7 Reasons I Joined the Local Chamber of Commerce

Last week I finally joined the Kirkland Chamber of Commerce. I’ve attended a few events over the past year, but it was time for me to become an active member. I know in an age of Twitter and LinkedIn and all kinds of alternatives to business networking, joining the local Chamber can sometimes be seen like less of a priority. ...

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Inspiring Your Team with a Chief Innovation Officer

Who inspires your team? Who develops the ideas, promotes an environment that fosters creative camaraderie, nourishes espirit de corps – and steers the organization toward greatness? In short, who is your Chief Innovation Officer? Every organization that grows by creating new products or services or aspires to out-class the competition needs a Chief Innovation Officer, or CIO. In Robert’s Rules ...

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Can Innovation Create Competitive Advantage?

Over the last six or seven years, definitely since about 2003 or 2004, there has been an increased focus on innovation in many businesses. I think much of this was driven by several factors, including an increased rate of change in competition, especially the growing capabilities of India and China. I also think that information costs have fallen as the ...

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October's Innovation Contest Winners

Thank you to everyone who entered our innovation contest for October. After much deliberation, I have chosen the three winning articles. The three winning article authors win one of three signed copies of Bill George’s latest book “7 Lessons for Leading in Crisis”, and the opportunity to have their article republished here on Blogging Innovation if they so desire. For ...

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Does BN Nook Compete with Amazon or Starbucks?

There has been a flurry of news lately about Barnes & Noble’s new e-reader, the Nook. It will compete head on with Amazon’s Kindle and Sony’s Reader, offering additional features such as limited book sharing and newspaper subscriptions. If successful, of course, those features will be matched by the Nook’s competitors, just as Barnes & Noble has matched their price ...

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150,000 Good Ideas

by Kevin Roberts Ideas are the currency of the future and can come from anywhere, and Google probably knows this more than anyone right now! To help celebrate their 10th birthday, Google invited people to submit their ideas to help make the world a better place for everyone with their special “Project 10 to the 100th.” 150,000 ideas were sent ...

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Importance of Enterprise 2.0 Connections to Innovation ROI

In a recent post on the Spigit blog, Study – Collaborative Networks Produce Better Ideas, I described the research of Professor Ronald Burt. He found that employees who are better connected across the organization generate higher quality ideas than those with limited connections. Wider access to the ideas, knowledge, experiences and judgment of colleagues makes employees stronger in innovation. I ...

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Personal Branding When You're 25 x 2

Thanks to a tweet from Richard Dedor, Chris Reaburn and I were last minute attendees at a Kansas City PRSA lunch session by Dan Schawbel based on his book “Me 2.0 – Build a Personal Brand to Achieve Career Success.” The talk was part of a career day for students interested in PR, so the average audience age was 20. ...

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The Right Way to do Social Media

Click above to Enlargeby Braden Kelley Unfortunately, more often than not I see examples of social media strategy gone wrong. So, it stands out when I see a company like Lufthansa doing social media the right way – at least with their MySkyStatus site. Let’s look briefly at why this is a good execution of a social media strategy: Easy ...

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A Billion Views Cannot Be Wrong

by Kevin Roberts TV will never die, YouTube will never kill it. YouTube (or its future manifestations) will never die either, TV will never kill it. We’re in the world of and/and, where possibilities are not mutually exclusive and creative exposure is based on merit. A couple of weeks ago, YouTube hit a billion views a day, and the inevitable ...

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