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.

The Best Sales Forecasting Models for Weathering Your Goals

Every sales forecasting model has a different strength and predictability method. It’s recommended to test out which one is best for your team. This way, you’ll be able to further enhance – and optimize – your newly-developed pipeline. Your future sales forecast? Sunny skies (and success) are just ahead!

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.

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.

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.

11 Ways to Make a Short Remote Design Thinking Project a Success

You can achieve a huge amount in a short period with a virtual design thinking project. While some teams want to come together for several weeks or months to tackle a challenge, others want to run short, sharp projects to find a quick solution. And with the right preparation, attitude, and structure in place, that's totally possible.To help make sure your short innovation projects are a success, download this free guide from the team at Sprintbase, a virtual design thinking platform, to learn their top tips.

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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The D&I Garden: Seeds of Innovation that Grow into Creative Breakthroughs

Speaker: Donald Fan, Senior Director of the Global Office of Culture, Diversity & Inclusion at Walmart Inc.

In the digital era, rife with uncertainty and ambiguity, innovation plays an essential role in sustaining organic growth and outperforming the global competition. Research proves time and again, there exists a robust bond between innovation and diversity & inclusion (D&I); our challenge is to help our leaders understand how to plant the seeds of innovation in the fertile D&I garden in order to drive a strategic and competitive advantage from the office and in the digital landscape.

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

Defining Innovation Capital

Paul Hobcraft

My definition of what makes up innovation capital: “Innovation capital is the sum of all that promotes the development and changes required for achieving innovation outcomes, within one organization or its broader networked environment, for marketplace advantage”.

Podcast S4E84: Uli Weinberg – How Design Thinking has changed

Idea to Value

In today’s episode of the Idea to Value Podcast, we speak with Prof Uli Weinberg, Director der HPI School of Design Thinking and President of the Global Design Thinking Alliance.

B2B Pocket Playbook: End-to-End Guide to Sales Enablement

Sales enablement is the strategic process of providing sales teams with the content, guidance, and mentorship needed to engage targeted buyers. It’s all about equipping sales professionals with the tools they need to put their best-selling foot forward. And if sales teams want to continuously sell better -- and faster -- their sales enablement process must have a game-winning strategy. It's time for you to start selling smarter - and hitting your sales number - with the best B2B database in the market. Get started today.

The Accidental Innovation

Destination Innovation

Thomas Sullivan was a tea merchant in New York. In 1908 he despatched to customers samples of tea leaves in small silken sachets for them to try. Some people thought that the sachets were to be used like metal infusers.

Podcast S4E78: Dorie Clark – the importance of reinventing yourself

Idea to Value

In today’s episode of the Idea to Value podcast, we speak with the world’s #1 Communications Coach and Top 50 Business Thinkers in the World, Dorie Clark.

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A Remote Innovation Brainstorm Method

Destination Innovation

Gibbard and Tamborello. In 2001 two musicians, Ben Gibbard and Jimmy Tambrello, wanted to collaborate on some new compositions. The problem was that they lived hundreds of miles apart at opposite ends of America’s west coast.

Freedom to Fail: Cultivating a Mindset of Innovation

Idea to Value

A child can stand up for the first time, take a step forward, and then tumble onto their tummy, to the raucous applause and overwhelming approval of every observer. In other words, attempts that end in failure are both common and lauded in children.

Pressure Points: How to Ensure Your B2B Pipeline Passes Inspection

This eBook highlights best practices for developing a pipeline management process that helps sales leaders and their team C.L.O.S.E (you’ll see what we mean in this eBook) more revenue through data-driven prospecting, stage analysis, and subsequent sales enablement.

Podcast S4E83: Steve Glaveski – How to become Time Rich

Idea to Value

In today’s episode of the Idea to Value podcast, we speak with serial entrepreneur and author Steve Glaveski.

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Podcast S4E80: Todd Henry – Finding the personal Motivation Code that drives you

Idea to Value

In today’s episode of the Idea to Value Podcast, we speak with creativity and motivation expert Todd Henry.

Podcast S4E77: Karin Hurt & David Dye – how to help people express their creative courage

Idea to Value

In today’s episode of the Idea to Value podcast, we speak with Karin Hurt and David Dye from Let’s Grow Leaders. We speak about what it takes to build a culture where both leaders and everyone can feel engaged with innovation and bring forward their best ideas.

Meet HYPE's Head of Social Impact and Sustainability

HYPE Innovation

Sustainability and social impact are extremely important here at HYPE. So important, in fact, that we decided to put somebody in charge of these crucial topics. Meet Sandra Fernholz, HYPE's first Head of Social Impact and Sustainability.

Marketing-Led Post-COVID-19 Growth Strategies

Businesses are laying off workers, shutting their doors (some permanently), and struggling to react to the radical destruction that coronavirus (COVID-19) is doing to our society and communities. Most have already sustained massive damage, and we still have yet to see the scope of impact of the global pandemic that has upended the globe. Any return to normalcy may seem far-off, but sales and marketing are on the front lines of restarting the economy. When the dust settles, we have a responsibility to turn our shock and grief into fierce determination, and lead the charge of responsible, strategic, sustainable future growth. However, there’s no team better suited to lead that charge than the marketing department. Marketers are uniquely positioned to provide creative solutions to aid their organization in times of change and chart a course for navigating success.

Podcast S4E76: Tamara Ghandour – unlocking your competitive advantage with innovation

Idea to Value

In today’s episode fo the Idea to Value podcast, we speak with Tamara Ghandour, founder of Launch Street, author of INNOVATION IS EVERYBODY’S BUSINESS and developer of the IQE assessment.

Ten pitfalls inventors face and tips for avoiding them

Idea to Value

Common pitfalls inventors face when trying to make a great idea real are the reasons why so many great inventions do not reach the world stage, get outpaced or just fail before having a chance to get utilised.

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A pathway to building more dynamic innovation capabilities

Paul Hobcraft

To build a pathway to enabling more dynamic innovation capabilities needs to go through Nine Stages.

How to Remove Roadblocks to Creativity

Idea to Value

The power of the mind is something we have only begun to grasp and understand with the help of science. However, creativity is an expansive expression of what the mind can envision, create, and conceptualize. The beauty of a fine painting. The elegance of a story that makes us think and emote.

How ZoomInfo Helps Overcome the Top Pain Points of Inside Sales

Recent digital transformation has shifted the B2B landscape by ushering in the era of buyer empowerment. With more access to user reviews, analyst opinion, and industry research, decision-makers are more informed than ever while navigating what is now known as the “buyer’s journey.”

Innovation needs the power of completing the 4th Industrial Revolution

Paul Hobcraft

We first need to recognize that there are twin forces at work, feeding off each other. We are facing greater disruption and an increasing innovation pace. These twin forces are constantly seeking out for combining, relentlessly adding the new shape to our future.

Energy technology needs more rapid innovation cycles

Paul Hobcraft

I have been consuming the latest flagship report, released today, 10th September 2020, by the IEA called “ Energy Technology Perspectives 2020.

Podcast S4E75: Byron Lopez – How South Park produces a show in only a week

Idea to Value

In today’s episode of the Idea to Value podcast, we speak with Byron Lopez, who is a Technical Director on the award-winning animated TV show South Park.

Podcast S4E79: Gaia Grant – the profile of highly effective innovators

Idea to Value

In today’s episode of the Idea to Value Podcast, we speak with Dr Gaia Grant, a researcher into innovation and founder of Tirian Consulting. We speak about the need for contextual ambidexterity and the profile of highly effective innovators.

Marketing Ops: The New Revenue Hero

As data continues to play a starring role in today’s B2B organizations, both marketing and sales operations professionals are poised to solidify their place as critical revenue drivers. In particular, the evolution of the Marketing Operations (Ops) role has created a new standard in marketing and has become a vital component of an organization’s success.