Top 20 Innovation Articles of April 2018

Drum roll please… At the beginning of each month we will profile the twenty posts from the previous month that generated the most traffic to Innovation Excellence. We also publish a weekly Top 8 as part of our FREE email newsletter. Did your favorite make the cut? But enough delay, here are April’s twenty most popular innovation posts: One Thing ...

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Unsafe Thinking – Be Nimble, Be Bold

Risk and failure are inherently uncomfortable for most people, but often risk is required in entrepreneurship, intrapreneurship and innovation. And far too frequently, people and companies take the conservative path in both their thinking and their actions. Recently I had the opportunity to interview Jonah Sachs, a Fast Company writer and author of the new book Unsafe Thinking: How to ...

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Inside Alibaba – Jack Ma’s Digital Innovation Factory

Jack Ma of Alibaba

Artificial intelligence. Augmented reality. Facial recognition. Connected “internet” vehicles. Global virtual marketplaces. App-based digital payment systems. Pharmaceutical e-commerce. Humanoid robots. Giant vending machines for cars. This is not just the magical stuff of today’s digital-driven, transformation economy. It’s a snapshot of the cutting-edge innovation work currently underway at one of the world’s most exciting and admired companies: the Chinese tech ...

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Why Mindsets Matter in Innovation, Transformation and Digitization

This is the second of three articles on embracing digitization, transformation and innovation. In our last blog “Taking the Path to Digital Transformation” we described how leading innovators, R&D and new-product development have become digital endeavors. How eleven of the fifty companies named in BCG’s 2018 ranking of the most innovative companies – including seven of the top ten – ...

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How to Be a Happy Innovator

Patricia Hempl has written The Art of the Wasted Day. In it, she posits that the founding fathers didn’t do us a favor when they charged us with the pursuit of happiness. Psychologists, authors and philosophers, you see, have been telling us for 2000 years that the first and most important key to finding happiness may be the most difficult for many ...

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The Real Reasons Failure Is Important To Innovation

We’ve all heard the mantras around failure. “Fail fast. Fail often.” “Love your failures.” “You can’t succeed without failure.” But why? Why is failure so important to innovation and success? Why are we constantly being told to embrace failure rather than run away from it? We are told often it’s because we learn the most from our mistakes. If we ...

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Time to Take the Quantum Age Seriously

Time to Take the Quantum Age Seriously

Every new technology has the capacity to inspire wonder and fear. One Swiss scientist, Conrad Gessner, warned in the 1500’s that the data overload from the printing press would be “confusing and harmful” to the mind. Similar concerns have been voiced about every conceivable advancement, from the train and car to computers and social media. The truth is that technology ...

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A Look at Credit Agricole’s Open Innovation Incubator

Le VIllage Credit Agricole

Fabrice Marsella is head of the Le Village by CA Paris or the village’s Mayor as they say! Benoît Bourdin is Deputy Head of Le Village, and responsible for Partners & CA Group connections / International Network. The Village is the startup accelerator initiated by Credit Agricole (CA) Banking company which looks at detecting and supporting the next French unicorns in FinTech, ...

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