November 30, 2015 | by Chris Kalaboukis

What’s the Story with Story?

If you want to deliver a meaningful, memorable message in your organization, consider delivering it as STORY, not a pep talk, harangue, slide show, case study, or download of data. People respond to and remember story WAY MORE than all of that other …

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November 30, 2015 | by Chris Kalaboukis

Cyber Monday gets a Boost from Robots and Drones

UPS and FedEx both report that they anticipate delivering close to 1 billion packages in the next few weeks.  JUST in the United States alone. That’s a 10 percent more than 2014, and shows just how much more Americans consume. The computer gurus at ZDNET say robots will play a huge role in fulfilling all […]

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November 30, 2015 | by Chris Kalaboukis

Stop Frustrating Your Innovators

A study among US companies shows that employees of corporations are eager to be entrepreneurial. More than half of those surveyed (52 percent) have pursued an entrepreneurial idea within their company. But what they lack, is support from their management. Only one in five employees feels supported by their management to be entrepreneurial. Continue reading

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November 30, 2015 | by Chris Kalaboukis

Transform from A Reactionary to Visionary Innovator

Innovation in process and technology are crucial elements in the product lifecycle, especially to a company’s long-term relevancy and success in its industry. However, innovators are often challenged by their company’s mandate to focus investment on products and services that address current markets and customer demands.  While achieving and sustaining financial performance is necessary for […]

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November 30, 2015 | by Chris Kalaboukis

Crossing Participative Innovation with Open Innovation (1/2)

Crossing Participative Innovation with Open Innovation (1/2) - Innovation ExcellenceWhat is Participative Innovation? And how does it intersect with Open Innovation with the Crowd? Continue reading

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November 29, 2015 | by Chris Kalaboukis

Will drones be under your tree?

One of the hottest and most mysterious gift ideas for 2015 seems to be the Drone. It seems the drone is not just for government surveillance anymore.  I remember when my boys were fascinated by remote-controlled toys that could drive, fly and entertain them for hours. But times are different, and technology has made it […]

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November 29, 2015 | by Chris Kalaboukis

Seven Steps to a More Creative Organization

Seven Steps to a More Creative OrganizationFirst, how do you bring diverse knowledge and insights into the organization to create these unexpected connections? Second, how do you ensure that the creative ideas generated are relevant to your business? Third, how do you support a business process that seems fuzzy and turn it into reproducible steps that invite broad contribution? Continue reading

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November 29, 2015 | by Chris Kalaboukis

Innovation and The Art of Implementation (Part 3)

Innovation without implementation is mere ideation. And buyer beware: this “mere” ideation can often be expensive, morale-killing, and potentially business-imploding. To prevent getting infinitely stuck in the ideation phase wasteland, remember that innovation typically doesn’t fail due to a lack of creativity but rather due to a lack a discipline. Continue reading

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November 28, 2015 | by Chris Kalaboukis

The World’s Most Innovative Universities

Reuters has released its Reuters Top 100 list of most innovative universities in the world. Based on academic papers and patent filings, and compiled by the Intellectual Property & Science business of Thomson Reuters,  you may be pleasantly surprised by some on the list. Not surprisingly is the leader of the Top 100: Stanford University, […]

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November 28, 2015 | by Chris Kalaboukis

How Can You Innovate Better with the 3 Questions Startups Always Ask?

stock-photo-17897898-one-two-threeDoes the Startup innovation strategy apply, in full or in part, to established organizations and business in other industries?
Although some strategy consultants may fancy the idea of every company in the world to get back to their startup age, I find it preposterous as well as unnecessary. It is in managing uncertainty where the old guys can learn valuable and interesting lessons from the young crew. Continue reading

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November 27, 2015 | by Chris Kalaboukis

The World Is Made of Stories

My new book on storytelling
Why businesses should care about storytelling
Newly launched Storytelling at Work blog

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November 27, 2015 | by Chris Kalaboukis

Black Friday’s Innovation Lessons

For the innovation practitioner observing or, indeed, participating in this frenzy of shopping, two aspects of this period are worthy of additional investigation and can provide insights into the art of new thinking. Continue reading

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November 27, 2015 | by Chris Kalaboukis

How to Frame a Problem Using a Challenge Map

Daniel Nolan shows how Challenge Mapping is a simple yet powerful tool to properly frame a question. Continue reading

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November 26, 2015 | by Chris Kalaboukis

Innovate like a Pilgrim

Scott Bowden investigates and shares how the Pilgrims voage to America yields lessons for the modern-day innovation practitioner.

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November 26, 2015 | by Chris Kalaboukis

Are All Your Ideas Worth Nothing?

There are many reasons why people say ideas are worthless…Take two companies with a similar idea, Google and AltaVista, one is the multibillion dollar envy of the tech world, the other a broke, wound up company bought out by Yahoo. The difference? Continue reading

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November 25, 2015 | by Chris Kalaboukis

STORYTELLING AT WORK Just Published!

I am happy to announce that my new book, Storytelling at Work, has just been published and is now available, on Amazon, in both paperback and Kindle editions. Whoo! Whoo!

If you believe in the power of storytelling to engage, inspire, and transmit w…

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November 25, 2015 | by Chris Kalaboukis

How to Innovate Strategically [infographic]

In the “How to Innovate…Strategically” paper, we examine how and when to use four common approaches to innovation, and which companies excel at each. We uncover the limitations and the challenges when implementing each method, and the top supporting tools for each approach. Continue reading

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November 25, 2015 | by Chris Kalaboukis

Top 100 Most Innovative Universities Across the Globe

Top 100 Most Innovative Universities Across the Globe - Innovation ExcellenceFarzad H. Eskafi shares insights from Reuters Top 100 Most Innovative Universities Across the Globe. Continue reading

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November 24, 2015 | by Chris Kalaboukis

Building a Global Sensing Network – Updated

Building a Global Sensing Network - UpdatedWhen I first wrote about Building a Global Sensing Network I wrote in the specific context of the war for innovation and the need to make sure you’re fighting it outside your organization — not inside. We looked at how most organizations… Continue reading

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November 24, 2015 | by Chris Kalaboukis

Interview with Craig Swann, Music Innovator, on the Launch of LoopLabs

SwannWe sat down with Craig Swann, a well respected digital music innovator and the founder of Looplabs, a new collaboration platform that he calls the “Google Docs” of music that is disrupting music studios and allowing individuals to make music in a whole new way. The interview and your chance to make your own loops follows… Continue reading

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November 23, 2015 | by Chris Kalaboukis

Yes, There is Such a Thing as an Ugly Baby

Confirmation bias is the tendency for people to only seek out information that conforms to their pre-existing viewpoints, and subsequently ignore information that goes against them. You overweight the good news, and underweight the bad news.

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November 23, 2015 | by Chris Kalaboukis

How to Achieve Excellence in the Fuzzy Front-End – Part 1

How to Achieve Excellence in the Fuzzy Front-End – Part 1 - Innovation ExcellenceThe term “Fuzzy Front-End” (FFE) has been established for the early stage of innovation which determines the innovation effectiveness and hence ultimately innovation success. We wanted to better understand where leading firms are setting their priorities in the FFE currently and where they see things going in the future. To answer this, we conducted a study. Our train of thought and the main findings are in a two-part article series published here. Continue reading

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November 22, 2015 | by Chris Kalaboukis

New Self-Driving Buses coming to Switzerland

Could driverless buses and other public transportation take off well ahead of driver-less cars?  Many think so. Here’s an interesting article about how that is happening in Europe over the next few months: The Swiss city of Sion will begin a two-year trial of two autonomous buses beginning in spring 2016. The buses come from […]

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November 22, 2015 | by Chris Kalaboukis

What Kind of Stories Will You Tell?

Here’s a story you can probably relate to: You are walking down the street when a friend, coming the other way, stops, looks you in the eye, and asks “Whassup?” It’s a question you’ve heard a thousand times before — the default, in-the-moment, open-…

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November 22, 2015 | by Chris Kalaboukis

Innovation and The Art of Implementation (Part 2)

Innovation and The Art of Implementation (Part 2)The reason innovation implementation can seem like an overwhelmingly daunting process is largely due to people-related issues. Such people-related issues require patience (and intestinal fortitude) as well as organizational structure to combat. A key element to implementing innovation is… Continue reading

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November 20, 2015 | by Chris Kalaboukis

The Rule of Thirds and Why it’s Key to Managing Massive Change

The Rule of Thirds, and Why itTransitions bring out the best and the worst in people. When we began the transition of our flagship PDF product, Acrobat, from boxed software to a subscription offering as part of our new Document Cloud—one of the more massive transitions in Adobe’s history—developing a new marketing strategy was just one of the hurdles we faced. I also learned firsthand that… Continue reading

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November 20, 2015 | by Chris Kalaboukis

What if your Innovation Program Really is Rocket Science?

Rocket Science InnovationLou Killiefer, Innovation Excellence Editor at large had this recent “Innovation Conversation” with Ken Savin, Ph.D., Advisor, Innovation and Development, Eli Lilly and Company, and Cynthia Bouthot, Director of Commercial Innovation, Center for the Advancement of Science in Space. Continue reading

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November 20, 2015 | by Chris Kalaboukis

Albert Einstein on the Intuitive Mind

“The intuitive
mind
is a
sacred gift
and the
rational mind
a faithful
servant.
We have created
a society
that honors
the servant
and has
forgotten
the gift.”

– Albert Einstein

One way to tap into the intuitive mind
And another way
I…

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November 19, 2015 | by Chris Kalaboukis

Building a Global Innovation Capability at a Large Company

Building Innovation at Large CompaniesAn interesting thing happens in successful companies. They tend to focus on what made them successful and over time actually drive out innovation and instead develop a resistance to risk-taking. Known as the “incumbent’s curse,” examples are easily found, such as Kodak, Research in Motion, Sony, and Hewlett Packard. Find a large company and chances are high that… Continue reading

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November 18, 2015 | by Chris Kalaboukis

Sanofi’s Prescription for Innovation Success

SanofiWhat do you do if you’re stuck on a “burning platform” with an implicit mandate to innovate but the time is not quite right for your organisation to kickstart a formal innovation hub? If you’re Tal Rapke, you just do it. Continue reading

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