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15 most important Innovation Theories your company should be using

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Every company says that innovation is important, and that they value the ideas of their people. In fact, creativity is becoming a core skill which companies know they need in the future.

What is innovation? 15 experts share their innovation definition

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I spoke to 15 of the world’s leading innovation experts to get their definition of “innovation” The variety in their responses may surprise you. Content. Introduction. Nick Skillicorn. David Burkus. Stephen Shapiro. Pete Foley. Gijs van Wulfen. Kevin McFarthing. Robert Brands.

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The TRUE story of Post-It Notes, and how they almost failed

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Everyone knows the story of the humble Post-It Note, and how it represents an idea’s ability to evolve and flourish. Some people would even hold up Post-It Notes as a symbol for innovation itself, much like the lightbulb is a symbol for an idea.

The future of magnets is here

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If you’re anything like me, you were probably fascinated by magnets when you were younger. But the new “smart magnets” in this video just made my jaw drop.

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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.

The Creativity Crisis: It’s Getting Worse

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In this very special guest post by Professor KH Kim, we find out the updated facts of what is happening to people’s creativity levels over the past decades, now with updated statistics for 2017.

The 10,000 hour rule is wrong, according to its original authors

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One of the most commonly cited figures when it comes to improving yourself is the so-called 10,000 hour rule.

The single biggest reason why startups succeed

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One of the most complicated questions to answer in business is why some ideas succeed and others fail. That is where I came across this interesting TED Talk by Bill Gross (video above), who is the founder of the first US-based startup accelerator: Idealab.

This engineer replaced a $1,000.00+ medical device with one costing $0.20

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Sometimes, you need to set yourself really strict constraints in order to come up with the most creative innovations. This is exactly what Manu Prakash did with his team at Stanford when trying to make a better, cheaper way to test blood samples in poorer countries. Check out his video above.

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.

The story of Kelvin Doe: The poor Sierra Leone teen who wowed M.I.T.’s engineers

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This 15 year old taught himself engineering and managed to use scrap to build working generators, batteries and even an FM Radio Transmitter. The video above shows the fascinating story of Kelvin Doe. He is a child from a very poor district of Sierra Leone’s capital city Freetown.

Why “Follow your passion” is terrible advice for you & those you care about

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One of the most common pieces of advice floating around the internet is also one of the most dangerous: To be happy in life, you need to figure out what you are passionate about, and singlemindedly pursue that as your ideal job.

2016’s best innovation blog articles, from the top influential innovation bloggers

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Sometimes, it is important to take a step back from your own work, and highlight some of the best work from other people around the world.

Why I have a problem with the Global Innovation Index

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INSEAD Business School, along with Cornell University and the World Intellectual Property Organisation have just released their analysis of the world’s most innovative countries for 2016.

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Evidence that children become less creative over time (and how to fix it)

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Professor George Land gives an inspiring TED talk into his research of creativity in children and adults, with some shocking findings about how creativity levels change throughout a child’s life. Watch the video above, and then see the discussion below.

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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.

9 Patterns of Disruption: The new cooking recipe for business disruption

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A light bulb went on for me as I was reading a series of reports from Deloitte University Press on disruption. When I was reading this, I remembered the terrific value we all seemed to have obtained from the pioneering work of Doblin and its ten types of innovation when it came out some years back.

Podcast #014 Tendayi Viki – What is Lean Innovation?

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In today’s episode of the Idea to Value Podcast, we speak with Tendayi Viki on what exactly “Lean Innovation” is.

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Interview Gijs Van Wulfen: How to get your managers to listen to your ideas

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I speak with Gijs Van Wulfen, Linkedin innovation Influencer, on what it takes to execute innovation, and how to get your managers to listen to your ideas.

Excellent review of the latest 2015/2016 innovation consulting reports

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Believe it or not, this isn’t the only innovation website out there, and I’m not the only innovation consultant in the world.

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.

The most important HR document in the history of Silicon Valley innovation

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In Silicon Valley, there is a document which has become legendary. It is a document which outlines some of the company and HR policies which have created a company which completely disrupted an industry sector. And much of its value comes from the fact that it contains policies which seem so ridiculous in theory, but end up being so effective in spurring a culture of innovation and the trust which underpins it.

10 Famous inventions that were the culmination of other people’s work

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A dirty (yet open) secret about innovation is that most great breakthroughs don’t happen thanks to a single lone genius.

How Steve Jobs predicted what would cause Apple to lose its innovative edge

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One of the most misunderstood concepts in innovation management is why some companies can bring their ideas to life and continue innovating, while in other companies good ideas get no traction and die.

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This legendary 1947 letter on the lack of creativity in advertising is even more true in 2016

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A major issue around advertising and marketing nowadays is that there is a drive to “learn and perfect” it. And this is resulting in less actual creativity being used.

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.

Persistence: The Key to Creativity and Innovation

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A persistent attitude is one of the 27 characteristics found in the greatest innovators (Kim, 2016). It is defined as continuously striving and committing to goals regardless of immediate rewards. It is one of the most critical creative attitudes. Innovators are passionate about and committed to their goals, which compels them to persist physically and mentally. They never quit, continuing even when they experience challenges, setbacks, or failures.

Artificial creativity (A.C.): Can a computer be creative? It’s scarily close

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In 2013, I wrote a breakthrough article on the nascent examples of computers beginning to generate ideas in a way similar to human creativity. Over the passing years, this ability has grown by leaps and bounds.

This video shows how bacteria evolve resistance to antibiotics

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One of the most pressing concerns in medical innovation is how to address the problem of bacteria becoming resistant to antibiotics. There are regular news updates about diseases that are becoming resistant to traditional drugs, such as MRSA and even Super Gonnoreah.

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White noise vs. Pink noise: Which sounds helps you concentrate, and which makes you more creative?

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Have you ever wondered why you find the sound of raindrops relaxing, or why some background sounds can help you concentrate? It’s all about how your brain gets distracted, and how certain sounds can prevent this. You might well have heard of white noise before.

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.

Curiosity: The Key to Creativity and Innovation

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Albert Einstein generally did not like school, but this all changed when he was 16 at Aarau High School, Switzerland where teachers nurtured his curiosity and encouraged him to ask a lot of questions and even express criticisms. He not only became popular among his classmates but imagined what it would be like to ride a light beam, paving the way for his later theory of relativity.

This innovative new 3D printer is 100x faster

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The next generation of 3D printers has just been released, and they use a liquid technology so futuristic you might think they came out of Terminator 2.

Leaders agree: Creativity will be 3rd most important work skill by 2020

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According to a new report from the World Economic Forum, it is clear that creativity at work is going to be one of the most important and in-demand skills in the next 5 years. In fact, it is going to be the third most important skill overall. This comes from a new Forum report, The Future of Jobs , which took input from an extensive survey of CHROs and other senior talent and strategy executives from a total of 371 leading global employers, representing more than 13 million employees.

Why the MBTI test is useless in innovation programmes

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Chances are you’ve heard of and maybe taken the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI) personality test. Unfortunately, what it tells you is pretty much pointless. I remember when I was at Deloitte, my whole cohort took the MBTI test to find out more about our working preferences.

How Can You Leverage Innovation to Become an Industry Leader?

To outsiders, the term innovation can seem like another empty buzzword, but as a CEO in a world where technology is driving market competition, you know that innovation is essential. Keeping up can prove challenging, especially if you are continuing to rely solely on internal personnel. Currently, the key to innovation is to go beyond existing resources and seek ideas from external sources.

This illusion proves that your brain ignores most of what you show it

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Look at the picture above. Focus completely on the dot in the middle, stay still and don’t blink. Within about 5-10 seconds, you might notice that all of the colours disappear. And while it might seem just like an interesting trick, it actually tells us a lot about how your brain works, and why it can be so hard to think of new, truly creative ideas.

Why so many entrepreneurs often achieve nothing for weeks

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Not all entrepreneurs are lazy. In fact, many entrepreneurs are some of the most innovative and hardworking people in the world. But most people who run their own business, especially after it has just started, have (or had at one point) a big, guilty secret. They are producing NOTHING.

Warren Buffet’s powerful “Two List” productivity tip for creative people

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Warren Buffet is known as one of the most successful and generous investors of all time. And he recently shared one tip for how to spend less time procrastinating and more time actually executing your ideas. My colleague James Taylor brought it to my attention in his recent video, which you can see above (you may remember James from his podcast where I was recently interviewed ).

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The myth of a better mousetrap: A case study in bad innovation

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One of the most famous quotes about innovation goes as follows: Build a better mousetrap, and the world will beat a path to your door. Unfortunately, this is not how innovation works.

How to Improve Customer Experience in an Era of Choice

Customer experience is quickly becoming the de facto differentiator between successful businesses and the ones that fail. Download this ebook to learn how some of the largest companies in the world are driving better customer experiences.