Inspiration

Lessons from Monet: Impressions of Innovation

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I did not set out to chronicle the innovative characteristics of the great painters (my previous writing was on Leonardo da Vinci’s paintings), yet somehow I ended up following precisely that path as I read a new book by Ross King on Claude Monet’s famous Water Lilies. In Mad Enchantment: Claude Monet and the Painting of the Water Lilies, King examines ...

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Ten Innovation Strategies for the Holidays

Ideas are a key part of any innovation. We often talk about the Eureka moment, and an idea simply popping into our minds out of thin air. There is considerable evidence that we are more likely to have a Eureka moment when our thinking is not focused on the problem at hand, as narrow focus can actually inhibit our ability ...

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How to Create an Innovative Business Model?

How to Create an Innovative Business Model?

Editor’s note: Nike, the iconic change agent, perfectly symbolizes not only the energy, focus, and discipline to achieve success, but the excitement that continues to ignite individuals and companies everywhere. “Just Do It” seemed to charge out of the gate as a viral and immortal brand. Author and IX contributor, Gijs van Wulfen, guides us in answering the question that ...

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Paris Accenture Innovation Center: Creativity on starting-blocks

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What is the Paris Accenture Innovation Center ? In a nutshell, a dizzying innovation team, acting in a tremendous place for creativity! Albane Liger Belair, Accenture Paris Innovation Center Director, and her deputy, in charge of the program lead, Mathieu Cambe, kindly walked me through this amazing space. Identity and purpose Paris Accenture Innovation Center opened in April 2016. Other ...

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How Formula 1 and other ‘extreme contexts’ inform breakthrough innovations [Case Studies]

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Understanding the essence of our context can be the key to innovation In my last year at University, I had one course that caused me major headaches: Project management. In groups, we had to devise a project that provided a solution to a problem and implement it. The hardest part was, obviously, conceiving of an original idea. One day our ...

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Can You Prevent Your Idea from being Rejected?

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When you have come up with great ideas the question is how to make them reality. In practice, I have learned that if they don’t fit your organizational goals, your idea will be rejected and nothing will materialize in the end. It is essential to check this fit as early as possible in your innovation journey. Fending off  ‘No’ The ...

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15 Outspoken Quotes on Innovation

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Yes, Innovation is extremely difficult. That’s why I love it actually. My personal goal is to spark innovation by making it less complex so you, your colleagues and/or clients will be able to innovate yourself. As blogger on innovation I have written more than 200 posts. I reread them to identify15 essential innovation messages. Being Dutch makes me kind of outspoken and ...

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How to Start Innovation with an Idea

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The Idea Route Google, currently a company with a market capitalization of $ 500 billion, started as just an idea. In 1995, the idea for “downloading the entire web onto computers” came to Google inventor Larry Page in a dream when he was 23 years old. He claimed, “I spent the middle of that night scribbling out the details and ...

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Top 8 Myths about Innovators and Innovation—Debunked! (Part 2 of 2)

Myths about Innovators and Innovation—Debunked!

Today’s business world is buzzing with talk about innovators and innovation. While it’s a good thing that innovation is on the forefront of people’s minds, popular thinking about innovation and the culture of innovation in business is often substantially misguided. There are widespread myths about innovation and innovators that lead to significant misconceptions and can ultimately even hinder or destroy ...

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