Author Archives: Braden Kelley

Role of Personal Branding in Innovation

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I've been thinking a lot lately about personal branding, in part because several people have told me that I seem to do it pretty well, in spite of the fact that I would never call myself a personal branding expert or endeavor to make my living as a personal branding consultant. While I think the topic is an interesting one, it is more because I am curious about...

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Making a Run for the Innovation Border

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Do you ever see a product that makes you wonder either: (A) Why didn't I think of that? (B) How come nobody ever thought of that before? Well, those are the thoughts that hit me when I opened the newspaper this morning and was greeted by a surprisingly tasty looking Waffle Taco that Taco Bell is launching to anchor their new breakfast menu.

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Coca-Cola Looking to Bring Some Innovation to Your Home?

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Recently I came across an announcement that Coca-Cola is partnering with Green Mountain Coffee Roasters to sell Coke products as part of Green Mountain's new home beverage system slated for a release later this year. For those of you who aren't familiar with Green Mountain, they make the popular Keurig in-home single-serving coffee machine (which became a popular home and office item after Nespresso's patents expired). Is there any innovation here?

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Is innovation going to the dogs?

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What does the dog say? In case you missed it, a team from Scandinavia thinks that they've nearly cracked no, not the human-computer interface, but the dog-computer interface, so that some day soon we might in fact be able to understand man's best friend.

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Starbucks Retail Innovation in Switzerland

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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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What is Deeper Learning?

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We here at Innovation Excellence are passionate about innovation AND education, because it is not just companies that need to innovate, but countries too. And the countries that do the best job of educating the next generation of innovators will be the ones that will live at the top of the food chain and reap the monetary and societal benefits.

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Begin 2014 with an Innovation Catalyst Certification

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I'm a certified Innovation Catalyst. Are you? Did you know you that for FREE between now and January 31, 2014 you can become certified as an Innovation Catalyst by the Global Innovation Management Institute as a special offer in preparation for the launch of four (4) full levels of innovation certification?

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Two Views on Innovation at Google

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What does innovation look like inside Google? Well, here are a couple of perspectives from a couple of different Google evangelists. Some of which has been contradicted by other Google employees that I've talked to (like the fact that the 20% time that everyone talks so much about, doesn't actually exist anymore). But there are some interesting things in here nonetheless.

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Back End of Innovation Wrapup – Day Three

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The third day of the Back End of Innovation (BEI) Conference in Silicon Valley had a great roster of thought leader and innovation practitioner speakers. If you don't follow me on twitter where I tweet as @innovate then you will have missed my thoughts on what some of the key innovation quotes and observations were from Day Three, so I'll recollect them here the best that I can.

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