Monthly Archives: January 2014

What Dancing Can Teach Us about Innovation

Inspired by fantastic examples of innovation, I decided to contribute my fair share to the list. As a competing amateur ballroom dancer, I’d like to argue that dancing too can teach us about innovation. To prove my point, I’ll share with you a some wisdom that I’ve learned from my dancing teacher.

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Jobs-to-be-Done in the Customer-Centric Organization

I asked it for when I asked the following question about customer-centricity on Twitter, as I had a conversation in the preceding days with a fellow from a large corporate. Customer-centricity was recently adopted as an internal mantra, but the manifestation of that was…wait for it…sentiment analysis. It’s a start, right? But is it really a difference-maker?

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Starbucks Retail Innovation in Switzerland

What happens in Switzerland if you forget to buy your latte or cappuccino before you get on the train? Well, Starbucks has taken the next leap in connecting with customers as they make their rail connections, moving beyond retail locations in train stations across Europe to opening its first store on a Swiss Federal Railways (SBB) car, the national railway line for Switzerland.

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Selling YOUR Innovation

The most important measure of a successful commercial innovation is revenue traction. Operation’s requires it and VCs & Angels often demand it before engaging. Yet many innovators’ efforts end at the point of marketing. Completing the revenue capture process with a solid sales strategy is essential.

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Announcing New Online Series: Disrupting Disruptive Innovation Theory – Lessons from the Tribeca Disruptive Innovation Awards

What do Fedex, the Pope and the Fosbury Flop have in Common? The answer is not just that they’re all iconic disruptors in their own right.  The answer may well go deeper and address our collective yearnings for positive disruption, what it takes to productively embrace, and make disruptive innovation happen , without decimating or getting decimated by it. Innovation Excellence is pleased to announced our newest exclusive online content series: DISRUPTING Disruptive Innovation:  Lessons from the Tribeca Disruptive Innovation Awards starting Thursday January 29 at 1 p.m. eastern.

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