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12 Ways to Recognize an Innovative Corporation

“We are all made of stardust, the same particles that make up the stars.” – Richard Feynman, Nobel prize-wining physicist Creativity and innovation are critical to corporations if they are going to react successfully to the economic downturn and craft a new future of expansion and opportunity. This is as true of a corporation’s strategy development as much as it ...

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Give Employees More Time to Innovate!

During the past few years I’ve noticed a curious paradox heading its ugly rear among business leaders tooting the horn for innovation. On one hand they want the rank and file to step up to the plate and own the effort to innovate. On the other hand, they are unwilling to grant the people they are exhorting any more TIME ...

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What If You Asked “What If?”

Recently I was doing a keynote presentation on innovation when a member of the audience, a senior manager at a large company, posed this question: “What’s the difference between individual and organizational innovation? We have plenty of people who come up with good ideas, but nothing new ever seems to get done in our company.” This particular manager happens to ...

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Building Corporate Innovation Capability

Great Initiative from Statkraft by Stefan Lindegaard I have been invited to work with Statkraft, Europe’s largest renewable energy company on their Innovation Agent Programme. This is the second year, I am involved in this programme and I am quite impressed by their efforts. A key goal of the programme is to increase Statkraft’s innovation capability. This is partly measured ...

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Rethinking Privacy

Bynamite – Is it the modern day Madonna-Whore complex? by Ric Merrifield Bynamite Reputationdefender MyIDPal Abine Foursquare . . .even Zillow Not familiar with these companies? You should be, because they are plotting the course for the future of internet privacy and how we interact with people and merchants. Bynamite is just the latest and there is a very good ...

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One Reason Communications Are Difficult

The other day, I described a conference call I’d been on as “interesting.” By “interesting,” I really meant “completely whacked out that the client didn’t understand why we were doing what we were doing which was exactly what they had asked us to do.” It struck me just how versatile a word “interesting” really is. I use it a lot ...

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Reinventing Customer Relationships

Are yours updated or out of date? by Holly G. Green Have you taken a serious look at your customer relationships recently? If not, now would be a good time. Recently, IBM polled more than 1500 CEOs, general managers, and public sector leaders around the globe on a variety of topics, including customer relationships. This cross-section of executives represented organizations ...

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What the World Cup is Telling Us

Have you been watching the World Cup? I am a huge soccer fan and really enjoy the World Cup because it’s such a fascinating international spectacle. Plus, it never fails to serve up some interesting lessons that have real application in the business world. For example: Life isn’t always fair. The U.S. team was victimized more than once by highly ...

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Building a Culture of Innovation From the Inside Out

A Kaiser Permanente Perspective by Jennifer Ruzek Liebermann (via THCB) “How do you inspire and enable innovation in a large organization?” That’s the question I grapple with daily as director of Kaiser Permanente’s health care innovation center. I’ve observed that it isn’t sufficient to have a dedicated Innovation Center, an Innovation & Advanced Technology Group, or in-house Innovation Consultancy design ...

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Importance of Change and Stakeholder Management

I have seen it happen over and over again: innovation project teams wanting to introduce innovation processes without working change and stakeholder management. People either “just forget” or think they move faster when they don’t involve a wider audience. They might in the beginning, but this attitude might backfire quite badly when trying to “push” the new processes into practice. ...

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