February 28, 2017 | by Chris Kalaboukis

A BEGINNER’S GUIDE TO HELPING ORPHANS: One Man’s Journey

There are 140 million orphans in the world. That’s 14 million more than the entire population of Japan. And it’s getting worse with every war, earthquake, and disaster. If you want to read the story of how one man is making a difference in this litt…

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February 28, 2017 | by Chris Kalaboukis

How to Tell If Innovation Matters to Your CEO

Thank the good folks at PWC for their latest survey of executives about innovation. The new article, optimistically entitled Unleashing the power of Innovation was recently published and surveyed approximately 250 senior executives about innovation.

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February 28, 2017 | by Chris Kalaboukis

People drive progress and disruption, not technology

How Do You Progress? Keep Moving Forward, No Matter What Recently, we’ve been running several foresight exercises to consider the future of certain technologies more than 10 years out and I must say that it is a very interesting, and in my opinion, optimistic future that we are seeing. We are seeing a future where…

February 28, 2017 | by Chris Kalaboukis

Significant Shift in the Innovation Consulting World?

It always catches you by surprise when one of the leading players within the innovation space makes a change. In this case, Innosight has been acquired by Huron, a fellow professional services firm, one that has the vast majority of their business in t…

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February 27, 2017 | by Chris Kalaboukis

Storytelling for Product Management and Innovation

To learn more about the value of storytelling and using it to share ideas and persuade others to join you, I spoke with Michael Margolis. He is the CEO and founder of Get Storied, which serves leaders, innovators, and trailblazers who have a world-changing agenda. He helps those who are inventing the future and need to get their story straight because ideas don’t sell themselves. His work has been featured in Fast Company, TIME, and Wired.

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February 27, 2017 | by Chris Kalaboukis

Disrupting 21st century corporate learning

Having been in the corporate learning and development space now for more than 25 years, it’s been really useful to invest time immersing myself in researching recent developments and emerging trends. It seems that a “new world of work” is emerging in the 21st century disrupting the corporate learning paradigm. It’s turning old instructional, episodic …

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February 26, 2017 | by Chris Kalaboukis

The $750 Online Brainstorm Facilitation Training

The $750 Online Brainstorm Training from Mitchell Ditkoff

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February 26, 2017 | by Chris Kalaboukis

Change Management and the Structure of Innovation

Often innovation is cast in the minds as a pure product related process. Apple’s iPod to iPhone to iPad, for example, is, perhaps, a perfect reflection of how most people would define innovation. But innovation doesn’t have to be limited to product design and new product ranges. It also encompasses process and structure, where change …

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February 25, 2017 | by Chris Kalaboukis

NOW IS THE TIME TO BEGIN!

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February 25, 2017 | by Chris Kalaboukis

Welcome to the New Era of Automation

When Netflix put the Video Rental Retail stores in their coffins, there was still a sizable segment of people who missed the convenience, were suspect of a mail-order or streaming subscription service, or simply didn’t have the connectivity to enjoy it. Enter, RedBox. A new smart-automated adaptation of the Blockbuster model, scaled down to be …

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February 24, 2017 | by Chris Kalaboukis

WIN A LIFETIME SUBSCRIPTION to FREE THE GENIE!

OK, ladies and gentlemen of the innosphere, this is your lucky day. I’m not sure if it was the cappuccino or the Mexican sun,but I am compelled to give away three lifetime subscriptions to our very cool (and under-marketed) online creative thinking t…

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February 24, 2017 | by Chris Kalaboukis

Inside Four Decades of Breakthroughs at IBM Research

American industry has a rich heritage of top-notch corporate labs. Bell Labs created not only the transistor, but also other fundamental breakthroughs, such as the laser and information theory. PARC, developed much of the technology we associate with m…

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February 24, 2017 | by Chris Kalaboukis

Amazing PLM Governance

Achieving Long-Term Transformational Success with PLM in Life Sciences, Part 19

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February 23, 2017 | by Chris Kalaboukis

Innovation for the Dotcloud Revolution

The 1990s were known for more than the unkempt grunge look in fashion. The dotcom boom reigned supreme as well. Even though dotcommers seemed to take pride in their lack of fashion sense and innovation in the pervasive hoodie and jeans combinations they preferred, this era delivered some of the greatest technology innovations that changed how …

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February 23, 2017 | by Chris Kalaboukis

Explore the latest developments in open innovation, collaboration & industry partnerships

I want to share with you an open invitation to join me at the Texas Open Innovation Conference in March! Check out this video welcome message by Christina Robinson, Chief Strategy Officer – Research & Innovation, LSC-University Park: The event is March 28 and 29 in Houston. You can expect: 200+ attendees 20+ sessions and […]

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February 23, 2017 | by Chris Kalaboukis

Innovation Is Dangerous

Innovation is beyond dangerous, awesome, and wonderful. Innovation is central to your company, but at the same time, innovation is dangerous. Innovation can be a threat to a lot of people within your organization. The sole purpose of an innovation group within a larger company should be to disrupt the main business. To replace the…

February 23, 2017 | by Chris Kalaboukis

Wireless Innovations Leave Used Connect Cars at Risk

The IoT itself is already growing extremely rapidly, and 87% of mainstream consumer still don’t understand it all. This lack of knowledge ensures that along with the benefits of connectivity, so too will arise problems.

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February 22, 2017 | by Chris Kalaboukis

Don’t Blame Technology for Your Failure

Cédric Mao and Erwann Rozier founded Fly The Nest, to help startups grow, scale, and leave the nest, while keeping a consistent and cohesive team functioning. They tell us more about this organization discipline, which can also rule for innovation teams in established companies. 1) Nicolas Bry: What problem is addressing Fly the Nest? You’re …

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February 22, 2017 | by Chris Kalaboukis

How Google Innovates

Steve Jobs built—and then revived—Apple by fusing technology with design. IBM has remained a top player in its industry for roughly a century by investing in research that is often a decade ahead of its time. Facebook “moves fast and maintains a stable infrastructure” (but apparently doesn’t break things anymore). Each of these companies, in its own …

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February 22, 2017 | by Chris Kalaboukis

INNOVATION MASTERY: Putting The Players In Place: Legal [VIDEO]

Book available here: http://amzn.to/29q9ZsK This episode: Legal You need to consult with legal on two fronts. One, you have to ensure that whoever will join the program has properly agreed to give up their rights to any intellectual property that they generate for the program. Most employees have already done this, (it’s typically handled by…

February 22, 2017 | by Chris Kalaboukis

HEART OF INNOVATION Lauded as the 13th Best Innovation Blog

“13” is traditionally considered an unlucky number. Today? Not so. We have just learned that Idea Champions’ blog, The Heart of Innovation — the one you are now reading — was designated as the 13th best innovation blog on the planet by Feedspot, a …

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February 21, 2017 | by Chris Kalaboukis

Marketing Innovation: Don’t Fight Water and the Inversion Tool

To use the Inversion technique, start with the components of the brand promise. Take each one away one at a time and envision in what ways the consumer would be affected…in an extreme way…if it did not have this aspect of the promise. Make sure that the "bad thing" that happens is so far fetched that viewers understand it’s a joke. Otherwise, they’ll get confused.

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February 21, 2017 | by Chris Kalaboukis

Startups Innovation Webinar: Corporate innovation and future of careers [VIDEO]

Chris joins Alistair Schneider of Startups Innovation for a wide-ranging discussion on a number of topics: This video is brought to you by Startupsinnovation. A cool site that helps you learn about the disruption, innovation, entrepreneurship, and intrapreneurship (Basically how to survive in this ever changing world 🙂 Topics Covered About Chris Kalaboukis and hHellofuture His…

February 21, 2017 | by Chris Kalaboukis

BIG IDEA: Enter Our Brainstorm Training Raffle Before March 1st

Being in the experimentation business, Idea Champions is thrilled to invite you and your organization into our next “let’s see what happens” experiment. Here goes:

In ten days, we are going to raffle off our one-day Brainstorm Facilitation training,…

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February 21, 2017 | by Chris Kalaboukis

Keep Faith in the Steady Progress of Innovation

We must continue to have faith and invest in Science, Engineering, Technology, Research and the Innovation of our Enterprises. They and the steady march of improvement are what will deliver a better future.

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February 21, 2017 | by Chris Kalaboukis

Chaos and Order: You Need Both To Be Productive and Creative

Is there a role for both Order and Chaos in your organization? I’ve been reading a lot lately about creativity, innovation, and productivity and the effectiveness of teams, and their environments, and I think I’ve come to some interesting conclusions. Depending on the outcome that you are looking for, you need to revise and adjust…

February 21, 2017 | by Chris Kalaboukis

The Eleven Change Roles

Change is Hard Change can be complicated, change can be confusing, and change can be difficult to successfully implement in any organization. This is why 70% of change initiatives have been found to fail. To help make change less overwhelming, and inst…

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February 20, 2017 | by Chris Kalaboukis

Grow a Miracle in a Miracle Garden

I recently visited Dubai to give a class on Innovation.  I asked the hotel concierge for a recommendation of where to visit on a free morning.  He listed all the main sights but I had already seen them. He then suggested something new, the Miracle Garden.  It is a remarkable place in the Western outskirts …

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February 20, 2017 | by Chris Kalaboukis

TED Talk: 3 Ways to Fix a Broken News Industry

Lara Setrakian is building innovative news platforms that stand ready to engage and explain the complexity of our world.

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February 20, 2017 | by Chris Kalaboukis

Unresolved Conflict at the Top Produces Chaos in the Middle and the Bottom

A guest post by Idea Champions’ newest leadership development consultant, Dr. Barry Gruenberg.

When those in senior leadership positions avoid conflict among themselves, the unresolved conflict ripples throughout the organization and paralyzes actio…

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