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Billie's "Female First" Razor Slays Beauty Stereotype Monsters

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As we've learned in our previous posts, there are all sorts of invisible corporate monsters that true business rebels must eliminate to remain authentic to their core values and beliefs. Like REI and Patagonia, some rebel brands slay monsters by setting boundaries that keep customers out.

Patagonia Slays Its Own Corporate Monster

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Our recent REI blog illustrated how true business rebels aren't afraid to slay their corporate monsters. To be clear, these unwieldy beasts aren't external market variables that negatively impact revenues.

Rebels Always Stay in the Game - And You Should Too

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True provocateurs never accept "good enough." They view the status quo with disdain, continuously searching for a new, different, better, or simply more interesting way to do anything.

From The Top Down: Five Ways To Foster A Rebel Corporate Culture

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Assessing and Fostering a Culture of Innovation

Speaker: Magnus Penker, CEO & Founder, Innovation360 Group

Welcome to an interactive empowering session on how to sharpen your future through innovation management, which can help guide your company’s goals. During this webinar, Magnus Penker, international thought leader and author, will dive into how to assess and foster culture and capabilities for innovation.

Pursuing Discomfort: Why You Should As A Corporate Practice

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Looking for a way to shake things up with your team in the name of professional growth and development? Serve up a heaping helping of disruption and (most importantly) discomfort.

Rebel Brand and Corporate Monster Slayer

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" We’re closing our doors, paying our employees to get out there, and inviting America to OptOutside with us because we love great gear, but we are even more passionate about the experiences it unlocks.”

Corporate Rebels Bravely Lead With Their Beliefs to Redefine the Possibilities

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Renowned British economist and investor, John Maynard Keynes, once said, "Worldly wisdom teaches that it is better for reputation to fail conventionally than to succeed unconventionally." Almost a century later, Keynes' theory still holds. In our current, highly tumultuous corporate climate, many organizations find themselves unknowingly pursuing comfort, not success, as their most coveted commodity. Entrepreneurs Often Struggle To Go Against Conventional Methods and Strategies.

Cultivate The Rebel Mindset (Yes, You)

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Embrace The Rebel Mindset to drive substantive change within your organization, team, industry or community. As we highlighted in our previous blog, How To Launch Your Career As A Full-Time Rebel, you don't have to be the owner of the company to launch a corporate rebellion. You don't even have to be a C-level executive (or director, manager, supervisor, etc., you see where we're going with this).

How Professionals Rebels Continuously See What is Invisible to Others

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Change Management vs. Change Leadership: Which One Makes Sense for Your Business?

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At some point, every enterprise must confront one of the biggest challenges faced by modern organizations across the world: Change. Or, more specifically, successful change. In today's rapidly evolving business terrain, true corporate rebels recognize that without effectively and successfully incorporating a culture that embraces change within their companies, failure is almost imminent.

5 Product Traps - And Better Paths

Speaker: Johanna Rothman, Management Consultant, Rothman Consulting Group

Is your agile team overloaded with feature requests, with no time for discovery? Do your roadmaps read like impossible wish lists? Well, you’re not alone. It may seem impossible now, but what if we said that with a few changes, you could be meeting deadlines with the ability to predict progress with accuracy, be happy with your progress against the roadmap, and be making time for near-continuous discovery? Johanna Rothman has seen this all too often across many different organizations. She will take us through five common traps that agile product teams fall into – and likely you are in several of those traps right now. And good news - she has ways to avoid them!

4 Ways To Discover The Truth About Your Company Culture

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The benefits of a positive company culture go far beyond having happy employees. A thriving workplace environment helps define a business' internal and external identity, reflects an organization's core values, and empowers its employees. Your company's professional vibe can even have a direct impact on your bottom line. Recent statistics show that satisfied employees are not only more engaged but are also 20% more productive than the competition.

3 Ways to Change Perceived Weaknesses into Corporate Differentiators

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Many small to mid-sized business owners believe that successfully running their enterprises means steering clear of the industry giants. They (wrongfully) assume that their smaller operations instantly put their company at a disadvantage, unable to go head-to-head with the vertical’s biggest competitors. Not true.

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The Top 3 Industries Using Chatbots

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Chatapps currently dominate the social and mobile landscape with over 75% of global smartphone users using some sort of messaging app at least once a month in 2015. Snapchat has 150 Million daily active users , activity on Facebook Messenger and WhatsApp combined is now 3X the global volume of SMS messages, at 60 billion messages a day compared to 20 billion and more players are arriving in the space in ever increasing numbers.

How To Use Rebellion To Catapult Your Brand Forward

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In today's globally connected corporate landscape, how we do business evolves at hyper speed, forcing entrepreneurs in every vertical to push past traditional operational standards. It's no longer enough to be first or best in the marketplace. Today's innovators must continuously redefine industry standards to not only gain the critical marketing momentum needed to get to the top, but to also avoid the dreaded crush of stagnation to ensure their brand stays there. The best way to achieve both?

Rebellion: The Ultimate Entrepreneurial Superpower

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There is a direct, undeniable link between innovation and business success. Being first to market with something new, fresh, and different instantly catapults a company ahead of the stagnating competition, often with meteoric speed. Unfortunately, in today's world of technology-centric, fast-paced enterprise, it would seem we are currently experiencing a prolonged innovation drought of sorts.

What Users Want: How and Why to Build Knowledge into Your Product

Speaker: Nils Davis, Principal, NPD Associates

Usage data allows PMs, the product team, and the whole organization to make better decisions. Good usage intelligence gives you the ability to be smarter, more active, more decisive, nimbler, and to minimize risk. But what if you don't have that data - such as before you have users? Or, what if the right decision seems to fly in the face of the data you have? Or, what if your product offers more than just the standard features? To get deeper into these questions, Nils Davis asks, "What is the most interesting thing about Instagram?" (Because who doesn't like a product that Facebook paid $1 billion for when it had fewer than 50 employees and no revenue?) Nils will use the example of Instagram’s Filters to talk about how putting prebuilt knowledge in your product can change the way your product is used for the better - putting you in the company of most market-leading products. Finally, he’ll tie it all together by explaining how the way you interpret and use usage data can impact the way your tell your product’s story, and ultimately, how your users use your product.

How To Launch Your Career As Full-Time Rebel

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When we think "corporate rebel," we often instantly conjure up images of world-famous entrepreneurs. We focus on visionaries like Oprah, Steve Jobs, and Bill Gates; non-conforming provocateurs who struck out on their own, purposefully swimming against the existing current to make their indelible business mark on a global scale. Start Your Own Business Rebellion, Right Where You Are.

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Understanding Your Role (Hint: It's Not Your Job Title)

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In our last blog, we learned, how to cultivate the rebel mindse t - a process that promotes and conditions rebellious thinking at our place of business. We've also learned that the word rebel is both a noun and a verb…and that rebels take action. Are you ready to put your new frame of mind to work and thrive as the corporate creative you are? It all starts with one key component in the lives of full-time rebels everywhere: Understanding your role.

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A Rebel's Roadmap for Aligning Your Goals

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We recently discussed the importance of understanding your role within the context of others in your organization. How what you do as a full-time corporate rebel can impact, influence, and inspire individuals and stakeholders, both within and beyond your company. You're officially ready to take things up a notch and learn how to strategically align your career goals with your boss' and the business' objectives for mutually beneficial results that drive your career forward. .

Building Bridges: The Full-Time Rebel's Preferred Method Of Travel

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You understand your corporate role (where you are), you've aligned your goals (where you want to be) – now what? It's time to start building bridges, or strategically connecting with others to fast track the journey between the two. Full-time rebels are often natural-born bridge builders based on two inherent characteristics. First, most rebels have a heightened, innate curiosity about, well, everything.

11 Proven Ways to Turn Your Culture into a Culture of Innovation

Learn the 11 proven strategies that you can implement quickly to get every employee innovating and contributing to the growth of your company.

3 Ways To Help Your Team Break Rules And Innovate

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Most executives recognize that innovation is the very cornerstone of any successful enterprise. However, rebel corporate leaders understand that effective innovating isn't always about a major organizational transformation or bringing a revolutionary product to market. True rebels know that innovation is not a single event or milestone; it's a fundamental business culture that's nurtured from the top down - and by its very nature, it's deeply rooted in the fine art of rule-breaking. ?

Empowering Employees To Maintain (& Change) Your Corporate Culture

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There's a common presumption in the industry that corporate culture is a top-down only phenomenon, where the c-suite executives alone establish the workplace vibe for the entire organization. Yes, a company's leadership team is essential to striking and supporting a positive tone within a business.

When Internal Culture Is Your Biggest Corporate Disruption

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As a corporate leader, experience tells you that disruption can (and does) happen. No matter what the industry or size of enterprise, at some point, every organization will experience operational turbulence that threatens corporate opportunity, growth, profits, and overall place in market. Unfortunately, what most executives don't realize is that, oftentimes, the biggest corporate disruption they'll endure has little to do with new vertical products, services, and competitors.

How Inovation Affects Leadership and Reskilling: Industry 4.0 Case

Idea to Value

The fourth industrial revolution is no longer just something that companies need to prepare for – it’s a reality that has already arrived. Everything about our current landscape is changing, from how we communicate to the avenues we have for connectivity. In the age of Industry 4.0,

Using Data and Messaging to Drive Product Activation

Speaker: Ruben Ugarte, Founder, Practico Analytics

Onboarding users is filled with possibilities and challenges. Not only are you showing the user how to use your product, but it's also a chance to connect with them and understand their needs. Of course, it’s crucial to have a good onboarding experience to drive your activation metrics. Quality onboarding is the first step towards turning a newly acquired user into a repeat user. If you're looking to optimize your onboarding to improve your activation metrics, this webinar is for you. Ruben Ugarte will be focusing on how to improve all aspects of onboarding experiences by understanding how your current onboarding process is stacking up, and giving you the tools to prioritize what to try changing. With improved onboarding, you'll see less drop-off and a happier user experience.

Wrong Diagnosis means Wrong Remedy

Destination Innovation

We tend to revere our clinicians as towering experts in their fields. So how often do you think doctors misdiagnose? How often might your doctor tell you that you have some illness or condition, but it’s not right?

Managing Energy Transition through Innovation

Paul Hobcraft

Source IRENA [link]. In the past few months, I have been placing an increasing focus on the energy transition we all need to undertake in our energy systems, to build a more comprehensive understanding of the parts that make up the whole of this transition.

Your Future Lies in Occupying the Innovation Job and Using the Skills it Provides

Paul Hobcraft

Source: World Economic Forum, Future of Jobs Report 2018. We all need to begin to grapple with what is redefining work in knowledge, skills, our experience, and our necessary abilities to be viable and useful. We continue to hear and begin to see the effects of the Fourth Industrial Revolution.

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Top 1000 companies that spend the most on Research & Development (charts and analysis)

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Project Analytics: Visibility that Aids Risk Management

Speaker: Miles Robinson, Agile and Management Consultant, Motivational Speaker

Product Managers face changes that put delivery at risk. Just as you use data from the customer to inform your solutions, transparency during the building of those solutions is critical for making better risk mitigation decisions. Whether your solution has fixed scope, fixed scheduling, fixed resources or fixed level of quality, the earlier you can know when these are at risk (and how) the better. The more clear the picture, the better you can understand the impacts of changes, and the more effectively you can deliver the solution the customer needs, when they need it, at a reasonable cost. This session will focus on the use of a One-Dimensional Product Backlog from a risk management point of view. We will show how this tool can be used to monitor and evaluate how your solution is getting built, and a clear view of any cascading impacts risks have as they surface.

Innovation adoption in the technology lifecycle for Energy Translation

Paul Hobcraft

Building the systems enabling framework. Source: World Economic Forum. Technological innovation has a central role to play in the Energy Transition currently being undertaken throughout the world.

Focus on the Problem, not the Customer’s Request

Destination Innovation

Image by William Iven from Pixabay. The best innovations solve real problems. They provide solutions that customers are prepared to pay money for. So it seems to make sense that we should listen carefully to customer requests. But this can be a mistake.

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Increasing innovation focus on the end-user segments within the energy transition story

Paul Hobcraft

Source of visual used: [link]. When you investigate and research the energy transition that is underway, the higher focus to date has been on the progress to replace fossil fuel with renewable power generation technologies.

How Do You Create an Innovation Culture?

HYPE Innovation

This is the second part of a two-part series in building an innovation culture. Make sure to read Part 1: What You Need to Know Before Creating an Innovation Culture here ! People & Culture

Embedded Analytics, Everywhere

Speaker: Dean Yao, Director of Marketing at Jinfonet

What's the next big trend in analytics software and applications? You've probably used it without even knowing: embedded reporting and analytics. Software development teams more often now are embedding 3rd party analytics solutions into their products and applications to let them focus on other core areas of their software. They also want to provide what their users ask for: reporting and analytics from within the context of the applications they are already using. Dean Yao will talk you through powerful strategies and best practices in embedded reporting, dashboards and analytics that will add value to your products and applications while giving you an analytics partner you can rely on. Empower users with better data presentation and exploration for deeper insights into their data.

5 Steps to Brainstorm the Future of Your Market

HYPE Innovation

This is the second blog post in HYPE's series on the ten most-often-asked questions about strategic foresight.

Designing Strong Experiments

Franziska Beeler and Tendayi Viki

When testing our business ideas, choosing the right experiment is just the beginning. After we have chosen our experiment, it’s important that we spend some time designing it well.

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6 steps to ignite exponential business growth

Exago

Taking on board the attributes of Exponential Organisations (ExOs) and investing in becoming truly exponential is challenging, but it is within the reach of most companies today. These 6 steps can help you transform your organisation and accelerate business growth.

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The Hard-to-Abate sectors need innovation solutions to reach Net-Zero Co2 Emissions

Paul Hobcraft

Source: [link]. I have been looking at those Hard-to-Abate sectors for reaching Net-Zero Co2 Emissions like the cement, steel, plastics, aviation, shipping, and heavy road transport within our need for a global energy transition.

Living With Technical Debt: Balancing Quality and Perfection

Speaker: Cliff Gilley, The Clever PM

As a Product Manager, you probably have to deal with technical debt. Regularly. Whether you like it or not - because it can’t be avoided. Unexpected details pop up, as small as UX that needs clean-up, and as big as a previously unforeseen flaw in the infrastructure of a project. We have to accept that nobody gets away without some technical debt. And of course, the longer you take to deal with your technical debt, the more difficult it becomes to address fully. Feeling frustrated? Fortunately, we can take a step back, gain clarity, and see how the decisions we make impact our technical debt. Then, we can make decisions about how we want to balance technical debt with other priorities. Are we willing to live with some level of technical debt in order to ship product and meet deadlines? Can we mitigate technical debt to get to an MVP faster?