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All Business Strategies Fall into 4 Categories

Harvard Business Review

The problem with strategy frameworks is that although they can help you determine whether an opportunity is attractive or whether a given strategy is likely to work, they generally don’t help you in the task of identifying the opportunity or crafting the strategy in the first place. This article introduces a framework, built on an in-depth analysis of the creativity literature, that aims to fill that gap by providing a systematic approach to identifying potential strategies.

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How to master product portfolio management

Sopheon

Pursuing product portfolio management excellence empowers organizations to unlock the full potential of their offerings. This comprehensive guide unveils 10 essential keys that serve as the building blocks for success.

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The Law of Artificial Intelligence: The 8th Law of Nature

IdeaScale

Introduction: What is innovation? Solving problems? Creating solutions? Sometimes there is no problem. Innovation is everything all around us. It is existentialism. This is why I say that innovation is nothing more than the laws of nature.

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When your imagination is beyond your skill level

Idea to Value

Recently my toddler has begun playing with Duplo, which is Lego for really young children. And while usually he loves it, it also often causes him to become incredibly frustrated when things do not work as he wants. This is when he might begin shouting and throwing the pieces away. A perfect example is when he has built a tower with a wide top, and wants to attach a long flat piece to the bottom side of the top.

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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

Let's explore the transformative power of QR codes in bridging offline and online marketing worlds. 📲 This new webinar featuring Corey Daugherty 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 of marketing potential!

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Actively shaping the innovation future with Dynamism and Knowledge

Paul Hobcraft

Dynamics and Knowledge are essential to your future Dynamism and knowledge insights are crucial to unlock success in proactive ways. It is all about actively shaping it, to navigate the changing terrain. We do need to actively navigate the rapidly changing business landscape in multiple ways it is not just about reacting to external forces. It’s about proactively shaping the direction and actively participating in the evolution of your industry, your positioning and your own insights.

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There Are Things That Machines Can’t Do (And Never Will)

Digital Tonto

For the past century or so, the most reliable path to success has been the ability to retain information and manipulate numbers. That’s what gained entrance into the most prestigious schools and led to a career at a prestigious firm. Yet the reason that information processing has been so highly valued is precisely because humans are so bad at it. Today’s super-powered algorithms can mine vast stores of information and then express that information in writing, images, even sound and film.

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Discovering Perfectly Predictable Mistakes – Before You Make Them

IdeaScale

There are no failures in Thoughtland – that mystical place where great ideas for new products and services are first born. But if you want to travel to the real world, you’ll need a different approach. 26 years ago, my co-author and I published “Discovery Driven Planning” in the Harvard Business Review.

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AI in Innovation Management: Exploring Opportunities and Challenges

HYPE Innovation

In today's fast-paced world, the field of innovation management is constantly evolving, with new tools and technologies emerging regularly. And artificial intelligence (AI) has become one of the most talked-about, yet mysterious topics in this field. In our latest webinar, we joined industry experts Daniel Käsmayr , Principal Scientist, Community Management & Ideation at BASF, and Lauri Järvilehto , Professor of Practice at Aalto University to explore the details of artificial intelligence i

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Is Innovation evolving in the way I see it going?

Paul Hobcraft

Innovation is evolving, the future will be different I have been asking Google’s Gemini a series of questions about innovation, how it has evolved in the past twenty-five years, and where it seems to be heading. This is the third and final part of my questioning on looking towards the future and how innovation will evolve, starting from the original thread of looking over the evolution of innovation in the past twenty-five years, since 1999.

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Why The Suckers Always Think They’re Playing It Smart

Digital Tonto

At any given time, there are literally thousands of people looking to fool us. Grifters, politicians and nation states looking to sow discord are constantly bombarding us with falsities mixed with just enough truth to seem plausible. Often, these messages reach us through trusted friends and family members and, when we go to verify them online, we’re likely to find confirmation (often from the same sources that duped our peers).

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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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Unlocking Success: Trustworthiness in Leadership Teams

Leapfrogging

The Foundation of Trust in Leadership Teams Importance of Trust in Leadership Trust is the cornerstone of any high-performing leadership team. Without trust, your efforts to lead may be undermined by doubts and a lack of commitment from team members. It fosters an environment where ideas flow freely, risks are taken confidently, and resilience is built within the team.

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The literacy and numeracy revolution happening in Malawi

Christensen Institute

With a GDP per capita of approximately $555 and annual national government expenditure per person at $109 , Malawi is one of the poorest countries in the world. This means spending on virtually everything in Malawi is low, including education. Even though Malawi spent almost 23% of total government expenditure on education from 2017-2019, this amounted to just $52 per capita.

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Have organizations become more collaborative over 25 years? What has enabled that?

Paul Hobcraft

Collaboration, Idealization and the enabling of innovation I have have been looking back at innovation and how it has changed over the last twenty-five years. In a series of three posts, I have asked Google’s Gemini to answer five questions to track and trace the progress innovation has made and where it seems to be heading. This is the second post looking more at collaboration and idealization and how and what has helped it evolve in this period.

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Look Out For These 3 Telltale Signs Of Transformation Theater

Digital Tonto

Genuine transformation is notoriously difficult, but transformation theater is relatively easy. There’s never any shortage of corporate hucksters, gurus and other con artists looking to sell us the change gospel, weaving visions of “burning platforms,” in a VUCA world. Many build impressive careers, moving from failed initiative to failed initiative, without ever actually accomplishing anything.

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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

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Building Bridges: Cultivating Trust in High-Performance Teams

Leapfrogging

Understanding Trust in High-Performance Teams Trust is the cornerstone of any successful team, particularly high-performance teams where collaboration and efficiency are paramount. As a leader, your understanding of how trust operates within team dynamics is crucial. Importance of Trust in Team Dynamics In the realm of high-performance teams, trust is fundamentally about the confidence your team members have in each other’s capabilities and intentions.

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You Need New Skills to Make a Career Pivot. Here’s How to Find the Time to Build Them.

Harvard Business Review

With any significant change in your career comes the need for new skills. But that’s even more true when you want a radical career change. In these situations, it’s going to take more than listening to a few webinars to build the knowledge you need get to where you want to go. You must set aside a significant amount of time for self-directed learning, formal training, or even a second job to gain the skills for the big leap.

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25 years of Innovation- how has it evolved? Has it been successful?

Paul Hobcraft

25 years looking back at Innovation’s evolution I decided to hold a conversation with Google’s Gemini about how innovation had changed and hopefully progressed since I first became involved 25 years ago, when I lived in Singapore and was heavily involved in my MBA, which had innovation as an elective. The MBA elective “hooked” me on innovation, and here I am 25 years later, still going on about innovation, championing, cajoling and encouraging innovation to be more centra

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Preparing the Next Generation for a Post-Digital Age

Innovation Excellence

GUEST POST from Greg Satell An education is supposed to prepare you for the future. Traditionally, that meant learning certain facts and skills, like when Columbus discovered America or how to do long division.

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Leading the Development of Profitable and Sustainable Products

Speaker: Jason Tanner

While growth of software-enabled solutions generates momentum, growth alone is not enough to ensure sustainability. The probability of success dramatically improves with early planning for profitability. A sustainable business model contains a system of interrelated choices made not once but over time. Join this webinar for an iterative approach to ensuring solution, economic and relationship sustainability.

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Trust is the Key: Developing Trust in Leadership for Team Success

Leapfrogging

Importance of Trust in Leadership In the realm of leadership, trust is not just a soft skill—it’s the very foundation upon which successful teams are built. As a leader, your effectiveness is greatly influenced by your ability to foster trust within your team. Why Trust is Vital in Leadership Trust in leadership is the cornerstone of team cohesion and effectiveness.

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Is Your Mindset About Generative AI Limiting Your Professional Growth?

Harvard Business Review

Generative artificial intelligence (GenAI) has garnered immense publicity over the past few months. Some believe it’s a passing fad or a threat to human creativity. For young professionals, it’s the source of a unique dilemma: Do you “buy into the hype” of AI and use it as a guidepost for your professional development and ambitions? Or do you stick to the beaten path, focusing on building more traditional skills and pursuing more conventional trajectories?

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Podcasting for learning—and an antidote to screen time?

Christensen Institute

This piece was coauthored with Daniel Curtis. If video killed the radio star, then podcasting is resurrecting it. The medium has exploded in recent years. Now, it seems like everyone has a podcast—including us, the authors of this piece. Until recently, the young medium had mostly catered to a grown-up audience. But the kids have started catching on.

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Pitching of the Interconnected Business Ecosystem Framework

Paul Hobcraft

The Interconnected Business Ecosystem driving impact and increased value. I am working to validate and expand on the value proposition of the Interconnected Business Ecosystem Framework and have tried to create, hopefully, a compelling pitch that will bring others on board to advance this initiative. I have published this pitch on both of my primary sites, discussing innovation, business, and ecosystems, as they both provide a combination effect for understanding this framework.

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Navigating the Future: Generative AI, Application Analytics, and Data

Generative AI is upending the way product developers & end-users alike are interacting with data. Despite the potential of AI, many are left with questions about the future of product development: How will AI impact my business and contribute to its success? What can product managers and developers expect in the future with the widespread adoption of AI?

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Difference Between Customer Experience Perception and Reality

Innovation Excellence

GUEST POST from Shep Hyken This is an important topic that every CEO, business owner, leader, manager, and supervisor must understand. When it comes to customer service and customer experience (CX), there is a difference between perception and reality.

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Achieve Excellence: Transforming High Potential Leader Development through Experiential Intelligence

Leapfrogging

Understanding Experiential Intelligence for Leadership Development Experiential Intelligence (XQ) is increasingly recognized as a powerful driver in shaping effective leaders. For high-potential individuals poised to become the future’s key decision-makers, XQ can be a transformative element in their development. What is Experiential Intelligence?

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How to Present to an Audience That Knows More Than You

Harvard Business Review

What happens when you have to give a presentation to an audience that might have some professionals who have more expertise on the topic than you do? While it can be intimidating, it can also be an opportunity to leverage their deep and diverse expertise in service of the group’s learning. And it’s an opportunity to exercise some intellectual humility, which includes having respect for other viewpoints, not being intellectually overconfident, separating your ego from your intellect, and being wi

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How African organizations can manage the continent’s scientific brain drain

Christensen Institute

Compounding Africa’s struggles with an inadequate healthcare system, the continent is dealing with a scientific brain drain problem that demands attention. In January, Tulio de Oliveira and Cheryl Baxter published an article in Science magazine titled “Investing in Africa’s scientific future.” In it the authors described the fact that Africa currently bears a disproportionate burden of infectious diseases, such as malaria, tuberculosis, and cholera, and 25% of the global disease burden, yet “Afr

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Turn Payments Into Personalization: Unlock the Value of Transaction Data

Speaker: David Nisbet, Everett Zufelt, and Michaela Weber

Once upon a time, in the vast realm of online commerce, there lived a humble checkout button overlooked by many. Yet, within its humble click lay the power to transform a mere visitor into a loyal customer. 🧐 💡 Getting checkout right can mark the difference between a successful sale and an abandoned cart, yet many businesses fail to make payments a part of their commerce strategy even when it has a direct impact on revenue.

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Agile Innovation: How to Embrace Agile Leadership to Innovate at Speed

Viima

In a world dominated by uncertainty, how can we prepare for the unpredictable and keep innovating in what seems like a highly chaotic environment? We simply need to be faster in adapting to change and navigating uncertainty. Studies show that organizations that move faster achieve significantly better results across various metrics, including profitability, operational resilience, organizational health, and growth.

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Innovation Friction Risks and Pitfalls

Innovation Excellence

GUEST POST from Howard Tiersky There’s a lot to be learned about innovation by looking at good ideas that just didn’t make it. We’d all like to believe that if we have an idea that genuinely improves upon something, and if we execute that idea correctly, the idea will be successful.

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Unleashing the Power of Experiential Intelligence (XQ) in Leadership Training Programs

Leapfrogging

Understanding Experiential Intelligence (XQ) The concept of Experiential Intelligence (XQ) is increasingly gaining recognition in the sphere of leadership development. It represents a pivotal competency for leaders who wish to thrive in dynamic business environments. What is Experiential Intelligence? Experiential Intelligence (XQ) refers to the ability to make insightful decisions and lead effectively based on the synthesis of past experiences.

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3 Ways to Clearly Communicate Your Company’s Strategy

Harvard Business Review

For all the communication around strategy, we know that leaders at many companies don’t provide the necessary context for employees to understand what the words and sentences in a strategy statement actually mean. What can leaders do to help employees understand enough context to understand a strategy? In this article, the authors offer three recommendations: 1) Present the alternatives considered and explain why they were not adopted. 2) Explain how each choice is linked to the organization’s p

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The Key to Sustainable Energy Optimization: A Data-Driven Approach for Manufacturing

Speaker: Kevin Kai Wong, President of Emergent Energy Solutions

In today's industrial landscape, the pursuit of sustainable energy optimization and decarbonization has become paramount. ♻️ Manufacturing corporations across the U.S. are facing the urgent need to align with decarbonization goals while enhancing efficiency and productivity. Unfortunately, the lack of comprehensive energy data poses a significant challenge for manufacturing managers striving to meet their targets. 📊 Join us for a practical webinar hosted by Kevin Kai Wong of Emergent Ene