Thu.Jan 16, 2020

Why Innovators Ought to Focus on Product Deconstruction

Innovation Excellence

I’ve been thinking a lot lately about innovation and how we may have emphasized one component at the expense of another. Here I’m talking about something that should appear obvious – the focus of innovation in building new things.

Eliminating Uncertainty: How to Manage Innovation Risk in 3 Easy Steps


Herman Kahn – futurist, author, and inspiration for Stanley Kubrick’s “Dr Strangelove” – once described risk taking as “the essence of innovation”. It’s a fair assessment.

This site is protected by reCAPTCHA and the Google Privacy Policy and Terms of Service apply.

What Is Quantum Innovation?


Like a lightning strike, quantum innovation often arrives when it’s least expected. We’re used to one form of innovation: the slow, incremental kind, where new features are added and previous ones are refined and updated.

Course 175

Top 40 Innovation Bloggers of 2019

Innovation Excellence

After a week of torrid voting and much passionate support, along with a lot of gut-wrenching consideration and jostling during the judging round, I am proud to announce your Top 40 Innovation Bloggers of 2019: Tom Kouloupoulos Tom Koulopoulos is the author of 10 books and founder of the Delphi Group, a 25-year-old Boston-based. Change Innovation News Social Media Top 10 2019 authors bloggers contests Innovation Bloggers internet Lists Thought Leaders Top 40 writers

Indistractable: How to Control Your Attention and Choose Your Life with Nir Eyal

Speaker: Nir Eyal

Ever get the feeling the world is full of too many distractions? Research shows the ability to stay focused is a competitive advantage, in work and in life. However, in an age of ever-increasing demands on our attention how do we stay productive and stay sane? In this webinar, Nir provides research-backed, practical advice, and memorable strategies for managing distraction and our time. Nir Eyal shares findings of his five years of research into how to master what he calls, "the skill of the century," the power to be "Indistractable."

7 Psychological Facts That Help Understand Customers Better


Psychology is not only about human emotions. Understanding their behavior, nature, and finding out the behavioral patterns is the ultimate goal of psychological studies. And the best practices of psychology can drive sales for business too.

Study 75

Healthcare trends that are shaping 2020

Board of Innovation

Reading Time: 10 minutes We discuss the trends that will overhaul the healthcare industry in 2020. While data sharing, 5G, supply chain & logistics, and AI will be big, consumer behavior will make all the difference.

More Trending

What Matters At Work: Aligning Values and Providing Leadership

This is an guest article by What Matters At Work author, Harry Webne-Behrman. I’ve worked with many individuals and work teams over the years, and I’m often impressed by the dedication and commitment people bring to delivering quality service in the face of obstacles.

Gaining a Competitive Edge Through eLearning by Costa


As eLearning becomes more popular as an alternative to traditional instructor-led training, organizations have a plethora of off-the-shelf courses to choose from. Such courses offer a cost-effective and easy way for organizations to venture into the realm of eLearning.

Living Through Budget Cuts: Mission, Communication & Metrics

Innovation Leader

“In recessions…groups get shut down completely,” says health care innovation expert Naomi Fried. Fried discusses defending the mission when times are tight

#1,599 – Xenobots

Greatest. Idea. Ever.

We’re only a few weeks into 2020 and already have an early idea of the year contender: Xenobots, the world’s first ever living robots! These remarkable organisms are both alive (made of living cells) and entirely programmable by researchers.

Building Healthy Innovation Ecosystems for Your Projects

Speaker: Nick Noreña, Innovation Coach and Advisor, Kromatic

In this webinar, Nick Noreña will walk through an Innovation Ecosystem Model that he and his team at Kromatic have developed to help investors, heads of product, teachers, and executives understand how they can best support innovation in their own ecosystem. He'll also go over metrics we can use to measure the health of our ecosystems as we build more resources for innovators.

Three Recession Scenarios, and How to Survive Them

Innovation Leader

Nancy Tennant, a professor at Notre Dame and former Chief Innovation Officer at Whirlpool, lays out three recession scenarios that may hit your innovation group

#1,600 – Mojo Vision

Greatest. Idea. Ever.

I’ve long maintained that it would be Augmented Reality, not Virtual Reality, that would capture the hearts and minds of the general public as people would naturally prefer the idea of seeing useful information overlaid onto the real world instead of being entirely transported into a standalone virtual world. The logistics made more sense too. Instead of being tethered to a bulky headset or requiring the use of special gadgets, AR would likely be powered by smartphones, something all of us already have. But now comes an exciting new approach from a company that just came out of stealth mode: Augmented Reality contact lenses, so advanced, they appear to give us superpowers. Mark Sullivan at Fast Company explains: “When I looked into the user interface of Mojo Vision’s augmented reality contact lenses, I didn’t see anything at first except the real world in front of me. Only when I peeked over toward the periphery did a small yellow weather icon appear. When I examined it more closely, I could see the local temperature, the current weather, and some forecast information. I looked over to the 9 o’clock position and saw a traffic icon that gave way to a frontal graphic showing potential driving routes on a simple map. At 12 o’clock, I found my calendar and to-do information. At the bottom of my view was a simple music controller. Rather than wearing Mojo’s contact lenses—which aren’t yet ready to demo—I was looking at a mock-up of a future, consumer version of their interface through a VR headset. But the point was made. Instead of offering the pretty holograms of the Magic Leap and HoloLens headsets, Mojo aims to place useful data and imagery over your world—and boost your natural vision—using tech that can barely be seen. The startup named the lenses ‘Mojo’ because it wants to build something that’s like getting superpowers for your eyes.”. The superpower part comes from the idea that these lenses will do more than just add useful information to our field of views. They’ll fix and even enhance our vision entirely. According to Fast Company, “The Mojo lenses, for example, can detect the text on a road sign in the distance and display it clearly. They can magnify objects or project them onto the part of the person’s retina that can still see well. The lenses can help people detect objects in front of them by increasing the contrast between the shades or colors of the objects. The lenses can also superimpose graphic lines over the hard-to-see edges of objects within the wearer’s view.”. But it’s worth noting that AR is still going to be the driving force behind Mojo’s mass appeal. Just think about all of the potential use-cases, from military personnel seeing up to date battlefield information to party guests being able to put names to faces on the fly. Adds Fast Company, “if you’re leaving the airport—perhaps with your hands full of luggage—the lenses might display arrows pointing the way to your car in the parking lot. They might put a pointer over your Uber ride as it arrives, and display the license plate number and other information. If someone rings your doorbell at home, the lenses might display a video of the person standing on the porch.”. In a way, it’s almost like putting the entire Internet inside your vision. Instead of having to take out your phone or tablet to look up information, everything you need will now be accessible via a quick glance. It’s a paradigm shifting technology. Something that could be more transformative than mobile phones ever were. And considering Mojo’s AI and AR infused capabilities it’s possible that the technology could scale all the way up to a Black Mirroresque level where these lenses capture and record everything we look at – people, products, places – at first to better serve us relevant information and targeted ads – but then to possibly keep tabs on what we’re doing, where we’re going, who we’re interacting with, and what we’re looking at. So, while on the one hand it may be the best of both worlds (the real and the virtual) it may on the other hand be more of a curse than a blessing because like any useful technology, it could ultimately be used for good or bad, for altruistic or nefarious purposes. It’s going to be up to us, the end user, to determine what we’re comfortable with and how far the technology goes. But either way, it’s clear that AR is here to stay and that we’re all about to get our Mojo back. Is Mojo the Greatest Idea Ever? Technology

Demonstrate Value by Looking for Gaps to Fill

Innovation Leader

“Whenever the business softened just a little…Time horizons would shrink from years to ‘today,’” writes former Starbucks VP Dennis McGrath


The Three Keys to Becoming a Masterful Brainstorm Facilitator

Idea Champions

As a former student of the martial arts, I have noticed a curious phenomenon in corporate America that is becoming increasingly troubling to me -- especially among "creatives" who aspire to become masterful brainstorm facilitators.

Legacy ECM: 4 Key Reasons to Modernize

Speaker: Chris McLaughlin, Chief Marketing Officer and Chief Product Officer, Nuxeo

After 20 years of Enterprise Content Management (ECM), businesses still face many of the same challenges with finding and managing information. Join Chris McLaughlin, CMO and CPO of Nuxeo, as he examines four common business challenges that these legacy ECM systems pose and how they can be addressed with a more modern approach.

Three Steps to Preparing for an Economic Downturn

Innovation Leader

Former Estée Lauder Vice President Mark Polson offers a succinct guide to navigating an economic downturn, starting with an innovation agenda that “is laser-focused and closely aligned with the organization’s strategy

15 Awesome Quotes on Collaboration

Idea Champions

It is the long history of humankind (and animal kind, too) those who learned to collaborate and improvise most effectively have prevailed." - Charles Darwin. Alone we can do so little; together we can do so much." - Helen Keller. If two men on the same job agree all the time, then one is useless.

Banking Insights and Identifying Post-Recession Opportunities

Innovation Leader

“Being seen as a group that is purely visionary and focused on idea generation can make your group vulnerable to cuts,” writes Michael Perman, a former innovation and marketing leader at Gap Inc. and Levi Strauss.

What to Do When the Cost-Cutting Knives Come Out

Innovation Leader

When times are good, corporate innovation groups often get a pass. What do you do when things aren’t so good? Here’s advice from Rick Waldron, a former innovation leader at Nike and Intel

Beyond the Findings: The Case for UX Research in Digital Transformation

Speaker: Marina Foglietta-Tereo, Head of UX Research, AXA Insurance

People often think of UX research as a tactical approach to improve the usability or visual appeal of a digital product. While good research will certainly validate an existing design, using it for validation alone would be like using your iPhone solely to tell time! Join Marina Foglietta-Tereo, Head of UX Research at AXA Insurance, as she explores the unrecognized organizational, cultural, and strategic benefits of an in-house, central and mature UXR team.

How Innovators Can Prepare for Tough Times

Innovation Leader

To help you plan for (and survive) challenging times, we sought advice from seven people who have guided innovation, insights, and incubation groups through difficult stretches, at companies like Starbucks, Whirlpool, Intel, and Levi Strauss & Co.