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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Visible and Invisible Innovation – Cirque Du Soleil

Point: Behind-the-scenes innovation makes visible innovation shine Story: I saw the premiere of KOOZA in Denver last week. Actually, it was my second time seeing KOOZA (the first was in Boston), and it was even better the second time. The first time, I was mesmerized by the overt innovations in the show, like the “Wheel of Death.” Imagine two connected ...

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Are You Thinking Ahead of the Curve?

The other day in Cincinnati I met Filippo Passerini, Procter & Gamble’s Chief Information Officer. Fascinating guy. Ph.D. in statistics from the University of Rome. Father of three. Technical mountain climber. And the toast of his organization right now for what he and his troops have been able to accomplish. Passerini was the driving force behind Procter’s radical revamping of ...

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Broken Trust

This is the final post in a three part series on trust. The first post was an interview with Chris Brogan, the second was on creating a No Spin Zone, and today’s post is on the topic of Broken Trust. Some of my work happens to be in the field of crisis management, and given the recent calamity surrounding what ...

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A Look at Obama's Innovation Strategy

“History should be our guide. The United States led the world’s economies in the 20th century because we led the world in innovation. Today, the competition is keener; the challenge is tougher; and that is why innovation is more important than ever. It is the key to good, new jobs for the 21st century. That’s how we will ensure a ...

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Do Patents Hinder or Help Innovation?

Some time ago I received a newsletter that had 10 wacky patents. Here’s my favorite: Apparatus for Facilitating the Birth of a Child by Centrifugal Force: With this invention, the mother-to-be is strapped down to a table that is then is spun to allow centrifugal force to take its course and aid in childbirth. This invention by a husband and ...

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Stop Procrastinating – 2 Minutes or Less

When I think about procrastination, I think first of bigger projects. I have a column to write, a proposal to finish, a report to publish. The real time-suckers are the much smaller projects. If you read an email and don’t take action right away, you’re procrastinating. If you see an interesting article or blog post and don’t do something with ...

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