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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! ]].

How the best Human Resource leaders make the most of innovation management


With innovation management capturing rising interest from human resource managers and directors, Exago’s team took part in the Expo’RH2018 in Estoril, Portugal, to discuss the latest news and trends in the sector. The event organised by the International Faculty for Executives gathered hundreds of HR directors from leading companies such as Nestlé, Ageas, Pfizer, Renova and McDonald’s, under the motto “Experience is the way”, on March 14 and 15.

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%.

Building an Innovation and Insights Group from Scratch

Braden Kelley

Many of you reading this have created or operated innovation or insights programs for organizations of a variety of sizes, or are curious about how to go about it.

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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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How the 'Not Invented Here' Effect Impacts Innovation Success


Getting past the 'corporate immune system'. Imagine the scene. A warm summer’s day. The tree-lined slopes of gentle hills stretch towards a darker valley below. There’s a river running through it, sparkling water, dappled light through the leaves. Now place a party of schoolboys there, shipped out from the nearby town – lucky kids from well-off families, enjoying the fun of summer camp. On the first day, they form into two teams.

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3 Reasons Children are More Creative Than Adults

Innovation Excellence

The factor that affects team productivity and creativity is the ability to conduct constructive conflict. In turn, three other factors that affect that ability, which are strong in children, and disappears when they reach adulthood and the work environment.

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.

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.

How to Boost Innovation by Recycling Existing Ideas


When it comes to innovation, businesses can often find it seemingly impossible to generate completely new ideas. In these early stages of product development, it can sometimes seem like all of the good ideas have already been taken.

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Idea Champions

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.

How Do We Distinguish Between What’s Trendy And A Real Trend?


Trendwatching is a big part of innovation work. For us, it’s important to distinguish between what’s trendy and a real trend. How do you do that? Futurist Amy Webb, as part of her presentation on 2018 Emerging Tech Trends Report at SXSW, responded the question.

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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.

7 Innovative Approaches to Educating Your Team


Innovation can’t happen without education and inspiration. Stagnation is the absence of creativity, and far too many teams aren’t using education as a way to keep the fresh and creative ideas flowing. Strategies

IM Award Lessons: Know Your Innovation Audience


This year, Amway won the Innovation Management award for best innovation engagement strategy. They won this award, because of the global reach of their community and their tactics for bringing people on board (including creating cool videos like this one ).

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.


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.

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.

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.).


Thoughts on Selling

Mike Shipulski

Like most things, selling is about people. The hard sell has nothing to do with selling. Just when you think you’re having the least influence, you’re having the most. When – ready, sell, listen – has run its course, try – ready, listen, sell.

Direct to Consumer Disrupting Established Markets


In 2010, the Gillette brand, which is owned by Proctor and Gamble, held 70% of the U.S. 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%. It has suffered at the hands of two start-up companies, which went direct to consumer (DTC). They are Harry’s and Dollar Shave Club. Organization & Culture


30 Ways to Know If You Have What It Really Takes to Innovate

Idea Champions

Do you have what it takes to innovate? I'm not talking IQ, degree, or job title. I'm talking the curious confluence of behaviors that come with the territory of being someone who turns top of the line ideas into bottom line realities. You come up with great ideas in the shower and car.

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.

How to Overcome Innovation and Change Fatigue

Innovation Excellence

Alvin Toffler passed away in June 2016 at the age of 87. The author of Future Shock, he warned us almost 50 years ago about the effects of change and our unpreparedness to address it.

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.

Leave Benchmarks Behind

Daniel Burrus

No matter the industry or particular field, competition is the business of the day. Regardless of what you and your organization do in terms of products or services, there’s inevitably someone else offering a competitive alternative.

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.

Why Don't More People Share Their Best Practices with Each Other?

Idea Champions

If you are a member of a team, business, school, or volunteer organization, there's a good chance you want whatever project you are working on to succeed. Towards that end, you work hard, think hard, generate ideas, go to meetings, fight fires, and (hopefully) learn from your mistakes.

Top 10 Innovation and Design Card Decks

Innovation Excellence

Brian Eno’s Oblique Strategies. IDEO’s Method Cards. Sub Rosa’s Questions & Empathy. Idea Couture’s Impact Foresight Game. I’ve long been a fan of design and innovation card decks.

Innovation Sighting: Task Unification in Samsung’s New Smart TV

Innovation in Practice

Imagine no longer deliberating between trendy art, your favorite photos, or the nonnegotiable family TV for your prominent living room wall. Samsung’s new 2018 QLED TVs are designed to end that dilemma and serve a two-in-one purpose: endless entertainment and personalized décor.

Taking the path to digital transformation


It is becoming more and more apparent that we are living in a moment of profound possibility and enormous disruption.

Quantifying a Culture of Innovation

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