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5 Ways To Foster Innovation Mentality Across Your Company

Mar-25-20. By Jorge Barba

Innovation is really about leadership. So how can you encourage innovation in your organization? There is no one thing, no recipe to follow. But, there are principles that you can follow to drive innovation in your organization. Here are 5 ways to foster innovation mentality across your organization.


Coronavirus Crisis Only Heightens the Need for Innovation and Co-Creation

Mar-24-20. By Simon Hill

Coronavirus is a serious challenge for humanity on many levels and will require collaborative thinking and an innovative approach to address it. Just as forward-thinking businesses are harnessing the value of networks of people closest to them, to help generate ideas and solve challenges together, so must governments around the world and society as a whole.


8 Tips for Startup Entrepreneurs During COVID-19 Crisis

Mar-19-20. By Itai Green

Startup entrepreneurs, known for their creativity and flexibility, are rapidly confronting the crisis in various ways. Entrepreneurs in different fields have started to share their conduct consequent to the business challenge that this economic crisis – a direct result of the corona pandemic – is posing. Some are serial entrepreneurs who went through a similar economic slump in 2008 and are sharing their experience with others. In this blogpost, I am happy to share some insights of entrepreneurs confronting the challenge.


7 Ways Teams can Problem Solve Better than Individuals

Mar-17-20. By Jt Ripton

A problem shared is a problem halved. Is there any truth to this old expression? According to a Stanford study, the answer is a resounding yes: participants tasked with achieving a goal as a team worked at it for 64 percent longer and were more engaged than those who worked alone.


Building a Culture of Experimentation

Mar-15-20. By Stefan Thomke

To successfully innovate, companies need to make experimentation an integral part of everyday life—even when budgets are tight. That means creating an environment where employees’ curiosity is nurtured, data trumps opinion, anyone (not just people in R&D) can conduct or commission a test, all experiments are done ethically, and managers embrace a new model of leadership.


Open Innovation Helps in the Fight Against COVID-19

Mar-12-20. By Itai Green

This is the time for corporations to build business partnerships with specialized, maximally-flexible third parties at the technological forefront. This is the time to assimilate startup innovations and advanced technologies. Corporations that manage to do so with emerge from this crisis leaner, more technological, and more efficient than their competitors.


Organizational Innovation: Foster Innovation and Reward Innovative Habits

Feb-26-20. By Daniel Burrus

In today’s world of exponential change and technological disruption, encouraging organizational innovation is key to helping your organization leverage Hard Trends and use them to anticipate what’s to come. To help achieve that, there are various ways to adequately nurture and ultimately sustain an innovative culture. But, no matter if it’s a question of innovation or really any organizational goal a company may have, a salient principle holds true: Reward the behavior you want to spread throughout your company or department.


How to Create Change that Lasts

Feb-23-20. By Greg Satell

You can’t bet your future on a particular strategy, program or tactic, because the future will always surprise us. It is how you align people behind a strategy, through forging shared values and building trust, that will determine whether change endures. While most change efforts fail, the relatively few that succeed follow a pattern that is amazingly consistent. If you want to create change that lasts, here’s what you need to do.


Stop Calling It "Innovation"

Feb-19-20. By Nadya Zhexembayeva

Let me start with the obvious: Innovation is the buzzword. In fact, it has been the buzzword for so long, you could say we’ve developed a cult around it. There is only one problem: We might love innovation. But most of our employees hate it. While you might use the word “innovation” to mean “improvement,” employees are hearing alarm bells ringing “Danger! Danger!” and there’s no time to put a positive spin on it.


Encouraging Brainstorming: 13 Ways To Help Team Members Connect

Feb-14-20. By Forbes Business Counsil

Your team members can be your greatest source of inspiration. Having a solid group of creative, hardworking individuals contributing their ideas often produces beautiful results for a business. However, people must make a conscious effort to collaborate with, and learn from, each other.


How to Unleash Creativity on the World's Biggest Problem, from Alphabet's Moonshot Division

Feb-12-20. By Adele Peters

A decade ago, what was then Google (now Alphabet) launched X as a factory for radical ideas—a place designed to create breakthrough technologies that solve enormous problems. The organization argues that solving the biggest global challenges requires something different than the standard, incremental corporate approach to innovation.


6 Questions to Ask Before Starting a Big Project

Feb-12-20. By Antonio Nieto-Rodriguez, Whitney Johnson

Knowing when to start a project is a key factor to its success. And yet it’s a strategic talent very few companies have developed. If you begin a project too soon, chances are high that the project will miss its deadline — if it doesn’t fail outright. The best time to terminate a project is before it’s been initiated. Starting a project only when ready to execute as expeditiously and efficiently as possible maximizes the opportunity for success and the return on the resources invested in it.


Constraints Don’t Have to Be Constraining

Jan-28-20. By Laura Huang

There’s an exercise that I used to do with students in my entrepreneurship course: I would give each team of students an envelope with $5 inside. I’d tell them that this money was their “seed funding”— money they could use as start‑up capital to create any type of profit-generating venture that they wanted. But which teams made the most in profit? Those that didn’t use the $5 at all.


Five Principles of Innovation Measurement

Jan-23-20. By Pearl Zhu

What gets measured gets managed. Innovation is not serendipity; it’s a managed process of transforming novel ideas to achieve their business value. You can only manage what you measure.


Digital Disruption: A Multi-Generational Mindset

Jan-22-20. By Daniel Burrus

Being anticipatory is a multifaceted offense in a world of rapid digital disruption. In some cases, it’s about identifying opportunities for major disruptions within your industry that you yourself can introduce. Yet it is important to remember that being anticipatory also requires you to be aware of disruptions from others that may impact you and knowing how to prepare accordingly.


At a Growing Number of Coffee Shops, getting a Coffee to go means Checking out a Cup

Jan-16-20. By Adele Peters

Finally an innovative way to reduce coffee cup waste that is easy on the consumer. Vessel lets customers check out a mug for free, like a library book, and then drop it off at any other participating location where it is washed and returned to use. If you don't return it, you are charged $15 and you now own it. Berkeley, CA is the testing ground for this pilot project, and according to the company, coffee shops are lining up to sign up.


There is No Such Thing as Failure

Jan-10-20. By Michael Michalko

Learn to fail in order to succeed.


7 Tenets of Creative Thinking

Jan-02-20. By Michael Michalko

The article mentions seven principles that I've learned during my lifetime of work in the field of creative thinking -- things that I wish I'd been taught as a student.


Real Innovation Requires More Than an R&D Budget

Dec-19-19. By Gina O'Connor

I believe the disconnect between ambition and execution comes from an overly narrow view of what innovation entails and a tendency to conflate innovation and R&D. When business leaders don’t see breakthrough results from their R&D divisions, they take it as a sign that long-term investments in innovation don’t pay off and cut R&D spending. In reality, innovation is much bigger than R&D. It involves three distinct capabilities: Discovery, Incubation, and Acceleration (DIA).


Why We Need to Disseminate Innovation to Overcome the Productivity Paradox

Dec-09-19. By Adi Gaskel

Listening to the breathless commentary surrounding technologies such as AI and robotics and one could be minded to believe that technology is transforming life as we know it on a scale never seen before. The problem is, these technologies don’t appear to be making a difference to productivity figures, or subsequently the wages and wellbeing of people.


15 Things Leaders Should Not Do – if They Want Innovation

Dec-02-19. By Paul Sloane

We hear plenty of advice for leaders on what they should do to drive entrepreneurship and innovation in their organizations. It might be smarter to just stop making some of the common mistakes which inhibit innovation.


What Companies That Are Good at Innovation Get Right

Nov-29-19. By Scott Kirsner

Innovation labs, technology scouting outposts, and accelerator programs to invest in startups have become ubiquitous in large companies, as have regularly-scheduled hackathons or idea challenges that invite employees to develop and pitch new ideas. Yet, in some companies, all of that activity adds up to nothing more than “innovation theater.” In others, it actually yields a stream of internal improvements; new products and services; experiments with different business models; and investments in fledgling companies that are connecting with new customer segments. What’s different in these two groups?


4 Ways Data Can Drive Workplace Innovation

Nov-25-19. By Kayla Matthews

The amount of data in our world is exploding, which means data sets can be a little tricky to analyze. However, for those able to harness this beast, big data can prove a gold-mine for innovation in the workplace.


Three Strategies for Becoming an Industry Game Changer

Nov-22-19. By Dave Farber

Being an industry game changer doesn’t mean having the most cutting-edge technology or the fastest-moving teams. Rather, research has shown that the most successful innovators often employ at least one of the three tried-and-true innovation methods that I discuss below.


Why Constraints Are Good for Innovation

Nov-22-19. By Oguz A. Acar, Murat Tarakci, Daan van Knippenberg

Recent surveys show that managers tend to consider compliance restrictions and a lack of resources as the main obstacles to innovation. This common wisdom suggests eradicating all constraints: by getting rid of rules and boundaries, creativity, and innovative thinking will thrive. Our research, however, challenges this wisdom and suggests that managers can innovate better by embracing constraints.


Innovation Isn’t Just About Ideas

Nov-11-19. By Jorge Barba

Creativity is about coming up with new ideas. Innovation is about turning an idea into value. And the path between those to phases is high on experimentation. Innovation isn’t just about ideas. It’s about thinking like a scientist: develop hypotheses, test them systematically, pivot as relevant, and don’t let early feedback lure you toward incremental improvements over breakthroughs.


What Kind of Chief Innovation Officer Does Your Company Need?

Nov-11-19. By Darko Lovric, Greig Schneider

It can be daunting to hire a Chief Innovation Officer. How do you know what kind you need? How can you tell who is qualified? The answer begins with clarifying your expectations for the role at your company. Like “strategy,” the word “innovation” represents very different things to different people. So your first task when filling a CINO post is to have a firm grasp on your organization’s innovation objectives.


How Can You Use Gamification to Boost Innovation?

Nov-06-19. By Philippe Delespesse

Companies are becoming increasingly aware of the benefits of gamification. It promotes disinhibition, reduces prejudice, encourages cross-disciplinary teamwork and co-creation, helps groups with very different profiles to speak the same language and achieves a level of engagement that drives participants to go one step further. These benefits are particularly important when it comes to ensuring success in creative thinking and innovation.


Breaking Down the Barriers to Innovation

Nov-01-19. By Scott D. Anthony, Paul Cobban, Rahul Nair, Natalie Painchaud

To catalyze innovation, companies have invested billions, yet according to a McKinsey survey, 94% of executives are dissatisfied with their firms’ innovation performance. One survey after another has found the same thing: Businesses just aren’t getting the impact they want, despite all their spending. Why? We believe that it’s because they’ve failed to address a huge underlying obstacle: the day-to-day routines and rituals that stifle innovation.


5 Essential Questions to ask Before You Start an Innovation Project

Oct-28-19. By Jorge Barba

Suppose you’ve figured that an idea has some legs and now it’s time to turn it into a project. Beyond the essential questions of why you’re doing this, what value you wish to deliver, who the customer is, how will you deliver, when will you start and where you should start from, here are 5 questions you should also answer before you start.


Why Companies do "Innovation Theatre" instead of Actual Innovation

Oct-07-19. By Steve Blank

Today, as large organizations are facing continuous disruption, they’ve recognized that their existing strategy and organizational structures aren’t nimble enough to access and mobilize the innovative talent and technology they need to meet these challenges. These organizations know they need to change, but often the result has been a form of organizational whack-a-mole – a futile attempt at trying to swat at problems as they pop-up without understanding their root cause.


The WeWork Debacle is just a Symptom of a Much Larger Problem

Oct-06-19. By Greg Satell

As Mark Twain is reputed to have said, “It ain’t what you don’t know that gets you into trouble. It’s what you know for sure that just ain’t so.” WeWork’s investors thought that by pumping tons of money into a conventional business they could transform it into a super-profitable platform. They were terribly wrong, but they won’t be the last ones to try.


5 Things Leaders do that Stifle Innovation

Oct-04-19. By Kerry Goyette

We have more knowledge and data now than ever before, but business analytics and performance metrics are not enough to come out on top. To be a serious competitor in the international market, companies must hire emotionally intelligent leaders who have the foresight to look ahead and develop strategies that will help them collaborate with their teams and adapt quickly to change.


The Whole System is Rigged Against Innovation

Sep-25-19. By Michael Graber

The whole system is rigged against innovation. When a Business Unit is weighing decisions about what to launch, it will make the safest bet, even if it means only slightly incremental growth. It will also judge all concepts through the lens of Legal, Brand, Finance departments and existing sales and distribution channels. This Top Down approach usually includes bloated Business Cases, fully thought-out programs that forecasts likely scenarios, and months of expensive Market Research that reinforce the argument.


6 Ways You're Sabotaging Your Innovation Efforts

Sep-23-19. By Jorge Barba

It’s really easy to sabotage your innovation efforts when you don’t understand what you’re getting yourself into. To avoid sabotaging your efforts, first your have to understand that innovation has many enemies and obstacles that will always show their head; some more than others.


How Businesses Can Get the Most Value from Artificial Intelligence

Sep-13-19. By Nicholas Fearn

Many businesses are experimenting with artificial intelligence but lack an understanding of the use cases that deliver real business value. Research shows that businesses can do more to gain increased value from their investments, although they need to focus on use cases that drive ROI.


How Do You Define INNOVATIVENESS? Getting it Wrong Could Cost You

Sep-11-19. By Malcolm G. Tyson

Underlying an innovative culture driven by an innovative leader is innovativeness. Innovativeness drives business growth by increasing innovation opportunities. What is the blind spot that some leaders just can’t seem to uncover to dependably produce innovations that have commercial success? In this post, we’ll discuss a more practical definition of innovativeness and how to apply it to sales and business growth.


What NASA Can Teach Us About the Intrinsic Value of Connecting to Other Innovators

Sep-09-19. By Rob Hoehn

The power of transparent collaboration in open crowdsourced communities can be transformative, because it breeds accountability, excitement and visibility. The other thing that it breeds, however, is connection. This can be particularly powerful in large organizations like NASA with their network of more than 17,000 employees.


What People Hate about being Managed by Algorithms

Aug-30-19. By Mareike Möhlmann, Ola Henfridsson

Companies are increasingly using algorithms to manage their remote workforces. Called “algorithmic management,” this approach has been most widely adopted in gig economy companies. For example, ride-hailing company Uber substantially increases its efficiency by managing some three million workers with an app that instructs drivers which passengers to pick up and which route to take.


Open Innovation Experiment Joins the Fight against Cancer

Aug-28-19. By Jessica Day

There is no computer more powerful or creative than the human mind, and coordinating dozens, hundreds, or thousands of them can draw forth amazing results. One of those results is helping save the lives of lung cancer patients by drawing on the experience of thousands of oncologists to build a powerful new tumor-hunting tool.


Common Fears of Starting an Open Innovation Initiative and How to Resolve Them

Aug-21-19. By Oana-Maria Pop

The three main fears that surfaced were managing intellectual property, establishing and scaling the open innovation program, and not communicating effectively. If any of these issues have kept you from starting an open innovation initiative, read on to learn how you can address them and implement an open innovation initiative without worry.


How to Generate More Innovation in America

Aug-16-19. By Adam Millsap

Since the early 2000s productivity growth has slowed in many wealthier countries which means living standards aren’t improving as fast as they once did. Innovation—creating new products and services or improving old ones—is a key driver of productivity growth and thus essential for continued prosperity. Federal, state, and local governments all have a role to play in fostering more innovation.


The Power of Crowdsourcing as a Service

Aug-12-19. By Rob Hoehn

For several years now, one of the tactics that the FDA has utilized for continuous improvement is crowdsourcing. They ask their employees for input on solving problems and it’s helped them to become more sustainable, improve professional development, and increase efficiencies. But in recent years, they’ve adopted a new model for problem solving – one that coaches business leaders on how to put together a good crowdsourcing campaign so that anyone can identify and solve a problem with the help of the crowd, but there are a few things that the team focuses on in order to help make a campaign successful.


3 Ways to Build a Culture of Collaborative Innovation

Aug-12-19. By Kate Isaacs, Deborah Ancona

All organizations have the ability to be smarter than the sum of their members’ intelligence and talent. Unfortunately, most are actually dumber. The good news is there are a handful of practical steps to boost collective intelligence.


4 Questions that will Make You a Better Innovator

Jul-31-19. By Greg Satell

We like to think that innovation is about ideas, but it’s really about solving problems. In order to surface problems, you need to ask questions, which is why Steve’s businesses started doing better when he got out of the building to talk to customers. The better questions you ask, the better problems you can identify. Here are 4 questions that will help you do that.


Positive Disruption using Hard Trends and Soft Trends

Jul-31-19. By Daniel Burrus

If you don’t like a Hard Trend, there isn’t a way for you to change it. However, if you don’t like a Soft Trend, you can easily change it to your advantage. I’ve discussed the three digital accelerators responsible for today’s rate of exponential change, transforming every business process in a short amount of time. This is a Hard Trend, while a Soft Trend would be whether you will transform your business processes.


What to do when your Startup stops Feeling Like a Family

Jul-24-19. By Greg Satell

Every startup is exciting and romantic in the beginning. Long hours and shared experience makes the business feel less like work and more like a family. Yet as the company grows and more people are brought on, the social fabric begins to fray. The story is so common that nobody should be surprised when it happens, but inevitably most are, which is why few entrepreneurs prepare for it. That’s a shame, because the breakdown of the family atmosphere can be avoided if you prepare for it.


Four Guidelines for Success in Innovation in Digital Transformation

Jul-23-19. By Peter Bendor-Samuel

A problem afflicts many companies undertaking transformation: they aren’t ready for innovation. But they need innovation to change their competitive positioning in the market. Today, many companies want their IT organizations to partner with the business to create opportunities for innovation and supportive services that drive transformation. And they look to their procurement chief or sourcing organization to ensure that any services they buy support innovation. How important is this? It’s critical. In fact, how your company leverages its IT organization and sourcing organization is a determinant of success in digital transformation.


How to Know Which Ideas Your Company should Pursue

Jul-23-19. By Dirk Deichmann, Violetta Rodopoulou, Inga Hoever

As companies adopt open innovation and crowdsourcing to stay at the forefront of innovation, the challenge of selecting which ideas to pursue is enormous. Research shows that organizations that receive a large number of ideas have difficulty selecting the most original. Evaluate the benefits an idea relative to the cost of developing it. A concept that offers only incremental benefit but requires little investment might be more profitable than a fantastic idea that requires a lot of investment.


Why Innovation Labs Fail, and How to Ensure Yours Doesn't

Jul-22-19. By Simone Bhan Ahuja

Innovation labs are a safe place for organizations to run experiments and iterate on projects, and they’re an important investment for firms that have rigid approaches or that work in highly regulated industries. But do they actually add value and generate growth? According to a report from Capgemini, the vast majority of innovation labs — up to 90%, one expert says — fail to deliver on their promise.


The Dangers of Legacy Thinking

Jul-17-19. By Daniel Burrus

Is what got us to where we are helping us move forward or holding us back? Your company or organization may be thriving, but is this record of success sustainable and can you keep going? Maybe you’re noticing kinks in your armor or a drop-off in your sales. You’re thinking and acting as usual, but something is misfiring. This is what I refer to as “legacy thinking.” If left unchecked, legacy thinking can pose enormous obstacles to your continued success—or worse.


Addressing Business Innovation Gaps to Achieve Growth

Jul-09-19. By Noah Rue

Industry leaders recognize the importance of innovation in product development and business processes. Investing in the latest innovation seems like an ideal step forward, but it’s also a risky investment for anyone concerned with ROI. To explore innovation gaps, let’s look at some areas of improvement you may need to address in regards to business technology and management structure.


The Limited Value of Ideas

Jul-07-19. By Greg Satell

Clearly, ideas are important, but not as many believe. America is what it is today, for better or worse, not just because of the principles of its founding, but because of the actions that came after it. We revere people like Einstein, Pauling and Jobs not because of their ideas, but what they did with them. The truth is that although possibilities are infinite, ideas are limited.


The Upside of Losing Innovative Employees to Competitors

Jul-02-19. By Stefan Wagner, Martin Goossen

Our research suggests that companies might actually benefit from certain employees going to work for others in the same space. We found that these employees act as “bridges” and facilitate more collaborations between their past and present employers. Having people familiar with both sides can facilitate decision-making and lead to better partnerships.


How Artificial Intelligence can Save Your Life

Jun-24-19. By David Brooks

One area where A.I. can most immediately improve our lives may be in the area of mental health. Unlike many illnesses, there’s no simple physical test you can give someone to tell if he or she is suffering from depression. Using A.I., researchers can make better predictions about who is going to get depressed next week, and who is going to try to kill themselves.


What is an Innovation Catalyst?

Jun-18-19. By Rob Hoehn

Well, according to the Innovation Catalyst at Lake Trust Credit Union, Blake Woods, his job is to drive human-centered design and futurist thinking throughout an organization. This is why they’re called catalysts. Instead of being responsible for generating new ideas and stewarding innovation on their own, they see it as a facilitative role where they’re helping everyone at an organization meet this goal.


The Fat Cat Syndrome Prevents Innovation and opens the Door for Disruption

Jun-17-19. By Jorge Barba

There are these cycles where you first improve your conditions, then you enjoy the fruits of your labor, and then you become complacent and ultimately things will go downhill. It is a cycle like all of life is. You can break out of this cycle by opening your eyes. And it is crucial to bring in outsiders and generalists whose perspective is not clouded with your habits. You need to move fast and take serious action, before it is too late.


Disruption Starts with Unhappy Customers, Not Technology

Jun-06-19. By Thales S. Teixeira

For eight years I’ve visited leading companies in more than 20 industries around the world that claimed to be in the process of being disrupted. Each time, I’d ask the executives of these incumbent companies the same question: “What is disrupting your business?” No matter who I talked to, I would always get one of two answers: “Technology X is disrupting our business” or “Startup Y is disrupting our business.” But my latest research and analysis reveals flaws in that thinking. It is customers who are driving the disruption.


Startup Ideas are NOT Inspired on the Spur of the Moment!

Jun-03-19. By Stephen M. Sweid

Based on research in the market and in many countries, I tried to figure out the exact mechanism by which startup ideas are created. Aim is to facilitate and expedite this process for would-be entrepreneurs. Is it mainly a matter of brainstorming effort or are external factors at play?


The 6 Requirements of a Truly Innovative Company

May-28-19. By William Craig

Innovation doesn't happen in a vacuum. It requires a company that actively fosters it in a hundred ways — from hiring new team members to making time for experimenting freely on fresh ideas in the workplace. Here are six foundational requirements for every company that wants to step up its innovation performance.


How Mindfulness Drives Better Design and Innovation

May-24-19. By Henna Inam

Can mindfulness help us be more creative? Can we design better experiences and products because we are slowing down to connect in the present moment with ourselves and our stakeholders without any judgment? Can mindfulness help us imbue our artificial intelligence solutions with greater human meaning?


5 Habits that will Make You a Better Futurist

May-23-19. By Jorge Barba

There isn’t a checklist of steps you can take, but to start remember that the future is a range of possible outcomes; not a set point. Why? Because as you look more forward, say 5 to 10 years, it becomes more hard to predict the future. Your job as a futurist is not to perfectly predict the future, no one can, but rather to paint a picture as to what could happen when certain things connect.


Harder, Better, Faster Stronger: AI for Game Changing Innovation

May-21-19. By FEI

These latest advances in AI make innovators work harder, better, faster and stronger.


7 Rules For Rebels, Heretics And Mavericks In Organizations

May-15-19. By Jorge Barba

Innovation is hard, it doesn’t happen by following a tried and true cookie cutter approach. It often begins when someone begins to think and act differently, usually in isolation, from the rest of an organization; challenging convention.


Don't Confuse Digital Transformation with Innovation

May-14-19. By Suzan Brigani

The biggest illusion in digital transformation is that it will make you more innovative. Unh-uh. Going digital mainly lets you do the same things, faster. It reduces friction for users, be they customers or employees. It helps you suck less, and maybe even achieve occasional delight. But by definition, digital transformation replaces current analog processes with digital ones. Whereas innovation is about identifying unmet needs and new opportunities, and solving for them in novel ways that deliver new value and achieve adoption.


How to Overcome the Bias We Have Toward Our Own Ideas

May-14-19. By Fabian J. Sting, Christoph Fuchs, Maik Schlickel, Oliver Alexy

In evaluating ideas for development, companies often rely on the expertise of the person presenting the idea. This is not a bad thing, per se: Ideators are often the most relevant experts, they know “what the idea is all about” and “how it really works.” The trouble is, expert employees may well oversell or undersell their ideas, leading the company to pass up on good ideas while investing in bad ones.


Is Artificial Intelligence the New Productivity Paradox?

May-12-19. By Greg Satell

While many companies today are attempting to leverage AI to provide similar service more cheaply, the really smart players are exploring how AI can empower employees to provide a much better service or even to imagine something that never existed before. “AI will make it possible to put powerful intelligence tools in the hands of consumers, so that businesses can become collaborators and trusted advisors, rather than mere service providers,” Sutton says.


The Eureka Moment Myth

May-05-19. By Greg Satell

The story of Fleming’s Eureka! moment is romantic and inspiring, but also incredibly misleading. It wasn’t one person and one moment that changed the world, but the work of many over decades that made an impact. As I explain in my book, Cascades, it is small groups, loosely connected, but united by a shared purpose that drive transformational change.


Five Bottlenecks of Digital Innovation

May-01-19. By Pearl Zhu

Most good ideas emerge from business interactions, not single individuals. Therefore, 3 ”C” (Communication, Collaboration, and Consistency) elements are necessities for keeping ideas flow and practicing effective idea management to achieve their business value continually.


Does Crowdsourcing Need a Cash Prize to Work?

Apr-22-19. By Oguz A. Acar, Dirk Deichmann

If you are looking for a larger selection of ideas to choose from, put up a big prize. If you don’t mind a smaller selection of original ideas or don’t have the resources to vet a lot of ideas, offering no prize will work just as well. Low rewards don’t seem to serve any purpose, offering the worst of both worlds: discouraging submissions and lowering the level of originality of those submitted.


The Ultimate Corporate Innovation Playbook

Apr-15-19. By Carly Fortunato

Now, more than ever, the corporate innovation industry grows as quickly as the technology that drives it. Thus, corporate innovators must set up the right foundational framework to kickstart their efforts. This Ultimate Corporate Innovation Playbook provides that framework by examining:
- Three outdated beliefs corporations must let go of
- Three new beliefs corporations must embrace
- The Ultimate Corporate Innovation Process


How to Innovate with Big Data: 4 Essentials

Apr-11-19. By Ryan Ayers

New innovations, like machine learning (ML), artificial intelligence (AI) and the Internet of Things (IoT) are emerging to once again set executives abuzz with visions of competitive excellence. Savvy business leaders can use these new innovations to their competitive advantage if they stay on the cutting edge of what big data can do. Want to innovate with big data and join these forward-thinking trailblazers? Here are the 4 essentials you’ll need to succeed.


Solve Problems and Innovate as an Anticipatory Leader™

Apr-10-19. By Daniel Burrus

Anticipatory Leaders™ understand that we are at a unique point in human history, filled with waves of disruption and opportunity. We are doing things today that were impossible just a few years ago. That means the old rule, The Big Eat the Small, is being replaced by a new rule, The Fast Eat the Slow. They know this new reality is driven by the exponentially increasing rate of technology-driven change. Many wonder why so many established organizations of all sizes are moving so slow. The answer is simple: they think they are moving fast. But in this new era, they’re actually moving slower than they realize.


The Most Important Factors for Startup Success

Apr-05-19. By Jorge Barba

It’s impossible to escape the amazing tales of people starting with an idea in a garage (think Apple) and growing it into a billion-dollar global business. But a startup isn’t as easy as those well-known stories might have you think. There’s a little bit of luck and a whole lot of other influences at play.


5 Tips to Drive Innovation in Your Small Business

Mar-28-19. By Emma Miller

It’s a fast-paced business world out there where innovation is the name of the game and a powerful tactic that ensures long-term success. After all, if your company is not innovating and reinventing its processes across the board, then you’re falling behind.


Why Big Data is the Future of Self-driving Cars

Mar-27-19. By Steve Jones

Big data will help ensure the future of self-driving cars, while the continued development of the IoT will form a necessary part of creating a world fit for autonomous transportation. Do not believe what you hear about AI or the importance of "smart cars" – the real future of self-driving cars is big data, which stands to totally upend our modern understandings of transportation.


Building an Analytical Talent Ecosystem at Principal

Mar-21-19. By Thomas H. Davenport, Randy Bean

Over his career, Joe Byrum says he’s worked with thousands of crowdsourcing projects, and he strongly believes that they generally yield more innovative solutions than working with internal domain experts. He primarily uses Innocentive and IdeaConnection. Both platforms are for general research and innovation problems, and Byrum particularly likes the team-based and certified solver capabilities of IdeaConnection.


The Crucial Role of Marketing in Innovation

Mar-16-19. By Eugene Ivanov

There is a common misconception that innovation and marketing are two separate concepts when it comes to business. However, if you analyze it, you will see how successful game-changing technologies have used marketing to promote their product and create customer trust. Innovation is the initial idea—it’s the backbone of your entire business culture. Marketing, on the other hand, helps your business take off. Great examples include Google’s AdSense and Nike’s Nike+. Both pushed the boundaries of their industry and both were able to sell to a wide consumer base.


The Innovation Equation

Mar-15-19. By Safe Bahcall

We’ve all seen companies suddenly and mysteriously change. Innovative teams, widely praised for their breakthrough products and vision, begin rejecting the most radical ideas. The people are the same; the culture is the same—yet people suddenly stop taking chances. Culture still matters, of course, but it’s time to pay a little more attention to structure.


Contradictory Innovation

Mar-15-19. By Paul Sloane

Try this brainstorm method; the Contradictory Innovation – also known as the Waterproof Teabag method. Take your leading product or service and everyone has to describe a version which completely undermines or contradicts one of the main properties of the item. The more ridiculous the better. Then you take each useless idea and see if it leads anywhere useful. Like a silent disco.


What Sets the Most Effective Innovators Apart

Mar-08-19. By Omar Abbosh, Vedrana Savic, Michael Moore

Innovation spending has declined because many companies, under pressure to show that they can disrupt a market (or to stave off disruption), are pursuing innovation haphazardly. Much of the investment ends up being non-strategic, poorly linked to the business, and under-managed. Some have even argued that innovation spending and activities are often exercises in corporate image-building rather than attempts to increase productivity or performance. No wonder companies are disappointed by their results. However, 31 companies have increased their spending on innovation by more than 50% and are "very satisfied" with the results. What did they do differently?


Innovating from the Outside In

Mar-04-19. By Daniel Pitchford

The major tech companies who open their doors to a new way of thinking and a monogamous partner approach are reaping the benefits of ‘inspired innovation’ and ultimately getting ahead in the AI arms race. As the saying goes, ‘if you can’t beat them, join them.’ This could certainly be true for the tech sector, a trend we will likely see continue over the course of 2019.


IBM’s 2019 “5 in 5” Predictions Point To A New Era Of Innovation

Feb-27-19. By Greg Satell

The truth is that the challenges we face as a society today, climate change and food security being two of the most prominent, are far more complex than anything we’ve tackled before. Even a company like IBM, with its century of history and multi-billion dollar research budgets, can’t go it alone. In the new era of innovation, collaboration is increasingly becoming a competitive advantage.


Scientists Developed an AI So Advanced They Say It's Too Dangerous to Release

Feb-19-19. By Peter Dockrill

A group of computer scientists once backed by Elon Musk has caused some alarm by developing an advanced artificial intelligence (AI) they say is too dangerous to release to the public. OpenAI, a research non-profit based in San Francisco, says its "chameleon-like" language prediction system, called GPT–2, will only ever see a limited release in a scaled-down version, due to "concerns about malicious applications of the technology".


An End to In-House Innovation

Feb-18-19. By Itai Green

Corporations in every field must constantly monitor technological advancements which affect their business. If a manager thinks his R&D department can keep up with the constant changes in technology taking place around him and remain relevant, he’s mistaken. Innovation won’t come from within. It will come from without.


How does Automation Continue to be Game-Changer?

Feb-16-19. By Anji Velagana

This article is about How automation continues to be a game-changer. At present, many of the industries are mainly depending on automation. Repeated actions can be replaced with automation. This article helps the readers to understand in which way the automation is useful for the human.


The 7 Fundamentals for Succeeding in Innovation

Feb-06-19. By Jesse Nieminen

To create an innovative organization, you have to cultivate curiosity and learning across all levels of your organization. If every employee keeps their eyes open and wants to constantly learn and get better at what they do and help the organization achieve the same, you’ll be well on your way to making more innovation happen.


McKinsey’s Three Horizons Model Defined Innovation for Years. Here’s Why It No Longer Applies.

Feb-01-19. By Steve Blank

The Three Horizons allowed senior management to visualize what an ambidextrous organization would look like — the idea that companies and government agencies need to execute existing business models while simultaneously creating new capabilities — and helped to prioritize innovation products and programs. However, in the 21st century the Three Horizons model has a fatal flaw that risks making companies lag behind competitors — or even putting them out of business.


Five Perspectives of Innovators

Jan-29-19. By Pearl Zhu

Why can innovators find more view spots than others? Why can innovators think different and connect unusual dots effortlessly? Innovators see possibility in the world when most people only see the way that they have been told. Innovators are the rare breed, but innovators are also among us and within us. Here are five perspectives of being innovative.


Understanding Disruptive Innovation

Jan-23-19. By Lina Marcela Landinez, Neele Petzold

How does disruptive innovation emerge, develop, grow and disrupt over time? This “process” of business disruption sounds straight forward and easy to comprehend. But the reality for companies is more complex than it sounds and they are struggling with managing a disruptive innovation, both from an entrant’s and an incumbent’s perspective.


Business Pundits Love to say these 4 Things - None of them are True

Jan-20-19. By Greg Satell

Go to just about any business conference and you will see a pundit on stage. He or she will show some company that failed and explain the silly mistakes that they made, then follow-up with a few basic rules to help you avoid those pitfalls and become super successful. You leave feeling confident, because it all seems so simple and easy.


10 Tips for Corporate Open Innovation with Startup Companies

Jan-17-19. By Itai Green

Today, everyone knows that internal innovation will happen only after successfully implementing an open innovation process with startups. This process must have great value, so that implementing open innovation will be effective and have minimal errors.


How Big Companies Should Scout New Technologies

Jan-15-19. By Scott Kirsner

If you’re investing in understanding how the world around you is changing, you also need to invest in the relationships and systems that will let you take quick action on what you find.


Conscious Innovation

Jan-03-19. By Michael Graber

Here is what we are learning. Corporations that have consumer-driven innovation programs outperform their competition that relies on an outdated model of RND to generate new value. Companies focused myopically on short-term value and a single profit motive only do less well than companies who embrace the emerging paradigm of Conscious Capitalism.


Create! Don't Compete

Dec-26-18. By Jorge Barba

Adopting leadership mindset means you compete against yourself, not against others. You choose to create and deliver better options and not just doing what everyone else does. When you compete against yourself you set your own pace, your own expectations.


The Future of Drones in Artificial Intelligence

Dec-18-18. By Devi Prasanthi

AI though controlled by humans will control the future of drones. AI allows machines like Drones to operate on their own and make decisions. But, a machine that can make decisions and learn to work independently could cause more than reasonable and befall society.


Why Don’t You Have Enough Innovation?

Dec-17-18. By David Matheson

Nearly every company’s strategy these days is to grow through innovation, yet many fall short. We all know the standard reasons: innovation is hard, innovation is uncertain or innovation grinds against the gears of the operating organization. I’ve come across surprising and actionable reasons why companies don’t have enough innovation. Here are my top four.


How to Create Something Truly Original

Dec-09-18. By Greg Satell

There are some common principles in how innovators approach their work and these are things that anyone can apply. That doesn’t mean everyone can be world famous, but the evidence clearly shows that anyone can be creative and, even if it’s not a major breakthrough, make some contribution to the world.


Prepping Data so AI can Learn to do Our Jobs

Dec-06-18. By Jorge Barba

The question is not whether A.I. will take over our jobs, it will, it’s how soon and how. One thing is for sure: it will happen in phases; first it will create new ones where it will augment our abilities not replace them. Organizations have loads of data about their customers, but that data needs to be cleaned and labeled before it’s fed into an algorithm that will make sense of it all.


Elevate Your Success with Five Simple Steps

Dec-05-18. By Daniel Burrus

People often convince themselves that highly successful individuals who possess a special gift set themselves apart from everyone else. However, the reality is that your ability to have success, however you define it, can be accomplished with a few simple steps.


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