December 31, 2016 | by Chris Kalaboukis

Two Dogs Dining

Break time. Stop saving the world (or your company) for the moment and simply enjoy this video. Laughing aloud allowed.

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December 31, 2016 | by Chris Kalaboukis

FINAL DAY – Nominate the Top 40 Innovation Bloggers

Innovation Excellence loves making innovation insights accessible for the greater good, because we truly believe that the better our organizations get at delivering value to their stakeholders the less waste of natural resources and human resources the…

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December 30, 2016 | by Chris Kalaboukis

Innovation through Intelligence – Call for case studies

I’ve been commissioned to write a new book for Routledge with the working title “Brain Based Enterprises” for 2017 following my 7th piece of work, “Leading, Innovation, Creativity and Enterprise” for Bloomsbury. I’m looking for businesses and organisat…

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December 30, 2016 | by Chris Kalaboukis

TED Talk: Why are there still so many jobs? [video]

In this talk about the future of work, economist David Autor takes on the question of why there are still so many jobs — and comes up with a surprising, hopeful answer.

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December 29, 2016 | by Chris Kalaboukis

3 Essentials For Unleashing Innovation In Your Organization

Let’s talk about innovation in your organization. Some clients come to us and opine that they are not innovators. That they need a new direction, they need to expand their products and services, and that they need to deal with this disruption that’s going on in their industry. That they need to innovate. However, they…

December 29, 2016 | by Chris Kalaboukis

When Innovation Meets 3D Printing, Desktop Manufacturing Will See Revival

With the right type of innovation, desktop manufacturing will enjoy the same fate as the computer. All it will take is a little bit of time, and a lot of 3D-printed innovation.

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December 28, 2016 | by Chris Kalaboukis

Top 10 Medical Innovations To Be Game Changers in 2017!

What are some of the top trends in the health care realm in 2017? Imagine immunotherapy that helps kids beat cancer without chemo, or stents that harmlessly dissolve when their work is done. These are some of the innovations Cleveland Clinic says will enhance healing and change healthcare in the coming year: Topping the 11th […]

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December 28, 2016 | by Chris Kalaboukis

Is Everyone Else Still Smarter Than You?

As innovation conversations moves from Crowdsourcing to Crowdsolving, here’s a look at its future, and a refresher on its social innovative roots.

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December 28, 2016 | by Chris Kalaboukis

Jumpstart Your Innovation Results Transformation with Portfolio Management

Do you have a clear innovation strategy that directly links your innovation investment decisions to expected results? Many companies don’t. Here’s how to get started and close the gap quickly with Portfolio Management.

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December 28, 2016 | by Chris Kalaboukis

How to Create a Culture Where You Can Capitalize on Innovation

How to Create a Culture Where You Can Capitalize on Innovation A 2015 BEI presentation by Jay Morgan, VP Global Innovation Bayer Consumer Care Jay Morgan shared his story of how Merck Consumer Care (now Bayer Consumer Care) began its innovation journey…

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December 27, 2016 | by Chris Kalaboukis

Five Tips for Successful Adoption of a PPM System

“To improve is to change; to be perfect is to change often.” Winston Churchill Change can be difficult. Organizations, like people, are creatures of habit. We tend to stick to paths, plans, and processes that are familiar to us. Portfolio & Pipeline Management (P&PM) involves driving change throughout an organization. You enable your business with …

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December 27, 2016 | by Chris Kalaboukis

We Need To Stop Glorifying Startups

In David and Goliath, bestselling author Malcolm Gladwell explains how small upstarts often have surprising advantages over larger, more powerful opponents. “Giants are not what we think they are,” he writes, “and that often makes us fail to appreciate less conventional strategies that may be superior.” That’s certainly true in business. Large enterprises must serve the present. …

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December 26, 2016 | by Chris Kalaboukis

Nominate the Top 40 Innovation Bloggers of 2016

Innovation Excellence loves making innovation insights accessible for the greater good, because we truly believe that the better our organizations get at delivering value to their stakeholders the less waste of natural resources and human resources the…

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December 26, 2016 | by Chris Kalaboukis

The Social Media Lab from Belgium

François Lambotte, PhD in Management Science, professor, and deputy dean of ESPO (University in economical, scoial, political, and communication sciences)  is heading the UCL Social Media Lab. UCL means Catholic University of Louvain, a great city near Brussels in Belgium. But what does Social Media Lab encompass? François tells us more about it. Nicolas Bry: …

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December 25, 2016 | by Chris Kalaboukis

Happy Holidays from Innovation in Practice!

Christmas morning in Naples, Florida! I wish the best for all of you in 2017. Drew

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December 25, 2016 | by Chris Kalaboukis

Innovating World Peace

If only. As a global innovation community we have discovered and solved. Trialed and triumphed in the humblest and largest of ways. This we know, and this we will continue to do. From near and far, we’ve come together to learn and to do better. Better is needed throughout each decade, and better is deeply …

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December 24, 2016 | by Chris Kalaboukis

Culture is the Key Indicator of Innovation

An odd dynamic is taking place among the C-suite of many companies. They demand more innovation from the organization without really knowing what that means and the implications it has for the organization. Innovation requires a change in the organizat…

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December 23, 2016 | by Chris Kalaboukis

Innovation Lessons from Santa Claus

The Holiday Season for innovation practitioners is a time for reflection on the previous year, its highlights and lowlights and all those days in between.  Most of us will take a well-deserved break from work this month as we prepare for the inevitable challenges of the coming new year.  In the spirit of the season, …

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December 23, 2016 | by Chris Kalaboukis

How 2017 will Accelerate and Deliver the New Innovation Era

So what are the critical paths of the New Innovation Era? It is the powerful effects of different conditions, solutions and forces combining that will deliver the new innovation era in accelerated forms in 2017. We have a perfect merging of conditions …

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December 23, 2016 | by Chris Kalaboukis

State Backing for R&D is Declining

Growth is a permanent feature of western economic discourse, with politicians of all stripes promising to deliver it as the path to prosperity.  Of course, economists have long since known that growth is only possible through innovation, so it is perhaps no surprise that governments around the world are investing heavily in innovation. You have …

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December 23, 2016 | by Chris Kalaboukis

Seasons Greetings!

Are you ready for an ever-changing innovation landscape in the months ahead?  2017 promises to be full of new opportunities to learn from one another.  As our Innovationedge team prepares to reflect on this holiday season, we wish all of you glad tidings and a New Year of big ideas and striving for success! One […]

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December 22, 2016 | by Chris Kalaboukis

What Comes First, The Problem or the Innovation?

Do we get more innovation from addressing a specific problem, or just imagining new things and letting the market decide if they are useful? This is a question many seasoned business executives and entrepreneurs have been asking for decades. The truth is that it is really a combination of both as in the end; especially…

December 21, 2016 | by Chris Kalaboukis

Conjoint Analysis for Product Managers and Innovators

What’s in your toolbox for conducting consumer and market research? Does it include Conjoint Analysis? Well, if not, it will after you listen to this interview. To explore the topic and walk through an example of using Conjoint Analysis, I tracked down the market research tool master Brian Ottum, who has 30 years experience in new product development.

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December 20, 2016 | by Chris Kalaboukis

The Only Three Swim Lanes that Matter to a Business

  In the course of my training with business leaders, we inevitably come to the existential business question… “What is the purpose of a business?” This is a great question, and one with a very simple answer. The purpose of a business is to create value. That’s it.  To create value.  Plain and simple.  That …

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December 20, 2016 | by Chris Kalaboukis

Is Digital Blowback Deadly To The Future?

What Is Digital Blowback and Is It Real? Today we’re going to talk a little bit about an interesting phenomenon that I have seen over the last little which I’m calling Digital Blowback. It occurs when people start actively turning away from digital representations of things and prefer reality. For me, this first started when…

December 20, 2016 | by Chris Kalaboukis

Ten Innovation Strategies for the Holidays

Ideas are a key part of any innovation. We often talk about the Eureka moment, and an idea simply popping into our minds out of thin air. There is considerable evidence that we are more likely to have a Eureka moment when our thinking is not focused on…

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December 19, 2016 | by Chris Kalaboukis

10 Great Ideas That Were Originally Rejected

History has shown us that a lot of wise people haven’t been able to recognize the potential of a great idea. “This ‘telephone’ has too many shortcomings to be seriously considered as a means of communication. The device is inherently of no value to us.” Western Union internal memo dated 1876. “I do not believe the …

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December 19, 2016 | by Chris Kalaboukis

The 2016 Digital Tonto Reading List

Books have been very much on my mind this year, even more than usual. Full-length books provide a depth and a breadth that you just can’t get from an article or a blog post. A good, thoughtful book is a profoundly important thing and I’ve always been an active reader and enjoy letting new ideas wash …

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December 18, 2016 | by Chris Kalaboukis

Do You Need a Personal Innovation Strategy?

There’s no doubt that our world is changing rapidly, and innovators are striving to stay ahead of the curve. How does one lead in a way that keeps up with change – and anticipate what’s coming? My friend Robert Tucker has some thoughts about this, in his new article,  Why You Need a Personal Innovation […]

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December 18, 2016 | by Chris Kalaboukis

Postal Innovation

It’s the time of the year when we are deluged with packages, many of which are delivered by the US Postal Service (USPS).  The surge in e-commerce has resulted in challenges for the main delivery services, and the USPS has responded with creative solutions such as Sunday delivery.  I was in Atlanta on a Sunday …

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