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A Look at Innovative Sustainability Trends for 2020


Are you looking to shape sustainability trends in 2020? There’s a climate fight going on, and consumers and citizens are getting their say. Organizations and policymakers are altering how they do business to introduce new rules for promoting global sustainability.

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Working with start-ups? Be more successful at scouting the best ones

The Future Shapers

Scouting start-ups might sound like a glamorous job, but it is not always the case. There is a lot to consider on both sides and doing this successfully requires considerable know-how and expertise. Being a scout asks for careful consideration of many aspects.

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Forget Your Business Plan. Create a Strategy Map.

Innovation Excellence

Strategic plans become outdated the moment they’re created. Instead, create a one-page strategy map.

Are You Really Committed To Your Customer Experience?


My haircut is very simple, all around the head with number 1. It has been like that since I was 18 years old. So sometimes I cut my hair myself, and most of the time I go to the barber if I’m not feeling like doing it myself.

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!

Pulse of Innovation: Encouraging Risk, Navigating Uncertainty, and Embracing Failure


Every so often we ask our community to sound off on popular topics in innovation and share their best tips, tricks, and advice in hopes that their answers may inspire others in the field.

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How to Identify Industry Trends

HYPE Innovation

This is the fourth blog post in HYPE’s series on the most-often-asked questions about strategic foresight.

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Five Innovation Best Practices to Kick Off March

Innovation Leader

We released one video from Impact 2019 each week this month. We have also gathered five best practices from our February online coverage below

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4 Things Every Business Leader Should Know About Artificial Intelligence and Automation

Innovation Excellence

In 2011, MIT economists Erik Brynjolfsson and Andrew McAfee self-published an unassuming e-book titled Race Against The Machine. It quickly became a runaway hit. Before long, the two signed a contract with W.

Tips To Help Reduce Costs In Business

The Human Factor

Costs in business are always mounting up and the more you loosen the purse strings, the more money gets spent. It’s important to remember to try and curb big or regular expenditures that could end up impacting the financial health of the business. Here are some tips to help reduce costs in business.

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How to thrive in the age of disruption


Ah, the age of disruption! The future of work! The fourth industrial revolution! Futurists and thought leaders have been talking about this for some time. The world of work is changing – on a technological, political and social-cultural scale.

Why Smoking Costs Employers More Than They Realize

Your employees are smoking, and at a cost of $7,000 per year for each employee who smokes, that adds up - fast! This free report will show you how an effective cessation program pays for itself.

Can large companies disrupt?And indeed, should they even try?

The Future Shapers

What does it take for an organisation to become a game changer? Finding the new product or service might be easier than ticking all of the boxes in terms of getting it to market successfully.

The Flywheel of Growth – A Strategic Innovation Framework

Innovation Excellence

These days virtually everyone agrees that innovation is strategically important. For example, in an international PwC innovation survey of roughly 250 CEOs, only 3% said that innovation is not a strategic priority for them.


Innovation 360 Group

Exercises in Innovation #3: Observe customers in the wild. Going out and observing customers is something you should really try and not just as a thought experiment. I have often advised business leaders that to be truly innovative, they should test out anthropology for themselves.

Key Factors Affecting Your Strategy Implementation

Cascade Strategy

If you’ve been an avid reader of our blog for some time, you know that developing an effective strategy for your organization is vital for growth and sustainability. However, coming up with a strategy that can work is only part of the battle - making it happen is a whole different challenge.

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.

Everything is changing faster- can we respond differently in our Innovation work?

Paul Hobcraft

Suddenly we are stopped from traveling; we are advised to work from home to keep us safe from this coronavirus and catching it. We have the choice of “self-imposed” or company-imposed” time at home.

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Judge a woman based on her ideas, not her profile photo

Idea to Value

I need to start off by apologising. I’m not immune to bias, just like everyone else. This week I had a very interesting conversation with my fiancee about her experiences and challenges to be taken seriously at work as a woman. Especially as an attractive woman in a creative profession.

Technological Revolutions and the Governance Gap

Tim Kastelle

The Core Problem of Management Today. Sur-veil-lance Cap-i-tal-ism, n. A new economic order that claims human experience as free raw material for hidden commercial practices of extraction, prediction, and sales; 2.

Politicians Like To Talk About Innovation. Here Are 3 Things They Should Actually Be Doing About It

Digital Tonto

Today, by all indications, we are at a new Sputnik moment in which our global scientific and technological leadership is being seriously challenged. We can respond with imagination, creating novel. [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]].

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.

Why Is Innovation So Important for Businesses?

Innovation Excellence

Even in our line of work, we often meet people who aren’t very familiar with innovation. As such, we often get to answer the question of what exactly innovation in business is, and why businesses should care about it. Given how vaguely the term innovation is used, that is hardly surprising.

Five Ways to Innovate in a Risk-Averse Corporate Culture


Innovation is a buzzword in the corporate world today. If you aren’t on board with collaborating to form ground-breaking ideas, you won’t stay ahead in the fast-paced digital age. Successful innovation management derives from a mindset that welcomes new ideas and allows for a certain amount of risk.

Technological Revolutions and the Governance Gap

Tim Kastelle

The Core Problem of Management Today. Sur-veil-lance Cap-i-tal-ism, n. A new economic order that claims human experience as free raw material for hidden commercial practices of extraction, prediction, and sales; 2.

Why No-Code and Low-Code Software Is the Industry Disrupter You Should Pay Attention To


No-code and low-code software may create a massive opportunity. A massive transformation faces the software industry, similar to the disruption we’ve seen hit other industries like health care and manufacturing. We’ve already seen how Google Docs took the world by storm through free cloud-based software, forcing Microsoft to change its Office 365 business model. Cloud-based software is now the norm. Now, we’re about to see another software industry jolt.

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.

10 Rules of Digital Transformation

Innovation Excellence

Premise: In my work at SAP, I support a community of SAP customers in India – INDUS. One of the initiatives of this community is a micro-community of people who are working in their respective organisations around the topic of digital transformation.

5 ingenious innovations triggered by chaos

Board of Innovation

Do you see chaos as an opportunity for growth? It's worth a try. Here are 5 innovations that were triggered by forced experimentation. The post 5 ingenious innovations triggered by chaos appeared first on Board of Innovation. Inspiration

Technological Revolutions and the Governance Gap

Tim Kastelle

The Core Problem of Management Today. Sur-veil-lance Cap-i-tal-ism, n. A new economic order that claims human experience as free raw material for hidden commercial practices of extraction, prediction, and sales; 2.

Overlooked in the digital transformation: Ethical, Societal, Legal, Regulatory issues

Jeffrey Phillips

A friend and I were talking recently about the dramatic change that digital transformation will create. The potential impact on our lives is tremendous, from autonomous vehicles that whisk us to and from work, to drones that deliver goods directly to our homes or other locations, to the insights generated from data harvested by IoT devices. We can expect significant upgrades in customer experience and business models from the use of data massaged by artificial intelligence and machine learning.

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.”

YOU HAVE WISDOM TO SHARE (and it is hiding in your stories)

Innovation Excellence

All 7.6 billion people on planet Earth are composed of the same six elements: hydrogen, oxygen, carbon, nitrogen, calcium, and phosphorous. And all 7.6 billion people, no matter where they were born or what language they speak, are composed of 75% water, 23 pairs of chromosomes, and approximately 37.2

Paying forward lessons learned from a life of service



Pirates in the Navy Book Excerpt

This guest article from Tendayi Viki is a selection from his latest book, Pirates In The Navy. On Understanding Your Company Before You Start Innovating. A lot of innovators that I have met are impatient people.

Adaptation is the siren song of the innovator


Adaptation is the siren song of the innovator and it tells of how when confronted, we are are able to change and make something new. Employee Feedback Employee Experience

Never Miss an Opportunity: How ISO 56000 Enables an Innovative Organization

Speaker: Peter Merrill, President, Quest Management Inc.

One of the challenges for innovators is how to integrate innovation with Quality Management (QMS) and balance the culture of creativity with execution. Join Peter Merrill as he walks us through the newly published ISO 56000 series on Innovation Management, specifically the Guidance Standard ISO 56002 that discusses how to establish an Innovation Management System (IMS). He will take you through the elements of innovation management from strategy development, through risk assessment to solution delivery.