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10 Game-Changing Strategic Marketing Innovations You Need to Implement Right Now

IdeaScale

Strategic marketing innovations are crucial for businesses looking to stay ahead of the curve and succeed in today's highly competitive market. With the constant changes in technology and consumer behavior, it's essential to keep up with the latest trends and adopt new strategies that can help your business grow.

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Innovation is Rubbish!

Innovation Excellence

Why waste recycling and reuse may represent a valuable entrepreneurial opportunity… GUEST POST from John Bessant One of our family traditions at this time of year is the big clear-up.

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Putting People First In The Innovation Process

Entrepreneur - Innovation

Placing people at the heart of innovation ensures a more resilient, adaptive organization poised to achieve sustained success in a dynamic marketplace.

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Don’t Underestimate the Power of Small Breaks During a Busy Workday

Harvard Business Review

Many people operate from the belief that there’s too much to do and they can’t afford to pause during their workday. But taking effective breaks is essential to preventing burnout. In this article, the author outlines eight strategies to try to build more breaks into your day.

Strategy 125
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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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Business Model Innovation: 5 Frameworks for Success

Qmarkets

At its heart, business model innovation is about change. It’s a way for businesses to look at what they do and ask, “Can we do this differently?” This isn’t just about adding a new product or tweaking a service; it’s about shaking up how a business operates from the ground up. Why? Because the world doesn’t stand still.

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Use GenAI to Turn Insights into Investable Ideas (Part 1)

IdeaScale

Innovation is often glamorized by the bookends of sourcing promising ideas like colorful post-it notes or highlighting the final polished product we see in the store. Stories of the unglamorous hard work required to bridge the gap between “I have an idea” to its realization are often not shared.

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Unleash Your Teams Strategic Potential: 10 Ways to Craft the Best Business Strategies

Leapfrogging

Introduction to Strategic Thinking in Business The Importance of Strategy in a Disruptive World In today’s business environment, disruption is the new norm. With technology advancing at breakneck speeds and market dynamics shifting unpredictably, it’s crucial for you as a business leader to embrace strategic thinking. A well-crafted strategy can serve as a compass, guiding your organization through the complexities of a disruptive world and towards sustained success.

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The Benefits of Innovation That Isn’t Disruptive

Harvard Business Review

Disruption is not the only path to innovation and growth. Creation without disruption or nondisruptive creation is about creating a new market outside or beyond existing industry boundaries, and has its own organizational and business advantages. In this article, the authors outline four advantages to opting for this nondisruptive route: 1) It allows you to avoid direct confrontations with established incumbents. 2) It is an effective way to respond to full-on disruption. 3) It makes it easier t

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Use GenAI to Turn Insights into Investable Ideas (Part 2)

IdeaScale

This article builds on our previous write-up (Part 1) where we demonstrated how to transform your initial thinking into a compelling value proposition. We showed how you can increase your chances for approval and funding by using generative AI and CO-STAR to accomplish this critical first step in ideation and complete it almost instantaneously.

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Who is minding the change and culture store?

Jeffrey Phillips

In my last two blogs, I made the argument that given how fast change is happening, your strategy must incorporate and address external change and the ability to change internally. Otherwise, you are creating strategy that ignores exceptionally powerful forces that are creating change and shifting the competitive markets in real time. In the more recent blog, I wrote about what I consider the most difficult thing to change in an organization - its culture.

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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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I Moved My 80-Person Company to a 4-Day Workweek Even Though It's Against the Industry Norm. Here's Why We'll Never Go Back.

Entrepreneur - Innovation

Dominic Tremblay and his partner Ludwig Ciupka are co-founders of TUX, a creative agency that introduced a 4-day workweek. Read more about the model's success.

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How Organizations Can Encourage Productive Allyship

Harvard Business Review

Many leaders want to be allies for underrepresented groups, but fear their attempts will be awkward or offensive. New research suggests these fears are often unfounded, with acts of allyship generally being appreciated more than anticipated. Organizations can help by educating potential allies on how their efforts are received and by creating a culture where open communication and support are encouraged.

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What is a product manager? | Sopheon

Sopheon

The product manager role is evolving at an unprecedented pace. The changes we’ve seen in the role over the last decade are head-spinning. And the answer to the question, “What is a product manager?” will be completely different ten years from now (thanks to AI).

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10 CX and Customer Service Predictions for 2024 (Part 2)

Innovation Excellence

GUEST POST from Shep Hyken As promised, I’m back with the second part of my top predictions and trends for 2024 in the world of customer service and customer experience (CX). You can read the first five here. So, let’s get started with No. 6. 6.

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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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Multitasking – NOT the Best Strategy

Focused Momentum

Multitasking is often a skill identified with a highly productive person, yet today our use of technology has pushed multitasking to ridiculous levels. As you know, it has gotten so bad that we’ve had to pass laws to do less of it, and now research indicates that rather than increasing productivity, it could be harming us. As an expert in strategy development for more than 20 years, I have had a front row seat to how this trend has impaired strategic thinking too.

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What French Bakeries Get Right About Strategy

Harvard Business Review

One would think that if you run a traditional consumer business that can’t compete on costs with more efficient competitors, you would want to avoid them like the plague. But a study of boulangeries in Lyon, France, found that by locating next to more efficient “modernist” rivals, “traditionalists” were able to better highlight their traditions and value and win.

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Crafting a Future-Proof Organization: The Power of Transformation Over Change

Daniel Burrus

When it comes to the concept of disruptions in this world, we tend to focus on all the new digital tools that are creating ripples in headlines. From generative AI to digital currency, these digital disruptions are definitely leaving their impact. But instead, the focus of today should be on the very concept of disruption itself, not just digital disruption.

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Why Materials Science is the Most Important Technology of This Decade

Innovation Excellence

GUEST POST from Greg Satell Think of just about any major challenge we will face over the next decade and materials are at the center of it. To build a new clean energy future, we need more efficient solar panels, wind turbines and batteries. Manufacturers need new materials to create more advanced products.

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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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The Imperfect Pursuit of Balance

Phil McKinney

At the heart of modern discourse on success lies the elusive concept of balance. From self-help gurus to executive seminars, the call to harmonize work and personal life echoes loud and clear. We are bombarded with advice on how to achieve balance, yet in reality, most of us find ourselves constantly struggling to maintain it. But why is balance so difficult to attain?

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It’s Time to Reconceptualize What “Imposter Syndrome” Means for People of Color

Harvard Business Review

The recent pushback against the imposter phenomenon in the media has largely focused on how and why it’s inappropriate for people of color. In this article, the author argues that, while there is merit to these arguments, getting rid of the idea entirely for Black students and workers is a disservice. Instead, he recommends reconceptualizing the term to include new research on how imposterism affects people of color, and urges organizations to better understand how racism, bias, and imposter fee

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Product Showcase Webinar – Continuous Improvement Software

Qmarkets

Join us as we showcase our dedicated continuous improvement software Q-optimize. Our product specialist Joel Ben Nesher will walk you the tool and how you can leverage its cutting edge features and functionality to develop a continuous improvement process that delivers ongoing ROI for your organization.

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The Remarkable Power of Negative Feedback

Innovation Excellence

GUEST POST from Dennis Stauffer The most effective innovators—entrepreneurs, scientists, new product developers, and advocates of social change—are adept at seeking feedback. But not just any feedback. They look for a particular type of feedback that may surprise you. They actively seek negative feedback, feedback that tells them when they’re wrong.

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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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The Intersection of Ethical Leadership and Technology: Navigating the Digital Age with Integrity

Tullio Siragusa

The Intersection of Ethical Leadership and Technology: Navigating the Digital Age with Integrity In an era where technological advancements are transforming every aspect of our lives, the role of ethical leadership has never been more critical. As we navigate through this digital age, leaders are faced with the challenge of making decisions that not only drive innovation but also uphold the highest standards of integrity and ethical responsibility.

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A New Way to Compensate Sales Teams

Harvard Business Review

Although the business environment is completely different than it was 20 years ago, the way most companies structure sales quotas and compensation has not evolved to keep up. To effectively compensate your sales team, follow these five steps. First, companies should determine their go-to-market maturity and set goals accordingly. They should then identify what is actually driving growth.

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Maximizing Efficiency & Productivity: 3 Ways GenAI Optimizes Value Stream Management for Tech Leaders 

Planview

With a rapidly evolving digital landscape that continues to introduce waves of uncertainty, companies and organizations alike struggle for clarity and cognizance in organizational delivery for customer value. It’s no surprise the abundance of moving parts contributes to an ever-ambiguous world for software delivery. With a multitude of products and services that companies serve to customers, the recognition of Value Stream Management (VSM) in modern software delivery has never been stronger.

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Truth Can Set You Free – If You Tell It

Innovation Excellence

GUEST POST from Mike Shipulski Your truth is what you see. Your truth is what you think. Your truth is what feel. Your truth is what you say. Your truth is what you do. If you see something, say something. If no one wants to hear it, that’s on them.

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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.

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Video: Health Care Leaders Are Made, Not Born

Christensen Institute

The theory of Schools of Experience highlights that one is not born a leader, but rather a leader’s abilities are developed through their work and life experiences. In this video discussion, Dr. Jean Wright and Ann Somers Hogg unveil lessons from Jean’s schools of experience, including her current role as CEO of the COPD Foundation and her prior role as Chief Innovation Officer at Atrium Health (now Advocate Health).

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Lessons from Costco on Sustainable Growth

Harvard Business Review

Few companies succeed in growing at a sustainable rate over time. The reason is that leaders give in to the temptation to grow in ways that overlook the customer or they grow more quickly than their organizational capabilities allow. But the leaders of a handful of companies, including Costco and Four Seasons Hotels and Resorts, never forget that businesses are complex systems whose elements are interconnected.

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How Might We Learn?

IM Insights

In the uncertain world of innovation, learning isn’t just important—it’s foundational, especially during the initial stages of the innovation process. However, it’s critical to understand that not all learning is created equal. Learning through research and experimentation should acquire the right insights, at the right time, using the least amount of resources, and at maximum speed.

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5 Innovation Leadership Lessons That Go Beyond “Yes, And”

Innovation Excellence

GUEST POST from Robyn Bolton “Yes, and….” You know it. You love it. You may even use it. The phrase is a core principle of improv that has become the “magic” brainstorming phrase.

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The Big Payoff of Application Analytics

Outdated or absent analytics won’t cut it in today’s data-driven applications – not for your end users, your development team, or your business. That’s what drove the five companies in this e-book to change their approach to analytics. Download this e-book to learn about the unique problems each company faced and how they achieved huge returns beyond expectation by embedding analytics into applications.