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How Do We Build 21st Century Business Skills?

Tim Kastelle

“How do you teach people to be more comfortable with ambiguity?” ” That was the question from the person in charge of Talent for a big bank at a workshop we ran with them recently at UQ.

If You Really Want To Empower People Get Out of Their Way


A few weeks ago I shared “ My User Manual “, how to deal with me, with my team at Netek. I’ve used it for a long time to get people to talk about themselves in front of each other, so I thought it would be a great exercise for the team to express themselves in a safe way.

Why Most Technologies Move Slower Today

Digital Tonto

The next transformation will likely be far less visible, but potentially far more impactful, than the seemingly endless stream of "killer apps" that we've come to associate with progress. Related. [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]].

Innovators in FMCG love Direct to Consumer

Destination Innovation

In 2010 the Gillette brand which is owned by Proctor and Gamble held 70% of the US market for razors. It boasted continuous innovation in product design and enjoyed a gross margin of around 60%. Its market share has now slid to around 50%.

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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Emerging Trends in the Automotive Sector


Perhaps no industry has been as proprietary about their intellectual property as the automotive sector where their product development is their competitive edge. However, no matter what automotive company you work for, there are some emerging trends that will impact your roadmap.

Emotional Artificial Intelligence Explained in 5 Levels of Complexity


Confused about emotion AI? Our own Paty Hernandez sat down with 5 people – a child, teen, college student, grad student and expert – to explain emotional artificial intelligence. Neurosurvey is not yet up, but I’ll update this post as soon as it is.

3 Technologies You Need To Start Paying Attention To Right Now

Innovation Excellence

At any given time, a technology or two captures the zeitgeist. A few years ago it was social media and mobile that everybody was talking about. These days it’s machine learning and block chain.

Increasing Experimentation and Autonomy Capability: The New Corporate Innovation Imperative


In the past 12 months, there has been a concerted push to foster a more experimental and autonomous workforce within mature, corporate organizations. This is impacting how innovation professionals operate, drive value, and ultimately succeed in their own careers. Strategies

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.

With novelty, less can be more.

Mike Shipulski

When it’s time to create something new, most people try to imagine the future and then put a plan together to make it happen. There’s lots of talk about the idealize future state, cries for a clean slate design or an edict for a greenfield solution. Truth is, that’s a recipe for disaster.


Be Innovative if You Want to Drive Innovation


An operations manager at a Fortune 500 hundred company recently asked me: “what are your thoughts on the best innovation ‘models’ to serve as guides for how individuals or teams can structure some of their thinking?”.

A Big Clue for Meeting Facilitators

Idea Champions

If you facilitate meetings for your company, school, volunteer organization, or team, please know that your STATE OF MIND is going to very much impact the outcomes of the meeting. If your mind is cluttered, the quality of the meetings you facilitate will be severely compromised.

Innovate Before Your Customers Want You To Die

Innovation Excellence

“I literally can’t wait for the entire rental car industry to go down in flames. This whole thing is archaic.” – annoyed guy in front of me at rental car pick up. I’m in line waiting for a rental car. Two gentlemen in front of me are having a heated conversation about how they want to.

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.

Blockchain Consensus: Trust and Speed at Scale

Information Playground

  When a storage system provides new trust features, it is not uncommon for these features to perform quite poorly. In a previous post , I looked back at the early-1990s introduction of RAID-5 as a new trust feature. Performing a write to a RAID-5 storage system required four disk operations.

Digital Disruption and Your Workforce

Daniel Burrus

Being anticipatory can mean many things. In some cases, it’s about identifying opportunities for major digital disruption that you yourself can introduce (think Uber, Kickstarter and other innovations that set entire industries on their ear.).

What Makes an Organization Innovative?


Is your organization innovative? We’d likely all think ‘yes’ without hesitation.

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A Clue About Navigating Change

Idea Champions

If your team, department, or organization is "going through changes" and your role is to facilitate the process, please understand that it is completely normal and healthy for people to experience doubt, worry, fear, resistance and every conceivable human emotion in response to these changes.

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.

The Secret to Organizational Innovation

Innovation Excellence

In my previous article (Why Innovation Remains Elusive), I identified a half dozen obstacles to companywide innovation. I also hinted at a grand unified solution in the form of a strategic innovation system. Allow me ease into it by way of story and analogy.

Innovation Success Through Teams and Networks


An interesting article in a recent issue of Science Magazine noted that the authors have observed that the current practice of scientific research is marked by a significant movement toward a team-based approach, as distinct from a more individualistic pursuit of knowledge.

Blockchain as Storage: Evolution not Revolution

Information Playground

Last year I purchased the book Blockchain Revolution by Don Tapscott. Once some of blockchain's privacy and commerce kinks solve, the book posits that the technology will be positioned to revolutionize different aspects of society (e.g., finance, government, voting, etc.).

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Earned Value Management Improves Project Performance. Here’s How.


Part of a program manager’s role is to constantly seek ways to improve project performance.

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.

The Marriage of Zany and Practical

Idea Champions

Feedback from Charter Manufacturing in response to an Innovation workshop of ours with 27 of their high potential leaders of the future. Idea Champions has the unique quality of being able to combine zany out-of-box thinking with a pragmatic approach that appealed to every participant in the session.


Business People Are Lousy Doctors

Innovation Excellence

So doctors are lousy business people, huh? Well, imagine if your doctor prescribed something based only on your chief complaint. They did not take a history. They did no physical exam and they did no lab tests or imaging if it were necessary.

XPRIZE Launches New $10 Million open Innovation Challenge


One of the biggest pieces of open innovation news from this week was the announcement of the launch of the $10M ANA Avatar XPRIZE by XPRIZE and All Nippon Airways (ANA). It is a four-year global open innovation contest to develop real-life avatars.

Pivotal Innovation Management: The Past, Present, and Future of 180° Business Changes


With so much disruptive innovation happening so fast, it has become less and less rare for companies to be formed around a service or product that defines them for their lifetime.

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.

The Five Types of People You Need to Facilitate Innovation


Having the right people on your start-up’s team – especially in its early days – can mean the difference between unparalleled success and embarrassing failure. Strategies

Micro-Learning for Storytellers

Idea Champions

Time-crunched as you are, I know you don't even have two-minutes to read this. So thanks for your 119 seconds. I'm not going to sell you on the power of storytelling. You already know it's powerful. What you don't know is how to make it real in your organization. I know how to do that.

Online Innovation Takes Over Startup Culture

Innovation Excellence

The dotcom boom never really went away. From about the mid-nineties through 2001, the landscape was littered with crazy speculation, business plans scratched out on cocktail napkins, and venture capital being pushed to where it never should have been.

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Stephen Shapiro

I’m glad you found the article comforting. Taking care of yourself is critical. It is the key to being able to help others. I hope that you find peace and joy you so deserve


Quantifying a Culture of Innovation

A rigorous, quantitative analysis of corporate innovation cultures – the most comprehensive study on this topic ever.