Supplier Innovation Seminar October 27, 2016 in NYC

  Innovation Excellence is excited to announce that we’ve partnered with The Conference Board to offer our members and community a 50% discount to attend the Supplier Innovation Seminar taking place October 27, 2016, in NYC. This event is designed for innovation practitioners across a broad spectrum, to introduce adjacencies and to open up the Customer and Supply side through ...

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How I Learned To Hack

How I Learned to Hack

The origins of the term “hack” are unusually rich and expansive.  Originally, it was a wholly pejorative term, meaning to work haphazardly.  When people called you a “talentless hack,” it meant that you were wholly unoriginal, cobbling together mediocre performance from the scraps of others’ work. Yet these same attributes, when applied to technology, came to represent the height of ...

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How To Connect People To Drive Innovation

What is Bimodal People Management? It might be the next stage for your HR department. A new chapter that takes HR on an exciting journey of exploration into uncharted territory of business transformation. A new way of working that fosters creativity and connects more people than ever before. A new HR mindset that adds more value than ever before. What ...

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Intelligent Disobedience for Product Managers

Intelligent Disobedience for Product Managers and Innovators

Are there times that product managers need to be disobedient – not do what they were asked to do? If such a situation arose, would the product manager be insubordinate or practicing a form of innovation? After all, the people that product managers report to make mistakes – they can’t always be right. But, to willfully practice disobedience? It could ...

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5 Practical Programs that Build Innovation

As the business world is changing rapidly, the practical application of innovation programs can be confusing to organizations that are starting on an innovation path. Some methods are more useful than others depending on the goal of the organization and its particular strengths and weaknesses. Following are five of the most effective programs you can use to grow innovation. Internal ...

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Crowdsolving in Action: From Wikipedia to Firefox

From restaurant reviews in Yelp to traffic information in Google Maps, crowd-sourced information has become more and more integrated into the websites, apps and other technologies that we use every day. In all of these cases, the information collected from users requires low thought on the part of the users submitting the information. However, in the aggregate, this information provides ...

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Innovations in Fintech

Innovations in Fintech

Technology automation tends to have two phases: In the first phase, automation replaces human decision-making and process with an inflexible set of rules, often creating new problems even as it solves old ones, and shutting out those who may be outliers or may be “exceptions to the rule.” But the next phase is where the innovation really kicks in, and this is when that automation becomes intelligent, data-rich, and capable of actually making rational decisions that improve and enhance the level of customer service, and open up new opportunities for the business that could not have existed previously.

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Six Reasons why Cross-Functional Innovation Teams Fail

Six Reasons why Cross-Functional Innovation Teams Fail

Once you have identified a great idea for a new product or service innovation what do you do?  Many firms put together a cross-functional team (XFT) and tell them to bring the product to market.  It seems like a good approach. They have budget, people, and empowerment.  What could possibly go wrong?  Lots of things. Here are six common reasons ...

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