Monthly Archives: February 2011

Borders at the Edge

A couple of weeks ago I posted about the difficulties Borders was having staying solvent in the rapidly-changing book retailing environment. I made the point that the company seemed to be preoccupied more with restructuring its balance sheet than it was with reformulating its strategy. I’m sorry to say things are getting worse for Borders, and now publishers—which are being ...

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Step by Step Guide to Brainstorming

Brainstorming can be an effective way to generate lots of ideas on a specific issue and then determine which idea – or ideas – is the best solution. Brainstorming is most effective with groups of 8-12 people and should be performed in a relaxed environment. If participants feel free to relax and joke around, they’ll stretch their minds further and ...

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Time to Test Your Strategy?

If you have an interest in strategy, I highly recommend subscribing to the McKinsey Quarterly e-newsletter. It doesn’t cost anything to sign up, and the well-researched articles keep you up to date on the latest in strategic planning trends and thought leadership. The research tends to be conducted with, and geared toward, larger company CEOs and executives. But the information ...

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February 2011 Sponsor – Brightidea

Thank you to Brightidea for sponsoring Blogging Innovation for February 2011. In just three months time, the Ecomagination Challenge- Powering the Grid collected over 4,000 ideas from over 70,000 global participants, making it the largest crowdsourcing competition of all time. Now, GE has launched phase two of the challenge powered by Brightidea’s Innovation Suite calling for eco-friendly home technology ideas. ...

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Picking Up Where Obama Left Off

“The first step in winning the future is encouraging American innovation.” So stated our President Barack Obama during last week’s State of the Union Address. But more important was what he did not say: How can organizations, enterprises and communities that are in shock facing our new normal economy, begin to reinvent the very essence of our economic and social ...

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Clinging to Innovation Tools

It’s reached the point where I’ve lost track of all the innovation tools available. It seems that every week I stumble across another innovation tool, method or technique. Much to my chagrin, since an innovation consultant should know most, if not all, of the possible permutations and combinations of tools and techniques in his chosen field. I mean, after all, ...

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Egypt – Cradle of Self-Organization

It’s hard to not be moved by the cri de coeur (cry of the heart) of the Egyptian people. A cry for freedom so loud the borders of Egypt can’t contain it. I don’t think I’m being hyperbolic in saying we are witness to the rise of a new world order. An era defined by entrenched public and private sector ...

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Innovation's Best Kept Secret

Those of you who frequent this blog know that I’m not a huge fan of either/or propositions. In most, if not all cases, decisions that are made on this basis simply constitute a lack of depth and understanding. This particularly holds true as it applies to the topic of innovation methodology. Most innovators view innovation from one of two perspectives: ...

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Infovation Powered by Affordable Real Time Data

Powerful and Affordable Real Time Data Mining, Visualization and Interactions Are Enabling Infovation by Idris Mootee I landed in Rhode Island recently to do some long working sessions around where arts meets science, and where design meets technology. We talked about how information changes our life and how it affects the way we make decisions both as an individual and ...

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