Author Archives: Michael Graber

Motivating the Corporate Elephant to Innovate

VF Corporation created a series of Bright Spots to augment their product mix and sell the innovations inside the company to ensure the innovation eggs hatched in the market. The real goal was to change the culture to accept innovation. By working with consumer-based insights and using them to change the corporate culture, Soon Yu, the Global VP of Innovation at VF Corporation, speaks about the potency of sharing success stories as innovation champions.

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Unlocking Value

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Why do innovations end up in a "black hole?" In this enthralling presentation, Unlocking Value, Jeff Pierce states that the hubris of Market Leaders keeps them from innovating, warning. Pierce serves as the Innovation Architect of Pitney Bowes' Corporate Innovation Program. He's on a mission to change how the company sees itself.

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Growing Together-Synthetic Teamwork

In Henry Mintzberg’s 1994 landmark book, “The Rise and Fall of Strategic Planning,” the author calls for a new method to create effective strategies. He notes that “Strategic planning isn’t strategic thinking. One is analysis, the other is synthesis.” Mintzberg draws a definitive line between those that create strategy and those that devise the plan, arguing that the two are disparate exercises.

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Building Connected Networks in the 21st Century

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This Learning Lab was presented at the Back End of Innovation 2014 Conference, by Ayelet Baron, Futurist, Simplifying Work and Innovator in Residence, Roche/Genentech. Ayelet helps people thrive – she is a global strategist who speaks, writes and consults people and organizations to gain a 21st century edge. Today Ayelet is at the forefront of fixing what’s broken in business and transforming organizations.

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