Author Archives: Steve Todd

Innovation TV Part 2

In a previous post I wrote about my company's use of EMC TV for the final stages of the innovation process. During that post I mentioned I would also share how internal ideators use the same medium to advance their own innovation initiatives. As promised, here are a full set of elevator pitch videos that ideators created to sell internal ideas within EMC.

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Higher Purpose

I was offering them a chance to increase their scope. Instead of their purpose of “innovation in one locale”, they now had the opportunity to “innovate globally”. This “purpose” is something larger than what was available in their day job.

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The Executive Broker

Given that social media provided an avenue for emerging strategists, there was precious little advice describing how an individual contributor could execute strategy. This is where the role of Invisible Executive was born.

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Innovation TV

My work with EMC TV has me thinking a lot about the role of video in the innovation process. EMC developed an innovative new technology (VPLEX) that can simultaneously (and instantly) synchronize online transactions to two separate geographic locations. In addition to this synchronization, each location is "active / active", meaning that the data is fully accessible on both sides (which is extremely hard to do).

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2014 Careers: Stop Playing Chess, Start Playing Risk

The chess analogy comes from the common experience of being "moved" like a piece on a chessboard. I spent 25 years as a software engineer doing essentially the same exact thing year over year: building and shipping products in the high-tech industry. Some of the most frustrating career experiences were the result of decisions that a manager or an executive would make where I was moved to a new project without due consideration.

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