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    Oflow Provides Access to 100 Creative Thinking Methods – in Your Pocket

    Jul 31, 2012 | By:

    Creativity expert and author Tanner Christensen recently launched a new iPhone app called oFlow that contains 100 creative thinking and problem solving techniques, neatly arranged in a virtual card deck.

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    Two Lies and a Truth about Innovation

    Jul 24, 2012 | By:

    Sometimes, fun games can lead to a truth, have you ever played “Two Lies and a Truth?” It’s been used as an “icebreaker” for years. Bloomberg resurrects this game focused on innovation, in a recent article by Scott Anthony.

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    Open Innovation: Beiersdorf’s Intimate Approach to External Partnerships

    Jul 17, 2012 | By:

    Michael Fruhling rececently spoke with Dr. Horst Wenck, Beiersdorf’s Corporate VP of R+D, about his company’s approach to open innovation. One key is its OI web portal, which carefully cultivates a qualified set of external partners. Once a relationship is established, Beiersdorf forms a ‘project house,’ where qualified partners are deeply immersed in its current technical needs and challenges and the corporate intelligence it has gathered to support its OI priorities.

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    Opportunities are Abundant for ‘Crowd-accelerated Innovation,’ says KPMG report

    Jul 09, 2012 | By:

    Opportunities are abundant for “crowd-accelerated innovation, collaborative alignment and creative dislocation,” says a new KPMG report. A case in point is the healthcare market, the focus of this new study from the consulting giant.

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    Open Innovation: External Partnership Best Practices

    Jul 03, 2012 | By:

    A couple of years ago, it seemed that everybody in the external innovation business aspired to be “partner of choice.” That is, they wanted to be the company that external partners would preferentially approach with unsolicited new opportunities. Michael Fruhling is pleased to report that a number of companies have really stepped up their external partnering “game.”

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    Innovation Lessons from Olympic Athlete Lolo Jones

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    The 2012 London Olympics are almost here. What can we learn about innovation from the athletes who are hard at work, training to be the best and represent their countries? U.S. hurdler Lolo Jones provides an important insight.

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    Open Innovation: Colgate’s Sensible External Partnership Approach

    Jun 21, 2012 | By:

    Ken Klimpel, Colgate Palmolive’s Worldwide Director of External Innovation and Outreach shares his perspective on some aspects of the approach he and his company take to drive their open innovation successes.

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    Are you an Idea Monkey or a Ringleader?

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    To help you understand whether you’re an idea monkey or a ringleader, take this brief quiz from the new book, Free the Idea Monkey.

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    Open Innovation: The Technology Scouting Uncertainty Principle

    Jun 14, 2012 | By:

    In any supplier/customer relationship, both sides (but quite often the supplier) desire clarity regarding the certainty of the relationship. When there is uncertainty, there is angst. Some of this is natural and necessary. However, Michael Fruhling believes that in open innovation it is needlessly excessive. How can it be reduced?

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    How New Materials Research can Translate into New Opportunities for Innovation

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    Research and development can bring new materials and tools that dramatically expand the potential solution set for today.

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    How to Court Serendipitous Network Intelligence

    Jun 07, 2012 | By:

    Most innovators understand what serendipity is. calls it “an aptitude for making desirable discoveries by accident.” But have you ever heard of serendipitous network intelligence?

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    Group Brainstorming with Google Spreadsheet – a Closer look

    May 31, 2012 | By:

    I recently read an article that extolled the virtues of utilizing Google Spreadsheet for group brainstorming. Here are some pros and cons of that approach, and a suggestion of a more effective alternative.

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    Innovation Versus Imitation

    May 30, 2012 | By:

    If innovation is such a potent competitive weapon, why doesn’t it translate into profitability? A recent Economist article explores the “fast followers” that have bested the innovators in their product categories.

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    Never invite Darth Vader to your Brainstorming Sessions

    May 24, 2012 | By:

    This humorous video contains an important lesson about taking care to invite the proper mix of people to your team brainstorming sessions.

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    How Prototypes Can Help to Evoke Customer Needs

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    Corporate marketers are often skeptical of consumers’ abilities to articulate new product opportunities. However, rather than lament consumers’ limitations, it is better to appreciate that they often can be quite good at “connecting the dots” in response to creative stimulus. Shrewdly chosen props which apply select technologies adopted from other categories can dramatically communicate otherwise complicated concepts and even emotional components in an intuitive and elegant fashion.