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Becoming More Innovative in 2014

Bill Fischer

Organizations don't innovate, people do. Organizations that are admired for being especially innovative don't hire genetically different people than are available to the rest of us, they just make different managerial choices that allow their people to be more innovative. Leadership does this (or, doesn't), and, as a result, innovative

Remembering

Technology Created

“The greatest advances in human civilization have come when we recovered what we had lost: when we learned the lessons of history.” Winston Churchill. Remembering history. Should we? What good is it anyways? The past is the past. How relevant is a world where technology was so weak, so non-integrated? Think about merely seven years ago. Henry Ford said “History is more or less bunk. page 27).

Asking different questions: MMCC 2013 edition

Jeff De Cagna

“Is the association model broken?” ” “What does ‘member’ mean to you?” ” “Do we need a new membership model?” ” “Is membership dead?” ” These are all interesting questions, and I understand why some people are asking them. Unfortunately, they are not the right questions. Every association will need to come up with its own specific answer to this question, but one thing is abundantly clear: associations need to develop new capabilities for co-creating radical new value with their stakeholders. Thank you!

Can Banks have Customer Loyalty of a Brand like Burberry?

Simon Taylor

For a long time banks felt they didn’t need a local relationship with YOU their customer because rates were the most important factor for competition. Image credit: Ron Shevlin) This mindset forever changed customer interaction. Branches became a cost, and cost is ruthlessly attacked. This created a concerted effort to push customers out of the […]. Banking Social

Three Keys to Accelerating Innovation through Connecting and Collaborating Outside your Organization

Speaker: Gordon Vala-Webb, Author, Speaker and Consultant, Building Smarter Organizations

From his upcoming book, Building Smarter Organizations, Gordon will do a deep dive into connecting and collaborating with those outside your organization to accelerate innovation. Gordon will provide practical strategies to connecting and working with the "nearside" of suppliers, partners and alumni in order to accelerate innovation.

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Apple's 'Incandescent' iPhone Team

Bill Fischer

Andy Hertzfeld Mac team veteran photo by Karen T. Borchers/MCT/Newscom Who among us would not wish to have been a part of Apple's iPhone team? Sure, the work was hard, and they faced huge challenges and demanding, unreasonable, leaders -- iPod hero Tony Fadell captured the enormity of what the iPhone

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The Reinvention Epidemic

Bill Fischer

Kodak couldn’t do it; HP and RIM are struggling, the popular betting is that Nokia won’t be able to do it, and that Dell wants to go private in order to hide the things that it might have to do – we’ll see for all how they play out.

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Innovating When Opportunity Knocks

Technology Created

“Too often, the opportunity knocks, but by the time you push back the chain, push back the bolt, unhook the two locks and shut off the burglar alarm, it’s too late.” – Rita Coolidge. Being a technologist is all about solutions. OK, it’s about a lot more than that. It’s also about timing, effectiveness, innovation and using the right blend of technology to address the specific problem space.

Innovation Debt

Technology Created

“Learning and innovation go hand in hand. The arrogance of success is to think that what you did yesterday will be sufficient for tomorrow.” – William Pollard. Do you ever get the sense that things are getting a little stale? That, while you’re personally doing great work, it’s just not as compelling, as rewarding, as forward-thinking as you wished? Add your company to that list! It’s overwhelming.

Building A Collaborative Innovation Playbook

Speaker: Greg Satell, Innovation Advisor, Speaker and Author

For his upcoming book, Greg Satell has researched how people and organizations successfully innovate. We are excited to have Greg join us for a session that will draw upon these insights and provide a playbook for how to define the right innovation strategies for your organization to overcome the specific challenges that your organization faces and dramatically improve your innovation effectiveness.

Can Facebook's Home survive its own execution?

Bill Fischer

Strategy is choice and execution. It’s not one, or the other, it’s both. If you have a good idea, it’s only as good as your ability to execute on that idea. It’s entirely possible to turn a good idea into an unfortunate outcome, and successful firms are not at all

Piloting Into the Future: Solar Impulse

Bill Fischer

The future has often been built by those who are  a bit out ahead of the rest of us; not afraid to dream, and perseverant enough to ensure that their dreams are realized. In the process, we all move forward as well. Now, once again, the future of aviation is about to experience what could be yet another big step into the future, as the Solar Impulse aircraft completes the final leg in its journey across America, by flying from Washington, D.C. to New York, relying upon solar-powered energy for fuel, and leaving no pollution in the atmosphere as a result

China's Third Plenum: What The 'Smart Money' Thinks

Bill Fischer

For most of the thirty-five or so years that I’ve been in the China-watching business, the easiest question of all to answer has always been: “Tell us what will happen next?” Easy because the best answer has consistently been: “Pick a point sufficiently high on the chart, ten years out,

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Digital Factory

Technology Created

Being a technology consultant is a fabulous job. We’re brought in to amazing companies to understand their business models and, by applying technology solutions, we facilitate solving the challenges they face on a day to day basis. Interestingly enough we’re often solving similar problems for different customers. We become “experts” in the field. Old Method : cost to the client ~$250K and 20 weeks.

A Strategic Approach to Open Innovation

Speaker: Jeffrey Phillips, Senior Consultant, OVO Innovation

This action-packed session will examine the critical questions you should ask as you establish an open innovation framework: which technologies or ideas? Which partners and how many? Which methods? By taking a strategic approach to open innovation, you’ll find the right ideas or partners more effectively, and you’ll accelerate new products to market more quickly.

Empathy, new value creation and the stakeholders of the future

Jeff De Cagna

In early January, I wrote a post on six serious ideas for 2013  that included the concept of SED, which is short for serendipity, empathy and discovery. SED is a term I coined to inspire association leaders to shift their conversations about the future in a more generative direction. Here is what I wrote about SED in that post: In 2013, I want to challenge association leaders to prepare for the vast serendipity that lives all around them, experience genuine empathy and embrace new possibilities of discovery. But there are different views on what constitutes empathy and how it is achieved.

Overcoming the association value gap: part II

Jeff De Cagna

This post  originally appeared  on the  Associations Now  Leadership Blog on March 28, 2013. You can read Part I here. In Part I of this series earlier this month, I identified the association value gap as an underlying structural problem within membership-centric business models. Put simply, associations are unable to drive profitability solely by delivering on the membership value proposition and must find alternative ways to monetize membership to maintain their existing business models. The problem for associations is that the member market does not really exist. Thank you!

Jeff De Cagna to deliver keynote at CESSE 2013 Annual Meeting

Jeff De Cagna

Jeff De Cagna , chief strategist and founder of Principled Innovation, has been selected as the opening keynote speaker for the Council of Engineering and Scientific Society Executives (CESSE) 2013 Annual Meeting. Jeff’s keynote talk, which will take place on Wednesday, July 17, 2013 at the Omni Providence Hotel in Providence, Rhode Island, will focus on themes and ideas shared in his provocative free e-book, Associations Unorthodox: Six Really Radical Shifts Toward the Future. As a well-known association provocateur, Jeff is the perfect person for the job. Thank you! Updates

Au Revoir, IHT

Bill Fischer

"An American in Paris: Four words that conjure a milieu, now long gone." And gone now, with them, is The International Herald Tribune, as well. Roger Cohen, formerly a columnist for the IHT, and presently now with The New York Times, and whose voice lamented the departure of "An American

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Six Keys to Making Collaborative Innovation Successful – Webinar and Book

Speaker: Soren Kaplan, Founder of InnovationPoint

We are excited to launch the Collaborative Innovation Webinar Series with Dr. Soren Kaplan. His just released book, "The Invisible Advantage," provides actionable insights into how any organization can create a culture of innovation, an environment that promotes freethinking, an entrepreneurial spirit, and sustainable value creation at all levels and across all functions. By registering for the webinar, you will get a free excerpt from his book.