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How to Search for the Right Startup to Partner With

HYPE Innovation

If you’ve ever paid attention to the number of new startups emerging every single day, you’ll know it’s a challenge to decide which ones are actually worth paying attention to. And if you decide that you want to partner with one of them, how do you find “the One” among the overwhelming amount of data and possibilities out there?

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Make These 3 Cultural Shifts To Reignite Change In Your Organization

Digital Tonto

Today, few would question the dignity of the Ukrainian people. In fact, they have become such an inspiration to the world that it’s hard to remember that the country used to be a very cynical place. When I first arrived there in 2002, I was struck by the apathy. There was so little hope that anything could ever change that few saw any sense in even trying.

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Are You a Disruptor or a Destructor? A Complete Guide to Innovation for Today's Leaders

Entrepreneur - Innovation

Two sides to the innovation coin will make or break your business. Understand disruptive and destructive innovation before attempting to shake up the market.

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Envision Energy in living, evolving communities that challenge conventional wisdom.

Paul Hobcraft

I wrote a mini-series of three posts to introduce a radical concept that envisions the energy transition as a living, evolving entity that bridges technology and nature, sparking profound shifts in how communities generate, consume, and perceive energy. It aims to trigger innovation engagement and activation strategies to change the energy transition dynamics within a community setting, offering decentralized community energy.

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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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Strategic Goals and Innovation Alignment: The Choice Cascading Model

HYPE Innovation

Many organizations struggle with aligning their innovation activities with their strategic business goals. More often than not, innovation efforts fail to align ideas with the potential contribution those ideas can make to an organization’s strategic goals.

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What is Voice of Customer (VoC) Research? Definition, Methodology, Best Practice

IdeaScale

Table of Content What is Voice of Customer (VoC) Research? Voice of Customer (VoC) research is defined as a systematic process of collecting and analyzing customer feedback, opinions, and preferences to gain insights into their needs, expectations, and overall satisfaction with a product, service, or brand. The primary goal of VoC research [.

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This Texas Mom's Pumpkin Porch Displays — Which Can Cost More Than $8,000 — Are Already Sold Out, Thanks to One Very Strategic Move

Entrepreneur - Innovation

Heather Torres's Porch Pumpkins became a smash hit after its launch in 2020. Read more about the founder's journey and how she seized an opportunity no one had.

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The Case for BOD Oversight Focused on Leadership: Good Leadership is Good Business

Tullio Siragusa

The Case for BOD Oversight Focused on Leadership: Good Leadership is Good Business I n most organizations, Board of Directors (BOD) have a myriad of oversight committees to ensure the company’s ethical, financial, and operational stability. While these committees cover everything from accounting to risk management, one important area is often overlooked — leadership accountability tied to employee satisfaction and engagement.

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What is Customer Engagement? Definition, Importance, Model, Strategies and Examples

IdeaScale

Table of Content What is Customer Engagement? Customer engagement is defined as the ongoing interaction and connection between a business or brand and its customers. It encompasses all the ways in which a company interacts with its customer base to build and maintain relationships, foster loyalty, and enhance the overall customer experience. [.

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What Makes a Great Corporate Purpose Statement

Harvard Business Review

Having a well-crafted purpose statement really matters. Not only does it represent the organization’s aspirations, it also sends signals to employees about what the company stands for. It is the vital first step on the road to actually embedding and activating an authentic purpose. Yet leaders often struggle to articulate an appropriate and inspiring purpose statement due to a lack of guidance concerning the focus, scope, and form of expression they should aim for.

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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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Our People Metrics Are Broken

Innovation Excellence

GUEST POST from Mike Shipulski We get what we measure and, generally, we measure what’s easy to measure and not what will build a bridge to the right behavior. Timeframe. If we measure people on a daily pitch, we get behavior that is maximized over eight hours.

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Innovation Management Solutions Must Continually Evolve | Sopheon

Sopheon

Innovation isn’t stagnant. There’s no resting on laurels or patting oneself on the back for extended periods. Or, as New England Patriots football coach Bill Belichick succinctly put it, “To live in the past is to die in the present.” That’s how Sopheon approached the development of our innovation management software Accolade 16.0, which launched today.

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What is Employee Engagement? Definition, Importance, Strategies, Improvements and Best Practice

IdeaScale

Table of Content What is Employee Engagement Employee engagement is defined as the emotional and psychological connection that employees have with their work, their colleagues, and their organization. It goes beyond simple job satisfaction and encompasses the level of commitment, enthusiasm, and dedication that employees bring to their jobs. Engaged employees are [.

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Is Organizational Hierarchy Getting in the Way of Innovation?

Harvard Business Review

Technological advances and increasingly sophisticated ways of gathering and analyzing data are changing both the kinds of products and services companies can offer and are increasing competitive pressures. To meet the moment, this article argues that organizations may need to change the way they operate to innovate. Specifically, the authors suggest that companies should consider a version of RenDanHeYi.

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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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Customer Wants and Needs Not the Same

Innovation Excellence

GUEST POST from Shep Hyken Many years ago, I walked into an Ace Hardware store to find a new hinge for a swinging door. When I showed the salesperson my broken hinge, he asked if I was open to a suggestion. He sold me a better hinge that was less expensive.

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Don't Be the Next Blockbuster of Your Industry — 2 Ways to Be Innovative, Not Just Creative

Entrepreneur - Innovation

As we speak, the next Netflix is already hard at work — don't be the next Blockbuster in your industry!

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What is Employee Feedback? Definition, Examples and Questions

IdeaScale

Table of Content What is Employee Feedback? Employee feedback is defined as a communication process in which employers or supervisors provide constructive comments and assessments to their employees about their performance, behavior, or other aspects of their work. The primary goal of employee feedback is to help employees understand how they are performing, [.

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The Myth of the CEO as Ultimate Decision Maker

Harvard Business Review

Chief executives are responsible for guiding corporations, so the role inevitably requires making many decisions. But people overestimate the level of personal involvement CEOs have in this process. Instead of making decisions, CEOs tend to shape decisions, by designing the process, choosing when to participate directly, and monitoring the work — a selective process that mirrors the choices CEOs must make when carrying out other responsibilities.

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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 Hard Problem of Consciousness is Not That Hard

Innovation Excellence

GUEST POST from Geoffrey A. Moore We human beings like to believe we are special—and we are, but not as special as we might like to think. One manifestation of our need to be exceptional is the way we privilege our experience of consciousness.

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How Can Healthcare Marketers Navigate Reporting in a Post-OCR Guidance World that Aims to Protect Patient Privacy? 

Brunner

Last year, a healthcare client told me that they would need to stop tracking their paid advertisements due to new rules from the U.S. Office of Civil Rights. Many other healthcare organizations made the same decision. The OCR guidance aims to protect patient privacy by strictly enforcing the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act — widely known as HIPAA — when it pertains to tracking user activity.

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Open-Source Innovation: Insights from Ariana Smetana of AccelIQ Digital

Qmarkets

Open-source innovation (or simply ‘open innovation’) is developing into a core strategy for transformative growth amongst enterprise companies around the world. The days of boardrooms and R&D departments keeping innovation under lock and key are waning, as companies are increasingly preferring a more collaborative approach with startups and other external parties.

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When It Comes to Compensation, More Equity Isn’t Always Better

Harvard Business Review

The authors research found that people often overestimate the value of stock options when assessing a startup job offers. They incorrectly believe that a higher number of shares translates into superior compensation even when it doesn’t. Five steps can help you avoid this mistake.

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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.

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The Malcolm Gladwell Trap

Innovation Excellence

GUEST POST from Greg Satell A few years ago I bought a book that I was really excited about. It’s one of those books that created a lot of buzz and it was highly recommended by someone I respect. The author’s pedigree included Harvard, Stanford, McKinsey and a career as a successful entrepreneur and CEO.

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Stop Being That Complainer and Elevate Your Creative Power

Phil McKinney

We all know them, the people who constantly complain about everything. Nothing is ever good enough, from the weather to their job to their relationships. But have you ever stopped to think about how complaining affects your life? By focusing on the negative aspects of your life, you are allowing them to take center stage and dictate what you focus on and prioritize.

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The Guide to Process Improvement Methodologies | KaiNexus

Kainexus

According to a study conducted by the International Quality and Productivity Center (IQPC), businesses that prioritize process improvement experience an average of 20% increase in operational efficiency within the first year of implementation. Over five years, these organizations typically see a 40% reduction in production defects, a 30% decrease in operational costs, and a 25% boost in customer satisfaction.

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Where Should Your Company Start with GenAI?

Harvard Business Review

Companies are struggling with where to start with generative AI. The authors’ case studies, based on their growing global community of over 3,000 GenAI practitioners, point to a new category of work, more precise and actionable than “knowledge work.” They call it WINS Work — the places where tasks, functions, possibly your entire company or industry — are dependent on the manipulation and interpretation of Words, Images, Numbers, and Sounds (WINS).

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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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Building a Psychologically Safe Team

Innovation Excellence

GUEST POST from David Burkus One of the most consistent findings in organizational behavior over the last decade has been just how significantly team performance is affected by psychological safety.

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The Morality of Knowledge: Playing God or Responsible Innovator?

Phil McKinney

Humans have always been driven by curiosity and the thirst for knowledge. The endless pursuit of knowledge has brought us to where we are today, from the invention of the wheel to space exploration. But while knowledge is power, it can also be a double-edged sword. Our quest for knowledge has moral and ethical implications that affect our lives and those of others around us.

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Solving project management challenges | Sopheon

Sopheon

In any project, the initiation phase is filled with optimistic budgets, benefits, and manageable risks.

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How Off-the-Shelf Tech Can Make Factories More Profitable

Harvard Business Review

Too often, smaller companies are intimidated by the high costs, complexity, and long installation times that high-end smart factory systems can require. This is short-sighted. Companies can see big financial benefits by utilizing existing data and simpler technologies to reduce waste, labor costs, overhead, and utility expenses.

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Mapping Digital Transformation: Retail’s Strategic Shift

Speaker: Jennifer Wright, Michael Scholz, Jasmin Guthmann, and Scott Canney

Digital transformation in retail is so much more than new technology. You need to get your whole organization, from entry-level workers to executives, on board with the new tech, new skills, and culture changes that digital transformation brings. Leading this mindset shift can be a daunting task… but that’s where this webinar comes in! Join our panel of experts as they guide you through the challenges of digital transformation, preparing you to avoid common mistakes and make the most of incredib