Innovation levers

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    The Innovator’s Dilemma: Lessons from Kodak

    May 24, 2017 | By:

    I guess everyone knows the tragic story of the EastmanKodak Company: founded in the 19th century, dominating the photographic film market during most of the 20th century and finally collapsing into bankruptcy in the early 21st century, shaken by a new technology they had once decisively initiated.

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    Where to Start with Innovation? Begin by removing the Barriers

    May 24, 2017 | By:

    Surveys show that the large majority of senior executives see innovation as critical for their businesses but what if you want to make your organization more agile and innovative where should you start? You could launch a big initiative with grand statements, training classes and an ideas scheme but you tried all those last year and they fizzled out. It is better to begin with a brutally honest assessment of what is preventing innovation from happening today.

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    How Big Radical is Reclaiming Design

    May 19, 2017 | By:

    Nobody doubts that design can be powerful. But while words and phrases like ‘design thinking,’ ‘agile’ and ‘lean’ may be officially welcome in the boardrooms of Deloitte, Accenture, PWc, McKinsey and similar firms, I believe that the full potential of design has been neglected and these terms misappropriated.

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

    May 16, 2017 | By:

    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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    Struggling with Company Culture? Here are 3 Ways to Improve Your Work Environment

    May 4, 2017 | By:

    Company culture is an extremely important component of a healthy business. Culture serves as the personality of the organization and has a huge impact on the company’s reputation with both internal employees and externally with customers and clients. In addition, workplace culture can influence an employee’s productivity and results. Companies who focus on building a positive culture will reap the benefits of a motivated and high-achieving workforce as employees will feel much more contented and connected at work.

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    Leaders Should Listen More and Talk Less

    April 25, 2017 | By:

    Want to improve your leadership skills? Well, you can start by talking less and listening more. While your oratory skills may impress some, your ability to listen will impress even more. Great leaders understand the importance of surrendering the floor. Unfortunately, most leaders choose to dominate the conversation with rhetoric and fail to engage in proper communication, which requires listening.

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    Five Ways Sustainable Innovation is Different from Normal Innovation

    April 18, 2017 | By:

    Today’s innovation rules were forged in a world that paid little attention to sustainability, where profit was separate from this higher purpose. Yet the disruptive nature of sustainability must surely change the way we innovate too. We must continue to reinvent our innovation processes to ensure it is fit for a changing world, in the five ways highlighted here.

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    Implementation is Your New Competitive Advantage

    April 17, 2017 | By:

    When it comes to implementation there are three things that companies ought to be thinking about in order to maintain a competitive advantage: process, feedback, and the importance of having multiple stakeholders from the beginning. Learn more in this Open Innovation Guide from IdeaScale.

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    How Neuroscience is Supporting Innovative Corporations

    April 11, 2017 | By:

    Progressive business leaders are building innovative actions, climates and ultimately cultures that align with “brain-friendly” science. In this article we outline some steps that you can take to support this kind of innovative organization.

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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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    Learning to Communicate With Difficult Co-Workers

    April 4, 2017 | By:

    No matter where you work, there’s always some difficult co-workers you’re going to have to deal with. Instead of wishing the situation away, which never works, it’s time to learn how to perfect your skills for dealing with them.

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    A Look Back at Three Innovations that Have Changed Our Lives

    April 4, 2017 | By:

    Nowadays, the words “innovation” and “creativity” get thrown around a lot in the business and academic world. But the road to making successful innovations is filled with challenges, opportunities taken or missed, and plenty strikes of luck. Often, people invent machines to face a recurrent problem. These inventions, in turn, spawn other inventions and innovation. These types of inventions have the most impact on society. Here’s looking at three inventions that have changed our lives forever.

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    Citizen Science and Market Research: How the Public Can Help Prioritize

    April 3, 2017 | By:

    Regardless of whether the workplace is a public or private entity, departments often struggle to prioritize assigned projects, and align individual projects with overall objectives. In this case study, we’ll explore how the National Cancer Institute implemented crowdsourcing to enable the research community and the public to submit ideas on how best to prevent, diagnose and treat cancer – and how as a result, they were able to prioritize existing research and initiatives into areas where additional resources were needed the most.

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    5 Ways to Use Technology to Improve Employee Engagement, Collaboration and Retention

    March 23, 2017 | By:

    In today’s workplace, technological innovation is key to retaining your best talent. From telecommuting, to growth and career development, to improved communication and collaboration, and beyond, there are myriad ways you can keep your employees happy and productive.

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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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