May, 2024

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25 years of Innovation- how has it evolved? Has it been successful?

Paul Hobcraft

25 years looking back at Innovation’s evolution I decided to hold a conversation with Google’s Gemini about how innovation had changed and hopefully progressed since I first became involved 25 years ago, when I lived in Singapore and was heavily involved in my MBA, which had innovation as an elective. The MBA elective “hooked” me on innovation, and here I am 25 years later, still going on about innovation, championing, cajoling and encouraging innovation to be more centra

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Fighting for Innovation in the Trenches

Innovation Excellence

GUEST POST from Geoffrey A. Moore The first principle of managing innovation is that there are three distinct returns on innovation one can invest to achieve. They are: “Unmatchable” differentiation, which confers enormous bargaining power as customers who want what you have “must” select you and “must” pay a premium for your offer.

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The Law of Artificial Intelligence: The 8th Law of Nature

IdeaScale

Introduction: What is innovation? Solving problems? Creating solutions? Sometimes there is no problem. Innovation is everything all around us. It is existentialism. This is why I say that innovation is nothing more than the laws of nature.

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Is Innovation evolving in the way I see it going?

Paul Hobcraft

Innovation is evolving, the future will be different I have been asking Google’s Gemini a series of questions about innovation, how it has evolved in the past twenty-five years, and where it seems to be heading. This is the third and final part of my questioning on looking towards the future and how innovation will evolve, starting from the original thread of looking over the evolution of innovation in the past twenty-five years, since 1999.

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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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AI in Innovation Management: Exploring Opportunities and Challenges

HYPE Innovation

In today's fast-paced world, the field of innovation management is constantly evolving, with new tools and technologies emerging regularly. And artificial intelligence (AI) has become one of the most talked-about, yet mysterious topics in this field. In our latest webinar, we joined industry experts Daniel Käsmayr , Principal Scientist, Community Management & Ideation at BASF, and Lauri Järvilehto , Professor of Practice at Aalto University to explore the details of artificial intelligence i

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When your imagination is beyond your skill level

Idea to Value

Recently my toddler has begun playing with Duplo, which is Lego for really young children. And while usually he loves it, it also often causes him to become incredibly frustrated when things do not work as he wants. This is when he might begin shouting and throwing the pieces away. A perfect example is when he has built a tower with a wide top, and wants to attach a long flat piece to the bottom side of the top.

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Look Out For These 3 Telltale Signs Of Transformation Theater

Digital Tonto

Genuine transformation is notoriously difficult, but transformation theater is relatively easy. There’s never any shortage of corporate hucksters, gurus and other con artists looking to sell us the change gospel, weaving visions of “burning platforms,” in a VUCA world. Many build impressive careers, moving from failed initiative to failed initiative, without ever actually accomplishing anything.

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How to Create Value from Nothing

IdeaScale

Doing nothing fuels creativity and innovation, but that fuel is wasted if you don’t put it to use. Idleness clears the mind, allowing fresh ideas to emerge, but those ideas must be acted upon to create value. Why is doing something with that fuel so difficult? Don’t blame the status quo.

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Great weeks come from my significant advances in Business Ecosystem thinking and design.

Paul Hobcraft

Defining and building Interconnected Business Ecosystems This past week was a highly satisfying one. Besides different advisory, consulting, and mentoring activities, this was a week when I felt I had made some significant advances in my Interconnected Business Ecosystem Framework. It is nicely taking shape, with many parts fleshed out and described.

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All Business Strategies Fall into 4 Categories

Harvard Business Review

The problem with strategy frameworks is that although they can help you determine whether an opportunity is attractive or whether a given strategy is likely to work, they generally don’t help you in the task of identifying the opportunity or crafting the strategy in the first place. This article introduces a framework, built on an in-depth analysis of the creativity literature, that aims to fill that gap by providing a systematic approach to identifying potential strategies.

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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 literacy and numeracy revolution happening in Malawi

Christensen Institute

With a GDP per capita of approximately $555 and annual national government expenditure per person at $109 , Malawi is one of the poorest countries in the world. This means spending on virtually everything in Malawi is low, including education. Even though Malawi spent almost 23% of total government expenditure on education from 2017-2019, this amounted to just $52 per capita.

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Leading with Trust: Unleashing the Power of Leadership Teams

Leapfrogging

The Importance of Trust in Leadership Teams Understanding the Impact of Trust in Leadership Trust serves as the foundational element in leadership teams, where every decision, interaction, and goal hinges on its presence. Without trust, your leadership is like a ship trying to sail without water—ineffective and immobile. It is the glue that holds your team together through challenges and uncertainty.

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There Are Things That Machines Can’t Do (And Never Will)

Digital Tonto

For the past century or so, the most reliable path to success has been the ability to retain information and manipulate numbers. That’s what gained entrance into the most prestigious schools and led to a career at a prestigious firm. Yet the reason that information processing has been so highly valued is precisely because humans are so bad at it. Today’s super-powered algorithms can mine vast stores of information and then express that information in writing, images, even sound and film.

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Discovering Perfectly Predictable Mistakes – Before You Make Them

IdeaScale

There are no failures in Thoughtland – that mystical place where great ideas for new products and services are first born. But if you want to travel to the real world, you’ll need a different approach. 26 years ago, my co-author and I published “Discovery Driven Planning” in the Harvard Business Review.

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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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Actively shaping the innovation future with Dynamism and Knowledge

Paul Hobcraft

Dynamics and Knowledge are essential to your future Dynamism and knowledge insights are crucial to unlock success in proactive ways. It is all about actively shaping it, to navigate the changing terrain. We do need to actively navigate the rapidly changing business landscape in multiple ways it is not just about reacting to external forces. It’s about proactively shaping the direction and actively participating in the evolution of your industry, your positioning and your own insights.

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3 Ways to Clearly Communicate Your Company’s Strategy

Harvard Business Review

For all the communication around strategy, we know that leaders at many companies don’t provide the necessary context for employees to understand what the words and sentences in a strategy statement actually mean. What can leaders do to help employees understand enough context to understand a strategy? In this article, the authors offer three recommendations: 1) Present the alternatives considered and explain why they were not adopted. 2) Explain how each choice is linked to the organization’s p

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Video Killed More Than the Radio Star

Innovation Excellence

by Braden Kelley If you are a child of the eighties, you will remember when MTV went live 24 hours a day with music videos on cable television August 1, 1981 with the broadcast of “Video Killed the Radio Star” by the Buggles.

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Unlocking Success: Trustworthiness in Leadership Teams

Leapfrogging

The Foundation of Trust in Leadership Teams Importance of Trust in Leadership Trust is the cornerstone of any high-performing leadership team. Without trust, your efforts to lead may be undermined by doubts and a lack of commitment from team members. It fosters an environment where ideas flow freely, risks are taken confidently, and resilience is built within the team.

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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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Why The Suckers Always Think They’re Playing It Smart

Digital Tonto

At any given time, there are literally thousands of people looking to fool us. Grifters, politicians and nation states looking to sow discord are constantly bombarding us with falsities mixed with just enough truth to seem plausible. Often, these messages reach us through trusted friends and family members and, when we go to verify them online, we’re likely to find confirmation (often from the same sources that duped our peers).

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Embracing The Future: How AI is Reshaping Businesses and Industries

IdeaScale

In the coming years, Artificial Intelligence will play a transformative role in reshaping industries at an unprecedented pace with disruptive innovation revolutionizing the business landscape. This blog will explore several industries that are on brink of substantial AI-induced transformation and delve into examples of innovative startups taking the lead.

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Have organizations become more collaborative over 25 years? What has enabled that?

Paul Hobcraft

Collaboration, Idealization and the enabling of innovation I have have been looking back at innovation and how it has changed over the last twenty-five years. In a series of three posts, I have asked Google’s Gemini to answer five questions to track and trace the progress innovation has made and where it seems to be heading. This is the second post looking more at collaboration and idealization and how and what has helped it evolve in this period.

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Does Your Boss Practice Toxic Positivity?

Harvard Business Review

Being happy and positive at work can be a win-win for employees and organizations. But what happens when your boss practices toxic positivity? No matter how bad or stressful the situation is or how difficult the circumstances, they convince themselves that simply acting happy or thinking positively will change the outcome — then spread this toxic positivity to their teams.

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Leading the Development of Profitable and Sustainable Products

Speaker: Jason Tanner

While growth of software-enabled solutions generates momentum, growth alone is not enough to ensure sustainability. The probability of success dramatically improves with early planning for profitability. A sustainable business model contains a system of interrelated choices made not once but over time. Join this webinar for an iterative approach to ensuring solution, economic and relationship sustainability.

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Difference Between Customer Experience Perception and Reality

Innovation Excellence

GUEST POST from Shep Hyken This is an important topic that every CEO, business owner, leader, manager, and supervisor must understand. When it comes to customer service and customer experience (CX), there is a difference between perception and reality.

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Unleash Your Teams Potential: Leading Team-Building Experts for Corporate Events

Leapfrogging

Elevating Team Performance The success of any corporate entity heavily relies on the collective efforts of its team members. At the heart of high-performing teams is the core principle of effective team-building. Understanding its critical role in the corporate setting can shape the way your organization achieves its goals and operates on a daily basis.

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11 Books That Will Make You A Better Communicator

Digital Tonto

More than a decade ago I published an article in Forbes about IBM’s Watson. With the system’s triumph, beating the best human players at Jeopardy!, everybody was wondering whether humans had a future or whether we would all be at the mercy of “our new robot overlords.” It was an exciting and confusing time. Yet […] The post 11 Books That Will Make You A Better Communicator first appeared on Digital Tonto.

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How to master product portfolio management

Sopheon

Pursuing product portfolio management excellence empowers organizations to unlock the full potential of their offerings. This comprehensive guide unveils 10 essential keys that serve as the building blocks for success.

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Embedding BI: Architectural Considerations and Technical Requirements

While data platforms, artificial intelligence (AI), machine learning (ML), and programming platforms have evolved to leverage big data and streaming data, the front-end user experience has not kept up. Holding onto old BI technology while everything else moves forward is holding back organizations. Traditional Business Intelligence (BI) aren’t built for modern data platforms and don’t work on modern architectures.

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How African organizations can manage the continent’s scientific brain drain

Christensen Institute

Compounding Africa’s struggles with an inadequate healthcare system, the continent is dealing with a scientific brain drain problem that demands attention. In January, Tulio de Oliveira and Cheryl Baxter published an article in Science magazine titled “Investing in Africa’s scientific future.” In it the authors described the fact that Africa currently bears a disproportionate burden of infectious diseases, such as malaria, tuberculosis, and cholera, and 25% of the global disease burden, yet “Afr

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You Need New Skills to Make a Career Pivot. Here’s How to Find the Time to Build Them.

Harvard Business Review

With any significant change in your career comes the need for new skills. But that’s even more true when you want a radical career change. In these situations, it’s going to take more than listening to a few webinars to build the knowledge you need get to where you want to go. You must set aside a significant amount of time for self-directed learning, formal training, or even a second job to gain the skills for the big leap.

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Preparing the Next Generation for a Post-Digital Age

Innovation Excellence

GUEST POST from Greg Satell An education is supposed to prepare you for the future. Traditionally, that meant learning certain facts and skills, like when Columbus discovered America or how to do long division.

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Unleash Team Power: Motivational Speakers on Team Cohesion

Leapfrogging

Importance of Motivational Speakers on Team Cohesion Enhancing Team Dynamics As you plan your corporate event or leadership program, one key element to consider is the influence of motivational speakers on team cohesion. These speakers offer more than just inspiration; they are catalysts for improving the dynamics within your team. By engaging a speaker who specializes in team-building, you’re investing in an expert who can analyze, understand, and suggest actionable strategies that will s

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Secrets of a Successful Sale: Optimizing Your Checkout Process

Speaker: David Nisbet, Everett Zufelt, and Michaela Weber

Once upon a time, in the vast realm of online commerce, there lived a humble checkout button overlooked by many. Yet, within its humble click lay the power to transform a mere visitor into a loyal customer. 🧐 💡 Getting checkout right can mark the difference between a successful sale and an abandoned cart, yet many businesses fail to make payments a part of their commerce strategy even when it has a direct impact on revenue.