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Creating Physical Workspaces For Collaboration and Ideas

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A lot of people have heard of ‘creative’ workplaces, such as Pixar and Google, that boast exciting work environments for collaboration that stimulate their employees. With common cafe areas and unique styled furniture, these offices are unique to the company that created it.

Enabling Collaboration to Improve Employee Engagement

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When you think about collaboration, what is the first thing that comes to mind? Does it mean working with others for a particular purpose? Or does it mean coming together because your work requires you to?

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What Is Employee Driven Innovation

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What Is Employee Driven Innovation. Every company is made up of a team of people, ranging from senior management to front of line staff.

Create a Communications Plan for Idea Management

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As part of our HunchBuzz offering, we are often asked on how to put together a Communications Plan when launching and maintaining an Idea Management Platform. Well here you go… Communication is a broad concept, one that everyone thinks they understand from their own day to day experiences.

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.

An Insight In to Public Sector Innovation – Australia

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With Innovation becoming an important conversation in every organisation, the Australian Public Sector (APS) has created a framework to highlight the significance of understanding Public Sector Innovation and applying it.

The Power of Ideas for Business Improvement

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The Power of Ideas For Business Improvement . In 2014, Guy Kawasaki, an American marketing specialist, gave an inspirational Ted Talk about the Art of Innovation. Within the first two minutes of his speech, he states that innovation begins with the desire to ‘make meaning.’

What Is Idea Management Anyway?

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The other night, I sat across from a friend who was rambling about a new project at work. Her eyes were wild and her hand gestures signaled that she was in fact, very stressed. You see, my friend is at the lower end of a company, wanting to make her way up the ladder.

Idea Management a Modern Approach to Innovation

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Innovation is one of the hardest to manage and most necessary elements in modern business. Idea management is a new concept that is bringing employees, customers and management together in an attempt to keep business on the cutting edge. In this article, we will look at Internal Idea Management.

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.

The 3 Benefits Of Using Idea Management Software

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Why use Idea Management Software? Idea Management can often seem like a big concept, with many definitions on what it actually is, and how it works spanning the internet.

Killer of change? ‘Idiot policy’

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I wasn’t surprised when I discovered that the word Policy is derived from the French word Police. With a penchant for embracing change my consequential run-ins with the corporate police was to be expected. The good times! It’s true existing policy reflects a great deal of organizational learning, but the reality is that stagnant policy has unintended consequences. Despite organizational commitment to driving innovation and change it’s hard to find good case studies of real transformation.

Innovation Crowdsourcing

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Crowdsourcing has become a big trend, with many companies relying on feedback and ideas from the public to deliver a new product or update an existing one. Everyone has an opinion, which is something that more and more companies are banking on.

What motivates staff to give amazing ideas?

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I do, but only from a perspective from the society I have been bought up in. Even then I’m making assumptions that only fit 75% of the population. What truly motivates employees to provide new ideas consist of many different elements.

What is Social Innovation?

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social innovation. Social innovation is the general concept of getting new ideas from across different groups, organizations or cultures. It is that kind of innovation that aims to go beyond norms, traditions, ethnicities and races.

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.

Idea management software, what is it, why do we need it?

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I get asked this question on a weekly basis; I also get told that idea management is an invaluable tool. It’s interesting to see other people’s perspectives on idea management, and why it’s so important.

Crowdsourcing the mind through open innovation

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We have technology so advanced that we can search the world and give us the answers we desire in milliseconds, but what if the answers aren’t available yet? We have search engine technology that enables us to search text, images, video and even shapes.

How to Get Employee Feedback

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The key to a successful business is held with the employees. If employees are happy in their job, they are more likely to do their job better. They will be willing to do the extra things that are needed to make a business successful.

What is Gamification?

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The application of the mechanics and techniques of games to non-game related contexts is called gamification. The basic thinking behind the process of gamification is to encourage participation of people in certain events.

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.

Citizensourcing involves people in what affects them most

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MEDIA RELEASE. For immediate release. 17 September 2013. Citizensourcing involves people in what affects them most. Citizensourcing software, which puts organisations in touch with people but with more control than social media, is being released by leading social innovation platform HunchBuzz. Citizensourcing is a new wave in engagement tools available to central government, local bodies, policy makers and political parties.

Do ideation and idea management tools really create innovation?

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They don’t, not by themselves at least. Innovation tools such as HunchBuzz are no different from a piece of paper, the possibilities are endless. Idea Management tools enable the process to happen. I was in a meeting with a client the other day who asked how our platform would create innovation within their organisation; as to ask how our tool could change the world. It can’t and it never will, unless the tool is used and abused by the organisation.

Disruption the Innovators Dilemma

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Clayton Christensen was talking about disruption in 1997 in his book Innovators Dilemma. Everything seemed so sweet in the 1990s, growth continued to climb in double digits, Microsoft’s stock was doubling every other month and we became accustomed to this lovely linear growth pattern. I recall sitting in in a meeting with senior executives from large IT multinationals listening to their shared excitement about the sustainable growth pattern with no end in sight.

How building Staff Capability can improve Employee Engagement

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How encouraging staff to undertake qualifications can boost employee engagement. Employee engagement is one of the main priorities for organisations today. Successful organisations like Google, Microsoft and Mars Inc.

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 Buzz about HunchBuzz

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Jennie Guzman is a Wellington based content writer/Comms student @Massey getting the lowdown on Innovation, Idea Management Software and Collaboration from one of NZ’s finest – HunchBuzz. When I sat down with Thomas Mitchell of HunchBuzz, I had no idea what to expect.

The Amazing Thing About Bad Ideas

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It’s with great pleasure that for this guest Blog post, we have the excellent Nicole Williams from TechMarketer.org providing some insight about ‘Bad Ideas’… are they really Bad?? Check it out.

My target? “I pulled it out of a hat”

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If you’ve ever worked in a corporate environment or had anything to do with sales you won’t be surprised to hear that ‘sales targets’ are often pulled out of a hat. Really? Yes, really.

Wisdom of the crowd & that means employees too.

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If you do time in the business world you’ve certainly been exposed to the hype of how harnessing the voice of internal and external stakeholders can help create new ideas and help organizations reinvent themselves.

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.

Core values is the answer.

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10 years ago I could be found on stage at conferences evangelizing a principles-based approach to the delivery of IT projects, Agile Project Management. I thought the market was ready, but a lot of the leaders were openly cynical.

Your eulogy will shape your career

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I’m not sure if anybody has mentioned this to you lately, but you will die. What a morbid way to start a blog. My objective is not to depress you, but to inspire you to live your life with intention.

Moving too fast to develop strategy, are you kidding?

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At work, every action we take or decision we make effectively supports strategy, whether it is the organizational direction or an individual’s personal agenda.

‘Innovation’ overused but critical

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Is ‘Innovation’ simply an overused, catchall buzzword that suppliers have latched onto to effectively position themselves with prospective clients? Perhaps there is some truth here, but isn’t innovation essential for survival?

Data From 3.5 Million Employees Shows How Innovation Really Works

Analysis of how 3.5 million employees using Spigit ideate proves innovation is a science, and can be measured.

I’m ready for a little MOOC!

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Universities are smack in the middle of the ‘disruptive business model’ pathway. One component that is bound to impact the existing post secondary (tertiary) model is this thing called MOOC (Massive Open Online Course).

Good Deeds, precursor to bad behavior? ‘Licensing Effect’

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I had a recent chat with somebody who was blatantly lying to me. The ease in which he flung lie after lie into the conversation stupefied me, particularly as his words cascaded from a moral high ground of divinity. I quietly questioned his behavior and wondered if this was the embodiment of the “licensing effect.” Under this effect, people can rationalize bad conduct, if they first do something good.

Employee Feedback Ideas

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Your employees are your best business assets. Without them, business operation is not going to be even possible. Unless you are a very small business or Superman, then you are going to need extra manpower than just yourself.

5 Examples of How Crowdsourcing Will Help You Be More Innovative

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Crowdsourcing is the process of gathering ideas and opinions from a group of people for specific purposes. If you have an organization and you want to have the ability to identify and obtain insight from everyone, this will help you to identify changes to implement that will help your business grow.

How to Improve Customer Experience in an Era of Choice

Customer experience is quickly becoming the de facto differentiator between successful businesses and the ones that fail. Download this ebook to learn how some of the largest companies in the world are driving better customer experiences.