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Generosity Can Be A Competitive Advantage

Digital Tonto

Power no longer lies at the top of the heap, but at the center of networks and you get there not by vanquishing rivals but through cultivating friends. Related posts: Collaboration Is The New. [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]].

Can People Be Trained To Be Innovators?

Game-Changer

Ideas are the seeds of innovation, and all people are creative. So, the answer is yes. But it comes with a caveat: Most every organization wants innovation but rejects creativity. Think about that.

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Here’s Why Your Innovation Strategy Will Fail

Digital Tonto

Many organizations get stuck because they end up locking themselves into a single strategy. That's how they get disrupted. Related posts: There Is No One True Path To Innovation. Apple’s Innovation. [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]].

Fusion, Flow and Fluidity are needed in our Management Practices

Paul Hobcraft

We are caught in a real tug of war within much of what we do in business today; in our responses and reactions to many of the dramatic business conditions we are facing, many deteriorating or being challenged by greater global competition.

Innovation in Changing Corporate Cultures

Thriving is the natural state of super-high performers in the workplace.

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Strategic cost-cutting is not dead, and we are here to prove it

Exago

Leaders with a clear vision tend to use cost-cutting and improvement to align costs with business strategy. The trend gained ground in the last decade, as world turmoil intensified and growth became a more elusive and complex goal to reach.

Stand for Something if You Want To Inspire and Stand Out

Game-Changer

Often I get asked about what the best marketing strategy is. Before answering the question, I make people consider the fact that it’s hard to pay attention to anything on a day to day basis when we are bombarded with so information, notifications and all types of distractions.

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Managing Expectations in Innovation Management

IdeaScale

One of the most effective ways to engage your crowd is to demonstrate commitment to turning their ideas into real value and impact. However, this can present some challenges for innovation managers.

Critical Steps to Validate Your Startup’s Business Model

InnovationManagement

A business plan is at the heart of every business. But instead of just writing down your business plan, your startup’s business model will require proper validation before you start doing business. If you don’t validate it, the investor simply won’t invest.

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.

Don’t Focus on the Problem, Innovate past it

Innovation Excellence

Two groups of engineering students were given a similar task – to design a bicycle rack for a car. The first group focused on the problems with the existing design and that constrained their thinking. The second group came up with much more elegant and effective designs. Innovation david niven Lateral Thinking problem solving shark Sharks Steven Spielberg travis kalanick Uber

We are in need of a common language for innovation

Paul Hobcraft

German Late Medieval (c. the 1370s) depiction of the construction of the tower. Any innovation common language needs working upon. It firstly needs recognition it is in our best interests to find a common point.

Is Big Data Doing More Harm Than Good?

Digital Tonto

The truth is that no amount of complex tables and graphs can hide the fact that humans, with all of their faults, lie behind every system. Related posts: If Big Data Is To Live Up To Its Promise, [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]].

You Don't Always Want To Focus

Michael Roberto

Srini Pillay, an author and executive coach who teaches part-time at Harvard Medical School, has written an intriguing HBR post about the value of "focus" in our work. Pillay argues that focus can enable us to perform outstanding work, but certain negative consequences may emerge if we are "too focused." Pillay argues, "The brain operates optimally when it toggles between focus and unfocus, allowing you to develop resilience, enhance creativity, and make better decisions too."

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Building A Collaborative Innovation Playbook

Speaker: Greg Satell, Innovation Advisor, Speaker and Author

From his newly released 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.

80 Fun Strategic Planning Activities and Ideas!

BrainZooming

Do you dread strategy meetings ? Really, we’re among friends, so you can be completely truthful in your answer: Do you REALLY, REALLY DREAD strategy meetings? Of course, you dread them. Every executive dreads strategic planning. I know I do.

Innovation and Creativity: The lasting competitive advantage

Innovation Excellence

Will we prepare our children to compete in a world where creativity and divergent thinking become more important than rote memorization? Can we rethink our business structures and processes to embrace more divergence and creativity?

SDDL: Software Defined Distributed Ledgers

Information Playground

In a previous post, I discussed approaching the topic of Blockchain from a top-down point of view.    This approach focuses first on the business logic that interacts with the ledger and not the ledger itself. The

9 Ways to Convert Employees into Intrapreneurs

InnovationManagement

Companies that encourage and reward intrapreneurship have a great advantage when it comes to retaining the best talents - especially important in today’s creative climate. Here are a few ways that your company can turn your employees into highly-engaged intrepreneurs. Creative Leadership collaboration company culture creativity individuality innovation intrapreneur leadership motivation risk teamwork

A Strategic Approach to Open Innovation

Speaker: Jeffrey Phillips, Senior Consultant, OVO Innovation

This action-packed session examined 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. This was a great session you don’t want to miss.

3 Ways to tell if a Company Values Innovation

Daniel Burrus

At first glance, measuring innovation might seem as inexact as a Supreme Court Justice’s description of pornography: “I know it when I see it.”. One of the cornerstones of my Anticipatory Organization Model is the critical need to craft an environment that fosters innovation.

How Crowdsourcing Innovation Helps Your Team

IdeaScale

Why is crowdsourcing right for you? Many people tend to view crowdsourcing, internal or external, and internal teamwork as either/or propositions; one tends to be the backup for the other. But, in truth, they’re symbiotic, each building on each other. The More Diverse, The Better.

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Idea Champions

If you are looking for a great place to rent in Woodstock, NY, consider renting my home -- just a 12 minute walk to town. Mountain views. Peaceful. Gorgeous. A great place to rest, renew, and rejuvenate. Short- term or long-term rentals available. Click here for the full monte.

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3 Conditions for Explosive Creative Thinking Skills

BrainZooming

In the Midwest, where I grew up, grain elevators are a common sight. The tall structures store grain for processing, and you learn as a kid that they can be both combustible and explosive.

6 Keys to Making Collaborative Innovation Successful

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.

Generating Disruptive Ideas for the Hyper-Digital Era

InnovationManagement

Disruptive ideas don’t just happen - they must be championed. In doing so, intrapreneurs must address two fundamental truths when leading big idea innovation: that of value creation and that of persuasive communication.

Cold Case Innovation

Innovation Excellence

If innovators take a cold case-inspired approach, we might come up with an alternative method for handling older ideas. This approach has the potential to create a new source of innovation ideas by leveraging past work and applying new criteria to those old ideas.

Working with uncertainty

Mike Shipulski

Try – when you’re not sure what to do. Listen – when you want to learn. Build – when you want to put flesh on the bones of your idea. Think – when you want to make progress. Show a customer – when you want to know what your idea is really worth.

Three Lessons from the Uber Mess

Michael Roberto

Yesterday, we learned that venture capital investors forced the resignation of Uber CEO Travis Kalanick. The company has undergone a tumultuous year, including a massive sexual harassment scandal as well as accusations about stolen files from Google. What can we learn from the challenges that the company has faced? There are many lessons; here are three big ones: 1.

The Leadership of Open Innovation

Speaker: Paul Sloane, Director, Destination Innovation

Paul Sloane is a well-known author and speaker on open innovation. In this session, Paul takes us through examples of successful open innovation programs to explore the breadth of what open innovation can be for organizations and the value it can bring. This was a great session you don’t want to miss.

25 Awesome Quotes on Creativity

Idea Champions

"The things we fear most in organizations -- fluctuations, disturbances, imbalances -- are the primary sources of creativity." - Alfred North Whitehead. The chief enemy of creativity is 'good sense.'" - Pablo Picasso. Everyone who's ever taken a shower has had an idea.

3 Questions When the Innovation Strategy ROI Doesn’t Satisfy the Boss

BrainZooming

We were listening in on an internal innovation strategy call conducted by one of our clients. The team was wrestling with a concern voiced by the organization’s senior leader that its complete innovation portfolio wasn’t capable of yielding the financial impact he is seeking.

What Working Out Teaches You About Life

Innovation Excellence

Five of the Most Important Things You’ll Learn About Being a Success Come From an Unlikely Place This time of year, new health club contracts surge by about 50 percent. The second week in January is historically the busiest time of the year for any gym.

HR Improvements that Can Build a Better Company

InnovationManagement

The role of HR has evolved significantly over the years. In the past, HR was focused only on hiring and making sure paychecks were sent to the right employees. Today, HR plays a much broader role in the strategic goals of a company.

Models, Strategies and Tactics for Accelerating Innovation through Collaboration Outside the Organization

Speaker: Paul Campbell, VP of Innovation, Schneider Electric

We are excited to have Paul Campbell, an expert in corporate entrepreneurship, covering some of the strategies and tactics he has repeatedly used to transform corporate innovation programs. In this session, Paul shares his experience innovating in new and adjacent markets through a deft deployment of open innovation, business accelerators, venturing, M&A, R&D, business development and strategy team leadership.