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The Power of Silly Questions

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Roger Hargreaves and the Mr Men Books. In 1970, Roger Hargreaves’ 6-year-old son Adam asked his father a question. It was a question that only a child could ask. No adult would ever conceive of it. Adam said, ‘Daddy, what does a tickle look like?’.

Overcome the Customer’s Concern – Transfer the Risk

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During the economic depression which followed the financial crash of 2009 car sales slumped across America. Automobile makers tried all sorts of promotions, many featuring big price cuts, but they could not lure buyers onto their forecourts and persuade them to buy.

Which Rock Band is the Model for your Innovative Startup?

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It has been said many times that founding a startup is similar to launching a rock band. For example: You gather a small, talented team with different skills but a common passion. You practise for long hours to improve your product. You create a demo tape or prototype product to show people.

The 12 Greatest Inventions of All Time

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My selection of the inventions which had the most beneficial effects for human progress. Do you agree? Please note that discoveries (such as fire) and more abstract concepts (such as democracy or capitalism) are not included – just specific inventions.

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Innovate Faster with Metrics that Matter

Tracking the right metrics is crucial to innovating your products and growing your business. Written by Mixpanel’s Director of Analytics Strategy, Fatih Koca, get the tools, insights, and framework top companies use to define their product metrics.

An Innovative Complaint – United Breaks Guitars

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In 2008, Dave Carroll, a Canadian guitarist and songwriter, flew with United Airlines from Halifax, Nova Scotia to Omaha, Nebraska with a stop at Chicago’s O’Hare airport. During the layover at O’Hare a fellow passenger saw the baggage handlers throwing baggage including Carroll’s precious guitar.

Great Women Innovators and Pioneers – the Quiz

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Women are under-represented in the lists of great inventors, innovators and pioneers. How many can you name in this quiz? Who was the first woman to be elected head of state in modern history?

If you want more Creativity, Move the Kettle!

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Alex Pentland. Alex Pentland is a professor at MIT who combined staff identity badges with GPS positioning technology. This enabled him to observe the movements of workers in an office much in the same way as we might watch streams of ants crossing the gorund.

How to Stop Killing your Staff

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Are you the kind of boss who gets in at 7.30 am, works hard till 7 pm and expects all your people to do the same? Are you finding it hard to recruit people who want to? Trust me when I tell you that this approach is not so good.

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Marketing Lessons from David and Goliath

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Let’s start this marketing innovation blog with a Bible story from the book of Samuel. Now the Philistines gathered their forces for war and assembled at Sokoh in Judah. They pitched camp at Ephes Dammim, between Sokoh and Azekah.

The 7 Habits of Highly Innovative Organizations

While a sustainable standardized method of innovation still eludes most organizations - having this in your toolbox is a game changer! Discover the 7 essential habits for enabling companies to systemize and establish innovation as a core competency.

Don’t be a Zebra, Be a Giraffe

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Zebra stands for Zero Evidence but Really Adamant. Zebras are people who see things in black and white. They are sure of their own opinions and they disdain information or science which undermines their beliefs. The king of the Zebras is Donald Trump.

What if the current use of your product were banned?

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Have you ever used a knife as a screwdriver or a shoe as a hammer? If so you repurposed a product for an application that the producer did not foresee. You put the product to another use.

Change the Point of Attack – Insights from Nelson

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On October 21 1805, the French and Spanish fleets, consisting of 33 ships under the command of Admiral Villeneuve, were intercepted by a British fleet of 27 vessels under Admiral Nelson, off the coast of Cadiz in Spain.

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Bypass the Naysayers

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Mickey Schulhof’s parents, both Jews, fled Hitler’s Europe in 1939 and settled in Long Island. Mickey was a brilliant student and gained a doctorate in physics from Brandeis University in 1970 before joining CBS to work in their music records division.

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The 5 Competencies of Highly Innovative Organizations

Speaker: Dr. Ankush Chopra, Professor of Strategy, School of Management Fribourg

Professor Ankush Chopra studied over 100 companies in North America and Europe to seek answers to the above questions. He found that companies across the world use the same set of competencies to become successful innovators. In this webinar, he shows how you can use these insights to develop and lead an innovative organization.

Treat Your Innovation Pipeline just like your Sales Pipeline

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Managing the Sales pipeline is a well-developed executive skill in any company selling large ticket items to business customers. Each sales person has to gather data and input their reports and forecasts.

The Maginot Line and the Fall of France

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Image by Jean-LouisBourgogne from Pixabay. After their experiences in the first World War the British and French High Commands assumed that any new war with Germany would be similar to WW1 – a massive static engagement between two huge armies.

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Deliberately Look in a Different Direction

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Until 1954 there was only one television channel in the UK. It was the publicly owned BBC. In that year the government auctioned licences for commercial TV stations. These would be regional operations which could offer advertising on TV for the first time.

Ten Top Tips on Patenting Your Novel Idea

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A patent can be taken out on almost any new implementable idea. It is not just about protecting your idea. Your patents are part of your Intellectual Property (IP) and can be valuable assets. Often a start-up company will be bought for its IP rather than its products or sales revenues.

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Innovation: Five Signs You Might Be Faking It

Every company wants to be a leader in innovation, but how can you tell if your company is really innovating or just going through the motions? See the 5 signs you might be faking innovation and what to do if you are.

Wikipedia – A Lateral Idea in Action

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In the 1930s there were 2000 salesmen in the USA knocking on doors and selling sets of Encyclopedia Britannica. They were selling a highly regarded product and were on handsome commissions.

Turn the Shop Around

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Consider the shopping experience for a housewife in the 1920s. She would go from one small store to another – meat from the butcher’s, bread from the bakery, fish from the fish monger, cans and vegetables from the grocer’s, household items from the hardware store and so on.

Seven Verbs which Define Great Leaders of Innovation

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Leaders of innovation have a bias for action. They get on with things. No matter how well the business is doing they are not content to settle for what has been achieved so far; they are restless to try new initiatives. These seven verbs describe some of their key actions. Focus.

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Four Questions that every Entrepreneur must Answer

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If you are planning a new product or a new business then you will probably need to get some approvals. You might need to raise some finance. In either case you have to convince some sceptical decision makers. Here are four key questions that they will want you to answer: Problem.

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.

Try this Brainstorm Method – The Contradictory Innovation

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Image by OpenClipart-Vectors from Pixabay. Consider for a moment these self-contradictory innovations: The solar-powered torch (flashlight). The inflatable dartboard. The underwater hairdryer. The waterproof teabag. The concrete liferaft.

Lateral Thinking in the Fight Against Crime. The Northern Bank Robbery Story.

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On the night of Sunday 19 December 2004, two groups of armed men, masquerading as police officers, arrived at the homes of Christopher Ward and Kevin McMullan in Belfast. Both men were officials of the Northern Bank, one of the largest banks in Northern Ireland.

Disasters can open the door for Innovation

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A catastrophe produces an unexpected set of circumstances and this can lead to opportunities for innovation. In January 1992 a container with 29,000 plastic bath toys was washed overboard in the Pacific Ocean. They were manufactured in China and were on route to the USA.

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The Innovation Journey Map

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The Customer Journey Map is a popular management tool. It is a visual representation of customer interactions with a company and a tool to investigate, analyse and thus improve customer experiences.

Spigit's 2018 State of Crowdsourced Innovation Report

A rigorous analysis of how the world’s largest brands – representing 21 different industry verticals – leverage their innovation programs to solve problems and surface opportunities, and the key role crowdsourcing plays in their success.

A Revolutionary Idea – Thinking Inside the Box

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McLean in 1957. Containerization was a massively important innovation which powered the expansion of global trade but it was a difficult idea to implement. Before containerization, goods were physically manhandled as break bulk cargo.

Participation leads to Innovation

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Spigit is a leading innovation management software company. They recently published a research paper entitled ‘Quantifying a Culture of Innovation.’

Breaking Taboos – Two Lessons for Innovators

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During WWI there was tremendous demand for bandages and sterile dressings for Allied wounded on the Western Front. The US company, Kimberly-Clark, developed a new cotton-like material from wood-pulp. It was highly absorbent.

Protect the Areas that are not showing Hits.

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Abraham Wald was born in 1902 in Transylvania which was part of Austria–Hungary and is now in Romania. His family were devout Jews who would not allow the boy to attend school on Saturdays so he was home-schooled by his parents.

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Quantifying a Culture of Innovation

Examining five years of anonymous data from over 6 million users in 170+ countries, Spigit has discovered that a culture of innovation can be measured – with a 99% statistical confidence level – by a metric called "ideation rate." Download the eBook now for an in-depth look at this groundbreaking study.