April 30, 2017 | by Chris Kalaboukis

7 Techniques For Getting Creatively Unstuck

My friend Robert Tucker over at Innovation Resource has some great tips for getting “unstuck.”  I’ll share a few of them here, and then link to his excellent article. If you solve problems for a living, you’ve probably had it happen. Just when you least expect it — and just when you need to be […]

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April 30, 2017 | by Chris Kalaboukis

If You Want to Jump Start Innovation, This Meme Will Help

For the past 27 years I have been working “in the belly of the beast” as Che Guevera once said — corporate America. Along the way, I have met a ton of awesome people: visionary, creative, soulful, committed, and kind people. I have also met quite a …

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April 30, 2017 | by Chris Kalaboukis

Integrating Agility with Stability to Innovate

When I moved on from being a high powered corporate retail executive almost thirty years ago, I took the entrepreneurial leap and initiated a design management consultancy to serve the Australian fashion and lifestyle industries. Interestingly, in thos…

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April 28, 2017 | by Chris Kalaboukis

Transformational PLM is Hard – It’s Time to Rally the Troops

Achieving Long-Term Transformational Success with PLM in Life Sciences In this blog series, I provide insights as to why PLM has true potential to be so transformational for life sciences companies, but many aren’t getting there. We have covered adoption obstacles and turned our attention to developing a business strategy focused on innovation and then a subsequent PLM …

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April 27, 2017 | by Chris Kalaboukis

You CAN Tell a Book By It’s Cover

THIS JUST IN! Idea Champions is one of the few companies in the world that teaches people how to become masterful brainstorm facilitators. Since we couldn’t agree on which image to use for the cover of the book, we made eight different covers — and…

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April 27, 2017 | by Chris Kalaboukis

Innovation and the Mythical Idealized Future State

When it’s time to innovate, the first task is usually to define the Idealized Future State (IFS). The IFS is a word picture that captures what it looks like when the innovation work has succeeded beyond our wildest dreams.

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April 27, 2017 | by Chris Kalaboukis

More Than A Dream: Advanced Technology And Creating A Risk-Free Market

By Carol Ozemhoya, Contributing Editor at Vector Some people worry about technology costing people jobs and taking over the world as has been portrayed in many major motion pictures, such as the “Matrix” series. But in reality, a lot of…

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April 27, 2017 | by Chris Kalaboukis

Gather, Implement and Trumpet: The Essentials Of Employee Engagement

Innovation Programs Lead To Greater Employee Engagement Almost everyone has heard of the Hawthorne Effect, even if you may not know the specific name. It’s a study that you typically hear about from consultants, leadership coaches and motivational speakers on improving productivity. In short, the Hawthorne Effect was a named after the increase in the…

April 27, 2017 | by Chris Kalaboukis

Measuring Your Innovation Maturity

Introduction When it comes to innovation, no two companies are likely to be pursuing innovation in the same way, and they are also likely to be at different stages of innovation maturity. Because of this, even if you found out what your competitor’s innovation strategy was, it would be of no use to you. It …

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April 27, 2017 | by Chris Kalaboukis

Self-repairing fabric has innovative implications

I just saw this new Nano Cure Tech clothing line, and it’s pretty interesting. The Imperial Motion company is hoping to disrupt the textile industry with a jacket that actually repairs itself.  The wearer simply rubs the fabric together for a few seconds, and the hole completely disappears. You can read more about it over […]

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April 26, 2017 | by Chris Kalaboukis

Future of farming in India depends on innovation, knowledge sharing

I came across a great article from The Times of India, that I thought I’d pass along about the inspiration behind innovative farming.  The author describes how the white fly disease affected cotton and forced him to take up research work. From there he developed a network of thought leaders who are changing the way […]

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April 26, 2017 | by Chris Kalaboukis

Creativity Late in Life

Creativity Late in Life from Mitchell Ditkoff

Lots of people, over 50, think it’s “too late” for them to be creative. Not true! You want proof? Check out the slide show above — excerpts from a fabulous book by Gene Cohen: The Creative Age

Mit…

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April 26, 2017 | by Chris Kalaboukis

The Art of Using Story as a Way to Communicate Big, Hairy Ideas

A priest, a penguin, and a newspaper reporter walk into a bar. The penguin orders a shot of Red Eye. The priest starts juggling three flaming chain saws. The newspaper reporter turns to the bartender, smiles and says: “I know there’s a story here som…

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April 26, 2017 | by Chris Kalaboukis

Reboot a Sluggish Brand

First off, you need to decide if you genuinely want to reboot a brand. Some people get so tethered to old ideas about the brand that there is resistance to rethink its meaning and potential. If you are serious about growth and see rebooting as the onl…

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April 25, 2017 | by Chris Kalaboukis

A New Breed Of Innovation

By the mid-1980’s, the American semiconductor industry seemed like it was doomed. Although US firms had pioneered and dominated the technology for decades, they were now getting pummeled by cheaper Japanese imports. Much like cars and electronics, microchips seemed destined to become another symbol of American decline. The dire outlook had serious ramifications for both …

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April 25, 2017 | by Chris Kalaboukis

Ten Simple Ways to Establish a User Friendly Ideation Process

Let’s assume for a moment that you and your company value BIG IDEAS — the kind of ideas that have the potential to change the game, differentiate you from the competition, and spark some major business growth.

Let’s also assume that you and your c…

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April 25, 2017 | by Chris Kalaboukis

Creepy Is OK, When It Comes To Innovative and Disruptive Ideas

Sometimes, Creepy Is Good At a patent development ideation session the other day, where we were developing interesting new forward thinking disruptive ideas, someone used the “creepy” to describe one of the ideas. When words like creepy come into the conversation, then you know you are making good progress coming up with something disruptive. When…

April 24, 2017 | by Chris Kalaboukis

Biomimicry, spiders, and biodegradable shoes!

Imagine a running shoe that will biodegrade in 36 hours after you dispose of them. Just put them in your sink, and back to the earth they go! The shoe company Adidas is going to introduce these shoes sometime this year. The innovation is the result of the company’s partnership with Munich-based biotech company AMSilk, for […]

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April 24, 2017 | by Chris Kalaboukis

Innovation Through Crowdsourcing and AI

It takes a cross-sectional skill set to successfully implement good AI, and in order to do so, companies need to both understand their consumers’ motivations and capitalize on them using the right tools.

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April 23, 2017 | by Chris Kalaboukis

Business Innovation Factory: Design Methodology, Next Practices, New Business Models

A successful business model is like a shark that must keep moving to stay alive. But how do you make sure you’re not stuck in a crowded swim lane with declining margins, swimming upstream against disruptive currents, or even worse, find your organization dead in the water?

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April 22, 2017 | by Chris Kalaboukis

FREE ONLINE POLL: How to Improve Your Company’s Ideation Process

Here’s the simplest way to figure out how to improve your company’s ideation process: Enter Idea Champions’ FREE IDEATION POLL CONTEST. Just send an email to office@ideachampions and write “Ideation Poll” in the subject line. We’ll put your name in …

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April 21, 2017 | by Chris Kalaboukis

Frequently Asked Questions About Storytelling at Work

1. WHO IS THIS BOOK FOR?
Anyone interested in the power of personal storytelling to awaken, inspire, and communicate a meaningful, memorable message — especially around “moments of truth” on the job. It’s also for forward-thinking business leaders…

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April 21, 2017 | by Chris Kalaboukis

A Peek Inside the Mind of Jeff Bezos

It is not too often that the leader of a Fortune 500 gives you an insight into how their company achieves competitive advantage in the marketplace in a letter to shareholders, instead of launching into a page or two of flowery prose written by the Publ…

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April 20, 2017 | by Chris Kalaboukis

The 18th Camel

A father left 17 camels as an asset for his three sons. When the father passed away, his sons opened up the will. The Will of the father stated that the eldest son should receive half of 17 camels while the middle son should receive one third and the…

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April 20, 2017 | by Chris Kalaboukis

Want to Innovate? Get Hungry!

Illustration: gapingvoid
MitchDitkoff.com
Build the appetite with storytelling

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April 20, 2017 | by Chris Kalaboukis

Back to Basics: Elements in the Product Story

Be clear with your product marketing! Many companies and people confuse what they mean when discussing Value Propositions, Benefits, and Features. Be clear with your product marketing. Value Prop: Definition: A value proposition is the concise statement of the overarching solution to your customer’s problem.  The solution then is not your product or its technical …

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April 20, 2017 | by Chris Kalaboukis

6 Ways Getting Lucky Helps You Innovate

Get Lucky to Innovate In earlier posts, I talked about luck, and how luck plays a huge role in success. While many people talk about persistence and hard work as the key to success, there are plenty of hard working persistent people who never succeed. Almost every super successful person, from Elon Musk to Mark…

April 20, 2017 | by Chris Kalaboukis

Why We Must Change Our Mental Models from Hierarchies to Networks

Once you start thinking in terms of networks rather than hierarchies, it becomes clear that we must change how we do things; and not just within organizations, but also in how we approach a competitive marketplace. As it turns out, firms that seek to s…

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April 19, 2017 | by Chris Kalaboukis

How Uber will turn its app into a “content marketplace” during rides

Are you one of the millions around the world who get where you’re going via Uber? Uber is a wildly popular app-based transportation company valued as high as $68 billion and growing. According to TechCrunch, Uber is posed to make big changes to its app, to turn it into a “content marketplace.” Uber will reportedly […]

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April 19, 2017 | by Chris Kalaboukis

Innovations in Automation Demand Employee Upskilling and Soft Skill Development

Overall, there exist about five million fewer manufacturing jobs today than in 2000, a problem that government leaders have been ignoring by “recklessly putting their heads in the sand,” according to Martin Bryant of the Manchester Digital council.

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