Monthly Archives: July 2010

Banking on Brand Authenticity

In my latest BusinessWeek.com column I focus on the need for and power of authenticity in branding. I began the column with the story of Citi, which has been about as inauthentic a brand as there could be over the past couple of years. New CEO Vikram Pandit is claiming to have turned things around, and I hope he has. ...

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Blogging Innovation on the iPhone

You can now get Blogging Innovation on your iPhone. Blogging Innovation contributor Geoff Zoeckler has created the iPhone application called “innovate”. You can search for “innovate” in Apple’s App Store, or for more information, click here. The application displays articles from Blogging Innovation, along with innovation content from BusinessWeek, YouTube, and Twitter. I didn’t write the iPhone App, but I ...

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What If You Asked “What If?”

Recently I was doing a keynote presentation on innovation when a member of the audience, a senior manager at a large company, posed this question: “What’s the difference between individual and organizational innovation? We have plenty of people who come up with good ideas, but nothing new ever seems to get done in our company.” This particular manager happens to ...

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The Role of Business Schools in Innovation

“Innovation is and will always be a major driver of business and societal success, and business schools are doing much to foster innovation worldwide. The opportunities to do more to support innovation are many and the potential to create value is high.” The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB) released a new report, Business Schools on an Innovation ...

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Can Government Regulation Spur Innovation?

Sure, and pigs can fly too by Rocco Tarasi President Obama has signed the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act into law. Besides my general opinion on the size and role of government(*), I wasn’t happy about the initial drafts of the law due to its impact on a start-up companies’ ability to raise angel funding. Under the ...

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Siemens Report on Open Innovation

Siemens have published a detailed report on Open Innovation. It contains many interesting points including a report from Grant Thornton on the sources of ideas. Their survey revealed that the best sources of ideas were as follows as rated by percentage of respondents: Customers 41% Heads of Business Units 35% Employees 33% Internal R&D 33% CEO 27% Partners & Suppliers ...

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Confusing Lack of Innovation Standards

I’ve read about the five phases of a project: Euphoria Disenchantment Search for the Guilty Punishment for the innocent Rewards for the uninvolved. I’ve also read about the five stages of grief: Denial Anger Bargaining Depression Acceptance What we need in innovation is a five step method to describe the confusing explosive growth. Perhaps something like this: Euphoria Extensive, unbounded ...

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Leaders – Born or Made?

Leaders: born or made? While there is a very simple answer to this question, most people are so entrenched in their beliefs that no amount of reason or logic will alter their opinions. But that’s never stopped me before…so for my part, I would actually like to put this useless debate to bed once and for all. So, what’s the ...

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Innovation Conference Correspondents Wanted

There are a lot of great insights shared at the many innovation conferences that take place around the world, and Blogging Innovation would like to bring you more of them here on the blog. If you live in the city where a major innovation conference is taking place, or are willing to pay your way there, we can help get ...

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Innovation – Blessing or Curse?

Being an innovator is both a blessing and a curse. Innovators are constantly seeking to improve things by finding a better way. A questing personality is a blessing providing innovators with a source of personal pride, accomplishment, and exhilaration. At the same time an innovator’s job is never done. There is always a better way. A sense of perpetual incompleteness ...

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