Monthly Archives: October 2010

Connected Adjacency Innovation

Don’t go to war with current models and systems. Too many are in love with them and you will lose. Create the future through connected adjacencies. Why are innovators so quick to go to the mattresses? Like a scene right out of The Godfather innovators are wired to assume a war footing. Innovators start from a premise that intransigent models ...

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The Brand is Dead, Long Live the Brand

In consumer packaged goods and consumer electronics markets, brand management has traditionally been the driving force behind business growth. Gaining a consumer’s loyalty and connecting with them on an emotional level helped created consistency and certainty for both the company and the consumer. The journal Strategy+Business, published by consulting firm Booz & Company included a story titled, “The Trouble With ...

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Inspiring Work

Inspiring work is art. Inspiring work is rare. Inspiring work is scary. Inspiring work is thrilling. Inspiring work is the reward. Inspiring work is life changing. Inspiring work is easy to recognize. Inspiring work is difficult to recognize. Inspiring work is an acknowledgment of self. Inspiring work’s magnitude is proportional to the fear. Don’t miss an article (1,750+) – Subscribe ...

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Mining Gold from CAPTCHAs

Turning annoying CAPTCHAs into not-so-annoying but oh-so-profitable ads by Rocco Tarasi This innovation goes in the “why didn’t I think of that” category. Solve Media is turning CAPTCHAs into an advertising opportunity. Instead of displaying random words with lines crossed through them (that personally I often find too hard for even a human to decipher), Solve Media’s CAPTCHA’s are advertisements ...

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People and Leadership

When you closely examine the core characteristics of what really makes for great leadership, it’s not power, title, authority or even technical competency that distinguishes truly great leaders. Rather it’s the ability to both earn and keep the loyalty and trust of those whom they lead that sets them apart. Leadership is about trust, stewardship, care, concern, service, humility and ...

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Please Help Ignite the Innovation Bonfire

Every successful organization began as a nimble, innovative startup with the ability to course-correct and quickly adapt to the needs of its customers. But along the way, success and growth cause changes in the structure, the culture, and sometimes even the vision of organizations. Successful, growing organizations often focus on driving out the operational inefficiencies they maintained during their startup ...

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Execution is Everything

Several reviews of The Social Network hit on an critical innovation point – that the value in a great idea is not in having it, but rather in executing it. The topic comes up because apparently the movie deals a fair bit with the lawsuits brought against Mark Zuckerberg once Facebook became successful. Here is how Jeff Jarvis refers to ...

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Have you been seduced by text?

We Have Yet to Understand the Effects of Excessive Texting on our Communications and Realtionships. by Idris Mootee I realize I am texting more these days as it is faster and easier. Texting is one of our everyday activities, and for the younger generation it is the primary method to stay connect with friends. I have seen a couple texting ...

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The Unbalanced Benefits of Crowdsourcing

I just read a nice article on BusinessWeek – Workers of the World, Innovate – that looked into employee-driven innovation and crowdsourcing. The article prompted a comment that starts like this: “I have a real problem with this. Crowdsourcing is heavily biased towards benefiting those who run businesses, but not the idea creators. It cheapens the skill of creative thinking ...

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Innovation Enters Adolescence (Part 2)

So what are the signs of the continuing development of enterprise use and adoption of innovation tools and techniques? We already covered in a previous post (see “Death of the Chief Innovation Officer”) the first of these signs – that of the increasing presence of dedicated innovation roles. People dedicated to ensuring the company is innovating effectively, sustainably, and in ...

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