The Whole System is Rigged Against Innovation

Work in innovation for more than a decade you see familiar patterns. One of the most damning, yet predictable ones is relying on the core business units to commercialize innovations outside of their core. This tendency bruises an innovation effort beyond recognition, undermines the credibility of the professions who did the initial discovery, front-end work in the organizations, and threatens ...

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Scenarios for Smart, Sustainable, Human Cities

Intelligent, Connected, and Mobile – By Rohit Talwar, Steve Wells, Alexandra Whittington, April Koury, and Maria Romero How might technological advances in data management, artificial intelligence, and energy help shape the future of cities? A vision of the “city of the future” is often presented as a compelling symbol of the direction in which society could progress. Whilst visions differ, ...

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Drivers of Commoditycare

Imitation and commoditization in retail products and services has become the norm and it’s getting harder and harder to stand out in the mind of customers. Despite enormous advertising budgets, slick marketing, viral social media campaigns, and hype, most product improvement is incremental with very little real innovation. Similarly, while there are presently big variations in care, the drive to ...

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People Are Always the Hardest Part

The toughest part of all things is the people part. Hold on to being right and all you’ll be is right. Transcend rightness and get ready for greatness. Embrace hubris and there’s no room for truth. Embrace humbleness and everyone can get real. Judge yourself and others will pile on. Praise others and they will align with you. Expect your ...

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Harvard Study Reveals One Exercise That Predicts 96% Lower Cardiovascular Risk

In less that 10 minutes you can gauge your risk of a heart disease or a cardiac event by doing this exercise. Cardiovascular diseases ranks as the number cause of death worldwide. And while it’s well known that even moderate exercise can significantly lower cardiovascular risk, diagnosing that risk has often involved numerous expensive clinical tests. I’ve written in the ...

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De-Risking Corporate Innovation by Using Suppliers

In this column we have analyzed why it is nearly impossible for Corporate Innovation teams to successfully commercialize new products, services, and business models both within and outside of their core business at length. The risks alone make Legal and Brand departments quake, quiver, and fight against these innovations. The use of new channels, new materials, or partners makes product ...

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When to pull the plug and learn from failure

Creating a new venture, championing a new process or offering a new course or program is exciting. However, statistically, it is more likely you will fail than succeed and there is a fine line between determination and pig-headed optimism. You might not have the skills to do what you love. At some point, you will have to consider quitting and moving ...

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Here’s How We’re Killing Innovation In America

Throughout America’s history, technological innovation has been key to security and prosperity. Whether it was through entrepreneurs like Thomas Edison, Henry Ford and Thomas Watson, or government programs like the Manhattan Project, the Apollo Program and the Human Genome Project, The United States has been on the cutting edge. Today, as we enter a new era of innovation, America remains ...

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