Getting Ready for 2010 – Real Life Planning Successes

I’m a proponent of spreading strategic thinking broadly in a company and not readily handing off strategy development to outside parties exclusively. Yet I’ve been a part of many examples where an outside perspective helped move strategy development ahead much more quickly. Here are several examples you may be facing where it’s good to get outside expertise: Turning Talk Into ...

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Innovation and Idea Management

From Ideation to Collaboration to Execution by Robert F. Brands Innovation: What a great idea! Innovation thrives on a diet of news ideas. It needs fresh thinking and a different perspective from across the organization. We’ve noted that Innovation = Creative x Risk Taking. Setting aside risk for the moment, creativity is a central element to the innovation process. But ...

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General Mills' Open Innovation Initiative

At a first glance, the G-WIN initiative by General Mills looks just like the many other open innovation portals that are popping up right now. So rather than just giving my two cents on this, I did an interview with Jeff Bellairs, who is director of General Mills Worldwide Innovation Network, to get a better understanding of the whys and ...

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Innovate or Die – Tactics #43-72 of 110

This is the third of four parts of the list of 110 Innovation Tactics. Click here to view Part One – Innovation Tactics #1-16 Click here to view Part Two – Innovation Tactics #17-42 Celebration! Celebrate! Innovative organizations are places where people enjoy their peers’ work, good tries, good screw-ups, milestones reached, etc. Celebrating these events, large and small and ...

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Are Facebook And Twitter Bad For Your Brain?

Or Does It Actually Make You A Better Person? by Idris Mootee Here is an old vision of a high-tech future. It is old magazine illustration in 1969 a Japanese Sunday magazine, which show life in the future, pervaded by computers. This illustration “The Rise of the Computerized School,” by Shigeru Komatsuzaki is an illustrated scenario of what schools will ...

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Do You Have Social Media Influence?

Social media influence; the harsh reality is that you either have it or you don’t. I’m going to tell you the cold hard truth about social media…what you need to know that most people won’t tell you. While anyone can have a social media presence, not everyone possesses social media influence. It’s clear to those in the know that social ...

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Do people seek risk only to minimize losses?

Back in the 1980’s, executives used to joke that you would never get fired for buying “Big Blue” (IBM) computers. It’s not that IBM was the best, but you knew they would not screw up. When I worked for Accenture (then Andersen Consulting), the Economist once called us “The McDonalds of the consulting industry. You know what you will get ...

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Five Steps to a Successful B2B Social Media Strategy

The beauty of most social media channels is that they’re so easy to join and engage. Most are free. It takes just a few minutes to get set up, and literally seconds to start publishing. But if you’re marketing and selling a B2B product, a simple five-step process can ensure you’re getting the maximum, measurable yield from your efforts in ...

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Find Your Nerve Guest Post

Over at www.findyournerve.com I have written a guest post about strategy in the downturn. The central question being: Are you going to be nervous in the downturn, or nervy? Braden Kelley is the editor of Blogging Innovation and founder of Business Strategy Innovation, a consultancy focusing on innovation and marketing strategy. Braden is also @innovate on Twitter.

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