There is No Shortage of Wicked Problems

Just The Coffee Cup Alone Is A Hard One To Solve, Not For The Lack Of Trying. by Idris Mootee Sustainability and in particularly recycling is a very tricky topic. Just use coffee cup as an example, Today there are 58 billion disposable coffee cups being thrown away, un-recycled, around the world each year. Often least understood by consumers and ...

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Innovation Perspectives – A Common Purpose

This is the second of several ‘Innovation Perspectives‘ articles we will publish this week from multiple authors to get different perspectives on ‘How should firms collaborate with customers and/or value chain partners to co-create new products and services?’. Here is the next perspective in the series: by Yann Cramer Co-Creation Springs from a Sense of Common Purpose Too often the ...

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You Failed! Now What?

Last week, I had three conversations with three different companies. And each had a complaint about the same group of people: lawyers. If you think about it, innovators and lawyers have completely opposite objectives. Innovators want to grow the business. They believe that risk and failure are a natural part of the innovation process. Their mantra is “expansion.” Lawyers, on ...

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Old Media versus New Media

Cry or Take Action by Adam Hartung Do you lament “the way things used to be?” I remember my parents using that phrase. Now I often hear my peers. And it really worries me. Success requires constant growth, and when I hear business leaders talking about “the way things used to be” I fear they are unwilling to advance with ...

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ROI Not Enough – What's the Cost of the Problem?

Return on investment is a great tool to use in the sales process (and for innovation too). It demonstrates clearly that a company can make more (or save more) by using your product or service. The major problem with ROI on its own, however, is that it doesn’t necessarily create urgency. There’s a positive return on the investment, fine, but ...

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Listen to Your Subconscious Mind

If you study the lives of people who have had Eureka moments, you’ll discover that their breakthroughs almost always came after extended periods of intense, conscious effort. They worked, they noodled, they struggled. They abandoned all hope, they recommitted — and then the breakthrough came. And often at the most unexpected of moments. They weren’t buying lottery tickets at their ...

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Discovery versus Innovation

Botanists, Television, and the iPad by Paul Sloane Liquid crystals were discovered in 1888 and are now used in most TVs and computers (including the iPad). Liquid crystals represent a state of matter which exists between solid and liquid states. They were first discovered in 1888 by Austrian botanist Friedrich Reinitzer who was studying cholesterol at the Charles University in ...

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Innovation Perspectives – Adobe's Idea Lab

Tapping Users Minds, Adobe launches Adobe Labs Ideas This is the first of several ‘Innovation Perspectives‘ articles we will publish this week from multiple authors to get different perspectives on ‘How should firms collaborate with customers and/or value chain partners to co-create new products and services?’. Here is the initial perspective in the series: by Janelle Noble Global software leader ...

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Accountability – The Foundation of Sustainable Innovation

Without accountability, there is no innovation. Action items won’t get done, programs will lose traction, meetings will fall off the calendar – the issue can be as frustrating as “herding cats”. Every company culture needs accountability. Actually, for any company to succeed accountability is an imperative. Members of a corporate team need to feel responsible for their work – to ...

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Diversity and Innovation

Improve the Person, Improve the Idea by Hutch Carpenter A key aspect of the next generation of innovation is the ability to tap a much larger set of minds in pursuit of valuable ideas. This draws quite heavily from the realms of Enterprise 2.0 and crowdsourcing. The historic method of innovation relied exclusively on a designated few. Now we’re seeing ...

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