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Nothing creative is guaranteed to be a success

Idea to Value

Every time you produce something creative, there is a high chance that it might fail. It doesn’t matter if it is an innovative new product idea, a new song, or a new recipe. Whatever you produce, and no matter how successful you have previously been, it does not mean that customers will want what you have produced. For example, in recent years Hollywood films have more frequently begun to “bomb” at the box office, taking in less ticket sales than was expected.

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Leadership Confidence: Why Executives’ Trust in Their Teams is Plummeting and How to Rebuild It

IdeaScale

“Trust no one. Suspect everyone.” Great advice if you’re an MI6 agent trying to uncover a spy at the height of the Cold War. Not great advice if you’re a senior executive responsible for leading a team to deliver record results.

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There Is No Secret Formula. Effective Leaders Need To Master Mode Shifting.

Digital Tonto

About a decade ago I made the trip out to see Brian Robertson, the creator of Holacracy, the leaderless management governance method. It was all the rage at the time, with high-flying firms such as Zappos and Medium adopting it enthusiastically. Brian was kind enough to spend a few hours with me, explaining the ins and outs of how it all worked. But even then I was skeptical and I told him so.

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Creating Stability Is Just as Important as Managing Change

Harvard Business Review

When we think about change at work today, we tend to assume its inevitability and focus our attention on how to manage it — what methods and processes and technology and communication we need to put in place to have it move ahead more smoothly. Of course, some change is necessary, and some is inevitable. But not all of it. What the scientific literature on predictability, agency, belonging, place, and meaning suggests is that before we think about managing change, we should consider the conditio

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Provide Real Value in Your Applications with Data and Analytics

The complexity of financial data, the need for real-time insight, and the demand for user-friendly visualizations can seem daunting when it comes to analytics - but there is an easier way. With Logi Symphony, we aim to turn these challenges into opportunities. Our platform empowers you to seamlessly integrate advanced data analytics, generative AI, data visualization, and pixel-perfect reporting into your applications, transforming raw data into actionable insights.

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These Forgotten Customers Are Key to Your Success

Innovation Excellence

GUEST POST from Robyn Bolton “There is only one boss. The customer.” – Sam Walton With all the buzz around human-centered design, customer-centric businesses, and external-facing organizations, corporate America is (finally) waking up to the importance and value of creating things that people actually want and that solve people’s problems.

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Is Humanity's Dependence on Technology Good Or Bad?

Phil McKinney

In today’s rapidly evolving world, technology is both an enabler and a challenge. Its pervasive presence in our lives raises pertinent questions about its impact on our critical thinking and problem-solving capabilities. As we navigate this digital age, we must ask: Has our increasing reliance on technology improved or diminished these vital skills?

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How to Reboot Your Innovation System

Cris Beswick

Having written several books over the past decade and contributed small snippets of thought leadership or entire chapters to over a dozen other books, I still return to the book I wrote with Derek Bishop and Jo Geraghty of Culture Consultancy fame. Despite the world of corporate innovation seemingly moving on from when we wrote it, the reality is that the basics still need to be implemented for many organisations.

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The 6 Disciplines Companies Need to Get the Most Out of Gen AI

Harvard Business Review

Some observers are beginning to question whether gen AI will produce enough value to exceed its costs. It can, but extracting economic value from gen AI requires several different types of disciplined capabilities. Unfortunately, most companies lack these. The good news is they can develop them. Specifically, companies should invest in behavioral change, controlled experimentation, measurement of business value, data management, human capital development, and systems thinking.

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Are You Pursuing Efficiency at the Expense of Effectiveness?

Innovation Excellence

GUEST POST from Mike Shipulski Efficiency is a simple measurement – output divided by resources needed to achieve it. How much did you get done and how many people did you need to do it? What was the return on the investment?

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Top Strategies to Achieve Operational Excellence | KaiNexus

Kainexus

Operational excellence as a strategic objective focuses on continuously improving internal processes and systems to achieve superior efficiency, quality, and customer satisfaction. Adopting a structured approach involves identifying inefficiencies, implementing best practices, and leveraging technology to streamline operations. This approach enhances productivity and strengthens competitive advantage by enabling organizations to respond effectively to market changes and customer needs, fostering

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How to Easily Navigate Crypto Accounting in the Web3 Era

Speaker: Aaron Jacob, VP of Accounting Solutions & Reagan Cook, GTM Lead

Are you struggling to navigate the complexities and challenges that come with crypto accounting? 🤔 This new webinar will cover everything businesses need to know to get started with crypto accounting after incorporating crypto into their business models! Industry experts Aaron Jacob and Reagan Cook of TaxBit will thoroughly explore the prevalent operational hurdles encountered by accounting teams when interacting with crypto on the books, and detail how software solutions can effectively

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On the Folly of Rewarding for Business-As-Usual when you are Hoping for Innovation

IdeaScale

Even with the best intentions, reward systems in corporate life all too often mean that most of the people you need supporting innovation work flee from it. Here are some ideas for getting a better balance.

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Brunner Promotes Team Members to Recognize and Reward ‘Great Work’ for Clients

Brunner

Brunner has announced job promotions for 20 employees in recognition of the outstanding work they’ve done in their roles, both for the agency’s wide range of clients and in service of the company’s continued growth. The promotions took effect July 1. “We’re very focused on having ‘good people creating great work’ for our clients. These 20 individuals have certainly demonstrated that ethos in their work and have shown they are ready to take on a new level of responsibility,” said Erin Stoner, Bru

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Post-Vacation Blues? Here’s How to Cope.

Harvard Business Review

Call it the post-vacation paradox: Instead of feeling recharged and refreshed upon returning to work after a break, you’re drained and struggling to regain your drive. In this article, the author shares insights from two experts on how to boost your motivation and feel more confident about returning to work.

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What Top Innovators Do Differently

Innovation Excellence

GUEST POST from Greg Satell I’ve never really liked the phrase “innovate or die.” Why not, “finance or die” or “sell or die” or even “manage or die?” Clearly every business function is essential and no organization can survive without building some competency in all of them.

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Deliver Mission Critical Insights in Real Time with Data & Analytics

In the fast-moving manufacturing sector, delivering mission-critical data insights to empower your end users or customers can be a challenge. Traditional BI tools can be cumbersome and difficult to integrate - but it doesn't have to be this way. Logi Symphony offers a powerful and user-friendly solution, allowing you to seamlessly embed self-service analytics, generative AI, data visualization, and pixel-perfect reporting directly into your applications.

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What is an Ideas Platform? Exploring Different Options, Their Merits and Drawbacks

Qmarkets

Innovation is the lifeblood of any thriving business. Yet, harnessing the creative potential of your team requires more than just an open-door policy for suggestions. This is where an ideas platform comes into play. By providing a structured approach to collecting, managing, and developing ideas, a dedicated platform can transform your innovation strategy.

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PDSA Quality Improvement: A Scientific Method of Change

Kainexus

Dr. W. Edwards Deming is considered by many to be the father of modern quality improvement. Among other important insights into how businesses could become more efficient, reduce costs, and increase customer value, he popularized the PDSA quality improvement method. It is a four-step cycle used to achieve continuous improvement, consistent results, and resource maximization in processes and products.

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ChangeThis Manifesto – Innovate Where You Differentiate

Stephen Shapiro

In 2010, Personality Poker was selected as one of the top five innovation books of the year by Porchlight Book Company (then 800-CEO-READ). In 2011, they selected Best Practices Are Stupid as the best innovation and creativity book of the year. And today, they published my ChangeThis manifesto titled “Innovate Where You Differentiate.” They asked me to create a 2,000-word article that is not an excerpt from or a summary of my book, PIVOTAL.

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How to Salvage a Useful Process That Isn’t Working Anymore

Harvard Business Review

It is a familiar story in health care and many other settings: the performance of an innovative process deteriorates over time. Instead of automatically discarding it, organizations should understand the causes. They may then decide to redesign and reimplement the process. Using the reimplementation of a surgical checklist at Singapore General Hospital as an example, this article explains how to conduct a reimplementation.

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Scan to Success: How to Leverage QR Codes for Offline and Online Marketing Power

Speaker: Corey Daugherty, Head of Business Development at Flowcode & Georgette Malitsis, Senior Customer Success Manager, Enterprise at Flowcode

Let's explore the transformative power of QR codes in bridging offline and online marketing worlds. 📲 This new webinar featuring Corey Daugherty and Georgette Malitsis of Flowcode will dive into how innovative QR technology not only enhances traditional marketing strategies, but also drives meaningful customer engagement and analytics. Register today to gain practical knowledge on using QR codes to increase conversion rates, optimize customer journeys, and ultimately unlock a new realm o

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Creating Effective Digital Teams

Innovation Excellence

GUEST POST from Howard Tiersky Creating digital products is a multi-disciplinary process, blending creativity, engineering, strategy, customer support, legal regulations and more. How to structure their teams is a major challenge faced by large enterprises and global brands undergoing a digital transformation.

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5 Crowdsourcing Examples That Delivered Impressive Business Results

Qmarkets

The concept of crowdsourcing, coined by Jeff Howe and Mark Robinson in a 2006 Wired article , has revolutionized how businesses and organizations solve problems and innovate. By leveraging the collective intelligence and creativity of a large, often global, group of contributors, crowdsourcing has become a powerful tool for generating innovative solutions and ideas.

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Heads of R&D and Their Changing Agendas: The Transformation Toolkit for 2024+

ITONICS

Every industry is on the move. Automakers are transforming from car producers to data centers. Manufacturers are changing from human-dominated shop floors to autonomous systems. The energy industry is on the move from fossil to renewable sources. Information systems move from information carriers to conversational systems. The nature of work itself is transforming, with remote and digital work becoming more prevalent.

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How to Maximize Efficiency in Digital Product Development

Planview

The development of digital products in today’s landscape is reshaping our daily lives and industries at an almost frenzied pace. Digital products are at the core of the transformations in every facet of our lives, from managing our finances and health to navigating transportation. This integration of digital solutions represents a significant shift in how we interact with technology and each other, creating new possibilities for efficiency in every aspect of life.

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Using Data & Analytics for Improving Healthcare Innovation and Outcomes

In the rapidly evolving healthcare industry, delivering data insights to end users or customers can be a significant challenge for product managers, product owners, and application team developers. The complexity of healthcare data, the need for real-time analytics, and the demand for user-friendly interfaces can often seem overwhelming. But with Logi Symphony, these challenges become opportunities.

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Designing a Successful Reskilling Program

Harvard Business Review

In this article, written as a follow up to the award-winning “Reskilling in the Age of AI”, the authors report the results of a reskilling survey that they conducted with chief human resource officers from approximately 1,200 organizations in the U.S., along with business leaders from around 200. Their main finding is that reskilling is on track to becoming mainstream — but that companies still have plenty of work to do.

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AI Can Help Attract, Retain and Grow Customer Relationships

Innovation Excellence

GUEST POST from Shep Hyken How do you know what your customers want if they don’t tell you? It’s more than sending surveys and interpreting data. Joe Tyrrell is the CEO of Medallia, a company that helps its customers tailor experiences through “intelligent personalization” and automation.

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How to Build a Trend Radar for Your Organization

Qmarkets

Staying ahead of market trends is crucial for companies aiming to thrive amidst constant change. A strategic trend radar offers the foresight necessary to anticipate changes, seize opportunities, and mitigate risks effectively. But how can businesses construct a trend radar that genuinely supports their strategic objectives? The answer lies in leveraging dedicated trend management software.

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Expanding Your Network: How Broadcast Channels Drive yet2’s Success

Yet2

Words by Carlos Pichardo Welcome to the second installment of our networking blog series. In this post, we explore a powerful network source beyond direct relationships: broadcast channels. These channels provide an opportunity to send your message to the masses. Discover how setting up a global network of syndication partners, broker partners, and other key broadcast channels can drive success.

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Don’t Get Left Behind: Leveraging Modern Product Management Across the Organization

Speaker: Kat Conner

The challenge of delivering the right product at the right time while aligning with strategic objectives is more pressing than ever. Product management is evolving and gaining greater recognition as the means to creating this connection. Join our upcoming webinar and learn how to streamline your product development processes, infuse product thinking across the organization, and bridge the gap between vision and delivery.

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Emergent Challenges in Biopharma Portfolio Management

Planview

In 2023, Planview was pleased to sponsor several WHY Summit Events: Basil, Switzerland, and Philadelphia. A year later, we returned to Philadelphia and then headed cross-country to San Francisco for the WHY Summit’s 21st and 22nd American Pharma and Biotech Project, Program, and Portfolio Management Conference. In this blog, we will illuminate a few common themes based on presentations and discussions around the conference.

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When a Coworker Keeps Giving You Unsolicited Advice

Harvard Business Review

Navigating unsolicited ideas, advice, or suggestions at work is a common scenario. Consider the colleague who jumps in with a barrage of “Have you considered…?” or “What about…?” questions during your carefully crafted presentation. Or how about when you request specific information and the responses you get back include unsolicited advice on aspects of your work you didn’t ask about?

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Do You Bring Your Whole Self to Work?

Innovation Excellence

GUEST POST from Mike Shipulski Do you bring your whole self to work? If not, how do you feel about that? When you demonstrate your unique goodness and it’s met with “You don’t fit in.” they may say they want you to fit in, but, really, that’s objective evidence that they need your unique goodness.

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DEVELOPING PAUSE POWER

ImagineNation

Many of my coaching clients have recently shared their struggles with feeling tired, emotionally overwhelmed, and cognitively overloaded and are close to burnout. They attribute these issues to the pervasive and addictive nature of technology, exacerbated by the pandemic and divisive global conflicts, accelerating change and the rise of AI and hybrid work.

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Generative AI Deep Dive: Advancing from Proof of Concept to Production

Speaker: Maher Hanafi, VP of Engineering at Betterworks & Tony Karrer, CTO at Aggregage

Executive leaders and board members are pushing their teams to adopt Generative AI to gain a competitive edge, save money, and otherwise take advantage of the promise of this new era of artificial intelligence. There's no question that it is challenging to figure out where to focus and how to advance when it’s a new field that is evolving everyday. 💡 This new webinar featuring Maher Hanafi, VP of Engineering at Betterworks, will explore a practical framework to transform Generative AI pr