Feature Of The Week

Multi-Target Look at Social Media and Open Innovation

Given social media’s incredible reach and the potential for new and even more amazing platforms to quickly evolve, companies must begin to figure out how to leverage this tremendous power. The starting point, I believe, is to understand that a multi-target approach is needed because most open innovation efforts lie in three different circles. There is often a significant overlap, ...

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Pushing My Personal Limits with Innovation

Physiclo Basketball Resistance Tights

About two months ago I came across an article in Engadget about Physiclo, a startup company launched to provide resistance clothing for athletes. I’m assuming their name Phyisclo is a mashup of the words physical + clothing. Cute. As a basketball player for which height and youth are not advantages (I’m about 5’8” and a bit past my 21st birthday ...

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The Next Frontier: Why innovation needs exploration

  In Sapiens, Israeli historian Yuval Noah Harari argues that it was the exploratory mindset that led to European dominance over the world. Other empires, such as the Chinese and the Ottomans, had far greater military and economic power in the 18th century. Yet, it was the Europeans quest for understanding that made the difference. To explore, you first need ...

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Robert Brands – You Will Be Missed

Robert F Brands

I was saddened to learn today of the death of Robert F Brands, a frequent contributor to Innovation Excellence. He died in an ATV accident while vacationing with his sons and the innovation community (and frankly the world) has suffered a great loss. Robert F Brands is the author of two books: Robert’s Rules of Innovation – A 10-Step Program ...

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Moving the Crowd in a New Direction

The use of crowdsourcing: the goal for me, is to engage and move the crowd towards a new direction, by encouraging out individual thinking and discovery, searching for combining these contributions; ones that lead to novel, new answers that move a challenge forward into a solution,  one that has improved value over the existing. The community is encouraged to form, ...

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Supplier Innovation Seminar October 27, 2016 in NYC

  Innovation Excellence is excited to announce that we’ve partnered with The Conference Board to offer our members and community a 50% discount to attend the Supplier Innovation Seminar taking place October 27, 2016, in NYC. This event is designed for innovation practitioners across a broad spectrum, to introduce adjacencies and to open up the Customer and Supply side through ...

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Six Reasons why Cross-Functional Innovation Teams Fail

Six Reasons why Cross-Functional Innovation Teams Fail

Once you have identified a great idea for a new product or service innovation what do you do?  Many firms put together a cross-functional team (XFT) and tell them to bring the product to market.  It seems like a good approach. They have budget, people, and empowerment.  What could possibly go wrong?  Lots of things. Here are six common reasons ...

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The Wearable Foreseeable Future of the Workplace

Workplace Implications of Eye-interaction Technology in AR and VR headsets: As augmented reality and virtual reality technology advance, AR and VR headsets are, or will soon be, entering the workplace. Enterprises are scrambling to establish a competitive edge through the use of these glasses, goggles, and phone carriers, and pilots are rolling out globally in factories, construction sites, hospitals, and offices. There ...

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