Mon.Apr 25, 2022

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Unclog your filter

Idea to Value

My vacuum cleaner sucked, badly. By which I mean, it hardly sucked at all anymore. Years ago when I bought it, it was amazingly strong and picked up everything. Now it could hardly pick up crumbs. Over the years, performance just dropped over time. I could have bought a new vacuum cleaner (I dread to think of how many people would have done this). Instead, I got a new filter.

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Use “Calculated Optimism”? for More Strategic Decisions


Harvard Research Suggests Pessimism Is Bad for Business. Replace pessimism with “calculated optimism” for better decision-making. Research from Harvard University looked at whether people were afraid of various situations or objects, such as being stuck in enclosed places or coming face-to-face with snakes. These same individuals were asked to estimate the number of fatalities each year for 12 different types of events, such as strokes, cancer, and floods.

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Emerging Trends in Design Thinking Innovation

Tullio Siragusa

Emerging Trends in Design Thinking Innovation. According to Tim Brown, Executive Chair of IDEO, “Design Thinking is a human-centered approach to innovation that draws from the designer’s toolkit to integrate the needs of people, the possibilities of technology, and the requirements for business success.”. Design Thinking was started as a process to create new technology and products.

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5 Innovation Lessons from the Backstory of


In 1998, Chuck Templeton started a company called I went to high school with Chuck. We discussed the business plan which included providing recipes, food critic review, and much more. He eventually honed the scope and changed the name to OpenTable. As you probably know, the company would become an icon for what it meant to create a two-sided marketplace business model.

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Why You Need to Use Case Studies in Sales and Marketing (and How to Start Now)

Case studies are proof of successful client relations and a verifiable product or service. They persuade buyers by highlighting your customers' experiences with your company and its solution. In sales, case studies are crucial pieces of content that can be tailored to prospects' pain points and used throughout the buyer's journey. In marketing, case studies are versatile assets for generating business, providing reusable elements for ad and social media content, website material, and marketing c

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Ideation Activities, Exercises and Templates (from Miro)

These top ideation activity templates from Miro can be used when working remotely or in the same room. Whether you are working together in person or remotely, design thinking software tools such as Miro can help make the innovation process easier than ever. Miro is a fantastic resource for finding idea generation activity templates for everything from empathy mapping and design sprints to brainstorming.

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Use Leading and Lagging Indicators to Drive Your Business Forward


You get what you measure, so make sure you’re tracking the right things. I’ve seen a lot of organizations create strategies, programs, and projects focused on optimizing operations, streamlining processes, and driving innovation. Leadership teams put lots of energy coming up with the next big thing. But amazingly few teams think about how they’ll measure results.

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(Preparing For) A Failure of Imagination

Phil McKinney

With organizational failures, the imagination is often at fault. We can't imagine things going wrong, so we don't plan for them. Organizations can't imagine that their employees would do something unethical, so they don't have policies in place to prevent it. Owners can't imagine that a natural disaster could destroy their business, so they don't […].

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Innovation Accounting – The Second System

IM Insights

About the Episode. Elijah Eilert is talking to Esther Gons , author of the Innovation Accounting Book , about the importance of having innovation accounting established as a second system within large organisations. Without this second system, breakthrough innovation is highly unlikely…no matter how skilled individual people are and what great ideas they have. .

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Innovation Accelerator


Accelerate Innovation from the Front end to the Back end to Drive Industry Disruption. How do you keep the momentum of innovation solutions in your business? The success of your organization’s future growth will be determined by the products and services created from the front end to the back end of innovation, disrupting industries and creating significant market share.

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When to Use Both OI Portals & Proactive Scouting


As providers of both Proactive Technology Scouting services and Open Innovation Portals, we often get asked when to use each approach. In this series, W e highlight some of the benefits of using each and explore the non-obvious synergies. Here we discuss how they compliment each other, and create a holistic approach to accelerating innovation. When to Use Both OI Portals and Proactive Technology Scouting.

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Retail Tech: Empower Associates, Optimize CX, and Boost Productivity

Speaker: Andrew Regan, Managing Partner at BlueSeed Retail Ltd.

Did you know that 70% of new retail technology fails to deliver expected benefits and can often decrease customer value, service, and experience? With that in mind, how can we empower our store associates to leverage new technology to optimize the customer experience and boost productivity? This exclusive webinar with Andrew Regan will dive into strategies to empower retail associates for success with new technology.

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Zoom, Teams: Why Not Innovate Mindfully and With More Impact?

Linda Bernardi

In March of 2020, the world changed. Within days, one of the largest digital evolutions happened, globally! Tens of millions of people around the world, at the same time, reverted to virtual communications, instead of in person. Digital became the norm; Zoom and Microsoft Teams exploded. Given the trajectory ahead, it was clear that the world would remain fully digital/virtual for several years and eventually revert to hybrid.