheme item, an idea event or some other source and the originator may have been an individual or a team. In any event, if the contributor is agreeable, make a big fuss. Draw up a story about the innovation and place it in internal and external media. Put it on your intranet and if appropriate on your main website. Place it in the trade press – they are usually hungry for stories and a good press release…
  • Crowdfund your New Product Development

    Paul Sloane
    30 Mar 2015 | 2:27 am
    Threadless is well known as an example of crowdsourcing new product design.  This fast-growing T shirt company asks its user community to submit designs for new T shirts.  Designers from around the world submit designs which are often edgy, cool and topical.  The company then asks users to vote on the designs.  Threadless manufacturers the most popular items and (not suprisingly) they sell well.  The original designer gets some small monetary reward and his or her name on the label.  Threadless now makes sweaters, hoodies and phone cases on a similar basis. A similar but different model…
  • 20 Cognitive Biases that hinder innovation

    Paul Sloane
    27 Mar 2015 | 3:19 am
    Here is a great list of 20 cognitive biases which are common faults in our ways of thinking. They hinder rational analysis and lead to bad decisions. 20 Cognitive Biases I am reminded of the quote; Since I learnt about confirmation bias I keep seeing examples of it everywhere. Paul Sloane Share
  • Use Shiritori instead of Data

    Paul Sloane
    17 Mar 2015 | 3:26 am
    Shimpei Takahashi is a Japanese innovator and inventor of new toys.  In this TedX talk he recommends disregarding data analysis when developing new products.  Instead he suggests using random words to generate novel ideas and combinations.  In particular he recommends using a method called Shiritori where you generate a list of words where the last letter of one word is used as the first letter in the next word. Paul Sloane Share
  • Dishonesty prompts Creativity – so how can we use it?

    Paul Sloane
    15 Mar 2015 | 6:33 am
    Francesca Gino of Harvard Business School and Scott Wiltermuth of Marshal Business School published a paper which proposes that dishonesty leads to creativity. Their report states that, ‘dishonesty and creativity have something in common; they both involve breaking rules. Because of this shared feature, creativity may lead to dishonesty and dishonesty may lead to creativity.’ They tested this hypothesis with a series of five experiments. Gino and Wiltermuth found that those people who cheated in one test were subsequently more creative than non-cheaters, even when they accounted for…
 
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    Stephen Shapiro

  • Stories not Scoring

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

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

    shapiro
    26 Mar 2015 | 2:50 pm
    The post Stephen Shapiro’s Innovation Philosophy appeared first on Stephen Shapiro.
  • The Uberization of Everything

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

    sshapiro
    25 Feb 2015 | 11:00 pm
    I don’t have many vices. But I’ll admit that I do enjoy a Diet Coke from time-to-time. And my latest hedonistic pleasure is Diet Coke blended with orange soda. The cola/orange blend isn’t something I ever “make” on my own. I could buy a bottle of diet coke and a bottle ... The post The Soft Drink Printing Machine appeared first on Stephen Shapiro.
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  • Orange County Roof Inspection - Finding Quality Providers

    Sanjay Dalal
    6 Apr 2015 | 9:48 am
    How to find a qualified Orange County Roof Inspection company?When you do a Google, Yahoo or Bing search for "Orange County Roof Inspection", the results show sponsors who are willing to advertise for this keyword combination, and the roof inspectors who have done a good job of getting their website ranked on the first two pages of these search engines. How can a new home buyer or home seller, real estate agent, real estate broker, or an insurance agent be reasonably confident that any of these companies are great, trustworthy and provide excellent service? The job of finding a reputable and…
  • Warren Buffett $100 Billion Colossal Mistake

    Sanjay Dalal
    5 Apr 2015 | 6:32 pm
    Warren Buffett, Chairman and CEO of Berkshire Hathaway, has inspired many investors and leaders alike over the last fifty plus years. Besides his investment acumen, I love his uncommon business sense, humility, humor, optimism and a healthy dose of candor. He isn't one to shy away from voicing his two cents and giving direct advice. I am always looking forward to reading his legendary annual letters and when I am too busy, I still end up reading the synopsis. Washington Post has provided a concise overview of the 2014 Buffett annual letter, which has so many key points on what makes great…
  • Anaheim Solar Power Rebates Available in May 2015

    Sanjay Dalal
    31 Mar 2015 | 2:00 pm
    Anaheim Public Utilities is providing rebates for solar power panels in May 2015Are you tired of paying too much for your electricity bills? Are you looking to go solar, but not sure how to get started? Now is the time to install Solar Panels and Solar Power Systems for your home or business in Anaheim, California. A well-designed solar system can cut your electricity bills in half or more. Best of all, solar systems pay for themselves within five years, and keep on powering your home or office for 25 plus years. Imagine all the savings you can have, and the feeling of pride that you are…
  • Los Angeles Roof Inspection - Finding the best provider

    Sanjay Dalal
    17 Mar 2015 | 1:26 am
    How to find a qualified Los Angeles Roof Inspection company?When you do a Google, Yahoo or Bing search for "Los Angeles Roof Inspection", the results show sponsors who are willing to advertise for this keyword combination, and the roof inspectors who have done a good job of getting their website ranked on the first two pages of these search engines.How can a home buyer or home seller, real estate agent, real estate broker, or an insurance agent be reasonably confident that any of these companies are great, trustworthy and provide excellent service? The job of finding a reputable and reliable…
  • Solar Roof Solar Energy partner in Orange County, California

    Sanjay Dalal
    7 Feb 2015 | 11:10 pm
    Are you paying too much for electricity every month in Orange County? Do you need an affordable energy alternative which can cut your electricity bill in half or even more? The more electricity you use, the more solar energy powered by solar roof can help you. It's time you consider installing solar panels on your roof!Here are 9 reasons to go solar in 2015:1. Utility prices are increasing rapidly each year in Orange County. Who enjoys paying higher electricity bill every month? Say Hello to Freedom from electricity bills! 2. Solar equipment prices are falling each year. This means…
 
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  • Inclusive Prosperity Without the Prosperity: Limits of the “Middle-Out” Strategy

    akey
    13 May 2015 | 6:00 am
    Enable Registration To grow or to redistribute, that is a question up for debate as we head into the 2016 presidential campaign.  Many are urging the next Democratic standard bearer to embrace the latter—redistribution and fairness framed as a “middle-out” strategy—as not only the right political strategy but the right economic strategy.  Emblematic of this is the recent “Report of the Commission on Inclusive Prosperity,” issued by the Center for American Progress.  The report lays out a narrative that has become the received economic wisdom for many Democrats: that…
  • The Future Postponed

    akey
    27 Apr 2015 | 6:00 am
    off http://dc.mit.edu/innovation-deficit/event However you measure it, federal investment in research and development is in steep decline. As a share of the government’s budget, this year’s outlays will be the lowest since 1968, while as a share of the country’s economy this year’s figure will be $100 billion lower than the equivalent amount in 1983. A new study from MIT documents the consequences of this underinvestment. It provides numerous, tangible examples of missed opportunities to advance the frontiers of science, and it underscores the stakes for U.S. leadership in advanced…
  • Two to the 25th: 50 Years of Moore’s Law

    akey
    15 Apr 2015 | 9:00 pm
    Could Moore’s Law be dead?
  • ITIF Commends Introduction of TPA Legislation

    akey
    15 Apr 2015 | 9:00 pm
  • How Turkey Can Turn Around its Economy

    akey
    15 Apr 2015 | 9:00 pm
    A key to growth is a healthy innovation ecosystem.
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  • A Way to Get Much-Higher-Resolution Selfies

    16 Apr 2015 | 9:00 pm
    A startup called Light uses a cluster of small camera modules to create top-notch photos. First stop: Your smartphone.Most digital cameras are limited by a key aspect of their design: they have one lens and one image sensor. Light hits the lens and is directed at the sensor to produce a picture. A photography startup called Light is not making most digital cameras, though.
  • Lake Kivu’s Great Gas Gamble

    15 Apr 2015 | 9:00 pm
    In a first-of-its-kind endeavor, electricity-starved Rwanda and the Democratic Republic of Congo are trying to get power from a lake—and avert catastrophe.It’s a Friday afternoon on the Rwandan side of Lake Kivu, and in what was once a quiet cove, a daring venture is taking shape.
  • Putting Technology in Its Place

    14 Apr 2015 | 9:00 pm
    Kentaro Toyama went to India with noble intentions for using technology to improve people’s lives. Now he’s wrestling with why the impact was so small.
  • A Way to Hide Corporate Data from Hackers

    14 Apr 2015 | 5:00 am
    A system that keeps data on corporate computers and mobile devices encrypted until it is viewed may help prevent breaches.Social-security and credit-card numbers frequently leak or are stolen from corporate networks—and surface on the black market. Adam Ghetti, founder of Ionic Security, says he has invented technology that could largely end the problem. His software keeps corporate data such as e-mails and documents encrypted at all times, except for when someone views it on an authorized computer or mobile device.
  • Why Zapping the Brain Helps Parkinson's Patients

    13 Apr 2015 | 11:00 am
    Deep brain stimulation could lead to a more effective, self-tuning device for Parkinson’s.Sending pulses of electricity through the brain via implanted electrodes—a procedure known as deep brain stimulation—can relieve the symptoms of Parkinson’s and other movement disorders.
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    Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs - Energy technology innovation policy

  • The Sino-Russian Rapprochement: Energy Relations in a New Era

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

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

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

    Jacqueline Tempera
    23 Mar 2015 | 5:06 am
    For Cristine Russell, a senior fellow in the Belfer Center’s Environment and Natural Resources Program (ENRP), life is turning full circle. She started her career in Washington D.C. writing about science, environment, and health issues. Now she’s on the academic side analyzing the work of her peers. She’s a female journalist, who now hosts discussions on the influence of women in science media.
  • Norberg-Bohm Fellowship Supports Research Curiosity

    Sharon Wilke
    23 Mar 2015 | 5:04 am
    Harvard Kennedy School (HKS) doctoral student Daniel Velez Lopez is researching air pollution in Mexico and whether the country is willing to pay the costs to reduce it. HKS student Jennifer Kao is interviewing academics, investors, and government officials working to generate and commercialize clean energy innovations in the United Kingdom.
 
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  • How Power Is Shifting from Corporations to Platforms

    admin
    18 Apr 2015 | 5:25 am
    It was largely during the 20th century that corporations rose to power.Private enterprises— usually run by a cadre of professional managers rather than by entrepreneurs— came to rival the reach and influence of governments, controlling massive resources that were not bound by traditional borders. Facebook Like Google Plus One Linkedin Share Button Tweet Widget Tags: powerplatformschangeGreg Satelldisruption
  • Measure Twice, Cut Once

    admin
    18 Apr 2015 | 5:10 am
    I originally wrote today's post for Intradiem. It was published on their blog on October 22, 2014.  How well do you vet any process improvements or other changes within your organization before you make them? Facebook Like Google Plus One Linkedin Share Button Tweet Widget Tags: Annette Franz Gleineickicustomer experiences
  • GetSatisfaction: the Controversy Cannot Hide the Facts

    admin
    16 Apr 2015 | 10:58 pm
    If you follow the news you know that GetSatisfaction was acquired by Sprinklr last week (link to press coverage). Facebook Like Google Plus One Linkedin Share Button Tweet Widget Tags: Esteban Kolskyonline communitiescommunity buildingsocial media management
  • The Simple Sales Booster That Almost Nobody Uses

    admin
    16 Apr 2015 | 9:18 pm
    Could one tiny line of text on a product page increase your sales? A recent A/B test published by WhichTestWon says yes. Facebook Like Google Plus One Linkedin Share Button Tweet Widget Tags: Roger Dooleyneuromarketingsellingreal time
  • Eight Most Common Marketing Mistakes That You Should Avoid Making

    admin
    16 Apr 2015 | 1:44 am
    Everyone is an expert in marketing these days. And with social media, everyone is an ad critic. Not entirely a bad thing, but as marketers you need to know how to filter the noise. People need to understand the difference between STRATEGIC MARKETING, MARKETING COMMUNICATIONS and CHANNEL MARKETING.  Facebook Like Google Plus One Linkedin Share Button Tweet Widget Tags: Idris Mooteemarketingmistakessellingadvertisingstrategy
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    Creativity Central

  • A tale of two people: The art of personal engagement

    Creativity Central
    31 Mar 2015 | 10:16 am
    A few years ago, I walked into a mega-bookstore when they were still flourishing.  I approached the information desk and started to ask about a particular book. The clerk did not gaze up. I said, “I have a question about a particular book.” He still didn’t look up – his eyes engaged with the monitor. I finally said, “I will wait.” The clerk responded, “Go ahead, I’m listening.” I finally said, “You’re listening, but you’re not engaging me, I am eye-contact guy.” When did common courtesy become less common? Fast…
  • Cage-rattling Question #44: The ultimate ban on meetings

    Creativity Central
    22 Mar 2015 | 12:50 pm
      Like the annual running of the bulls in Pamplona, each new year brings the usual article on the wastefulness of meetings in business.  This is typically followed by an article that proves with an agenda and leader, meetings can be productive. Over time these two ideas fade in the real work of work and true inertia sets in. But let's try anyway. In the Harvard Business Review, Michael Mankins wrote the astonishing results of research on one major company's time spent on executive meetings. "My colleagues and I gathered data about time use at one large company and found that…
  • MR. ROGERS, EGO AND THE NEURAL TRIPWIRE remix.

    Creativity Central
    15 Feb 2015 | 4:09 pm
      I first wrote about the Neural Tripwire and Mr. Rogers a few years ago.  I recently rewatched Mr. Rogers testimony in Congress on YouTube. It hasn't lost its power or its resonance.   Humility and business aren't frequent bedfellows but David Marcum and Steven Smith, authors of Egonomics,have made a compelling case that maybe they should be. Does your ego help or hurt you in business?   When your identity is continually fused with your ideas -- any perceived threat to your ego turns on your autonomic nervous system and you chemically you begin to hear…
  • Wishcraft: A foundational approach to ideation.

    Creativity Central
    23 Nov 2014 | 3:37 pm
    Note: 35 years ago, Barbara Sher and Annie Gottlieb coined a wonderful title for their best-selling book, Wishcraft:  How to get what you really want.  While the book's focus is self development, it was instrumental in helping me develop more effective ideation techniques. At the end of this entry, I will show you how to get a free copy of this classic. “I imagine what would happen if everyone turned their regrets into wishes, went around shouting them.”…
  • How to turn cliches into innovative thinking

    Creativity Central
    16 Nov 2014 | 3:45 pm
    I think of a cliché as a truth that’s reached its jump the shark moment.  It doesn’t mean that the cliché it isn’t true, but that it’s been so overused, we can’t discern the original truth from equally true incarnations of the idea. Identifying clichés is one of the foundational paths to disruptive innovation. In his new book Disrupt: Think the Unthinkable To Spark Transformation in Your Business, Luke Williams, shows how you can develop the habit of disruptive thinking by working through a five-stage process beginning with crafting a…
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  • Just In Case

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

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

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

    Don The Idea Guy
    20 Mar 2015 | 4:03 am
    One of the things I hear so many (too many) times from clients is that they “don’t have the time” to blog, tweet, Facebook, Instagram, YouTube, write articles, take photographs, paint, doodle, sketch, draw, shoot video… whatever it is that we’re discussing and (both) agree could make a positive difference in the public perception of their corporate and personal brands. By creating this content and putting it out into the world, they are setting themselves up to be set apart; to make a contribution; find new fans; serve their clients (and prospects) and basically…
  • The Most Important Person In The Meeting

    Don The Idea Guy
    9 Mar 2015 | 7:00 am
    Stephen Colbert was recently interviewed and asked a question about how he had honed his interview skills during his time as host of Comedy Central’s The Colbert Report. Surprisingly, his answer had little to do with watching more experienced members of the traditional press do interviews and more about his own experience when he was learning improvisational comedy: “One of the things I was taught early on is that you are not the most important person in the scene. Everybody else is.” Salespeople would do well to keep Colbert’s lesson learned in mind when when dealing with…
 
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    InnoBlog

  • When Disruption is Not an Option: Dire Straits for the Shipping Business

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

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

    kblake
    4 Mar 2015 | 10:12 am
    “You will never find them,” said a senior leader in a multibillion-dollar IT company. The “them” the leader was referring to were zombie projects: the nefarious enemies of well-intentioned innovation efforts around the globe. Zombies are projects that, for any number of reasons, fail to fulfill their promise and yet keep shuffling along, sucking up resources without any real hope of having a meaningful impact on the company’s strategy or revenue prospects. We had suggested that at least one reason why the company was struggling to successfully commercialize innovative ideas was…
  • How Singapore Became an Entrepreneurial Hub

    kblake
    26 Feb 2015 | 8:26 am
    “You are crazy.” That was the predominant sentiment I heard a little more than five years ago when I told U.S.-based venture capitalists about my plans to move my family out to Singapore to oversee Innosight’s nascent investment and incubation arm. Since I had never done venture investing before, I was trying to get advice from as many people as I could. The conversations all went pretty much the same. “Why Singapore? You’ll never find any interesting deals there.” Sure, I would respond. At the time Singapore didn’t have a sizzling start-up scene. But the conditions seemed to be…
  • Assessment: Should We Pursue This New Project?

    kblake
    17 Feb 2015 | 8:20 am
    Like aviators, experienced innovators use checklists. It’s how they make sure they haven’t left out any critical steps when assessing new ideas. This approach, described in our recent HBR article, also helps company strategists and innovation leaders evaluate investments and advise new-growth teams in a disciplined way. We’ve created this brief interactive checklist to help you vet the possibilities in your innovation pipeline. Think of a project proposal you’re considering, and answer the questions below to determine whether it’s worth pursuing. Take the assessment on Harvard…
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    Innovationedge

  • Seize the Energy!

    Cheryl Perkins
    15 Apr 2015 | 10:09 am
    I’m excited to join a panel of company leaders who want to learn about creating a culture of innovation that encourages collaboration in their communities. The Wausau Area Chamber of Commerce has invited me and my colleague Pat Clusman to speak during their Small Business Week, and our presentation is on Aprill 22. Speakers: Cheryl Perkins President & Founder, along with Patrick Clusman COO Time: 10:45 am – Check-In 11 am – Lunch Served 11:15 am – 12:30 pm – Program 12:30 pm – 1 pm – Networking Location: Holiday Inn Hotel & Suites 1000 Imperial Ave | Rothschild Cost:…
  • No room for fear

    Cheryl Perkins
    14 Apr 2015 | 3:19 am
    You’ve heard it said, “no guts, no glory?” In open innovation, there is no room for fear. Many companies today are averse to taking risks in this economy, and who can blame them?  When leaders are not willing to take risks, their corporate culture might seem “safe.” But managing risks is something we can all do well, with the right culture, systems and tools in place. I tell companies to boldly embrace disruption, especially in their existing internal processes. The goal is not to upset the applecart, but to look for more apples, in new talents, technologies, skills and…
  • The Invention That Changed March Madness

    Cheryl Perkins
    30 Mar 2015 | 2:43 pm
    For my basketball friends, a little something innovative to consider as we head to the Final Four. (Go Badgers!): via “The Takeaway” The NCAA’s March Madness tournament is in full swing, and in addition to the players and the coaches, our team here at WNYC Radio is watching out for the whistles on the court. We are blowing the whistle on the most intense aspect of the March Madness competition: The Fox 40 whistle. It’s the official referee whistle of the tournament and was initially invented by a jolly Canadian businessman, inventor, and basketball freak by the…
  • Volvo’s safe night spray gets glowing reviews

    Cheryl Perkins
    30 Mar 2015 | 2:16 pm
    Did you know that in the Netherlands, one out of three people consider a bicyle as their main form of transportation?  Now the Volvo company has come up with a unique way to make commuting by bike more safe, with a transparent spray that cyclists and pedestrians can apply on their clothes or bikes before heading out into the night. Volvo collaborated with advertising agency Grey London to bring their commitment to safety outside car doors, and when they joined forces with Swedish startup Albedoo100, LifePaint was born. LifePaint is a highly reflective spray that’s invisible during the…
  • Maximum Velocity!

    Pat Clusman
    25 Mar 2015 | 12:08 pm
    Denise Couture and I recently had the opportunity to meet with students from the Velocity Academy, a project-based learning program at Shattuck Middle School. The curriculum is designed to provide hands-on learning opportunities for seventh- and eighth-graders. The program coordinator Kyle Popp invited us to speak to the students about Innovation. We shared information about discovery, invention and innovation, and conducted an exercise where students ideated around two products, a tablet computer and a student backpack, and one service, the school lunch service. Needless to say, there were…
 
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    innovation playground Idris Mootee

  • Eight Most Common Marketing Mistakes That You Should Avoid Making.

    Idris
    13 Apr 2015 | 4:06 pm
    Every one is an expert in marketing these days. And with social media, everyone is an ad critic. Not entirely a bad thing, but as marketers you need know how to filter the noise. People need to understand the difference between STRATEGIC MARKETING, MARKETING COMMUNICATIONS and CHANNEL MARKETING. These are three very different things. The first one is strategic and...
  • Rober Parker's Wine Scoring System Can Be Applied In Business Too.

    Idris
    5 Apr 2015 | 4:06 pm
    Robert Parker is the most widely known and influential wine critic in the world today. His popular wine scoring system was the first simple way to determine the quality of wine. Parker is known for his preference for powerful reds from Napa and the Rhone and has inadvertently made becoming a wine critic almost impossible, since— in part because of...
  • Five Deadly Mistakes of Organization Transformation That Leaders Must Avoid.

    Idris
    26 Mar 2015 | 9:59 pm
    So you are ready to transform your organization? You want your organization to leapfrog the industry? You want to deliver above industry average growth? And do you know what are the most common mistakes that leaders and even very smart and experienced leaders make? The most common one is sticking with the usual way, the easy way and the proven...
  • Thank You Robert Downey Junior For The Nine Creative Short Films You Created to Celebrate The HTC M9. Honestly, I Don't Quite Get It.

    Idris
    21 Mar 2015 | 11:33 pm
    Thank you, Robert Downey Jr, for the nine inspirational short films you created to celebrate our all-new HTC One M9. Honestly, as HTC's CMO and the client who commissioned you the project and telling everyone it is a great idea, I am really not getting it. At least not all of it. I just want to be honest about it....
  • Design Leadership Is More Than Simplicity. It Is About Design Discipline.

    Idris
    21 Feb 2015 | 5:38 am
    El·e·gant, an adjective and define or characterized by or exhibiting refined, tasteful beauty of manner, form, or style. Marc Jacob? Chanel? Jil Sander? Hermes? All are unquestionably elegant by design in the fashion world. How about smartphones or interfaces? Can they be elegant? Or what about customer experiences? Can you describe a banking or customer service experience as elegant? Most...
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    Phil McKinney

  • Innovation From Frustration S11 Ep4

    philmckinney
    13 Apr 2015 | 5:00 am
    Had enough of Barbie’s Dream House? Ever wonder why dolls and tiaras and pink party dresses fill the “girl” aisles of the toy store? After one such stroll down the isle with one of my grand daughters, I was reminded about the stereotypical thinking around “girl tech”. In one of my previous roles, a team was pitching me on ideas on how to address the girl or women tech market. After watching a parade of product ideas, I stopped the meeting and chastised the team for thinking that all they needed to do was to “pink it and shrink it”.…
  • Innovation Bravery S11 Ep3

    philmckinney
    6 Apr 2015 | 5:00 am
    Do you consider yourself a brave person? A person of courage and conviction in the face of a challenge? Most of us don’t, but as an innovator, you practice bravery every day. Bravery means opening oneself up to criticism and overcoming the fear of failure in order to do something extraordinary – to create a better world than the one we’re living in, or to go further than anyone has ever gone before. Franklin Delano Roosevelt’s most famous quote, “The only thing we have to fear is fear itself,” belied a deep personal anxiety about showing his own weakness to the nation.…
  • Preparing the Next Generation of Innovators: 3 Critical Skills S11 Ep2

    philmckinney
    30 Mar 2015 | 5:00 am
    A few years back, I was invited to participate in a meeting with leaders from the US Department of Education. Others in attendance at the meeting included university presidents, representatives from the teacher unions and a handful of others. All told, there was about 20 people in the room. The objective of the meeting was to identify ways to “radically innovate” the K through 12 education system in the US. Talk about an ambitious goal. The metric that the organizers were using as “proof” (or incentive ..…
  • Innovation From Boredom

    philmckinney
    21 Mar 2015 | 11:01 pm
    It might happen while you’re taking your morning shower, or maybe you’re in the middle of your morning commute when a flash of creativity strikes: a great idea for a mobile app, a way to hack your Ikea bookshelf to solve a pressing storage problem or a brand new business idea. Why does it seem like our best ideas come when we are doing absolutely nothing? Studies show connection between boredom and creativity The idea that “bordem” is somehow a catalyst for creativity is not as crazy as it sounds.…
  • What’s next for the Killer Innovations Podcast?

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

  • OPEN LETTER TO IBM Watson Health: Is It Too Late for Patients to Drive This Initiative?

    Patty Seybold
    17 Apr 2015 | 8:14 am
    I’m psyched about the launch of IBM’s Watson Health Business Unit.  Now that I spend about 50% of my time in the healthcare world working on customer co-designed health and wellness initiatives, I’m very interested in technology advances that will improve the lives of patients and their caregiver partners. However, I’m concerned that IBM is following the money and may be missing an opportunity to really innovate to create patient-friendly and patient-centered solutions. On Monday, April 13th, IBM announced a series of interconnected announcements laying out its growing health…
  • The Peer-to-Peer Economy Is Growing

    Patty Seybold
    9 Apr 2015 | 11:05 am
    I received a thoughtful reader response from Jeff Conklin on my recent Zopa case study/update. Jeff wrote: “Your piece about Zopa (which I hadn’t heard of) is fascinating, and reminds me of a quote I saw on LinkedIn yesterday: ‘In 2015 Uber, the world’s largest taxi company, owns no vehicles; Facebook, the world’s most popular media owner, creates no content; Alibaba, the most valuable retailer, has no inventory; and Airbnb, the world’s largest accommodation provider, owns no real estate.’ (Marcella Shinder, Nielson) It sounds like a Zopa-like company might become the world’s…
  • Marketing in the Digital World

    Patty Seybold
    26 Mar 2015 | 10:39 am
    By Susan Aldrich As customers, we experience digital transformation all the time—perhaps almost every day. In the past decade alone, the ways we consume music, movies, photography, news, retail, and travel have changed utterly. We are on the cusp of similar transformation of transportation and manufacturing, with the advent of onboard computers in cars, driverless cars, and 3D printing. And digital transformation won’t stop there, either. Companies who ignore disruption of their industries will not be successful, and ultimately won’t survive. Digital marketing is a microcosm of digital…
  • Peer-to-Peer Lending for Retirement Savings?

    Patty Seybold
    20 Mar 2015 | 10:43 am
    I’ve been following a fascinating development in the U.K. Budget process this month. It appears that Britain may be on the cusp of legitimizing P2P Lending as an investment vehicle for tax-exempt retirement savings. If this happens, it’s likely that P2P lending both to consumers and to small businesses will increase dramatically. And, if the financially conservative Brits can do it, why not other countries? Peer-to-peer lending (the electronically-enabled kind) marks its 10-year anniversary this month. Zopa was the first business to create a really viable model that enabled consumers to…
  • Patty Seybold Honored on International Women’s Day in Uganda

    Patty Seybold
    12 Mar 2015 | 10:57 am
    By Ronni Marshak On March 8, 2015, International Women’s Day, Patty Seybold was recognized as a “woman of distinction” for the work she has done since 2006 in support of the African Rural University for Women and of the Uganda Rural Development and Training programme. The award ceremony kicked off a week of festivities on the University campus in honor of International Women’s Day. Patty Seybold has served on the African Rural University Council (its Board) since its founding in 2006, and usually visits the 80-acre campus and organic demonstration farm in Kagadi, in the Kibaale…
 
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    15inno

  • Communicators & Innovators: Why This Intersection Matters

    Stefan Lindegaard
    16 Apr 2015 | 4:10 pm
    Read this if you also ponder on the intersection of corporate innovation and communication. “Look around. Stakeholders all over. Inside and outside. You wonder why corporate innovators need to become better communicators. Executives, heads of business units, managers, employees and external partners. They all need different messages to help you get things done. If you don’t get them onboard, you can’t deliver. Your company will not become the preferred partner of choice in the innovation ecosystems. You will not get the bonus or the promotion. Can you feel the pressure? Today,…
  • Innovation Challenges: From Technology Breakthroughs to Focus on Customers

    Stefan Lindegaard
    14 Apr 2015 | 6:13 am
    One of the key innovation challenges at many companies, is the transition from being a company that focuses on technology breakthroughs to one that focuses on its customers. As I was researching the program for the Chief Innovation Officer Summit in San Francisco, May 21-22, I was pleased to see that Jean-Claude Junqua from Panasonic will address this issue at the conference. He states it like this in the description of his talk: “For many companies, there is often a huge difference between what’s in their business plans and the market’s expectations for growth. This growth gap comes…
  • The War for Talent: When Innovation Becomes an Employee Branding Tool

    Stefan Lindegaard
    12 Apr 2015 | 2:41 pm
    The war for talent is picking up again. More and more companies are starting to hire people for challenging positions and now we are starting to see examples of how innovation is being used as an employee branding tool. Talents are attracted to work places where they can be intellectually stimulated, have freedom to operate and thus the ability to make things happen and make an impact on smaller or bigger issues in the world. This is a good description of what the leading companies in the context of innovation are striving for with regards to their corporate culture and their innovation…
  • It’s The Distribution Channel, Stupid! – A Key for Profitable Innovation

    Stefan Lindegaard
    22 Mar 2015 | 2:58 pm
    As I am doing some research on the very interesting program of the Chief Innovation Officer Summit taking place in London on April 30 – May 1, the short description of a talk got my attention. The title is “It’s The Distribution Channel, Stupid!” and in the talk, Carolina Costa from Orange will focus on an important topic that is relevant for more and more industries today. The front end of innovation is no longer the big issue. There are so many ways in which an organization can generate new ideas whether they use internal or external sources or the combination of the two. Costa…
  • A Presentation on Innovation

    Stefan Lindegaard
    19 Mar 2015 | 3:11 pm
    Here you get a look at my current thoughts on innovation through a presentation that I will give tomorrow at the Turkey Innovation Week, where I am one of the keynote speakers. It is a long talk – 1 hour – so I have compiled lots of content in this presentation. Yes, it might even have too many messages, but I hope the participants at the conference as well as those of you, who are just checking out the presentation, can find some inspiration in it without feeling overloaded with information. Some of the topics I get into are: • The current state of innovation and the global megatrends…
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    Innovation in Practice

  • Innovation Sighting: The Cashless ATM Machine

    Drew Boyd
    13 Apr 2015 | 12:00 am
    Who would use a cashless ATM? It seems like a ridiculous idea, because that's the whole point of using an ATM - getting cash. That will all change with the RTM (Retail-Teller-Machine). It works just like an ATM. Instead of dispensing cash, the RTM prints a secure ticket that is exchanged for cash. RTMs are located inside any store and provide a full range of Banking services. Aravinda Korala, KAL’s CEO said: “RTMs are low-cost authorization-machines that are ideal for in-branch use. The customer can take his time to browse the bank’s services, read any available targeted messages, speak…
  • Innovation Sighting: Tales of Things

    Drew Boyd
    6 Apr 2015 | 10:21 am
    One way you can use the Task Unification Technique is to make an internal component take on the function of an external component in a Closed World. In effect, the internal component “steals” the external component’s function. Five universities in the United Kingdom got together and created a way for people to add stories to their own treasured objects. The treasured objects have the additional task of relating their stories to others. Future generations will thus have a greater understanding of a family heirloom’s past. They can even track their heirlooms after they have passed them…
  • Contradictions: A Pathway to Creativity

    Drew Boyd
    30 Mar 2015 | 2:49 am
    Some people regard the Spanish Civil War as a romantic war, one in which many idealistic men and women were prepared to sacrifice their lives for what they perceived as the social good. But as Hector, Prince of Troy, said, “There is nothing poetic in death.” In less than three years (from July 17, 1936, to April 1, 1939), an estimated five hundred thou- sand people lost their lives. In addition to the actual combatants, tens of thousands of civilians were killed for their political or religious views. Even after the war, the victorious Fascists persecuted sympathizers of the vanquished…
  • Innovation Training: The Leadership Elixer

    Drew Boyd
    23 Mar 2015 | 9:02 am
    Training programs, by design, are meant to provoke and cause changes. Changes can be in the skills, attitudes, behaviors, or knowledge of the participants. For leadership training programs, the ability to "think differently" seems to be at the top of many companies' list of priorities. So how do you think differently and creatively? By using cognitive thinking tools that re-pattern how you see situations and potential opportunities. It is the Holy Grail, the magic elixir that can transform a talented leader into a great one. The good news is that humans follow patterns in many domains…
  • Marketing Innovation: The Unification Technique in Outdoor Advertising

    Drew Boyd
    16 Mar 2015 | 12:00 am
    The Unification Tool is a tricky but effective tool for outdoor advertising. Unification recruits an existing resource and forces it to carry the advertising message. That resource can come from within the medium itself or within the environment of the medium. In other words, the tool uses an existing component of the medium or of its environment in a way that demonstrates the problem or the promise to be delivered.The tool is one of eight patterns embedded in most innovative commercials. Jacob Goldenberg and his colleagues describe these simple, well-defined design structures in their book,…
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    INDIA INVENTS

  • Cluster Observatory-India

    A.S Rao
    9 Apr 2015 | 11:08 pm
    Cluster Observatory developed by FMC (Foundation for MSME Clusters)  is a compendium of cluster resources for undertaking cluster intitiatives. It covers profiles of 1194 industrial clusters, 3094 handcraft clusters, 568 hand loom clusters and 154 Micro-enterprise clusters.  
  • AP Biotechnology Policy 2015: incubators and incentives for research

    A.S Rao
    9 Apr 2015 | 10:41 pm
    The policy envisages establishment of incubation centres at:a. Mega Life Sciences Park in Vizagb. JNTU in Kakinadac. Sri Venketeswara Veterinary University in Tirupatid. Dr. NTR University of Health Sciences in VijayawadaThese will be established in PPP mode. More interesting are fiscal incentives for R&D.In order to promote innovation and applied R&D in the research & academic institutions, the Government of Andhra Pradesh proposes to offer special incentives for organizations engaged in applied research and development activities encompassing the following:i.
  • Faster Adoption and Manufacturing of (Hybrid &) Electric Vehicles in India (FAME) policy

    A.S Rao
    9 Apr 2015 | 10:27 pm
    Government has broken down the incentives program into several divisions for both battery operated and/or hybrid models. Here are the details:Rs 1800 to Rs 29,000 for Two Wheelers Rs 3300 to Rs 61,000 for Three WheelersRs 1.3 Rs 1.38 Lakh for Four WheelersRs 17,000 to Rs 1.87 Lakh for Light Commercial Vehicles (LCV)Rs 34 Lakh to Rs 66 Lakh for Buses In order to be transparent, Minister Geete also provided a details breakdown of the usage of Rs 795 crore budget which will be spent in the next 2 years: Components of the scheme2015-162016-17Technology Platform(Including testing infrastructure)Rs…
  • AP government offers commercial orders (post-project) to innovators

    A.S Rao
    4 Apr 2015 | 1:04 am
    India Innovators often complain that for all their efforts, they often get awards but no rewards. Public procurement still has no place for commercial products/ solutions developed by Indian innovators. AP Govt now offers start-ups the lifeline in the form of preferential market access, valued upto Rs 50 crores annually. As per the policy:Eligibility: (Any Startup/ MSME/Enthusiastic First Generation Technocrats/ Entrepreneurs from Andhra Pradesh, with an annual turnover between Rs 50 lakhs and Rs.25 cr, in Electronics and IT sectors can apply with suo moto…
  • Patents of Procter & Gamble

    A.S Rao
    2 Apr 2015 | 9:27 pm
    P&G is in news with Indian Patent office rejecting its patent for Smart Napkin, for lack of inventive step.P&G had claimed that the napkin indicates — through colour changes — whether the user needs to reposition or replace it after a certain time has elapsed, and if the genital area needs to be refreshed to prevent germ growth.According to P&G, the napkin provides an absorbent article that changes colour in response to external stimuli to give relevant indications to the user. The FMCG major argued that the invention involves the use of piezochromic, photochromic or…
 
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    Fast Company

  • As 3-D Printing Grows Up, MakerBot Slashes Its Workforce

    John Paul Titlow
    17 Apr 2015 | 1:58 pm
    MakerBot laid off 20% of its staff on Friday.Friday was a rough day over at the MakerBot headquarters in Brooklyn. Less than two years after being acquired by 3-D printing giant Stratasys, the company has reportedly laid off 20% of its staff, according to Motherboard.Read Full Story
  • NASA Chief Says Mars One Does Not Stand A Chance Without NASA

    David Lumb
    17 Apr 2015 | 12:10 pm
    During a Senate budget meeting, NASA chief administrator Charles Bolden said private companies will not reach Mars without NASA's help.Mars One, the Netherlands-based nonprofit that wants to send human colonists to Mars using private-industry rockets, has been widely criticized for its unrealistic goals and timeline. This week, in a U.S. House Committee hearing for NASA's 2016 budget, NASA chief administrator Charles Bolden told the committee that "No commercial company without the support of NASA and government is going to get to Mars," reports Engadget. Bolden's statement, while not a…
  • The Open Publishing Revolution, Now Behind A Billion-Dollar Paywall

    Tina Amirtha
    17 Apr 2015 | 11:30 am
    How the rebels behind scholarly publishing app Mendeley—once labeled sellouts—are growing their company after being acquired by Elsevier.In 2013, when Victor Henning announced that his startup Mendeley would be acquired by one of the world's biggest media companies, he knew there would be blowback. He just couldn't have anticipated how bad it would get.Read Full Story
  • Verizon Has A New Slimmed-Down TV Package, But At $55 A Month, Who Will Subscribe?

    David Lumb
    17 Apr 2015 | 11:30 am
    Why spend $9 a month on Netflix when you can spend $55 on TV? No, really, why?In what may be a too-little-too-late concession to the popularity of inexpensive streaming subscriptions, Verizon Communications has created a discounted TV package with just a few dozen channels. The package is still a TV plan, not a streaming subscription, but Verizon may be trying to stop the growing numbers of "cord cutters" from dropping monthly TV subscriptions entirely.Read Full Story
  • Vincent Laforet's Aerial Shots Of Trains Look Like Abstract Art

    Carey Dunne
    17 Apr 2015 | 6:00 am
    From a helicopter, the Pulitzer Prize-winning photographer captures industrial porn at its finest.When General Electric debuted a new lower-emissions locomotive, the company commissioned Pulitzer Prize-winning aerial photographer Vincent Laforet to take some glamour shots. The results are industrial porn at its most artful.Read Full Story
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    VizThink

  • Prepare Well to be a Good Journalist

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

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

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

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

    VizThink
    20 Mar 2015 | 10:54 pm
    Journalism surely becomes very interesting thing to do for many people especially since nowadays people can find the developed journalism industry in the world. With the support of technology, it seems like people are craving for more and more information and this is what journalism will do. sbobet Journalism is made for providing people with the information that they want to hear and they need to hear of. They can access the journalism information from various methods whether from the online news or the television news. Nevertheless, people nowadays can also get involved in the journalism…
 
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    Adaptive Path

  • Update: New Adaptive Path Events Now Open For Registration

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

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

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

    Will Sharick
    4 Dec 2014 | 2:53 pm
    Adaptive Path’s Scott Sullivan is a contributing author of Designing for Emerging Technologies published by O’Reilly Media and released today. Scott’s chapter is Prototyping Interactive Objects and outlines his experiences in prototyping objects to the same fidelity that he expects from his screen-based wireframes and how designers with limited technical backgrounds can do the same. Get the book on Amazon Bonus video of Scott playing around with interactive prototypes: Hardware Controlled Augmented Reality! from Scott Sullivan on Vimeo.
  • Adaptive Path 2015 Conferences & Workshops: End of Year Registration Sale

    Jessica Blake
    1 Dec 2014 | 10:03 am
    It’s that time of year again… We’re running our annual end-of-year events sale and now is the time to save big on next year’s conferences and our Copenhagen UX Intensive workshop. They won’t get any cheaper. You won’t get a better deal than this. You should probably go get your wallet. The scoop: register for any of our events by January 5th, 2015 and we’ll take 15% off the currently (already steeply discounted) early bird prices. Use the promotional code ‘RNSB‘ (that stands for register now, save big) when registering. Snagging a seat now for next year is a smart way to…
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    FOLDEN.INFO eMedia

  • Citizen Journalism with Blasting News

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

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

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

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

    FOLDEN.INFO
    13 Mar 2015 | 12:22 pm
    Searching within apps seems to become a new trend. We got already the social search engines, which enable to search within social networks and which are apps to these social networks. A new one of such social search engines is FILTA connecting to Twitter and enabling to search within the information provided by people you ...read more
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    ZenStorming

  • Brand Strategy and Design – One Collective Voice at FUSE 2015

    Plish
    22 Mar 2015 | 11:59 pm
    Yes, one of my favorite conferences is coming up and I hope to see you there! FUSE 2015 From April 13-15  in Chicago, Illinois, the Loews Hotel will be home to a provocative and inspiring mix of leaders in Design, Brand Strategy, Marketing, Innovation, Trends, and Strategy.  For 3 days you will have an opportunity to learn, […]
  • Printing with Paper – the 21st Century Way

    Plish
    4 Mar 2015 | 8:02 pm
    People are finding new uses for 3d printing daily. One of the downsides with 3d printing is that materials and methods are often expensive, and/or not eco-friendly. Another downside is that printing in true color is difficult. Mcor Technologies is changing all that. They’ve developed a way to true color print 3d objects using eco-friendly inks and adhesives […]
  • Dear RadioShack, It didn’t have to end this way…

    Plish
    5 Feb 2015 | 7:01 pm
    It’s official. RadioShack has filed for bankruptcy. Call me naïve, but I really don’t think this had to happen.  I realize I’m ‘Monday Morning quarterbacking’ (Why DID Seattle throw that pass on the one yard line?!?!  I digress….) but RadioShack had made some bad choices. RadioShack’s bankruptcy, which has been expected for months, follows 11 consecutive […]
  • Cannoli – Designing a Great Experience

    Plish
    2 Feb 2015 | 10:03 pm
    Today I was savoring one of the two cannoli I bought (it looked just like the picture above.) It suddenly dawned on me that this food perfectly represents the ideal product experience. Bite one: Chocolate chips (or pistachios) creamy filling and crunchy roll. Bite two and three: More creamy goodness and crunch.  An occasional chocolate […]
  • Are Crowd Powered Apps a New Invasive Species? – Innovation Creating Collateral Damage

    Plish
    15 Dec 2014 | 8:58 pm
    What do the Cane Toad, Mosquito Fish  and the traffic app Waze have in common?   Give up? The are all innovations that created collateral damage. Cane Toads were introduced to Australia in an effort to control the Cane Beetle which was destroying sugar cane.  The problem is that the can toad loved the environment and preferred eating anything other […]
 
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    Holiday Matinee

  • The T-Shirt Reimagined

    kiran
    15 Apr 2015 | 9:49 am
    I’m really tempted to back this new Kickstarter project from Stockholm-based ASKET that reimagines the men’s t-shirt. Instead of five standard sizes, their design offers short, regular and long varieties of each to fit better. They’re made of 100% Egyptian cotton in a factory that treats their workers right and ASKET is completely transparent about how much it costs them to make each one. As an added bonus, they offer a t-shirt repair kit because they don’t believe in fast fashion. Check ‘em out if you need some new threads that look almost as good as your…
  • Positive Waves

    kiran
    6 Apr 2015 | 10:57 am
    Life is a hell of a lot more fun when you spend it with people who share your positive energy. So today we’re debuting Positive Waves, a simple message and design available as prints, tees, totes and way more. GET FREE WORLDWIDE SHIPPING on all orders thru Sunday when you click through. The post Positive Waves appeared first on Holiday Matinee.
  • Just a dream and the wind to carry me

    kiran
    1 Apr 2015 | 10:42 am
    After boating out to Angel Island last weekend on a camping trip, sailing is on my mind. Our buds at Orange & Park must totally be on the same wavelength because they just came out with this new sailing tee and print. This minimal design really hits the spot and it doesn’t hurt that they dropped a Christopher Cross lyric into the product description. After you throw down for this (discount code SAILING gets you 15% off), make sure you watch this video. Can we talk about that Earl Campbell Houston Oilers jersey and double guitar? The post Just a dream and the wind to carry me…
  • That new Sufjan is making me weep

    kiran
    31 Mar 2015 | 12:14 pm
    Sufjan Stevens’ Carrie & Lowell is out today. His seventh studio album, it’s a rather personal one with the title referencing his mother and stepfather. Even so, I’m powerfully drawn to it and have already cried twice (once in public) while listening to track six, Fourth of July. I don’t cry very often, so I figured it’s worth noting. I’m also enjoying digging into the lyrics and noting how some of the verses can be interpreted as either Sufjan or Carrie singing them. Click here to view the embedded video. The post That new Sufjan is making me weep…
  • Our March Mixtape

    holiday matinee
    27 Mar 2015 | 9:06 am
    Sometimes they’ve got rap, sometimes they’ve got soul. Sometimes they’re new tracks, sometimes they’re mad old. We’re just talking about our mixtapes, but that’s also a good lead into the first track. Kick back and click for some new Wombats, Tame Impala, Sufjan and more. HEY! Not seeing the tape above? Head here. The post Our March Mixtape appeared first on Holiday Matinee.
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    Inventor Spot - Inventions, Innovations, and Interesting Ideas for the Inventor in All of Us

  • Embedded Electronics:Machine Washable Solar Shirt Charges Mobile Devices

    M Dee Dubroff
    19 Apr 2015 | 2:04 am
    Wearable technology, smart clothing and embedded electronics are the burgeoning trends of fashion's dynamic landscape. Meet the machine-washable Solar Shirt created by Paulne Van Dongen that charges mobile devices as you go about your day.
  • Customized Rental Experiences For Creative Entrepreneurs

    M Dee Dubroff
    19 Apr 2015 | 12:50 am
    Kitsplit is a community marketplace that offers the rental of over $1 million worth of cutting edge equipment to suit the cretaive and business needs of daring entrepreneurs. Read on to learn more about this remarkable and innovative gadget library.
  • HeartRead Could Help Save Lives

    Paul Fitzgerald
    17 Apr 2015 | 1:08 pm
    Every second counts in a cardiac arrest situation. Each minute the chance of survival drops by 7 to 10 per cent. The real problem these days is that most bystanders do not know how to properly operate an automated external defibrillator. However a design student at the Art Center College of Design in Pasadena, CA, has invented HeartRead and it may prove to be the next best thing in helping save lives.
  • Designer Invents Amphibious Ambulance Aircraft that Lands in Sparsely Populated Areas

    Paul Fitzgerald
    16 Apr 2015 | 2:03 pm
    For years people living in remote areas of the world face challenges of getting the right medical attention they need, especially during times of emergencies. Modern day planes and helicopters are still quite limited to where they can land and take off when it comes to rescuing people. However, a German designer may have the solution to all this with his new invention. Question is will his invention take off?
  • EmoFix Is A Bluetooth Selfie Remote For Android and iOS

    Josiah Motley
    16 Apr 2015 | 10:04 am
    Selfies are so hot right now. Thanks to narcissism, an entirely new market has formed around the self photo craze. Remote shutter devices, selfie sticks, and even selfie brushes (just...why?) are must have accessories right now for all of your Instagramming needs. EmoFix is the latest competitor to the market with their remote shutter device for Android and iOS.
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    The Brainzooming Group

  • Creative Thinking Skills – 22 Links for Busting Creativity Barriers

    Mike Brown
    17 Apr 2015 | 2:50 am
    I’m presenting an updated version of our “Busting Creativity Barriers – An Inspiring Dose of Brainzooming” today, right in the heart of World Creativity and Innovation Week. If you’d like to bust your creative thinking barriers, here are twenty-two source links for the three major creative thinking skills themes in the presentation. Enjoy busting your creative barriers! Creativity Thinking Skills for You and Your Team Look Inside for Distinctive Talents Strategy Challenges? Share Them with a Great Strategy Team Starting Lineup for a Winning Creative Team 7…
  • Strategic Thinking Questions – 21 Tips for Reading Someone Else

    Mike Brown
    16 Apr 2015 | 2:50 am
    I will admit to not being the most perceptive person in the world. Even if I would not admit it, however, my wife would tell you that (assuming she reads the blog, which she does not). In any event, over the course of my career – and I’m sure yours as well – it’s been imperative to get better at addressing the right strategic thinking questions to read other people’s interests, priorities, and behaviors. This is vital to making sure we can help someone else be more successful. Often, there is a clear tie between facilitating overall business success and whether…
  • Brand Strategy – 10 Bad Reasons to Change Strategy

    Mike Brown
    15 Apr 2015 | 2:50 am
    In some ways, it’s easier to change a brand strategy than to implement the strategy you already have in place. Why is that? Because it is possible for one executive or a small leadership team group to decide to change the brand strategy, and it’s done. Implementing the strategy that’s already in place, however, depends on the entire organization and the positive reaction and participation of key audiences to be successful. See what we mean? Just because it’s easier to change your brand strategy than implement the current one does not mean it is a good idea. In fact, it could be a…
  • Strategic Planning Activities – Developing Strategy Isn’t Holy

    Mike Brown
    14 Apr 2015 | 2:50 am
    I learned in a Bible class that one meaning of the word “holy” is “to be set apart.” In the case of religion, obviously, whatever is considered holy is being set apart for God. Extending this idea to business can help explain executives who act as if they are the only ones involved in developing strategy for their organizations. Many executives commonly think, believe, and act as if strategic planning activities are “holy” since they are set apart as something in which only leaders can participate. Everyone else gets told (ideally) or not (far too often) what the…
  • Innovation Strategy – 16 Keys for Innovating with Few Resources

    Mike Brown
    13 Apr 2015 | 2:50 am
    You want to innovate. You know it’s important to innovate. Your customers’ behaviors are screaming it is beyond time to develop an innovation strategy and do something about it. A problem we hear about often, however, is you have few resources to develop an innovation strategy and get started innovating. Insights, capital, time, expertise, strategic support, people, data, materials, and processes could all be missing resources. None are necessarily standalone resources. They are typically connected to one another, i.e., a lack of insights could be because of lack of data, no…
 
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    Christa Avampato

  • This just in: My essay Help in the Ashes was published by Earl of Plaid Literary Journal

    Christa Avampato
    18 Apr 2015 | 11:00 pm
    Blue Collar Royalty I’m really excited to share that Help in the Ashes, a personal essay I wrote about my apartment building fire and the work of healing I did in the aftermath of it, was just published in the literary journal Earl of Plaid. This is my first piece selected by a literary journal, and I’m thrilled to be included with the other authors in the volume entitled Blue Collar Royalty, the first of their quarterly journals that includes nonfiction essays. You can read my bookmarked essay by clicking here.Filed under: literature, writing
  • This just in: My bedtime practice of writing down my blessings

    Christa Avampato
    17 Apr 2015 | 11:00 pm
    My blessings journal “If you want to sleep more soundly, count blessings, not sheep.” ~Dr. Robert Emmons I read this quote in a book recently and decided to give it a try. Though this week was stressful, this nightly practice really did help me appreciate the good things that were happening right alongside the tough things. Despite the scare with Phin, I could stay focused on getting him the best care and appreciate my loving friends, the sunshine, the flowering trees, my comfy home, and all of the new adventures ahead of me. It’s easy to let life weigh us down. Living is…
  • This just in: Rest is underrated

    Christa Avampato
    16 Apr 2015 | 11:00 pm
    “Take rest; a field that is rested gives a bountiful crop.” ~Ovid “Take rest; a field that is rested gives a bountiful crop.” ~Ovid I had big plans for these three weeks before I start my new job. An endless list of things I wanted to do in the city and day trips to Charlottesville, Baltimore, and Annapolis. I’ll be able to do some of them but the list will be cut short so that I can keep a close eye on Phin for the next two weeks while he heals. I’ll have to schedule my life a bit differently during this time and save the road trips for a later date.
  • This just in: If you want something, write it down

    Christa Avampato
    15 Apr 2015 | 11:00 pm
    Phineas after his very long day I’m a big believer in writing down my wildest dreams and hopes in my own handwriting. It worked for finding my dream job. And now it’s worked for Phin. Yesterday, I had to take Phin for an MRI. He was having intense pain, but I wasn’t sure where it was coming from. While I waited for him, I wrote him a letter about how I wanted this situation to unfold. It was a hopeful wish against all odds. 15 minutes later the neurologist called me and delivered exactly the news I had written down moments before. She even used some of the exact same words I…
  • This just in: Mastering the online video interview for your job search

    Christa Avampato
    14 Apr 2015 | 11:00 pm
    Mastering the video interview Most of my interviews during my recent job search process were conducted via Skype and Google Hangout. This was a totally new experience for me, and I learned a lot along the way. If you find yourself having a video interview as you look for a new job, here are a few tips I learned during this process. (They’re equally as valuable for companies conducting video interviews, as you’ll see in the last tip at the bottom of the post.) – Dress for these interviews the way you would for an in-person interview, shoes and all. (I even had my handbag with…
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    Value innovation consulting for enterprises and startups

  • Importance of having a culture

    Jorge
    17 Apr 2015 | 6:14 am
    Culture eats strategy for breakfast. Period. Because strategy is in your every choice. Culture, in your every action. The topic of culture is one that is dear to me, so much so that I think and write about it as often as I drink Gatorade; which is almost every day. Culture is also a topic that I get interviewed about the most. For example, below is a excerpt on what I said about culture on On Humans podcast: Team culture is such a huge topic, but I’ve never stopped being a loyal advocate of building teams around culture and core team values. At the end of the day every business, every…
  • For our youth to thrive, it matters how we teach them to view failure

    Jorge
    15 Apr 2015 | 5:56 am
    During our discussion about The Future for Youth, one of the main points we touched on was “risk aversion”. And though we see a trend towards more entrepreneurs, the truth is many of them are not entrepreneurs. Why? Because most entrepreneurs fail and leave it at that. But real entrepreneurs view failure as a prerequisite for learning; that’s the difference. In our discussion, I commented about how we view failure matters. Mainly, that we must become aware of our weaknesses as people and not assume that we’re all great with just what we know. Though this may seem harsh…
  • Any business that has not yet been totally disrupted by the existence of the internet will be

    Jorge
    13 Apr 2015 | 5:31 am
    The internet, arguably the greatest invention of all time, is just starting to shape our world. New ventures are dreamed up every day to take advantage of it’s power, and legacy businesses are being disrupted because of it; the business world has been reshaped and redrawn since the inception of the internet. What does this disruption look like? Here are a couple of clues… This is what disruption looks like http://t.co/3S1KcNOfGJ pic.twitter.com/9Y3bvzGwfD — The Economist (@TheEconomist) March 29, 2015 Taxi companies beware! RT @ValaAfshar: This is what disruption looks like…
  • For innovators ignorance is an asset

    Jorge
    7 Apr 2015 | 5:28 am
    Most every business that I’ve consulted for asks me a variation of the same question: how can we innovate? Unfortunately, that’s the wrong question to ask. The correct question is: what’s currently stopping us from innovating? The first question can take you to many places, and it won’t tell you why you aren’t innovating; the latter is a better place to start because you will bring to bear obstacles already in place. Take a recent engagement I had recently, a month or so ago a health and fitness company engaged me to help them think about “what’s…
  • What To Look For In An Innovation Partner

    Jorge
    1 Apr 2015 | 6:23 am
    If you’re a successful company, you’re probably not used to innovation. You’re used to being good at what you do, and that’s the opposite of innovation. Smart innovation that evolves a new and marketable product often requires an innovation partner. There are a lot of reasons for that. But they boil down to a deceptively simple concept: Two heads think better than one. The Lone Company A person or a company left alone with an idea will have a very difficult time bringing the idea to life. That’s because of all the competing thoughts, emotions and responsibilities. These impinge on…
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    Creativity at Work » The Creativity at Work Blog

  • What happens after you’ve ignited your creative spark?

    Linda Naiman
    17 Apr 2015 | 1:58 pm
    What happens after you’ve ignited your creative spark? I received an interesting newsletter from Marshall Goldsmith today, about being the optimist in the room. He says, “When people initiate a personal campaign to [...] Creativity at Work
  • “Innovate or die” Why innovation matters

    Guest Contributor
    8 Apr 2015 | 12:36 pm
    “Innovate or die” Why innovation matters If you are serious about innovation, then you likely keep track of what is in the offing. A great resource for future scanning is the [...] Creativity at Work
  • Creativity Coaching

    Linda Naiman
    25 Mar 2015 | 6:12 pm
    Creativity Coaching Companies that embrace creativity outperform peers and competitors on key business performance indicators, including revenue growth, market share and talent acquisition, according to a recent study [...] Creativity at Work
  • Creative Anarchy: Book Review

    Linda Naiman
    25 Mar 2015 | 1:05 pm
    Creative Anarchy: Book Review Creative Anarchy: How to Break the Rules of Graphic Design for Creative Success When I was a designer of marketing communications in a former life, [...] Creativity at Work
  • 10 Disciplines of a Learner

    Linda Naiman
    24 Mar 2015 | 1:56 pm
    10 Disciplines of a Learner Teachers at a middle school in the USA created this list of observable behaviours to help assess the growth of learners and improve the way they [...] Creativity at Work
 
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    TalentCulture

  • #TChat Preview: How To Turn Horrible Bosses Into Happier Relationships

    TalentCulture Team + Guests
    17 Apr 2015 | 12:30 pm
    The TalentCulture #TChat Show is back live on Wednesday, April 22, 2015, at its new time from 1-2 pm ET (10-11 am PT). Last week we talked about how to look people in the eye digitally, and this week we’re going to talk about how to turn horrible bosses into happier relationships. Today we’re faced with a difficult and complex economic landscape never before seen in the modern world. Regardless of the job growth of late and unemployment plummeting, wages are still pretty flat and employers and workers are under a great deal of strain to produce. Unfortunately, a bad boss can undermine…
  • Working At Home: How To Organize Yourself

    Trisha Mukerjee
    17 Apr 2015 | 9:00 am
    More and more people are shifting to working at home. This is not limited to moms who want to balance their career and family life but to everyone who loves independence. With numerous jobs listed on job search engine like Jobtonic.in, it is not hard to start working at home. Now that you have the freedom, how can you ensure your productivity? How can you make sure that you can deliver on jobs – on time and of the highest quality? Getting organized is the main challenge among freelancers and those working remotely. Follow these tips and be a productive work-at-home person. Plan And…
  • #TChat Recap: How To Look People In The Eye Digitally

    Meghan M. Biro
    16 Apr 2015 | 9:07 am
    Building and sustaining authentic relationships IRL are not always easy, and it could be even more challenging to do it online. It has never been easier to connect with people by a simple click on the “add” button, but how do we foster and strengthen the relationships? This week’s #TChat guest: Ted Rubin, a leading Social Marketing Strategist, Keynote Speaker, Brand Evangelist, and Acting CMO of Brand Innovators, shared his insight on how to build strong relationships online and how to look people in the eye digitally. Many of us learned how to connect properly with…
  • #TChat Events Moving To Wed 1-2pm ET

    TalentCulture Team + Guests
    15 Apr 2015 | 5:42 am
    #TChat Moves To Afternoon Eastern To Meet Demands Of A Global Audience! Following five years (can you believe it?!) and numerous requests by fans across the globe, we’ve decided to be bold and go live at a time which also gives business leaders in Europe, Asia and Africa the chance to listen and get involved with #TChat in real time! April 22nd: #TChat moves to a new lunchtime slot of 1-2pm ET / Noon-1PM CT / 10-11am PT / 6-7PM UK The TalentCulture #TChat Show has been airing since November 2010. Founded and presented by Meghan M. Biro and Kevin W. Grossman, our show has provided an…
  • When the Social Collaboration Magic Happens

    Kevin W. Grossman
    13 Apr 2015 | 12:00 pm
    Mercy me, my MySpace experience is one I’ll never forget. It was my first foray into social media beyond simply blogging, online groups and forums like AOL, and sharing collaboratively via email. There I was early in 2007, in front of my computer setting up my MySpace profile. I filled it out, not sure of where exactly this online adventure would take me. I hit “publish” and waited. Ten minutes later I received a connection request. Eagerly I read, in graphic detail, a business proposition of sorts from another woman. Yes, that. A minute later I deleted my profile not sure what the heck…
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    Innovative Brain Food from New & Improved

  • Innovation Leadership - 6 Values that Foster an Innovative Climate

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

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

    New & Improved, LLC
    1 Apr 2015 | 2:18 pm
    Do you have all of your innovation strategies in one or two categories? If so, this could be risky in the long-term. Uncover innovation blind spots and preferences before it's too late. Read on for some specific examples, watch-outs and success tips.
  • The Innovative Brain - March 2015 - Overcome Innovation Fatigue

    New & Improved, LLC
    25 Mar 2015 | 1:23 pm
    Unrealistic expectations that surround innovation can get you down. If you are feeling a little bit of the innovation blues read our March Innovative Brain for 3 simple tips you can apply today.
  • Building a Culture of Innovation: It takes more than wishful thinking

    New & Improved, LLC
    11 Mar 2015 | 2:26 pm
    Often when senior leaders unveil an innovation initiative, there's great enthusiasm - perhaps the office is redesigned, an idea management systems is implemented or an ad-hoc innovation task force is created. Over time, these efforts can become disjointed and innovation fatigue sets-in diminishing the ROI. Find out how focus can...
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    Pacific-Tier Communications LLC

  • The Changing Role of IT Professionals

    Administrator
    24 Mar 2015 | 8:53 am
    Information Technology is a great field. With technology advancing at the speed of sound, there is never a period when IT becomes boring, or hits an intellectual wall. New devices, new software, more network bandwidth, and new opportunities to make all this technology do great things for our professional and private lives.   Or, it becomes a frightening professional and intellectual cyclone which threatens to make our jobs obsolete, or diluted due to business units accessing IT resources via a web page and credit card, bypassing the IT department entirely. One of the biggest challenges IT…
  • The Changing Face of Technology and Innovation

    Administrator
    24 Feb 2015 | 7:19 pm
    A friend of mine’s son recently returned from an extended absence which basically removed him from nearly all aspects of technology, including the Internet, for a bit longer than 5 years. Upon return, observing him restore his awareness of technologies and absorb all things new developed over the past 5 years was both exciting and moving. To be fair, the guy grew up in an Internet world, with access to online resources including Facebook, Twitter, and other social applications. The interesting part of his re-introduction to the “wired” world was watching the comprehension flashes he…
  • Can IT Standards Facilitate Innovation?

    Administrator
    9 Feb 2015 | 11:38 am
    IT professionals continue to debate the benefits of standardization versus the benefits of innovation, and the potential of standards inhibiting engineer and software developer ability to develop creative solutions to business opportunities and challenges.  At the Open Group Conference in San Diego last week (3~5 February) the topic of  standards and innovation popped up not only in presentations, but also in sidebar conversations surrounding the conference venue. In his presentation “SOA4BT (Service-Oriented Architecture for Business Technology) – From Business Services to…
  • SDNs in the Carrier Hotel

    Administrator
    28 Jan 2015 | 4:41 pm
    Carrier hotels are an integral part of global communications infrastructure.  The carrier hotel serves a vital function, specifically the role of a common point of interconnection between facility-based (physical cable in either terrestrial, submarine, or satellite networks) carriers, networks, content delivery networks (CDNs), Internet Service Providers (ISPs), and even private or government networks and hosting companies. In some locations, such as the One Wilshire Building in Los Angeles, or 60 Hudson in New York, several hundred carriers and service providers may interconnect physically…
  • Risk Management Strategies for IT Systems

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

  • This Week In Innovation: 3/6/15 - 3/10/15

    16 Apr 2015 | 10:40 am
    Why Government and Innovation Are Like Oil And Water: The difference between Washington and Silicon ValleyPitching Innovation: An interview with San Francisco Giants' CIO  Bill SchloughBuilding Creativity Into Company Culture: 3 Easy ways to guide you What You Need To Know About Amazon's 'Dash': The supply chain of an IoT systemOvercoming Barriers To Digital Disruption: Adapting a wait-and-see approach will failWhy Innovative Leadership Is Nonnegotiable For Every Business: Staying in business forever3 UX Ideas For The New Generation Of Mobile AppsMeasuring The Bloom of Creativity:…
  • What Big Data Won't Tell You

    9 Apr 2015 | 2:46 am
    A Bigger Hearing Aid May Not Help You Listen BetterBy Marc Dresner, Senior Editor, IIR“Nobody’s listening when we’re aloneNobody’s listening, there’s nobody listening”-       -    Lyrics from “Dangerous” by Big DataFood for thought: Our faith in Big Data may be somewhat misplaced.It’s true in the era of Big Data that we know more about people than ever before, but to assume that we therefor understand people is a mistake that more and more companies seem to make.Sam FordThat’s according to Sam Ford, Director of Audience Engagement…
  • Here Comes the Screenless Fork

    7 Apr 2015 | 7:30 am
    By: John Brassil Innovating InnovationThe “Internet of Things” is changing everything - even innovation. In Product Development, the demand to make almost every conceivable object “smart” or “connected” requires developers to approach design in revolutionary ways. The “Internet of Things” is breaking new ground in the way humans interact with the most basic objects - forcing innovators to re-invent the wheel (literally and figuratively) in design and process.Increasingly, clients ask our designers at bb7 to incorporate sensors and radios into everyday objects, allowing them to…
  • This Week In Innovation: 3/30/15 - 4/3/15

    6 Apr 2015 | 6:47 am
    How The Smartphone Disrupted Big Business Models: Walking around with super computersHow Spiders Are Inspiring Innovation: 3D printing and creating an elaborate web network bigger than the printers themselvesLooking For Innovation? Your company must encourage insights via Forbes Predicting Future Fashion Trends: A professor is using data to do just thatThe Future of CRM: 6 Predictions via Business 2 CommunityTake a Break From Your Business: The many benefits of stepping away for a bit, including innovationHow To Innovate: Experiment, over and over again15 Innovation Tips: How large companies…
  • Why Innovators Should Really Be Called “Chief Troublemakers”

    31 Mar 2015 | 7:50 am
    According to a shocking study, "over 99.7% of employees and consumers are human." So why are our approaches to innovation often so impersonal?Dustin Garis (former Chief Troublemaker, Procter & Gamble, Founder, LifeProfit and FEI 2015 keynote) has ventured to over 40 countries to not only preach innovation, but to seek it out, and to live it. Throughout his disruptive career he has been known to begin his meetings with the help of opera singers, use an elevator as an office, and fetch well-water with low-income women in rural India. By helping organizations expand innovation capabilities…
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    The Discipline of Innovation Blog

  • Authenticity is an Evolving Process of Search and Discovery

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

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

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

    Tim Kastelle
    9 Feb 2015 | 11:19 pm
    One Technology, Five Business Models In the late 1990s, some researchers at The University of Queensland made a breakthrough.  They invented radar equipment that works with an extremely high degree of precision over a relatively short range. Once they had made their discovery, they next started working on bringing their technology to market. Their first thought was that this would be very useful for locating pipes and underground power lines when people were digging things up. They built a prototype and called their company GroundProbe, and started trying to sell their radar to backhoe…
  • To Get Big, Start Really Small

    Tim Kastelle
    7 Feb 2015 | 3:52 pm
    When you’re starting out with something new, it’s important to understand that your customer is never “everyone.” Even if your eventual potential market is huge, you need to start out by dominating a small niche. Google didn’t start out by organising the world’s information.  Google started out as a way to make searching the Stanford Library easier as part of the Stanford Digital Library Project. Facebook didn’t start out aiming to connect everyone in the world with cat pictures and artificially manufactured political outrage.  It started out as a…
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    15inno

  • Communicators & Innovators: Why This Intersection Matters

    Stefan Lindegaard
    16 Apr 2015 | 4:10 pm
    Read this if you also ponder on the intersection of corporate innovation and communication. “Look around. Stakeholders all over. Inside and outside. You wonder why corporate innovators need to become better communicators. Executives, heads of business units, managers, employees and external partners. They all need different messages to help you get things done. If you don’t get them onboard, you can’t deliver. Your company will not become the preferred partner of choice in the innovation ecosystems. You will not get the bonus or the promotion. Can you feel the pressure? Today,…
  • Innovation Challenges: From Technology Breakthroughs to Focus on Customers

    Stefan Lindegaard
    14 Apr 2015 | 6:13 am
    One of the key innovation challenges at many companies, is the transition from being a company that focuses on technology breakthroughs to one that focuses on its customers. As I was researching the program for the Chief Innovation Officer Summit in San Francisco, May 21-22, I was pleased to see that Jean-Claude Junqua from Panasonic will address this issue at the conference. He states it like this in the description of his talk: “For many companies, there is often a huge difference between what’s in their business plans and the market’s expectations for growth. This growth gap comes…
  • The War for Talent: When Innovation Becomes an Employee Branding Tool

    Stefan Lindegaard
    12 Apr 2015 | 2:41 pm
    The war for talent is picking up again. More and more companies are starting to hire people for challenging positions and now we are starting to see examples of how innovation is being used as an employee branding tool. Talents are attracted to work places where they can be intellectually stimulated, have freedom to operate and thus the ability to make things happen and make an impact on smaller or bigger issues in the world. This is a good description of what the leading companies in the context of innovation are striving for with regards to their corporate culture and their innovation…
  • It’s The Distribution Channel, Stupid! – A Key for Profitable Innovation

    Stefan Lindegaard
    22 Mar 2015 | 2:58 pm
    As I am doing some research on the very interesting program of the Chief Innovation Officer Summit taking place in London on April 30 – May 1, the short description of a talk got my attention. The title is “It’s The Distribution Channel, Stupid!” and in the talk, Carolina Costa from Orange will focus on an important topic that is relevant for more and more industries today. The front end of innovation is no longer the big issue. There are so many ways in which an organization can generate new ideas whether they use internal or external sources or the combination of the two. Costa…
  • A Presentation on Innovation

    Stefan Lindegaard
    19 Mar 2015 | 3:11 pm
    Here you get a look at my current thoughts on innovation through a presentation that I will give tomorrow at the Turkey Innovation Week, where I am one of the keynote speakers. It is a long talk – 1 hour – so I have compiled lots of content in this presentation. Yes, it might even have too many messages, but I hope the participants at the conference as well as those of you, who are just checking out the presentation, can find some inspiration in it without feeling overloaded with information. Some of the topics I get into are: • The current state of innovation and the global megatrends…
 
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    Innovation Speaker

  • Observation, Measurement, and How They Lead to Sustainable Innovation

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

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

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

    Robert Brands
    3 Feb 2015 | 9:49 am
    Innovation experts love making lists – and we love reading them. I’ll be the first to admit that Fast Company’s “World’s Most Innovative Companies” is one of my favorite annual reports. I’m also a... Visit our Innovation-Innovation coach website today! http://www.innovationcoach.com/
  • Aligning Generation X, Y, and Flux for Innovation Implementation in 2015

    Robert Brands
    2 Jan 2015 | 3:55 am
    Here’s to a New Year of Innovation! Goodbye two-thousand and fourteen – Hello to the New Year! Typically with the passing of a year, I spend the first few hours feeling nostalgic. Facebook has their... Visit our Innovation-Innovation coach website today! http://www.innovationcoach.com/
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    Paul4innovating's Innovation Views

  • Walkabouts are needed for learning and testing ourselves

    paul4innovating
    15 Apr 2015 | 3:49 am
    photo credit: Walkabout (1971) film by Nicolas Roeg How often do you pause for thought, even simply for ‘just those few minutes,’  to allow yourself to openly question where you are and what you are attempting to do? We keep relentlessly moving on, like a wandering herd of buffalo, always looking for fresh pasture, those new feeding grounds. It’s not good. Of course I often get caught up in this restless pursuit of gathering more, when I spend a growing amount of my time researching across innovation. I keep coming across so many things that ‘trigger’ the…
  • Drawing out the different voices within the three horizon methodology for Innovation

    paul4innovating
    4 Apr 2015 | 1:47 am
    We so often struggle to articulate our innovation activity and then can’t seemingly project our plans into the future in consistent and coherent ways. We often lack the framing necessary. If this rings true of the innovation activity in your organization, then it is in danger of being seen as isolated, one-off events, that fail to link to your organizational strategy. Furthermore you’ll be missing out, or not capitalizing on emerging trends and insights where fresh growth opportunities reside. I so often come back to the messages we need to learn, which centers around the three horizon…
  • Eight possible pitfalls or sinkholes around innovation

    paul4innovating
    4 Apr 2015 | 12:11 am
    Why is it we always seem to fail back into the same traps or pitfalls? Bad habits seem to always reoccur even when we work on trying to eradicate them. Or we ignore the warning signs that were ‘signaling’ the problem until it is too late? For me, innovation has eight possible pitfalls or sink holes that we need to consciously try to avoid. Some are in our hands, others are clearly out of our hands but all we can do is try to be aware of them so we can avoid them the as best we can. We sometimes need to be more prepared for these traps based on our judgement and experience. 1.
  • Moving innovation into our core – Part three

    paul4innovating
    27 Mar 2015 | 2:53 am
    This is the third and final part of this series on the rethinking within the management of the innovation system. Part three– Technology will drive innovation change. We are in need of a different sustaining capacity, one build around innovation as its continuous core; constantly evolving, adapting, learning and adjusting, in perpetual motion. We are heading for transformational change Digital technology and the cloud are offering us a radically different conduit to achieve a new engagement process within our organizations. Innovation is going to be very much caught up in this…
  • Moving Innovation into our Core – Part Two

    paul4innovating
    25 Mar 2015 | 3:30 am
    A three-part series on rethinking the management of the innovation system. Part two, recognizing the broken process we currently have. The innovation process and the structures build into our organization certainly need to be changed. I outline here different barriers that require change to bring innovation more into the core of a business. Today, we are needing to build greater agility and responsiveness into our innovation design to counter for a more rapidly  changing market, sensing changing conditions and to ‘seize’ breaking opportunities. . A new combination of speed,…
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    Value innovation consulting for enterprises and startups

  • Importance of having a culture

    Jorge
    17 Apr 2015 | 6:14 am
    Culture eats strategy for breakfast. Period. Because strategy is in your every choice. Culture, in your every action. The topic of culture is one that is dear to me, so much so that I think and write about it as often as I drink Gatorade; which is almost every day. Culture is also a topic that I get interviewed about the most. For example, below is a excerpt on what I said about culture on On Humans podcast: Team culture is such a huge topic, but I’ve never stopped being a loyal advocate of building teams around culture and core team values. At the end of the day every business, every…
  • For our youth to thrive, it matters how we teach them to view failure

    Jorge
    15 Apr 2015 | 5:56 am
    During our discussion about The Future for Youth, one of the main points we touched on was “risk aversion”. And though we see a trend towards more entrepreneurs, the truth is many of them are not entrepreneurs. Why? Because most entrepreneurs fail and leave it at that. But real entrepreneurs view failure as a prerequisite for learning; that’s the difference. In our discussion, I commented about how we view failure matters. Mainly, that we must become aware of our weaknesses as people and not assume that we’re all great with just what we know. Though this may seem harsh…
  • Any business that has not yet been totally disrupted by the existence of the internet will be

    Jorge
    13 Apr 2015 | 5:31 am
    The internet, arguably the greatest invention of all time, is just starting to shape our world. New ventures are dreamed up every day to take advantage of it’s power, and legacy businesses are being disrupted because of it; the business world has been reshaped and redrawn since the inception of the internet. What does this disruption look like? Here are a couple of clues… This is what disruption looks like http://t.co/3S1KcNOfGJ pic.twitter.com/9Y3bvzGwfD — The Economist (@TheEconomist) March 29, 2015 Taxi companies beware! RT @ValaAfshar: This is what disruption looks like…
  • For innovators ignorance is an asset

    Jorge
    7 Apr 2015 | 5:28 am
    Most every business that I’ve consulted for asks me a variation of the same question: how can we innovate? Unfortunately, that’s the wrong question to ask. The correct question is: what’s currently stopping us from innovating? The first question can take you to many places, and it won’t tell you why you aren’t innovating; the latter is a better place to start because you will bring to bear obstacles already in place. Take a recent engagement I had recently, a month or so ago a health and fitness company engaged me to help them think about “what’s…
  • What To Look For In An Innovation Partner

    Jorge
    1 Apr 2015 | 6:23 am
    If you’re a successful company, you’re probably not used to innovation. You’re used to being good at what you do, and that’s the opposite of innovation. Smart innovation that evolves a new and marketable product often requires an innovation partner. There are a lot of reasons for that. But they boil down to a deceptively simple concept: Two heads think better than one. The Lone Company A person or a company left alone with an idea will have a very difficult time bringing the idea to life. That’s because of all the competing thoughts, emotions and responsibilities. These impinge on…
 
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    The Discipline of Innovation Blog

  • Authenticity is an Evolving Process of Search and Discovery

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

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

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

    Tim Kastelle
    9 Feb 2015 | 11:19 pm
    One Technology, Five Business Models In the late 1990s, some researchers at The University of Queensland made a breakthrough.  They invented radar equipment that works with an extremely high degree of precision over a relatively short range. Once they had made their discovery, they next started working on bringing their technology to market. Their first thought was that this would be very useful for locating pipes and underground power lines when people were digging things up. They built a prototype and called their company GroundProbe, and started trying to sell their radar to backhoe…
  • To Get Big, Start Really Small

    Tim Kastelle
    7 Feb 2015 | 3:52 pm
    When you’re starting out with something new, it’s important to understand that your customer is never “everyone.” Even if your eventual potential market is huge, you need to start out by dominating a small niche. Google didn’t start out by organising the world’s information.  Google started out as a way to make searching the Stanford Library easier as part of the Stanford Digital Library Project. Facebook didn’t start out aiming to connect everyone in the world with cat pictures and artificially manufactured political outrage.  It started out as a…
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  • Smart City Strategy: Konza Technology City (Kenya)

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

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

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

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

    Margarita Angelidou
    19 Mar 2015 | 12:00 am
    The city of New York followed a well-articulated digital strategy, which was shaped taking into account local recourses, priorities and needs. The strategy was designed by ‘NYC Digital’, a NY City office with the mission to create a healthier civil society and stronger democracy through the use of... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit URENIO website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
 
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    EYES IN

  • New Fitness App Nudge Helps Keep You fit on the go

    Vivian van Dijk
    18 Apr 2015 | 12:00 pm
    Nothing can shake up a fitness regime like traveling or going on vacation for an extended period time. Health tech company, Nudge, is solving this by providing a way for consumers to connect with a health coach directly from within the Nudge app, making staying in shape while away from home much easier. Share your innovative news with EYES IN™ Magazine via our Facebook page. Fitness App Nudge Keeps You Healthy When You Travel By connecting to a Nudge coach, consumers have a virtual accountability partner that can help them reach their health or fitness goals; whether it’s to lose…
  • Angelo Cappellini Unveils Epic Collection in Milan

    Vivian van Dijk
    18 Apr 2015 | 8:58 am
    <> The most refined and elaborate hand-crafted creations spring to life in a location designed to represent the stylistic and design potential of Angelo Cappellini at the Milan Design Fair. Specialized in accurate reproductions of period styles, this company, founded in 1886, produces furnishings of an elegant and sumptuous nature, in which each and every detail, material, finish, and manual process is meticulously executed. Share your innovative news with EYES IN™ Magazine via our Facebook page. Angelo Cappelini Releases Stunning Collection at the Milan Design Fair As usual, the…
  • Italian Gem Wondrous Boccaccio Debuting at Tribeca

    Vivian van Dijk
    17 Apr 2015 | 6:20 pm
    <> Italian film Maraviglioso Boccaccio (Wondrous Boccaccio) is making its North American premiere at this year’s Tribeca Film Festival and… it is an Italian family affair! Share your innovative news with EYES IN™ Magazine via our Facebook page. Italian Masterpiece Wondrous Boccaccio Debuting at Tribeca Stemal Entertainment Cinemaundici and Barbary Films with Rai Cinema present based on Boccaccio’s masterpiece, Wondrous Boccaccio. The film by Paolo & Vittorio Taviani is making its triumphant debut at the 2015 Tribeca Film Festival. In a time of death, the only…
  • ThinkFoodGroup is Fighting to Solve World Hunger

    Vivian van Dijk
    17 Apr 2015 | 4:20 pm
    Chef José Andrés’ Think Food Group is bringing together healthy food advocates from around the globe. The World Central Kitchen empowers people to focus on smart solutions to hunger and poverty. Share your innovative news with EYES IN™ Magazine via our Facebook page. ThinkFoodGroup is Finding New Ways to Fight Hunger & Poverty ThinkFoodGroup is committed to fostering future generations of innovators and activists changing the world through the power of food. Their restaurants serve the few in the developed world that have access to such luxuries, but they are always looking towards…
  • El Anatsui: Four Decades Celebrated at The School

    Vivian van Dijk
    17 Apr 2015 | 12:00 pm
    <> The Jack Shainman Gallery is celebrating the first anniversary of The School with an exhibition of work by El Anatsui that will be on view through mid-August. The solo exhibition will be a comprehensive survey, from early projects in painting, wood, and clay, to the monumental metal works for which Anatsui is renowned. The School’s 24 foot ceilings will highlight the majestic scale that has become a hallmark of his oeuvre. Share your innovative news with EYES IN™ Magazine via our Facebook page. El Anatsui’s Larger Than Life Work Celebrated at The School The School is a…
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    InventHelp Blog

  • 5 Most Important Innovations in Hockey History

    Emily Moorhead
    15 Apr 2015 | 12:29 pm
    The sport of hockey has come a long way since its early days in 19th century Canada. From the rules to the rink, the game has evolved considerably over the years to get to where it is today. Proof of this can be seen all over the equipment the modern player uses. The 5 biggest innovations in hockey are the goaltender mask, pads, stick, gloves and skates. 1. Goaltender mask After having his nose broken from a Howie Morenz shot, Montreal Maroons’ Clint Benedict became the first goaltender to wear a mask in an NHL game on February 20, 1930. However, it was made out of leather and did not…
  • 6 Accidental Inventions that Changed the World

    Emily Moorhead
    10 Apr 2015 | 10:57 am
    Innovation is typically a strikingly purposeful process. Hours of work, thousands of dollars, and multitudes of resources come together to create an invention. Very rarely, however, scientists or even just your average Joe will stumble upon an accidental invention while working on another project or doing something completely unrelated. Accidental inventions, although rare and seemingly random, have improved society and made a positive impact on the world. Teflon After earning multiple organic chemistry degrees, Dr. Roy Plunkett took a job with DuPont working with synthesizing new forms of…
  • HELP! How Do I Get a Product Licensed?

    Emily Moorhead
    26 Mar 2015 | 12:44 pm
    Many great ideas are born each day in minds all over the globe and many people have the drive and desire to turn their invention ideas into products. There can be some limiting factors to bringing your idea to fruition, such as lack of knowledge, deficiency of funds, and a shortage of time to dedicate to your idea. For these reasons and many others, some people choose to attempt to license their products to companies. But, how exactly does this process work? There’s no cut-and-dry instruction manual or direct path to take, but there are resources and tips available on how to license a…
  • 4 Game Changing Innovations in Basketball

    Emily Moorhead
    20 Mar 2015 | 11:24 am
    Is your bracket ready? March Madness is here, but do you know who invented basketball and how some of basketball’s greatest innovations came to be? Basketball was invented out of a need for a fun activity on a rainy day. Basketball inventor Dr. James Naismith, physical education professor and instructor at International Young Men’s Christian Association Training School, (now Springfield College in Springfield, Massachusetts) created the sport when he wanted a fun activity to keep his gym class busy on a rainy day. The first game was played in December of 1891 with a soccer ball and a…
  • 4 Skills You Gain Working in the Innovation Industry

    Emily Moorhead
    13 Mar 2015 | 6:05 am
    Staying true to the nature of the industry, having a career in innovation means your line of work is always varied. Not a day goes by without a surprise being thrown into your workload. To many of those working in the industry, however, this is a blessing because there is never a dull moment. The innovation industry offers many opportunities to learn many different skills at once. 1. Creativity In the simplest terms, innovation is creative problem solving. The various aspects of working with inventions include many creative tasks, such as product development, marketing, and design. A typical…
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    Innovation Change Management

  • Can Windows 10 Disrupt Android and Get Microsoft Back in Handset Game?

    Braden Kelley
    7 Apr 2015 | 9:56 am
    Microsoft Tries to Disrupt Mobile Phone Market I came across an article on Mashable recently highlighting a new Microsoft experiment. It highlights something that Microsoft has prototyped to test as part of their strategy to regain momentum in the mobile … Continue reading →
  • Listen to Crowd Computing is Dead, Long Live the Cloud!

    Braden Kelley
    6 Apr 2015 | 10:34 am
    The Innovation Excellence version of my recent article Cloud Computing is Dead, Long Live the Cloud! has done so well that Umano has decided to turn it into an audio-article that you can listen to while you work, drive, etc. … Continue reading →
  • Whither Innovation in Indiana?

    Braden Kelley
    30 Mar 2015 | 6:24 pm
    Now that I’ve got your attention, let’s talk about homosexuality and whether it has any impact on innovation. There probably are two no more polarizing topics in the United States than homosexuality and abortion. But the truth is that if … Continue reading →
  • Listen to the Top 10 Reasons Not to Innovate

    Braden Kelley
    24 Mar 2015 | 9:52 am
    The Innovation Excellence version of my recent article No Innovation Beyond This Point has done so well that Umano has decided to turn it into an audio-article that you can listen to while you work, drive, etc. if you were … Continue reading →
  • Rise of Seamless Computing

    Braden Kelley
    19 Mar 2015 | 6:25 am
    Some people have made fun of the fact that I said that the iPad might fail when it was announced, but I just looked back at what I said back in 2010 (before Apple fixed their Value Translation problem) and … Continue reading →
 
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    IdeaFaktory

  • Welcome to McFuture

    Steve Faktor
    31 Mar 2015 | 5:12 am
    This is a placeholder for the forthcoming McFuture Podcast. GET NEW ARTICLES BY EMAIL
  • Will Apple Pay Reign Supreme?

    Steve Faktor
    3 Nov 2014 | 6:57 am
    There has never been a more exciting time in payments. Let me re-phrase that. There has never been an exciting time in payments. But if you read tech blogs lately, you’d think we were moments away from revolution. Unless the oppressed proletariat can pay with iPhones, they’ll start pummeling Nobu waiters with pearl-encrusted Prada bags. Screw equality and education reform, give the people what they really want – that satisfying beep at CVS! Since launching Apple Pay, mall hell has broken loose. Bank of America customers are getting double-billed. Some merchants are blocking Apple Pay…
  • Part II – Deep Dive: Apple Pay and The Strange Bedfellows Analysis [free login]

    Steve Faktor
    28 Oct 2014 | 10:33 am
    This is a deep-dive follow-up to my Will Apple Pay Reign Supreme? article in Forbes. Apple Pay launched last week with a million cards registered. How did you celebrate? CVS and several other retailers celebrated by disabling all NFC chip payments in anticipation of their own solution, CurrentC…based on my favorite punching bag, QR codes. Finally, the payments space is getting exciting – but not for the reasons everyone thinks.  Sure, NFC and Bitcoin are practically Fifty Shades of Grey compared to credit cards. But it in my years in payments and loyalty innovation, this is the…
  • Should Startups Be Charitable? Four Strategies to Decide

    Steve Faktor
    25 Sep 2014 | 8:06 am
    Even the biggest grouch has to feel a little optimistic about today’s social entrepreneurs. They’re like 60’s hippies high on quinoa and VC cash, instead of weed and Dylan records. Surely, one is bound to save the world. So when Entrepreneur Magazine asked me if charitable startups can be good businesses, I felt like the guy handing kids grapefruit on Halloween. Those precious, disappointed faces… There have been some successes like Warby Parker, which donates a pair of glasses for each one sold. But often, “charitable startup” is like a liver smoothie – packed with nutrients,…
  • Microsoft’s Nuclear Option for Mobile

    Steve Faktor
    1 Jul 2014 | 8:08 pm
    The new market share numbers are in for Windows Phone and they’re brutal. According to Kantar Worldpanel, Microsoft’s share dropped from 4.7% to 3.6% in the US by May 2014 vs last year. It’s also declining in Germany, flat-lining in Brazil, and completely vanishing in China. To a heated, two-horse race, Microsoft brought a donkey. That doesn’t mean there’s no hope. After all, how would Juan Valdez get all those coffee beans without his trusty burro? I’ve written extensively about the mobile wars and work with companies fighting them. I sincerely…
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    Doblin

  • Ten Types of Innovation App - Now Available!

    30 Mar 2015 | 11:26 pm
    Take the guesswork out of the innovation process - get the Ten Types of Innovation app for iPad.At Doblin, we’ve discovered that innovation almost never fails due to a lack of creativity—it almost always fails due to a lack of discipline. The Ten Types of Innovation® App bundles more than 100 building blocks of innovation with a sketchpad and curated newsfeed to provide a systematic framework to discover, build, and test your ideas, helping you innovate with confidence.  The free Ten Types of Innovation App features include:Interactive format of the Ten Types of Innovation…
  • Join the Doblin Team

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

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

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

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

  • Observation, Measurement, and How They Lead to Sustainable Innovation

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

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

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

    Robert Brands
    3 Feb 2015 | 9:49 am
    Innovation experts love making lists – and we love reading them. I’ll be the first to admit that Fast Company’s “World’s Most Innovative Companies” is one of my favorite annual reports. I’m also a... Visit our Innovation-Innovation coach website today! http://www.innovationcoach.com/
  • Aligning Generation X, Y, and Flux for Innovation Implementation in 2015

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

  • The Italian Job

    admin
    16 Apr 2015 | 2:06 am
    The Italian Job, the successor of ‘Mission Moscow’ and ‘Destination Rio’, was an initiative launched at the beginning of the 2014/15 academic year, which aimed to nurture and foster the next generation of entrepreneurs. The Italian Job 2015 was designed to encompass two main global entrepreneurship dates; Global Entrepreneurship Week (GEW) and the Global Entrepreneurship Congress 2014 (GEC2014). In October 2014, budding entrepreneurs from across the University, and beyond, were set the exacting mission of transforming an initial investment of £10 into the profits necessary to fund…
  • Groundbreaking 4K video compression

    admin
    1 Apr 2015 | 3:08 am
    V-Nova Ltd., a leading provider of video compression solutions, announced the public release of a number of ground breaking video compression products based on its industry advancing PERSEUS® technology. PERSEUS rewrites the rules of compression, demonstrating in testing and live operations 2x – 3x average compression gains, at all quality levels, under practical real-time operating scenarios versus currently existing technologies. PERSEUS has been developed and tested over the past five years within an Open Innovation consortium of over 20 global industry leaders including Broadcom,…
  • Eclipse at Riverside

    admin
    23 Mar 2015 | 3:09 am
    The solar eclipse of 20th March 2015 seen from the Riverside Innovation Centre. Eclipse at Chester  
  • BBC gives away a million mini-computers

    admin
    12 Mar 2015 | 4:12 am
    The BBC has announced that 1 million ‘Micro Bits’, a stripped-down computer similar to a Raspberry Pi, will be given to all pupils starting secondary school in the autumn term. Last October, Director-General Tony Hall said he wanted the BBC to embrace one big education project a year. For 2015, the BBC’s new Make it Digital initiative will encourage digital creativity and coding as part of a wider push to increase digital skills among young people and help to fill the digital skills gap. The BBC is also launching a season of coding-based programmes and activities…
  • Apple Watch is nearly here

    admin
    12 Mar 2015 | 3:32 am
    Apple has announced that its Apple Watch will be available on Friday, April 24 to customers in Australia, Canada, China, France, Germany, Hong Kong, Japan, the UK and the US. Apple Watch operates as an accurate timepiece, a communication device and a health and fitness companion. Highly customizable for personal expression, Apple Watch also brings an entirely new way to receive information at a glance and interact with the world through third-party app experiences designed specifically for the wrist. “Apple Watch begins a new chapter in the way we relate to technology and we think our…
 
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  • The Astounding Gospel to the Gentiles

    adam@sciencelayer.com (Adam Collier)
    8 Apr 2015 | 7:03 pm
    I think we’ve short-changed the gospel of Jesus Christ, the gospel is not merely mankind’s ticket out of hell, it is the great plan..the great purpose of God which motivated him to create and which he began before he ever said ‘let there be light’. God is not trying to bribe humanity to get saved, the gospel is an offer of peace […]
  • Nothing Will Be Impossible

    adam@sciencelayer.com (Adam Collier)
    1 Apr 2015 | 5:21 pm
    They said to one another, “Come, let us make bricks and burn them thoroughly.” And they used brick for stone, and they used 2tar for mortar. Come, let us build for ourselves a city, and a tower whose top 3will reach into heaven, and let us make for ourselves 4a name, otherwise we 5will be […]
  • The Fruitful Body of Jesus Christ

    adam@sciencelayer.com (Adam Collier)
    17 Mar 2015 | 5:33 pm
    I love the words used in the command to be fruitful which seen repeatedly in Genesis. Not only in Genesis, fruitfulness is a theme seen throughout scripture, culminating in the two analogies of a vine and a body in the gospels. Genesis 1:28 God blessed them and said to them, “Be fruitful and increase in number; fill the […]
  • Christian Fruit …on Demand

    adam@sciencelayer.com (Adam Collier)
    7 Mar 2015 | 9:48 am
    The science of fruit trees (pomology) is fascinating to me.  I have apple trees and enjoy studying and managing them for fruit production.  This involves late winter pruning, ground nutrition, sun exposure, blossom protection from frost, maximum pollination, fruit thinning, pest control, and deer/ rabbit protection. Bottom line, with a little knowledge we can cause and expect a […]
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    The Innovation Mill

  • Throwing Shade @ #BodyShaming and Other Beautiful Things About the #ImNoAngel Campaign

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

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

    Sam Ford
    6 Apr 2015 | 8:54 am
    As I recover from…and continue to think through…the interesting discussions (on-stage and off) I heard and were part of at this year’s SXSW Interactive conference, I thought I might start by sharing information on a couple of the sessions I found particularly of interest…One I was able to attend in person, with a standing-room only crowd eager to learn about what might be coming around the bend when it comes to new ways to tell stories. The second, on digital ethics, happened after I’d left Austin but, thanks to the wonderful Twitter discussion happening around the event…I was…
  • Talking Wikipedia and Understanding Online Community at SXSW

    Sam Ford
    1 Apr 2015 | 7:19 am
    I have been recovering and reflecting from my time in Austin, Texas, last month, for the annual SXSW Interactive gathering, which gets ever-more immersive, expansive, elaborate, and carnivalesque. There were certain themes—a deep concern and significant reflection on privacy issues, a desire to think through today’s obsession with “content,” a look at the future of storytelling and engagement in a connected media environment—that stood out for me while dodging swinging selfie sticks and sounded clear through the chatter about the latest platforms and devices. If you’re interested…
  • It’s a Snap

    Catharine Cody
    31 Mar 2015 | 10:34 am
    I don’t text my friends anymore.  I SnapChat them.  If I’m curious to see what my friend is doing, I send her a picture of my face with the caption, “What’s up?” If I know she is in New Orleans for a bachelorette party, I don’t text her to ask how it’s going. I look at her story on SnapChat. And, I’m not alone.  To date, SnapChat has around 100 million monthly active users, with over 70% under the age of 25. As brands try to figure out how to market to this audience, they should tap into the treasure trove that is SnapChat and reach Millennials on their terms.  Audi is one…
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  • How does your business kill innovation?

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

    Synectics
    1 Apr 2015 | 9:09 am
    Connie Williams, CMO & General Partner Synecticsworld By Connie Williams There’s a great new benefit area to consider adding to your health care plan. It’s reasonably priced and pays a lifetime of benefits. It contributes to better wellbeing overall. People sleep better. They feel like they have better control over their lives. They have hope and self-reliance. What is this magical elixir for which you’ve never seen an infomercial? It’s called creativity. Experts say that there is a strong link between creative expression and wellbeing. Creativity builds resiliency with the belief…
  • Incubation: Bridging The Gap Between Idea and Implementation

    Synectics
    10 Dec 2014 | 8:55 am
    Chipp Norcross, Synecticsworld By Chipp Norcross I’ve noticed, over the last few years, that the old adage, “I wish I’d thought of that!” is increasingly being replaced by, “I thought of that! I wish I had done something with that idea!” This shift has largely been missed in the corporate boardroom, however. Most companies seem to still focus only on the pursuit of new ideas, when they should really be learning to implement the big, game-changing, absolutely amazing (and terrifying) ideas that they let sit on the sidelines, gathering dust. In my opinion, this is the emerging…
  • Crafting a More Productive R&D & Marketing Innovation Partnership

    Synectics
    8 Dec 2014 | 11:44 am
    Connie Williams, CMO & General Partner Synecticsworld By Connie Williams This article first appeared on PreScouter in September, 2014 Does your organization’s innovation feel like “In this corner, Marketing, in this corner, R&D”? If it does, that’s because R&D and Marketing work in very different ways, often seeing the world and opportunities very differently. The old, traditional way of working, with R&D and Marketing in their separate corners working on innovation opportunities, has to be retired. While marketers tend to rule innovation in CPG and R&D leads in…
  • How To Assemble Your Team For Innovation

    Synectics
    16 Oct 2014 | 12:57 pm
    Leo Boudreau By Leo Boudreau One of the most crucial tasks related to a successful innovation effort is assembling the appropriate team.  A team focused on innovation has very different requirements from a team with an operational focus and a number of different factors need to be taken into consideration and different qualities and characteristics are sought after.  The first question you need to answer is what is the purpose of your team?  Are you bringing together a group for 1-2 days to do some idea generation or problem solving or are you bringing together a group that you want to…
 
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  • Key Trends in Crowdsourcing

    IdeaConnection
    14 Apr 2015 | 10:07 am
    The latest figures are out and big businesses are giving crowdsourcing the big thumbs up.  Between 2013 and 2014 the Fast Moving Consumer Goods (FMCG) sector increased crowdsourcing investment by 48%, making it the most active crowdsourced sector of last year. That’s according to a new report, ‘The State of Crowdsourcing’ –  a study of Interbrand’s 100 best global brands in 2014 by crowdsourcing agency eYeka. Some of the key findings were: Procter & Gamble, Unilever and Nestlé were named the top three crowdsourcing users for 2013 and 2014 Among the top global brands…
  • Crowdsourcing Cheese and Dairy Products

    IdeaConnection
    7 Apr 2015 | 8:10 am
    Are you a connoisseur of cheese? A fan of fromage? Do you delight in dairy and shout louder for Gouda?  If you answered yes to any of these questions, you may be interested in the Oregon-based farmers who are now taking a crowdsourcing approach to business.  They are inviting customers to get involved with product development and more. For more than a century, the farmers of Tillamook County have been producing quality cheeses and other dairy products.  The first cheeses were rolled out in the dwindling years of the 19th century and in 1909 a number of small creameries formed a…
  • A Brief and Fascinating History of Electricity

    IdeaConnection
    31 Mar 2015 | 7:23 am
    Sir Isaac Newton wasn’t the only brilliant person to have seen further by standing on the shoulders of giants.  The history of electrical research is littered with many giants who built on the work of previous generations of outstanding minds.  Their sparks of genius have filled our world with so many conveniences that it’s difficult to imagine a life without electricity.  But who were these outstanding individuals? The Russ College of Engineering and Technology at Ohio University has compiled a fascinating infographic charting some of the key names in the history of…
  • Can the Crowd Help Improve Prostate Cancer Outcomes?

    IdeaConnection
    24 Mar 2015 | 9:31 am
    Prostate cancer is one of the biggest killers of men in several countries according to the World Cancer Research Fund International.  And in recent years, incidence rates have increased dramatically. To better predict survival, disease progression and treatment toxicity a new crowd-based project has been launched – The Prostate Cancer DREAM Challenge. The open innovation project marries crowdsourcing with data sharing and is inviting researchers, scientists, data whizzes and number crunchers to find solutions to two key clinical research areas of an advanced form of the disease…
  • Crowdsourcing Help for Human Rights

    IdeaConnection
    17 Mar 2015 | 10:09 am
    One of the many advantages of crowdsourcing is how it can bring together diverse individuals to solve problems and challenges for the common good. Non-profit organization Advancing Human Rights has developed a project called Movements.org to help protect basic freedoms, particularly for those living in closed societies. The platform is designed to match activists and dissidents living under dictatorships with volunteers who can help them, for example with legal assistance, to get information to policy makers or to spread the word about what is going on in their countries.  Since the…
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  • AmyKism #3 Video

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

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

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

    AmyK
    25 Mar 2015 | 4:53 pm
    How do you know you’re “buying” the right stuff?
  • 7 Most Thought-Provoking Questions I Was Asked In 2014

    AmyK
    25 Nov 2014 | 11:00 am
    I like to have my thinking agitated – preferably with a good glass of wine, some sumptuous appetizers, and a few brilliant minds to shake up the discourse. Sometimes these intriguing conversations are accompanied with markers, flip charts and coffee, but hey, at least they’re happening..
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  • Innovation Inspiration #68

    Michael
    17 Apr 2015 | 5:21 am
    The post Innovation Inspiration #68 appeared first on Brilliant Ideas.
  • Innovation Inspiration #86

    Michael
    5 Apr 2015 | 4:39 am
    The post Innovation Inspiration #86 appeared first on Brilliant Ideas.
  • Innovation Inspiration #66

    Michael
    3 Apr 2015 | 5:13 am
    The post Innovation Inspiration #66 appeared first on Brilliant Ideas.
  • Brilliant Idea #289. Trading Places app

    Michael
    31 Mar 2015 | 4:30 am
    Brilliant Idea #289 is an app that allows people to earn money by trading their place in queue, their seat in a taxi or train or their ticket to an event with someone that wants it more. As an example, I’m on the train but I don’t have a seat. Using the app I can find users nearby and broadcast to them that I would pay…£x for their seat. Those users get an alert and can reject it, barter or accept it. If they accept it, they send a message back saying where they are. When the transaction is agreed by both parties the amount agreed is debited from my account and paid, minus…
  • Innovation Inspiration #65

    Michael
    28 Mar 2015 | 6:11 am
    The post Innovation Inspiration #65 appeared first on Brilliant Ideas.
 
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    Destination Innovation

  • Sometimes it Pays to be Unpredictable and play Games with Customers

    admin
    11 Apr 2015 | 3:52 am
    Phil Romano Phil Romano is an Italian American who has started a series of restaurant chains.  As a serial entrepreneur he has launched some 25 different restaurants concepts which produce over $1.5B in annual revenues.  Successful ventures include Cozymel’s, Fuddruckers, Eatzi’s and Romano’s Macaroni Grill.  He has had his share of flops too including Baroni’s, an expensive men’s clothing retailer and a seafood restaurant called Lobster Ranch. In a recent interview in Fortune magazine he tells how he financed the launch of Fuddruckers, a high-end burger…
  • How to Broadcast and Reward Innovation Success

    admin
    9 Apr 2015 | 1:51 am
    When you have a successful innovation be sure to broadcast the fact. Track the source of the original idea that led to the innovation.  It may have come from a brainstorm, a suggestion scheme item, an idea event or some other source and the originator may have been an individual or a team. In any event, if the contributor is agreeable, make a big fuss. Draw up a story about the innovation and place it in internal and external media. Put it on your intranet and if appropriate on your main website. Place it in the trade press – they are usually hungry for stories and a good press release…
  • How to boost your personal creativity – video

    admin
    3 Apr 2015 | 6:12 am
    Paul Sloane explains how you can unleash your personal creative genius.       Related article 10 Great Ways to Boost your Creativity The post How to boost your personal creativity – video appeared first on Destination Innovation.
  • How to Innovate with Services – Video

    admin
    3 Apr 2015 | 4:14 am
    Paul Sloane explains how you can innovate with your service or process.         Related article Transformers – a Brainstorm method for systems or processes The post How to Innovate with Services – Video appeared first on Destination Innovation.
  • Eliminate the Risk in Product Innovation – Get your Customers to Choose

    admin
    30 Mar 2015 | 2:43 am
    Threadless is well known as an example of crowdsourcing new product design.  This fast-growing T shirt company asks its user community to submit designs for new T shirts.  Designers from around the world submit designs which are often edgy, cool and topical.  The company claims to encourage ‘weird, geeky and beautiful art.’  It asks users to vote on the designs.  Threadless manufacturers the most popular items and (not suprisingly) they sell well.  The original designer gets a small monetary reward and his or her name on the label.  Threadless now makes sweaters, hoodies…
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  • My latest interview with Trend Hunter

    Nick Skillicorn
    3 Apr 2015 | 4:44 am
    This week I had the pleasure of being interviewed by the team at Trend Hunter, one of the internet's most recognised names in Trend Spotting and analysis with over 60 million monthly readers. You can read my full interview here, which covers: What my overall mission is How I define innovation How I motivate myself […] Originally published at My latest interview with Trend Hunter
  • Interview: How can companies innovate FASTER?

    Nick Skillicorn
    20 Mar 2015 | 5:09 am
    In the past month, I was interviewed by CMSWire, a leading online magazine, around my views on helping companies improve their innovation capabilities. Their particular question: How can companies innovate faster than their competitors? Click here to read the article on CMSWire. My primary insight in the article is that if you empower your people to […] Originally published at Interview: How can companies innovate FASTER?
  • Why is this company giving $1,000 to anyone with an idea?

    Nick Skillicorn
    6 Mar 2015 | 4:09 am
    With it's new Kickbox programme, Adobe is giving every employee with an idea the opportunity to go out and experiment on it. The smartest part: they're completely happy for that idea to fail. Adobe as a company has an innate link with creativity. After all, it produces some of the most widely-used software products used […] Originally published at Why is this company giving $1,000 to anyone with an idea?
  • This genius new beehive design is the epitome of innovation

    Nick Skillicorn
    27 Feb 2015 | 5:56 am
    I fell in love with the simplicity and effectiveness of this new innovation, which redesigns a beehive so making honey is effortless Every now and again, so see something so logical that you ask yourself "Why hasn't anyone thought of that before?" Today I just saw an amazing innovation which I just had to share […] Originally published at This genius new beehive design is the epitome of innovation
  • Year of the Goat: The perfect time to get creative by slowing down

    Nick Skillicorn
    20 Feb 2015 | 5:54 am
    It's the year of the Goat in Chinese Culture. And this means it's good news for anyone trying to be creative Gong Xi Fa Cai! It's Chinese New Year, and this year is the year of the goat (or sheep, depending on who you're talking to). Having grown up in Singapore, I appreciate the cultural […] Originally published at Year of the Goat: The perfect time to get creative by slowing down
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    Innovation Architecture by Doug Collins

  • Thank you, Delta Airlines.

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

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

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

    10 Mar 2015 | 7:49 am
    Introduction Quality management and innovation management are two peas in a pod. They share the same intent and many, many of the same practices. Identify the customer. Deliver value. Remove waste. Observe. Experiment. Innovate. Assess. Repeat. In this article I explore ways in which practitioners from both camps can combine forces as they work to transform their organizations for the Digital Age. Kaizen, Meet Crowdsourcing Of late a number of my clients have engaged me in exploring the connections between innovation management and quality management. Lean. Six Sigma. Total Quality…
  • Incubator Nation: The Rise of Immersive Collaborative Innovation

    9 Feb 2015 | 9:00 pm
    As a consultant I have the pleasure of working with a wide swath of people across a wide swath of industries as they pursue the practice of collaborative innovation. The front row seat to emerging, dominating, and fading trends in innovation management is mine. I enjoy the view. Of late, I have observed amongst the enterprise clients an emerging trend that appears to be moving to dominance: externally focused incubation. By externally focused incubation, I mean the practice by which the enterprise partners with a third party in order to co-locate their employees in a space where they can…
 
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