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The Principles of Learning from Prototypes: 5 Lessons


Prototypes are a great way to get customer feedback about elements of your proposed innovation before you have to invest a ton of resources in them. But there is a bit of science to how you draw the lessons a prototype can teach you.

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How Gamification Can Boost Employee Engagement

Harvard Business Review

Employee disengagement is a persistent problem, and attempts to inject excitement often fall flat. However, gamification — using elements of games to motivate — has serious potential when thoughtfully executed. This article explores the psychology behind gamification, successful examples, and how to leverage probabilistic rewards (like lotteries tied to performance) to increase employee motivation.


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Lead Innovation Webinar


Learn how to stay focused in an everchanging world with the right organizational approach to innovation management. Julian Eberling from innovation management consultancy Lead Innovation will show you how to develop an effective scouting strategy and create the necessary processes and structures, before Qmarkets' Carol Wright demonstrates how our Q-scout software can be seamlessly integrated to solve the most pressing pain points in practice.

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Why Playing It Safe Is the Riskiest Strategic Choice

Harvard Business Review

In the current era of digital disruption, the pace of change has dramatically accelerated, leaving traditional risk management wisdom lacking. Across a variety of industries, technology-enabled disruptors have changed the rules. Many brands that moved cautiously have dramatically increased their risk of irrelevance or set themselves on a path to extinction.

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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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Up to 90% of Startups Fail — But Innovation Accelerators Can Help Yours Succeed. Here's How.

Entrepreneur - Innovation

Learn how innovation accelerators are powering startups, shortening time to market and increasing the survival rate of fledgling businesses.

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Getting Your Company’s Data Program Back on Track

Harvard Business Review

Many senior managers find themselves wondering: If data is such a game changer, why is it so hard to extract any value from it? For companies struggling to actually see results from their data program, it might be time to make a fresh start. There are three important issues managers need to understand as they restart: 1) Too many companies have made the mistake of viewing data as a technology problem, but data is a management problem, and it cannot be solved with technology alone. 2) Many compan

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Do What’s Right, Even if It is Not Expected

Innovation Excellence

GUEST POST from Shep Hyken Often, it’s just a tiny bit more effort. Not long ago, I wrote an article and created a video on Doing More Than Expected – even when it’s not included in your job description.

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2024’s Top 5 Health and Wellness Innovations


Words by Carlos Pichardo Modern medicine is one of the great marvels of the 21st century. Many diseases and ailments that plagued humanity for thousands of years are now obsolete. However, as recent years have shown, there is still much to be done. yet2 is shedding light on groundbreaking innovations and trends in health, wellness, and sustainability.

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Using End-to-End Visibility to Scale and Streamline Automotive Production


The traditional paradigms of automotive manufacturing are evolving, driven by the imperative to integrate cutting-edge software solutions seamlessly with hardware production. As automotive companies navigate this transformative landscape , the need for end-to-end visibility in production processes becomes increasingly evident. This blog discusses the critical role of end-to-end visibility in scaling and streamlining automotive production.

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The PIVOTAL Audiobook – free sample!

Stephen Shapiro

Now that the audiobook is finalized, I wanted to offer everyone a sample of the content. Click here to get the audiobook version of the preface and introduction. Those sections set the stage for the rest of the book. This is not the final version; we did some audio processing to warm my voice. You need to provide an email address to get access. The post The PIVOTAL Audiobook – free sample!

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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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Leadership is about connecting with people

Christensen Institute

The theory of Schools of Experience highlights that one is not born a leader, but rather a leader’s abilities are developed through their work and life experiences. In this video discussion, Jhaymee Tynan and Ann Somers Hogg discuss lessons from Jhaymee’s schools of experience, including her role as founder of 100×2030 and Principal, Health Care Services at Korn Ferry.

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Mindmap of the PIVOTAL Table of Contents

Stephen Shapiro

What does it mean to be pivotal? The Oxford English Dictionary defines it as “Of crucial importance in relation to the development or success of something else.” The Cambridge Dictionary says it is “Important because other things depend on it.” From my perspective, it is about going deeper with customers to add more value in a way that makes you essential to them.

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A Unified Enterprise Performance Management Platform Can Help Your Finance Team Make Real-Time Decisions - SPONSOR CONTENT FROM WORKDAY & DELOITTE

Harvard Business Review

Sponsor content from Workday.

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First Mover Advantage: The Race to Beat Competitors on Time-to-Market


Being the first to market can be a game-changer for companies that want to capture market share and consumer loyalty ahead of competitors. But the first-mover advantage also has drawbacks. If your company’s success is based on one initial novel business idea, your advantage will be hard to sustain. Let’s look at some examples of first-mover advantage and how your company can allocate resources effectively to reduce time-to-market.

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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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FREE THE GENIE Testimonials

Idea Champions

Free the Genie is a lightly facilitated online brainstorming session that enables anyone with a need, goal, or aspiration to make a quantum leap of thought and action. Bottom line, it's a GPS for the creative process -- a highly engaging way to close the gap between dream and reality. Ideal for committed individuals and small teams. A Sampling of Testimonials "Priceless.