June 30, 2016 | by Chris Kalaboukis

Good Manners and Innovation

Good Manners and InnovationBrainstorming sessions can easily devolve into a contest of strong egos or a parade of old, tired ideas and their accompanying resentments. Worse, meetings around ideation or innovation sour when there is lack of good manners. Continue reading

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June 30, 2016 | by Chris Kalaboukis

What Business Partners in Breakdown Can Learn From the Police Reunion Tour

Making great music together isn’t always easy, no matter how famous your band is. Nor is it easy being business partners, collaborators, teammates, or “significant others”. If you want to make some serious magic together, “creative dissonance” inevitab…

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June 30, 2016 | by Chris Kalaboukis

5 Habits Of Truly Disruptive Leaders

disrupt: (verb dis·rupt \dis-ˈrəpt\) to cause (something) to be unable to continue in the normal way; to interrupt the normal progress or activity of (something). -Webster’s Dictionary This is a “Throwback Thursday” post from our archives that I thought was important to share again if you missed it the first time around: Disruptive leadership isn’t […]

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June 30, 2016 | by Chris Kalaboukis

How and Why You Want to Strip Great Ideas of their Identity

Drew Boyd shares examples and strategies for boosting creative output and idea generation in the workplace. Continue reading

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June 30, 2016 | by Chris Kalaboukis

1 Way We Innovate: Use The Idea Blender

Put ‘Em In The Blender And Blend Till Smooth You may or may not be old enough to remember the old Reese’s Peanut Butter cup commercial – they’ve refreshed it a few times but if you don’t, here it is. They make light of the creation of peanut butter cups by showing one guy walking…

June 29, 2016 | by Chris Kalaboukis

Are fitness trackers sustainable?

The wearable fitness trackers began gaining popularity about four years ago, and these days it seems a lot of consumers have their health goals sleekly wrapped around their wrists. But for how long? Will those smart watches become the dusty treadmills of our time? Originally marketed to serious athletes, fitness trackers are now mainly being […]

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June 29, 2016 | by Chris Kalaboukis

Reducing the Risk of Innovation

Reducing the Risk of Innovation - Innovation ExcellenceInnovation is never risk-free. That doesn’t mean you have to throw money away every time you want to try something new. Follow these tips to think more like an entrepreneur, and watch as your company begins to solve more problems more quickly. Continue reading

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June 28, 2016 | by Chris Kalaboukis

Six Innovative Ways to Grow Your Digital Start-up

HerHere are six innovative approaches that you probably haven’t considered, which can help make a big difference to the growth your start-up acHere are six innovative approaches that you probably haven’t considered, which can help make a big difference to the growth your start-up achieves in the early stages – and which will support you over the longer-term too. In hindsight, they’ll all appear to be common-sense (like most ingenious ideas are) but they’re probably things that you’ve missed doing…hieves in the early stages – and which will support you over the longer-term too. In hindsight, they’ll all appear to be common-sense (like most ingenious ideas are) but they’re probably things that you’ve missed doing…e are six innovative approaches that you probably haven’t considered, which can help make a big difference to the growth your start-up achieves in the early stages – and which will support you over the longer-term too. In hindsight, they’ll all appear to be common-sense (like most ingenious ideas are) but they’re probably things that you’ve missed doing… Continue reading

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June 28, 2016 | by Chris Kalaboukis

What’s Your Innovativeness Index? Shifting the odds of innovation success

Shifting the Odds of Innovation Success - Innovation ExcellenceGood advice and sound innovation practices are at the core of what innovation leaders are striving to do: make innovation work better. However, I’d like to refocus the conversation onto something that I’m convinced is more powerful than any of these strategies (based on hard data… Continue reading

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June 28, 2016 | by Chris Kalaboukis

How To Apply Silicon Valley Thinking To Your Company

Silicon Valley Is A State of Mind, Not A Place I’ve been through a lot of economic ups and downs in the Bay Area and it’s always been very interesting to me the way things work around here; it’s a very unique place. The weather is great, never too hot never too cold. The amount of…

June 27, 2016 | by Chris Kalaboukis

Why You Need to Defer Judgment During the Ideation Phase of a Brainstorming Session

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Big thanks to Val Vadeboncoeur, Idea Champions’ Director of Training, for this timely article on the importance of deferring evaluation during the ideation phase of a brainstorming session.

When Alex Osborn, co-founder of the advertising firm, BBD&O, first came up with the basic concept of brainstorming way back in the 1940’s, he stressed that during idea generation “we should hold back criticism until the creative current has had every chance to flow.” This principle of “deferring evaluation” of ideas until later has been a bedrock principle of brainstorming ever since. Osborn noted that human beings are of of two minds, what he called the “imaginative” or creative mind and the “judicial” or judging mind. These days, we tend to refer to these in the psych jargon of “right and left brains” today.

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June 27, 2016 | by Chris Kalaboukis

State of Global Innovation Report

2015 State of Global Innovation Report - Innovation ExcellenceWe hope this study serves as a useful tool for your organization to gather the insights it needs to be more innovative, and especially to help surmount the obstacles that typically hamper organization-wide innovation competence. Continue reading

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June 27, 2016 | by Chris Kalaboukis

Are You an Idea Torchbearer ? How to pitch your ideas and Influence others

Innovation TorchbearerMost innovators have their own style when they pitch their ideas. Some styles work better than others. Few, like Nancy Duarte, have systemized the product pitch into a verifiable process that works. Her system works in innovation, product management, and in leadership, particularly when it comes time to scale the company. Continue reading

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June 27, 2016 | by Chris Kalaboukis

Innovating to Drive Customer Lifetime Value

CLV encourages innovators to focus on the long-term value of customers instead of investing resources in customers of lower value. And it makes you sensitive to how much you’re spending on acquiring and retaining customers and whether it’s effective.

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June 26, 2016 | by Chris Kalaboukis

FASCINATION: The DNA of Innovation

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I own a huge library of books on innovation. Mostly hardcover. The $27.95 variety with big indexes and forwards by people who make more money than I do.

Some of these books are actually good. Most of them bore me. (I must confess I have a secret desire, whenever I enter a bookstore, to put glue between pages 187 & 188 in all of the new releases just to see if the publishers get any complaints).

The books attempt to describe the origins of innovation. You know, stuff like “the innate human impulse to find a better way” and “the imperative to find a competitive edge.” That sort of thing.

Corporate-speak, in other words.

In my experience, the origin of innovation is fascination — the state of being intensely interested in something. Enchanted. Captivated. Spellbound. Absorbed.

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June 26, 2016 | by Chris Kalaboukis

Building Capability, Capacity and Competency in the Innovation Core

Building Capability, Capacity and Competency in the Innovation Core - Innovation ExcellenceFor innovation to grow and be sustained, we need to consistently build our innovating resources, they give delivery of the healthy living cells to promote and sustain us in new value potential. Continue reading

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June 25, 2016 | by Chris Kalaboukis

Is Your Platform Burning?

Is Your Platform Burning?In 1892, George Eastman formed the Eastman Kodak Company to “make the camera as convenient as a pencil.” The idea took off and by the early 20th century, Kodak had become one of America’s largest companies and Eastman one of its most successful entrepreneurs. What made Kodak so successful was not just its products, but… Continue reading

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June 25, 2016 | by Chris Kalaboukis

The Most Innovative Marketing Tactic is with the Crowd

The Most Innovative Marketing Tactic is with the Crowd - Innovation ExcellenceThe greatest innovations in marketing have occurred over the past decade, and are fueled by crowd-driven venues and user-generated content. Continue reading

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June 24, 2016 | by Chris Kalaboukis

Making Design Thinking Work in Complex Ecosystems

umio-home-3-colourWhilst the practice of “build-test-fail-learn-iterate” can lead to elegant innovation and superior user experiences in relatively simple, linear 1:1 company-customer markets such as consumer goods or tech, in markets characterised by many stakeholders with often competing interests, design thinking is less effective. Continue reading

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June 24, 2016 | by Chris Kalaboukis

Innovation helps the (color) blind to see!

If you are one of the 300 million people who are colorblind, these videos will inspire you! The video captures the reactions of several people able to see color for the first time, thanks to a new innovation: Up to 300 million people worldwide are affected by red-green color vision deficiency, also called color blindness. […]

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June 24, 2016 | by Chris Kalaboukis

The Seeing AI Glasses of Microsoft

The Seeing AI Glasses of MicrosoftSaqib Shaikh lives is blind, lives in London, and is a core Microsoft developer. He lost the use of his eyes at age 7. Saqib found inspiration in software development and is helping build Seeing AI, a research project helping blind or visually impaired people to better understand who and what is around them. Continue reading

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June 23, 2016 | by Chris Kalaboukis

Igniting Passionate Purpose for Innovation

Igniting Passionate Purpose for Innovation - Innovation ExcellenceI was reminded recently “that you always teach what you most need to learn” so I am happily sharing a key learning from one of the amazing executive coaches on a recent global Coach for Innovators Certified Program™. Continue reading

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June 23, 2016 | by Chris Kalaboukis

GOT A BRAINSTORM SESSION TO FACILITATE? Remember Yourself!

Big thanks to Idea Champions’ Director of Training, Val Vadeoncoeur, for this insightful post on the power of mindset.

One of the biggest blind spots we human beings have, and one of the most common, is forgetting to include ourselves in the calcula…

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June 22, 2016 | by Chris Kalaboukis

How to Survive Your Cultural Antibodies

How to Survive Your Cultural AntibodiesAs Innovation and Growth Strategy consultants we have methods, processes, and exercises that we apply to client problems. Continue reading

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June 22, 2016 | by Chris Kalaboukis

Laughter: Good for Innovation!

I came across a post from a few years ago, and had almost forgotten how funny this was: When Good Laughs Inspire Innovation         by Stefan Lindegaard Have you ever thought that bringing people together on innovation is like hearding cats? Cheryl Perkins, founder of InnovationEdge made me laugh when she included this video in […]

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June 21, 2016 | by Chris Kalaboukis

Startups Innovation: Chris Talks Corporate Innovation [VIDEO]

Innovation Mastery Featured on Startups Innovation I had the privilege of being interviewed by Alistair Schneider of Innovation Fast Track at Startups Innovation – it was a great, wide ranging talk including: What does a futurist do? What is Ruby on Rails? Some of the work I did for Apl.de.ap of the Black Eyed Peas What hellofuture…

June 21, 2016 | by Chris Kalaboukis

Diabolically Simple Questions

Diabolically Simple Questions - Innovation ExcellenceAs a leader, it’s more important to slash through the complexity and see things as they are. And for that, it’s more important to know how ask diabolically simple questions (DSQ). Continue reading

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June 21, 2016 | by Chris Kalaboukis

How HR Can Drive Innovation for Customer Satisfaction

What is the purpose of Human Resource Management? Is it to administrate brains, send them letters and pay them? Or is it to connect brains, drive innovation and delight customers? The answer is both. Continue reading

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June 20, 2016 | by Chris Kalaboukis

Five Ways to Disrupt the Disruptors

There’s a new breed of digital disruptors that are impacting everything. My friend Robert tucker has penned a piece about disruption trends in the coming months. At FIS’s banking conference in Orlando last month, the talk was of digital disruption. As if Dodd-Frank financial regulations and blockchain technology weren’t enough to contend with, here comes […]

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June 20, 2016 | by Chris Kalaboukis

The Future of The Internet of Things (IoT)

There are few topics which are discussed as regularly by those in corporate venturing as the Internet of Things. But what does it actually mean? The chief analytics officer Toby Lewis from Global Corporate Venturing Analytics will chair a discussion on the main investing trends and hot topics… Continue reading

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