Interviews

Look for Lightning

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We’ve been interviewing a lot lately, trying to fill key positions. We have been inundated with well-qualified people seeking exile from soul-crushing corporate cultures and large, global consultancies where they feel like a machine part.

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Impact of Culture and Stage Gates on Innovation

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I had the opportunity to interview Cor Bosselaar, Portfolio Manager of Corporate Innovation, Kimberly-Clark Corporation, about innovation, stage-gate processes and building a balanced innovation portfolio. Cor Bosselaar leads the development and implementation of innovation capabilities at Kimberly-Clark Corporation. In support of accelerating innovation results, their main focus is building and improving Stage-Gate® and portfolio processes.

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Innovation Strategy versus Brand Strategy

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I had the opportunity to interview Steven Cristol, Founder and Managing Partner of Strategic Harmony® Partners about branding, innovation and sustainability. Strategic Harmony® Partners is a strategy consulting firm, and holds a patent for the first decision model to align and integrate product strategy and brand strategy. Here is the text from the interview:

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Innovation with a touch of Jazz and Jambalaya

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I had the opportunity to interview Gerard Cox, organizer of the the inaugural Second Line conference. The event is an interactive conference celebrating the New Economy successes and strategies with disruptive innovation, value creation, and sustainable social impact. Set in New Orleans, they brought some of the world’s leading innovators to demonstrate how design, experience, strategy, and technology can be applied to create new markets, exponential growth, and sustainable social impacts.

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How do you label innovation?

I had the opportunity a while ago to interview Jeffrey Kaufman, Group Manager (Consumer Insights) at Avery Dennison about the interplay between consumer insights and innovation. Avery Dennison is a recognized industry leader that develops innovative identification and decorative solutions for businesses and consumers worldwide. Every day. Everywhere. They are probably most well-known for making labels.

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Learning by Exchanging Ideas

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I had the opportunity a little while back to interview Rami Levy, Distinguished Member of the Technical Staff at Motorola Mobility and Manager of the Motorola Open Source Technologies (MOST) Team about open innovation and its business possibilities. Motorola Mobility was a wholly owned subsidiary of Motorola that focused on mobile devices and set-top devices before being acquired by Google.

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