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Innovating in the midst of the pandemic

Innovation Excellence

The unexpected arrival and spread of COVID 19 has caused massive and global changes, strongly impacting into the business world.

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Top Ways to Retain Your Employees

The Human Factor

Hiring employees can be a long and costly process. There is time and money that goes into recruiting, interviewing, and hiring, as well as time and money to train new employees and get them up to scratch with all things that are going on in the business.

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4 Ways Innovation Can Increase Business Revenue


source: Pexels In a recent study, researchers looked at different businesses and saw that the more the employees generated innovative ideas that management was likely to adopt, the higher the probability was that said company would grow its profits annually.

Changing the world … for good

Innovation Excellence

I attended a very special meeting of minds in a remote part of Yorkshire, England at The Centre of Management Creativity , hosted by John Varney, a great mentor who was instrumental in my decision to start my business some 25 years ago.

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!

Trade Industry: Adapting Marketing Strategies to Meet Consumer Behaviors


The past few weeks have not left anyone or any business unscathed. While spending within the building supplies category is one of the few to increase, the trade industry is undergoing a shift as contractors figure out how to navigate a contactless world. We looked at several key trades (roofing, HVAC and plumbing) to understand the new landscape and to inform what companies should do to make sure their brand adapts to consumer behaviors. Our key insight?

The choices to make right now


I was furiously looking for someone on LinkedIn and because there were so many people with the same name, I ended up reviewing quite a few profiles. One of those brought me to a complete halt. Pivoting career as a choice .

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How To Come Out Stronger and Ready to Thrive Post Crisis

Rmukesh Gupta

Premise: We are already seeing a lot of signals in the economy of the upcoming tectonic shifts and the ripples that they will cause. We have a record number of publicly listed companies in the US deciding not to give out dividends so that they can conserve cash.

Why Your Innovation Process is a Recipe for Failure


Having a process for the front end of innovation is necessary but not sufficient. It also requires proper levels of funding, and a governance structure to support it. In this article, we'll look at how these aspects tie together, and how your company can support your full innovation lifecycle.

We are Crushing the Curve, Now What?

Focused Momentum

My grandparents had twelve children. Like many of their friends and family members, they married and started their family in the early days of the Great Depression. They had a farm so they could feed their ever-growing brood. They struggled, but so did everyone else.

Apple Gives $10 Million From Its Manufacturing Fund to a COVID-19 Testing Firm

Entrepreneur - Innovation

The money will help Copan ramp up production on sample collection kits. Recovery


Why Smoking Costs Employers More Than They Realize

Your employees are smoking, and at a cost of $7,000 per year for each employee who smokes, that adds up - fast! This free report will show you how an effective cessation program pays for itself.

To All Nurses Who Bravely Wear the Uniform, Thank You.


Nurses are caretakers. Nurturers. Lifesavers. Essential. Seems to us, if ever there was a time to recognize nurses for their selflessness and courage, it’s now. As the country continues to grapple with Coronavirus, medical professionals – including nurses and other essential workers – have stepped in and stepped up. And this National Nurses Day, today, Wednesday, May 6, they won’t have time to celebrate. But we can all take a moment to celebrate them.


7 Big Trends that Coronavirus is Accelerating


In times of turmoil we must look through the noise and see the trends that will shape our future. Crises are not new, however this. Feed generated with FetchRSS

Passion and Optimism in the Time of Coronavirus

The Future Shapers

The Covid-19 crisis is having a profound effect on almost every aspect of our lives. It feels as though the whole world is pressing the reset button. It isn’t business as usual for anyone; and it’s giving us all pause for thought.

The Objectives Goals Strategies & Measures (OGSM) Template


The OGSM model (Objectives, Goals, Strategies and Measures) can help teams get on the same page and moving in the right direction. For the past 25 years, I’ve worked with hundreds of groups across dozens of big companies and startups. One thing’s consistent: everyone works in teams, and the ultimate success of any organization relies on the overall effectiveness of the teams within it.

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 S3E59: Kathryn Haydon – How to become more creatively productive and prolific

Idea to Value

In today’s episode of the Idea to Value Podcast, we speak with Kathryn Haydon, keynote speaker and founder of Sparkitivity. We speak about breaking through the inertia of no, and how to use the Universal Creative Process to become more productive and prolific.

Exago offers innovation management software to fight COVID-19 and adapt to the “new normal”


Exago is making the Exago Start idea management platform available to NGOs and educational and research institutions to help combat the impacts of COVID-19. The post Exago offers innovation management software to fight COVID-19 and adapt to the “new normal” appeared first on Exago.

The Coronavirus Crisis Shows Why, If We Are To Solve Big Problems, We First Need To Rebuild Trust

Digital Tonto

The public trust has been shattered because our institutions have failed us. Technology won’t save us. Markets won’t save us. We need to save ourselves. Yet still, I have to believe our future is. [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]].

Use Formalized Workflows to Streamline Your Innovation Processes


Creativity is spontaneous. Ideas come to us in a flash of lightning, as quickly as a lightbulb turns on, inspired by everything from children’s toys to dreams to movies. The problem, though, is with executing on the idea, which won’t just happen.

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.

10 Ways to Humanize Your Video Meetings

Innovation Leader

The former Head of Design Thinking at Fidelity Investments shares how to make online meetings more produtive and more human

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ITFC looking for innovative ways to help member countries fight COVID-19 crisis


“Standing in solidarity to serve the member countries” in the fight against COVID-19, the ITFC is raising its innovation efforts to find new solutions jointly.

Innovation skills that are critical now: empathy

Jeffrey Phillips

I'm writing a series of posts that discuss some of the most important traits and skills that are needed to support innovation now, in the midst and in the aftermath of the COVID pandemic. I've written about beginner's mind and why that skill will be vital. I've also written about being comfortable in ambiguous settings. Today I am writing about another rare capacity - the ability to have empathy with prospects and customers.

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Innovation Labs: The Good, the Bad, and the Uninspired


Does your company have a creative space for coming up with new ideas? Many large companies now do, and they’re becoming more popular day by day.

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.

Empathy Map Template Training

Learn to apply an empathy map template to help you visualize your users’ needs and wants across dimensions. When it comes to designing better products, services, and experiences, getting into the mindset of your end user is crucial.

Why Companies Need Their innovators Now More Than Ever


By now, it’s a well-established fact that the COVID-19 pandemic is disrupting every aspect of society, including business.

Open innovation resurgence during COVID. Why?

Jeffrey Phillips

There's been a resurgence lately in the concept of open innovation. I'm not quite sure why open innovation as a concept has received more press and more attention lately. It's not as though we have new open innovation methods or mechanisms, or that open innovation has demonstrated more effective outcomes. Rather, I think, open innovation becomes interesting when we are distributed and looking for new ways of working.

Conducting A Strategic Analysis + 8 of The Best Tools To Use

Cascade Strategy

What is meant by Strategic Analysis? Strategic Analysis is the process of researching and analyzing the environment an organization operates in, as well as the organization itself in order to inform the strategy formulation process.

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.”

Innovation. What, why and how?

The Future Shapers

It’s not always easy to truly appreciate what innovation is; so much so that it has been overly used. It matters to rewind to the very basics of innovation and in particular to understand its mechanics in order to measure the impact of its implementation.

Why Innovation Should Be Decentralized In Every Large Organization


I recently met with a very successful company that is seen as a highly innovative global pioneer that others in their industry, which is facing many structural headwinds and inevitable changes, look up to.

Hard Trends: Easier to Identify Than You Think

Daniel Burrus

A well-worn cliché says there are only two things you can be certain about: death and taxes. With apologies to those who agree with that statement, there are many, many more examples of out-and-out certainties. Was Sunday followed by Monday last week? Absolutely. Will that be the case next week?

Preparing a Team For Transition To Remote Work In COVID-19 Environment


In the wake of the coronavirus pandemic, many companies have implemented mandatory work-from-home policies to help contain the spread of COVID-19.

Never Miss an Opportunity: How ISO 56000 Enables an Innovative Organization

Speaker: Peter Merrill, President, Quest Management Inc.

One of the challenges for innovators is how to integrate innovation with Quality Management (QMS) and balance the culture of creativity with execution. Join Peter Merrill as he walks us through the newly published ISO 56000 series on Innovation Management, specifically the Guidance Standard ISO 56002 that discusses how to establish an Innovation Management System (IMS). He will take you through the elements of innovation management from strategy development, through risk assessment to solution delivery.