Innovation

Innovation or Not – Empowering Every Resident with Tools for Change

Innovation or Not? - Empowering Every Resident with Tools for Change

What if you could empower every citizen with tools that will help your city, state or country innovate and change faster than the competition for a penny a person? Well, now it’s possible… A revolution is beginning, and the smart cities, states, countries, and even organizations, are arming themselves with the tools they need to win… The Change Planning Toolkit™ ...

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The Secret Behind Amazon’s Stunning Success

The Secret Behind Amazon’s Stunning Success

Author’s Note: The opinions expressed in this article represent my views and my views alone. I do not work for or represent Amazon.com in any way. In 2005, I joined the ranks of a company called Amazon.com – a company that was, at that time, a retail underdog. Their stock price was laughable at $25/share (vs. nearly $1,000/share today), and ....

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Creativity, Change and Innovation

Creativity, Innovation and Change

Not that long ago, a somewhat mysterious cloud shrouded creativity on the work floor. Everybody seemed to have their own definition and understanding of the word. The connotation with more artistic professions or (applied) art forms was never far away. Designers, copywriters, architects, film makers, musicians, … yes, those by definition are creative professions and creativity belongs there. Of course.

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Which is the Innovator? Kroger or Amazon?

Now, first of all, Kroger is a Cincinnati-based company not a Seattle-based company, so it is only natural that I should hear more about the things Amazon is experimenting with than those of Kroger, owners of a portfolio of grocery brands, including: Ralphs, Fred Meyer, QFC, Kroger, fry’s, Food4Less, King Soopers, Harris Teeter, and more. Amazon has been making a ...

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Using AI To Support Recombination

  Patented innovations line shelves as shown in the patent library above, and over the years I’ve written a number of times about the increasingly recombinative nature of innovation.  This posits that new innovations are often a combination of existing innovations rather than truly novel ones.  A paper from a few years ago found that roughly 40% of all patents ...

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Innovation Culture Starts With YOU, Not Your Boss.

One of the most prominent organizational factors, if not the most prominent one, is autonomy. Studies showed a one-way relationship between autonomy and creativity. Employees need autonomy to be creative. They don't need the autonomy to decide which project to work on, but they must have the autonomy to decide how to execute the project.

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