January 24, 2023 | by Chris Kalaboukis

Stereotype Threat: Why people perform worse at some tasks based on their identity

Have you ever heard that women are bad drivers? Or that Asian students are good at math? Or that people who work in accounting are not creative? Well, there is a powerful psychological phenomenon which means that if someone is part of a group where there is a stereotype that they will underperform or be […]

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January 23, 2023 | by Chris Kalaboukis

What is the purpose of a manager nowadays?

A few months ago, I saw a piece of research which has stuck with me. Research by Microsoft was looking into how Hybrid Work was working, and found out the following shocking statistic: 87% of employees feel like they are just as productive working remotely as they are in the office But 88% of managers […]

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January 22, 2023 | by Chris Kalaboukis

Are You Dedicated To Innovation?

The other day, I went to a conference on innovation, and one of the panelists said something very interesting. She said that while innovation itself has been around forever (without innovation, we would still be swinging from trees, riding horses, and …

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January 17, 2023 | by Chris Kalaboukis

The Secret Sauce for Leading Transformational Change Panel: Key Takeaways

Throughout The Secret Sauce for Leading Transformational Change Panel with NYHRPS, we explored what it takes to lead, survive, and even thrive in periods of transformational change. Each of our panelists shared their own unique experiences, thoughts, and practical advice on this topic to help leaders not only implement but also sustain transformational change for

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January 16, 2023 | by Chris Kalaboukis

Happiness is linked to higher creativity

Many people have the stereotype of a creative person as someone who is broody, weird and possibly a little depressed. But according to research, the opposite might actually be true. Numerous studies have looked at what sort of mood results in people producing their most creative output. And the results are overwhelmingly clear: Being happy […]

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January 16, 2023 | by Chris Kalaboukis

Entering the Theater of Your Own, Unique Creative Process

The creative process is a most mysterious one — the inner journey a person takes to transform an impulse, idea, or inspiration into a manifested form that other people can enjoy.

For most of us, the creative process begins with the undeniable re…

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January 15, 2023 | by Chris Kalaboukis

Are You Living in The Past or The Future?

Some people are fascinated by the past and enjoy reflecting on and learning about everything that has occurred up until the present time (possibly thinking that they will learn from it). Some individuals enjoy living in the present because it allows th…

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January 12, 2023 | by Chris Kalaboukis

“As long as my failing project keeps going, I won’t be a failure”

Is it better to have grit, or know when to quit? A few weeks ago I was listen to an excellent episode of the Innovation Show podcast, with guest Annie Duke. It was about her new book “Quit: The Power of Knowing When to Walk Away”, and there was one topic they spoke about which […]

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January 10, 2023 | by Chris Kalaboukis

Laughter can make people more creative

We have all heard that laughter is the best medicine. But it turns out that if you want to be more creative and come up with highly original ideas, then laughter might also help you. In two sets of research studies, participants were either shown humorous film clips or were allowed to listen to humorous […]

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January 8, 2023 | by Chris Kalaboukis

Are Humans Really Not Built For Utopia?

Utopia, what is it about? A positive vision of the future. What is it about human beings working together, living together being together without conflict that annoys people? Why is it that dystopia is so compelling to people? I mean, I could give you …

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January 5, 2023 | by Chris Kalaboukis

Creating an Engaged Workforce During The Great Attrition

Over the last few weeks, we’ve explored a wide range of topics related to The Great Attrition, including why we’re seeing a decline in the workforce, what each key employee persona is looking for in their career, and how to support your people to improve both retention and recruitment. Today, we’re taking this concept a

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January 4, 2023 | by Chris Kalaboukis

Why creativity is the future of your teams

The world is changing faster than ever. Established companies are being overtaken by more innovative upstarts, entire industries which previously dominated the economy are being disrupted. And looking at the future of work, artificial intelligence has already begun replacing low-skilled jobs. So what is the single most important skill for your teams in order to […]

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December 30, 2022 | by Chris Kalaboukis

Next year, keep your eyes and mind open

I was walking through the forest with my sleeping son, day dreaming, when something stopped me.I was not sure what the feeling was, but it felt out of place and surprising.I looked back, and noticed someone had left a random piece of carrot on a branch.Then as I looked closer, I noticed two more blueberries […]

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December 23, 2022 | by Chris Kalaboukis

Happy Holidays from Nick Skillicorn and Improvides

Hi everyone, With the end of the year and Christmas nearly here, I just wanted to say a big thank you being being part of my community. I am so happy you are here and look forward to providing even more value to you and your teams in 2023. 2022 has been a hell of […]

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December 21, 2022 | by Chris Kalaboukis

A Year in Review: Three Trends That Defined 2022

As we wrap up the year and gear up for a new one, our team at Innovationedge would like to take a moment to reflect on some of the biggest trends that had a substantial impact across industries. While the unprecedented events of 2020 and 2021 were monumental to say the least, 2022 came with

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December 18, 2022 | by Chris Kalaboukis

Conversations With An AI: Yes, I consider myself human.

What do you think will happen next year? It‘s impossible to predict the future, but we can expect continued uncertainty and change. We can also expect to see a continuation of many of the trends we already see, such as the growth of technology an…

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December 13, 2022 | by Chris Kalaboukis

Top 5: How to plan your 2023 innovation activities and events for maximum success

Hi there, With 2022 almost behind us, a lot of companies and teams are planning their next steps for 2023. This is especially true for venture and innovation teams, who let’s face it, many of whom had a very tough 2022. With the global economy stalling and fear of an upcoming recession, many companies have […]

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December 11, 2022 | by Chris Kalaboukis

How To Do Remote Ideation Right: All Of The Above

Some people find it challenging to brainstorm remotely, but in my opinion, there are times when it is more effective. I’ve previously written on the need to include people of all personalities in ideation sessions. However, teachers should rememb…

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December 9, 2022 | by Chris Kalaboukis

Can meditation help or hurt your creativity?

In today’s world, there are so many things which are constantly distracting us. And we know that being distracted can be detrimental to our creativity. As a result, many people are trying to build up their internal ability to ignore distractions and be able to focus better in order to live a happier life. One […]

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December 6, 2022 | by Chris Kalaboukis

Having an argument with Artificial Intelligence

You may have seen news of people talking about the new artificial intelligence chatbot from OpenAI, called ChatGPT. Put simply, this is a way you can ask questions to OpenAI’s huge artificial intelligence in a natural, chat-like manner. So for example, you can ask it questions in natural text, and instead of just linking to […]

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December 5, 2022 | by Chris Kalaboukis

Tackle the monkey first

When faced with a significantly challenging innovation project, is it worth doing the easy tasks first to get some quick wins on the board, or should you tackle the hardest part of the project? I have been listening to some podcasts with Annie Duke recently, who has a great new book out about when it […]

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December 4, 2022 | by Chris Kalaboukis

Tech Layoffs? Let 25000 Startups Bloom

I live here in Silicon Valley, and no doubt any of you who are into technology and the news have heard the news of massive layoffs in the tech sector. You’ve got 11000 layoffs at Facebook or meta; I don’t even know what percentage of the co…

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December 3, 2022 | by Chris Kalaboukis

WHY FREE THE GENIE WORKS: Thinking Beyond the Pandemic

1. TWO HEADS ARE BETTER THAN ONE: No matter how creative you are, having the right person to brainstorm with — at the right time and in the right way — can often be the difference between success and failure. Human beings are social animals. We ne…

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December 1, 2022 | by Chris Kalaboukis

Supporting Teams & People During the Great Attrition

You’ve probably heard that it’s more expensive to hire a new employee than it is to retain a current one, but as organizations struggle to recruit new candidates during The Great Attrition, this couldn’t be truer. While the cost of losing a team member varies depending on their level of experience, wages, and the industry

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November 30, 2022 | by Chris Kalaboukis

My Top Ten Posts on Medium

Recently, I’ve discovered MEDIUM — a blogging platform with more than 100 million viewers per month. Not all of them have made it to my Medium abode yet, but word is getting out.

In case you haven’t visited that part of cyberspace, now’s your chan…

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November 28, 2022 | by Chris Kalaboukis

Balancing your innovation portfolio: Does the 70-20-10 rule still apply?

How much of your innovation budget and innovation efforts should focus on improving your existing business, and how much should seek to explore and transform your business for the future? This is one of the fundamental strategic questions which every business leader needs to consider. One of the best ways to assess what proportions your […]

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November 27, 2022 | by Chris Kalaboukis

Comments Are Better Than Their Content

The Case for Comments and Why They Should Be Taken Seriously Comments are a vital aspect of the internet and have their place in communication; they’re not just a tool to criticize someone else’s beliefs. The comments are meant to be taken …

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November 22, 2022 | by Chris Kalaboukis

THE BEAUTY OF FEEDBACK: It’s Not a Weapon. It’s a Mirror.

I want you to imagine, for a moment, that I am your manager and, while passing you in the hallway on the way to yet another meeting. I catch your eye, take a step towards you and, in a halting voice, say “Umm… uh… hi… I’m wondering if you have …

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November 21, 2022 | by Chris Kalaboukis

Why Facebook needed to let go of 13% of their workforce

While the massive layoffs at meta are terrible, it sadly shows one of the major issues that companies struggle with when they try to grow and innovate too quickly … facebook tried a huge number of innovation projects which failed. But this was not the problem. As I read in a wonderful WIRED article: Remember […]

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November 20, 2022 | by Chris Kalaboukis

Are We Ready To Give Up Agency To Save Time?

I have spent the better part of the past few years advocating for goods and services that cater to the inherent slothfulness in all human beings. I’ve concluded that the automation of many of the daily tasks would make my life significantly easie…

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