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7 of the Best Tools for Bringing Serendipity Back

Innovation Leader

One thing is painfully absent from the work-from-anywhere era: serendipity. You can schedule Teams meetings and ping colleagues with instant messages, but it’s not the same. We’ve been testing out tools that support serendipity this year. These are seven of the best

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022: You’re Awesome! How Sarcasm Enhances Creativity

Innovation in Practice

Comedian Bill Murray’s classic line, “You’re awesome!” ” was sarcasm at its best. . Sarcasm is the idea of using irony in a way to mock somebody or to insult them. But while it can be insulting and hurtful to somebody, it also has an important positive aspect on peers.


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Why Uber’s Autonomous Car Project Flopped

Adam Hartung

Uber just spun off its autonomous car project into a new company called, "Aurora". Ok, but why did Uber invest in this tech in the first place? It was heralded as a good tech spend, but it was really just a backward integration for a ride share company. eBooks Innovation Investing Strategy Transportation Trends Aurora ride share sears spin off Toys R Us toysRUs uber

Podcast S4E92: Adrian Mills – Bringing creativity into consulting

Idea to Value

In this episode of the Idea to Value Podcast, we speak with Adrian Mills, Partner for Creative, Brand & Advertising at Deloitte Digital in Australia. We speak about why a consultancy would bring in advertising people, and his experience in building creative capabilities within a large company.

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!

Experiment, Experiment, Experiment

Destination Innovation

Here is a question for leaders and managers. Would you like your people to try out their ideas for better ways to meet the needs of customers or better ways to run the business?

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Top Posts Of 2020

Digital Tonto

2020 was a year to be endured more than to be lived. The Covid-19 pandemic arrived as a curiosity, then a panic, extended into tragedy of genuine loss and, hopefully, is emerging as a set of concrete. [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]].


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5 Behaviors That Drive Innovation Success


It has been a while since I last read a book specifically about innovation because it’s quite repetitive. Innovation is about doing a few things consistently ; driven by a very specific skillset found in people.

Critical Insights from McKinsey’s “Closing the Capability Gap” 2020 Report

COVID-19 has changed much about how we live and work. During this post-pandemic age, companies have been forced to shift their attention to virtual working and learning environments.

Video: 2020 in Innovation

Innovation Leader

Here’s a quick look at the most significant events of the year — and how innovators rose to meet the challenges they presented

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How to Get the Most Out of a Virtual Conference to Generate New Ideas


Virtual conferences have become widely used in every industry. While they may not seem productive, they have more to offer than you may think in terms of generating new ideas. Video conferencing allows for face-to-face communication via software.

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 McKinsey’s Organizational Health Index Relates to Innovation


McKinsey's Organizational Health Index (OHI) is an exhaustive assessment of an organization’s effectiveness and its management’s performance based on an organization-wide survey.

Tips for Virtual Offsites and Remote Retreats

Retreats or offsites have been a great way for organizations and teams to take a step back, connect, and reflect on the past period or year. However, COVID-19 has disrupted these in-person retreats and forced businesses to get creative with virtual offsites and remote retreats.

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Merriam-Webster CDO on Getting the Digital Skeptics Onboard

Innovation Leader

Merriam-Webster’s Chief Digital Officer Lisa Schneider shares insights on avoiding digital fatigue and getting a traditional company on board with a large-scale digital transformation.

NASA’s COVID-19 Work Highlighted in Comic Book Format


NASA uses innovation management every day to develop new air and space technology and explore new frontiers. During the COVID-19 pandemic, they used technology and skills to help combat the coronavirus.

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.

Remembering and Honoring Norman Bodek


I join many in the Lean community in mourning the recent passing of a publisher, author, educator, and life-long learner, Norman Bodek. He was 88. You can read his obituary here. I was fortunate to get a lot of time with Norman over the past 15 years, as I documented in my post.


Interview in Investor’s Business Daily

Stephen Shapiro

I was recently interviewed for an article for Investor’s Business Daily. The topic of conversation was how reframing a problem can lead to better solutions. Here is the very start of the article: Racing to stay a step ahead of rivals, leaders often rush to find new innovations.

Hiring Dynamics in 2021

Innovation Leader

Join us on January 22 at 2:00pm ET to discuss your recent experiences adding to your team, or your advice for navigating the job market

Social Networks and Big Data: the best strategy for getting to know your customers


This is because the volume of daily data produced in these virtual environments is a real gold mine for companies prepared to prospect for it. We will reflect more on this thought in this article. Keep reading to understand how you can benefit from the combination of Social Networks + Big Data.

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.

Improvement Software Rollout: How to Overcome Resistance to Change


By the time an organization invests in software technology to support continuous improvement , they've usually embraced the idea that improvement should be a daily activity practiced by everyone in the organization.

Podcast E9: Differentiation and Helping Santa Deliver Packages

Stephen Shapiro

Episode #9 of the Invisible Solutions podcast is now live. Today we start by answering the question, “What if trying to innovate everywhere can negatively impact your innovation effort?” ” The key is to innovate where you differentiate. Not all opportunities are equal.

Business books of 2020 – my choice


No Filter – The Inside Story of Instagram Sarah Frier Award-winning reporter Sarah Frier reveals an inside, never-before-told, behind-the-scenes look at how Instagram defied the odds to become one of the most culturally defining apps of the decade.

The Golden Rule of Creativity

Innovation in Practice

The golden rule says that you should treat others as you want them to treat you. . Now, the golden rule of creativity states that if you help others boost their creative output then they’re going to help you in response. . Innovation is a team sport.

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.

Hidden Opportunities for Improvement in Manufacturing


Manufacturing organizations dedicated to continuous improvement look for opportunities to eliminate waste at every juncture. They may spend most of their time looking at core activities like production efficiency because improvements to essential processes result in significant gains.


Escaping the Innovation Purge – Part 2


In last weeks blog post, we discussed the innovation purge – the “disease” which seems to strike corporates once every few years or so, when they realize that the innovation group that they so lovingly created was not going to be able to generate those billion-dollar businesses that they expected from it magically.

#2,045 – The Greatest COVID-19 Inspired Ideas of 2020

Greatest. Idea. Ever.

The coronavirus grounded the world to a halt and ruined everyone’s lives. But it was also a driving force for incredible innovation.

A Job Worth Doing…

Phil McKinney

I looked up and saw that look of disappointment. My 8-year-old self was staring into the face of my father. I had badgered him for weeks to let me cut the grass to earn the same allowance my older brother got for the same chore. My early activism in equal pay for equal work. His […].

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.

3 Tips To Engage Your Remote Working Employees

The Human Factor

Even before covid-19 became a global issue and meant that many businesses needed to switch to remote working, working from home was something that more and more employers were offering their teams. It makes sense.

Leading Change: Focus on Desired Outcomes First, Not Activities

Michael Roberto

Source: MIT Senior Lecturer and management consultant Elsbeth Johnson has written an interesting article for Strategy+Business about why many strategic transformation efforts fail (though I'm not a fan of the article title).

#2,042 – The Coolest Ideas of 2020

Greatest. Idea. Ever.

Another year, another amazing collection of ideas that make you say, “wow, that’s cool!” ” Real Life Wakanda: To honor Chadwick Boseman, Whoopi Goldberg proposed adding a Wakanda Theme Park to Disney World. But F that.

#2,041 – My Greatest Ideas of 2020

Greatest. Idea. Ever.

My creativity wasn’t in quarantine this year that’s for sure. Here’s a quick recap of my greatest ideas of the year: Hyper-Local Weather: Current weather reports are too general.

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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.”