Creativity

3 Innovation Lessons from Louis C.K.

Despite all the talk of disruption and rapid Fortune 500 turnover it can feel like the same old brands are touted as the titans of innovation year in and out. In this multi-part series I’ll look beyond the beloved behemoths and startup darlings to discover innovation inspiration in unlikely sources — NPR, opera & stand-up comedy.

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Why Being First is not Always an Advantage

Why Being First is not Always an Advantage - Innovation Excellence

As an investor, I often heard entrepreneurs claiming being first to market as an advantage. However, you must remember that Facebook wasn't the first social media platform, Apple didn't produce the first cellphone, and Dell didn't make the first PC. In fact, MySpace, Motorola, and IBM were the first in those fields.

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15 Must Watch TED Talks on Creativity

TED Talk: Let's teach for mastery -- not test scores

While innovation is fundamental to a successful and progressive business, finding time, creativity, and inspiration can be challenging. You may already be familiar with TED (short for Technology, Entertainment and Design), but in case you are not, it is a media company that hosts talks by thought leader with the purpose of igniting change and innovation. Speakers range from artists, to ...

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What’s Your Innovation Definition?

So many organizations set out to innovate, but lose their way close to the finish line. All of the time, money, and energy invested loom over them like an ominous shadow of failure ready to overtake the whole scene. What happened? There was so much momentum, good will, collaboration, and then—the painful, public crash into the wall.

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Overcoming Innovation’s Roadblocks: Overlooked Assets

_____ Despite well-laid plans and big investment, most innovation is slow and unpredictable. How to make it faster and more efficient? Supercharge your ideas with the assets and capabilities you already possess.   This is the second piece in a multipart series on the Roadblocks to Innovation—where we’ll be providing real-world examples, actionable insights and practical tools that can help ...

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The Benefits of Being Unpredictable

The Benefits of Being Unpredictable - Innovation Excellence

The general rule in business is to offer a consistent high-quality product to customers so that they know what to expect. It would be most unwise for a company making parachutes, ejector seats or defibrillators to suddenly do something capricious or random. However, if you are dealing with consumers it can occasionally pay to break the rule.

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Overcoming Innovation’s Roadblocks: Poor Prioritization

Generating ideas is the fun (and frankly, easiest) part of innovation. The true challenge is prioritizing ideas which are equal parts desirable, feasible and viable. We’ve got a tool for that. This is the first in a multipart series on the Roadblocks to Innovation—where we’ll be providing real-world examples, actionable insights and practical tools that can help you innovate to win. ...

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