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    From the Future to the Present: Visualization and Innovation

    April 26, 2017 | By:

    Recent discoveries of exoplanets that are relatively close to our solar system are used to illustrate the importance of “visualization”—of future consumer lifestyles, work and recreation, and product and service preferences—for the process of innovation. Different aspects of the visualization concept are discussed, including distinctions between consumers and companies, the importance of widely shared images and competition, and a possible role for Zen philosophy. Particular attention is devoted to visualizations associated with digital innovations, such as smartphones, voice assistants and the internet of things. A key conclusion of the discussion below is that the concept of disruptive innovation should be expanded to include the idea of disruptive visualization. The latter phenomenon will probably become more prevalent in the future.

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    Florence: Lessons from a Global Innovation Hub

    April 24, 2017 | By:

    While discussing innovative cities, one can’t help but think about those that were major catalysts for change in the past: Athens, Istanbul, Hong Kong, and Florence, for example. But how do they compare to more modern innovation hubs such as Silicon Valley, London, or Singapore? In this article, we’ll look at Florence – and 10 recognizable and applicable elements that contributed to its success throughout the 14th, 15th, and 16th centuries. We’ll also look at how Florence spurs innovation today.

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    Are Introverts More Innovative than Extroverts?

    April 20, 2017 | By:

    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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    Organizational Revolutions through Idea Hacking

    April 13, 2017 | By:

    Businesses face the dilemma dividing resources between protecting the current value chain and developing new value propositions that in time replace the old ones. Not every organization has the luxury to have its own dedicated innovation unit and still then the ideas might not always be too innovative. Hackathons are an affordable and energizing way to generate innovative ideas that can revolutionize your organization.

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    7 Ways to Appeal to Your Customers through IoT

    April 12, 2017 | By:

    To understand the impact of IoT on customer service you first need to know what it is. Briefly defined, IoT is a system of interrelated devices, digital machines, and objects that have unique identifiers. All these entities also have data transfer capabilities over networks without the need for human/human or human/computer interaction. In this article, we’ll explore how you can redefine and improve customer relationships through IoT.

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    Innovation Lessons from Rome’s Greatest Enemy

    April 10, 2017 | By:

    What innovation lessons can we learn from Hannibal, one of history’s most illustrious generals? In this piece based on a chapter from Paul Sloane’s ‘Think like an Innovator’, we’ll look at how Hannibal’s battle strategies and tactics can apply to innovation today – from using new and unexpected resources, to outflanking your competition, to understanding the importance of networking.

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    Why Running After Perfection can Kill Your Projects

    April 5, 2017 | By:

    Running after perfection can hinder your project’s success, despite your best intentions and efforts. Generally speaking, your project scope must align with its time and budget – a rule that doesn’t play well with the pursuit of perfection from start to finish. In this article, we’ll look at why perfection shouldn’t be your ultimate goal – but how to still satisfy your inner perfectionist as a project manager.

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    The Right Time will Never Come: 5 Steps to Execute Your Idea

    March 31, 2017 | By:

    After two years of coming up with my idea, I finally launched the platform ‘Scout Me Online.’ All the reasons why we procrastinate, avoid or delay in making decisions committing to a specific task are because we believe we need to have something or be perfect. And when we don’t have those, or we doubt ourselves, which reinforces our current belief.

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    5 Innovation Truths: as Told through Top Gun Movie Clips

    March 30, 2017 | By:

    During one of the recent (and frequent) screenings of Top Gun in our house, I was thinking about innovation. I had just finish a popular post for our company’s blog about the habits of the most innovative engineers and I began to draw parallels between Maverick’s journey and innovation.

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    5 Industries with the Most Innovative Companies

    March 30, 2017 | By:

    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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    Innovation Hot Spots – Countries vs. Cities

    March 27, 2017 | By:

    We increasingly see the world and much of its innovation through the lens of cities not countries, but there is little clarity around where the true innovation hotspots of today, let alone tomorrow, are to be found. While there is general agreement around which are the most innovative countries, the lack of consensus around the criteria used to identify an innovative city has produced multiple views and varied answers. If we want to understand more about the approaches that are the most effective in leading locations, we must decide on the best way to assess which cities are the most innovative.

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    ‘Collaborative Synthesizim’ and Innovative Nations

    March 24, 2017 | By:

    In an increasingly interconnected world, those individuals, sectors, and nations who can master collaborative synthesis will emerge as alpha-innovators. Through “collaborative synthesizim”, the use of highly-integrated, progressive technologies working in synchronization will drive innovative practices, encourage new ways of thinking, and present new challenges.

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    Managing Fundraising Innovation: the Dangers of the ‘Echo-Chamber’

    March 23, 2017 | By:

    This case study explores the results of an innovation research process undertaken by Oxfam, which compared internal feedback vs. general public feedback to identical sets of ideas. In comparing responses between these two audiences, Oxfam discovered an immediate and obvious divide between their staff’s opinions about which fundraising ideas would perform the best, versus what the general public preferred – an important lesson about avoiding the bubble of the echo chamber.

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    Innovators to Watch 2017

    March 21, 2017 | By:

    Alongside the annual Innovation Leaders analysis of large organizations’ performance, we also identify upcoming companies that are seen as potential future catalysts for change. While these are organizations that are yet to achieve global scale, they are already making significant impact. They are the companies that are inventing new technologies, applying new business models and creating value in new ways that may well have significant global influence in the years ahead. Some are new ventures; others have been around for a few years and are building momentum.

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    Systematic Idea Generation and Organizational Capabilities for Front-End Innovation Performance in SMEs

    March 16, 2017 | By:

    This study seeks to answer two key questions about the front-end innovation: when do idea generation activities involving internal and external partner’s payoff, and which organizational capabilities support idea generation activities for achieving high front-end performance?

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