Monthly Archives: July 2009

Innovation Multiplication

I came across an interesting video with economist Alex Tabarrok talking about the incredible rate of progress in idea creation in the last 50 years and the prognosis for the next 100 years. His main premise? “One Idea, One World, One Market” Check out the video: The video does a great job of visualizing part of the reason that the ...

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The Golden Rules of Innovation

Like any other core business process there are some ‘rules’ of innovation management which will maximise the probability of success. These come under what we call “The 6 Ps”: PLANNING – Innovation must be linked to strategy Successful leaders link core business processes to their strategic goals and annual business planning targets, and innovation is no exception. Use a product-market ...

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Do Rewards Kill Innovation and Creativity?

I am constantly asked how to best structure a financial reward system in an effort to motivate people to contribute ideas and improvements. My answer: Just say no. Combined research from the Employee Involvement Association and Japan Human Relations Association reveals that the average number of ideas submitted per employee annually is 100 times greater in Japanese companies than in ...

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Designing a Sustainable Paris

In the race to create a sustainable world, designers will be key players. I’ve always been a big design fan and I salute the new sense of purpose now apparent in every aspect of this industry. It’s becoming more experimental, more challenging, more ethical, and more exciting without losing its core functions – to stimulate ideas, change behavior, and offer ...

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Social Media and Music – Ideal Partners?

Quiet Company – “It’s Better To Spend Money Like There’s No Tomorrow Than Spend Tonight Like There’s No Money” I recently became aware of TheSixtyOne, an online music community where “artists upload their work for review, but, rather than allow a stuffy suit in a boardroom to decide what’s good, thousands of listeners do.” Since I canceled my Last.fm account ...

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Incorporating Social Media into the Conversation

I came across an interesting Fast Company blog article from Steve Rubel titled “How to Captivate and Hold Attention in the Age of the Stream” that caused me to think about parallels between digital media and physical media. Here is an excerpt: “Imagine for a moment that you’re standing on an overpass high above a busy L.A. freeway like the ...

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The Ten Tenets of Transformation

THE POINT: How you think about an innovation challenge determines how well you deliver game-changing ideas. Our 10 Tenets of Transformational Thinking may be practiced by anyone, in any industry, at any scale, any time. Farewell, light bulb myths. Hello, consistent performance. THE TEN TENETS OF TRANSFORMATION Transformational thinking is all too often thought of as a once-in-an-eon lightning strike ...

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The True Nature of Innovation (Perception vs. Reality)

The new reality TV series, “Stars of Science,” gives 16 young Arab inventors a chance to design and build their dreams. From a solar-powered generator for tents, to an oxygen-infused juice drink, contestants vie to impress the judges and the audience. The show has captured the attention of many viewers, some of whom are eager to demonstrate that the Arab ...

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