Ryan Ayers

Ryan Ayers has consulted a number of companies within multiple industries including information technology and big data. After earning his MBA in 2010, Ayers also began working with start-up companies and aspiring entrepreneurs, with a keen focus on data collection and analysis.

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    The 5 Most Innovative Renewable Energy Sources

    Jul 31, 2017 | In: Trend Alert

    As our population grows and we use more natural resources than ever, the issue of renewable energy sources becomes ever more pressing. Innovation isn’t only important in the business world, it’s also crucial for ensuring the future of our planet.

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    6 Reasons Some People Are Uncomfortable with Innovation

    Jul 19, 2017 | In: Innovation Psychology

    When we talk about innovation, we sometimes forget that not everyone is on board with the new and revolutionary. Some people would rather stick to their same schedule and do the same thing, day after day: a predictable and comforting routine. For champions of innovation, this mindset is difficult to understand. However, you’re likely to meet many people over the course of your career who are simply uncomfortable with innovation, and you will have to learn to work with them. The first step to compromise is understanding, so let’s take a look at some of the reasons people are sometimes uncomfortable with innovation.

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    6 Potential Roadblocks to Innovation

    Jun 28, 2017 | In: Innovation Psychology

    Does it feel like your efforts in innovation lately have been…lackluster? Are you finding that your team just isn’t coming up with the great ideas you know they can produce? If your business is feeling stale and stagnant, you obviously want to know why, so you can make changes. Innovation efforts aren’t always simple and easy—and there are definitely some roadblocks that can come up along the way. Don’t get discouraged if you run into any of these common problems—you just have to be determined to prevent and work through them whenever possible!

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    Lessons from Apple on Why Aesthetic Innovation is Important

    Jun 22, 2017 | In: Enabling Factors

    It’s pretty much impossible to argue with Apple’s success. It’s one of the most valuable companies in the world, and has maintained dominance for its reputation as an innovative company that produces top-of-the-line hardware. Because of its products and brand reputation, Apple has gained a cult following that will buy nearly every new product that emerges, year after year. So why, even with the high price tag, are so many consumers willing to shell out for every new gadget that comes along?

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    Ways to Exercise Your Creative Muscles

    Jun 07, 2017 | In: Strategies

    Feeling like you’re stuck in a creative rut? Creativity works a lot like a muscle—you have to exercise it for it to work properly. Once you get stuck in a cycle of routine, it’s easy to feel like you’ve lost your creativity. Maybe you’re not contributing innovative ideas during team meetings anymore, or maybe you just feel like you’re doing the same thing every single day. Whatever is making you feel uncreative, you don’t have to live with it. All it means is that it’s time to exercise your creative muscles more than you have been! Here are some ways you can stay sharp, innovative, and creative.

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    Optimizing Meetings to Maximize Individual Brainstorming Time

    May 30, 2017 | In: Organization & Culture, Strategies

    Are you overwhelmed by unnecessary meetings? We’ve all been there: one more meeting, and you feel like you’re going to scream. You’ve been trying to make some real progress on your creative project, but the constant meetings have really been cutting into your individual brainstorming time. If you feel like the number of meetings you’ve been attending is cutting into your productivity, you’re not imagining it.

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    Considering International Expansion? Get Ready To Think Outside Your Comfort Zone

    May 16, 2017 | In: Innovation Psychology, Strategies

    Globalization is great for business: it opens up new markets and allows businesses to bring in revenue and talent from all over the world. However, the first steps into international expansion can be fraught with growing pains, forcing companies to waste time and money on efforts that don’t gain any traction in foreign markets. To avoid this, company leaders have to get ready to embrace change and innovation outside their normal comfort zone. Here’s why it’s important to get comfortable with discomfort when you’re considering international expansion.

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    Are Introverts More Innovative than Extroverts?

    Apr 20, 2017 | In: Creative Leadership

    The assumption that an introvert is insecure or antisocial can do a major disservice to that person – and to your company. To truly innovate and grow your business, it’s important to utilize all of the skills that your employees can contribute in their own way.

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    5 Industries with the Most Innovative Companies

    Mar 30, 2017 | In: Trend Alert

    Have you ever wondered where great ideas come from? If your company has ever stalled for the lack of innovation, then you’ve probably thought about it from time to time. Innovative ideas can come from nothing, or from a long process of brainstorming and debate, but it always seems like some industries are consistently coming out with the best new products and processes, while others lag far behind. This isn’t your imagination; some industries are moving much more quickly than others. But which industries are the most innovative, and what sets them apart?

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    6 Pitfalls to Avoid in Innovation Development

    Mar 08, 2017 | In: Collaborative Innovation, Creative Leadership, Organization & Culture, Strategies, Support for SMEs

    Before investing in your company’s innovation development, it’s important to develop a strategy for collecting and evaluating ideas. Having guidelines in place to thoroughly vet ideas, value diverse opinions, prioritize scalable and sustainable results, and other areas of innovation management can set you up for success over the long term.

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    How Employee Diversity Promotes Business Innovation

    Feb 23, 2017 | In: Innovation Psychology, Organization & Culture

    Lack of diversity among employees hurts a company’s ability to innovate and remain competitive. Diversity – both inherent and acquired – naturally drives innovation through team members’ different abilities to spot gaps, solutions, and opportunities; to avoid groupthink; and to reach clients and customers who were inaccessible before.

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    5 Most Influential Innovators of the 21st Century

    Jan 31, 2017 | In: Column & Opinion

    Ever since the beginning of mankind, there has always been someone who pushes the human race forward, such as the cavemen who learn how to make fire or the Native American Indians who sharpened stones to create weapons. With the advancement of technology in the 21st century these innovators: Elon Musk, Steve Jobs, Sheryl Sandberg, Mark Zuckerberg and Sheila Lirio Marcelo are creating new ways to travel, interact with others and access professionals for help.

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    Creativity is Key: Tips on Avoiding Groupthink

    Jan 10, 2017 | In: Organization & Culture

    It’s awesome when everyone agrees, isn’t it? Yes—and no. Most of us have, at some point, fallen into the trap of groupthink to avoid conflict and promote harmony in a group, whether at school, work, or on a committee. Groupthink has its perks: everyone feels comfortable, and there’s no risk of tension among members. It’s safe. Easy. Unfortunately, it can also kills creativity and innovation.

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    Scaling: How to Slay the Entrepreneurial Dragon

    Dec 13, 2016 | In: Life Cycle Processes, Strategies

    If you’re reading this, then you probably know the feeling – You’ve reached a certain point in your company’s growth where everything is looking good: you have the right people, the right product, and everyone is happy. Then, you realize that this comfort isn’t going to last forever. Scaling up is a scary step, because it’s easy to be too ambitious and undermine the progress you’ve already made.

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