Amazon Gets an 'A' for Innovation

Retail sales are projected to decline this holiday season for the second year in a row, an occurrence unprecedented in the entire history of the federal government keeping statistics on such things. Online retailers will continue to face stiff pricing pressure, as they have for more than a year. Free shipping has become almost the ante in such a competitive ...

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Arguing for Innovation – Patrick Lencioni

Point: Teams that create the best innovations know how to disagree about ideas without interpreting the disagreement as a personal affront. Story: “I feel good when I see that engineering, advertising and manufacturing are really surfacing and talking about their differences,” said the VP of Technology at a successful $100 million firm. “It’s my job to keep the dialectic alive.” ...

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Do Ten Things, Do 100 Things

Ikea OGLA chair – made from 100% post-consumer plastic waste by Kevin Roberts I wrote a few weeks ago about Do One Thing, the Saatchi & Saatchi S initiative to personalize sustainable actions. Real change requires a ground swell of action, but as companies we can take decisive steps that have impact. Walmart recently discontinued issuing paper checks to its ...

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Search Engine Tweet Ranking Algorithms

Anyone remember when Loic LeMeur had the temerity to suggest Twitter rank its search results by the number of followers people have? His post, with 109 comments and reaction from Michael Arrington, Robert Scoble and many others, clearly struck a nerve. Fast forward to the past couple weeks. Both Microsoft Bing and Google announced deals to provide tweets in search ...

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What do you really mean?

Many (okay, let’s be real, nearly all) corporate visions, missions, values, BHAGs (you name it), sound alike. They either extol bland concepts (i.e., “our associates will be the best”) or meaningless ideas (i.e., “our human intellectual capital will leverage world-class synergies”). If you have boring or confusing strategic statements in your business, here’s an approach to correct it: ask the ...

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Join our Innovation Discussions on LinkedIn

I created the Innovation Excellence group on LinkedIn five months ago and it already has 4,750+ members getting together to share innovation articles, discussions, and job postings. Blogging Innovation’s mission is to make innovation and marketing insights accessible for the greater good, and the LinkedIn group is another way for us to help facilitate conversation, collaboration, and education. LinkedIn groups ...

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Innovating with Task Unification and Social Media

Embracing social media and the myriad of Web 2.0 tools is more challenging than just setting up a Facebook account or adding a “Follow Me on Twitter” link. Organizations struggle with how to take advantage of the power of Web 2.0. Where do you start? How do you tie these new tools in with your current website? How do you ...

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The Importance of Consistency and Consensus

Interview – Steve McKee of “When Growth Stalls” I had the opportunity to interview Steve McKee, the author of “When Growth Stalls” about the challenges companies face when they lose focus, lack consensus, or fail to maintain consistency with their innovation efforts. We also discuss a variety of other innovation topics including: barriers to innovation, education, and metrics. Steve McKee ...

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Are you an Innovation Venture Capitalist?

The most innovative leaders have a mindset like that of a venture capitalist. They take a portfolio view of innovation projects. The venture capitalist will invest in a basket of different start-up companies, fully knowing that most will fail. A few might break even and one or two might be successes. But one big success can pay back the costs ...

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