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    Three Box Solution for Sustainable Innovation

    April 21, 2016 | By:

    “Before you can create, you must forget,” writes Vijay Govindarajan (VG), one of the world’s leading experts on strategy and innovation in his latest book “The Three Box Solution – A Strategy For Leading Innovation.” Why does VG say this and what can we learn from him?

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    Innovative Workplace Benefits: Perks Employees Look For

    March 15, 2016 | By:

    One thing that successful companies usually have in common is their willingness to give their employees great perks and benefits. Having great workplace benefits increases the employee’s willingness to go above and beyond for the company, which in turn benefits the organization.

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    How Innovation Develops Among Individuals in Niche Social Networks

    February 11, 2016 | By:

    In the current digital arena, social networks have touched the lives of almost every human being on earth, allowing us to share life’s novelties with friends and loved ones. However, social networks are not restricted to sharing and commenting on pictures, but giving rise to innovation among individuals to help make our world a better place.

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    Breakthrough Methods for Visioning

    February 3, 2016 | By:

    Creativity as a concept remains hard to pin down. Many view the ability to find creative solutions as the pinnacle of creative leadership. Artists, designers, visionaries and thought leaders are all admired for the power of their ideas, i.e. for their creativity. Creativity is a well-researched topic, covered in many popular science and business economics books. Yet we continue to struggle with the mystique created around the topic, and the intimidating notion that this is a territory reserved for the so-called “Creatives”.

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    Customer Research and Consumer Delight

    January 27, 2016 | By:

    Unmet consumer needs are considered the holy grail of product and service innovation: a mystical, sacred entity with unlimited value and powers for those that know how to tap into it. It would seem that with present day digitalization and social media, it is easier to connect to users everywhere through online surveys, platforms, and data mining technology. Moving from a mass-producing economy to one based on individually tailored products suggests that the gap between consumer needs and producer response are closely aligned. Yet the mystique surrounding unmet user needs remains.

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    How to Achieve More Effective Performance Appraisals

    January 25, 2016 | By:

    Roughly only half of all companies conduct annual performance reviews. Of the fifty percent of companies that do tend to provide consistent and reliable feedback to their employees. However, it can be awkward at times to tell someone on your staff that they aren’t doing a good job or attempt to offer constructive criticism without sounding condescending. What are some ways to make a performance appraisal more effective and less awkward for yourself and the employee?

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    Getting Innovation to Scale – Waves (part 3 of 3)

    January 20, 2016 | By:

    Through scaling, smart movers can quickly build substantial market shares – or define entirely new markets. To help innovation leaders understand scaling we have divided it into three main areas: Emergence, Networks, and Waves. This article is on Waves, the third and last in a series of three.

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    Getting Innovation to Scale – Networks (part 2 of 3)

    January 13, 2016 | By:

    Through scaling, smart movers can quickly build substantial market shares – or define entirely new markets. To help understand scaling we have divided it into three main areas: Emergence, Networks, and Waves. This article is on Networks, the second in a series of three.

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    Getting Innovation to Scale – Emergence (part 1 of 3)

    January 6, 2016 | By:

    Through scaling, smart movers can quickly build substantial market shares – or define entirely new markets. To help understand scaling we have divided it into three main areas: Emergence, Networks and Waves. This article is on Emergence, the first in a series of three.

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    Learning by Doing and Storytelling

    December 16, 2015 | By:

    We are taught to think that all great minds think alike. While this may have worked during pre-twenty first century industrial times, this is no longer the case today. We need creative and diverse minds that can navigate through the chaos, uncertainty, and adventure of our present-day society —each individual contributing in their own unique way.

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    How Corporate Innovation Changed in 2015: A Look Back

    December 15, 2015 | By:

    There were several key (and generally welcome) themes that emerged within the 2015 innovation development space. These are, in part, driven by the increasing value that corporate and business leadership place on this (still relatively) new competency, the sophistication of practitioners in the field, and the results of seeing what works or fails. It is truly an exciting time to be in this field and to see these changes form across the industry.

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    Challenging a Vision by Reframing

    December 9, 2015 | By:

    An insignificant island in the Indian Ocean can turn out to be the world’s largest ocean economy. It’s all a matter of perspective, depending on the frame with which we look at the world. The assumptions on which this frame is based are usually unexamined and often wrong. They aren’t the only truth out there. Take the Mauritius, a small island with a tiny GDP and little economic potential, facing rising sea levels. But it’s also in a huge ocean area with sustainable ocean mining opportunities, and a potential high leverage economy. By challenging our initial assumptions, we can reframe that first belief towards a whole new perspective. Why? It helps us see great opportunities for innovative business models and for innovation leadership.

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    The Future of Learning is Play

    December 2, 2015 | By:

    The traditional paradigm holds that learning needs to be serious; if you’re having fun, you’re doing something wrong. Learning is meant to be hard work. It needs to be done in an orderly, disciplined fashion – the students silent as the teacher speaks. While there are some surprising exceptions, this is still the basis of most of the teaching happening in the world, and deeply entrenched in our way of thinking about learning. But is it true? Does serious learning require us to be serious?

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    Driving Breakthrough Change – Dynamic Scaling in Four Steps

    November 25, 2015 | By:

    How did a small organization kick-start a process that doubled the amount of nature in the Netherlands? Siegfried Woldhek used this four-step scaling strategy at the World Wildlife Fund to create a now-legendary example of highly creative strategies that shifted the application of resources on a massive scale.

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    Collaborative Innovation in Advanced Manufacturing: Just Getting Started

    November 24, 2015 | By:

    Advanced manufacturers—people who make “things”—face the same challenges in the Digital Age as their counterparts that traffic wholly in bits and bytes. Relentless immediacy. Increased transparency. In this article, the innovation architect Doug Collins reflects on the results from a survey that the analyst firm Frost & Sullivan conducted as part of the Manufacturing Leadership Council. What are the more advanced of the advanced manufacturing thinking these days about the practice of collaborative innovation? Are they on track?

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