May 31, 2016 | by Chris Kalaboukis

Urban Housing Crisis? Let Tiny Houses Run Free

The Solution to the High Cost Of Housing Are Modular Tiny Houses…But Will They Be Allowed? Here in the San Francisco Bay area, (and likely in many other urban areas) the cost of housing has reached levels of ridiculousness never before seen. As I write this, the minimum rent – yes, the absolute minimum rent, for a…

May 31, 2016 | by Chris Kalaboukis

Intrapreneurship on the Rise

Intrapreneurship april 14What’s going on with intrapreneurship? Initiatives seem to multiply in France. Nicolas Bry analyses a few causes, goes through signs of movement like Les Hacktivateurs recent association, and show how Orange open innovation actions complements internal innovation. Finally, he demonstrates how the 4 principles supporting Rapid Innovation are a great framework to sustain intrapreneurship. Continue reading

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May 30, 2016 | by Chris Kalaboukis

The Innovative Mindset

The Innovative MindsetOver the course of my career as a cognitive psychologist, I have always been interested in examining the “light bulb” moment, or the moment an insight occurs. In my book, Seeing What Others Don’t: The Remarkable Ways We Gain Insights, I analyzed 120 incidents in which insights occurred in an attempt to learn more about how insights arise, and to develop new strategies for people and organizations to boost their insights. Recently I formulated a strategy to help people gain more insights. This article outlines my strategy, as well as my research about how insights arise. Continue reading

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May 30, 2016 | by Chris Kalaboukis

Don’t Give Learned Helplessness a Chance

Learned_helplessness_organisationA paralyzing virus is lurking within many organizations, and it is solely responsible for countless failed transformations. It answers to the name “learned helplessness.” Learned helplessness is not a hip term from yet another best-selling management book; it is a concrete and scientifically proven phenomenon in the behavior of both people and animals. Continue reading

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May 30, 2016 | by Chris Kalaboukis

Great Innovators Focus More on Post-Purchase than Pre-Purchase

What products or services have you purchased that are your absolute favorites? Can think of a few? My bet is that you can think of a few because those products did everything and more than what you expected. Your satisfaction after consuming those products is very high. That’s one reason why the last step of the buying process, the post-purchase phase, may be the most important in the study of consumer behavior. Let’s learn more reasons why and what you as the innovator can do about it.

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May 29, 2016 | by Chris Kalaboukis

Time to Reboot the Speaking Industry in the Human-to-Human Era

Some people believe that when you are invited to give a talk or a speech, you are expected to entertain an audience. I have experienced speakers who post on their social media updates that they are off to be the opening act at a company conference. It always makes me think about the missed opportunity in having this limiting belief. Continue reading

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May 29, 2016 | by Chris Kalaboukis

The Energy Revolution Will Transform How We Live and Work

The Energy Revolution Will Transform How We Live and WorkRevolutions in commerce used to be few and far between. James Watt’s steam engine, developed in 1781, set the stage for the first industrial revolution. But it wasn’t until a century later that the widespread adoption of electricity and the internal combustion engine brought about the second industrial revolution. Continue reading

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May 28, 2016 | by Chris Kalaboukis

Shift Things Around

Shift Things AroundWhen leading a series of innovation workshops in our home town for the Mayor’s Innovation Delivery Team with division leaders at Memphis’ City Hall, our task was steep: change long-standing behavior patterns. Turn doers into innovators. Continue reading

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May 27, 2016 | by Chris Kalaboukis

Can you teach people to innovate?

Can you teach people to innovate? - Innovation ExcellenceOne of my recent pet peeves is the proliferation of education options for innovation. One of my alma maters offers a “certificate” for innovation management. While I cannot comment on the course, it is taught by two professors with little private sector experience… Continue reading

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May 27, 2016 | by Chris Kalaboukis

The Future of Jobs and Education

The Future of Jobs and Education - Innovation ExcellenceOne can argue that today’s education system is skewed towards the teaching of Professional Skills, and it’s this category that will face the greatest opportunities and challenges over the next fifty years. Continue reading

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May 27, 2016 | by Chris Kalaboukis

Do You Have the Courage to Find Out Just How Good (or Not Good) Your Brainstorm Sessions Are?

Many of us wince when we hear the word “feedback”, especially when it relates to our own performance. We tend to see feedback as criticism or a veiled personal attack. And for good reason. We’ve all been on the receiving end of feedback that was an…

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May 26, 2016 | by Chris Kalaboukis

Are Singapore & Sweden More Innovative Than The United States?

Who Is More Innovative? A Tale Of Three Countries In two different recent articles, both Singapore and Sweden were singled out as leading the way in two completely different, very innovative directions, both of which seem disruptively innovative compared to the United States. Typically, when you see lists of the worlds most innovative countries, something…

May 26, 2016 | by Chris Kalaboukis

Measuring Innovation, Part 3/3: The Growth Innovation Index (GII)

Measuring Innovation, Part 3/3: The Growth Innovation Index (GII) - Innovation ExcellenceThis article is the third and final in a series of 3 articles discussing measuring product innovation. Continue reading

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May 25, 2016 | by Chris Kalaboukis

TEDx: Are You Open Minded? Three Ways to Break Thinking Patterns [video]

 Are You Open Minded? Three Ways to Break Thinking Patterns - Innovation ExcellenceIn this TEDx Talk, Paul Sloane explains how to use the Power of the Random to boost Creative Problem Solving. Continue reading

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May 25, 2016 | by Chris Kalaboukis

Taking Innovation from Lab to Society

Taking Innovation from Lab to Society - Innovation ExcellenceAfter a study highlights the benefits of accelerating the transition of research from lab to market, Adi Gaskell looks at how companies can better work with university and government research labs. Continue reading

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May 24, 2016 | by Chris Kalaboukis

How I Use Design Thinking to Leverage Strength and Design ‘around’ Weakness

How I Use Design Thinking to Leverage Strength and Design 'around' WeaknessI was recently invited to be a guest on the Entrepreneur On Fire podcast. During the show I shared my story of how I applied “design thinking” to leverage my strengths and design around my weaknesses. This approach resulted in breakthrough performances as both an athlete and an entrepreneur. Continue reading

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May 24, 2016 | by Chris Kalaboukis

Beginners Mind: The Key To Disruptive Innovation

Disruptive Innovation Often Requires Zen Mind “In the beginner’s mind there are many possibilities, but in the expert’s there are few.” When I was in high school I, as probably many others did, found my families religion a bit wanting and did a little dabbling in a number of different “ways”, spending most of my…

May 23, 2016 | by Chris Kalaboukis

The Rise of the Smart Creative (Lessons from Google)

IBM Learning is now developing a completely different set of competencies which they encapsulate and describe as an ‘adaptive learner’. Stating that “innovation is the art of combination” where designers, developers, and engineers (and supervisors, managers and leaders) are required to combine their ‘expert intuition’ (and knowledge, skills and experience) with ‘strategic intuition’ (and innovative thinking). Continue reading

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May 23, 2016 | by Chris Kalaboukis

A Secret Weapon for Innovation: What Google, Apple, Tesla have in common

 Secret Weapon for Innovation: What Google, Apple, Tesla have in common - Innovation Excellence.comBy leveraging your collective naïveté you can push beyond the limits set by the status quo. Continue reading

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May 23, 2016 | by Chris Kalaboukis

Want to Innovate? Make Sure You Have a Seat at the Table

For most companies, the top marketer, usually called the chief marketing officer, is part of the senior leadership team and sits on the executive committee or management board. In other words, marketing has a “seat at the table.”

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May 22, 2016 | by Chris Kalaboukis

The Genius of Recognizing Genius

The Genius of Recognizing Genius - Innovation ExcellenceAll of these stories have one thing in common: the identification of an unrecognized genius…Yet there is also another, less obvious commonality. Continue reading

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May 22, 2016 | by Chris Kalaboukis

Innovative earbuds can translate languages in real-time

This is an amazing story: Science Alert says: “As anybody who’s ever tried to get by in a foreign country without much grasp of the local language can tell you, oversized hand gestures and speaking English loudly and slowly will only get you so far. But a nifty new wearable technology could soon make conversing […]

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May 22, 2016 | by Chris Kalaboukis

ISPIM Grand Prize 2016 – finalists announced

ISPIM, the International Society for Professional Innovation Management to recognize excellence in innovation management. Here are the 2016 Grand Prize finalists. Continue reading

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May 21, 2016 | by Chris Kalaboukis

Enroll the Skeptics Early

Enroll the Skeptics EarlyAfter working on hundreds of innovation projects, one fact remains. If you cannot get executive sponsorship of the final concepts, they will never launch. We recommend a few steps to get leadership engaged in solving the problem with you as part of the process. Continue reading

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May 20, 2016 | by Chris Kalaboukis

The Connecting Art of Selling Outcome-Based Solutions

The typical linear and often siloed mindset that we have for much of our innovation thinking within our business organizations has to rapidly fall away. We are in the ‘cusp’ of a fundamental change that technology, platforms, and connected ecosystems will bring into the mix for connecting and collaborating in dramatically different ways than the past. Continue reading

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May 20, 2016 | by Chris Kalaboukis

Do VCs Really Want Innovators? What to do when the VC says ‘No Dice’

Do VCs Really Want Innovators? What to do when the VC says ‘No Dice’ - Innovation ExcellenceStartup entrepreneurs look eagerly towards the venture capital community, seeing the myth of a big pot of money ready to be given away to worthy ventures. Advisors, business school professors, and a lot of people who ought to know better, see VC funding as a given for far too many ventures, when in reality, there are a lot of great ideas that never get a single dollar in funding. Continue reading

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May 19, 2016 | by Chris Kalaboukis

How to Successfully Introduce New Innovations to Customers

How to Successfully Introduce New Innovations to Customers - Innovation ExcellenceIntroducing new technology and innovations is a delicate process — especially outside of traditionally tech-oriented industries. Here are three approaches I have found to be successful in keeping customers interested in innovations without overwhelming them. Continue reading

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May 19, 2016 | by Chris Kalaboukis

KFC’s new nail polish really tastes like chicken

No joke: Kentucky Fried Chicken has created an edible nail polish based on the brand’s two favorite recipes: Original and Hot & Spicy. Can a nail polish really be finger-licking good? And who came up with this idea? You can get it in Hong Kong, and no, it will not be mass produced.  The ad […]

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May 19, 2016 | by Chris Kalaboukis

Is Google Now a Fast Follower?

Maybe Google has been a fast follower all along? I look forward every year to the new stuff coming out of Google’s, Apple’s and Facebook’s conferences with a lot of interest as they are supposed to represent the new, cutting edge innovation that these companies should be known for. That all of these companies are…