Speed or IP Protection?

While the security aspects of intellectual property (“IP”) are often sacrificed for speed to market considerations in today’s world of mash-ups and knock-offs, I believe when it comes to IP it is possible to have your cake and eat it too. The protection of all forms of intellectual property (“IP”) should constitute common sense and require no real explanation, however ...

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Building Innovation Networks

According to David Strom, a web/tech expert… “Burger King ran a promotion not too long ago where they asked people to defriend 10 Facebook friends in order to get a coupon for a free burger. They were swamped with thousands of requests, thereby establishing the value of a friend at somewhere around a quarter. That is pretty depressing. I always ...

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Run Your Business Like a Life

by Matt Heinz For many of us, business and life – personal and professional – blur together on a regular basis. But the idea of running your business (or your career) like a life is a good one. Chris Brogan wrote about this in his newsletter this morning, and I’ve included some excerpts below. Worth a quick read: In writing ...

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The Carrot Principle – Pixar Style

I’ll be publishing a book review of “Conquering Innovation Fatigue” soon, and for a bit of fun I thought we could flashback to a book I reviewed in June 2009 – “The Carrot Principle” – Pixar-style: It just goes to show that not paying attention to the rewards and recognition for your most valuable resource (your employees), can result in ...

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Making Innovation Work in a Downturn

In this latest podcast, IAM Talking with Carlos Dominguez, Senior Vice President in Cisco’s Office of the Chairman of the Board and CEO. Carlos has worked at Cisco for 17 years in a variety of roles, and advocates for the broad and creative use of technologies that are transforming how companies do business, creating distinct competitive advantages and new business ...

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New Features Are Not Innovation

Dot one…Recognizing the remarkable success of Apple’s iPhone, Palm launches the Pre, which (according to its ads), “does things iPhone can’t.” True enough, and as an iPhone user I must say that the Pre’s exclusive features are appealing. There’s just one problem–I don’t believe for a minute that the iPhone won’t adopt the same features within months. Given the time ...

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Give Them the Freedom to Fall

by Kevin Roberts Taking Stella to the park the other day I noticed how few kids were out there playing games. Every small kid seemed to be accompanied by their parents and all the adults were on edge checking one another out to make sure there were no pedophiles lurking. In the UK, you can’t even take pictures of kids ...

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Spigit Innovation Summit Wrapup

Last week (August 13-14, 2009) I had the opportunity to attend the Spigit Innovation Summit from the Four Seasons Resort Aviara in Carlsbad, CA. It was a great event with keynotes from Gary Hamel, Jeffrey Phillips, and Sean Toulon (TMAG). There were also panels on Spigit use cases (AT&T, Mitre, IBM) and best practices (Pfizer, MedPlus, Wal-Mart), along with ample ...

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