Monthly Archives: July 2009

Congratulations to the BIF-5 Contest Winner

Voting is now closed, and we have a winner for my ticket to the Business Innovation Factory (BIF-5) conference October 7-8, 2009 in Providence, RI. Here again were the Three Finalists: Creating a Bachelor of Innovation by Dr. Terrance E. Boult, University of Colorado at Colorado Springs Breaking Innovation Barriers by Looking Beyond by Vyoma Kapur, Colspark LLC A Nightmare ...

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What are you doing to innovate for an obese America?

The Wall Street Journal reported this week on the huge price being paid in health-care spending due to America’s rapidly expanding waistlines: $147B. How are we as innovators leading companies to address this head on? Lecturing, hectoring and “education” aren’t changing what’s on America’s plate, or at least not quickly enough. I recommend reading Hank Cardello’s book “Stuffed: An Insider’s ...

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BOF 3.0 – Ruffle Your Innovation Feathers

I had the opportunity to attend Brightidea’s Birds of a Feather (BOF 3.0) event at Chevron’s headquarters the other day. For those of you not familiar with Bright Idea Birds of a Feather events, they are periodic events for innovation practioners from Brightidea customers (e.g. HP) and non-customers (e.g. Chevron) to get together to discuss innovation challenges and share practical ...

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BOF 3.0 – Innovation Fatigue Session

The second of the Brightidea Birds of a Feather (BOF 3.0) unconference discussion sessions I attended posed the question – Is there such a thing as innovation fatigue? Here are some of the key insights and comments from the session: You can’t run people in crisis mode forever. If you create an innovation panic, your people and organization will get ...

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BOF 3.0 – Culture of Innovation Session

The first of the Brightidea Birds of a Feather (BOF 3.0) unconference discussion sessions I attended posed the question – What are the key elements of building a culture of innovation and what is the leader’s role? Here are some of the key insights and comments from the session: There was a great deal of discussion around the role of ...

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BIF-5 Ticket Contest Finalists Announced

Lots of people wanted the chance to win a $1,200 ticket to the Business Innovation Factory (BIF-5) conference October 7-8, 2009 in Providence, RI, but here are the best entry submissions, the Three Finalists: Creating a Bachelor of Innovation by Dr. Terrance E. Boult, University of Colorado at Colorado Springs Breaking Innovation Barriers by Looking Beyond by Vyoma Kapur, Colspark ...

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Creating a Bachelor of Innovation

This is Finalist #1 of 3 in the Business Innovation Factory (BIF-5) Ticket Contest Vote for this entry by leaving a comment or sending an @reply to @innovate on Twitter with “I vote for #1” in it. This entry is about a ongoing educational innovation, a paradigm shift, offering new degrees with a common core focused on teams of students ...

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Breaking Innovation Barriers by Looking Beyond

This is Finalist #2 of 3 in the Business Innovation Factory (BIF-5) Ticket Contest Vote for this entry by leaving a comment or sending an @reply to @innovate on Twitter with “I vote for #2” in it. If you are a scientist or an engineer, you know firsthand that innovation is neither inexpensive nor straightforward. It is a long convoluted ...

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Watch Out for the Innovation Boogeyman

If you are operating under tight resource constraints (and these days, who isn't?), you may recognize that this is the innovation world you face every day. You desperately want to - need to - innovate, but you are in the dark about emerging technologies, consumer trends, and competitive movements. Optimally, you'd like to throw on the light switch and see clearly into all of those areas, but the costs of market research studies, consumer testing, innovation management software, and outside consultants are beyond your reach.

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LinkedIn or Ning for Innovation Community?

Which do people prefer for sharing interesting news, articles, videos, and all around community – Ning or LinkedIn? I created an Innovation Community a year ago on Ning and to date it has 42 members. Ning had a lot of promise when it first came on the scene, but I’m not sure that it has a bright future because it ...

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