August, 2023

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Visiting the dark side of the innovation moon.

Paul Hobcraft

I wrote a post in June 2012 on thinking about the dark side of the innovation moon. As India quite rightly celebrates its “first” in lunar exploration by landing near the south side of the moon , the dark side, it prompted me to look back at this post and decide to republish this again here. Have you ever wondered what is on the other side of the moon when you look up towards it?

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The Role of Top-down Management in Enterprise Innovation

HYPE Innovation

Running a successful enterprise innovation management program can be a challenging mission. Multiple factors have to be considered, each of which affects potential outcomes. One key aspect is the level of support that an innovation program receives from an organization’s management. Connecting the needs of top-down management with the strategy and architecture of an innovation program will always lead to greater levels of success.

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If You Care About Change, You Need To Learn To Leverage Shared Values. Here’s Why:

Digital Tonto

Change always begins with a grievance—there’s something people don’t like and they want it to change. Yet the status quo always has inertia on its side and never yields its power gracefully. That’s why it’s so important to forge a shared purpose, because people need a common mission they can believe in to see themselves as stakeholders in a shared future.

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The Dual Paths of Leadership: Immediate Gratification vs. Long-term Growth

Tullio Siragusa

The Dual Paths of Leadership: Immediate Gratification vs. Long-term Growth In the arena of leadership, two divergent paths often present themselves: one focused on immediate gratification and the other on long-term growth. While both paths offer their own sets of rewards and challenges, the choices made early on can dramatically impact the course of a leader’s career, as well as the destiny of their team and organization.

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Provide Real Value in Your Applications with Data and Analytics

The complexity of financial data, the need for real-time insight, and the demand for user-friendly visualizations can seem daunting when it comes to analytics - but there is an easier way. With Logi Symphony, we aim to turn these challenges into opportunities. Our platform empowers you to seamlessly integrate advanced data analytics, generative AI, data visualization, and pixel-perfect reporting into your applications, transforming raw data into actionable insights.

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Accelerating Innovation Requires Strong InnovationOps | Sopheon

Sopheon

In my article, Mastering product management: What I have learned from my kung fu journey , I used my 12+ years of study and practice of kung fu as a lens to understand what it takes to master product management. Innovation is the lifeblood of progress and success in today's fast-paced business world. Accelerating innovation requires organizations to adapt, evolve and innovate continuously.

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We are all sheep

Idea to Value

And this explains why innovating can be so hard for many of our colleagues. Sheep stick together in a herd. I saw this herd this morning, and notice how close each sheep stays to each other. They feel safer this way. If there is ever any danger or predator around, being in a large group means not only can you see the danger earlier, you do not need to face it alone, making it more likely you will survive.

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Startup Scouting Process for Beginners

HYPE Innovation

Companies across the globe are under increasing pressure from multiple stakeholders, with many failing to meet expectations or outperform their competitors. In today’s increasingly volatile, uncertain, disrupted, complex, and interconnected environment, it’s more important than ever for companies to learn how to adapt faster than the rest of the market in order to survive.

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Adversity can spur Creativity

Destination Innovation

Without Hope by Frida Kahlo Many artists have drawn inspiration from suffering and adversity, using their struggles as a catalyst for creativity. Here are a few examples: Frida Kahlo (1907-1954) : The renowned Mexican painter Frida Kahlo faced numerous hardships throughout her life, including childhood polio, multiple miscarriages and a bus accident that left her with severe injuries.

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Technical Review: A Trusted Look Under the Hood

TechEmpower Innovation

Many CEOs of software-enabled businesses call us with a similar concern: Are we getting the right results from our software team? Most innovators don’t have a technical background, so it’s hard to evaluate the truth of the situation. We hear them explain that their current software development is expensive, deliveries are rarely on time, and random bugs appear.

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How to Prepare for a GenAI Future You Can’t Predict

Harvard Business Review

Given the staggering pace of generative AI development, it’s no wonder that so many executives are tempted by the possibilities of AI, concerned about finding and retaining qualified workers, and humbled by recent market corrections or missed analyst expectations. They envision a future of work without nearly as many people as today. But this is a miscalculation.

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How to Easily Navigate Crypto Accounting in the Web3 Era

Speaker: Aaron Jacob, VP of Accounting Solutions & Reagan Cook, GTM Lead

Are you struggling to navigate the complexities and challenges that come with crypto accounting? 🤔 This new webinar will cover everything businesses need to know to get started with crypto accounting after incorporating crypto into their business models! Industry experts Aaron Jacob and Reagan Cook of TaxBit will thoroughly explore the prevalent operational hurdles encountered by accounting teams when interacting with crypto on the books, and detail how software solutions can effectively

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Self-Serving bias: Why you think nothing is your fault

Idea to Value

How often are you blamed for things which are not your fault? Or get credit for the good things which only happened thanks to you? While in some cases people may really get negative feedback which was completely not their fault, often there is more nuance involved, where the person may not accept their responsibility. Conversely, often people will take credit for good things happening to them, when in reality it had very little to do with their actions.

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Innovation is essential to unlock all parts of the energy transition.

Paul Hobcraft

Innovation has the power to unlock the Energy Transition, Innovation thinking and design are needed everywhere within the energy system. Technological and systemic innovation is incredibly important to the end-user sectors of transport, industry, and buildings, as well as replacing and upgrading much of the overall system design and operation of delivering energy to power our economies.

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Can AI Help Leaders Level Up Their EQ?

Tullio Siragusa

Can AI Help Leaders Level Up Their EQ? In a rapidly evolving world, the role of AI in education is becoming increasingly significant. AI can revolutionize the educational landscape by tailoring learning experiences, automating administrative tasks, and providing insights into student performance. Beyond these applications, AI has the potential to enhance the emotional intelligence (EQ) of leaders and managers.

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Big Tech and Media- The Future?

IdeaSpies

ChatGPT’s parent OpenAI will generate $1 billion in revenue over the coming year, the Information reports. The Microsoft-backed uber-unicorn is already banking $80 million a month. I recently predicted Microsoft’s valuation will rocket to $4 trillion , and warned news media that the window to do a deal was closing. Today, while they brief lawyers on copyright theft, Supervised reports how OpenAI is hauling ass to commercialising it.

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Scan to Success: How to Leverage QR Codes for Offline and Online Marketing Power

Speaker: Corey Daugherty, Head of Business Development at Flowcode & Georgette Malitsis, Senior Customer Success Manager, Enterprise at Flowcode

Let's explore the transformative power of QR codes in bridging offline and online marketing worlds. 📲 This new webinar featuring Corey Daugherty and Georgette Malitsis of Flowcode will dive into how innovative QR technology not only enhances traditional marketing strategies, but also drives meaningful customer engagement and analytics. Register today to gain practical knowledge on using QR codes to increase conversion rates, optimize customer journeys, and ultimately unlock a new realm o

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Building Bridges for Innovation: ISO 56003 and the Power of Structured Partnerships

PlanBox Innovation

This article originally appeared on Forbes. In the rapidly evolving, interconnected landscape of the 21st century, no organization is an island. The increased interdependence has birthed countless collaboration opportunities, leading innovators to strategically weave a network of partnerships throughout their supply chain to continuously drive better, more sustainable results, especially when it comes to evaluating emerging technologies and engaging with startups.

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Are Collaboration Tools Overwhelming Your Team?

Harvard Business Review

Today’s workers feel numbed by a fragmented, unpredictable, and overwhelming collection of collaboration tools — the very things advertised to boost their productivity. They know they’re overloaded and feel exhausted but believe there is little or nothing they can do to slow the onslaught of communication. The authors explored how collaboration technology bloat impacts employees and tried to help people take control over their work.

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How Public Relations Can Help Your Company Build a Stronger Brand Identity and Stand Out From Competitors

Brunner

You know your company has great stories to tell. Maybe it’s how your engineering team helped a B2B customer solve a risky problem and finally land that big account. Or how your product group turned an inspired idea into a new item that millions of B2C customers are snapping up. But many companies don’t know how to share those stories. They’re frustrated by the lack of media recognition.

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We need a new Energy Mantra- innovate, innovate, innovate.

Paul Hobcraft

Energy is a vital part of any country’s ability to be competitive, and we need to recognize that to innovate is the critical enabler to a clean energy future. Today half the world’s capital is invested in energy and its related infrastructure, which is the backbone of any industrial and urbanization strategy. We need to keep pushing for discoveries, experimentation, and demonstrating.

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Don’t Get Left Behind: Leveraging Modern Product Management Across the Organization

Speaker: Kat Conner

The challenge of delivering the right product at the right time while aligning with strategic objectives is more pressing than ever. Product management is evolving and gaining greater recognition as the means to creating this connection. Join our upcoming webinar and learn how to streamline your product development processes, infuse product thinking across the organization, and bridge the gap between vision and delivery.

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The Universality of Leadership: Challenging Industry-Specific Biases

Tullio Siragusa

The Universality of Leadership: Challenging Industry-Specific Biases In the modern business landscape, we often hear the argument that leaders should be hired from within the same industry to be effective. Proponents of this belief argue that familiarity with industry jargon, processes, and nuances is indispensable. While industry-specific knowledge can be beneficial, it’s essential to challenge this bias.

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Controlled Disruption – a powerful approach to change the business landscape

Flying Fish Lab

At Flying Fish Lab, we offer a unique approach called Controlled Disruption to help businesses grow. Controlled Disruption is unique in its ability to overlay Intelligent Naivety onto your Category Expertise. It is a proactive and essential strategy in today’s ever-changing consumer and customer landscape. By adopting this approach. you can gain advantages that significantly enhance your prospects for sustained growth and prosperity in the long run.

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I Transformed My Company Through AI 15 Years Ago — Here's What I've Learned

Entrepreneur - Innovation

I run one of the world's largest language service provider companies. Fifteen years ago, I made the decision to completely change the DNA of my company to embrace automation and artificial intelligence. Here's what I've learned about adopting AI into your company.

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Why Customers Leave Platforms — and How to Retain Them

Harvard Business Review

Companies often misunderstand the problem of users leaving their platforms. Disintermediation is a sign that your customers don’t think you are adding as much value as you think you are. Firms struggling with disintermediation can take simple steps to stop the bleeding before it’s too late — if they understand what’s really taking place. They should consider six factors: urgency, rake, risk, skill, frequency, and modularity.

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Generative AI Deep Dive: Advancing from Proof of Concept to Production

Speaker: Maher Hanafi, VP of Engineering at Betterworks & Tony Karrer, CTO at Aggregage

Executive leaders and board members are pushing their teams to adopt Generative AI to gain a competitive edge, save money, and otherwise take advantage of the promise of this new era of artificial intelligence. There's no question that it is challenging to figure out where to focus and how to advance when it’s a new field that is evolving everyday. 💡 This new webinar featuring Maher Hanafi, VP of Engineering at Betterworks, will explore a practical framework to transform Generative AI pr

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How Effective Leadership Skills Foster Strong, High-Performing Teams 

Brunner

Having an effective leader is crucial when it comes to building a solid and high-performing team. A great leader knows that they need to exhibit certain qualities and take specific actions to create a strong team dynamic and help the team succeed. At Brunner, we embrace a “player/coach” management style, actively involving ourselves in the process.

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Process Improvement Opportunities: How to Identify + Implement | KaiNexus

Kainexus

Business processes serve as the backbone of an organization, defining how tasks are executed, resources are allocated, and goals are achieved. In this dynamic and competitive landscape, embracing continuous improvement through effective process improvement plans is paramount.

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Creating Urgency: A Key to Success in Sales

Tullio Siragusa

Creating Urgency: A Key to Success in Sales Urgency is more than just a buzzword in the world of sales. It’s an essential mindset that can drive teams to close deals more effectively, acting as a decisive driver rather than a hesitant tire-kicker. But how can leaders instill this sense of urgency within their teams, and why does it matter? Let’s dive into the answers with some concrete examples and strategies.

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Controlled Disruption in the Wild

Flying Fish Lab

Let’s walk down memory lane: The music industry faced significant disruption with the emergence of Napster, a peer-to-peer file-sharing application enabling illegal downloads, causing a decline in CD sales. Napster eventually shut down in the early 2000s because they did break the rules through copyright infringement. Fast forward to today and we are enjoying the services of the likes of iTunes and Spotify who transformed the music landscape, revolutionized music consumption, and generated new r

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How to Optimize Call Monitoring: Automate QA and Elevate Customer Experience

Speaker: Laura Noonan, Chief Revenue Officer at CallFinder + Angie Kronlage, Director of Program Success at Working Solutions + April Wiita, Vice President of Program Success at Working Solutions

Are you still manually reviewing calls? 🤔 It's time for a change! The traditional method of manual call monitoring is no longer cutting it in today's fast-paced call center environment. Industry experts Angie Kronlage and April Wiita from Working Solutions are here to explore the power of innovative automation to revolutionize outdated call review processes!

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He Founded the App Parents Love for Back-to-School Season — Then Found Himself Ridiculed By Teens on TikTok. Here's How It Led to Serious Innovation.

Entrepreneur - Innovation

When Chris Hulls, co-founder and CEO of family social networking app Life360, discovered he was the subject of a meme making the rounds on social media, he took action.

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Why We Glorify Overwork and Refuse to Rest

Harvard Business Review

None of us want to admit that we would rather feel overwhelmed than underwhelmed. In fact, we often experience a greater sense of our own value when we’re working than we do when we’re not. Working is not just a way to stay busy, but also to prove our worthiness – to others and to ourselves. The result is that without the right guardrails in place, we silently collude with employers who encourage us to overwork through intense pressure to perform.

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MozCon 2023: Our SEO Team’s Top 5 Takeaways

Brunner

Our SEO team had the privilege to attend this year’s MozCon virtually, hearing from SEO professionals from all over, gaining insights into the ever-changing world of search engine optimization. MozCon is an annual conference to explore the future of search, gain insights into trends and connect with fellow marketing professionals in the SEO space. It brings speakers from all over the world who understand SEO initiatives and strategies and provide unique perspectives from their experiences.

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Demystifying Lean Six Sigma: A Tool for Continuous Improvement

Viima

53% of Fortune 500 companies use Six Sigma and up to 82% of those in the top Fortune 100 embrace the business improvement methodology. Research says that Six Sigma has saved companies over $400 billion. 40 years later the Six Sigma methodology is as popular as ever, with new variants and adaptations, like the Lean Six Sigma, making it more versatile for other industries and types of organizations as well.

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Deliver Mission Critical Insights in Real Time with Data & Analytics

In the fast-moving manufacturing sector, delivering mission-critical data insights to empower your end users or customers can be a challenge. Traditional BI tools can be cumbersome and difficult to integrate - but it doesn't have to be this way. Logi Symphony offers a powerful and user-friendly solution, allowing you to seamlessly embed self-service analytics, generative AI, data visualization, and pixel-perfect reporting directly into your applications.