Chuck Frey

Chuck Frey founded InnovationTools.com and served as its publisher from its launch in 2002 until the partnership with Innovation Management in 2012. He is the publisher of The Mind Mapping Software Blog, the definitive souce for news, trends, tips and best practices for visual mapping tools. A journalist by trade, Chuck has over 14 years of experience in online marketing, and over 10 years experience in business-to-business public relations. His interests include creative problem solving, visual thinking, photography, business strategy and technology. His unique combination of experience and influences enables him to envision new possibilities and opportunities.

All articles by Chuck Frey:

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    Why Marketing Doesn’t Want R+D’s Ideas – and what to do about it

    Oct 14, 2012 | In:

    One of the most common frustrations expressed by R+D professionals is that marketing lacks interest in their ideas. Why is this often the case, and what can be done about it?

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    Accurately Reading Open Innovation Tea Leaves

    Sep 29, 2012 | In:

    There are two basic types of open innovation missions sponsored by technology seekers: Nice to Find Soon (NFS) and Must Find Now (MFN). Given the vast difference in success probabilities between them, how can a would-be technology provider distinguish between them? After all, the technology seeker isn’t going to label them as such.

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    How Toys can Inspire Amazing Innovations

    Sep 28, 2012 | In:

    Toys, especially Legos are inspiring amazing innovation. Two recent TV news stories help us to understand what’s possible with inexpensive toys and a vivid imagination.

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    What is Best ‘Shape’ for Persuasive Ideas?

    Sep 23, 2012 | In:

    How can you ‘shape’ your idea so it stands out compared to everything else that’s competing for people’s attention, is persuasive and easy to support and share? The authors of a new book, The Impact Equation, share one effective approach.

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    Innovative TV Show Harnesses the Power of Big Data to Crowdsource Solutions

    Sep 22, 2012 | In:

    Satyamev Jayate, one of India’s highest-rated television shows, is using big data as a means to effect meaningful change. Its unique approach to crowdsourcing social innovation could be adapted in many ways.

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    Keen Innovation Lessons from the Music and Video Game Industries

    Sep 17, 2012 | In:

    What practical innovation lessons can managers learn from the music and video game industries? Plenty, based on my read of Innovation Playlist: 11 Business Innovation Lessons from the Music and Video Game Industries by Elvin Turner, Chris Parles and Andy Billings.

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    What is Your Organization’s ‘Innovation Premium?’

    Sep 10, 2012 | In:

    Forbes magazine’s list of the World’s Most Innovative Companies bases its ranking on a metric called the Innovation Premium. How does your company stand up using this measure of innovation success?

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    A Lesson for Building your New Business Opportunity Case

    Sep 09, 2012 | In:

    Many would-be innovators share a common frustration: persistent difficulty in gaining traction for their new ideas with the people they need to cultivate in order to advance them. Why do they often struggle? There are numerous reasons, but a common one is that they all too often rely on opinions to make their case instead of applying facts and data.

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    How Will the Apple v Samsung Outcome Affect Innovation?

    Sep 04, 2012 | In:

    Whose side are you on? Apple, Samsung, the designers, the future innovators, the lawyers? And what will the verdict in favor of Apple mean to all innovators?

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    The Dawn of the Innovators

    Sep 03, 2012 | In:

    It’s time for innovation leaders to get out of ‘zombie mode’ and claim a strategic position in their organizations.

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    Product Development: Do you Know what you Really Need?

    Aug 29, 2012 | In:

    Product development requirements often change in the course of a project, sometimes for the most arbitrary of reasons. Too often, the executives who ask for these “tweaks” fail to understand the significant ripple effects these changes can cause in terms of manpower, resource allocation and time, warns Michael Fruhling.

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    The Biggest Open Innovation Success Factor – Revealed

    Aug 21, 2012 | In:

    The biggest single success factor in any open innovation initiative, according to Michael Fruhling, is when a corporation has a specific, time-sensitive need that it must meet.

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    Get Innovative in Helping Employees to Accommodate Change

    Aug 16, 2012 | In:

    You can find in this article a grasp overview of reasons for change in our organization and how it could be boosted by applying innovative approaches.

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    The Perils and Possibilities of of Crowdfunding

    Aug 14, 2012 | In:

    Just because you can create a crowdfunding campaign for your next Big Idea doesn’t mean you should, as book author Glenn Fleishman recently discovered.

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    How Coursera is Innovating Higher Education – on a Massive Scale

    Aug 13, 2012 | In:

    What could be better than free? With online education, some are finding that, not only are the courses free, they may also be better for learning and teaching.

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