September, 2023

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If You Want To Innovate, Learn To Say “No”

Digital Tonto

While we talk about transformation more and more, we seem to be doing it less and less. This is no accident. Change and transformation aren’t about coming up with the idea and doing a fancy kickoff event followed by an extensive communication campaign, it’s about converting those ideas into impactful solutions to problems people care about. There’s far too much talk and not nearly enough impact.

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Has innovation changed over the last ten years?

Paul Hobcraft

Innovation is certainly a complex and dynamic process that involves many factors and actors and I certainly feel it has been shifting in its focus. I have been thinking of where we have been placing the emphasis over the past ten years. I decided to ask GPT-4 what major shifts have occurred in how we approached innovation ten years ago and today. It was suggested that these were the following.

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How to Search for the Right Startup to Partner With

HYPE Innovation

If you’ve ever paid attention to the number of new startups emerging every single day, you’ll know it’s a challenge to decide which ones are actually worth paying attention to. And if you decide that you want to partner with one of them, how do you find “the One” among the overwhelming amount of data and possibilities out there?

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What Every Leader Should Know About AI Transformation

Faisal Hoque

All its potential aside, there are legitimate dangers to AI. At the heart of the matter is the essential value of a balanced perspective.

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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

Let's explore the transformative power of QR codes in bridging offline and online marketing worlds. 📲 This new webinar featuring Corey Daugherty 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 of marketing potential!

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Emptiness and Innovation

IdeaScale

Introduction The ancient Buddhist philosophical concept of “emptiness”, going back nearly two millennia, has some interesting present-day implications for the process of idea creation and development in innovation. These implications relate to the desirability of high levels of technical diversity, in-person interaction and temporal intensity within innovation team processes.

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Where can you get Fresh Ideas?

Destination Innovation

Do you need some novel ideas for the problems and challenges you face? Here are some places and methods to help you find them: Read Widely : Books, magazines, and online articles are great sources of inspiration. Read about topics you’re passionate about, but also explore areas outside your comfort zone. Different perspectives can trigger new ideas.

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Fusing Human and Technology to Enable Innovation Ecosystems to Thrive

Paul Hobcraft

“Making something harmonious” often means we have to reconcile differences to balance out the tensions and issues to enable and make them compatible to work. “Fusing” human engagement with technology enablement involves creating a harmonious integration of human collaboration and technological tools to enable an ecosystem’s successful development and operation.

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Strategic Goals and Innovation Alignment: The Choice Cascading Model

HYPE Innovation

Many organizations struggle with aligning their innovation activities with their strategic business goals. More often than not, innovation efforts fail to align ideas with the potential contribution those ideas can make to an organization’s strategic goals.

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Why Infrastructure Projects Require High-Quality Management

Business and Tech

We spoke with Andrea S. Rutledge, CAE, president and CEO of the Construction Management Association of America, about the value trained and educated program and construction managers bring to projects, and how hiring the right pros can help improve U.S. infrastructure. Andrea S. Rutledge, CAE President and CEO, Construction Management Association of America “A PM/CM professional’s mandate is to work with all parties to deliver the project or program within the owner’s schedule, budget, qua

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What is Employee Engagement? Definition, Importance, Strategies, Improvements and Best Practice

IdeaScale

Table of Content What is Employee Engagement Employee engagement is defined as the emotional and psychological connection that employees have with their work, their colleagues, and their organization. It goes beyond simple job satisfaction and encompasses the level of commitment, enthusiasm, and dedication that employees bring to their jobs. Engaged employees are [.

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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 Suspicious Undertaker Who Caused 200,000 Women to Lose their Jobs

Destination Innovation

Almon Brown Strowger (1839 – 1902) was born near Rochester in New York state. He served with the Union army in the American Civil War. He subsequently became a teacher and then an undertaker in Kansas City Missouri. He was also an inventor. He suspected that his undertaking business was losing clients to a competitor whose wife worked as a telephone operator.

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Make These 3 Cultural Shifts To Reignite Change In Your Organization

Digital Tonto

Today, few would question the dignity of the Ukrainian people. In fact, they have become such an inspiration to the world that it’s hard to remember that the country used to be a very cynical place. When I first arrived there in 2002, I was struck by the apathy. There was so little hope that anything could ever change that few saw any sense in even trying.

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Envision Energy in living, evolving communities that challenge conventional wisdom.

Paul Hobcraft

I wrote a mini-series of three posts to introduce a radical concept that envisions the energy transition as a living, evolving entity that bridges technology and nature, sparking profound shifts in how communities generate, consume, and perceive energy. It aims to trigger innovation engagement and activation strategies to change the energy transition dynamics within a community setting, offering decentralized community energy.

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Customer Co-Creation: Benefits, Tips and Examples

HYPE Innovation

More and more businesses are shifting from a user-centered design process to a collaborative experience as companies see the potential to benefit from their customer’s ideas and suggestions as a way to improve their products and services. This change also involves a shift in perspective from designing for users to designing with users. Such an emerging design movement necessitates a fresh approach to thinking, feeling, and working.

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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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Aaron Witt Shares What’s New in the World of Dirt

Business and Tech

Self-dubbed the Chief Dirt Nerd, Aaron Witt is the CEO of BuildWitt , a services, media, and software company focused on infrastructure and mining. He shared what’s new in the World of Dirt and how stakeholders can meet today’s infrastructure demands by embracing the modern workforce. Aaron Witt CEO, BuildWitt “Who doesn’t want to help in literally shaping the world around them?

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What is Employee Feedback? Definition, Examples and Questions

IdeaScale

Table of Content What is Employee Feedback? Employee feedback is defined as a communication process in which employers or supervisors provide constructive comments and assessments to their employees about their performance, behavior, or other aspects of their work. The primary goal of employee feedback is to help employees understand how they are performing, [.

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The Crucible of Leadership: Integrity vs. “Being True to Yourself”

Tullio Siragusa

The Crucible of Leadership: Integrity vs. “Being True to Yourself” In the realm of leadership, principles and values often collide with personal whims and desires. One area where this becomes glaringly evident is in the concept of integrity. We live in an era where the phrase “being true to yourself” is often lauded as the highest form of authenticity.

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What Makes A Strategy “Good?”

Digital Tonto

One of the most frustrating statements I come across is that “we had a good strategy, but just couldn’t execute it.” That’s nonsense. Obviously, if you couldn’t execute, there were some important factors that you didn’t take into account. You miscalculated in some significant way. So how was that a good strategy? This raises an important question: What makes a strategy good?

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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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Leading Change May Need to Begin with Changing Yourself

Harvard Business Review

Behavior change is hard, but it’s a skill leaders who want to succeed amid near-constant organizational change need to develop. By increasing their self-awareness, committing to change, overcoming limiting thoughts, and deliberately practicing new behaviors, leaders raise the likelihood that the change initiatives they’re tasked to lead will be successful.

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The Man Who Invented a Technology Used Billions of Times a Day Doesn't Get Credit for It. Now He's Setting the Record Straight.

Entrepreneur - Innovation

Paul McEnroe, an award-winning engineer who spent more than two decades in leadership roles at IBM, opens up about the Universal Product Code's development and the misconception that persists.

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Building a Secure Future for America’s Water Resources

Business and Tech

How often do you turn on your faucet or shower and think about where your water comes from? The luxury of having a consistent supply of clean water masks a harsh reality: the gradual depletion of this invaluable resource. Deron Brown Deron Brown, President and Chief Operating Officer, U.S. Operations, PCL Construction “To secure a strategic future, it is imperative to reshore critical manufacturing processes related to water infrastructure components.” Take the Colorado River Basin f

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Jimmy Buffett: Innovator Of Happiness

Bill Fischer

Innovation was never as much fun as when Jimmy Buffett was involved. His message of engagement, and business models to deliver it, were always a winner; happiness sells!

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Navigating the Future: Generative AI, Application Analytics, and Data

Generative AI is upending the way product developers & end-users alike are interacting with data. Despite the potential of AI, many are left with questions about the future of product development: How will AI impact my business and contribute to its success? What can product managers and developers expect in the future with the widespread adoption of AI?

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The Personality of a Business: More Than Just a Brand Image

Tullio Siragusa

The Personality of a Business: More Than Just a Brand Image What makes you loyal to a brand? It’s more than just their products. In our day-to-day life, we often ascribe personalities to the people we meet — the cheerful neighbor, the meticulous colleague, or the compassionate friend. Just as individuals radiate distinct personalities, businesses too emanate unique auras.

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Thursday Theory Tips – How do I plan my new venture?

Christensen Institute

In a previous post about immigration policy and the efficacy of employing emergent strategies, I briefly touched on the benefits of testing assumptions. A solution to a problem isn’t always about finding the right strategy, it’s about managing the process through which that strategy is developed. And part of strategy development, especially for new ventures, involves making many assumptions.

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How to Evaluate a Job Candidate’s Critical Thinking Skills in an Interview

Harvard Business Review

The oldest and still the most powerful tactic for fostering critical thinking is the Socratic method, developed over 2,400 years ago by Socrates, one of the founders of Western philosophy. The Socratic method uses thought-provoking question-and-answer probing to promote learning. It focuses on generating more questions than answers, where the answers are not a stopping point but the beginning of further analysis.

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This Texas Mom's Pumpkin Porch Displays — Which Can Cost More Than $8,000 — Are Already Sold Out, Thanks to One Very Strategic Move

Entrepreneur - Innovation

Heather Torres's Porch Pumpkins became a smash hit after its launch in 2020. Read more about the founder's journey and how she seized an opportunity no one had.

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Turn Payments Into Personalization: Unlock the Value of Transaction Data

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.

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Why Successful Innovators Are Curious Like Cats

Innovation Excellence

GUEST POST from Janet Sernack In our previous blog, we shared how consciousness, imagination, and curiosity are the fundamental precursors to creativity, invention, and innovation.

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When to Guide and When to Listen: A Day in the Life of Global Manager of Business Intelligence and Analytics Elvia Martínez

Planview

Elvia Martínez manages two teams across three continents. Elvia uses her unique background from an immigrant family to lead her teams with inclusivity, collaboration, and support. Explain your role as a Global Manager of Business Intelligence and Analytics and a few of your responsibilities. I manage two engineering support teams. They’re spread across the US, Sweden, Germany, and India.

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The Case for BOD Oversight Focused on Leadership: Good Leadership is Good Business

Tullio Siragusa

The Case for BOD Oversight Focused on Leadership: Good Leadership is Good Business I n most organizations, Board of Directors (BOD) have a myriad of oversight committees to ensure the company’s ethical, financial, and operational stability. While these committees cover everything from accounting to risk management, one important area is often overlooked — leadership accountability tied to employee satisfaction and engagement.

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Education reform is a cul-du-sac. It’s time to build new roads to new destinations. 

Christensen Institute

Is it possible to transform existing K–12 schools? Can innovative, future-ready models of schooling be built from the schools that are common across the education landscape today? I suspect that if you were to survey the range of people working in K–12 education today—across school districts, state education departments, foundations, national associations, and intermediaries—the consensus would be a resounding “yes.

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The Key to Sustainable Energy Optimization: A Data-Driven Approach for Manufacturing

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. 📊 Join us for a practical webinar hosted by Kevin Kai Wong of Emergent Ene