Your Ideas are Terrible

Build Your Innovation Team with Liberal Arts Graduates

Your Ideas are Terrible

It’s been my experience that [Liberal Arts Graduates] look at issues from various perspectives and find new ways of doing things. In other words, they think critically. And once they have a new idea, they communicate their thinking clearly and persuasively. They understand intuitively that the idea is important, but so is the ability to explain it , whether in writing or in front of a group.

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How to Guarantee an Innovation Project Team Will Fail

Your Ideas are Terrible

To survive today’s business climate and its exponential rate of change, organizations can no longer practice the disastrous (and all-to-common) practice of placing big bets on a small number of ideas. It’s lazy and comfortable and risky. Innovation leaders must learn the art of rapid decision making. In the game of rapid decision making, only two metrics matter: speed + throughput. Speed = how fast you can validate an idea.

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Study these 7 caricatures to overcome innovation incommensurability

Your Ideas are Terrible

Wikipedia defines incommensurable as. Scientific theories] embedded in starkly contrasting conceptual frameworks whose languages do not overlap sufficiently to permit scientists to directly compare the theories or to cite empirical evidence favoring one theory over the other. In other words … 2 smart scientists talking past each other because they think differently. Thomas Kuhn argues true scientific breakthroughs are slow to arrive because of incommensurability. Sound familiar?

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What Tim Brown of IDEO Taught us about Creativity in Corporate Innovation

Your Ideas are Terrible

The Creativity Myth. Creative leadership isn’t about leaders simply becoming more creative. It’s about individuals leading for creativity. That means you, as a leader, must unlock the creative potential of your organization, no matter the industry. It’s your job to set the conditions for your organization to generate, embrace, and execute on new ideas. It’s a competitive imperative that will keep you ahead in the marketplace. Tim Brown, CEO of IDEO and author of Change By Design.

Professional Development Your Employees Actually Want

Did you know? Language learning is a proven PD tool that many employees already want, whether their organization is multilingual or not. In this eBook, you’ll learn how language learning makes employees more productive, reduces turnover, and more.

How we use hackathons to accelerate corporate innovation & attract talent

Your Ideas are Terrible

What do you picture when you think about a “hackathon”? A conference room full of empty pizza boxes? A scene from the movie The Social Network? Black t-shirts and Macbook Airs? Many of our corporate clients ask us for advice about planning and running hackathons. How much should we budget? How do we handle IP? How can I sell the opportunity to executive leadership?

Bring Startup Speed to your Innovation Team with Personas

Your Ideas are Terrible

So… just who is our customer anyway? Ever been in a product strategy meeting and unable to answer this simple question: So who is our customer? It isn’t easy to answer because real-world solutions are complex. Customers have different needs. End-user problems are different from those of decision makers who must also “buy” your solution through support, funding or human resources. Or perhaps you have a 2-sided market – consider Uber drivers and Uber passengers.

The Ultimate Hackathon Budget Template

Your Ideas are Terrible

Welcome to Part 3 of our series on corporate hackathons. In Part 2 we tackled planning and success criteria. In this post we’ll do a deep-dive into the nitty-gritty of budgeting. Here is the template – keep reading for instructions. Hackathon, eh? So … how much will it cost? 36,476.89. Wasn’t that easy? Of course the real answer is … it depends. Since “it depends” is the world’s most unhelpful answer we’ll try to give you some tools. The ultimate hackathon budgeting template.

Superconsumers Hold the Secret to Your Next Innovation Breakthrough

Your Ideas are Terrible

Who buys 10 staplers in 2016? I can’t remember the last time I bought a stapler. Sure, I own one. But I have to search for the friggin’ thing whenever I need it. It surprised me to learn that around 20 million are still sold every year. Who in the world is buying them? New college grads? Businesses in emerging markets? Well, if you believe the research of Yoon, Carlotti, and Moore the answer is simple: a handful of people who love staplers.

Fall 2018 Corporate Innovation Events

Your Ideas are Terrible

The Enterprise Entrepreneurship Series. August 16th. Atlanta. CFO Rising Midwest Summit. Sept 6-7. Chicago. Future Trends. Sept 24-25. B2B Next Conference & Exhibition. Sept 24-25. Boston. BrandGarage Summit. October 3-4. Sonoma. Atlanta Techstars Demo Day. October 15th. Atlanta. Atlanta Corporate Innovation Summit. October 18th. Atlanta. WebSummit. Nov 5-6. Lisbon. Venture Olympics. Nov 14-15. Boston. Chief Strategy Officer Summit. Dec 6-7. Our Can’t Miss Pick!

External Tactics to Deal with Innovation Budget Cuts

Your Ideas are Terrible

Your innovation budget has been axed. Pull up those bootstraps and turn to outside resources and inspiration to get the job done. In Part 1 of this series (found on Hypepotamus) we focused on internal innovation tactics to try when your budget goes the way of the Blackberry. Here’s a breakdown of external tactics that require more elbow grease than extravagance. Partner with startups already solving your problem. Partner with startups to deliver on your core business innovation challenges.

5 Reasons Leaders Invest in Language Training

Communication is the lifeforce of any company. Without it, productivity, employee happiness, and ultimately your business suffers. Investing in language learning better positions global business leaders to see gains in organizational effectiveness as a result.

The Most Exhaustive List of Corporate Innovation Spaces in Metro Atlanta

Your Ideas are Terrible

We’re still smoothing out details with Guinness World Records, but confidence (and an intense Google search) lets us claim the most comprehensive list of corporate innovation spaces in the Metro Atlanta area. You are a part of history for perusing this. . Accenture, The Innovation Hub. Anthem, Innovation Studio. AT&T, Foundry Innovation Space & Drive Studio. Boeing, Manufacturing Development Center. Chick-fil-A, Hatch Innovation Satellite Office.

Day-Of Hackathon Blocking, Tackling & Facilitation

Your Ideas are Terrible

Welcome to Part 5 of our series on throwing impactful corporate hackathons. In Part 4 we talked about promoting your event and recruiting talented hackers to attend. In this post, we focus on day-of activities and event facilitation strategies. It’s the day of your hackathon. You didn’t sleep well, lying in bed searching the back of your mind for that one thing you forgot to do. What could it be? Was it important? No matter – you’re prepared.

Hyping your Hackathon

Your Ideas are Terrible

Welcome to Part 4 of our series on corporate hackathons. In Part 3 we supplied the ultimate hackathon budget template, Part 2 tackled planning and success criteria, and Part 1 defined corporate hackathons and described their benefits. In this post we focus on getting talented, and targeted, hackers to attend. Other than the Wi-Fi going out or running out of food, not having strong attendance is a hackathon’s worst nightmare.

Finally – An Idea Platform That Isn’t Terrible

Your Ideas are Terrible

Back in 2012, we noticed a lot of corporations were deploying idea platforms. Curious about their effectiveness, we studied dozens of attempts to launch idea crowdsourcing platforms and uncovered many reasons why a majority of idea platforms fail to produce expected results.

Don’t let your corporate hackathon fail before it starts

Your Ideas are Terrible

Welcome to Part 2 of our series on corporate hackathons. In Part 1 we defined corporate hackathons, described the benefits and set a few expectations. In Part 2 we’ll tackle planning. What could go wrong? Actually, a lot. A colleague of ours attended a hackathon hosted in the basement of a building – no wifi or cell coverage. The participants left after the first hour. Yikes.

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9 Warning Signs Your Employees Need Language Training

Most global companies are diverse in perspectives, backgrounds, and yes, language. Language barriers can compound existing communication problems, often resulting in business losses. Learn the 9 warning signs your employees need language training today!

Carie Davis Joins Startup Atlanta Board

Your Ideas are Terrible

Carie Davis, Partner at Your Ideas Are Terrible, has joined the esteemed Startup Atlanta Board of Directors. Startup Atlanta introduces, connects, supports and expands the entrepreneurial ecosystem within the greater Atlanta region to bolster the creation of jobs, companies and wealth. “We’re We’re excited to welcome Carie to our Board of Directors.

Why Finland Has the Best Education System in the World

Idea Champions

The school I want to begin

East meets West in understanding Innovation Cultural Orientation

Paul Hobcraft

East and West- the different meeting points in understanding. I lived for about fifteen years in Asia and the before, and in the in-between period, I travelled around the region a fair amount.

Podcast S5E125: Ben Hunt-Davis – Perform like an Olympic Gold Medallist

Idea to Value

In this episode of the Idea to Value podcast, we speak with Olympic Gold Medallist, Ben Hunt-Davis MBE.

The Forrester Wave™: B2B Marketing Data Providers, Q2 2021

In our 24-criterion evaluation of B2B marketing data providers, we identified the 11 most significant vendors — Data Axle, Dun & Bradstreet, Enlyft, Global Database, InsideView, Leadspace, Oracle, SMARTe, Spiceworks Ziff Davis, TechTarget, and ZoomInfo Technologies — and researched, analyzed, and scored them. This report shows how each provider measures up and helps B2B marketing professionals select the right one for their needs.

Anyone Can Have A Vision. Building Competence Is Often More Important

Digital Tonto

Plenty of people have visions. Elizabeth Holmes had one for Theranos, but its product was a fraud and the company failed. Many still believe in Uber’s vision of “gig economy” taxis, but even after. [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]].

How music streaming has transformed songwriting

Idea to Value

Few songwriters have creates as many memorable hits as Björn Ulvaeus. You might not immediately recognise his name, but you definitely know his band. In this interesting TEDx talk , Björn talks about his own experiences writing music.

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Disruption is not a strategy

Idea to Value

If you ask a number of startups what they are hoping to achieve, undoubtedly you will encounter one that is going to “Disrupt” their industry. Disruption is what Uber, Airbnb, Amazon and the iPhone did to their industries. Disruption is cool. Disruption is sexy.

1000 True Fans

Idea to Value

As an artist, professional creative or entrepreneur, how many people need to buy your wares in order for you to make a living? 10,000? 1 million???

4 AI Hacks to Make Sales Teams More Efficient

Over the last two years, there’s been a 76 percent increase in AI adoption across sales organizations. For sales teams, AI opens up a world of new possibilities, including automating outreach, identifying best-fit buyers, and keeping CRMs flush with fresh data. Read on to learn the four AI hacks sales teams need to improve their performance. Download the eBook today!

IdeaScale Integration With MS Teams Helps Streamline the Idea-Sharing Process

IdeaScale

IdeaScale now has a Teams integration that makes it simple to submit ideas straight from your chat. Here’s how it works.

Kill a stupid rule: an amazing way to reduce red tape

Idea to Value

A few years ago I had a very interesting discussion with Lisa Bodell , CEO of Futurethink and bestselling author of innovation books Kill the Company and Why Simple Wins. She told me about how most employees waste far too much time in meetings and answering emails.

Capturing Inspiration from Outdoor Summer Fun

Idea to Value

Summer is officially in full swing. For many, that means more time outdoors, soaking up the warm weather. While summer activities can be a lot of fun and a great way to relax, you can also capture inspiration from the things you might already be doing.

Ten Ways to Develop Logical Thinking, Ten Ways to Develop Lateral Thinking

Destination Innovation

Image by Elisa Riva on Pixabay. Here are ten ways to develop your logical thinking skills. Play chess. Solve soduko puzzles. Make lists, analyse your work, break it down into smaller tasks. Learn problem analysis methods such as six sigma and why, why. Learn critical path methods. Study Mathematics.

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How to Overcome the Pain Points of Your CRM

CRM software is a powerful tool when used correctly, yet another obstacle to a sales team’s efficiency when it’s not. Leveraging research and commentary from industry analysts, this eBook explores how your sales team can get back valuable time by overcoming some pain points with your CRM, such as low adoption rates, integrations, and data quality.

What is exponential growth in technology?

Idea to Value

Some technology seems to improve gradually over time, and continuously get incrementally better through small steps. We call this incremental innovation. But what about technology which seems to be improving at incredibly fast rates?

The Ambiguity Effect bias

Idea to Value

Why do so many companies keep making the “wrong” decisions time and again? And what impact does this have on innovation projects? It may be linked to a cognitive bias called the Ambiguity Effect bias.

Our innovation era: creative destruction or destructive creation- which?

Paul Hobcraft

I keep coming back to the dilemma often faced in innovation- do we practice “creative destruction” or “destructive creation? We are entering some perilous times in climate change and what this will mean in destruction in what we know, what we value and what we are used to.

Our innovation era: creative destruction or destructive creation- which?

Paul Hobcraft

I keep coming back to the dilemma often faced in innovation- do we practice “creative destruction” or “destructive creation? We are entering some perilous times in climate change and what this will mean in destruction in what we know, what we value and what we are used to.

4 Data-Driven Steps To Drive Successful B2B Demand Generation

Fact: Good data lives at the core of every successful B2B demand generation strategy. Without quality data, it’s nearly impossible to identify and segment your target audience and create messaging that speaks to their values and interests. Whether you’re stepping into a new position or you’re new to demand generation, learning the tricks of the trade can be, well, tricky. In this eBook, you’ll discover how to improve your demand generation program—and your bottom line.

Podcast S5E123: Marcus du Sautoy – The Creativity Code

Idea to Value

In today’s episode of the Idea to Value Podcast, we speak with Professor Marcus du Sautoy.

Why mind wandering is good for your creativity

Idea to Value

If you want to become more creative, one of the most effective things you can do is become more comfortable letting your mind wander. It sounds simple, but there is a wealth of research which shows the creative benefits of letting your thoughts flow freely.

The 6 core skills every innovator needs

Idea to Value

In order to succeed as a professional innovation manager, you need a variety of skills. And these skills are only going to become more valuable in the coming decades as companies realise that they are required for future growth.

4 Things Every Business Leader Should Know (But Most Don’t)

Digital Tonto

The truth is that leadership is the art of managing the ambiguous, or as Stanley McChrystal has put it, “a complex system of relationships between leaders and followers, in a particular context, that. [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]].

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The Modern Customer Success Playbook

The evolution of every high-functioning, effective customer success strategy centers around three C’s: connected experiences, an engaging customer journey, and a culture built on customer-centricity. Satisfaction won’t cut it. Quarterbacking your customers to long-term success and growth is proven to combat churn and transform customer success teams into revenue-drivers. But where do you start? Download the playbook today!