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Continuous Improvement Goal Suggestions for 2021


I don't think I'm going out on a limb when I say that I believe we are all glad to have 2020 in the rearview mirror. While life isn't going back to normal any time soon, there is hope on the horizon.

The art of “Back Casting” needs care

Paul Hobcraft

Backcasting is a planning method that starts with defining a desirable future and then works backwards to identify policies and programs that will connect that specified future to the present. The fundamentals of the method were outlined by John B. Robinson from the University of Waterloo in 1990.


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2021: What Comes After Covid?

Digital Tonto

Today the Covid-19 crisis has given a shock to the system and we're at an inflection point. The most immediate effects have been economic recession and the rapid adoption of digital tools, such as. [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]].

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Podcast S4E94: Cyndi Burnett – Creativity in education

Idea to Value

In this episode of the Idea to Value podcast, we speak with Cyndi Burnett, Director at We speak about what it takes to bring creativity into homes and classrooms.

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!

How to Draw Innovation Inspiration From Customer Data


Data is the most valuable tool that any business has access to today. With the right insights, you can determine which of your marketing strategies generate the most return on investment or which audience you should target with your new product to earn the most revenue.

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5 Signs of an Open Mind


One of the simplest and most powerful ideas that isn’t really taught anywhere is the willingness to change your own mind. Being able to change your mind is a superpower, and there aren’t many people out there with this unique superpower. Why is that?

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These 2 guys have found a way to make leather out of cactus

Idea to Value

Leather is a luxurious material, but it is also one of the most resource-intensive and pollution-rich materials in the fashion industry. These two Entrepreneurs from Mexico are trying to change that, with a new way to produce vegan leather from cactuses.

How COVID-19 Has Impacted the 5G Rollout


The COVID-19 pandemic has hugely impacted the need for 5G technology. As the way people communicate has changed, companies like Motorola and Qualcomm have bolstered their product development strategies.

Leadership Is Like Engineering: You Need to Start with Why

Entrepreneur - Innovation

To address user challenges, they must first be understood. These principles of why, what and how also apply to management, especially in turbulent times. Management

The Path to Operational Excellence in Healthcare


Across the world, healthcare leaders are increasingly striving to embed the principles of operational excellence and continuous improvement in their organizations. Empowering clinical and operational staff to deliver safe, high-quality, reliable care can significantly change results.

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.

This Chinese village used to produce 60% of the world’s oil paintings, Part 1

Idea to Value

There was a time a few years ago when a small town in China produced up to 60% of the world’s oil paintings. That town is called Dafen, and is on the outskirts of Shenzhen (which itself has seen a boom in innovation output in recent years).

What Are the Characteristics of a High-Performance Organization?


Performance is an important part of innovation management. You need a way to tell if your organization is performing high, low, or somewhere in the middle. A high-performance organization possesses common traits that set it apart from the rest.

How The Washington Post Created Tools to Cover Elections in 2020

Innovation Leader

In order to accurately cover an election pivotal to the country’s history, The Washington Post spent a year testing an election mapping tool and built a lead locator. Here’s how they did it

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Why Employees with High Emotional Intelligence Thrive

Tullio Siragusa

Why Employees with High Emotional Intelligence Thrive. Employers look for certain characteristics in potential employees. They primarily look for dependability, sincerity, teamwork, general intelligence, willingness to learn, and ability to adapt. Among many essential qualities, emotional intelligence is a must if you value resilience and longevity from employees.

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.

Bald spots and blind spots

Idea to Value

I’m coming up to 40 years old soon, and from the front I still have an ok head of hair (notwithstanding it receding a bit on the sides). But on the top of my head, I have a part where my hair is thinning so much that you can see my balding spot.

What’s your WBI for 20201?


The math of maximizing your return on investment (ROI) is straight forward: generate as much in returns as possible while investing as little as possible to create them. Up with the R. Down with the I. Success! One strategy to achieve that result?

Stop Innovation Superhero Syndrome

Innovation Leader

Corporate innovators should avoid falling prey to “Superhero Syndrome,” argues Alex Slawsby, a former innovation director in the aerospace industry. Instead, they should think more like football scouts or orchestra leaders. ”As

Squads, Scrum, OKRs, Kanban and Design Sprint: how to combine agile practices and gain more efficiency


We all know that agile methodologies are not written in stone. In reality, we are talking about a set of practices that should be used to manage projects and demands to adapt to changes and gain efficiency quickly. Squads, Scrum, OKRs, Kanban, and Design Sprints are just a few.

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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.

What is worse than making the wrong decision?

Idea to Value

Making no decision at all. Many people struggle to execute their new innovative ideas, or launch that new creative project, because they overthink them. They believe they need to think through every possible scenario and have all the answers to every question before it is safe to begin.

2020 is a wrap! What we learned + customers who “wowed” us


It’s no secret that 2020 was one for the history books. Here is a summary of some of the things learned after this unprecedented year of change. The post 2020 is a wrap! What we learned + customers who “wowed” us appeared first on Sopheon.

How Reliant Energy and Google are Addressing a More Competitive Market

Innovation Leader

Utility companies typically aren’t known for innovation. But Texas-based Reliant, a subsidiary of NRG Energy, and partner Google are forging a new path

User experience: ROI and methods to measure your investment in UX


Companies like Amazon have built real empires from customer needs – paying specific attention to constant satisfaction monitoring.

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.

Don’t compare your Day Zero to someone else’s Day 10,000

Idea to Value

There is no such thing as an overnight success. A lot of people are intimidated to start their next creative project, innovation or business because they see how good other people already are. And in today’s social-media-driven world, how easy these successful people make their success look.

Adapting to Change: How to Unify Online and Offline Aspects of Business


The year 2020 made one thing clearer than ever before: shunning the online world is not a viable strategy for any business, no matter how well-equipped it is to attract activity offline. When lockdown measures were rolled out, companies that relied on foot traffic quickly ground to a halt.

How Activision Blizzard is Growing its Audience Beyond Hard-Core Gamers

Innovation Leader

Ken Wee, Chief Strategy Officer of Activision Blizzard, shares insights on esports, the company’s focus on its biggest franchises, investing in mobile games, free-to-play offerings, and more.

Podcast E10: Blizzards, Crises, and Innovation

Stephen Shapiro

Episode #10 of the Invisible Solutions podcast is now live. In today’s episode we explore one of the lenses from Invisible Solutions: #19 PAIN VS GAIN. We often hear the expression “Build it and they will come.”

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.

This Chinese village used to produce 60% of the world’s oil paintings, Part 2

Idea to Value

In yesterday’s post, we spoke about Dafen , the town in China where previously up to 60% of the world’s oil painting replicas were produced. And how copying other people’s work was not creative, even when it is done with real skill.

Break the Cycle of Setting and Forgetting this year's strategic goals

Focused Momentum

The start of a year provides an ideal opportunity to define new goals and set a new course for the coming year, and no year has been more anticipated than the start of 2021.

The Temptation of Creative Ideas: How We View Ideas Differently Depending on the Source

Innovation in Practice

The next time you come up with a great idea, don’t share it with anyone! Sounds absurd, right? Here’s a better way of saying that: If you want your ideas to have the best chance of getting accepted and implemented, then be careful how you share them. People evaluate ideas differently.

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Greatest. Idea. Ever.

There is a lot of hope right now that 2021 will be better than 2020. It certainly can’t be much worse.

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.”