January 31, 2017 | by Chris Kalaboukis

10 Keys for Giving a Great Keynote

Actors want to direct. Directors want to produce. And consultants want to be kick ass speakers. And why not? The pay is good. It doesn’t take much time. And it’s a lot less heavy lifting than most consulting gigs.

Easier said that done, however. Del…

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January 31, 2017 | by Chris Kalaboukis

Four Elements of a Successful Innovation Bootcamp

Culture is the hard part. Like the muscle memory of 2,000-plus people, culture can keep doing what it always does, never implement concepts, or reject them stillborn.

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January 31, 2017 | by Chris Kalaboukis

Innovating to Attract the Multi-Brand Loyal Customer

For many categories of products and services, consumers buy from a number of brands. Take the clothing category, for example. I’m willing to bet that every item of clothing you’re wearing right now came from a different manufacturer. The same is true of most food categories and many others. It’s just the nature of these fragmented industries that consumers will buy from many sources.

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January 31, 2017 | by Chris Kalaboukis

Do You Fail To Change When You Need To?

ch-ch-ch-ch-ch-changes Plenty of companies, like Kodak, Nokia, and Blackberry (previously known as Research in Motion or RIM) weren’t able to change fast enough when disruption came to their markets. In Kodak’s case, the disruption even came from within. Apparently, it was a Kodak engineer who invented digital photography. He came up with a way to…

January 30, 2017 | by Chris Kalaboukis

Your Phone is Trying to Control Your Life [Editor’s Choice]

Whether you’re killing time in line at Starbucks or scrolling through an endless meme stream on Twitter, your smartphone is trying to seduce you. Former Google employee Tristan Harris felt something needed to be done to combat tech designers’ relentles…

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January 30, 2017 | by Chris Kalaboukis

Six ways to add customer value

Do you know what produces the most value for our customers today? Many companies are looking for new, tangible value to incorporate in their strategy to win customers. My friend Robert Tucker over at The Innovation Resource has come up with six ways you can examine our overall value proposition to strengthen your strategy. I’ve […]

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January 30, 2017 | by Chris Kalaboukis

Sarah Miller Caldicott (1957-2017) Illuminating Collaborative Innovation

The innovation community has unexpectedly lost a dear friend, colleague, and collaborator. Sarah Miller Caldicott was a great-grandniece of Thomas Alva Edison and, in several books and insightful presentations, she illuminated Edison’s collaborative ge…

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January 29, 2017 | by Chris Kalaboukis

How Product Managers and Innovators Can Speak with GRAVITAS

Have you ever wondered why some people earn attention and respect when they speak, and others don’t? Such people are said to have gravitas. With gravitas, you can express yourself clearly and with the passion and confidence to persuade, influence and engage listeners. While a few people appear to be born with a natural influence …

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January 29, 2017 | by Chris Kalaboukis

Driving Business Impact from Retail Innovation Labs

As retailers strive to reinvent their customer experience and drive loyalty, many are opening innovation labs or centers that are focused exclusively on digital efforts or product innovation. While some view labs as a ‘skunkworks’ effort, at some point in time, they will need to demonstrate value and show that the lab is impacting the …

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January 29, 2017 | by Chris Kalaboukis

The 7 Habits of Highly Effective Change Leaders

What does it mean to be a change leader? What behaviors must they engage in day in and day out to drive real and meaningful change?  Having worked in the change and process improvement for 15 years, and worked with dozens of clients, since I launched my consulting business, I have identified seven behaviors and habits …

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January 28, 2017 | by Chris Kalaboukis

The One Big Reason Every Business Needs To Embrace Complexity

The underlying premise of any organization is to create value. Historically, firms have done so through engineering ever greater efficiency. By honing internal processes, optimizing the supply chain and reducing product inventories, managers could improve margins and create a sustainable competitive advantage. That’s created a bias for simple, linear thinking. Adding extra variables to any …

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January 27, 2017 | by Chris Kalaboukis

Six Symptoms that Signal a Need for Portfolio Management

I’ve only been really sick once in my life. And by “really sick”, I mean ready-to-hang-it-up kind of sick. It happened at the worst time and in an unfortunate place. I was living in the Amazon in northern Brazil. One day, I took a seven hour boat ride down the Amazon River, from one small …

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January 27, 2017 | by Chris Kalaboukis

Culture Trumps Concepts

When many people hear the word “Innovation” they think of a service that created a category: Xerox or FedEx. Or, they think of one that made bold, brilliant moves to earn a leadership position in an emerging space: Google, Facebook, Uber and Airbnb.

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January 26, 2017 | by Chris Kalaboukis

Cheryl Perkins to speak at Texas Open Innovation Conference 2017

I am pleased to announce Innovation Edge’s participation in this year’s Texas Open Innovation Conference, a two-day event that will feature innovation experts from across the country. It’s a great opportunity to be part of a forum for models of collaboration and partnerships. The Conference will take place on March 28th and 29th in Houston, […]

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January 26, 2017 | by Chris Kalaboukis

1 Way We Innovate: Wander Aimlessly

Do You Wonder, as You Wander? It’s been proven that rigor and process kill innovation. In one study, they took two groups of college students and gave them a problem. But before they had a chance to solve the problem, they made one group walk in straight lines, up and down the room, back and…

January 26, 2017 | by Chris Kalaboukis

Six Habits of Highly Innovative Retailers

As retailers look to drive profitable growth through loyalty and differentiation, innovation usually plays a prominent role. Innovation can take many different forms, such as product, customer experience, business model, service and process innovation. However, becoming innovative is not easy. Innovative retailers are those that excel at solving high-priority problems for their target customer and help meet …

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January 25, 2017 | by Chris Kalaboukis

Facing the New Innovating World in the 21st Century

This week my research was moving around issues of complexity within innovation and I came across a great paper, written by Deborah Dougherty called “Organizing for innovation in complex innovation systems”. Dougherty is attempting to reframe these into…

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January 25, 2017 | by Chris Kalaboukis

Is Innovation Signal or Noise ?

The attempt to eliminate noise from an operating system or a business process is an interesting and perhaps worthwhile challenge until one considers the question: what is the real signal? What is creating the noise? In many businesses today, there ar…

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January 24, 2017 | by Chris Kalaboukis

Diabolically Simple Prototypes

If Camp A says it will work and Camp B says it won’t, a prototype will settle the disagreement pretty quickly. It will work or it won’t. And if it works, the idea behind it is valid. And if it doesn’t, the idea may be valid, but a workable solution is yet-to-be-discovered. Either way, a prototype brings clarity.

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January 24, 2017 | by Chris Kalaboukis

The Politics Of Innovation

Let’s talk about the Politics of Innovation Last Friday, Donald Trump was sworn in as the 45th president of the United States. What can the new administration do to help us to be more innovative? In my view, the theme I’ve talked about several times over the years on my blog and this forthcoming book…

January 24, 2017 | by Chris Kalaboukis

HOW EFFECTIVE ARE YOUR COMPANY’S BRAINSTORM SESSIONS? Find Out in 10 Minutes

Whenever I ask clients to describe the quality of their brainstorm sessions, they usually role their eyes, shake their head, and use words like “suck”, “boring”, or “pitiful.” But when I ask them WHY, they don’t know. And they have very few clues ab…

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January 24, 2017 | by Chris Kalaboukis

3 E’s of Effective Innovation Leadership

Legacy companies like Apple, Xerox and IBM have transformed their organizations over the past 30 years to stay competitive in an ever-evolving market. This kind of transformational change is not easy for any organization, small or large. In fact, 70% o…

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January 23, 2017 | by Chris Kalaboukis

Innovation: The Ultimate Team Sport

When you invite colleagues to be part of a creativity session, be sure to create a diverse team. Diversity helps people see more possibilities. It creates a stronger sense of group accountability. Diverse groups cause people to bring their best thinking, to behave properly, and to maintain their status in the group as a positive contributor.

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January 23, 2017 | by Chris Kalaboukis

ISPIM Grand Prize 2017 Recognizes Excellence in Innovation Management

ISPIM, the International Society for Professional Innovation Management, is delighted to announce the launch of the ISPIM Grand Prize 2017, for Excellence in Innovation Management. This will be the third competition, building on the highly successful 2…

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January 23, 2017 | by Chris Kalaboukis

Is Digital Technology Really Making Us Any Better Off?

When Steve Jobs was trying to lure John Sculley from his lofty position as CEO at Pepsi to Apple, he asked him, “Do you want to sell sugar water for the rest of your life, or do you want to come with me and change the world?” The ploy worked and Sculley became the first major CEO …

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January 23, 2017 | by Chris Kalaboukis

When product managers’ and innovators’ good ideas are not enough

I talked with the author of a recent book, The Agenda Mover: When Your Good Idea Is Not Enough. Doesn’t that sum up the challenge of being a product manager and innovator – when your good idea is not enough! My discussion was with Professor Samuel B. Bacharach, who argues that to implement any innovation …

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January 22, 2017 | by Chris Kalaboukis

15 Surprising Environmental Trends to Watch in 2017

The care of our planet is always on the minds of innovators who are presenting the newest technology and scientific advances. Ensia, an independent, nonprofit magazine presenting new perspectives on environmental challenges and solutions, asks, “What should we be thinking about when we think about the future of biodiversity, conservation and the environment?” Here is […]

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January 22, 2017 | by Chris Kalaboukis

The Art of Self-Acknowledgment

If you’re a creative person regularly involved with starting new projects — the kind unlikely to get results overnight — here’s a simple practice to keep you in a positive frame of mind and save you from the all-too-familiar phenomenon of depressin…

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January 22, 2017 | by Chris Kalaboukis

Spotting Your Organization’s Orthodoxies

Often the very factors of success around which you launch, build, and manage an organization can turn on you like a venomous snake. The framework that worked so well, for so long, now limits the growth of the place. At some points the factors have turn…

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January 21, 2017 | by Chris Kalaboukis

Why Your PLM Solution Has Not Delivered Value Yet

More than two-thirds of organizations with Product Lifecycle Management (PLM) solutions in place don’t realize the expected value from their implementation. As PLM system implementations have become more prevalent, analysis of PLM value has shifted from the theoretical to the empirical. There is now a sufficient historical basis to examine where the promises of PLM …

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