Monthly Archives: May 2011

Creativity Is More Practice Than Magic

As problem solvers our role is to support companies, clients, and customers by solving their business problems. We’re asked to help drive sales, increase traffic, and build community. These challenges, and others, are solved through our ability to combine ideas in new and meaningful ways. That’s creativity. Creativity is sparked by our imagination. Unfortunately, most of us have been conditioned ...

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Startup America to Accelerate Innovation and Entrepreneurship

Point: Entrepreneurs in high-growth companies can influence the federal government to increase their company’s access to capital, people, and markets. Story: Accelerating high-growth entrepreneurship Background: The Startup America Partnership, an initiative launched by President Obama in 2011, seeks to accelerate high-growth entrepreneurship. One step is to reduce the barriers entrepreneurs face when starting high-growth businesses. To accomplish this step, senior ...

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The Power of Storytelling

Crossing the Chasm by Geoffrey Moore remains one of the best sources of information on how to market and sell “disruptive products to mainstream customers.” Despite being first published almost twenty years ago, the book remains on the recommended reading list for most entrepreneurs today. One of the best chapters of the book centers around targeting the point of attack ...

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3D Art and the Participation Economy

It took more than two years for Michelangelo to carve his famed David, but now you can have a mini-masterpiece of your own in a matter of moments. A group called blablabLAB has created a small kiosk in the heart of Barcelona’s La Rambla pedestrian mall where, if you will just stand still briefly, a machine will complete a 3D ...

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What do Innovators Know That You Don't?

From the outside, looking in at innovative firms, it seems that the innovators must be fantastically insightful, smart and rapid responders. After all, innovation requires that someone or some team spot a great new opportunity, create a product or service to fill the gap, and arrive in the market with the solution before anyone else, yet not too early. What ...

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Rockstar Studios Knows How to Innovate

Yesterday I wrote about how innovation requires courage. It takes guts and vision to do something that is so remarkable, that it changes everything. Here then, is a great example. Innovation in the gaming industry is hard to come by. Games haven’t changed much in the last decade. The only noticeable different take on games was introduced by one of ...

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Importance of Empathy to Leadership

A while back I wrote a blog about resilience being one of the most important qualities for today’s leaders. A number of readers agreed with me, and one went on to point out another very important leadership trait that often gets overlooked – empathy. Most people don’t associate the word “empathy” with effective leadership. Business leaders are supposed to be ...

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Importance of Creative Tension to Innovation

Innovation is no serendipity” says Braden Kelley in Innovation is No Accident: “When it comes to innovation, good ideas are a dime of a dozen”. The story of Newton’s falling apple is surely not what happened to Charles Goodyear: “Discovery holds meaning only for the one whose mind is prepared to draw an inference, the one who has applied himself ...

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Are your ideas audacious enough?

In most business ideas, there is a direct correlation between how audacious and risky an idea is and its innovativeness and reward potential. Disruptive innovation – in other words, innovative ideas which disrupt industry and dramatically change a business sector – are inevitably audacious and highly risky. They are also highly innovative and, if they work as hoped, bring in ...

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