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Thirty Ways to Develop your Lateral Thinking

Destination Innovation

Image by Stefan Keller on Pixabay Lateral thinking involves looking at things in different ways from everyone else. It means coming at the situation from the side rather than head on. It comprises thinking unconventional, heretical thoughts that challenge existing norms and the status quo. Here are thirty ways to foster your lateral thinking: Embrace Curiosity: Stay curious as you go through life.

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How to overcome the most common innovation roadblocks

Sopheon

Innovation is often described as “something different that creates value.” And while “creating value” might sound great, it’s the “something different” that we often struggle with. Humans don’t like change. We might say we do. But “different” is unknown. It’s unfamiliar. And it’s uncomfortable. It requires us to change in some way, whether we're changing our attitudes, our processes, or our current ways of thinking.

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Where is thinking?

IdeaScale

"Where" is as important as who, what and when. We take it as obvious that we think in our head, that the brain is the organ in which thought occurs. [i] But what is now obvious was once obscure. The ancients thought that we think with our heart. Even Aristotle got it wrong.

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Achieving an Ecosystem AI-driven innovation engagement process

Paul Hobcraft

Combining Ecosystems, technology and GenAI to unlock innovation The concepts of ecosystem innovation and generative AI has arrived at the point where we need to question workflows have the real poential openness has become central to our process of thinking and development building. Innovation does need reinventing as a discovery process. Radically different ways of capturing, extracting, and delivering value are emerging.

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Manufacturing Sustainability Surge: Your Guide to Data-Driven Energy Optimization & Decarbonization

Speaker: Kevin Kai Wong, President of Emergent Energy Solutions

In today's industrial landscape, the pursuit of sustainable energy optimization and decarbonization has become paramount. Manufacturing corporations across the U.S. are facing the urgent need to align with decarbonization goals while enhancing efficiency and productivity. Unfortunately, the lack of comprehensive energy data poses a significant challenge for manufacturing managers striving to meet their targets.

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If You Want To Lead, You Need To Embrace The Basic Human Need For Status

Digital Tonto

A simple truth about status games is that we all play them, whether we are aware of it or not. It is our drive for status that helps us form and signal identity, figure out who we are in relation to others and derive a sense of meaning about our existence, whether that meaning is rooted in achievement, care for those around us or our ability to enforce our will on others.

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Innovation on Steroids: Next Generation AI-Powered Phases and Gates

Leapfrogging

The Evolution of Innovation Management Innovation management has undergone significant transformation over the years. From its inception to the current state, the processes governing the development of new products and services have continuously evolved to incorporate new methodologies and technologies. Traditional Phases and Gates Processes Traditionally, the phases and gates model has been a cornerstone in structuring innovation management.

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When You Know You Weren’t the First Choice for Your New Role

Harvard Business Review

It’s common to experience imposter feelings when taking on a new, more senior role. That negative self-talk can feel justified when you were originally rejected from the job. But you can use this second chance as an opportunity to become a better leader. The author presents four strategies to quiet the imposter syndrome voices in your head if you weren’t the first pick for the job.

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When will transforming a school succeed, and when will it fail?

Christensen Institute

In past videos, I’ve made the bold claim that schools can’t transform themselves. But to be more clear on this point, let’s dive deeper. In this video, I’m going to distinguish between what schools can truly change, and what remains beyond their reach. A school’s capabilities come from three things: resources, processes, and priorities.

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Unleashing the Power of AI in Innovation Management

Leapfrogging

The Intersection of AI and Innovation Management My journey into the realm of innovation management began as I witnessed many clients wrestling with the increasing complexity of developing new products and services. It became evident that traditional methods were no longer sufficient in a rapidly evolving marketplace. Plus, everyone wondered how AI could be leveraged as a source of process innovation in the innovation management process itself.

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What is Citizen Engagement? Definition, Importance, and Examples

IdeaScale

What is Citizen Engagement? Citizen engagement is defined as the active involvement of individuals in the decision-making processes, activities, and affairs that affect their lives, communities, and society as a whole.

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Peak Performance: Continuous Testing & Evaluation of LLM-Based Applications

Speaker: Aarushi Kansal, AI Leader & Author and Tony Karrer, Founder & CTO at Aggregage

Software leaders who are building applications based on Large Language Models (LLMs) often find it a challenge to achieve reliability. It’s no surprise given the non-deterministic nature of LLMs. To effectively create reliable LLM-based (often with RAG) applications, extensive testing and evaluation processes are crucial. This often ends up involving meticulous adjustments to prompts.

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4 Experiments to Encourage Employees’ Career Progress

Harvard Business Review

The authors worked with 15 organizations and over 7,000 employees to experiment with ways to increase internal career development opportunities and prove promotion isn’t the only way people can advance. They found that when organizations enable ways to progress that go beyond promotion, it unlocks the flow of talent, skills, and strengths. Employees gain opportunities to grow, develop in different directions, and increase their career resilience.

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Technical, Market and Emotional Risks

Innovation Excellence

GUEST POST from Mike Shipulski Technical risk – Will it work? Market risk – Will they buy it? Emotional risk – Will people laugh at your crazy idea? Technical risk – Test it in the lab. Market risk – Test it with the customer. Emotional risk – Try it with a friend.

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Boosting Innovation: Harnessing AI for New Product & Service Development

Leapfrogging

The Intersection of AI and Innovation Management Defining Innovation Management with AI Innovation management refers to the process and activities that organizations use to manage and nurture new ideas into marketable products and services. With the integration of Artificial Intelligence (AI), this process is undergoing a profound transformation. AI technologies are enabling a more data-driven approach to innovation management, enhancing the ability to predict trends, understand consumer behavio

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Understanding Open Innovation in Government and How Governments Can Benefit from Open Innovation Initiatives

IdeaScale

In recent years, the concept of open innovation has gained traction across various sectors, including government. Open innovation refers to the practice of collaborating with external stakeholders, such as citizens, businesses, non-profit organizations, and academia, to generate and implement innovative solutions to complex challenges.

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How Retailers Are Transforming Customer Experiences with Data & AI

Speaker: David Azoulay, Marc Stracuzza, Román Tejada, and Guest Speaker Sucharita Kodali

Imagine a retail landscape where every interaction is personalized, every decision informed, and every opportunity maximized 🤔✨ Join us for an exploratory journey into the heart of AI-driven retail innovation. We’ll unveil the transformative potential of AI and data analytics in shaping the future of omnichannel personalization and e-commerce.

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The Missing Link Between Strategy and Innovation

Harvard Business Review

In too many companies, an innovation team is allowed to pursue its own agenda and imagine itself to be a separate island from the rest of the company. The results are always disappointing: a lot of creative ideas, but a failure to deliver meaningful growth. The root problem is the disconnect between strategy and innovation. To succeed, corporate innovation needs to be bounded by a clear set of strategic priorities that matter to the business.

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Surprising Secrets and Customer Research Revelations

Innovation Excellence

GUEST POST from Robyn Bolton Most customer research efforts waste time and money because they don’t produce insights that fuel innovation. Well-meaning business people say they want to “learn what customers want,” yet they ask questions better suited to confirming their own ideas or settling internal debates.

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She Never Wanted to Start a Business, But Chronic Insomnia Was Motivation — Here's How She Achieved $20 Million in Sales and 8 Hours of Sleep a Night

Entrepreneur - Innovation

Dr. Kathrin Hamm, founder and CEO of sleep-wellness company Bearaby, wanted to find a solution for her sleeplessness — and the products on the market weren't cutting it.

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What is Participatory Government? Definition, Model, Importance, and Examples

IdeaScale

What is Participatory Government? Participatory government, also known as participatory democracy or participatory governance, is a political system in which citizens actively participate in decision-making processes and have a direct role in shaping public policies, programs, and initiatives.

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How Mature Companies Are Scaling Transformational New Businesses

Scaling transformational innovations in large companies is challenging due to ‘Company Fit’ issues, which arise when the resources, processes, and priorities (RPPs) of the core business are not aligned with the needs of the new business. Many companies have learned how ambidexterity—the ability to both ‘exploit the present and explore the future,’ can help them address these issues for ideation and incubation of new innovations, but scaling transformative business innovations remains a challenge

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Research: How Women Can Build High-Status Networks

Harvard Business Review

Despite the potential career benefits of building high-status networks, research has long shown that women face greater obstacles in establishing these networks compared to men. The authors’ research, published in the Academy of Management Journal, not only underscores what we know about the unique challenges women face in building high-status networks; it also offers a strategic roadmap for overcoming these challenges.

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Ways to Create Something Truly Original

Innovation Excellence

GUEST POST from Greg Satell I study innovators for a living. Every year, I interview dozens of men and women who’ve achieved remarkable things. For my own part, I publish about a hundred articles a year and my second book, Cascades, has sold well since coming out five years ago.

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What is the prosperity paradox? A refresher on the key to ending poverty. 

Christensen Institute

Clayton Christensen, Efosa Ojomo, and Karen Dillon published The Prosperity Paradox: How Innovation Can Lift Nations Out of Poverty , over five years ago; yet, the lessons distilled in this book are relevant now more than ever. With the future of foreign aid funds uncertain during this year of elections, we must be smarter with our global development investments if we truly intend to create global prosperity.

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What is Government Technology? Definition, Framework, and Benefits

IdeaScale

What is GovTech (Government Technology)? GovTech, short for Government Technology, is defined as the application of technology to improve the delivery of government services, enhance government operations, and promote citizen engagement and participation in governance.

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How Automation is Driving Efficiency Through the Last Mile of Reporting

Speaker: Jamie Eagan

As organizations strive for agility and efficiency, it's imperative for finance leaders to embrace innovative technologies and redefine traditional processes. Join us as we explore the pivotal role of digitalization and automation in reshaping what is commonly referred to as the “last mile of reporting”. We’ll deep-dive into why digitalization is no longer a choice, but a necessity for finance departments to stay competitive in a fast-paced environment touching on: 2024 trends for the Office of

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How to Fix Your Company’s Culture of Overwork

Harvard Business Review

The new age of flexible of work has encouraged a culture of overwork, which is proving to be harmful to the mental health of employees. In her new book, Never Not Working, Malissa Clark offers a three-step process for organizations to reverse this unhealthy relationship: 1) Assess your company’s baseline level of overwork and its origins; 2) Plan for incremental change by targeting places where change will be most effective soonest; and 3) Execute a trial experiment, learn, and iterate.

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Customer Experience Lessons From My World Travels

Innovation Excellence

GUEST POST from Shep Hyken I experienced something worth sharing recently, and we can take at least three lessons from it. I’m always looking for good customer service stories that teach or remind us about creating an amazing customer experience.

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Unlocking Success: The Key Questions You NEED to Ask About Your Stakeholders

Rmukesh Gupta

Premise: We now live in a world where we are going through a change of one kind or another. Even when we are not leading a change initiative, we are, at all times collaborating with others, who are not part of our team, people who have a different goal than our own, people whose contribution might be critical for our success. In such scenarios, one of the skills that becomes critical for our success is our ability to align and influence the various stakeholders that we work with.

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Driving Positive Change in Communities with Citizen Feedback

IdeaScale

In today's digital age, citizen feedback has become an invaluable tool for driving positive change in communities around the world. Whether it's through online surveys, social media platforms, or dedicated feedback systems, citizens now have the ability to voice their opinions and concerns like never before.

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Implementing Intelligent Document Processing Solutions: Why It Works

See how companies like yours are tackling some of today’s most common business problems using AI-assisted automation for document processing. Manually capturing, extracting, and processing data within documents is a costly and outdated practice that’s holding your company back. IDP takes document processing to a whole new level so you can understand and use your data more effectively than ever before.

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GenAI Could Make Online Conversations More Civil

Harvard Business Review

Online conversations are famously fraught, which creates challenges for people communicating on online platforms, including those used for workplace collaboration. New research suggests that these platforms might want to consider using generative AI to help cool down heated discussions and prepare employees for difficult conversations. The author discusses research that he and his colleagues have conducted on this topic and discusses the ways in which the community platform Nextdoor has started

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Agile Innovation Management (Part Two)

Innovation Excellence

Agility is an enabler for innovation. The pace of innovation, while not easy to achieve, has become the ultimate competitive advantage as we all need to adapt quickly to evolving environments, the digital age and increasing pressing needs.

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Practicing Detachment: A Pathway to Fostering Sustainable Growth

Faisal Hoque

Detachment is not about disconnecting from the world; it's about finding inner peace amidst chaos, and embracing change with grace.

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What is Civic Engagement? Definition, Activities, Examples, Importance, and Strategies

IdeaScale

What is Civic Engagement? Civic engagement is defined as the active participation of individuals within a community or society to address social, political, and environmental issues, as well as to contribute to the overall well-being of the community.

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Reimagined: Building Products with Generative AI

“Reimagined: Building Products with Generative AI” is an extensive guide for integrating generative AI into product strategy and careers featuring over 150 real-world examples, 30 case studies, and 20+ frameworks, and endorsed by over 20 leading AI and product executives, inventors, entrepreneurs, and researchers.