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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.

Four Ways to Innovate Right Now

InnovationManagement

While the pandemic has been difficult for all us economically, as business owners, we never run out of opportunities. No matter the business climate, there is always a chance to do something new and something better—you just have to find it. The post Four Ways to Innovate Right Now appeared first on InnovationManagement.

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Quiz: Test Your Innovation Knowledge

Innovation Leader

How much do you know about corporate innovation concepts, key thinkers, famous failures, and Silicon Valley disruptors? Try our 22 question quiz

Break Out of a Golden Cage

Innovation Excellence

By Federica D’Armento & Tony McGaharan. Picture this. You’ve a job at “the best place to work”, and then you start experiencing those mixed feelings like in a love-hate relationship, until you decide to leave. This is actually what we went through at Google. At some point it felt like being in Groundhog Day – living the same day over and over again. The challenge was not to become the cynical “ we’ve been always doing it like this ”.

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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!

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.

Ten Mid-Year CI Questions to Ask Every Employee

Kainexus

It's hard to believe that the first half of 2020 is in the books. Just kidding. I don't blame you if you feel like there's been 10 years worth of news in the last six months. It's been intense. COVID-19 has impacted every American to varying degrees and much has changed about the way we live and work. This year, more than ever, it makes sense to do a mid-year check-in with every employee. Despite the challenging situation, continuous improvement driven by every team member is still essential.

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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

Collaborate With a Strategic Alliance to Find Success

Daniel Burrus

Traditionally, the concept of success through collaboration in the business world has been focused on eliminating competition to find success in ways that benefit the industry the competitors share. However, during the coronavirus pandemic of 2020, success through collaboration was redefined when two tech giants, Apple and Google, collaborated on contact tracing technology in an effort to combat the virus in their own way and simultaneously save lives.

4 Inspiring Ideas to Overcome Challenges when Testing Innovative Business Models

The BMI Lab Blog

Following our recent article about the most common challenges faced by companies when testing innovative business models , we decided to highlight 4 inspiring initiatives that seem to be effective practices to overcome these challenges. Train-the-trainer program A company’s success is defined by its culture. Peter Drucker's famous, “culture eats strategy for breakfast” is no less true for business model innovation.

Podcast S3E67: Steve Blank – History and lessons of the Lean Startup method

Idea to Value

In today’s episode of the Idea to Value podcast, we talk with Steve Blank, senior innovation fellow at Columbia University, serial entrepreneur and the founder of the Lean Startup movement. We speak about what makes a successful startup, what large companies get wrong about innovation and how he has seen Lean Startup evolve and change over the past few years.

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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.

Sharply accelerating clean energy innovation

Paul Hobcraft

Today the International Energy Agency (IRA) released a long-awaited update on where innovation needs to be in the energy transition we are undergoing. At their own admission, it has been three years since they (IEA) released its last Energy Technology Perspective (ETP) report. Although they argue they have been reflecting on the critical technology challenges, it is way overdue.

How To Leverage Opposition To Your Advantage And Drive Change Forward Forward

Digital Tonto

Those who are working to undermine your efforts want to make you feel isolated and alone. Even a seemingly powerful CEO can face a skeptical board, investor community and media. We overcome. [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]. All Posts

Why Innovation Is An Imperative in the Education Sector

IdeaScale

Innovation is a constant in education. School systems regularly search for ways to create outlets that serve the diverse needs of students. The COVID-19 pandemic has significantly increased the need for new approaches to learning. The current situation is a perfect example of why an innovation strategy is so vital to educators. Innovation in education … Continued. The post Why Innovation Is An Imperative in the Education Sector appeared first on IdeaScale.

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Parkinson’s Law and the Peter Principle – are they relevant to innovation?

Idea to Value

10 people write 10 reports in 10 hours. If you hire 10 more people how many reports will all 20 people write in the same time? 20, right? Wrong! According to Parkinson’s Law it’s still 10. Published in 1942, the theory states that “work expands to fill the time available to complete it”. The reasoning is that first, managers crave power and more people to order about and, second, more people create more work for each other.

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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.

Predictions for a post-COVID world: US economy through 2025

Jeffrey Phillips

If you've been following these posts, you'll know by now that I am extracting insights and predictions from a post-COVID scenario I drafted. You can find the entire scenario writeup here (Tip: hover over the bottom right of the pop-up window and click on the expand box, and you'll see a full screen view where you can also download the document). I've written a number of blog posts teasing out some of the implications of the scenario and making predictions about the future.

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What Innovation Looks Like at an Energy Company

InnovationManagement

When you’re turning on your fan or firing up your laptop to get some work done, you probably don’t spend much time thinking about where that power comes from. But all of that thinking comes to the forefront of your mind when there are massive disruptions to that system. The post What Innovation Looks Like at an Energy Company appeared first on InnovationManagement. Podcast energy energy grid energy innovation green innovation renewable energy sustainability

Webinar: Planning Agency Emergency Response Through Crowdsourcing

IdeaScale

COVID-19 has required a faster and more thoughtful change management and innovation strategy from all sectors. This is particularly true for the government on all levels, which has needed to work closely with any number of stakeholders to deliver new solutions to rapidly changing problems. Some of those lessons learned will be on display July … Continued. The post Webinar: Planning Agency Emergency Response Through Crowdsourcing appeared first on IdeaScale.

7 Essential Elements of A Successful Digital Workplace

Acuvate

7 Essential Elements of A Successful Digital Workplace In the last few years we’ve seen massive shifts in workplace trends. There has been an influx of tech-savvy millennials, unprecedented growth of SaaS applications, increased remote workforce and rapid emergence of AI technologies. Several such trends have not only changed how work gets done but also […]. The post 7 Essential Elements of A Successful Digital Workplace appeared first on Acuvate.

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.

Timing of Innovation – Getting the Odds on Your Side

Innovation Excellence

When it comes to innovation, there are countless ways things might go wrong. However, one of the most prevalent ones is incorrect timing. If you manage to get the timing just right, your innovations will obviously benefit from huge tailwinds when entire industries are transitioning from the old to the new with you riding at the top of the wave. With the right timing, even mediocre execution can lead to extraordinary results.

Human Creativity: The Critical Survival Skill of the 4th Industrial Revolution that Cannot be Automated

InnovationManagement

While 4th Industrial Revolution technologies are fast becoming the way to go in the world of the "new normal," they are driven by something far superior to robots: human creativity. Let's have a look at the importance of creativity in this article. The post Human Creativity: The Critical Survival Skill of the 4th Industrial Revolution that Cannot be Automated appeared first on InnovationManagement.

Masculine & Feminine Empowerment at work

The Future Shapers

Diversity is key for innovation, but despite an increasing number of women in the workplace, we – both men and women – are still abandoning feminine traits. For true gender diversity in the workplace and to co-lead we need to embrace our differences. Society has pushed us to lose track of the innate qualities we each have and encouraged us into one end of the spectrum – the wounded, or so called ‘toxic’ masculine. Moreover this type of masculinity stifles innovation.

Satisfied Employees and Customers Translate into Business Success

Tullio Siragusa

Satisfied Employees and Customers Translate into Business Success. Most business leaders, irrespective of the market they are in, consistently push to maximize growth, profitability, and value of their business. They devise innovative strategies to strive through economic upheavals and achieve their planned objectives and target. Performance measurement plays a big role in developing policies, evaluating the achievement of organizational goals, and accordingly compensating employees.

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.

Timing of Innovation – Getting the Odds on Your Side

Viima

When it comes to innovation, there are countless ways things might go wrong. However, one of the most prevalent ones is incorrect timing. If you manage to get the timing just right, your innovations will obviously benefit from huge tailwinds when entire industries are transitioning from the old to the new with you riding at the top of the wave. With the right timing, even mediocre execution can lead to extraordinary results.

Top 50 leaderboard: Who is winning in the Low Touch Economy

Board of Innovation

Our researchers and strategists hand-picked 50 ‘Low Touch winners’ - companies that are already flourishing in this challenging new climate. The post Top 50 leaderboard: Who is winning in the Low Touch Economy appeared first on Board of Innovation. All Inspiration low touch economy

Quiz: Test Your Innovation Knowledge

Innovation Leader

How much do you know about corporate innovation concepts, key thinkers, famous failures, and Silicon Valley disruptors? Try our 22 question quiz

Scaling-up, the next frontier for innovation labs

Rapid Innovation in digital time

If all innovation projects become familiar with the whole process from exploration to exploitation and scale-up, then the program can host more projects, and scale in turn: as all projects cross-fertilize, the insights of some projects benefiting to others, the whole will definitely be greater than the sum of all parts! Rapid Innovation Unit Africa Business model Innovation Management intrapreneurship new business Scale-up Startups

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.

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.

3 Key Ways Live Streaming Video Has Come Through in the Clutch

Entrepreneur - Innovation

From continuity in business to easing mental-health burdens, the multipurpose tech has proved more essential than ever. News and Trends

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Workplace Culture: Productive People Make High-performing Teams That Produce Rapid Results

Innovation Excellence

How do you define the culture of your workplace? That may seem like a big question, because the answer has big implications for an organization’s success. A positive, engaging workplace culture can attract and retain talented employees, increase productivity, and even improve financial performance.

Satisfied Employees and Customers Translate into Business Success

Tullio Siragusa

Satisfied Employees and Customers Translate into Business Success. Most business leaders, irrespective of the market they are in, consistently push to maximize growth, profitability, and value of their business. They devise innovative strategies to strive through economic upheavals and achieve their planned objectives and target. Performance measurement plays a big role in developing policies, evaluating the achievement of organizational goals, and accordingly compensating employees.

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.”