Op Ed

Visualizing a New Era of CEO Data-Driven Innovation

there is one very heartening trend that we're observing as the drumbeat for CEO action gets louder, and it is this - better data driven tools are emerging, and a new discipline that uses them is springing up. CEO's have always loved and demanded data. What we're seeing now is a new acceptance of data as the platform for the agile decision making required for innovating.

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7 Ways Conferences Cause You to Innovate

One of the fastest ways to convert your CEO, your team, your CEO, your skeptics is to get them out of their four walls to a conference. Conferences represent communities of interest. In this piece Innovation Excellence Co-Founder Julie Anixter shares her insights about the ways that conferences cause us to innovate.

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The Only Thing that Will Save Us – Confidence

I know, I know. You think I'm as batty as Julie Andrews -- spinning up that dirt road to the von Trapp manor with guitar in hand, singing, "I have confidence in me!" Maybe it is a little crazy. But it's true. Even the cold, hard facts of this complex global economy make this same emotional plea. Confidence -- or a lack there-of -- is paramount.

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Framing Opportunities for Education Innovation

The cacophony that is U.S. public education is a function of overlapping frames -- the variety of aims and perspectives from which stakeholders approach the 'system.'  The following is a list of ten dominant frames that can be used as a set of opportunities for innovation -- not just in public education but in the myriad communities that have a stake in its future.

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A Neighborhood Idea Factory

Plenty of days I find myself in that state called “antsy in the office”. It often happens when I’m trying to be creative and come up with new ideas. My office is great for certain things but sometimes it’s just too quiet for creativity. Luckily there’s a place a few blocks down the street in my Chicago neighborhood that is practically an idea factory.

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Weekend Mashup – 10-9-11 – The World Mourns Steve Jobs

Is it just me, or has anyone else noticed that the steady media and political drumbeat of the word "jobs," the very unit of measure, that declares what is missing in our economy, that is repeated every minute of every hour, that, according to a new study from Gallup CEO Dan Clifford, represents the new American (and probably every other countries) definition of the American Dream is of course...Steve Jobs' last name. What we need, what we want, what we must create to be truly vibrant, inextricably, linguistically, linked forever to the founder of Apple.

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Innovate Afresh through Deeper Renewal

The rewards come through an organization that emerges from today’s ‘uncertainly’ equipped to be more resistant, flexible and agile. It has a greater chance to seize emerging opportunities quicker, at tomorrow’s new innovation speed. Renewal is not an easy journey, but becoming more and more critical to do on a regular basis.

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