Tue.Feb 27, 2024

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The Nearness of Customer Insight

IdeaScale

The Problem Customer research is needed to discover new needs or to gather impressions of existing products. But the process can be daunting- designing the study, gathering the resources, then spending the time required to pull it off - my God the time! All these perceived necessities tend to hold us back. Besides, we’ve been [.

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Failure - learning or leavening?

Jeffrey Phillips

As with many other distinctions between large companies and startups, established products and new ideas, there are distinctions between types of failure. For most corporations, failure is abhorrent, because failure signals a breakdown in an existing product, risk, an inability or unwillingness to follow an established process. Failure is a loss of revenue, an added cost, a lack of judgement.

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The Lingering Cost of Instant Fashion

Harvard Business Review

Consumers should understand the side effects of business models — particularly the privatization of profit and the socialization of costs, including human and environmental harm.

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Does Saying Innovation Make You Sound Stupid?

Innovation Excellence

GUEST POST from Robyn Bolton “You sound stupid when you use the word ‘ _’ because you’re trying to sound smart.”Mark Cuban What goes in the blank? For Mark Cuban, it’s “cohort” because “there’s no reason to ever use the word ‘cohort’ when you could use the word ‘group.’ A cohort is a group of people.

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Manufacturing Sustainability Surge: Your Guide to Data-Driven Energy Optimization & Decarbonization

Speaker: Kevin Kai Wong, President of Emergent Energy Solutions

In today's industrial landscape, the pursuit of sustainable energy optimization and decarbonization has become paramount. Manufacturing corporations across the U.S. are facing the urgent need to align with decarbonization goals while enhancing efficiency and productivity. Unfortunately, the lack of comprehensive energy data poses a significant challenge for manufacturing managers striving to meet their targets.

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How to Get People to Seize Opportunities at Work

Harvard Business Review

People don’t always make use of opportunities and programs offered to them. Organizations can find ways to improve the take-up rates of products and programs by utilizing concepts from behavioral economics. These techniques have been used to convince more citizens to apply for tax benefits and more franchised hotels to use a new algorithmic pricing system, among other examples.

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Can growth economies leverage remote work to further development in their countries?

Christensen Institute

Yes. I was sitting at a cafe today, taking advantage of a sunny day after two days of constant rain in true dramatic Southern California fashion, when I realized how incredibly busy the cafe was. Now, maybe it was because I was surrounded by other dramatic Southern Californians, but in reality, most coffee shops I’ve frequented since working remotely always seem to stay busy.

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Barcelona: Exclusive Innovation Meetup

Qmarkets

Join us in Barcelona on March 14 as we host an exclusive meetup event hosted by Qmarkets director of innovation solutions Emma Sendra. The session will be a unique opportunity to meet, network, and exchange ideas among esteemed peers in the field of innovation. You'll enjoy a lunch provided by Qmarkets while engaging with other innovation leaders, drawing inspiration from their initiatives, and sharing best practices about everything related to innovation management.

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Investing in the Development of Young, Remote Employees

Harvard Business Review

With the ascent of remote and hybrid teams over the past few years, the landscape of our work has undergone a profound transformation. Many young professionals started their careers during this tumultuous period, interviewing for and starting new jobs in remote environments. Smart companies are taking proactive steps to support this cohort’s professional development.

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Barcelona: Exclusive Innovation Meetup

Qmarkets

Join us in Barcelona on March 14 as we host an exclusive meetup event hosted by Qmarkets director of innovation solutions Emma Sendra. The session will be a unique opportunity to meet, network, and exchange ideas among esteemed peers in the field of innovation. You'll be able to engage with other innovation leaders, drawing inspiration from their initiatives, and share best practices about everything related to innovation management.

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How Could Harvard Decarbonize Its Supply Chain?

Harvard Business Review

Tracking and measuring carbon emissions play important roles in the university’s efforts to decarbonize its supply chain.

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Peak Performance: Continuous Testing & Evaluation of LLM-Based Applications

Speaker: Aarushi Kansal, AI Leader & Author and Tony Karrer, Founder & CTO at Aggregage

Software leaders who are building applications based on Large Language Models (LLMs) often find it a challenge to achieve reliability. It’s no surprise given the non-deterministic nature of LLMs. To effectively create reliable LLM-based (often with RAG) applications, extensive testing and evaluation processes are crucial. This often ends up involving meticulous adjustments to prompts.

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3 Steps For Digital Transformation Success | Sopheon

Sopheon

In a recent blog , I detailed how to address common digital transformation challenges. For this blog, I’d like to get a bit more granular and discuss the three steps organizations should implement as part of a digital transformation strategy to start their journey: assess digital debt, define a future state digital vision and pave a digital roadmap.

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Rethinking Growth at All Costs

Harvard Business Review

A conversation with HBS professor Gary Pisano about setting realistic, strategic goals.

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Technology Reporting: Effective Tools for Technology Managers

ITONICS

Technology reporting is crucial for shaping company strategy, acting as a crucial link between intelligence and action amidst the accelerating pace of technological advancement. It empowers companies to stay competitive by identifying innovation opportunities, mitigating digital transformation risks, and aligning technology-focused initiatives with business goals.

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Does Money Serve as an Effective Motivator for Certain Types of Work, But Not Others?

Michael Roberto

(Shutterstock.com/retrorocket) Does money serve as a more effective motivator for certain types of work, but not others? That is the fundamental question explored by scholars in a recent working paper. Pamela Osborn Popp, Ben Newell, Daniel Bartels, and Todd Gureckis have written a paper titled, "Can Cognitive Discovery Be Incentivized With Money?" They conducted six experiments.

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How Retailers Are Transforming Customer Experiences with Data & AI

Speaker: David Azoulay, Marc Stracuzza, Román Tejada, and Guest Speaker Sucharita Kodali

Imagine a retail landscape where every interaction is personalized, every decision informed, and every opportunity maximized 🤔✨ Join us for an exploratory journey into the heart of AI-driven retail innovation. We’ll unveil the transformative potential of AI and data analytics in shaping the future of omnichannel personalization and e-commerce.

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The Perfect Innovation Workshop for Your Organization

Carla Johnson

February 27, 2024 Think about being in a race. If you stop moving, you’re left behind. That’s business for you – it’s like pedaling up a steep hill. Stop for a moment, and you might find yourself sliding backwards. Getting creative with ideas isn’t something you can just turn on like a light switch.

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FREE THE GENIE: How It Works

Idea Champions

Knowing how precious your time is, I have designed a simple way to ensure that you get the best possible results from your online Free the Genie brainstorming session. Having designed and facilitated more than 600 creative thinking sessions for 100+ organizations in 11 countries since 1989, I know what it takes to unlock and unleash collective brilliance.