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Want To Build A Culture Of Innovation? Give Your Employees More Autonomy

Sep-15-17. By Elizabeth Lee

In a survey by McKinsey, 94% of senior executives said that it’s the people and corporate culture that drive innovation. Hierarchical structures where the decision-maker is difficult to reach and the decision-making process is not transparent do not foster innovation. That’s why employees need a degree of autonomy to execute actions and set their innovation goals.


Jumping to a Fresh Cycle of Innovation Design

Sep-15-17. By Paul Hobcraft

There is this need to have a new cycle of innovative design. We need a really radical way forward on innovation, a highly adaptive solution, where all these solution parts are available on demand, constantly adjusting and adaptable to the situation you have to resolve. We build a process that relates to the problem on hand in its structure, offering the suggested process needed in frames, tools, process designs.


12 Essential Innovation Insights

Sep-12-17. By Bruce Posner, Martha E. Mangelsdorf

Business innovation has to do with new value, not necessarily new things — and comes in many flavors. The authors presented an “innovation radar” so companies can consider 12 different areas in which they might innovate — ranging from method of value capture to operating processes to platforms. “When a company identifies and pursues neglected innovation dimensions, it can change the basis of competition and leave other firms at a distinct disadvantage,” the authors concluded.


Work Smart: How AI Machines are Making Us More Efficient

Sep-07-17. By Michael Feindt

Artifical Intelligence (AI) is now being used to transform businesses, meaning companies are better positioned to provide consumers with the experience that they both demand and expect. But despite the respite the rise of the machine presents staff, conversations regarding automation are often littered with fear over the potential loss of jobs. This shouldn‘t be the case, instead, businesses and staff need to recognise the introduction of AI as the start of a new era where staff can ‘work smart‘ and become increasingly effective.


Artificial Intelligence and Big Data: Good for Innovation?

Sep-07-17. By Robert Seamans

AI has the potential to provide many benefits to our economy and society. However, startups and established firms that are just beginning to use AI need access to data in order to train their AI systems. Difficulty in accessing the necessary data can create a barrier to entry, potentially reducing competition and innovation.


Mark Sagar Made a Baby in His Lab. Now it Plays the Piano

Sep-07-17. By Ashlee Vance

BabyX, the virtual creation of Mark Sagar and his researchers, looks impossibly real. If it sounds odd to encounter a virtual child that can read words from a book, it’s much more disorienting to feel a sense of fatherly pride after she nails a bunch in a row and lights up with what appears to be authentic joy. BabyX and I seemed to be having a moment, learning from each other while trading expressions and subtle cues so familiar to the human experience.


The Science Behind the Growing Importance of Collaboration

Sep-06-17. By Emily Stone

Collaboration is a hot buzzword in the business world. And with good reason. Working with people who have different perspectives or areas of expertise can result in better ideas and outcomes.


Innovation has a Hard Job to Align

Sep-05-17. By Paul Hobcraft

We need to recognize that innovation is one of the hardest things to align to strategy. It’s inherently messy, fairly unpredictable and its team-orientated approach sometimes cuts across borders, challenges different established positions and seemingly conflicting priorities.


Time, Energy and Attention are the Only Things We Invest that We Can't Get Back

Aug-29-17. By Jorge Barba

Innovation happens at work when a few things are true, two of them are organizational support and rewarding bravery; both critical for a culture of innovation. As a leader or manager you have to remember that people don’t leave their jobs, they leave their managers.The reason is simple: It’s critical for people to feel like they’re making progress. Enthusiasm is oxygen, and people’s spirit dies if you kill it.


Artificial Intelligence Will Create New Kinds of Work

Aug-26-17. By The Economist

AI will eliminate some forms of this digital labour—software, for instance, has got better at transcribing audio. Yet AI will also create demand for other types of digital work. The technology may use a lot of computing power and fancy mathematics, but it also relies on data distilled by humans.


You Don't Lack Time to Innovate. You Lack Allocation and Purpose.

Aug-24-17. By Jeffrey Phillips

But what if everyone in your company had to account for their time, and what if everyone had a specific time allocation for innovation? That might differ depending on the individual, their experience and interest in innovation of course, but what if at the end of each year you could look across your team and see how much time an individual spent building innovation skills and contributing to innovation projects. Wouldn't that be valuable as a manager?


A Study Shows How to Find New Ideas Inside and Outside the Company

Aug-18-17. By Linus Dahlander, Siobhan O'Mahony

We discovered that experts with a broad external network were more innovative only when they devoted enough time and attention to those sources. For instance, people who interacted with eight different types of partners were only more innovative if they allocated half of their time outside the organization. Those who spent more time cultivating external relationships reported higher innovation outcomes, in terms of either patent quantity or quality. When people created a broad external network but did not spend adequate time learning how to use the information gained, the costs of being more distant from the organization and engaging in external networking outweighed the benefits of identifying novel information.


We Need to Think About Failure Differently to Drive Innovation

Aug-18-17. By Jorge Barba

An established organization maintains stability because they’re specialized on optimizing their existing business model to deliver more of what already works. While this is great and keeps the wheels turning it’s also why they’re set up to fail because their experience and success is a straight jacket that’s hard to shake out off; put simply: Your internal culture is the biggest enemy to innovation.


Two Simple Concepts for Getting the Most from Absurd Ideas

Aug-17-17. By George E.L. Barbee

A senior team member kicks things off with a fairly interesting idea, but comfortably within the ballpark of what your company does. People begin jumping in, pinging off of that idea, proposing innovations not too different from those your company has already tried. Then it happens: Someone utters a truly original, off-the-wall idea. The room suddenly gets quiet. Everyone waits to see how the boss will react.


What 11 CEOs Have Learned about Championing Diversity

Aug-17-17. By Stefanie K. Johnson

The business case for diversity is clear. Diversity can boost innovation and employee engagement, and companies with greater gender and racial diversity financially outperform their peers. Yet progress within organizations has been slow – there is still a lack of women and minorities in leadership positions, and certain industries like tech and finance are lacking diversity at all levels.


Why AI is the Ultimate Sales Hack

Aug-13-17. By George Beall

The best lead gen tools will always be people; having the opportunity to spend one on one time with targets, listening to their goals and frustrations is a dream for every sales person. But it’s not realistic. Luckily, organizations like LeadCrunch are enhancing AI-fueled lead-gen platforms that enable organizations to understand customers on an individual basis so that they can eventually connect with them, person-person throughout the sales cycle. Providing a holistic B2B demand generation solution, it uses an effective combination of AI technology and human verification to engage the best targets for your customer base.


8 High Schoolers who are Inventing the Future

Aug-10-17. By Phil McKinney

The play instinct is something that everyone is born with. From a young age we want to explore, create, and have fun. However, some people become very good at honing this skill, at playing and fiddling so creatively that they develop revolutionary technologies. Sometimes these discoveries can come later in life, but many times it is younger individuals, who have held onto their playful spirit, who innovate in extraordinary ways and in the process, play a role in inventing the future.


Shift Your Mindset to Think Exponentially

Aug-03-17. By Jorge Barba

Technology non-believers need to understand that innovation is rarely disruptive; the media and pundits have taken that word and made it meaningless. What is certain is businesses who were not born with a digital first perspective are currently being forced to make the transition to a digital business. Making this transition requires a new type of leadership; an exponential mindset.


5 Things Everyone Gets Wrong about Artificial Intelligence

Jul-31-17. By Luis Perez-Breva

There are a lot of myths out there about artificial intelligence (AI). The most common confusion may be about AI and repetitive tasks. Automation is just computer programming, not AI.


It is Time for Enterprise CIOs to Create a New Breed of Innovation

Jul-24-17. By Neil Kinson

The question is how do retailers and other enterprises with decades (and even centuries) of history defend themselves against expanding tech companies? The standard answer is to embrace the latest technology and orient themselves towards what younger customers want today. Instead corporations have to learn from the competition while leveraging the one advantage they still have: scale.


Innovation is as much about Finding Partners as Building Products

Jul-20-17. By Chandra Gnanasambanda, Michael Uhl

The fact is, going it alone, we believe, is simply not the way to go at all. Collaboration is the essential new secret sauce for startups and industry leaders alike. For true disruption to take hold, old and new must work together, playing to each other’s strengths.


Disruption Never comes from Within

Jul-19-17. By Jorge Barba

Every business misses the future and gets disrupted by an outsider. This happens because the incumbents are stuck in their ways, doing the same thing over and over again and never zoom out to take a look at the macro view.


The 5 Worst Big Data Privacy Risks (and how to guard against them)

Jul-14-17. By Taylor Armerding

There are enormous benefits from Big Data analytics, but also massive potential for exposure that could result in anything from embarrassment to outright discrimination. Here's what to look out for — and how to protect yourself and your employees.


DeepMind has Taught an AI to do Something Quite Remarkable

Jul-11-17. By Tom Ward

Researchers at DeepMind have published a paper illustrating how they are teaching artificially intelligent computer agents to traverse alien environments. While the results are slightly goofy, they represent a major step forward on the path to autonomous AI movement.


Is Innovation Unreasonable?

Jul-11-17. By Jeffrey Phillips

We cannot reject reason when we innovate, in fact we must rely on insight, intelligence, research and reason when we innovate. That's because the only way to encourage people to commit to new ideas is to demonstrate new insights, new needs or new experiences, which are all based on research, insights into unsolved problems or challenges or new technologies. This all appeals to reason - why would I choose an uncertain unknown over a predictable certainty? Only if the unknown is promising, compelling and valuable.


Peering inside an AI's Brain will help us Trust its Decisions

Jul-03-17. By Matt Reyolds

Artificial intelligences don’t make decisions in the same way that humans do. Even the best image recognition algorithms can be tricked into seeing a robin or cheetah in images that are just white noise, for example. It’s a big problem.


The Essential Connection between Strategy and Innovation

Jun-27-17. By Paul Hobcraft

Often it is within the strategies that should be outlined, lies the potential new spaces to play for innovation’s design. Yet how often do we fail to connect the innovation’s we design and execute specifically aligned to the strategic need?


All Disruption is Innovative; Not all Innovation is Disruptive

Jun-27-17. By Doug Collins

The theory of disruptive innovation applies in some circumstances but not others. In mastering the theory, we master the practice. In mastering the practice, we learn how to connect strategy with tactics. The risk of indulging in dogma around theory exists, always. The risk of being rudderless—a death sentence in the Digital Age for firms—is far greater, however.


To Disrupt, or Not to Disrupt

Jun-27-17. By Chris Kalaboukis

Let’s face it – most people just don’t like change. We like things being the way that they are – even the word “upset” has a negative connection – to turn over the “set” to break with the established order. The only problem is – there are so many things we have the ability to just SOLVE, only we would be willing to “upset” things.


Either You Drive Disruption, or You're Outpaced By It

Jun-27-17. By Jorge Barba

The default state of every new idea is no, and every single innovator has to figure out a way to turn that no into a yes. It’s not easy because people are resistant to technology because they’re afraid of losing what they’ve built, what sustains them. This is “the messy part about innovation“, what no one talks about because they opted for an easier path. But the truth is change is messy, and no one is immune to it.


The Benefits of Taking a Slower Approach to Innovation

Jun-26-17. By Sam Ford, Federico Rodriguez Tarditi

In our experience, managers tend to focus their innovation efforts on processes that are either large in scale (new products and business models ) or swift in development (hackathons, rapid prototyping, or emerging platforms). There’s nothing wrong with this, per se, as both approaches can pay huge dividends. But there’s also another type of innovation that is more gradual and smaller in scale. We call it slow innovation.


Google's 9 Principles of Innovation

Jun-23-17. By Cheryl Perkins

Google is one of the most innovative companies in the world, because it actively pursues a culture of innovation. Google for years has worked to ensure that innovative ideas are continually flowing in order to position the company for success well into the future. What is Google doing, and how can we learn from their innovative culture?


Can People be Trained to be Innovators?

Jun-23-17. By Jorge Barba

Ideas are the seeds of innovation, and all people are creative. So, the answer is yes. But it comes with a caveat: Most every organization wants innovation but rejects creativity. Traditionally managed businesses with a short-term, profit maximization mindset are hard-wired to reject innovation.


The 4 Types of Innovation and the Problems They Solve

Jun-21-17. By Greg Satell

We need to start treating innovation like other business disciplines — as a set of tools that are designed to accomplish specific objectives. Just as we wouldn’t rely on a single marketing tactic or a single source of financing for the entire life of an organization, we need to build up a portfolio of innovation strategies designed for specific tasks.


Airbnb's Biggest Weapon Against Hotels: Machine Learning

Jun-20-17. By Sonya Mann

Mike Curtis did reveal that introducing a deep neural net to the search-ranking system boosted Airbnb's recent conversion rate by 1 percent. "One percent may not sound like a lot, but as you can imagine, a 1 percent increase in conversion rate compounds over time," he explained. Curtis doesn't just see Airbnb's use of cutting-edge technology in terms of ROI, but also as a hopeful sign regarding innovation's impact on the future.


Fusion, Flow and Fluidity are needed in our Management Practices

Jun-19-17. By Paul Hobcraft

To achieve better outcomes and to drive sustained growth we need different management practices. We require scalable participation (ecosystems) to relate to and generate new knowledge flows. We need to be increasingly responsive, adaptive and fluid in any design of structures and solutions.


Silent Geniuses: Why we need more Respect for the Creativity of Introverts

Jun-16-17. By Nick Skillicorn

What ends up happening in a brainstorming session is that a small number of people end up dominating the discussions and suggesting a lot of ideas. The truth is, even the quietest people often have ideas that are as good as, or often better, than the loudest people. You just need to find a way to let them share the ideas.


What Accelerates Innovation

Jun-15-17. By Jeffrey Phillips

Universities, businesses and even cities and regions are talking about innovation and the need to create accelerators or innovation enablers. I'm glad that everyone is excited about innovation, and that they want to provide the means to help it flourish and help it move more quickly. But the thing is, like most late arrivals, they've got the wrong end of the stick as the Brits like to say.


Will Big Data create a new Untouchable Business Elite?

Jun-13-17. By Nicholas Barrett

Bill Janeway described the way AI could allow an elite group of firms to innovate at speeds the rest of the world could only dream about. When I listened to his interview with Kenneth Cukier, it made me wonder whether economic ideas could be applied to the world of big data.


Ethical Innovation Means Giving Consumers a Say

Jun-12-17. By Susan Liautaud

Technology is approaching the man-machine and man-animal boundaries. And with this, society may be leaping into humanity-defining innovation without the equivalent of a constitutional convention to decide who should have the authority to decide whether, when, and how these innovations are released into society. What are the ethical ramifications? What checks and balances might be important?


AI and Machine Learning Will Enable Your Car to Read Your Expressions

Jun-09-17. By Ravindra Savaram

Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning are taking the Automobile industry(Car industry in particular) by storm while all the major automobile players are utilizing their resources and technology to come up with the best. The beauty of devices with artificial intelligence is that it tries to learn from sensor inputs like real sounds and images.


National Innovation Systems, Blockchains, and Accelerating Change

Jun-09-17. By Langdon

If governments are leading investors in blockchain applications it may tell you that there is indeed something different happening here. They see need and opportunity, and their uses can consolidate and prove that they hype is not hype.


Two Surprising Strategies for Effective Innovation

Jun-09-17. By Nadia Goodman

“Innovation is an unpredictable process, but one with predictable features,” says Reeves. “It’s not just a matter of luck. It’s possible to have a strategy of innovation.”


The Eureka Moment is a Lie

Jun-03-17. By Nick Skillicorn

Mark Zuckerberg, the man who created Facebook and dropped out of Harvard University, recently gave some surprising revelations about what it takes to have your ideas succeed when he gave the commencement address to the class of 2017.


Advancing My Applied Innovation Thinking

Jun-02-17. By Paul Hobcraft

We need to bring innovation and its process up to date. With cognitive computing, artificial intelligence, cloud-based solutions, purposefully designed apps and specific tools and frameworks, we do need to begin to stretch our imaginations further and flex our technology and app solutions more towards providing a better, more connected innovation process. I want to see a new innovation era happen.


Experts Predict when Artificial Intelligence will exceed Human Performance

May-31-17. By Emerging Technology from the arXiv

Artificial intelligence is changing the world and doing it at breakneck speed. The promise is that intelligent machines will be able to do every task better and more cheaply than humans. And that raises an interesting question: when will artificial intelligence exceed human performance? More specifically, when will a machine do your job better than you?


Can Creativity be Scheduled?

May-30-17. By Jorge Barba

So, can you be creative on purpose without waiting for lightining to strike?
Yes, you can be creative on command but in my experience two things have to be true for it to work:
1) A well defined problem;
2) Deep immersion and then distancing yourself from the challenge.


Could Artificial Intelligence lead to World Peace?

May-30-17. By Niko Nurminen

Honkela believes peace - not weapon - technologies should be prioritised and says applications utilising neural networks, big data and digital humanities will be fully at our disposal in some 20 years. Trailblazing advancements, he says, are already under way. At present, most artificial intelligence technologies are focused on business and marketing applications. We're using them while browsing through social media, calling service lines and typing text messages with text prediction. So what would a Peace Machine entail?


Why the Future of Innovation is Open

May-25-17. By Jacob Morgan

The most successful organizations are those that can prep for the future and push the envelope creatively to find the next innovative idea. But what if how we have been thinking about innovation is all wrong? Open innovation is a newer idea that is spreading across industries and changing how companies work together and plan for the future.


Curiosity may be Vital for Truly Smart AI

May-23-17. By Will Knight

Researchers at the University of California, Berkeley, developed an “intrinsic curiosity model” to make their learning algorithm work even when there isn’t a strong feedback signal. The trick may help address a shortcoming of today’s most powerful machine-learning techniques, and it could point to ways of making machines better at solving real-world problems.


A Curious Plan to Save the Environment with the Blockchain

May-22-17. By Nick Stockton

Walmart recently launched a trial using a blockchain to fight food poisoning and waste by tracking food from supplier to shelf. Say a salmonella outbreak hits Sioux City, Iowa. Walmart’s supply chain blockchain would let it irrefutably trace the tainted product back to a spinach farm in Salinas, California.


Microsoft has a Plan to add DNA Storage to its Cloud

May-22-17. By Antonio Regalado

Tech companies think biology may solve a looming data storage problem. Computer architects at Microsoft Research say the company has formalized a goal of having an operational storage system based on DNA working inside a data center toward the end of this decade.


The Innovation Value Lies within the New System

May-22-17. By Paul Hobcraft

There is a significant transformation of the value lying within this extended system of collaborators and organization design. It is the ability to leverage, through technology the broader ecosystem of partners and internal collaborators by a more holistic view of sharing building ‘greater’ value together


When it comes to Innovation, Go Big or Go Home

May-22-17. By Ivy Cohen

To be considered truly innovative, a product or service must be “meaningfully unique” or be protected as intellectual property. “Meaningfully unique” is essential for small businesses. Large companies like Proctor & Gamble and AT&T can successfully release a new product because they have name recognition and an existing customer base. Small businesses have to rely on free press and word-of-mouth, which is why unique concepts are make-or-break for startups and small businesses.


The War over Artificial Intelligence will be won with Visual Data

May-17-17. By Evan Nisselson

Major technology companies and new startups are at war over having the most valuable artificial intelligence and at the core of this war is having unique high quality visual data. This battle will be won by owning the connected camera.


The Lack of Intelligence about Artificial Intelligence

May-15-17. By Steve Andriole

Everyone’s talking about artificial intelligence (“AI”). Most of the talk is wrong, misleading and often intended to frighten us about a future that’s unlikely to occur. AI will not steal our babies, hold us hostage for Bitcoins or start nuclear wars. But it will fundamentally change the labor market through the intelligent automation of many routine tasks individuals and companies perform all the time.


Are We Crushing Real Innovation?

May-12-17. By Paul Hobcraft

Can we be bolder and more determined to differentiate ourselves or do we stay tucked into the pack, like a long distant runner, waiting for something (someone) to break away, hopefully, able to equally ‘kick in’ and stay in touch, still hopeful we will be in a position to win but mostly remain a fast follower only?


How Big Data is Empowering AI and Machine Learning at Scale

May-08-17. By Randy Bean

Big data is moving to a new stage of maturity — one that promises even greater business impact and industry disruption over the course of the coming decade. As big data initiatives mature, organizations are now combining the agility of big data processes with the scale of artificial intelligence (AI) capabilities to accelerate the delivery of business value.


How Machine Learning will Impact Online Security this Year

May-08-17. By Justin Blanchard

Machine learning is different. Instead of pointing a limited set of “dumb” algorithms at data, machine learning algorithms are capable of ingesting huge amounts of data and spotting patterns related to particular desirable or undesirable outcomes.


Innovation Moshpit

May-05-17. By Gregg Fraley

I’ve been touting concept blends in innovation for some time. My reason is simple, it’s a fast path to new and different ideas. From the Printing Press to the iPhone, big new market-creating innovation happens when concepts from two different domains are combined. These Mash-Ups are not intuitive for most people to do and maybe that’s why some people try it and fail. Take heart, smart people can do concept blends with careful mental scaffolding.


Innovation is Evolution

May-04-17. By Chris Kalaboukis

Many companies feel that innovation programs, innovation labs, and other innovation initiatives are great in good times, but are superfluous in tough times. The number of times I've heard that firms are axing or "re-purposing" their innovation personnel to work on "core product" or "core services" when times are tough, are legion.


How Artificial Intelligence May Help Doctors Save Lives

May-03-17. By Jonathan Vanian

Artificial intelligence has shown promise in helping doctors predict which patients may be susceptible to chronic diseases like Alzheimer’s. But despite the rapid advances, the healthcare industry is still in the early days of rolling out AI-powered treatments and drugs, Morten Sogaard, Pfizer’s vice president and head of genome sciences and technologies, said.


Why You Don't (and Can't) Think Alone

May-01-17. By Jag Bhalla

“Our intelligence resides not in individual brains but in the collective mind.” This “division of cognitive labor is fundamental to the way cognition evolved and the way it works today.”


5 Steps to Predictable Innovation

May-01-17. By Amanda Ciccatelli

Innovation appears to be a random, inherently unpredictable process. But what if we could understand the causal factors that contribute variability to the innovation process and learn how to control them? Would that bring predictability to innovation? The answer is yes—we have proven it can be done, but it requires new thinking.


Seamless Experience - Innovation's Holy Grail

Apr-27-17. By Jeffrey Phillips

When people talk about innovation they talk too expansively and without good definitions. Innovation always reverts to whatever Apple did recently, whatever cool new technology or product someone produced. We need to move beyond talking about innovation to actually doing more of it, and when we do it we need to do it with purpose and intent. But beyond that we need to move beyond this narrow definition of innovation - a new product or service - to a much more expansive definition of innovation possibilities.


Asking the Right Questions can Frame a Successful Transformation

Apr-27-17. By Tom Puthiyamadam

When done right, business transformations can solve major problems, the kind that often force you to take a make-or-break leap into the future. When such transformations go wrong, even after months of careful planning and implementation, the results are dispiriting. And so the prospect of a transformation is understandably daunting. That’s why when company leaders ask me where they should start, I tell them to start asking questions.


8 Companies Changing how Machine Learning is Used

Apr-24-17. By Serenity Gibbons

There are some standout companies that are now making significant strides in how machine learning can be used, setting themselves well above others in their industry. Keep your eye on these eight incredible companies this year to see how they incorporate this technology.


It’s All About the Product, Silly!

Apr-17-17. By Maggie Graham

The Harvard Business Review article argues that companies can become industry leaders by going after one of these value disciplines (Customer Intimacy, Product Leadership, Operational Excellence), bb7 dares to argue that there is an area in business where you can succeed at all three value disciplines. That area is (naturally) product development. Yes; it's all about the product! We believe that, if your product development strategy scores in all three value disciplines, you will achieve market dominance.


Why AI will both Increase Efficiency and Create Jobs

Apr-17-17. By Sarah K. White

Artificial Intelligence is already impacting every industry through automation and machine learning, bringing concerns that AI is on the fast track to replacing many jobs. But these fears aren't new, says Dan Jackson, director of Enterprise Technology at Crestron, a company that designs workplace technology. "I'd argue this is no different than when we moved from an agricultural to an industrial economy at the turn of the last century. The percentage of people working in agriculture significantly decreased, and it was a big shift, but we still have plenty of jobs 100 years later," he says.


Ethics may be the Next Challenge for Artificial Intelligence Engineers

Apr-17-17. By Leslie Carde

Imagine a self-driving vehicle cruising down the road with a passenger in the front seat when a child suddenly darts out in front of it, Venable said. "Its only choices are to hit the child or swerve into a tree, which could injure its passenger. How do you program a computer to deal with these sorts of moral dilemmas?"


14 Ways to Get Breakthrough Ideas

Apr-16-17. By Mitch Ditkoff

What sparks innovation? People. What sparks people? Inspired ideas that meet a need -- whether expressed or unexpressed -- ideas with enough mojo to rally sustained support. Is there anything a person can do -- beyond caffeine, corporate pep talks, or astrology readings -- to quicken the appearance of breakthrough ideas? Yes, there is. And what follows are 14 catalysts -- simple guidelines, principles, and approaches that will help you on your way.


Daydreaming: Imagining Creates Reality

Apr-11-17. By Jorge Barba

We live in a society that values and rewards efficiency over creativity. Yet, the tasks that lead to efficiency are slowly being taken over by robots and bots leaving us humans to do things that are not repetitive in nature. As this happens, we’ll have more time to do what leads to creativity: daydreaming.


Embedding Innovation into Your Organization

Apr-10-17. By Michael Graber

It takes two factors to make innovation real at an organization: concepts and culture. Work on both at the same time and the rest will emerge as a by-product of the process.


AI, ML will Shatter Moore's Law in rapid-Fire Pace of Innovation

Apr-07-17. By Tom Sullivan

As the next generation of both patients and caregivers – including clinicians, doctors, nurses, specialists, even executives and administrators – starts taking a foothold in the healthcare workforce, hospitals looking for a first-mover advantage already know that AI is on the verge of becoming a critical component across the entire organization, and not just IT.


Get Social with Your Innovation

Apr-04-17. By Braden Kelley

If your organization has lost the courage to move innovation to its center and has gotten stuck in a project – focused, reactive innovation approach, then now is your chance to regain the higher ground and to refocus, not on having an innovation success but on building an innovation capability. Are you up to the challenge?


Innovation Evolution

Apr-04-17. By Jeffrey Phillips

I've developed a five step evolution for innovation in most organizations. With tongue firmly planted in cheek I'll relate these evolutionary steps to famous Hollywood productions. Perhaps you'll recognize your organization in one of these phases.


Sanford Researchers Create Deep Learning Algorithm that could Boost Drug Development

Apr-03-17. By Taylor Kubota

Artificial intelligence algorithms rely on training that involves thousands to trillions of data points. This means artificial intelligence doesn’t work all that well in situations where there is very little data, such as drug development. Vijay Pande, professor of chemistry at Stanford University, and his students thought that a fairly new kind of deep learning, called one-shot learning, that requires only a small number of data points might be a solution to that low-data problem.


Innovation's Degrees of Connectivity, Interactivity and Sharing

Apr-02-17. By Paul Hobcraft

We often forget it is our people that really make innovation work. They determine the ideas, drive these forward to deliver them as new innovation concepts into the world. People connect the fragmented pieces or dots within innovation from being random and intangible, into being explicit and tangible.


Innovation by Design: What is it and Why does it Matter?

Mar-30-17. By Phil McKinney

Innovation is what drives the world forward. It is what heals illnesses, protects individuals from danger, and makes life easier, more efficient, and more enjoyable. However, innovation does not just happen. It takes a catalyst, and one of the most robust catalysts for innovation is design. It moves an idea smoothly along its journey from a simple insight to a tangible, marketable product or service. Design provides the focus and structure that innovation so badly needs.


The Age of Everything: The Power of Big Data and IoT

Mar-28-17. By Aashish Kalra

The internet has revolutionised a lot of aspects in our lives; it has not only made several things accessible, but also changed the way we do many things. IoT or the Internet of Things is beyond just connectivity. It is a connection that is mobile, virtual and instantaneous and which is going to make things in our lives ‘smart’. IoT, coined by Kevin Ashton, revolves around increased machine-to-machine communication built on cloud computing and network of sensors that gather data.


Frustrated by Big Data? Harvard Professor says it's Justified

Mar-27-17. By Bill Siwicki

The American Medical Association’s CEO James Madara, MD, famously called digital health the “snake oil of the early 21st century.” Rather than improving care and boosting professional satisfaction, many digital tools, he wrote, don’t work that well, and actually impede care, confuse patients and waste everyone’s time. Has data become a “four-letter word”?


Is Blockchain the Solution for Healthcare?

Mar-27-17. By Aditya Rana

EHR is one of the most sensitive pieces of information about a person and such data can wreck havoc in their lives if nefarious elements are able to access it. Blockchain solves the issue with secure storage of this data. Since there is only one source of truth for the data, each node (healthcare provider) in the system derives from it and stores a local copy with it. Each trusted node has a secret private key and a public key that acts as an openly visible identifier. A patient’s private key would be required to access the relevant information from the blockchain.


The Problem of Understanding in Machine Intelligence

Mar-26-17. By Mark Skilton

“Does the machine understand?” is highlighted in any current generation consumer machine learning algorithm such as an online chatbot, a translator function in your mobile phone or home speech assistant is that the current natural language processing consists of largely transactional one-way responses. It is perhaps a similar question that Alan Turing raised in the introduction of his 1950 paper “Can machines think?”. Yet “understanding” something within a context could mean different things to the act of “thinking” both narrowly or more broadly depending on the problem or frame space.


How to use Creative Thinking in Business

Mar-26-17. By Lynda Shaw

What comes into your mind when you think of creativity? An artist painting beautiful works of art? A designer with imagination and skills for contemporary architecture? An original thinker of the type lauded as a genius? Of course, creativity is all of these, but creative people also think of valuable and practical ways of doing things. They solve problems on a regular basis by employing creative thought. That is the kind of creativity that is exceedingly helpful in business and an incredible transferable skill for anyone who can master it.


9 Ways your Business can Plan for Artificial Intelligence

Mar-25-17. By Chris Stock

While you may not necessarily need to make artificial intelligence the core of your operations right now, most experts agree that AI's role and importance in business will only continue to grow. Nine members from Forbes Technology Council each shared a way that companies can begin preparing for AI right now.


How TiVo Confronted the Disruptor's Dilemma

Mar-23-17. By Matt Palmquist

Disruptors face a fundamental paradox. To survive and grow, they need the support of the very incumbents whose industry they seek to revolutionize. After all, a TiVo box wouldn’t have been much good without a compatible TV or cable system to hook up to. But established firms have every reason to resist or even retaliate against an upstart firm that threatens their way of doing business.


What Makes a High-Performing Team? The Answer May Surprise You

Mar-22-17. By MIT Sloan Executive Education

What sets high-performing teams apart? Strong leadership? Skilled team members? Shared goals? Maybe. But what if we told you that one of the key drivers of team performance was how many women were on the team? Numerous studies continue to show the value that gender diversity has proven in boosting productivity and the bottom line within all levels of a company.


Innovation is About Finding and Discovering

Mar-20-17. By Jeffrey Phillips

The recurring theme of failing to innovate in a corporate setting has more to do with the failure to find things and discover things. I'd like to address what you need to find and discover, because if we can name the barriers or challenges, we may be able to eliminate them and accelerate innovation.


4 Ways Startups Can Harness Innovation and Disruption

Mar-20-17. By Shellye Archambeau

I believe we’re moving towards a future where financial services and healthcare organizations will not be known as financial services and healthcare organizations any longer, but as technology companies. These technological disruptions are upping the stakes on the playing field, making it more important for companies to stay on top of their game, and to push the boundaries of what’s possible.


Harnessing the Secret Structure of Innovation

Mar-20-17. By Martin Reeves, Thomas Fink, Ramiro Palma, Johann Harnoss

In an era of low growth, companies need innovation more than ever. Leaders can draw on a large body of theory and precedent in pursuit of innovation, ranging from advice on choosing the right spaces to optimizing the product development process to establishing a culture of creativity. In practice, though, innovation remains more of an art than a science. But it doesn’t need to be.


4 Ways to Celebrate Risk Taking

Mar-10-17. By Mike Brown

While an innovation strategy that suggests throwing a party to celebrate a failed idea seems outrageous, the message from the pharma companies is that it’s smart business. Even if your innovation success rate is dramatically higher, motivating employees to embrace risks vital for innovating can be challenging. Let’s suspend judgement and see the innovation strategy decisions certain pharma players are introducing to motivate taking risks.


Companies Don't Innovate, Markets Do

Mar-07-17. By Jorge Barba

One of the reasons big companies can’t innovate is they grow inert and can’t match the dynamism of the market. Markets are dynamic, companies are not. It’s very hard for companies to match the velocity, variance and selection of markets. As a business leader, a good question to ask yourself is: Are we changing as fast as the world is changing?


Turning the Innovation Tables

Mar-06-17. By Jeffrey Phillips

If AAPR and UNC can get 100 people to show up for pizza and soda for several hours of their own time to work on solving a problem, why can't businesses do a better job sponsoring innovation and tapping into the wealth of ideas and energy of their own people?


Reflecting on our Innovation Practices

Feb-24-17. By Paul Hobcraft

Innovation has been rapidly changing and much of its basics have been swallowed up by some newly defining frameworks that have raced up to the top of the innovation agenda. They have driven much of our thinking and reacting. It is right that we all respond to these but we often forget much of the rest of what innovation needs to be built upon.


The Uncertainty Advantage

Feb-22-17. By Karen Avery, Gary Lynch

The uncertainty advantage is an approach in which corporate leaders leverage disruptive change by making targeted, bold moves toward new market opportunities. It's a strategy that compels managers to perceive the unknown as a market differentiator and an opportunity to unleash innovative solutions that appeal to customers, investors, strategic partners, regulators, and competitors.


What Increases Innovation Capability and General Performance in Organizations

Feb-19-17. By David Wilkinson

A large-scale study has just been published in the Chinese Language Journal of Quality. In effect what this study is showing are the close connections between having a learning culture, a concern with creativity and innovation capability and the performance of the organization. This is strongly suggesting that efforts to promote and develop a learning culture and develop innovation capability will enhance the performance of the organization.


The Future of Innovation: Where Creativity Meets Data

Feb-16-17. By Phil McKinney

The utilization of big data is the future. The companies that are embracing this are the ones that are thriving and creating truly game-changing innovations. In fact, 65 percent of the top innovators are either using social networks or big data to mine for ideas. Apple, Tesla, Netflix, Google, and more all know that it’s their consumers, unwittingly through their data, who will give them the next earth-shattering innovation. And because they know this and indulge it, they consistently stay at the top of their industries.


Innovators Will Win with Seamless Experiences

Feb-15-17. By Jeffrey Phillips

Innovators often create technologies or products, which have interesting capabilities or features, but rarely do they think through the actual use of the products and understand how they fit in with other products, services, infrastructure, channels and data that exist in a customer's life. These new products are often interesting but not "seamless" - customers encounter challenges when attempting to use these new solutions in their everyday settings.


Building Differentiating Capabilities for Innovation

Feb-09-17. By Paul Hobcraft

We spend far too much time copying others and not deliberately setting about building our own ‘distinct’ capabilities and capacities to innovate, building the necessary building blocks through our own learning experiences. These are always shaped by the context and content of your innovation, the organization’s position, its resources, commitment and leadership appetite for innovation. Each of our choices takes up on our own evolutionary paths, we can never truly understand other ones because we never really “walk in someone else’s shoes” Copying only renders us the same, not a great ‘winning position in highly competitive market conditions, is it?


Crowdscanning: The Future of Open Innovation and Artificial Intelligence

Feb-08-17. By Alessandro Di Fiore, Simon Schneider

Open innovation will take on a new meaning as AI will scan internal and open data to find the best ideas. A.I. will replace up to 45 per cent of jobs within 20 years. There is a lot of talk about how such intelligent systems and chatbots will eliminate low level jobs, customer service and repetitive tasks. Let’s review, as examples, some actual practices where Artificial Intelligence (AI) is already changing the way jobs are performed.


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