Thu.Jan 09, 2020

Organizations suffer constantly from unhealthy Innovation tension

Paul Hobcraft

How often do you feel the tensions surrounding innovation? A tough part of managing within larger organizations is in reducing the layers and competing forces, the underlying tensions that innovation (uncertainty) brings out? Hierarchy so often dominates or dictates the speed of what we do.

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Three Creative Thinking Challenges

Destination Innovation

Are you creative? I want to show you that you are can be more creative than you might think. Please take a moment to view these three Creativity Challenges on Youtube. Creative Challenge #1. Creative Challenge #2. Creative Challenge #3.

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Mentoring Is the Secret to Innovation Say Silicon Valley’s Top VCs and Entrepreneurs

Innovation Excellence

Mentoring transforms big ideas into high-impact innovations. Having worked with dozens of the Fortune 1000 companies, coached startups, and founded three companies, I can say there’s a universal truth when it comes to innovation: big ideas are just ideas until they deliver real value to the world. That’s why just about every venture capitalist, entrepreneur, corporate innovator and university. Leadership Management Innovation Mentorship

The Wisdom of Crowds


Everyone has some wisdom to offer. It only took me six years as a crowdsourcing practitioner, but I finally got around to reading “The Wisdom of Crowds,” one of the flagship books in our industry. It provided for powerful reflection on what we’re doing right, and perhaps more importantly, wrong.

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!

The digital revolution will not be evenly distributed

Jeffrey Phillips

I'm writing today about digital transformation, and starting with two of my favorite quotes. The first, referenced in the title, is from William Gibson, the author of Neuromancer and other great sci-fi books, who wrote: "the future is here, it's just not evenly distributed".

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Virtual power plants (VPP) & the decentralization of the energy industry

Board of Innovation

Learn about how VPPs are contributing to the decentralization of the energy industry and take a closer look at the business model of leading European operator, Next Kraftwerke. The post Virtual power plants (VPP) & the decentralization of the energy industry appeared first on Board of Innovation. Business design business modeling

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Board of Innovation

A venture in the making An update on the start-up project one of our colleagues started in 2019.

Advantages of giving employees a voice: companies with committed teams are up to 21% more profitable


There is no doubt that a company’s level of employee commitment is an indicator of its health. But how can we measure employee engagement? The ideal situation for an organization is for all its internal talent to participate in its goals. But that is not always the case.

A brief history of work, innovation and skills in the UK


There’s no question the world of work has evolved over time. Advances in mechanisation, mass production and, more recently, technology have shaped where and how we work, as well as what we produce.

#1,593 – Best of CES 2020: Parallel Reality

Greatest. Idea. Ever.

There are a lot of different versions of reality that technological progress has made possible. Augmented Reality. Virtual Reality. Mixed Reality. And now we can add one more to that list: Parallel Reality.

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.

Stop Asking Your Team to Innovate Like Entrepreneurs… Until You Make Decisions Like VCs

Peer Insight

Corporate innovation teams are taught in their organizations, and in the media and classes, to act like entrepreneurs navigating risk in a new venture or idea. But entrepreneurs usually work in partnership with their Venture Capitalists (VCs), because together they can better squeeze out the risk and thus both win. So why do we expect our corporate innovators to tackle risk alone?

#1,594 – Best of CES 2020: Virtual Visor

Greatest. Idea. Ever.

When I attended CES a few years ago I was expecting to see displays for all of the major tech companies sharing off their latest wares. And, sure, there was plenty of that from drones and devices to smart washing machines and wearables.

Digital Frustration: How to Create a Value Experiences for Your Customers


If you’ve never had a digital experience that negatively impacted you, you’re very likely to know someone who has. That’s exactly why you must be very careful when thinking about a digital solution for your business. Frustrated users are customers who don’t come back: just one bad experience is enough for them to open another browser page and run to a competitor.

Exceptionally Normal

Phil McKinney

It is normal that no two people are exactly alike. Not even twins. So the word normal should not be confused with the word average. If you leave your fingerprints on something, you might as well leave your name and address since no two people have the same prints.

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.

Enough About Peloton: Let Feel-Good Ads Prevail


Originally published in MediaPost. Recently, one brand’s holiday ad was on everyone’s mind: Peloton. In case you’ve been living under a rock, the exercise equipment brand released a holiday campaign depicting a husband gifting his wife a Peloton bike for Christmas and her subsequent fitness journey over the following year.

Is Avoiding Losses Actually a More Significant Motivating Force Than Realizing Gains?

Michael Roberto

For decades, psychologists and behavioral economists have proclaimed the importance of loss aversion, one of the most prominent cognitive biases identified by researchers. However, a recent thought-provoking article in Scientific American by David Gal challenges the conventional wisdom.