October 31, 2015 | by Chris Kalaboukis

Peeking Behind the Veil of Design

Peeking Behind the Veil of DesignA company in Dubai is asking me to teach a design thinking and innovation course in May of next year, and this was good synchronicity because I came across the video below recently. The design process is often very mysterious to people, and the way that designers pursue the design of a new object is often hard for people to grasp. But the design thinking methodology… Continue reading

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October 30, 2015 | by Chris Kalaboukis

Aha: 8 Habits of People Who Always Have Great Ideas

Imagine being able to come up with fantastic ideas and solutions to challenges at the drop of a hat. Are you that kind of thinker?  It turns out that most ideators have cultivated daily habits that lend themselves to thinking up great ideas.   Stephanie Vozza over at Fast Company has a pretty good idea about […]

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October 30, 2015 | by Chris Kalaboukis

5 Musts of Every Serious Startup: Examples and Analysis

5 Musts of Every Serious Startup: Examples and Analysis - Innovation ExcellenceInnovation is not only about what you do and try to achieve. It is about how you do it in even greater degree. Examples and analysis from Melissa Burns. Continue reading

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October 30, 2015 | by Chris Kalaboukis

Halloween Innovation

Scott Bowden takes us to the house ‘that no one wants to approach while trick or treating’.

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October 30, 2015 | by Chris Kalaboukis

Are you a creative problem solver? Take the “Mad Men” challenge!

shutterstock_124144213 - mad man paidAs Head of Creative, you’ve been asked to deliver an ad campaign to increase the popularity of print media. The digital revolution has significantly eroded newspaper circulation. Pitch a solution. What will you propose? Continue reading

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October 30, 2015 | by Chris Kalaboukis

You Choose: Creativity or Commodity?

“Creative” has become a “buzzword” according to LinkedIn. Since Creativity is my area of expertise, this was of great interest to me. In response to the LinkedIn’s finding, experts say you should not use the word in your profile because the word is losing its meaning and it makes you sound like everyone else. It’s […]

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October 29, 2015 | by Chris Kalaboukis

Key Tools for Back End of Innovation – How Philips does it

Alekasandro Grabulou, director of innovation & development of Philips, talks about key tools for redefining the role of innovation in a fast-paced era. Philips is a leader is health care, consumer lifestyle, and lighting. And, they fused their front end and back end innovation efforts, with great results and a compelling story. Continue reading

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October 29, 2015 | by Chris Kalaboukis

The Power Of Intention

Back in 1995, Microsoft had a tagline “Where do you want to go today?” – I thought it was pretty powerful because it asked the basic question of intent – what do you want to do? Since then, we have fallen so in love with wanting to empower individuals with the data and tools that […]

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October 29, 2015 | by Chris Kalaboukis

The New Social Learning

The New Social Learning - Innovation ExcellenceWhen Tony Bingham and Marcia Conner, co-authors of The New Social Learning, began talking with organizations about benefiting from the natural powers of employees learning from one another, they heard more about their obstacles than their opportunities. While some were genuine issues leaders needed to face to move their organizations forward, several were myths, perpetuated by old school practices and a fear of losing control. Continue reading

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October 28, 2015 | by Chris Kalaboukis

Last Call! Innoloft Accelerator offers Startups $10k

If you’ve missed this, it’s not too late: Constant Contacts’s INNOLOFT is taking applications from eligible startups through EOD Oct. 29th. See details… Continue reading

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October 28, 2015 | by Chris Kalaboukis

Do Enterprises Suffer From Ochlophobia (Fear of the Crowd) ?

Ochlophobia – or sometimes known as Enochlopobia or Demophobia: Extreme or irrational fear of or aversion to crowds. Interesting term, since the modern Greek word that I’m familiar with “enochlo” means to bother or bug someone. So “enochlophobia” in modern Greek translates to “fear of being bothered” 😉 I attended an interesting conference (Crowdopolis) a few […]

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October 27, 2015 | by Chris Kalaboukis

One Simple Reason Why Storytelling is So Timelessly Powerful

Storytelling at Work, pub date: 11/12
FAQ about my book
25 quotes on the power of storytelling
Why create a culture of storytelling

The above quote is a classic Native American saying.

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October 27, 2015 | by Chris Kalaboukis

The 2015 Global Innovation 1000 Study from Strategy&

The 2015 Global Innovation 1000 StudyThe geographic footprint of innovation is changing dramatically as research and development programs become more global. An overwhelming 94 percent of the world’s largest innovators now conduct elements of their R&D programs abroad, according to the 2015 Global Innovation 1000 study, our annual analysis of corporate R&D spending. These companies are … Continue reading

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October 27, 2015 | by Chris Kalaboukis

The Fractional Employee Future

The Fractional Employee FutureIn my last article 10 Reasons to Hire a Part-Time Chief Innovation Officer, I looked at the reasons why an organization might want to hire someone part-time to lead their innovation efforts (a follow-up to my previous post Hiring the Right Chief Innovation Officer). Now I’d like to explore the idea of a fractional employee in a much broader context with you… Continue reading

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October 27, 2015 | by Chris Kalaboukis

To Innovate, Think Like A Startup

One of the coolest jobs I’ve ever had in my life was when I used to work for an innovative department within a large company. A number of years ago, I worked for a large cable company in Canada, basically doing IT work – managing networks, computers, email etc. It was IT admin work, and […]

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October 26, 2015 | by Chris Kalaboukis

Looking to Asia to innovate

I do quite a bit of travel to China for speaking engagements as well as other Asian innovation hotspots, and I can tell you that some of the most forward-thinking innovators are blazing trails that corporations in the West will soon follow.  Forbes recently highlighted the innovative culture and opportunities there, in a new article […]

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October 26, 2015 | by Chris Kalaboukis

Creating Structured Innovation

Creating Structured Innovation - innovation excellenceCreating Structured Innovation, or How can you lead a successful programme? Here are a few lessons about creating an innovation culture, turning user-centric, agile, open, and global, and letting innovation finds its flow! Continue reading

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October 26, 2015 | by Chris Kalaboukis

The Three Faces of Attribute Dependency

When using the Attribute Dependency technique, you’ll reach a point in the function follows form process where it’s time to make adaptations to your concept. That’s where you try to improve the concept and put more definition around it.

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October 25, 2015 | by Chris Kalaboukis

3 Things That Can Stall Innovation (And How To Overcome Them)

3 Things That Can Stall Innovation (And How To Overcome Them)Everyone wants to innovate these days, but it wasn’t always that way. Google’s Ngram shows that, although the term was commonly used in the 19th century, it didn’t become popular in the 20th century until the early 1970’s. Before that, managers valued tradition over novelty. Continue reading

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October 25, 2015 | by Chris Kalaboukis

The Age of Innovation

The Age of InnovationWhile as impactful as the Industrial Revolution and the Internet Age were, they will pale in comparison to what lays just over the horizon. Innovation will be the key to success in this era of rapid technological advancement and adoption. Continue reading

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October 24, 2015 | by Chris Kalaboukis

8 Widening Cracks in our Innovation Process

Can we continue to paper over these real gaps in managing innovation? How long will they continue to widen, undermine and constrain our innovation activities? Continue reading

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October 24, 2015 | by Chris Kalaboukis

Mattel Talk: How to Gain Immunity from Innovation Funding Cuts

Innovation Excellence - Mattel Talk: How to Gain Immunity from Innovation Funding CutsHow to Gain Immunity from Funding Cuts Tips from Mattel, Inc. Martin Elliott, Senior Director of Mattel, Inc.’s New Business Ventures, tells innovators how to avoid the budget cut thresher. Think like a V.C.
Some reasons innovation budgets get cut: wrong executive sponsor, turnover, don’t demonstrate value, or core business takes a hit. Continue reading

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October 23, 2015 | by Chris Kalaboukis

10 Tips To Improve Workforce Alignment

10 Tips To Improve Workforce AlignmentAligning workforce and strategy can be the difference between winning and losing in business. How can you innovate without it? Here are 10 tips to improve workforce alignment. Continue reading

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October 22, 2015 | by Chris Kalaboukis

What I Learned From Listening to Ravel’s Bolero for 14 Hours Straight

During the course of a lifetime a human being goes through many rites of passage. Birth, for example. First love. The death of a loved one and enduring a Republican primary debate. For me, one of the most memorable rites of passage happened in colleg…

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October 22, 2015 | by Chris Kalaboukis

Asking for Permission to Facilitate

Here’s a useful tip for you the next time you find yourself standing in front of a group of people and about to facilitate a meeting of any kind: Before you begin, ask people to give you permission to facilitate.

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October 22, 2015 | by Chris Kalaboukis

How do you face down disruption?

One thing I’ve learned as an entrepreneur and business consultant: Nothing ever stays the same. What succeeded for your company five years ago most likely is no longer working today. Why? Because the playing field has changed while you were basking in success. And it always does. My friend Robert Tucker writes about facing down […]

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October 22, 2015 | by Chris Kalaboukis

Talentism and the End of the 9-5 Work Week

Heard this word the other day and I thought it was great – it perfectly encapsulates, if you ask me, the future worker, or more accurately, the solopreneur – (not a big fan of this word but it likely is the most descriptive). As I mentioned earlier in my blog post on The Future Of […]

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October 21, 2015 | by Chris Kalaboukis

Business Hacking

Business HackingThere’s an intriguing term known as Life hacking. According to Wikipedia, “Life hacking refers to any trick, shortcut, skill or novelty method that increases productivity and efficiency, in all walks of life … anything that solves an everyday problem in an inspired, ingenious manner. The term is primarily used by… Continue reading

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October 21, 2015 | by Chris Kalaboukis

Startups, Innovation and The Future

We get this question a lot – why do you focus on these three things on your blog? Well, if you ask me, innovation is all about attempting to predict the future – looking at the market, at trends, both mega and micro, and coming up with high level scenarios to determine the state of the […]

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October 20, 2015 | by Chris Kalaboukis

Birth of the Part-Time Chief Innovation Officer

Birth of the Part-Time Chief Innovation OfficerIn my last article, we looked at the keys to Hiring the Right Chief Innovation Officer, including some do’s and don’ts. I encourage you to follow the link and read the details of how to hire the right person to lead innovation in your organization, but to quickly highlight some of them… Continue reading

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