Here's to the Passionate Creatives

“Here’s to the crazy ones. The misfits. The rebels. The troublemakers. The round pegs in the square holes. The ones who see things differently. They’re not fond of rules. And they have no respect for the status quo. You can quote them, disagree with them, glorify or vilify them. About the only thing you can’t do is ignore them. Because ...

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Innovating From the Outside In

In the previous article of the Australian Innovation report (Summer 08), we spoke of customer-centric innovation being the management discipline for the new millennium and provided an inside look into a number of Australian companies that have excelled as a result of taking a customer-centred approach. In this article, we will take a step further and delve into the emerging ...

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Can Brilliance be Borrowed?

I attended the KC Small Business “Think Bigger” luncheon recently when guest speaker David Kord Murray discussed his new book, “Borrowing Brilliance.” The tome covers 6 steps (defining, borrowing, combining, incubating, judging, and enhancing) to build from others’ ideas. While several people afterward expressed frustration with Murray’s presentation and demeanor (some of the frustrations were very justified), he shared a ...

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October Innovation Contest

Have you written an innovation or marketing blog post that you are particularly proud of, or plan to write one? Would you like the chance to share it with a larger audience and maybe even win one of three signed copies of Bill George’s latest book “7 Lessons for Leading in Crisis” at the same time? In support of our ...

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Live Coverage of Optimizing Innovation

by Braden Kelley We will be bringing you live coverage on Twitter of Optimizing Innovation (October 21-22, 2009) from the Crowne Plaza Times Square Manhattan in New York City. During the event we hope to do video interviews with several of the speakers. And, after the event we will post our video interviews and blog entries with key insights from ...

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The Other Innovation Guru at Harvard Business School

A colleague asked me, “Who is that innovation guru at the Harvard Business School?” That’s easy: Dr. Teresa Amabile Dr. Amabile heads the Entrepreneurial Management Unit at Harvard Business School and is the only tenured professor at a top school to devote her entire research program to the study of creativity. She is one of the world’s leading voices in ...

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Inspiring Innovation

From small startups to world leadership organizations, innovation is a must for business to thrive and perpetuate. How can your organization inspire innovation? With long-term commitment to progress of the process, leaders must drive the journey from start through finish. Clearly-defined expectations towards the progress, as well as a definitive end-result are imperative elements involved. As a leader, one must ...

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World Business Forum – Pulling It All Together

by Braden Kelley I had the privilege of bringing you live tweets during the World Business Forum from a balcony full of friends and colleagues (new and old) as a member of the Bloggers Hub, and to now bring you this article. The World Business Forum kicked off with Bill George (former CEO of Medtronic) speaking about leadership in the ...

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Innovation Strategy – What business are we in?

The CEO of Black and Decker once said, “People don’t go into a DIY store because they need one of our drills. They go because they need a hole in the wall.” Wonderbra in their internal communications to staff say this, “We do not sell underwear. We do not sell lingerie. What we sell is self-confidence for women.” Harley Davidson ...

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