June, 2020

Best Practices for Engaging Your Innovation Community

IdeaScale

Developing a broad and deep innovation community puts a wonderful resource at your fingertips. Yet tapping into that resource requires more than just cheerleading. Here’s how to bring your community together and work toward a common goal. Know Your Community Start by truly understanding who your innovation community is. For example, perhaps the unifying factor … Continued. The post Best Practices for Engaging Your Innovation Community appeared first on IdeaScale.

5 Ways Mindfulness Helps Improve Business Productivity

The Human Factor

source. For many of us, multitasking is the best way to increase productivity – or, we think. We all want to be superhumans who can juggle everything at the same time and still have the time to relax and stay healthy. While this is understandable, it is not the best way to stay productive. . A study carried out by Stanford University shows how multitasking fosters stress and negatively affects motivation and productivity.

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Organizational Design: Clearing the Runway for Collaboration and Breakthrough Thinking

Innovation Excellence

Most industries in today’s world run on a balance of sophisticated computer systems and skilled people to use them. Technology has allowed numerous industries to grow at a rapid pace and has streamlined countless business processes…but it still can’t learn, design, and discover the way people can. When computers and machinery became more practical for industry starting in the 1960s, “lights out” management practices started to creep into business and factories.

Innovation Culture – The Ultimate Guide

Idea to Value

Innovation culture has long been one of the most challenging, and oft-discussed, topics in our conversations with business and innovation leaders. Given the extraordinary importance of innovation for businesses, and society in general, and the fact that culture has been shown to be one of the biggest barriers for innovation performance, it’s not much of a surprise.

The Best Sales Forecasting Models for Weathering Your Goals

Every sales forecasting model has a different strength and predictability method. It’s recommended to test out which one is best for your team. This way, you’ll be able to further enhance – and optimize – your newly-developed pipeline. Your future sales forecast? Sunny skies (and success) are just ahead!

Remote but happy together! Exago named one of the happiest places to work

Exago

When times are especially challenging, creativity, team spirit, lean work processes and life/work balance become even more crucial. For the fourth time, we at Exago are proud to be distinguished as one of the 15 happiest companies to work for in Portugal. The results of the 2020 Happiness Works initiative were announced this week amidst […]. The post Remote but happy together! Exago named one of the happiest places to work appeared first on Exago.

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Crowdsourcing Leads to Civic Engagement: Four Real-World Examples

IdeaScale

Civic engagement is fundamental to good governance, and crowdsourcing is a powerful way to draw in an enormous range of constituencies to hear what they feel is crucial to making their city a better place. Below are a few examples of civic engagement accomplished via crowdsourcing. 311 First established in Baltimore, multiple cities have developed a … Continued. The post Crowdsourcing Leads to Civic Engagement: Four Real-World Examples appeared first on IdeaScale.

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Who’s Responsible for Innovation? Everybody!

IdeaScale

Innovation is the key to forward movement. It creates value and improves existing systems so new ideas can emerge. Innovation research shows 61 percent of executives embrace open innovation to generate ideas. Positive change is derived through collaboration and sharing, which results in better ways of implementing products and services. So who is responsible for innovation? … Continued. The post Who’s Responsible for Innovation? Everybody! appeared first on IdeaScale.

How to Reward Innovative Thinking in Your Company

IdeaScale

Innovation is an essential aspect of any business. No matter your industry, there is an ongoing need for new ideas that put products into the hands of customers. Innovation management is about thinking outside the box. It involves creating new opportunities rather than waiting for them to arise. This, however, cannot occur in a vacuum. … Continued. The post How to Reward Innovative Thinking in Your Company appeared first on IdeaScale.

In times of crisis, use jobs-to-be-done to spot new product ideas

Board of Innovation

How you can solve clients’ problems before they know they have them using the jobs-to-be-done framework. The post In times of crisis, use jobs-to-be-done to spot new product ideas appeared first on Board of Innovation. Business design Inspiration

How AARP is Pivoting Innovation in 2020 and Investing in Startups

Innovation Leader

At Innovation Leader’s recent online event for nonprofit organizations, Andy Miller of AARP discussed how his team helps build an innovative culture that permeates the organization — and how they’re making new investments in startups

11 Ways to Make a Short Remote Design Thinking Project a Success

You can achieve a huge amount in a short period with a virtual design thinking project. While some teams want to come together for several weeks or months to tackle a challenge, others want to run short, sharp projects to find a quick solution. And with the right preparation, attitude, and structure in place, that's totally possible.To help make sure your short innovation projects are a success, download this free guide from the team at Sprintbase, a virtual design thinking platform, to learn their top tips.

How Data Analytics Can Help Improve The Accuracy Of Financial Reporting

Acuvate

How Data Analytics Can Help Improve The Accuracy Of Financial Reporting According to PwC, traditional financial reporting methods have become time-consuming and cumbersome as they typically involve analyzing an organization’s hundreds and thousands of transactions, individually, to form conclusions. However, with data analytics, auditors are now able to streamline the analysis of an organization’s massive […].

Welcome to the Age of Budget Innovation

The Future Shapers

The coronavirus pandemic is changing the way we live and work. and the rippling effect is crippling the economy. We have entered the era of low-cost, ‘budget everything’. New practices are being introduced to adapt to the current situation but are you adapting to the pace and rate of change necessary to effectively compete? In this piece we explore new practices and how to position your innovation team and organisation to emerge from the pandemic in a more adaptable, more resilient posture.

Low-Calorie Beer and Tobacco-Free Chew: Why 2020 IS The Year for Healthy-Alternative Startups

Entrepreneur - Innovation

Consumers are more cognizant of what they put into their bodies, and the demand for products that shake up the status quo continues to expand, exponentially. News and Trends

New innovation opportunities in the insurance industry

Board of Innovation

Change is always accompanied by opportunity. That's why we take a look at a couple of insurance-industry shifts that are being accelerated by the pandemic. The post New innovation opportunities in the insurance industry appeared first on Board of Innovation. Business design Inspiration insurance

The D&I Garden: Seeds of Innovation that Grow into Creative Breakthroughs

Speaker: Donald Fan, Senior Director of the Global Office of Culture, Diversity & Inclusion at Walmart Inc.

In the digital era, rife with uncertainty and ambiguity, innovation plays an essential role in sustaining organic growth and outperforming the global competition. Research proves time and again, there exists a robust bond between innovation and diversity & inclusion (D&I); our challenge is to help our leaders understand how to plant the seeds of innovation in the fertile D&I garden in order to drive a strategic and competitive advantage from the office and in the digital landscape.

What you can learn from history about innovating during a crisis

Board of Innovation

The companies that grew the most during the 2008 financial crisis were those that invested in innovation. Here are some of our suggestions for your strategy based on information from previous crises. The post What you can learn from history about innovating during a crisis appeared first on Board of Innovation. Innovation strategy Business design Inspiration

Craft compelling messages. Pick the right channels. Reach your audience.

Tembosocial

Communicators need to think about crafting compelling messages and picking the right channels so they can reach their audience in the right places. When employees are already removed, you don’t want the systems they use to widen the divide. Employee Engagement Employee Experience

What Comes Back and When? Exploring Life After COVID-19

Innovation Leader

What’s changed due to the COVID-19 pandemic? What’s likely to come back? And when? Innovation Leader’s ”What the Future Looks Like” report seeks to answer that question

The future of AI in sports for players, broadcasters and fans

The Future Shapers

To some, the very notion of Artificial Intelligence may seem like a novelty- especially sport, but it is here to stay and will play an increased role in how we all watch and experience our favourite teams and events.?Deltatre’s Deltatre’s Head of Innovation, Pietro Marini, shares his predictions. The post The future of AI in sports for players, broadcasters and fans appeared first on The Future Shapers. Innovation Innovation Leadership Technology

B2B Pocket Playbook: End-to-End Guide to Sales Enablement

Sales enablement is the strategic process of providing sales teams with the content, guidance, and mentorship needed to engage targeted buyers. It’s all about equipping sales professionals with the tools they need to put their best-selling foot forward. And if sales teams want to continuously sell better -- and faster -- their sales enablement process must have a game-winning strategy. It's time for you to start selling smarter - and hitting your sales number - with the best B2B database in the market. Get started today.

Solutions for Energy do need to be end-to-end and highly innovative

Paul Hobcraft

It is not just replacing energy sources; it is all about solution renewal end-to-end and that needs innovation. Within the energy transition, we must not lose sight of the final consumer. The final consumer of energy is going to be the ultimate arbitrator.

50 Ways to Stifle Innovation

Destination Innovation

(With apologies to Paul Simon). Say goodbye with a wave, Dave. Just get up and leave, Steve. Go for the kill, Bill. When you hear an idea. Don’t try something new, Stu. Just do what you know, Joe. Don’t mess with success, Jess. Treat failure with fear. Don’t share your concern, Bern. Don’t talk at all, Paul. Ignore the crew, Sue. Keep working alone. Adhere to the plan, Stan. Do things the same, Jane. Don’t rock the ship, Skip. You’re on your own. Don’t use your head, Fred.

Podcast S3E64: Jonathan Courtney – What it takes to build a successful digital product

Idea to Value

In today’s episode of the Idea to Value podcast, we speak with Jonathan Courtney, CEO of AJ&Smart. We speak about what it takes to run successful workshops, his experiences with companies who are failing at innovation, and how to successfully develop digital products. Topics covered in today’s episode. 00:01:30 – How User Experience (UX) led Jonathan on his journey to starting his company.

How Consulting Will Likely Change Because of the Pandemic

Leapfrogging

The consulting industry was already being disrupted before the coronavirus. Now the disruption is accelerating. If you work with consultants or have your own consultancy, take note: Things are changing, fast. Right around the corner are threats or opportunities, depending on how you respond. I’ve already written about how the management-consulting industry is being disrupted by various trends like emerging technologies, the commodification of knowledge, and outdated business models.

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Pressure Points: How to Ensure Your B2B Pipeline Passes Inspection

This eBook highlights best practices for developing a pipeline management process that helps sales leaders and their team C.L.O.S.E (you’ll see what we mean in this eBook) more revenue through data-driven prospecting, stage analysis, and subsequent sales enablement.

How Inflection Points Define The Future

Digital Tonto

The most important inflection points are often the ones that we create ourselves through the choices we make. No future is inevitable. We can’t predict the future but we can prepare for it. Related. [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]. All Posts

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Trust and Transparency: Twin Keys to Engaging Citizens in Government Innovation Initiatives

IdeaScale

Governments need the trust of their stakeholders to function. Such trust is built through transparency, in every sense. Both trust and transparency become especially important when pursuing an innovation strategy at the government level. The Transparency/Trust Loop Transparency is fundamental to any government simply because good government represents all citizens and is funded in various … Continued.

The Innovation Intensity needed in the Energy Transition

Paul Hobcraft

The level of innovation intensity within the Energy Transition is a fascinating one and one I continually place more and more a focus upon. One really critical source of reference for tracking clean energy progress comes from the International Energy Agency (IEA). The recent reporting back on the development of the energy transition we are undertaking seems depressing reading. We need to accelerate innovation and technology adoption. We are so off track for much of the Energy Transition.

How to Design a Strong Experiment that connects to your Value Proposition Canvas

Strategyzer

We work with teams all around the world to help visualize their business idea using tools such as the Business Model Canvas and Value Proposition Canvas. Ideally, teams should quickly test their canvases using experiments, as we’ve documented in the book Testing Business Ideas. But in reality, teams often go down a rabbit hole and forget about their canvases. We’ve found that using templates can help teams make the important connection between the canvas and their experiment.

Marketing-Led Post-COVID-19 Growth Strategies

Businesses are laying off workers, shutting their doors (some permanently), and struggling to react to the radical destruction that coronavirus (COVID-19) is doing to our society and communities. Most have already sustained massive damage, and we still have yet to see the scope of impact of the global pandemic that has upended the globe. Any return to normalcy may seem far-off, but sales and marketing are on the front lines of restarting the economy. When the dust settles, we have a responsibility to turn our shock and grief into fierce determination, and lead the charge of responsible, strategic, sustainable future growth. However, there’s no team better suited to lead that charge than the marketing department. Marketers are uniquely positioned to provide creative solutions to aid their organization in times of change and chart a course for navigating success.

Podcast S3E65: Céline Flores Willers – Expanding your reach on Linkedin

Idea to Value

In today’s episode of the Idea to Value podcast, we speak with Linkedin Top Voice of 2019 and innovation vlogger, Céline Flores Willers. We talk about what it takes for companies and individuals to better get their message out there on Linkedin, and the importance of brand authenticity. Topics covered in today’s episode: 00:01:30 – Her journey starting with innovation and Ernst & Young. 00:03:30 – How she chooses the innovation topics to talk about.

6 Cyber Threats You Can't Afford to Ignore

Entrepreneur - Innovation

Investing in cybersecurity infrastructure now can mean big savings down the line, but you have to know what you're up against first. . Technology

The Last Thing America Needs Right Now Is A Vision

Digital Tonto

Nothing about a multi-ethnic, multicultural society is simple. Building anything worthwhile takes work and no small amount of pain. Still, we need to try harder. We need to rebuild our society, [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]. All Posts Change Movements

The Innovation Manager’s Quintessential Reading List

IdeaScale

As an innovation manager, you are always looking for the latest trends. Drawing inspiration from innovators who have come before you is a great way to learn. According to a recent survey, high growth companies apply innovation strategies that look far beyond the immediate future. Of those who participated, 65 percent of organizational leaders said they … Continued. The post The Innovation Manager’s Quintessential Reading List appeared first on IdeaScale.

How ZoomInfo Helps Overcome the Top Pain Points of Inside Sales

Recent digital transformation has shifted the B2B landscape by ushering in the era of buyer empowerment. With more access to user reviews, analyst opinion, and industry research, decision-makers are more informed than ever while navigating what is now known as the “buyer’s journey.”