Author Archives: Boris Pluskowski

Innovation – Do you WANT to win? Well, do you?

If you’ve never been to the annual Business Innovation Factory conference (BIF as it is affectionately known), it’s really quite a trip. More of a mini-TED conference than anything specifically innovation related – it’s all about enabling people to share stories about things they’ve achieved, thought of, experienced, and so on. The end result is that you don’t necessarily walk ...

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6 Secrets of Corporate Authenticity

“Authentic” is undoubtedly one of most echoed words in the Social World nowadays – applied especially liberally when explaining to companies the means by which they should be conveying themselves to the broader world in order to be heard. The term seems seldom explained more than that, and yet the implications are deep. It amuses me to no end that ...

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Is your social community contaminated?

Recently I found myself at the W Hotel in Hoboken, accidentally (no really!) listening to an interesting story on one of the many breakfast shows on at that time. On that show, author James Fowler was describing research he had done that showed how social networks surrounding us can impact each of our lives in a much deeper way than ...

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Four Laws of Enduring Innovation Success

Always an avid reader of the Financial Times, (one of the few decent news sources in an otherwise barren information landscape here in the US) I came across a great commentary/review by the FT’s always fabulous Lucy Kellaway on the “Money-Honey’s” (CNBC’s Maria Bartiromo) recent book “The Ten Laws of Enduring Success”. Lucy does amusingly short work of debunking the ...

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Companies Should Build Teams Not Communities

Recently, I posted a response to all the wonderful comments and contributions that you all made to my last post on “Why Companies Shouldn’t Build Online Communities“. As I plan to delve further into this idea of “Social Teams”, I thought I’d re-post that reply as a post in its own right so as to make it easier for people ...

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Innovation and Sustainability

Turning Green into Gold by Boris Pluskowski It wasn’t that many long ago that friends and clients who have known me for a while, would start giggling when asking me a question on the topic of green innovation. In part I think this was because of my reputation for doggedly insisting that companies focus exclusively on value creating activities – ...

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The One Big Thing for Innovation

In my last few days at Imaginatik, a lot of contemplative questions kept getting asked of me by team members and colleagues hoping to glean one last bit of knowledge from me before I left – but probably the best was from a colleague who asked me, if I could only pick one thing that made or broke an innovation ...

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Recessions and Innovation are Funny Things

Recessions are funny things – on the one side economic horror story on the other harbinger of an explosion of innovation opportunities – sort of a “is the glass half full or half empty” coin toss really. I always find it interesting to watch how companies react during bad times – their reactions, whilst perfectly understandable from a human emotion ...

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Innovation Enters Adolescence (Part 2)

So what are the signs of the continuing development of enterprise use and adoption of innovation tools and techniques? We already covered in a previous post (see “Death of the Chief Innovation Officer”) the first of these signs – that of the increasing presence of dedicated innovation roles. People dedicated to ensuring the company is innovating effectively, sustainably, and in ...

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