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4 Myths About Innovation That “Gurus” Love To Tell

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The only “right way” to innovate is to solve a problem that people care about. You have to decide for yourself how you will get there. Related posts: Here’s Why You Should Think Twice Before. [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]].

5 Strategic Thinking Questions to Answer Before Making a Decision


From experience, the worst time to decide on how to decide things is when you are ready to decide things. When you are ready to a make decision, an entirely new set of issues emerges. People have already developed their vested interests in certain outcomes.

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An Innovation Management Solution that Meets Your FedRAMP Requirements


On my first day at IdeaScale, I had not been at my desk for more than five minutes before the CEO made his way over to me and said, “Your first job at IdeaScale is to get us FedRAMP authorized.” .

Learning Innovation Through Doing it with a Practical Innovation Project Process

Innovation Excellence

Over the past two years I’ve interviewed over 100 innovation leaders at large organizations about how they are learning and doing innovation for themselves and helping others in their organization to innovate.

Innovation in Changing Corporate Cultures

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

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What Does an Innovator Look Like?


We’ve dedicated lots of time to thinking about innovators. What their skill sets are, what traits they possess , and what the profile of innovators is globally.

How IoT is Transforming Unexpected Industries

Innovation Excellence

By the late 1990’s computers became truly transformative, followed by Internet and email as conduits to a continuous flow of information that could be processed, analyzed and turned into action.

Avoiding Overwhelm – Managing the Workload of Being a Leader

Rmukesh Gupta

One of the challenges that all entrepreneurs face is managing the workload. Being an entrepreneur is not easy. It takes a lot of time, energy, effort and attention.

Chatbots and the Future of Education in India with Apurva Muthe


Artificial intelligence, a powerful emerging technology sweeping business and society will drive the Next Economy and chatbots, aided by powerful natural language processors, are beginnig to make an impact across various industries; including education.

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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When to apply Lean Startup and/or Design Thinking

Board of Innovation

Design Thinking and Lean Startup have become a part of any innovation enthusiast’s jargon. These relatively new methodologies are being used by corporates as well as startups to structure and de-risk their innovation activities. Inspired by success stories such as Uber, Airbnb, Facebook, Google, companies are increasingly looking to Design Thinking and Lean Startup for answers. In order to find. Read More.

The Four Main Types of Collaboration


“In the same way you can never go backward to a slower computer, you can never go backward to a lessened state of connectedness” Douglas Coupland - Canadian novelist and artist, author of “Generation X”.

As Robots Take Over We Will Need More Innovators

Innovation Excellence

The Hadrian X robot is made by Fastbrick Robotics from Australia. It can lay 1000 house bricks in an hour (video below). The average bricklayer lays around 500 bricks a day.

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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.

Disruption Never Comes From Within


Photo by Esther Lin. Every business misses the future and gets disrupted by an outsider. This happens because the incumbents are stuck in their ways, doing the same thing over and over again and never zoom out to take a look at the macro view.

Happiness Is It's Own ROI

Idea Champions

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What could Tiffany’s Do?

Rmukesh Gupta

Premise: Last week the Wall St. Journal featured a story on Tiffany & Co’ s “midlife crisis.” The piece highlighted the jewellery brand’s struggle to regain its “cool” and improve recently tepid sales and profits. A few days later they announced the hiring of a new CEO.

6 Reasons Some People Are Uncomfortable with Innovation


When we talk about innovation, we sometimes forget that not everyone is on board with the new and revolutionary. Some people would rather stick to their same schedule and do the same thing, day after day: a predictable and comforting routine.

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.

A Prescriptive Process for ‘Make vs. Buy’ Decisions

Innovation Excellence

You are about to develop a new product (or service, or process). However, your company may not have the skills or intellectual property to develop a part of it, so you are faced with the classic 'Make vs. Buy' decision. Do you have your own people develop that part, or do you use an external company for that?

10 Questions to prove that you can run a Design Sprint today

Board of Innovation

At the time we’re writing this post, we’ve run 20+ design sprints for Fortune 500 companies and other organizations. We’ve experienced an increasing interest and experience around design sprints, and our clients are well aware of it. Many innovation practitioners know the overall structure and objectives of this kind of innovation program. Still, we receive an uncountable number of questions concerning some. Read More.

23 Content Marketing Strategy Benefits for an Emerging Brand


“Do you see any returns from all the blogging and social media stuff you do ?”. People routinely ask some variation on that question about our social-first content marketing strategy. I understand why they ask.

The Journey is the Reward – 5P’s 

Rmukesh Gupta

Premise: As entrepreneurs, our journey is almost never complete. There is this constant urge to do the next thing. There is a new product to launch, a new market to capture, a new competitor to quell. A new revenue goal to achieve, a new milestone to reach.

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.

Sir Ken Robinson: How To Escape Education's Death Valley

Michael Roberto

Creativity expert Sir Ken Robinson has provided some excellent thinking on the state of education. I love listening to him describe how we stifle creativity in our children at times, and how we can shift our thinking as educators. Here's one of his terrific TED talks: creativity education Sir Ken Robinson

Harness Collective Genius: Develop learning agility!

Innovation Excellence

When I was living in Israel, seeking a more meaningful life, I was unable to work in my culture consulting, top team and leadership development areas of expertise.

12 Ways to See What's Not Immediately Obvious

Idea Champions

The above image is a good metaphor for business. There's something hidden in it that most people don't see at first glance. Looking at it the same way you always look at things won't help. If you can't see what's hidden, you've got to find a way to adjust the way you look. Still can't see it?


A Bad Spin on Customer Experience Strategy – Bait and Avoid


Cyndi and I went out for dinner last night. We were originally heading to a favorite restaurant that has been doing heavy discounting lately. They sent us each a 20% off coupon during the day, grabbing our top-of-mind attention as the best choice. Right before we left, we suddenly changed plans.

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.

Timing And Entrepreneurs

Rmukesh Gupta

Premise: One of the things that a lot of entrepreneurs who failed in their first attempt at starting and running their enterprise attribute their failure to is – Timing. They complain that their timing was wrong. They were much ahead of time.

To improve innovation, use fewer words.

Mike Shipulski

Everyone knows innovation is difficult, but there’s no best way to make it easier. And everyone knows there’s plenty of opportunities to make innovation more effective, but, again, there’s no best way.

More Roman Innovation and How to Innovate Like a Tourist

Innovation Excellence

I wrote recently about innovation lessons from the Roman Empire (SPQR Innovation) and in the course of my travels and research, I have uncovered additional Roman examples that are worth investigating.

Hold Innovation & Mobilize National Entrepreneurialism


We are over flooded with massive innovation lacking commercialization; we have qualifications, certifications and degrees but seriously lacking directions; we have incubators and accelerators exhausted like real estate projects…we have make-believe economical development games but the real progress is not there. So what else we need? Column & Opinion Innovation Psychology

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.