Monthly Archives: February 2010

Technology Does Not Equal Innovation

I had the opportunity to speak to a group at a university recently about innovation. In fact, I’ve spoken to four universities about innovation in the last few months. There’s a growing awareness that innovation needs to happen in university settings. This would include innovation on the administration of the university, in the teaching methods and in what is taught. ...

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Design Does Matter

So, does design really matter? Let me make my position very clear… design absolutely matters. Whether it is aesthetic, functional, creative, process, innovative, intellectual, technical or applicational… design matters. While I have heard many a professional downplay the value of design, it has been my experience that most business people who espouse this opinion are commenting on something outside of ...

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Is China an Innovative Society?

I tapped into an interesting discussion on LinkedIn. Chris Gelken, who is host and co-producer of Today, a live news magazine, asked whether China is an innovative society. Personally, I find the development of China to be both fascinating and a bit frightening seen from a Western perspective. Based on several visit, my take is that if China avoids too ...

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What's in a Name?

Lessons in Insights & Innovation From Anti Monkey Butt Powder by Mark Prus I am a professional name developer, and I like to gather opinions about product names. Earlier this year I posted a Twitter Poll to gather opinions on Anti Monkey Butt Powder… Good Name or Bad Name? The results indicated that about 70% of people thought Anti Monkey ...

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Will Spiderman be real soon or is it just hype?

Every time there is a new product launch, there is always hype around how innovative the product is. Not all innovative new products deliver on the hype like Apple. Although the Segway was a big engineering achievement, it didn’t live up to the hype. Its sophisticated system of dynamic stabilization certainly showcases electronic engineering excellence and did deserve some hype, ...

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Innovation That is Measured is Treasured

Why Results Require Rewards: Encouraging Action With Incentive by Robert F. Brands with Jeff Zbar Imagine a company that has taken the time to consider the role of Innovation in the corporate mission. Employees were encouraged to be part of the innovation process but their reward was compensation linked strictly to output. Does that encourage value-added thought process? In my ...

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Part 3 – Three Innovation Distinctions

This is the third of my “Innovation Distinctions” entries. In the first part of this series, I wrote why you should focus on “Challenges, not Ideas.” Next, I addressed the distinction of “Process, not Events.” In this final entry, I discuss why innovation requires “Diversity not Homogeneity.” Be sure to read the previous two articles before reading this one. As ...

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10 Simple Ways to Stay Connected

No matter what you do for a living, an active network is critical to your current and future success. That said, it’s very easy to ignore the often simple, tactical things you can do to keep your network engaged and growing. Here’s a list of ten things to consider doing daily. If ten is too much to start (although this ...

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January's Top 10 Innovation Posts

This year I thought I would experiment with a Top Ten list at the beginning of each month, profiling the ten posts from the previous month that generated the most traffic to Blogging Innovation. So, without further ado, here are January’s ten most popular innovation or marketing posts: 10 Lessons Learned from 2009 – by Holly G. Green Top 10 ...

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Study of Innovation Risks

Building upon the Boston Consulting Group innovation study, Altin Kadareja has configured a research study for his graduate thesis titled: “Quantification of Innovation Risks“. He is focused on developing a model that can identify, analyze and quantify the risk of innovation projects. This model stands besides innovation project management practices and is based on a step by step structural framework ...

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