Monthly Archives: April 2011

Improving Communications on Distributed Teams

I’m a member of the EMC Research Cambridge virtual team. This position affords me the opportunity to travel into Cambridge, Massachusetts once per month and work with local universities and/or businesses. I’m free to pursue research topics that interest me and benefit my company. I keep a watchful eye on seminars that occur at local universities such as Harvard and ...

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Importance of Big and Little Innovation

Since innovation became a sexy word for big business, companies have been tripping over themselves to become more innovative. Some merely take a marketing approach and add a slogan that emphasizes innovation without bothering to actually become more innovative. Others struggle without succeeding. One reason is that most of these companies are looking for a big innovation: that earth shattering ...

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Too Busy to Keep Up? – Develop Resilience

Resilient (ri?zily?nt): able to recoil or spring back into shape after bending, stretching, or being compressed; able to withstand or recover quickly from difficult conditions. Wow. Talk about the perfect description for leading an organization in the current business environment! Today’s business leaders need an increasingly diverse and sophisticated array of skills, traits, and aptitudes. And with virtually every industry ...

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April's Top 3 Innovation Trends and Topics

What is happening in the innovation community right now? In this post, I give a quick overview of the top trends and issues based on the interactions and inspirations I have had over the last month or so. 1. User-driven innovation – does it work? How valuable is user input for innovation? This is a classic discussion that picked up ...

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Modularity & Openness Accelerate Innovation

Point: Use open innovation and modularity to identify new product/service needs and accelerate your pace of innovation Story: Rugged handheld computers are used every day by retailers,warehouse operators, service technicians, parcel companies, and transportation operators to log customer purchases, track inventory, monitor shipments, and scan tickets. Half a dozen manufacturers compete in the crowded market for these devices to serve ...

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Leveraging Co-Creation

In previous posts I have analyzed predictions from two years ago that were presented at the World Innovation Forum and World Business Forum in 2009. In my last post I introduced C.K. Prahalad’s message on the importance of co-creation in developing countries.  This theory has a significant impact on job seekers looking for international high-tech job opportunities at large corporations. ...

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Business Models Aren't Just For Business

During my six years as an accidental bureaucrat, after spending twenty-five years in the private sector, my friends often wondered how I could do it. They routinely asked versions of the question: doesn’t government move too slowly for you? My standard reply was that, yes, the public sector moves slowly – but then, big companies don’t move so quickly either. ...

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Leadership and Courage

Courage is a trait possessed by all great leaders. So much so, that leadership absent courage is nothing short of a farce. Let me be very clear – I’m not advocating for bravado, arrogance, or an overabundance of hubris, but the courage necessary to stay the course and to do the right things. Standing behind decisions that everyone supports doesn’t ...

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