January 31, 2016 | by Chris Kalaboukis

Is Low Risk Innovation Even Possible?

Around 4% of innovation initiatives achieve their internally defined success criteria. Even worse, only 12% of research and development projects even return their capital cost! Continue reading

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January 30, 2016 | by Chris Kalaboukis

Welcome to the World’s First Interspecies Book Marketing Campaign

The book Chili recommends
If you don’t believe my dog
A story from the book
Other dogs who also like the book
The Amazon reviews of the book

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January 30, 2016 | by Chris Kalaboukis

Do More Creative People go to Startups?

OriginalFramework.pngI used to fight the idea that more creative people go to startups. I didn’t see any reason why people would choose startup over mature companies (or vice versa) based on their own level of creativity. Continue reading

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January 29, 2016 | by Chris Kalaboukis

The 6 Ways Big Companies are Innovating against Silicon Valley

The 6 Ways Big Companies are Innovating Against Silicon Valley Unicorns Vs. Titans of Industry: How Fortune 500 approach technology innovation: An Indicative Research Report by Indicative’s Matt Levin. Continue reading

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January 29, 2016 | by Chris Kalaboukis

No Doesn’t Mean No

My first reaction was, “Wow, I barely remember that conversation. I can’t believe that someone is still so upset so many years later.” Although his comment was less about a comment on the content and more about a personal gripe with me, I realized that hidden in it were two important points related to innovation. Continue reading

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January 28, 2016 | by Chris Kalaboukis

10 indulgent US food and beverage trends for 2016

One of the areas our IE team watches is the Food and Beverage industry. The trends we’re seeing for the coming year continue to focus on health, but with a decadent spin. FoodBevMedia has posted these trends that you may want to watch – and sample: 10 indulgent US food and beverage trends for 2016 […]

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January 28, 2016 | by Chris Kalaboukis

13 Dimensions of Innovation

13 Dimensions of Innovation - Innovation ExcellenceThe Innovation Radar, developed by Mohanbir Sawhney, Robert C. Wolcott, and Inigo Arroniz, provides the initial 12 areas available for business innovation. By adding the business model to the list presents a holistic and comprehensive approach, yielding 13 dimensions an organization can review for innovation.
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January 28, 2016 | by Chris Kalaboukis

Marketing Lessons from the 2016 Presidential Campaign?

Marketing Lessons from the 2016 Presidential Campaign?  - Innovation ExcellenceGeoff Nesnow finds it very interesting to look at the presidential race as a study in good and bad product marketing. Here are some examples. Continue reading

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January 27, 2016 | by Chris Kalaboukis

Picasso on the Act of Creation

If you are trying to create something new, reinvent yourself, or accomplish a seemingly impossible goal, know that “things” may get worse before they get better. Indeed, what you already know and already do may need to disintegrate in order for the n…

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January 26, 2016 | by Chris Kalaboukis

Story as a Leadership Tool

Here’s a lovely animated intro to why STORYTELLING is such a powerful communication and business tool — by the author of Circle of the 9 Muses.

Storytelling at Work
More useful links about storytelling
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January 26, 2016 | by Chris Kalaboukis

7 Disruptive Forces for 2016 and Beyond

As a futurist and CEO of an innovation firm, I study the implications of emerging trends through research and dialog with experts, scientists, and academics in diverse fields. As the first month of 2016 comes to a close, here are seven forces of the future poised to shift the way we live, work, bank, and vote. Continue reading

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January 26, 2016 | by Chris Kalaboukis

Solving Organizational Challenges with Product Management and Innovation

Challenges Product Managers Encounter
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Chad McAllister, PhD is a product innovation guide, innovation management educator, and recovering engineer. He leads Product Innovation Educators, which trains product managers to create products customers love. He also hosts The Everyday Innovator weekly podcast, sharing knowledge from innovation thought leaders and practitioners. Follow him on Twitter.for product managers and marketers that has spread across the world. He also authored the book, The Art of Product Management: Lessons from a Silicon Valley Innovator. Continue reading

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January 26, 2016 | by Chris Kalaboukis

Strategies For The Strategists

Today’s article will focus on the typical problems innovators face and the proposed solution for the problems.  Most likely you or your innovation stakeholders have day jobs running production critical projects, so how do you fit in innovation projects or convince others? Working on innovative projects which typically entails exploring unproven, nascent advanced technology is…

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January 25, 2016 | by Chris Kalaboukis

Five Strategies for Spotting Trends First

Do you watch trends, or do you delegate that to someone else?  My friend Robert Tucker is encouraging managers to redouble their trend-watching capabilities in response to an ever-increasing degree of technological, social and economic change: Here’s the good news: with a bit of focused attention, you can build skills in this area such that […]

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January 25, 2016 | by Chris Kalaboukis

Open Innovation is the New Normal

“Over the years, Open Innovation has become the new normal” states Hannes, Director Open Innovation Networks at Swarovski. Continue reading

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January 25, 2016 | by Chris Kalaboukis

The Wheel: A Great Innovation?

People who believe that the wheel is the greatest invention ever assume two things: That it was wholly new when it was invented, and that is was so wonderful that people adopted it immediately. Historically, neither is true.

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January 24, 2016 | by Chris Kalaboukis

3-D printing constructs actual homes

Would you live in a home made completely out of paper? It’s not flimsy by any means, when you consider the technology of 3-D printing that can make the architecture sturdy and even beautiful. Machine Design reports that several companies are building livable homes like these from the inside out using 3-D printing: The idea […]

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January 24, 2016 | by Chris Kalaboukis

Is Experience Good for Innovation?

Is Experience Good for Innovation? - Innovation ExcellenceExperience is what you get just after you needed it. A lot of people succeed at innovation because they didn’t have enough experience to realize that they should have failed. Continue reading

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January 23, 2016 | by Chris Kalaboukis

Directions of Mobile App Development Trends in 2016

Directions of Mobile App Development Trends in 2016  - Innovation Excellence “Write the code. Change the world.” John Stuart on Apple’s new language “Swift”, enterprise apps, cross-platform tools, IoT and more… Continue reading

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January 22, 2016 | by Chris Kalaboukis

CreoPop 3D Pen uses cool nanotechnology

Here’s an exciting invention that uses nanotechnology and 3D printing – as a pen. It’s called CreoPop, and it’s not like most 3D pens I’ve seen.   With CreoPop’s 3D printing pen in hand, you can create multi-dimensional pictures and structures freehand, in real time. CreoPop uses nanotechnology to provide an exciting range of inks including glittering […]

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January 22, 2016 | by Chris Kalaboukis

Eight I’s of Infinite Innovation – Revisited

Eight I's of Infinite InnovationSome authors talk about successful innovation being the sum of idea plus execution, others talk about the importance of insight and its role in driving the creation of ideas that will be meaningful to customers, and even fewer about the role of inspiration in uncovering potential insight. But innovation is all about value and each of the definitions, frameworks, and models out there only tell part of the story of successful innovation. Continue reading

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January 22, 2016 | by Chris Kalaboukis

Reinventing the Future: How IBM Innovates

The key to how IBM innovates is that it manages to create collaboration among all the moving parts—not only internally, but externally as well—into a key competitive advantage. Continue reading

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January 21, 2016 | by Chris Kalaboukis

One Stop Shopping for Great Links on the Art & Science of Storytelling

If you are interested in the power of storytelling to engage, inspire, and spark the transfer of insight, knowledge, and wisdom you have come to the right place. Below are links to a variety of recent articles of mine and other story-mavens who inspi…

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January 19, 2016 | by Chris Kalaboukis

Shifting to Ultimate Outcomes

Shifting to Ultimate Outcomes - innovation excellenceWe need to all get paid or rewarded far more on the value of the result from successful ultimate outcomes, judged by focusing only on the successful result of delivering to that real customer need. Continue reading

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January 19, 2016 | by Chris Kalaboukis

The Power of an Audacious Vision

The Power of an Audacious Vision - innovation excellenceFor them, it no longer is about coming to a job every day and putting in their time in exchange for a paycheck… it becomes about waking up every day to be a part of a movement… part of doing something worth investing their lives in. Continue reading

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January 18, 2016 | by Chris Kalaboukis

New Language for a New Year [Book Review]

New Language for a New Year [Book Review] - Innovation ExcellencePrepare to laugh. Get ready to chuckle. Veteran word wonks Henry Beard and Christopher Cerf have done it again… Continue reading

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January 18, 2016 | by Chris Kalaboukis

If You Can Think It, You May Want to Ignore It

The availability heuristic is a mental shortcut that occurs when people make judgments about the probability of events by how easy it is to think of examples. The availability heuristic operates on the notion that, "if you can think of it, it must be important."

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January 17, 2016 | by Chris Kalaboukis

David Bowie: Serial Innovator and Re-inventor

A review of David Bowie’s capacity as a serial innovator and re-inventor. Continue reading

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January 17, 2016 | by Chris Kalaboukis

Growth: That Crazy Talk

Growth: That Crazy Talk - innovationexcellence.comWhile iconic ventures stand as global luminaries of category-defining growth, such as the modern grocery store and overnight delivery, most businesses cower when facing growth. Continue reading

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January 16, 2016 | by Chris Kalaboukis

From beverage to bench: An innovative approach!

Consumers of fast food meals are used to the drill: You eat, you throw your garbage away and you leave.  But what about all those styrofoam cups? You can’t recycle expanded polystyrene, and it does not decompose in landfills. Good news:  Chick-fil-A restaurant has found a way to answer that dilemma with an innovative solution. […]

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