Monthly Archives: October 2010

Now in Futuristic 2D

Since the release of James Cameron’s Avatar last year, 3D films have become a hot trend. With films like Alice in Wonderland and the release of state-of-the-art 3D televisions from companies like Samsung and Toshiba, it seems like everyone is interested in making flat images into three-dimensional experiences. The Japanese design firm Nendo, on the other hand, has turned this ...

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Has Google Jumped the Innovation Shark?

I was thinking recently, with the demise of Google Wave, that it is entirely possible that Google has jumped the innovation shark. For those of you unfamiliar with the “jumped the shark” phrase, that hearkens back to a famous television show in the US. To boost ratings, a character decided to water ski and jump over a shark. The fact ...

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Grounding Creativity in Sound Strategy

Do you have a false sense of your own creativity? I see a lot of business people who do, and they can easily cripple themselves and their organizations because of it. A false sense of creativity happens when you’re constantly trying new approaches (thus feeling all tingly and creative) when you’ve yet to answer the basic strategy question, “What matters?” ...

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Is Sears Giving Up?

Is it me, or is Sears abandoning its brand? A recent article in The Wall Street Journal was headlined “Sears Seeks Trendier ‘Vibe’ With Forever 21.” The article explained that Sears is giving up 15 percent of its floor space—some 43,000 square feet—at a store in California to “give Sears rental revenue and also supply some much needed fashion pizzazz ...

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October 2010 Sponsor – Spigit

Thank you to Spigit for sponsoring Blogging Innovation for October 2010. Spigit has experienced some exciting changes over the last month. This week, the leading purpose-built innovation software provider announced the appointment of former Microsoft Global Director for Innovation, Jeff Spencer, as the VP of SharePoint Strategy. Spencer has been an integral part of Microsoft’s innovation product strategy and planning ...

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Do You Have a Complexity Complex?

Are you overwhelmed by how fast the world moves these days? Does it seem like everything is getting more complicated? Do you sometimes feel like you might be out of your league when it comes to leading an organization in today’s chaotic markets? Welcome to business leadership in the 21st century. Technology was supposed to make our lives simpler. While ...

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Invest in Girls and Transform the World

An adolescent girl stands at the threshold of adulthood. In that moment, much is decided. If she stays in school, remains healthy and gains real skills, she will marry later, have fewer and healthier children, and earn an income that she’ll invest back into her family. But if she follows the path laid down by poverty, she’ll leave school and ...

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Nokia's Innovation Slow-down

Complacency is a Facile But Implausible Argument by Yann Cramer An interesting article in the International Herald Tribune dated 27/09/2010 explores the reasons why mobile phone leader Nokia slowed down, letting RIM’s Blackberry and Apple’s iPhone take the technology lead. In this case as in many others, analysts are quick to put complacency at the top of the list: managers ...

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Innovation Perspectives – Motivation for Innovation

This is the fourth of several ‘Innovation Perspectives‘ articles we will publish this week from multiple authors to get different perspectives on ‘Should companies treat innovation management as a core competence? And if so, how?’. Here is the next perspective in the series: by Jose Mello How to create an innovation strategy that fits the organization needs and culture? Innovation ...

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