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Don’t Worry About People Stealing Your Ideas

Chester Carlson worked on his idea for years. It was tough, messy work and when his wife tired of the putrid smells, sulfur fires and occasional explosions emanating from the kitchen, his experiments were exiled to a second floor apartment in a house his mother-in-law owned. It took years, but he came finally up with a working prototype. He tried ...

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Innovation – More Powerful Than Marketing?

What always surprises us when working with big companies is that innovation is usually primarily seen as a growth tool. It is less commonly talked about as a brand-building tool. That’s usually seen to be the domain of big advertising campaigns that supposedly land enduring brand values. What if the best form of marketing wasn’t, in fact, marketing? At The ...

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Six Things You Have to Believe in Order to Succeed

Success, in business and in life, is about following a set of beliefs that will guide your journey when nothing else can. “Practice the right beliefs and somehow the world starts to present you with opportunities you’d otherwise never notice, practice the wrong ones and opportunities pass you by like noontime shadows, fleeting and barely noticed.” Beliefs are like finely ...

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Duplicate Ideas – Sometimes the Noise is the Signal

Duplicate Ideas - Sometimes the Noise is the Signal

When I started running my first crowdsourcing employee innovation program, I inherited an internal software platform. The prior program manager had just completed a proof-of-concept, and I was hired to move the program from test to launch and scale for 88K employees. As I was hired, new product features were being developed based on lessons learned from the pilot. One ...

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Ask “Should We” Not “Could We”

Desirability, Viability, Feasibility; the core tenets of Design Thinking, and oh, how the order matters! Every day, I work with engineers who are itching to build solutions to solve the problems they see. They love to create; in fact, you may say they were put on this earth for that very purpose. And then I come along, asking if they ...

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Seeking out new knowledge that flows

I have been heavily influenced by the great work of John Hagel and Deloitte’s “Big Shift Index” as a frame to measure the forces of long-term change. What really holds my attention is “knowledge flows” and they are suggesting we are moving from a world of push to a world of pull. The world is increasingly uncertain and to steer ...

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The Ideas Problem

The Ideas Problem - Innovation Excellence

Ideas are the problem. I suspect many of you have heard this statement as often as I have. It’s usually translated as “we don’t have enough ideas”. Yet when you dig beneath the surface, you find that the bald statement isn’t always as it first appears. In this post, I’d like to offer some different translations of “Ideas are the problem”.

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Should innovators trust their intuition more?

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A quick Google search churns up endless articles and blogs extolling the virtues of using instinct, intuition and gut feel for making better business decisions and being more innovative. In this article I pick apart what governs intuition and how to use it for better insight interpretations and marketing decisions. Where does intuition come from? Intuition isn’t a magical power, ...

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