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This artist paints entire buildings into stop-motion animations

Idea to Value

This has to be seen to be believed. This street artist named Blu takes street art to another level, painting hundreds of pictures on walls to create building-sized stop motion animations, like the video above called Big Bang Big Boom.

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Experimenting with change before it happens

HYPE Innovation

The value of experiments for innovation is a topic we’ve previously covered here on the blog, and for good reason: if done well, experiments can help avoid some costly new product, service, process, and even business model mistakes.

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Uncharted Waters Disrupting the Corporate Boardrooms

Paul Hobcraft

When you read a report that has within its executive summary this: “ In combination the boards stand unarmed to enter the battlefield of future business creation in a disrupted world ” it makes you want to read on.

Why Your Brilliant Content Strategy Doesn’t Stand A Chance

Digital Tonto

Great publishing is not about ideas, but about creating a process in which ideas can be honed and flourish. If you can do that, strategy really doesn’t matter. And if you can’t, it won’t matter. [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]].

Indistractable: How to Control Your Attention and Choose Your Life with Nir Eyal

Speaker: Nir Eyal

Ever get the feeling the world is full of too many distractions? Research shows the ability to stay focused is a competitive advantage, in work and in life. However, in an age of ever-increasing demands on our attention how do we stay productive and stay sane? In this webinar, Nir provides research-backed, practical advice, and memorable strategies for managing distraction and our time. Nir Eyal shares findings of his five years of research into how to master what he calls, "the skill of the century," the power to be "Indistractable."

Virgin just invested in new supersonic jets which travel faster than Concorde

Idea to Value

Virgin will partner with Boom to buy 10 of its new supersonic aircraft, with ticket prices about the same as current business class. These innovative planes would be faster than the decommissioned Concorde service, able to fly from London to New York in about 3.4 hours, yet would be cheap enough to run that they would be economically competitive with normal airlines taking more than twice as long.

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Innovation in the Boardroom

HYPE Innovation

How much focus should innovation efforts and capabilities have in the boardroom? I have been thinking about this after two recent interactions. First, I stumbled over this short intro in a press-release.

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Platform Revolution: How Platforms Change Strategy with Geoffrey Parker


The internet is the big disruptor of our time , changing the advantage from products to platforms. Case in point, Uber, Airbnb and PayPal. They all disrupted their markets when they launched. Today they are industry leaders. What’s the secret to their success? Platforms.

Is Digital Technology Really Making Us Any Better Off?

Digital Tonto

Our future is what we make of it. The truth is that digital technology does not make us better off. Nor did electricity, steam power, automobiles or railroads. Only we can do that. Related. [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]].

Crowdsourcing needs dedicated focus to yield great results

HYPE Innovation

The goal is to move the crowd towards a new direction in our collective thinking to solve a problem.

Charting Change Off to a Strong Start

Braden Kelley

I’m super excited to announce that my new Charting Change is off to a strong start. People around the world have sent me pictures of the book after they received it via Twitter (@innovate). Keep them coming!

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Building Healthy Innovation Ecosystems for Your Projects

Speaker: Nick Noreña, Innovation Coach and Advisor, Kromatic

In this webinar, Nick Noreña will walk through an Innovation Ecosystem Model that he and his team at Kromatic have developed to help investors, heads of product, teachers, and executives understand how they can best support innovation in their own ecosystem. He'll also go over metrics we can use to measure the health of our ecosystems as we build more resources for innovators.

What Virtual Reality will need in order to succeed

Idea to Value

What do VR headset manufacturers need to look out for and learn from to make sure their innovation actually makes it into consumers’ hands? Today marks the day when virtual reality takes its next leap toward reality, as Oculus Rift was released to those who had pre-ordered it and goes on general sale. However, just like many promising technology innovations which came before it, the wider Virtual Reality industry has a couple of hurdles it needs to overcome to become a success.

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Are we playing snakes and ladders with innovation?

Paul Hobcraft

Have you ever played snakes and ladders? A number of “ladders” and “snakes” are pictured on the board, each connecting two specific board squares.

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Creativity At Work: How To Implement And Manage It So It Delivers Innovation


Creativity at work, how do you implement and manage it so it delivers innovation ? What are the key ingredients necessary to accelerate innovation in any environment ?

Service Redesign – Lost T-Mobile Smartphone

Braden Kelley

Given the health risks of carrying a smartphone (or any kind of mobile device) too close to the body for extended periods, I try to always remove electronic devices from my pockets whenever I can. For ten years this has … Continue reading → Design Technology customer service design process Process Process Improvement service design smartphones T-Mobile

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Beyond the Findings: The Case for UX Research in Digital Transformation

Speaker: Marina Foglietta-Tereo, Head of UX Research, AXA Insurance

People often think of UX research as a tactical approach to improve the usability or visual appeal of a digital product. While good research will certainly validate an existing design, using it for validation alone would be like using your iPhone solely to tell time! Join Marina Foglietta-Tereo, Head of UX Research at AXA Insurance, as she explores the unrecognized organizational, cultural, and strategic benefits of an in-house, central and mature UXR team.

The Urgent Intrapreneur Opportunity: An Intro for Corporate Leaders

Innovation Excellence

The power and freedom that entrepreneurs and their startups embody is reinforced through a constant stream of media highlighting success, purpose and (mostly bullsh*t) bucolic work environments.

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There's very little luck in innovation

Jeffrey Phillips

My good friend Paul Hobcraft wrote a nice piece recently about how corporations seem to experience innovation. He compared it to the game of snakes and ladders. In this country (the US) we recognize it as chutes and ladders, a game that allows a player to progress quickly if they land on a ladder, and regress quickly if they land on a chute. Paul notes that corporate innovation seems to reflect this experience, sometimes rapidly progressing, then just as rapidly relapsing.

The Cult of User Personae

Boxes and Arrows

On alternating Tuesdays, I get to be a young second-generation immigrant woman named Selene with great phone presence and multilingual skills. Or I could be a beefy mid-30s guy named Silas with a buzz cut and a flair for figures. Or any of a few others, or several of them in succession.

+200 Predictions: 1 year later – What happend so far?

Board of Innovation

Last year we made a visual overview of +200 future predictions. This list is being used in our innovation workshops & training to inspire people. So far, the feedback on this poster was great. But it’s time to review our list and see if there was any progress. 018 – The End of Encryption & Passwords One of the hot topics. Read More. The post +200 Predictions: 1 year later – What happend so far? appeared first on Board of Innovation.

Before Transforming The Experience, You Need to Disrupt Yourself

Speaker: Vivek Bedi, Product Expert and Keynote Speaker

Every company is (soon to be) a technology company. Undergoing digital transformation is the key to succeeding in this digital era - but the process isn’t all innovation and shiny new tech. Join Vivek Bedi, a product expert with 18 years of experience across Fortune 100 companies and startups alike, as he shares his expertise on how to strike the right transformation balance and change your product mindset.

Disrupt, Destruct, Digital – The Way of Future Life?

Innovation Excellence

Are we always being extorted to disrupt our enterprises before someone else does?

50+ Business Cases on Innovation & Entrepreneurship

Open Innovation EU

During a course we developed at Avans University this winter, we asked students to gather relevant business cases on innovation and entrepreneurship in order to analyse them and prepare discussions around organization design.

Strategic Thinking – The Smartest Things You Could Do, But Don’t


We (and by “we” I mean “I”) would like to believe we’re strong at strategic thinking in business. And an appreciation of strategic thinking from a business perspective SHOULD extend over into ALL the decisions we make. Unfortunately, that isn’t always the case.

Boost Your Creative Output By Working in Small Teams

Innovation in Practice

Have you ever been in a meeting when someone starts dominating the conversation and they won't stop? And they go on and on about that same old pet idea of theirs? And it's not a particularly good idea, but you've been told there's no such thing as a bad idea.

Business Agile: A Roadmap for Transforming Your Management & Adapting to the VUCA Environment

Speaker: Peter Taylor, Speaker/Author, The Lazy Project Manager

Businesses everywhere are trying to “get business agile”—but it’s not easy to adapt to becoming this adaptive. How can conventional organizations succeed in this transformation? In this webinar, Peter Taylor will walk through the change process step by step, and look at a tried and tested transformation roadmap: benefits are outlined, solutions to common challenges offered, and tried and tested methods and tools provided. It will be a guide towards a decentralized and management style that offers more successful decision making through collaboration.

The Future of Innovation in Media and Entertainment

Innovation Excellence

The global entertainment industry takes many forms but whether its aim is to delight, distract, inform or terrify there’s always a back story, a location and a cast and its value chain will always be heavily reliant on Curation, Distribution and Consumption Continue reading → Build Capability Creativity Innovation Leadership Management Psychology Strategy entertainment future media Tecnology

The Intrapreneur’s Guide to Navigating Bureaucracy and Politics

Moves the Needle

Few things halt innovation faster than bureaucracy and politics within the enterprise. Teams get excited about an idea, but can’t get it funded. Endless approvals and tollgates are needed before a project is supported by senior leaders.

Strategic Thinking – 4 Strategies for Successful Remote Collaboration


In its “Inside the Executive Suite” newsletter, Armada Corporate Intelligence featured a recap and expansion on a Wall Street Journal article called “Win Over a Remote Boss.” The prevalence of remote collaboration (and the new strategic thinking and other challenges those situations can create) prompted sharing the “Inside the Executive Suite” story here in an edited format. Strategic Thinking – 4 Strategies for Successful Remote Collaboration. I Can’t See You! What Do You Think? Roughly forty percent of US workers work from home or in other virtual work settings. Include individuals reporting to an office but working directly with bosses and/or employees in other locations, and the prevalence of distance working relationships grows. We liken the advice to employ different communication styles in remote work settings to how actors vary gestures and speaking approaches based on how readily an audience can see their faces. TV and movies allow for more subtle gestures because facial cues are readily visible to the audience. Stage actors (who are further away from the audience) have to use bigger gestures to convey the same messages with comparable impact. The acting style must vary relative to the level of connection. A recent Wall Street Journal article shared advice for individuals working remotely as part of a team. Similarly in remote work settings, you have to adapt interaction styles to fit the challenges of reduced interaction when people can’t see each other. 4 Strategies for Clarifying and Modifying How You Interact. Based on ideas from the Wall Street Journal article and our remote working experiences, consider these strategies for successful remote collaboration. Instead of ideas tied to particular apps, we’ll concentrate on behaviors adaptable to the tools available to your work team. Create clear understanding about communication and decision making styles. It’s imperative to clarify communication preferences and decision styles irrespective of whether you are the boss or an employee. Not every boss, however, can readily articulate personal communication and decision preferences. We suggest answering these strategic thinking questions to improve clarity: Do you like learning the main point immediately (with details to follow) when someone delivers a recommendation? Alternatively, do you prefer a run-through making the case for a recommendation before someone shares the big idea? Can you identify typical situations where team members can make decisions on their own, either with or without the boss’ input? What types of decisions can the boss alone make? Are there any situational factors impacting these guidelines? Do you comfortably make quick decisions, or do you mull over the possibilities prior to deciding? Does this tendency apply to all decisions or just certain ones? Relative to approval situations, are there times when specific approval (i.e., receiving a Yes or No) isn’t required? In these cases, will it work to simply have a “reply by or we will move ahead” date to reduce back-and-forth communication and accelerate the review process? The answers lead to more independent work processes and efficient communication. Try converting the answers into general guidelines or a decision tree everyone can use. Use the right communication channel for the situation. While it is convenient to use email as a predominant form of communication, it isn’t ideal in every situation. Consider what communication channel makes it easiest for the receiver to consume, process, and act on your inbound communication. The WSJ article recommends email for delivering project status updates and other information plus bouncing ideas off of someone else. Instant messages or texts typically generate greater attention for time-sensitive issues. While over-communicating is important in remote work settings, you don’t want to overdo it inadvertently. Test yourself by considering whether you would seem to be a nuisance if you showed up as often at someone’s office door as you are showing up in his or her email inbox/text message list/voice mail box? Schedule brief, informal updates with high regularity. It’s easy to be lazy and use cc and bcc as your primary avenues to communicate updates to others. What is easier for a sender than listing multiple names on an email and expecting that including someone on the email serves as an update? Unless you have an app signaling when a recipient opens an email, however, you have no idea when or how a recipient processes the information. Additionally, copying people on emails in place of targeted updates places all the work on the recipient to sift through nested email strings to understand where things are at currently. It’s far better for a team member to create a legitimate update listing high priority initiatives, along with current activities, potential issues, and likely next steps. Consolidating multiple “cc and update” emails into one communication (with hyperlinks to more detailed information) saves time and doesn’t waste the attention of a boss already inundated with “cc and update” emails daily. Prioritize and escalate issues in smart ways. Despite creating guidelines for expected situations, there will be unplanned times requiring alternative methods of prioritization and escalation approaches. Here are suggestions in these cases: Prioritize tasks that others need to get started addressing. Better to get someone else working sooner than later so you can both be active on high priority items. When it comes to deciding on responding to communications, jump on quick email and phone response to bosses and co-workers that don’t have visibility to what you are doing. Suggest that the team put a phrase such as “Immediate Attention” into priority emails to help with this. Anticipate an escalation path if a co-worker has not responded in a timely fashion, leaving you hanging. Do you have an okay to reach out at unusual times to keep things moving? Ask about this upfront to minimize potential anxiety if there’s a situation where you need to demand attention right away. When in doubt? Whenever a remote working situation leaves you questioning how best to communicate, interact, or keep a project moving ahead, a fantastic strategic thinking question suggested by the WSJ article is to ask: What path will best grow and maintain trust in this working relationship? The answer will generally be a smart way to go. – Armada Corporate Intelligence. If you enjoyed this article, subscribe to the free Brainzooming email updates. The Brainzooming Group helps make smart organizations more successful by rapidly expanding their strategic options and creating innovative plans they can efficiently implement. Email us at or call us at 816-509-5320 to learn how we can help you enhance your brand’s innovation strategy and implementation success. Related posts Work Team Dynamics – 9 Ways to Signal Collaboration Opportunities Succession Planning Best Practices – 4 Quick Steps for an Informal Strategy Strategic Thinking Exercises – 5 Breakthrough Thinking Possibilities Making Challenging Content Accessible: 5 Steps to Creating a Nick Cave Fan Strategic Thinking Lessons – Keeping Your Company Fresh. Brainzooming - All Posts Collaboration Communication Guest author Performance Strategic Thinking Tools

Five Magic Imagination Guidelines

Gregg Fraley

Five Magic Imagination Guidelines. You hear it so often that it becomes one of those things that you really don’t think about it. “Use your imagination” is the phrase or thought that I’m talking about. I believe that many of us actually fear our own imagination.

Game-Changers 911™: How to Change the Game in 2020

Speaker: John Storm, President, BrainStorm Network

Join John Storm, President of the BrainStorm Network, to learn how to identify game-changing opportunities within your company and industry, and then brainstorm ways to capitalize on these ideas. Get ready to change your game in 2020!

You Can Teach Old Dogs New Tricks — With Innovation

Innovation Excellence

People fear what they don’t understand, and they’ll kill a project they’re afraid of. You have to get out in front of that and fight the fear and resistance early and often. Continue reading → Innovation innovation expert

ISPIM Conference Porto & ISPIM Grand Prize for Innovation Management Excellence

Open Innovation EU

As a member of ISPIM, we’re proud to be part of the ISPIM 2016 Conference in Porto again.

5 Advantages of Strategy Statements with Simple Language


We are big fans of strategy statements incorporating simple language an organization uses to talk about its daily business activities. Strategy statements should not be filled with complex jargon that most people cannot understand or with generic language that could apply to ANY business.

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Participative Innovation at France Job Center, with Reynald Chapuis

Rapid Innovation in digital time

Reynald Chapuis is Innovation and CSR manager at France Job Center (Pôle Emploi). He recently prefaced a book by Olivier Pujol and Stéphane Bernard on ‘Innovation’s delight: find out an idea, and implement it’ He kindly shares with us the … Continue reading → Innovation Rapid Innovation Unit API Collaborative design Hackathon Innovation Lab Innovation unit Participative innovation Pôle Emploi Reynald Chapuis

The Science of High-Impact Experimentation

Speaker: Holly Hester-Reilly, Founder and Product Management Coach, H2R Product Science

Too many product teams don't know what to test, which leads to poorly designed experiments and unclear results. How can a product manager be certain they’re making effective decisions when it comes to experimentation? Join Holly Hester-Reilly, Founder and Product Management Coach at H2R Product Science, as she walks us through the entire experimentation process, from deciding what to test to sharing the results with stakeholders, to illustrate what strong testing practices look like and how they can be implemented in every organization.