August 31, 2015 | by Chris Kalaboukis

Two Days Left to Vote for Top Innovation Thinkers

Top Innovation Thinkers – Time to Cast Your Vote!Every two years, Thinkers50 produces the world’s most prestigious ranking of management thinkers. And 8 thinkers are honored with Distinguished Achievement Awards. Congratulations to co-founders Rowan Gibson and Braden Kelley who’ve been nominated for the 2015 Thinker50 awards. Here’s how to cast your vote! Continue reading

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August 31, 2015 | by Chris Kalaboukis

Mutual Capitalism – Your Next Innovation Strategy

Mutual Capitalism – Your Next Innovation StrategyCedric Bachellerie explores how looking at strategy through the lens of competition may actually undermine the innovation potential of your company and that an alternative approach based on mutualism opens the door to greater possibilities. Continue reading

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August 31, 2015 | by Chris Kalaboukis

Is Gamification Right for Your Company?

If you’ve ever received a lollipop after an unpleasant visit to the doctor, or received a gold star in Kindergarten for good behavior, then you’re already familiar with the concept of gamification. On its face, it can be considered complex and unapproachable, but in fact, its basic premise has been around longer than we think. Now, gamification can be found in many different capacities, from game-based simulations for environmental science to monitoring and tracking employee wellness across various industries. Gamification has the ability to inspire excellence and promote internal transparency, but it can also create an unhealthy level of internal competition. Depending upon how it is integrated and supervised, gamification can either become a burden or be just the right motivator to push your company to the next level. Could gamification work in your industry? Here’s a few examples of companies who have successfully pulled it off. DevHub Launched in … Continue reading

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August 31, 2015 | by Chris Kalaboukis

Innovators: Beware the Hindsight Bias

So what happened here? You were guilty of a bias that we all have called The Hindsight Bias. Hindsight bias, also known as the “knew-it-all-along effect”, is the inclination to see events that have already occurred as being more predictable than they were before they took place. Hindsight bias causes you to view events as more predictable than they really are. After an event, people often believe that they knew the outcome of the event before it actually happened.

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August 30, 2015 | by Chris Kalaboukis

Older consumers are generally more brand loyal while millennials seek innovation

Targeting innovation-hungry millennials?  We ought not forget our more established customers, who tend to purchase their tried and true products. Here is an interesting article I found by Andrew McDougal on Cosmetics Design- Europe. He writes that while there is a big focus on attracting millennials who seek innovation right now, older consumers’ preferences become […]

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August 30, 2015 | by Chris Kalaboukis

Six Essentials to Cultivating an Innovation Culture

Six Essentials to Cultivating an Innovation CultureA decade ago, I was invited to coach a group of Nokia’s fast-rising superstars. Thirty-five “high potential” managers flew in to Palo Alto, California to network, sample local wines, and focus on innovation. At the time, Nokia seemed unstoppable. Growth was in the double digits. “The company sells five phones every second,” gushed Fast Company in a profile. Continue reading

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August 30, 2015 | by Chris Kalaboukis

34 Awesome Quotes on Leadership

1. “Management is doing things right; leadership is doing the right things.” – Peter F. Drucker

2. “If you don’t understand that you work for your mislabeled ‘subordinates,’ then you know nothing of leadership. You know only tyranny.” – Dee Hock

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August 30, 2015 | by Chris Kalaboukis

Why I Moved to Vegas, and What It Can Teach Us About Innovation

I’ve fallen in love with living in Las Vegas, but most people think I’m crazy to move here. I may well be, but in my defense, there is a huge difference between the Vegas I know, and the Vegas that automatically springs to most peoples minds. This disconnect between what most people think Vegas is, and how I think of it illustrates two really important biases that can impact innovation, and business productivity as a whole. One is the confirmation bias, the other is the illusion of understanding. Continue reading

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August 29, 2015 | by Chris Kalaboukis

How Savvy Businesses Tackle Change Management

Katherine Jones, the Vice President, Human Capital Management Technology Research at Bersin by Deloitte, was a recent guest on the TechnologyAdvice Expert Interview Series and shares her insight on the intersection of sales, marketing, and technology. Continue reading

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August 28, 2015 | by Chris Kalaboukis

Steel plant to convert harmful byproducts into renewable energy

Here’s innovation news we regularly post on our Facebook Page. Like us for more! ArcelorMittal — the world’s largest steel company — produced 93.1 million tons of steel in 2014, generating a problematic amount of carbon monoxide and carbon dioxide. But now, the company is launching a pilot scheme at their Ghent plant in partnership […]

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August 28, 2015 | by Chris Kalaboukis

Fostering Innovation via a Startup-With Tim Bates

Startup Acquisition to Foster InnovationChad Mcallister interviews Tim Bates, the startup founder, CEO, and now serves as an interim executive for hire in innovation, product, and senior leadership roles. Continue reading

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August 27, 2015 | by Chris Kalaboukis

Innovation at 50x

Innovation at 50xHow companies and government agencies can innovate at the speed of a startup.. Continue reading

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August 27, 2015 | by Chris Kalaboukis

The Intersection of Innovation & Marketing, with Dr. Leigh George

Dr. Leigh George, Founder and CEO of Freedom, talks about the intersection of innovation and marketing and why marketing is more important to businesses than ever in this episode of ‘The Innovation Engine’ podcast. Continue reading

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August 26, 2015 | by Chris Kalaboukis

The Top Three Enemies of Innovation – Waiting, Waiting, Waiting

The Top Three Enemies of Innovation – Waiting, Waiting, WaitingAll innovation projects take longer than expected and take more resources than expected. It’s time to change our expectations. With regard to time and resources, innovation’s biggest enemy is waiting. There. I said it. Continue reading

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August 26, 2015 | by Chris Kalaboukis

A can’t-miss event for consumer goods innovators

If you are a senior level consumer goods executive or actively involved with your organization’s global expansion projects, I highly encourage you to attend Achieving Profitable Growth and Innovation, a conference from our friends at Consumer Goods Technology. You’ll need to sign up soon, because it takes place September 16 – 18 in Fort Lauderdale, […]

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August 26, 2015 | by Chris Kalaboukis

Does Your Org Have a Sandbox?

In the sandbox, creativity reigns, stress dissolves, and innovation is suddenly possible. Continue reading

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August 25, 2015 | by Chris Kalaboukis

The Dynamics of a Creative Team

In my research of creativity in startup and mature companies I found that the ability of the team to hold productive debates was critical to that team’s creativity level. Continue reading

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August 24, 2015 | by Chris Kalaboukis

Creating a Corporate Culture for Design Thinking

Design ThinkingNow that Design Thinking is more commonly known, many groups are starting to adopt it. Chad McAllister Nathan interviews Nathan Owen Rosenberg Sr. to learn about the culture aspects of moving towards Design Thinking. Continue reading

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August 24, 2015 | by Chris Kalaboukis

The Power of Pause

Who
can
wait
quietly
while
the
mud
settles?

– Lao Tzu

Illustration
Idea Champions
My forthcoming book
My HuffPost articles

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August 24, 2015 | by Chris Kalaboukis

What Consumers Must Learn to Adopt New Innovations

Think about the last time you bought a car or perhaps a computer. Now, think about the next time you’ll buy one of those items. Are you going to do it exactly the same way as before? If you’re like most consumers, the answer is probably not. That’s because you learned some things from the first experience that will improve your purchasing behavior on the next experience. That’s especially true with new, innovative products.

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August 23, 2015 | by Chris Kalaboukis

Mobile Technology May Not Always Be the Answer

As the world plods onto bigger, greener and higher tech pastures, one would assume that every industry would go right along with it. The public release of the Internet heralded the downfall of some, such as video rental stores and travel agencies. Those that survived have generally embraced mobile technology, with iPads replacing mechanical cash registers in some establishments. However, for others, this process has been slower to catch on or is entirely non-existent. For those who are considering whether or not to integrate mobile technology into your business, consider if it will help or hinder operations. Below are examples of varying levels of success to integrate technology within different industries. Retail As mentioned earlier, many retailers are trading in their old, archaic cash registers for an iPad as their point of sale. Apps like Vend Register POS and Xero can handle everything from sales to finance tracking. These programs … Continue reading

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August 22, 2015 | by Chris Kalaboukis

The Path to Leading by Example

No matter what industry you’re a part of, chances are you’ve had to deal with seemingly unreasonable demands and double standards from your direct supervisors, bosses, and clients. Continue reading

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August 21, 2015 | by Chris Kalaboukis

Ten Ways to Reduce Your Failure Rate of Innovation

Although there are no easy solutions, there are ways to improve the effectiveness of innovation in your company or for your clients. Gjis shares ten actions to reduce the failure rate of innovation. Continue reading

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August 20, 2015 | by Chris Kalaboukis

The Future Of Money

The Future Of MoneyIt’s easy to see how money caught on. It was a much more efficient way to transact business than bartering one good for another. Money was also a useful store of wealth, certainly more convenient than livestock or grains. These two core functions—a medium of exchange and a store of value—still define money today. Continue reading

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August 19, 2015 | by Chris Kalaboukis

The Wow, the How, and Incubating Big Ideas

You can’t create real impact by ignoring issues that may upend a project. Mark Payne goes over the what and how of generating big ideas. Continue reading

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August 18, 2015 | by Chris Kalaboukis

Wide-Eyed, Wide-Angled

If you are a regular (or irregular) reader of this blog, you now (as of this moment) have a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to support the work of a gifted photographer and digital media maven, my son, Jesse, who will be traveling to eight countries f…

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August 18, 2015 | by Chris Kalaboukis

Drinkable book can be used as high-tech water filters

Here’s news of an eco-book that shares info about clean drinking water, so the reader can use the actual pages as high-tech filters that will remove 99% of bacteria from the filtered water. It’s part of a new bactericidal silver nanoparticle paper. Perhaps someday it can bring clean water to the 663 million people who […]

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August 18, 2015 | by Chris Kalaboukis

The Purposeful Approach to Change – Part 1

To gain competitive advantage, organizations need to apply foresight and get ahead of change. President & CEO of Gongos, Inc. Camille Nicita shares how they are trying to both create and shape the change that is happening in the industry. Continue reading

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August 18, 2015 | by Chris Kalaboukis

Data Driving Freedom & Slavery

   In two of the top stories this week, we heard about the “dating apocalypse” which apps like Tinder have facilitated, and the seemingly relentless data driven life of the typical white collar worker (and by the description they do sound more like workers than employees to most) at Amazon. We heard about how cutthroat […]

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August 18, 2015 | by Chris Kalaboukis

Learning 3.0 – Relearning to learn

Join the innovation excellence communityLatest slideshare from Agile Coach, Caio Cestari Silva,São Paulo, Brazil. Continue reading

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