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Cooking Up Some Innovation

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I’ve been thinking for a while about the perfect physical space for innovation. When we work with our clients we often are asked to help design a physical space for the team to work in. This should be a space that is open, colorful, inviting and really different from the regular work environment. The space needs to remind the people ...

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Why can’t your firm innovate?

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by Jeffrey Phillips Recently there’s been a debate about why larger firms can’t innovate. Perhaps they are too comfortable. Perhaps they are too afraid to cannibalize their markets. Perhaps they are afraid of risk and uncertainty. Perhaps, Perhaps. Or maybe they operate under a management model that rewards compliance and punishes creativity. Now I think we are getting to the ...

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Save the World – One Action at a Time

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Saving water is going to become ever more important as time goes on. If you’re easily offended, skip this one, but it’s really pretty harmless and the ad campaign referenced is targeted at children. by Kevin Roberts A great ad is one that can be understood across borders without the need for subtitles or translation. That’s the case with the ...

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Making Innovation Work in a Downturn

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In this latest podcast, IAM Talking with Carlos Dominguez, Senior Vice President in Cisco’s Office of the Chairman of the Board and CEO. Carlos has worked at Cisco for 17 years in a variety of roles, and advocates for the broad and creative use of technologies that are transforming how companies do business, creating distinct competitive advantages and new business ...

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14 Most Important Innovation Factors

I came across a nice 2003 study by Dutch academics titled, “SME innovation and the crucial role of the entrepreneur.” The study’s purpose was to ask small and midsize enterprises (SMEs) what they viewed the most important factors in innovation to be. In this study, SMEs consist of 100 employees or less. Rather than have the businesses come up with ...

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An Innovation ‘Quick Fix’

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Recently we received a call from a potential client. The individuals I spoke with noted a number of significant issues preventing them from innovation effectively. As I recall there were several significant issues: an ‘engineering’ oriented culture, several large customers who demanded exceptionally high quality, few competitors and a complete lack of risk taking in the organization. The good news ...

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BOF 3.0 – Ruffle Your Innovation Feathers

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I had the opportunity to attend Brightidea’s Birds of a Feather (BOF 3.0) event at Chevron’s headquarters the other day. For those of you not familiar with Bright Idea Birds of a Feather events, they are periodic events for innovation practioners from Brightidea customers (e.g. HP) and non-customers (e.g. Chevron) to get together to discuss innovation challenges and share practical ...

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BOF 3.0 – Culture of Innovation Session

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The first of the Brightidea Birds of a Feather (BOF 3.0) unconference discussion sessions I attended posed the question – What are the key elements of building a culture of innovation and what is the leader’s role? Here are some of the key insights and comments from the session: There was a great deal of discussion around the role of ...

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Radical or Gradual Innovation?

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“Radical Innovation” refers to high risk, high uncertainty projects which hold the potential to both influence the marketplace and bring high returns to firms. It’s a kind of “promised land” of differentiation, growth and wealth for businesses and nations. Radical innovation is different from gradual innovation, in which small, incremental changes are made to activities in order to create more ...

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