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The Future Of Robots

Digital Tonto

One thing is clear. Robots will become an increasingly important part of the economy and will drive productivity for decades to come. Related posts: Are Robots Really the Problem? The 3 Big. [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]. All Posts Technology Innovation Robotics

The Uncomfortable Truth About Autonomous Cars

Daniel Burrus

Here is a wake-up call about traditional media: Bad news sells, but good news does not. The so-called negativity bias that surrounds us on a daily basis plays a major part in our often cynical view of the future. As humans, we have been hardwired to respond quickly to negative words or potential threats. But when it comes to technology, why does fear spread faster than facts? SHARE.

A New Era Of Innovation

Digital Tonto

Without trusty old paradigms to guide us, we’ll soon be largely operating in the realm of the unknown. It will no longer be enough to be agile and disrupt, we will have to discover and. [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]. All Posts Technology Innovation Moore's law

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The Five Myths of Innovation


Innovation isn’t easy, and there are all types of myths on how to make it work and not make it work (see here , here , here , here , here ). In this webinar, Professor Julian Birkinshaw talks about his research on the myths and realities of innovation in large organizations. The five myths are: The eureka moment. It’s the idea that a game-changing ideas just comes to you out of nowhere.

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Innovation Buster: How Losing Your Best Employees is Killing Innovation

Employees at the front lines often have better ideas for innovation than others within the business, but when they walk out the door, they take those ideas with them. Want to innovate better and faster than the competition? You need to hold onto your best employees and the ideas they have. In this session we will explore how various pieces of the talent life cycle are related to retention and examine more than 20 strategies and ideas for improving retention outcomes for your business.

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We Need To Switch Our Mental Models From Hierarchies To Networks

Digital Tonto

In a world connected by digital technology, power no longer lies at the top of hierarchies, but at the center of networks. Related posts: Leaders Must Do More Than Inspire—We Must Shape Networks. [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]. All Posts Management Movements Network Theory Stanley

Inside/Out Innovation

Idea Champions

If you work in an organization that wants to establish a sustainable culture of innovation -- you have two basic choices: outside/in or inside/out. Outside/in is the most common approach. It assumes that re-engineering systems or processes is the way to go. Not that there's anything wrong with that, mind you, but it's often just a slick way of repositioning the deck chairs on your own Titanic.

Exploring the Rich Tapestry within the Three Horizon Framework

Paul Hobcraft

Within our ‘business as usual’ attitudes, there actually lies the seeds of destruction. Today there is a relentless pace; we are facing stagnation in many maturing markets if we don’t evolve. Yet we actually subvert the future to prolong the life of the existing. Commonality within innovation is becoming increasingly important. It is how we manage this transition becomes so critical.

How Many Types of Innovation are there?

Innovation Excellence

The simplest way to categorize innovation is into two types – incremental and radical.    Incremental innovation is an improvement in an existing thing (e.g. product, process or service).  Radical innovation is finding an entirely new way of doing something.  For example if you had been making spectacles in the 1950s then plastic lenses instead of. Uber Virgin

Why Corporate Accelerators Fail — and What to Do About It

With more than 230 independent accelerators, it can be challenging to offer a value proposition that is compelling enough to startup founders. Large companies will need to change their accelerator strategy and design to be successful moving forward.

Hiring for Innovation Means Hiring for Transformation


How do you hire innovators? Not by relying on past experience as a qualifier, rather on qualities. When it comes to my consulting practice, the vast majority of mexican companies I’ve had contact with ask for a methodology. As you know, I have issues with template thinking : it doesn’t equal innovation. Hint: you can’t. Sure, you can point to IDEO but the list is short after them.

5 Technologies for 2031

Digital Tonto

Today, in 2016, we have largely mastered the virtual world of information. By 2031, we will have begun to master the physical world as well. Related posts: The 3 Big Technologies To Watch Over The. [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]. All Posts Technology Clean Energy Genomics Moore's law Nanotechnology Robotics

Amazon’s Secret Weapon: Being Anticipatory

Daniel Burrus

In many ways it seems impossible that Amazon has been in business for more than 20 years. Time does fly! During that time, Amazon has been – and continues to be – the largest and most innovative leader in the e-commerce market. You may be surprised to discover the other markets Amazon has not only entered, but is also in the process of redefining and reinventing. Amazon Grows While Others Struggle. Amazon recently reported a 28 percent jump in sales with a profit of $513 million in its first quarter. The first three months of the year saw a phenomenal $29.1 What's their secret? SHARE.

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Enabling Collaboration to Improve Employee Engagement


When you think about collaboration, what is the first thing that comes to mind? Does it mean working with others for a particular purpose? Or does it mean coming together because your work requires you to? Collaboration has a different meaning to every individual, but that meaning ties into one thing – how engaged you are at work. The Power of Collaboration and Improving Employee Engagement.

Upgrade Your Innovation Program with Crowdsourcing Best Practices

Communities are forming around companies, ideas, projects, start-ups, and people. This white paper teaches organizations how to assess impact, reach, and generate engagement in their innovation programs with the help of the crowd.

What is the Foundation of Innovation?

Innovation Excellence

It was my privilege to serve for over 30 years the customers, employees, and shareholders of one of the most respected Fortune 50 brands in the world, Caterpillar Inc.

How Corporates are Responding to the Dollar Shave Club Deal


Unilever's $1 billion buyout of Dollar Shave Club proves that successful innovation comes in many forms. Sometimes, all you need is a great business idea, a strong team, and the willingness to follow-through. And yes, it helps when you launch with a video that goes viral and which has since been viewed over 23 million times. Trends

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Fast Company’s Brainstorming Fail

Gregg Fraley

Fast Company Article “Brainstorming is Dumb” Misses the Point. Brainstorming, Done Properly, Is Not a Tool, It’s A Multi-Step Process. Here we go again. And yet another major publication publishes a misleading article about brainstorming — Brainstorming is Dumb. This happens about every six months. This time it’s Fast Company. That’s a big miss in my view.

4 Vital Characteristics of Collaborative Strategy Leaders


What leadership skills are necessary to successfully champion a collaborative strategy ? client fully immersed in developing and implementing a collaborative strategy asked that question. The task at hand is selecting “champions” from among the organization’s leadership team to move forward with strategic initiatives developed from the input of employees across the organization.

Transform your Company and Rethink Innovation – A Report by Stefan Lindegaard

Innovation professionals around the world talk too much about “innovation” and “innovation culture”, the terms are blurred. It’s time to rethink. In the face of digital transformation and the threat of disruption, companies have to change. But how?

How to be Radically Open-Minded

Innovation Excellence

(in times of exponential change and innovation) Most of us like to see ourselves as open-minded. In the workplace, we claim to be open to our colleagues’ ideas and suggestions, and from time to time we even go along with some of those ideas rather than ours. As long as their ideas don’t compete with.

Rule 1: Don’t start a project until you finish one.

Mike Shipulski

One of the biggest mistakes I know is to get too little done by trying to do too much. In high school we got too comfortable with partial credit. Start the problem the right way, make a few little mistakes and don’t actually finish the problem – 50% credit.  With product development, and other real life projects, there’s no partial credit.  A project that’s 90% done is worth nothing. 

Putting AI in the Hands of Consumers: What's New?


Imagine a world in which life is completely streamlined. Your kitchen syncs up with your delivery food service. Your Amazon Echo helps you restock on pantry items. Your personal assistant software helps you manage your calendar. According to research from RocketSpace, that future may not be far away. In fact, artificial intelligence (AI) technology is one of the biggest areas of growth in 2016.

Data Value: Increasingly Incumbent

Information Playground

Yesterday I introduced a topic on the EMC Reflections blog called How Much Is Your Data Worth ? Today I'd like to spend a bit more time diving into the interview that Gartner's Doug Laney and I had on The Cube. The interview took place last month at the MIT Chief Data Officer and Information Quality Symposium. participated in several Cube interviews on the topic of Data Value. link].

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The 5 Traits of High-Performance Corporate Innovation Teams

Companies need more than a cookie cutter approach to building their corporate innovation teams —which is why it’s easy for initiatives to get stuck as one-off projects that deliver minimal ROI. See the top 5 traits to look for in your team.

Change Management – Innovation Strategy in Disguise


One way to deal with a common innovation strategy barrier – fear of change and new ideas – is to disguise new ideas as your team develops and implements them. Yes, you got that right. Innovation Strategy in Disguise. For a quick innovation strategy inspiration along these lines, this video is an example of doing something that doesn’t fit, but making it seems as if it does. Mike Brown.

Consulting Industry Caught in the Crossfire

Innovation Excellence

The worlds of employment and business are becoming increasingly turbulent as the stability of the enterprise grows ever shorter, the loyalty of the enterprise to its people faces extinction, and the wealthy countries of the world stand at a precipice of overhanging debt.

The Growing Value in that Crowd- Encourage it Out.

Paul Hobcraft

The use of crowdsourcing : the goal for me, is to engage and move the crowd towards a new direction, by encouraging out individual thinking and discovery, searching for combining these contributions; ones that lead to novel, new answers that move a challenge forward into a solution,  one that has improved value over the existing. Part one is here and part two is here. In what ways? In Summary.

Top 2016 Corporate Innovation Events: Silicon Valley Edition


The San Francisco Bay Area is known for its entrepreneurial ecosystem, culture of learning, and rich information hub. It's a unique place for startup founders from all walks of life to put their heads together to solve some of the biggest technical pain points in business today. The challenge with corporate innovation, however, is that intrapreneurship is often happening behind closed doors—initiatives rarely make it to the public eye. To see what's new and get a look behind the scenes, check out these events: Events

Can You Involve the Crowd in Your Innovation Initiative?

The crowd provides organizations with better ideas at a lower cost, but on which questions can you ask the crowd to collaborate? This white paper details how to establish your crowd, questions to ask the crowd, and how to measure results.

Mastering the One-on-One Meeting

Michael Roberto

Julia Austin, Chief Technology Officer at DigitalOcean and advisor to many startups in the Boston area, has written a terrific blog post about how to conduct effective one-on-one meetings with your direct reports. highly recommend reading the entire post. Here are a few highlights: "Book a regular cadence of 1:1s. They should not be ad-hoc. It’s ok to skip one every once and awhile, but having it locked into the calendar is your commitment to being there for your employee. Decide the best cadence with them (weekly or every other week? 30 minutes or an hour?) leadership one-on-one meetings

The story of Kelvin Doe: The poor Sierra Leone teen who wowed M.I.T.’s engineers

Idea to Value

This 15 year old taught himself engineering and managed to use scrap to build working generators, batteries and even an FM Radio Transmitter. The video above shows the fascinating story of Kelvin Doe. He is a child from a very poor district of Sierra Leone’s capital city Freetown. The area is in such rough shape, with electricity […]. engineers. Inspiration

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Learning to forget the past

Innovation Excellence

Overcoming the 'way we do things' is a key ingredient to successful innovation, but it's one that few organizatiosn do well. This article looks at how you can successfully overcome the past to help you craft the future. Innovation Leadership Management efficiency Process