Welcome to 2010 – Now What?

The best thing about hope is that it springs eternal, especially at the beginning of a new year. 2009 is behind us, 2010 lies ahead and we have to believe that the coming year will be better than the last. There is, of course, no telling. I recall in late 2008 looking forward to the calendar turning, hoping that with ...

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Who Should Be Driving Social Media?

The title topic came up recently on Twitter, as it had at a B2B social media roundtable late last year: Who should be doing social media strategy and implementation for a brand – organizationally and individually? My take is a strategic perspective is the foundation for a social media effort to build a sustaining impact. When it comes to questions ...

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Last Call for January 'Innovation Perspectives'

January’s opportunity to contribute your Innovation Perspectives is now here. This monthly feature presents our loyal readers with different perspectives on a single topic all in one place – from several different authors. It gives our innovation community the opportunity to compare, contrast and discuss them in the comments here on Blogging Innovation and with the 1,600+ people in the ...

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Magic Wand of Strategic Planning

Imagine if Hogwarts, the mythical school of magic and sorcery in the Harry Potter books, taught strategic planning. You could use enchanted mirrors to gaze into the future with unerring accuracy. You could conjure up potions for warding off evil competitors, recite charms for turning lousy products into perennial moneymakers, and chant incantations for rendering customers intensely loyal under your ...

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The Decade's Top Performing CEOs

I was intrigued when I read on the Harvard Business Review web site “Do we celebrate the wrong CEOs?” The article quickly pointed out that many of the best known CEOs – and often named as most respected – didn’t come close to making the list of the top 100 best performing CEOs. Some of those on Barron’s list of ...

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Four Perfect Situations for Brainstorming

While there are innumerable reasons for hosting a brainstorming session, the purpose for meeting can be summarized with four situations. They are the need to meet to: Fix Something Broken / Problem Solving Grow Something Get Ideas / Fill Idea Pipeline Innovate / Make Something New (1) Fix Something Broken / Problem Solving This is what is traditionally thought of ...

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Realistic Impossibilities

Being on the wrong end of the continuum between realistic and impossible is what plagues many of today’s large multi-national corporations. The fear of failure by employees who are only partially engaged and don’t entirely feel like valued members of the team, will always translate into goals and ideas that are mediocre and achievable and never ones that are innovative ...

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Innovation, Invention and Entrepreneurs

After all I read on the blogs and on Twitter, and all the new innovation programs and initiatives in state and local governments, I feel the need to revisit the definitions of these key words. While innovation, invention and entrepreneurs are important and somewhat interconnected, they aren’t synonyms and they have different needs, intents and purposes. Whether accidently or on ...

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Do you have an innovation blind-spot?

My experience with most executives and entrepreneurs is that they are totally committed to and focused on success. As a result, many of them tend to have a major blind-spot (translation: weakness) when it comes to the anticipation of set-backs. While this is understandable, it is nonetheless naive, and it constitutes a major flaw in the business logic of most ...

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