Tue.Feb 14, 2017

The Innovative Mentor

IdeaScale

Mentors see themselves as people developers. They take a long-term view of their staff and see innovation projects as an opportunity to stretch their employees’ capabilities and to help them achieve their aspirations.

4 Surprising Ways that Corporate Innovators Can Outsmart and Outrun Failure

Rocketspace

“In the new world, it is not the big fish which eats the small fish, it's the fast fish which eats the slow fish," says Klaus Schwab , founder and executive chair of the World Economic Forum. In other words, corporations aren't competing with each other—they're competing against fast-moving startups that threaten their existence.

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How to Make Your Design Thinking Program Turn Into Something Real

InnovationManagement

Why do a large part of the design thinking projects in the corporate world never pass through the prototype phase? In recent years I’ve been involved with many design thinking initiatives.

How Startups Slay Giants

Game-Changer

Illustration credit Christian Laborin. Slaying giants is fun, almost every new disruptive company slays a giant or two. Last week I had a chat with a team based in Puebla Mexico working on a cool augmented reality application for museums.

Innovation in Changing Corporate Cultures

Thriving is the natural state of super-high performers in the workplace.

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The Most Critical Horizon to the Success of Corporate Innovation Initiatives

Corporate Innovation

With existing business models in many different industries reaching maturity and providing little or no growth, and startups disrupting them with their new solutions, corporations find themselves more than ever in need for creating new businesses.

PBTO51: Non-Obvious Trends with Rohit Bhargava

Rmukesh Gupta

Who is on the show: In this episode we host, Rohit Bhargava. He is a “non-obvious” trend curator, founder of the Influential Marketing Group, and an expert in helping brands and leaders be more influential.

What and Who Do You Love, and How? 11 Takes on Love

BrainZooming

It’s Valentine’s Day. What better time for a retrospective on love in, if not all, at least a few of its varied forms. We hope you love it! Creative Love. Creative Thinking – 6 Challenges Before Loving Your New Idea Too Much. Maybe you shouldn’t love your idea at first sight.

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Brainstorm Facilitation Training for Idiot Savants (and other wise ones)

Idea Champions

This just in! Brainstorming in most organizations sucks. Or, if "sucks" is the wrong word, how about "severely under-delivers"? The good folks of Idea Champions (that's us) have found a way to put an end to this madness. Yes, we have. And yes, we can.

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.

Marketing Your Products as Designed by Users: Benefit or Hindrance?

Michael Roberto

The Boston Globe reported this weekend on the fascinating new research of Vienna University Professor Martin Schreier. He studied the marketing of crowdsourced products. Schreier found that marketing an item as user-designed tended to increase sales more than marketing a product as created by a firm's own designers. Why this positive effect? Schreier discovered that, "People believe their peers understand their needs better, and therefore, come up with better solutions."

Podcast #007 David Burkus (video) – How successful companies encourage innovation in their teams

Idea to Value

Important: Get your free ticket to David Burkus’ upcoming Work Smarter Summit: https://davidburkus.samcart.com/referral/SM1cAULR/999888. David Burkus is a best-selling author, an award-winning podcaster, and associate professor of management at Oral Roberts University. His latest book, Under New Management , challenges the traditional and widely accepted principles of business management and proves that they are outdated, outmoded, or simply don’t work — and reveals what does.

Valentine's Day: Creative Gifts and Most Popular Picks

Innovation in Practice

A new national study by Pollfish [ www.pollfish.com ], reveals this year's most coveted brands, products, and restaurants for Valentine's Day 2017. According to the Pollfish Valentine's Day National Survey, the world's leading self-service mobile survey and market research platform, men are 1.6x

WELCOME: Brian Paul Allison!

Idea Champions

Idea Champions is thrilled to welcome a fantastic, new member of our team , Brian Paul Allison. Brian plays two inter-related roles in what some past and present clients refer to as our "boutique consulting and training company": Sales Director and Creative Thinking Facilitator. We like to think of Brian as a "polymath" -- a person of great learning in several fields of study.

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.

Guest Blog Post: How to plan for creativity; The power of divergent and convergent ideation

Betterific

We are excited to bring you Joyce Wycoff , an author and expert on gratitude and creativity. She is a thinker and a doer. She started an innovation conference in the mid 90s, before innovation was a buzzword.