March 31, 2017 | by Chris Kalaboukis

Getting the Right Talent for Innovation

When I hire innovation team member, I always look for certain characteristics beyond just job experience and track record. I look for people who are competitive by nature, who have a high tolerance for ambiguity, who are great at networking, and who ha…

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March 31, 2017 | by Chris Kalaboukis

The Trichotomy: Dual Corporate Innovation and Transformation

Here is a chart, shown by Scott Anthony from Innosight during a worthwhile talk on Dual Transformation. It puts in a nutshell what he refers to as the “hardest challenge in business today”. The chart greatly captures the fact that dual transformation i…

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March 31, 2017 | by Chris Kalaboukis

Micro Wind Turbine offers energy and a charge in remote places

Imagine being far from civilization with a fully-charged smart phone from an energy source you can carry with you!  Help may be on the way, thanks to this invention. The Micro Wind Turbine is a portable energy source for remote regions and enables people to charge USB devices from just about anywhere. The Micro Wind […]

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March 30, 2017 | by Chris Kalaboukis

Buy-In – Getting the Yes, Fighting the No

Disclaimer: I do not pretend to know the answer to this. My own experience—somewhat long, is littered with failures and, some successes. But, there may be some lessons for me–at least, although admittedly, I do not always learn. Since very early I have personally and/or professionally “played” with ideas, trying to bring them to reality. …

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March 30, 2017 | by Chris Kalaboukis

Successful Innovation Requires A Program, Not Just Software

The Software Is A Minor Part of A Successful Whole In order to successfully innovate within your organization, you need more that just the implementation of a tool to capture and review ideas. Many of the companies I come across feel that all they really need to do is just that – identify a need…

March 30, 2017 | by Chris Kalaboukis

Innovation and Creativity Summit Interview of Mitch Ditkoff: 4/6/17

My Power of Storytelling in Innovation interview will air, on April 6th at 12:00 pm, as part of the Innovation and Creativity Summit 2017. If you are interested in WHY and HOW storytelling matters in the workplace, this will be a good use of your ti…

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March 29, 2017 | by Chris Kalaboukis

Power Management: Simplifying the Organization

Organizational complexity and bureaucracy are a threat that managers must continually be wary of… The term change fatigue is a real and common problem that organizations face and must deal with when considering a change or transformation initiative, or even a simple process improvement initiative. But at its source is the manager. The late Peter …

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March 29, 2017 | by Chris Kalaboukis

INNOVATION MASTERY 20: Rewarding Your Inventors: Recognition and Access [VIDEO]

Book available here: http://amzn.to/29q9ZsK This episode: Rewarding Your Inventors: Recognition and Access Of all of the methods I’ve used, and my clients have used in order to trigger and assist in engagement for any kind of program, be it a small hackathon to an enterprise-wide crowdsourced program, the best and most effective (and possibly the…

March 28, 2017 | by Chris Kalaboukis

How Experian Built a Disruptive Data Business

When Eric Haller graduated with a degree in finance from San Diego State University in 1990, he didn’t have any clear idea of what he wanted to do. If he was on the east coast, he probably would have gone to work at an investment bank, but he ended up taking a job as a statistical analyst at Visa in Foster City, and would later say that it was a case of being in the right place at the right time.

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March 28, 2017 | by Chris Kalaboukis

The Evolving Role of Design

The role of design evolves at the speed of innovation—the dizzying, dynamic speed of the market. Design now has a seat at executive and board tables across the globe. More than ever, a holistic sense of design is valued as a legal means of significant competitive advantage. But it hasn’t always been this way. The …

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March 28, 2017 | by Chris Kalaboukis

The Fine Art of Storytelling

I have always been a big believer in serendipity — that magical moment when something “out of the blue” shows up in our lives to amaze and delight us — an occurrence beyond logic. Well… here is one of them. Last week, I facilitated a three-day c…

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March 27, 2017 | by Chris Kalaboukis

The Lego Kit of Life (by Design)

What if I said that life was a set of Lego® bricks ~ all sorts of sizes, shapes, colors with a few bricks fixed together, unbreakable, but mot of them easily taken apart and rearranged? If you’re like me, you love (yup, you still do, face it!) playing, building, creating with lego (that’s why I hang out with engineers and makers).

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March 27, 2017 | by Chris Kalaboukis

If you don’t know what to do, you may be on the right track!

What would you do if…You had to push through your fear of being judged? If you had to break some rules to get an idea off the ground? If you had a concept that would displace your most successful product?

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March 26, 2017 | by Chris Kalaboukis

Business Needs Innovation Ecosystems

The significant transformation taking place around exploiting technology and digital management has made ecosystems and platforms a mainstream prospecting need, in most of our businesses today. We must engage in what all of this m

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March 26, 2017 | by Chris Kalaboukis

Two Diverse Authors: Recapping our Thoughts on Platform and Ecosystem

For those of you following our posts about ecosystems and platforms and their importance to innovation, this is the 30th post. We thought it made sense to take a breather before pushing on to other ideas, to stop and recap what we’ve been writing about, and to place some of these ideas in context.

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March 25, 2017 | by Chris Kalaboukis

Top 10 Reasons to Hire an Innovation Keynote Speaker

Innovation Keynote Speakers are often misunderstood, maligned, and underutilized.

We have all been to many conferences, and heard many good (and bad) keynote and session speakers with a variety of styles (all of which are perfectly acceptable), includ…

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March 25, 2017 | by Chris Kalaboukis

These 4 Major Paradigm Shifts Will Transform The Future Of Technology

For the past fifty years or so, technology has followed a fairly predictable path. We squeeze more transistors onto silicon wafers, which makes chips more powerful and devices smaller. Manual processes become automated, productivity increases and life gets better. Rinse and repeat. Today, we’re at an inflection point and that predictable path to progress will …

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March 24, 2017 | by Chris Kalaboukis

Building a Culture that Thrives on Innovation Agility

We are living in an age of disruption, where changes are accelerating making innovation a strategic and systemic necessity and competitive lever to ensure your organization’s survival and sustainability. Living now in what Daniel Pink describes as “The Conceptual Age” our attention needs to be on both enhancing creativity, agility and in developing customer empathy.

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March 24, 2017 | by Chris Kalaboukis

Free Online Innovation and Creativity Summit 2017

Here’s Nick Skillicorn introducing the upcoming, online Innovation and Creativity Summit 2017. I am happy to announce that I will be one of the 45 presenters. My topic? The power of storytelling to spark innovation. Cost? Zero. Zippo. Zilch. Click …

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March 24, 2017 | by Chris Kalaboukis

The Future of Insurance: 15 predictions for 2017

  Editor’s note: This is an excerpt from Matthew Griffin’s upcoming paper The Future of Insurance 2020 & Beyond. It is clear from the developments and progress made in 2016 though that the industry’s appetite, pace, and propensity for change, albeit partially fuelled by an increasingly competitive and dynamic marketplace, is accelerating. It’s unlikely that …

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March 23, 2017 | by Chris Kalaboukis

Why We Need T-Shaped Innovators

Big disruptive innovations don’t usually come from experts in the field. Max Planck, the famous physicist famously quipped that “science advances one funeral at a time”, and in some ways, you can argue that this applies equally to innovation. In the latter case, it is typically market leadership that dies…

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March 23, 2017 | by Chris Kalaboukis

Clayton Christensen: Competing Against Luck [book review]

Competing Against Luck is the rather curious title of a new book by the eminent innovation guru, Clayton Christensen, et al. It is an important work which makes some big claims. The Jobs to be Done idea has been around for a while but this book puts it…

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March 23, 2017 | by Chris Kalaboukis

What’s In a Name? New Research Suggests We Look Like Our Name

What’s in a name? Perhaps more than we might think, according to researchers at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. Most of us are familiar with the dynamic of “judging a book by its cover,” making quick judgments about a person…

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March 22, 2017 | by Chris Kalaboukis

INNOVATION MASTERY 19: Rewarding Your Inventors: Experiences [VIDEO]

Book available here: http://amzn.to/29q9ZsK This episode: Rewarding Your Inventors: Experiences Experiences Experiences are great prizes, some which I think are really great and may not be that costly: 1. Local museums, galleries or special events 2. Trips to other offices within your company with no expectation of anything other than mingling with people from that…

March 21, 2017 | by Chris Kalaboukis

What Every CEO Should Know for Successful Change

Your organization has embarked on a new venture which is going to require a lot of change. Of course everyone is hoping for the best – but please allow me to be frank with you now, to save you a lot of heartache, time, and money in your near future.    As CEO, your style and …

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March 21, 2017 | by Chris Kalaboukis

Accelerate Growth Through Strategic Integration of Research During the Innovation Process

Stephanie Cunningham, Associate Director, Global Insights Business Lead—Specialty Division, The Clorox Company Jody McInerney, Senior Vice President, Burke, Inc. Stephanie began with crisis, a story about the kitty litter business. Competitive pressures were high. Market share was being lost. They needed a new product, in a hurry. From concept to packaging, they needed it all: …

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March 21, 2017 | by Chris Kalaboukis

Sometimes You Need to Violate the Prime Directive

Does Your Organization Have a Prime Directive? Anyone who knows me and has been listening to my podcast or reading my blog post understands I’m a huge Star Trek fan. I can’t wait for the next series to come out. Star Trek Discovery sounds very exciting and interesting. My hope is that they’ll be able…

March 20, 2017 | by Chris Kalaboukis

Lessons from Monet: Impressions of Innovation

I did not set out to chronicle the innovative characteristics of the great painters (my previous writing was on Leonardo da Vinci’s paintings), yet somehow I ended up following precisely that path as I read a new book by Ross King on Claude Monet’s famous Water Lilies. In Mad Enchantment: Claude Monet and the Painting of …

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March 20, 2017 | by Chris Kalaboukis

How a strong-armed robot can assist first responders

In a disaster, rescue operations can take more strength than humans can muster. The Raytheon Sarcos Guardian HT – Big Arm is a dual-armed robot that can lift up to 400 pounds, as well as assemble things delicately. In addition to industrial use, manufacturer Sarcos says it can be useful in first responder and logistics […]

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