Monthly Archives: August 2016

Innovation and How to Recruit and Retain Top Millennial Talent

Innovation and How to Recruit and Retain Top Millennial Talent

A key element to successfully implementing innovation is finding and keeping the right people. While it goes without saying that financial capital is critical for innovation implementation, it’s not the organization that has the most money but rather the organization that best utilizes its human capital that will have the best shot at “winning” the innovation race. Ten years from now, Millennials are projected to make up around 75 percent of the global workforce.[1] The Millennial Generation represents the future of your business; accordingly, recruiting and retaining top Millennial talent must be an organizational priority.

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Trend-driven Innovation for Product Managers

Consumer Trends

Smart product managers study trends and innovate accordingly. This is trend-driven innovation. Uber’s success is an excellent example of trend-driven innovation. It made transportation more convenient and also made earning money easier for drivers. Both were possible due to changes in perceptions of sharing – a trend that became known as the sharing economy. Trends can be a product manager’s ...

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Innov’Up at La Poste (French mail company)

Innov'Up at La Poste (French mail company) -Innovation Excellence

Aude Le Carpentier is in charge of Innov’Up Creativity, in the Service-Mail-Parcel sector of La Poste. She’s a 27 year-old manager of a team of 15 creative people, helping business teams to develop innovative services. She kindly accepted to answer our questions on the story of Innov’Up. 1)  What is ‘the reason why’ for Innov up Creativity? Where does it ...

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Three Ways to Fend Off Disruption

Disruption Ahead

Have you heard the joke about the disrupted barber? He was happily running a one-chair barbershop for years when a discount haircutter opened across the street. Customers deserted him. Business plummeted. The man grew desperate. Till one day he fought back: he created a sign and put it out front: “We fix $9 haircuts.” Business returned. As I travel this ...

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Customer driven innovation at Ricoh

Mike Irvine is the leader of Ricoh’s European Technology Centre. His team is responsible for bridging the gap between Customers business needs and the Ricoh engineering and development teams. I met with Mike at Barcelona Innovation summit, and was impressed by the presentation he delivered on customer driven innovation, and how Ricoh unfolds various ways to involve customers in its product roadmap. Mike kindly accepted to answer a few questions about it.

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