May 31, 2017 | by Chris Kalaboukis

Solution-to-Problem Innovation

The Principle of Function Follows Form – innovating from the Solution to the Problem.

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May 30, 2017 | by Chris Kalaboukis

2017 Interbrand Breakthrough Brands [Report]

40 brands, 7 trends, global insights…In this 2017 Interbrand Breakthrough Brands report, you’ll find the 40 startups and upstarts changing the world and discover the key trends they’re driving. Each brand’s growth trajectory is mapped in striking dat…

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May 30, 2017 | by Chris Kalaboukis

38 Awesome Quotes on Change

1. “It is not the strongest of the species that survive, nor the most intelligent, but the one most responsive to change.” – Charles Darwin

2. “Change before you have to.” – Jack Welch

3. “People don’t resist change. They resist being changed!” –…

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May 30, 2017 | by Chris Kalaboukis

Do You Fight For The User?

Want To Win? Get On the Side Of The User. Back in 1982, Disney introduced us to TRON, an earnest software program the protagonist Flynn meets when he is digitized and sucked into a computer. The film introduced us to a whole world inside a computer, where software programs would “fight for the user” against…

May 30, 2017 | by Chris Kalaboukis

Starting Intrapreneurs Studio at Orange

Nicolas Bry shares the value prop and the journey behind – and in front of – the new Intrapreneurs Studio programme at Orange where he is senior VP of their Innovation Group. Their definition of an intrapreneur? Someone willing to make a dream become r…

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May 30, 2017 | by Chris Kalaboukis

How gravity can store electricity

We all know that wind turbine and other solar power is a fantastic idea, but many people fear its reliability. After all, we can’t make the sun shine or the wind blow. But what about storing that energy for cloudy or windless days? ARES’ technology uses heavy rail cars that are pushed to the top […]

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May 29, 2017 | by Chris Kalaboukis

8 Myths That Cost Innovation

One of the top skills businesses are requiring these days from prospective employees is the ability to think “innovatively”. What many organizations are getting wrong, however, is the true meaning behind innovation. Innovation is not just some buzzword you should be putting up on job postings or the company mission statement. Innovation is for real …

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May 28, 2017 | by Chris Kalaboukis

5 Ways to Defeat the Innovation Myth

Busting the alluring lie that a good idea is all it takes to be more innovative. Peter Drucker used to say, “Good intentions don’t move mountains; Bulldozers do!” I’d like to modify that by swapping the word “ideas” for “intentions.” Anathema! Ideas are the mother’s milk of innovation, right? Not so quick; hear me out. …

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May 28, 2017 | by Chris Kalaboukis

ISPIM Grand Prize 2017 – Finalists Announced

Those of us who work in Innovation Management know how hard it can be.  Innovating innovation management itself needs to be recognized, which is why ISPIM, the International Society for Professional Innovation Management, launched the Grand Prize in 2015, to recognize excellence in innovation management. This year, with great support from our media partners, including …

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May 27, 2017 | by Chris Kalaboukis

Going Global Cheaper: Ways to Reduce Cost Abroad

It’s safe to say that growing your business takes more than time and passion; it also requires a sizeable amount of capital to get it going. This can get pretty expensive, especially if you’re planning to move into a new country. Thankfully, advances in technology and the Internet have made it easier than ever to save …

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May 26, 2017 | by Chris Kalaboukis

The Future Of Robots

When the first industrial robot, Unimate, appeared on a General Motors assembly line in 1961, it was a modern marvel. The job it performed, transporting die-castings and welding them onto car bodies was not only onerous, but dangerous to human workers, who faced both the risk of injury and being exposed to toxic fumes. Over the last 50 …

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May 26, 2017 | by Chris Kalaboukis

Tattoos that play soundwaves?

Soundwave tattoos are the text big thing in ink trends. These innovative tattoos let you play and hear the recordings that you want memorialized. You can get inked with up to a minute of audio and play back using your mobile device. The video below has gotten millions of views.  As soon as the video […]

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May 26, 2017 | by Chris Kalaboukis

The Intersection of Innovation and Continuous Improvement

Interview with Idea Champions’ President, Mitch Ditkoff, on GoLeanSixSigma.

Focuses on the intersection of innovation and continuous improvement. Both are needed. Both are complementary.

Indeed, the Founder of GoLeanSixSigma, Elisabeth Swan, w…

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May 25, 2017 | by Chris Kalaboukis

When you Innovate, Think About the Elephant in the Room

Don’t Think About The Pink Elephant. The concept of the life stack – the set of services which will feed your customers life in the future – came to me during a foresight exercise. During this exercise, I facilitated an ideation session where some of the top innovative minds in the enterprise had come together…

May 25, 2017 | by Chris Kalaboukis

What Dubai Gets Right About Innovation

You may think of Dubai as a place for tourism, or to see the tallest building, or to ski indoors on a 100 degree day, and you’d be right. But don’t miss what they are doing to build an experimental platform for innovation as a city-state. The whole c…

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May 25, 2017 | by Chris Kalaboukis

Next? How to Convert Emerging Tech into Next Practices

Why do companies fail at turning emerging technologies into real value? Co-authors Saul Kaplan and Mia Dand look at the reasons why and share 8 key steps to explore, test, and commercialize next practices and new business models.

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May 24, 2017 | by Chris Kalaboukis

Fail, Fail, the Gang’s All Here

Illustration: GapingVoid
Great quotes on failure
MitchDitkoff.com

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May 24, 2017 | by Chris Kalaboukis

A “Twistd” new take on chips

It’s a holiday weekend, and a lot of people are going to be consuming bags of chips at their cookouts. But here’s a new take to the crumply bag: Seasoned chips you season yourself. The idea is from the United Kingdom, and it’s a little “Twistd”: Twistd’s potato chips and tortillas are packaged in small, […]

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May 24, 2017 | by Chris Kalaboukis

Innovation is the Most Potent Form of Leadership Development

Innovation is the most potent form of leadership development. You can’t outsource the important things. After working with more than 100 clients, we have noted one of the most critical factors in the success of an innovation project: if you outsource all of the work on your innovation projects, they will fail. It doesn’t matter …

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May 24, 2017 | by Chris Kalaboukis

When the Blockchain Meets the Road

An Exciting Future vs. Government Regulation — The future of human travel is exciting. We conquered the skies when the Wright brothers took flight in 1903, only after turning our attention from the invention of the underground railway in London in the late 1800s. Since then, we’ve come to traverse the skies and subterranean tunnels packed in giant metal tubes, crammed …

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May 23, 2017 | by Chris Kalaboukis

The Power of Anytime Access

The Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) movement has been called everything from the greatest innovation ever, to a nuisance to IT security and a bane of the working person who is expected to adhere to an “always-on” business model that has made the 9-to-5 workday obsolete.

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May 23, 2017 | by Chris Kalaboukis

25 ways to infuse “high performance” in your team

When it comes to creating a culture of innovation and inspiring people, I like to keep it simple.  I came across an interesting article the other day about inspiring teams of people to be at their best – without the fortune-cookie axioms so many bosses plaster on their breakroom walls. These are 25 simple ways […]

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May 23, 2017 | by Chris Kalaboukis

To Innovate, You May Have to Repeat Yourself, Repeatedly

To get to the good stuff, you may have to repeat yourself. In running several innovation programs in many different companies over the years, it’s quite rare for employees to come up with good, incredibly profitable, and interesting ideas right from the start. It happens, but not often. In most firms, this is not their…

May 23, 2017 | by Chris Kalaboukis

The Design of Value Proposition Design with Alex Osterwalder

If you are new to Value Proposition Design, think of it as the third leg of a stool consisting of Lean Startup and Design Thinking as the other legs — all three are similar in intent and each provides valuable tools, arguably with Alex’s tools being most valuable to product managers who think like product leaders — or in my words, product masters.

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May 22, 2017 | by Chris Kalaboukis

Ten Signs You Need an Innovation Intervention

Do you need an innovation intervention? Unless you feel that your innovation program is a runaway success and exceeding your expectations, the answer might very well be… yes.

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May 22, 2017 | by Chris Kalaboukis

The ABCs of Innovation: E is for Empathy

Empathy’s the “ability to understand and share the feelings” of someone else from their perspective as opposed to your own. In the context of innovation it’s absolutely critical, yet authentic consumer empathy, as an active presence in many corporations, is somewhat scarce today.

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May 21, 2017 | by Chris Kalaboukis

Why You Should Quit Predicting What’s Going to Happen

If you’re trying to predict the future, you might want to read this first. The Web is littered with predictions for what the future will bring. But what if I told you that rather than trying to predict the future, you’re better off just building it? A bit cliche? Perhaps. But time and again I’ve …

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May 20, 2017 | by Chris Kalaboukis

Lessons from the 1977 EPA Standards Manual Kickstarter Campaign

If you’re not in the design world you might have missed two events that took the industry’s collective breath away, the reprinting, through two incredibly successful Kickstarter campaigns, of the New York Metropolitan Transit Authority (MTA) and the NASA “worm” identity system. A graphic standards or systems manual is the rule book for any brand’s expression and consistent delivery in the world. That means the precise guidelines for the logo, the colors, the type fonts, the signage, the conventions for marketing materials, and basically everything else that makes up the visual identity of an organization. When I took over as Executive Director for AIGA, the professional association for design, I knew about those two standards manuals. When Sagi Haviv, a principal in the New York design firm, Chermayeff Geismar & offered to gift us with 1977 EPA Graphic Standards Manual, designed by the renowned Steff Geissbuhler it started us on an adventure that concluded this week when we met our goal. That means that this beautiful manual will now be available to our backers, and eventually to the public through the work of designers Jesse Reed and Hamish Smythe at Standards Manual. The experience has been eye opening and exhilarating. Here’s what I’ve learned:

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May 19, 2017 | by Chris Kalaboukis

BIG IDEA: Enter Our Brainstorm Training Raffle Before June 10th

Want to raise the bar for brainstorming in your organization? Looking for an online solution at a super-low fee? Enter Idea Champions quarterly raffle and win a 5-session, online Brainstorm Facilitation training at a 68% discount. Instead of paying o…

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May 19, 2017 | by Chris Kalaboukis

User-centered design: how to merge it with a design thinking program

Sometimes underrated and later-introduced in the process, user-centered design is a fundamental tool for innovation. The design thinking approach most of the time offers a great deal of product structure for the team to deal with. If well conducted you…

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