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Ten years building the future together


In 2006, an IT visionary, an innovation hunter and an algorithm doer met for coffee and an idea came up. In November 2007, Exago was born.

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Why didn’t I think of that? A reusable, square wine barrel wins design award

Idea to Value

Some innovations are just so simple, they make you ask yourself: “ Why didn’t I think of that???” ” This is one of those examples.

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Yoda’s Best Advice for Innovation


Or do not. There is no try.” Yoda’s famous advice is absolute. Yoda doesn’t leave much room for failure. But what Yoda is really talking about is commitment. Innovation happens only when we put all our effort into it, which is something demonstrated throughout the history of innovation.

You Can Never Build The Future By Looking To The Past

Digital Tonto

You can never create something truly new based on what you already know. The only way to find it is to start looking. Related posts: Are You Using Data To Analyze The Past Or To Create A New Future? [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]].

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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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Crossing the Internal Chasm in Corporate Innovation

Innovation Excellence

There is a huge noise around what companies should do to find the big ideas. Compared to it, the discussion about the best way of turning those ideas into substantial businesses is almost silent. We think it is high time to change this.

Architectural Innovation: 5 Architects Changing the Future


The post Architectural Innovation: 5 Architects Changing the Future appeared first on Ideanote. Innovation Spotlights culture of continuous improvement innovation team innovation

6 Ideas to Imagine Social-First Video Content for Brand Videos


A client reached out yesterday with a “quick cry for help!”. The client’s organization is taking time today to imagine ideas for a brand video that looks at the customer experience they deliver from the audience’s perspective.

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HOW TO JUMP START INNOVATION with Mind-Opening, Curated Content for Your Intranet

Idea Champions

Innovation is a huge topic in organizations these days. Every company is looking for new and better ways to do more with less, differentiate themselves from the competition, and unlock the hidden genius of their workforce. At the same time, many organizations are budget-constrained.

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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.

Want to Build a Culture of Innovation? Then Seek Out Your Innovation Agents


‘No man is an island, entire of itself’ runs the saying and it should probably go on to say that no concept should be introduced in isolation either. In the VUCA world, we’re all challenged with constantly trying to do something new, to create lasting change, transformation and disruption.

Scaling Up Startups in Corporate Settings

Integrative Innovation

This ‘opinion’ on the question “What can startups and incumbents learn from each other and what are the biggest threats?” ” was originally published at

Crowdsourcing and Traffic


Tomorrow is Thanksgiving which means that many of you are traveling to be home for the holidays. And if you are traveling that means that you’re trying to avoid something that no one enjoys: traffic! So we thought we’d look at some of our favorite crowdsourcing and traffic stories.

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Stephen Shapiro

Awesome! Great insight as always

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.

50 Quotes on Risk Taking

Idea Champions

Whatever you can do, or dream you can, begin it. Boldness has genius, power and magic in it." -- Goethe. Security is mostly a superstition. Life is either a daring adventure or nothing." -- Helen Keller. It's not because things are difficult that we dare not venture.

15 Practices of Innovation Leaders for Creating Cultures of Innovation


Darin Eich at Innovation Training has just posted an excellent new article about creating a culture of innovation within one’s company - check it out here! Creative Leadership

Hey @Essential Here’s How You Can Steal New Customers From Competitors


Last week I bought an Essential Phone , from the Essential company founded by Android creator Andy Rubin. I was interested in the phone when it was first announced because it looked really well built and had a delicious bezel-less screen.

Peer Group “Scaling-Up”: Initial Survey Results

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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.

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Thanks for the kind words

Understand What Lean Six Sigma Is Without Getting a Huge Headache

Idea Champions

Ten years ago, my company was a vendor to a Fortune 100 company devoted to SixSigma. So devoted, in fact, that they required all of their vendors to take a two-day day Six Sigma training. While I never liked thinking of myself as a "vendor", I took the course. My experience of it?

The Benefits of Gratitude

Michael Roberto

We should all be thankful for the many blessings that we have received. We should express our gratitude to others more often. As leaders, saying thank you more often will help us engage our employees and enhance their satisfaction and productivity. Who could quibble with these assertions. They represent common sense to most of us. Does research back up our attitudes regarding the benefits of gratitude?

6 Benefits of Ongoing Employee Development


In many organizations, work is pretty consistent and predictable: go into the office, perform your tasks, and go home. Many people spend years doing their jobs without much advancement or ongoing career development. Organization & Culture

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.

1 Way to Spice Up Strategy with Surprising Strategic Planning Questions


Looking for ways to spice up your organization’s strategic planning process before you lock into the same old strategy ideas shaped by your senior team’s conventional wisdom? Try asking surprising strategic planning questions to push your leadership team toward new thinking.

Recent Innovation in the Energy Sector: Solar & Wind


The environmental impact of fossil fuels is causing the energy sector to focus on cleaner alternatives. Political agreements to curb fossil fuel emissions, such as The Paris Climate Accord - ratified by 168 nations, sets out ambitious plans to tackle the threat of climate change and shift towards a low carbon future. Innovation Insights

On Being a Better Listener

Idea Champions

Good article from Fast Company on the emotional intelligence required to be a better listener. If you want to innovate, listen more. 24 quotes on good communication. Non-judgmental listening

The Biggest Impediment to Developing and Deploying Innovation

Innovation Excellence

Command-and-control, top-down organizations have the most trouble innovating.

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.

What’s Keeping CInO’s Awake at Night: The Latest Corporate Innovation Trends From a Range Of Recent Conferences


Over the past couple of weeks, I have participated in several conferences / events, to better understand key trends in corporate innovation. Each event was excellent, but also very different in scope, audience and approach. Trend Alert

10 Cues to Identify Strategic Themes in Your Ideas


Emma Alvarez Gibson and I were talking about identifying strategic themes within tens or hundreds of ideas from a strategic planning workshop or from thousands of comments within a survey.

Innovation Sighting: Partial Subtraction for Better Beer Drinking

Innovation in Practice

The football season is into full swing. And, no doubt, countless beer drinkers experience the ever so frustrating tension of keeping a clear line of sight for that key play of the game without missing a gulp of their favorite brew.

Four Principles of Values-Based Leadership

Michael Roberto

Several weeks ago, I had the privilege (for the second time) of hearing former Baxter CEO and current Kellogg Professor Harry Kraemer discuss values-based leadership. Kraemer offers four principles for leaders to consider, as they try to lead with purpose, conviction, and integrity.

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.