September 30, 2016 | by Chris Kalaboukis

Inventors are Not Created Equal

How to Recognize and Grow Different Types of Inventors Innovators are often difficult to recognize. They don’t wear signs or fit a particular personality profile. Sometimes they quietly go through the day while drawing little attention to themselves and many times it seems they cannot stop talking about their ideas or inventions. What often happens …

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September 29, 2016 | by Chris Kalaboukis

Robotics becoming more life-like

If you haven’t heard and seen “Sophia” talk and interact with people before, you should give this a look. Sophia is Hanson Robotics’ latest robotic creation. The company says it created her based on actress Audrey Hepburn, with a little bit of company founder David Hanson’s wife. The world got its first look at Sophia […]

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September 29, 2016 | by Chris Kalaboukis

CONDUCTING GENIUS: Brainstorm Facilitation Training Reinvented

We could tell you how awesome our brainstorm facilitation training is, but we’re not sure you would believe us. So here’s what one of our favorite clients has to say about it — the fabulous folks from Mirrorball. And, if you don’t believe them (sin…

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September 29, 2016 | by Chris Kalaboukis

Growth – That Crazy Talk

Call it the entrepreneurial instinct, innovation, business savvy, whatever you want: strategic growth is how business prospers.

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September 28, 2016 | by Chris Kalaboukis

Startups Studios: a new kind of startups and innovation accelerators

Startups Studios Startups Studios are a new kind of accelerators for innovation: instead of accelerating startups previously settled, like traditional incubators and accelerators do, they participate to the set-up of the start-up. A start-up studio is …

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September 28, 2016 | by Chris Kalaboukis

Pleasure to Innovate

Stéphane Bernard published with Olivier Pujol ‘Pleasure to innovate‘, finding out the idea, and executing it. He kindly accepted to answer our questions on innovation learnings. 1) NB: You share the exemplary innovation story of Mathieu Dombale in this video, sorting out some key principles for innovation success (listening to and observing users with empathy, …

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September 27, 2016 | by Chris Kalaboukis

Stop Chasing The Last Big Thing

Business in the digital age has become a seemingly neverending series of “next big things.” Whether it’s e-commerce, search engine optimization, social media, big data or something else, the pattern of firms struggling to adapt is as predictable as Gartner’s hype cycle. First there is widespread panic, then a rushed effort to get up to …

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September 26, 2016 | by Chris Kalaboukis

Taking the guilt out of vacations for employees

There was a time when many companies made their employees feel guilty and even afraid of losing their jobs if they took vacation time. Thankfully, most have come to realize that taking time off and recharging is critical to people giving their best on the job. Fast Company is featuring several tech companies who are […]

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September 26, 2016 | by Chris Kalaboukis

The Subtraction Technique: When Less is More

Subtraction is a powerful technique because it breaks fixedness and forces you to mentally imagine all the remaining components delivering some new benefit.

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September 26, 2016 | by Chris Kalaboukis

Innovation from the Summer of 1927 – Part II

This is the second in a series of articles based on Bill Bryson’s One Summer: America, 1927, which takes a whirlwind tour through a series of major events that occurred in the summer of 1927.  Bryson relays the story of the architect Harvey W. Corbett, whose ambitions were larger than physics would permit.  Corbett, Bryson …

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September 25, 2016 | by Chris Kalaboukis

How to Actually Keep a Trade Secret

I can’t tell you it is a secret – well ok… Trade secrets have a number of fundamental flaws. Probably the most difficult thing about keeping a trade secret is your company has to be able to keep a secret. While the concept of keeping a secret is easy, the implementation can be extremely difficult. With …

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September 24, 2016 | by Chris Kalaboukis

Moving Away from Best Practices

If the work is new, there is no best practice. When you read the best books you’ll understand what worked in situations that are different than yours. When you read the case studies you’ll understand how one company succeeded in a way that won’t work in yours. The best practices in the literature worked in …

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September 23, 2016 | by Chris Kalaboukis

Innovation Starts with A Question

In a world where it is extremely difficult to sustain any competitive advantage you build, it is important to constantly innovate and come up with new ideas, products and solutions and that too at Speed. We all know that innovation always starts with a…

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September 23, 2016 | by Chris Kalaboukis

Design Thinking and Action Learning for product managers and innovators

How can your products solve customers’ needs… as fast as customers need them? Try Design Thinking coupled with Action Learning. Design Thinking is a method of problem solving centered around the end user. Action Learning is a collaborative process that defines a problem and focuses on the desired outcome. Using these two processes together provides …

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September 22, 2016 | by Chris Kalaboukis

3 Provocative Reasons Why Airpods Are A Huge Deal

You Think Apple Airpods Look Stupid? Join the Club.  I have to say, the first time I saw someone wearing these I thought to myself, boy, that looks dumb. Of course, I was one of the same guys to say that Google Glass looked dumb. If you think about it, Google Glass and Apple Airpods have a…

September 22, 2016 | by Chris Kalaboukis

Status Quo – The Big Lie

There’s a big deceit looming over the global marketplace, perhaps the most prevalent and insidious bias in business. This big lie is that the status quo exists. Nothing stays the same.

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September 21, 2016 | by Chris Kalaboukis

Eight Powerful Ways to Generate Ideas

As an innovator, do you ever get stuck coming up with fresh ideas and perspectives?  My friend Robert Tucker over at Innovation Resource has recently posted eight idea generators to help you realize new possibilities: For most of my professional life, I’ve studied the creative habits of highly successful innovators and the organizations they lead. […]

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September 21, 2016 | by Chris Kalaboukis

How To Build An Effective Culture

In Team of Teams, General Stanley McChrystal credits his focus on transforming military culture as key to turning the tide in Iraq. He writes that “the role of the leader was no more that of controlling puppet master, but of an empathetic crafter of culture.” He’s not alone.  Philadelphia Eagles Coach Chip Kelly says, “Culture will beat …

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September 21, 2016 | by Chris Kalaboukis

3 Fatal Flaws Limiting Project-Based Innovation

When people talk about innovation, many of the conversations gravitate towards the creation or invention of new products or markets. Fewer conversations focus on how innovation occurs in the context of professional services that deliver project or program outcomes for clients. In examining the typical life cycle of professional services projects, there appear to be at least …

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September 20, 2016 | by Chris Kalaboukis

Innovation from the Summer of 1927 – Part I

As the summer of 2016 draws to a close after Labor Day weekend, I’d like to reflect back on an amazing summer nearly 90 years ago.  Bill Bryson’s One Summer: America, 1927 takes a whirlwind tour through a series of major events that occurred in the summer of 1927 which saw events ranging from Charles …

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September 20, 2016 | by Chris Kalaboukis

Why Apple Will Maintain Its Innovation Momentum

I don’t believe Apple has lost its way. I say that not based on what they have or haven’t launched, but rather based on the methods they use to create new innovations. Apple is a prolific user of innovation templates, and these templates predict success.

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September 20, 2016 | by Chris Kalaboukis

5 Ways to Generate Powerful Billion Dollar Startup Ideas

To Generate  Great Startup Ideas, Look at What People Really Need If you think about it, it’s not very hard to come up with great startup ideas, as long as you follow a few simple rules. First of all it important to focus on a need and not a want. Wants can always be put…

September 20, 2016 | by Chris Kalaboukis

The Case for Dual Innovation

The first time I was advocating the idea of a dual innovation approach, here also referred to as organizational ambidexterity, is now more than 5 years ago. At this time it became pretty obvious to me that this concept – academically worn-out but deficiently or not at all put into practice in most organizations – would be of increasing importance …

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September 19, 2016 | by Chris Kalaboukis

Learn from the Best: Google’s Nine Principles of Innovation

Google is widely considered, by both the general public and business experts, to be one of the most innovative companies in the world. So how does Google promote a culture of innovation and ensure that innovative ideas are properly implemented, creating profitable new products that position the company for long-term success? Google’s “recipe” for driving innovation is no carefully guarded secret sauce. Rather, Google has openly shared this information with the public.

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September 19, 2016 | by Chris Kalaboukis

The Growing Importance of a Strategic Approach to Innovation Communications

Corporate innovation leaders have recently taken an “ecosystem” perspective to their innovation activities, with a downstream impact being a more strategic view and approach to managing internal communication efforts.

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September 18, 2016 | by Chris Kalaboukis

How WD-40 Created a Learning-Obsessed Company Culture

WD-40 has been a partner/client of ours for many years, and is very savvy when it comes to creating a culture of innovation. What a great story in HBR about their culture! Here is a snippet: WD-40 is an unlikely setting for such a learning-obsessed culture. It is hardly a glamorous brand, but it is […]

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September 18, 2016 | by Chris Kalaboukis

The Power of Unplugging

A favorite vacation spot is the Forgotten Coast, a cape wedged in between the sea and a bay. The best part of the location is that a smartphone connection does not work. All of the incessant demands of running a business, having clients, making social …

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September 17, 2016 | by Chris Kalaboukis

How America Became Exceptional

In 1929, just before the stock market crash, Louis Bamberger and his sister, Caroline Bamberger Fuld, sold their department store in Newark to R.H. Macy and Company for $25 million ( $343 million in 2015 dollars). Grateful to the people of Newark for their support, they planned to endow a medical college in that city. Yet when they …

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September 16, 2016 | by Chris Kalaboukis

How Different People Respond to Change

Change is the only constant we face, but not everyone responds to change in the same way. This post looks at some of the various responses to change that are common in organizations

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