Author Archives: Braden Kelley

5 Reasons Every Company Needs an Innovation Coach

5 Reasons Why Every Company Needs an Innovation Coach

Innovation is not a solo activity (and neither is my favorite sport to coach – basketball). And while the rare lone genius may be able to invent something on their own (although still always inspired by others), nobody can innovate by themselves. Innovation, by its very nature, requires collaboration. Companies are like brains. The brain is composed of two hemispheres. ...

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Rise of the Social Business Architect

Rise of the Social Business Architect

The world is changing and needs Social Business Architects. Gone is the epoch of the passive consumer, now customers want a say. At the same time, the quest for survival and growth is causing companies to stop looking at suppliers as someone to squeeze on price and instead as partners in innovation. And, employers are realizing that to maximize their success they need to attract and engage the best talent not just into internal talent pools, but external ones as well.

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Poke the Box and Innovation Comes Out

Poke the Box and Innovation Comes Out

One of the best ways to challenge people’s thinking and get a group moving in a direction towards innovation is to get the group to define the box. Of course a million and one innovation and creativity consultants will endlessly drone on about thinking outside the box, but how can think outside the box if you’re not first clear on ...

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Which is the Innovator? Kroger or Amazon?

Now, first of all, Kroger is a Cincinnati-based company not a Seattle-based company, so it is only natural that I should hear more about the things Amazon is experimenting with than those of Kroger, owners of a portfolio of grocery brands, including: Ralphs, Fred Meyer, QFC, Kroger, fry’s, Food4Less, King Soopers, Harris Teeter, and more. Amazon has been making a ...

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Failing Fast Causes More Failure

One scary statistic is that 70% of change initiatives fail. An overwhelming proportion of new product launches fail. Most new businesses fail. The sad fact is that failure is all around us. Is this why so many organizations talk about a fear of failure being one of their major innovation stumbling blocks? And, so what mantra do many innovation and ...

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