Monthly Archives: January 2010

Creating Innovation Best Practices of Tomorrow

Directors constantly strive to increase efficiency, implement best practice and deliver increased shareholder value. They seek to improve cash flow through efficiencies of scale and cost reductions. But there are limits to cost saving. In a global economy your competitors in lower-cost countries can beat you at that game. The best way to create value is to innovate your way ...

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Basically Anything Can Be Innovated

In a recent post, Four Quadrants of Innovation, I described one type of innovation as leveraging existing technologies, serving existing customers. In popular culture, this type of innovation is… well, frankly it’s boring. No cool new advances, no new stuff you haven’t tried before. But what is compelling about this type of innovation is how well it fits Clayton Christensen’s ...

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Can Optimism Change the Subway?

A public art project that links New York’s subway system with the idea of “optimism” is bound to attract some cynicism, if not outright ridicule. That’s because public transit everywhere in the world is one of the more popular targets for complaint, vitriol and even fist-shaking rage. However, radical optimists seek out optimism in the hardest places – and where ...

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A Branding Lesson From Leno

The big news this week in Medialand is NBC’s decision to cancel The Jay Leno Show and move the eponymous comedian back to a late-night time slot. About the short-lived experiment, Jeff Gaspin, NBC Universal’s Chairman of Television Entertainment, said, “I don’t think it’s wrong to take chances… Sometimes they work. Sometimes they don’t.” Fair enough. But with a little ...

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Innovation Perspectives – Innovating a Health Care Fix

This is the seventh of several ‘Innovation Perspectives‘ articles we will publish this week from multiple authors to get different perspectives on ‘What product or sector is in desperate need of innovation?‘. Here is the next perspective in the series: by Mark Roser In looking across various sectors the area of healthcare stands out as a particular opportunity for innovation. ...

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Innovation Perspectives – Packaging Up Innovation

This is the sixth of several ‘Innovation Perspectives‘ articles we will publish this week from multiple authors to get different perspectives on ‘What product or sector is in desperate need of innovation?‘. Here is the next perspective in the series: by Adam Schorr While recent years have been a boon for innovation in various industries such as consumer electronics and ...

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Good Acting can be Bad for the Business

When Shakespeare said that all the world’s a stage, he probably didn’t have employee performance evaluations in mind. But for anyone who has ever endured a less-than-candid performance appraisal, his words definitely ring true. Giving and receiving feedback is a complex process made infinitely more complicated by our human emotions and reactions. In particular, our fears, uncertainties and doubts about ...

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Innovating Your Why

Too many brands, companies and even vertical sectors assume what they do is, well, what they do. They define their value based on their current tactical, delivered product or service to the market and to their customers. But that’s not at all what they do, of course. People don’t buy a newspaper because it’s printed news. They can get that ...

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