Monthly Archives: October 2009

Creating Innovation with Synthesis

I’ve read several books about innovation, and am reading another which I’ll review shortly here on the blog, which talk about the importance of combining disparate skills or capabilities when innovating, or holding two diametrically opposing ideas and finding the happy medium. What should be obvious is that one of the most important skills from an innovation perspective is the ...

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Optimizing Innovation – Simon Dewulf of Creax

We are happy to bring you some of the key points and insights from Simon Dewulf’s talk at the Optimizing Innovation Conference, which was held October 21-22, 2009 in New York City. Simon Dewulf, Managing Director of Creax, spoke about how there are 67 million patents in the patent database and that a majority of them are 20+ years old ...

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Optimizing Innovation – Roopa Unnikrishnan of Pfizer

We are happy to bring you some of the key points and insights from Roopa Unnikrishnan’s talk at the Optimizing Innovation Conference, which was held October 21-22, 2009 in New York City. Roopa Unnikrishnan, Senior Director of Worldwide Strategy & Innovation at Pfizer, focused on the the messy-ness of innovation in her talk and that while the idea of four ...

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Nothing Ventured, Nothing Gained

Who said this: “Did I behave irresponsibly? Not totally, because I had something in mind I wanted to do. Am I sorry for what I did? Yes, I am. Would I do it differently? Probably not. It’s the way I was, and that’s something I have to live with today.” Sounds like a corporate creep who got caught with his ...

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The Participation Economy – Part 2

by Kevin Roberts I like to think of good ideas having a theme song. For the ‘Participation Economy‘ maybe it would be “Come Together” by The Beatles. But the manifestation of that spirit and energy has to be embodied by the current world tour by U2. It’s a lesson in participation with scale. Stadium shows of yesterday were known to ...

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Optimizing Innovation – Moises Norena of Whirlpool

We are happy to bring you some of the key points and insights from Moises Norena’s talk at the Optimizing Innovation Conference, which was held October 21-22, 2009 in New York City. Moises Norena, Director of Global Innovation at Whirlpool, spoke about how his job is to lead a three person team that works on the infrastructure that enables innovation ...

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Mumbai's Innovation Hub

Innovation in the developing world, as many people may tend to think, comes from either large conglomerates or small entrepreneurial communities which have had the good fortune of venture backing. Especially in a free market economy, such as India’s, innovation is often thought of as the mandate of thriving businesses equipped with the know-how. In Mumbai, India’s economic powerhouse, the ...

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How many years of experience do you have?

Several years ago, an HR professional passed along a piece of wisdom warranting consideration by anyone who works: Lots of people claim twenty years experience, when what they really have is one year of experience, twenty times over. Since that conversation, I’ve used her statement to gauge my career: What new skills, capabilities, and accomplishments have I demonstrated in the ...

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