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The Art of Distance Management

The Future Shapers

As we slowly emerge from the lockdown, we hear people describing this as the new normal and wondering whether things will ever go back to precisely the way they were before. As I’ve talked to people the conversation has ranged from the practicalities of working from home to the more challenging problems of trying to manage teams and businesses remotely. There are some common themes emerging and here are five lessons we have learnt about how to manage our people remotely….

4 Ways to Overcome Resistance to Change


When you ask people if they would like to be involved in continuous improvement , they are likely to say, “Of course!” But ask them if they would like to experience continuous change, and you’re likely to get a different answer. Of course, improvement requires change, so what gives? The difference is that “improvement” describes the desired state, a positive outcome. Change” addresses the messy, risky process of getting there.


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The joy of failure: On raising innovation


What to Expect When You’re Expecting Innovation Conception is Easy. Birthing and Rearing Innovation is Hard. Embrace the joy of failure. As a parent, I’ve often noticed that the smartest, most insightful parents are those who don’t actually have children. They have figured it all out and are eager to share their insights into what […]. The post The joy of failure: On raising innovation appeared first on Xinova.

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Solutions for Energy do need to be end-to-end and highly innovative

Paul Hobcraft

It is not just replacing energy sources; it is all about solution renewal end-to-end and that needs innovation. Within the energy transition, we must not lose sight of the final consumer. The final consumer of energy is going to be the ultimate arbitrator.

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!

Creating Healthy Feedback Loops for Government Innovation


Government leads at the request of its constituents, and that means when the people speak, governments listen. The challenge is to create a consistent flow of feedback from the right stakeholders that turns into a positive feedback loop for innovation strategy. Here’s how to build those positive loops and develop better innovation. Find Ways To … Continued. The post Creating Healthy Feedback Loops for Government Innovation appeared first on IdeaScale.

6 Principles of Lean Construction


A growing number of construction firms are embracing the Lean methodology that emphasizes maximizing value for the customer while minimizing waste. The approach is simple and attractive in an industry where budgets, timeframes, and safety are all critical, but the project delivery is very different than traditional construction methods. This makes proper execution of the philosophy and techniques difficult to implement.


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Trust and Transparency: Twin Keys to Engaging Citizens in Government Innovation Initiatives


Governments need the trust of their stakeholders to function. Such trust is built through transparency, in every sense. Both trust and transparency become especially important when pursuing an innovation strategy at the government level. The Transparency/Trust Loop Transparency is fundamental to any government simply because good government represents all citizens and is funded in various … Continued.

6 Ways Crises Forge Strong Innovation Leaders


The COVID-19 crisis has changed the way companies do business. Strong innovation leaders are meeting the challenge of finding better ways to perform everyday tasks. This type of leadership is courageous and real. It does not happen overnight, but instead, is forged in times of crisis. Successful innovation leaders will adopt key behaviors that inspire … Continued. The post 6 Ways Crises Forge Strong Innovation Leaders appeared first on IdeaScale. Best Practice crisis innovation management

Innovation Culture – The Ultimate Guide


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.

Magical Ideas and Creative Solutions

Innovation Excellence

“Any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic.”. The only way of discovering the limits of the possible is to venture a little way past them into the impossible.”. Arthur C. Clarke. A Magical Idea is a brilliant solution to a challenge with a “minor” proviso: it is unrealistic, not feasible, not implementable, impossible! When the Magical Idea is in some way transformed into a realizable project, it becomes a Creative Solution.

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 COVID-19 Reversed ‘Tech-Lash’ and Other Lasting Trends

Innovation Leader

Lauren Xandra, Vice President of National Research Group, explains COVID-19’s impact on the relationship between consumers, entertainment, and communication

And Creativity for All

Innovation Excellence

Creativity is like air: invisible and necessary. Creativity is everybody’s job. It fosters innovation and nurtures talent. How do we create an environment that is conducive of creativity? I will be taking some inspiration from Monty Python’s method. Act I. – Bold Ambition: look for a big contradiction to crack. Resolve it exponentially better than the dominant player. Don’t be afraid to ridicule ‘God,’ like Dollar Shave Club did with Gillette. Great satire comes from conflict.

Killer Questions and Stepping Outside

Beyond the Obvious

Once you have assigned your Killer Questions, briefed your group, and set the date for the innovation session, it’s time for everyone involved to do observational homework. This is exactly what it sounds like. You need your team to get out of the office, into the real world, and make as many observations as possible […]. Book Book Excerpts area of investigation doing with their free time ideation workshop innovation workshop Killer Questions step outside

What the Future Looks Like

Innovation Leader

For our latest report, our team asked members of the innovation community and futurists to forecast what our “new normal” might be. Respondents discussed what aspects of life before the crisis they think will return, and which aspects of the world will be permanently altered

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.

Can your employees take the lead in innovation?


When launching a corporate innovation strategy, it seems logical to think that an organization should place its employees in a preferential position, although there is also a wealth of talent to be added to the organization through external collaborators. This intention, however, is at odds with the fact that 60% of corporate management believes their teams are hampered by a culture gap and lack of innovation-related skills.

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Low-Calorie Beer and Tobacco-Free Chew: Why 2020 IS The Year for Healthy-Alternative Startups

Entrepreneur - Innovation

Consumers are more cognizant of what they put into their bodies, and the demand for products that shake up the status quo continues to expand, exponentially. News and Trends

Knowing is half the battle


Was it G.I. Joe or Proust that told us “knowing is half the battle”? Whoever said it, they were on to something. While we're looking to our digital workplace tools to form connections between remote workers, let's never forget that applications are arterial. Employee Experience

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Advice For Becoming A Stronger Leader In The Workplace

The Human Factor

source. If you want to get ahead in your career and the professional world, then you must work on becoming a better leader. It’s a skill set that will get you far in your job and life, so it’s certainly worth your time and energy to figure out how you can improve in this area. There are a few pieces of advice that you should take into account as you strive to become a stronger and more influential leader in the workplace.

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.

Podcast S3E64: Jonathan Courtney – What it takes to build a successful digital product

Idea to Value

In today’s episode of the Idea to Value podcast, we speak with Jonathan Courtney, CEO of AJ&Smart. We speak about what it takes to run successful workshops, his experiences with companies who are failing at innovation, and how to successfully develop digital products. Topics covered in today’s episode. 00:01:30 – How User Experience (UX) led Jonathan on his journey to starting his company.

The Last Thing America Needs Right Now Is A Vision

Digital Tonto

Nothing about a multi-ethnic, multicultural society is simple. Building anything worthwhile takes work and no small amount of pain. Still, we need to try harder. We need to rebuild our society, [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]. All Posts Change Movements

Validate Your Pivot with Innovation


When planning or navigating a pivot, how do you know if you are pivoting in the right direction? Answer simple questions to validate your pivot and execute on four actions to help create speed-to-market. The post Validate Your Pivot with Innovation appeared first on InnovationManagement. Life Cycle Processes Change Management market pivot organization pivot pivot product pivot speed to market

In times of crisis, use jobs-to-be-done to spot new product ideas

Board of Innovation

How you can solve clients’ problems before they know they have them using the jobs-to-be-done framework. The post In times of crisis, use jobs-to-be-done to spot new product ideas appeared first on Board of Innovation. Business design Inspiration

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.

Panasonic on Entertainment’s Immersive & More Personalized Future

Innovation Leader

Two leaders of the Panasonic Hollywood Lab predict how entertainment will become even more personalized in a post-COVID world. They also discuss environments that promote healing and relaxation


Removing Self-Judgements Can Help End Violence

Tullio Siragusa

Removing Self-Judgements Can Help End Violence. Nothing will ever change for the better in our world until each of us looks inward, and identifies our own self-violence and conflicts. What we experience outside is a manifestation of the friction that is going on inside each of us. We all spend a considerable amount of time in self-judgements, and this creates inner friction and the energy of violence. That is where the micro-chasm of violence starts. That is where prejudice starts.

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Four lessons from M-Pesa on Innovation Adoption


M-Pesa, a mobile-based financial service, did not follow a linear, step-by-step innovation process. In this article, Eivor Oborn follows M-Pesa's rapid trajectory to unearth how people who used it in Kenya, and how that helped the company adapt its product development. The post Four lessons from M-Pesa on Innovation Adoption appeared first on InnovationManagement. Enabling Factors case study

The Naked Intrapreneur 3 – Building a Community of the Willing

The Future Shapers

Leaders can super-charge intrapreneurial transformation in their organisations by building a motivated community of the willing. In this article I describe how a community can be identified and engaged and how Intrapreneurial leaders can build effective communities. The post The Naked Intrapreneur 3 – Building a Community of the Willing appeared first on The Future Shapers. Intrapreneurship Leadership Organisational Culture

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.

5 Lessons We Learned Helping the Operations Department of Geneva’s University Hospital handle the COVID-19 Crisis


This is a guest post from Stefano Mastrogiacomo, founder of and the inventor of the Team Alignment Map (TAM). The TAM is a quick and simple visual tool to help teams align around common goals, gain team buy-in, build trust, reduce risks and deliver concrete results. Organizational Culture Tools Case Studies Management

5 Definitive Use Cases For Advanced Analytics In The Banking Industry


5 Definitive Use Cases For Advanced Analytics In The Banking Industry The banking industry has made significant progress over the years by leveraging data. We have observed that advanced analytics has emerged as one of the key disruption in the financial services industry. According to a McKinsey Global Institute study, AI and Machine Learning have […]. The post 5 Definitive Use Cases For Advanced Analytics In The Banking Industry appeared first on Acuvate.

Is the “New Normal” We Face a Soft Trend?

Daniel Burrus

There will always be certainties about the future that we simply cannot change. Some are rather obvious, such as the reality that spring will always follow winter, summer follows spring, and fall follows summer. . There are other future certainties that have nothing to do with the seasons, and that we all can agree we look forward to. One example that affects us all is the certainty that this COVID-19 pandemic the world faces will eventually end, and a “new normal” will set in.

Craving Novelty, but not like the virus

The Future Shapers

Michael Perman, author of CRAVING THE FUTURE, shares his perspectives on what people will likely be craving post-COVID and how that might impact behavior and attitudes. He explores three themes: NOVEL EMPATHY, NOVEL LEARNING and THE PEAK OF URGENCY. The post Craving Novelty, but not like the virus appeared first on The Future Shapers. Behaviour Observation Innovation Leadership Trends Research

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.”