July 31, 2017 | by Chris Kalaboukis

 Reflections on Life in the Sharing Economy | Episode 4

Welcome to the penultimate episode of this series on the sharing economy. This episode is about YOU.

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July 31, 2017 | by Chris Kalaboukis

Innovators: What’s Killing your Creativity?

We now consume up to five times as much information as 25 years prior; outside of work we process roughly 100,000 words every day. This drains us of not only willpower (of which we have a limited store) but diminishes our ability to think creatively as…

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July 30, 2017 | by Chris Kalaboukis

6 Forces Driving Your Business Evolution

At 2 billion strong, Gen Z is rewriting the rules for how we live, work, and play. 2015 was an extraordinary year; it’s the first year that Gen Z, individuals born in 1995 and beyond began entering the workforce. At two billion strong globally Z is the single largest cohort to ever sweep through civilization. …

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July 30, 2017 | by Chris Kalaboukis

When Going in New Directions, It Helps to Have a Map

I developed the Play-to-Win Canvas, a large wall map, to help teams explore strategic possibilities. (Click HERE to download a full size PDF, or HERE for a personal A3 size, both sharable under a Creative Commons license.) So, you’ve decided you need to shift strategy. You’ve drafted your current strategy using the Roger Martin Playing …

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July 29, 2017 | by Chris Kalaboukis

Top 20 Innovation Articles of March 2017

Drum roll please… At the beginning of each month we will profile the twenty posts from the previous month that generated the most traffic to Innovation Excellence. We also publish a weekly Top 8 as part of our FREE email newsletter. Did your favorite make the cut? But enough delay, here are March’s twenty most …

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July 28, 2017 | by Chris Kalaboukis

Service Beyond the Call of Duty

Most companies trying to get a “competitive advantage” eventually realize that the key is customer service — the ability to differentiate themselves from the competition by delivering their product or service in unforgettable ways. Here’s a memorabl…

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July 28, 2017 | by Chris Kalaboukis

MIT Shows How To Run Hackathons

I’ve always had mixed feelings towards hackathons, as whilst they undoubtedly bring a lot of focused energy, they often lack any real follow-up, rendering the progress made during the weekend rather isolated. A recent paper in Cell Systems highlights how the MIT Hacking Medicine events do better.  The events, which are open to all, but …

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July 27, 2017 | by Chris Kalaboukis

FOLLOW YOUR MUSE: One-On-One Support for People with Big Ideas

If you are in the process of conjuring up a new product, service, or better way of doing business and want some help turning your big ideas into reality, I can help. For the past 28 years, I have been an innovation catalyst to some of the most forwar…

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July 27, 2017 | by Chris Kalaboukis

Top 20 Innovation Articles of February 2017

Drum roll please… At the beginning of each month we will profile the twenty posts from the previous month that generated the most traffic to Innovation Excellence. We also publish a weekly Top 8 as part of our FREE email newsletter. Did your favorite make the cut? But enough delay, here are February’s twenty most …

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July 27, 2017 | by Chris Kalaboukis

4 Steps to Build an Innovation Ecosystem [podcast]

I spoke with Kawasaki Motors’ Senior Manager of Corporate Research and Product Management, Dave Oventhal, to learn from their experience. We discussed the four steps for how product managers and innovators can help build a more effective innovation eco…

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July 27, 2017 | by Chris Kalaboukis

Do You Let Your People Go There?

Next Time, Really Put Everything Is On The Table. Go There. The Hope: Your leaders take whatever risks they need to in order to get the job done. The Reality: Your leaders are risk averse, hoping that their less-than-bold moves trigger some kind of true change. How many times have you heard, in the midst…

July 26, 2017 | by Chris Kalaboukis

Take Your Brainstorming Sessions to the Next Level of Wow

If your company is like most companies we have worked with, its brainstorming sessions leave something to be desired. Yes, ideas are bandied about and, yes, coffee is consumed and jokes are made. And, yes, people incessantly check their email under …

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July 25, 2017 | by Chris Kalaboukis

THE DNA OF BRAINSTORMING and The Power of Three

Every brainstorm session you will ever facilitate or attend, like any good movie you will ever see, can be divided into three parts: the beginning, the middle, and the end. No matter what the topic, who’s in the room, or how stale the muffins, you w…

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July 25, 2017 | by Chris Kalaboukis

Top 20 Innovation Articles of January 2017

Drum roll please… At the beginning of each month we will profile the twenty posts from the previous month that generated the most traffic to Innovation Excellence. We also publish a weekly Top 8 as part of our FREE email newsletter. Did your favorite make the cut? But enough delay, here are January’s twenty most …

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July 25, 2017 | by Chris Kalaboukis

The Rock’n’Roll of Business (Part One)

Brand Essence (Part one of three) Like famous musicians, effective brands maintain a certain sway over those who come into contact with them, a sense of awe and authority that translates talent, focus, and hard work into an essence that communicates instantly. Let’s begin by defining the word “brand.” To start we will play the …

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July 25, 2017 | by Chris Kalaboukis

What Price Innovation?

What Would You Pay To Unearth A Billion Dollar Innovation? What would you be willing to spend to unearth a billion-dollar idea from your organization? A hundred thousand? A million? Nothing? Why are you looking at revenues at all? Unless you have a true Silicon Valley mindset, that question is wrong in so many ways.…

July 24, 2017 | by Chris Kalaboukis

Should Innovators Reveal How Much They Let Technology Make Creative Choices?

Is it true? Do the most creative people generate ideas straight out of their heads without any outside help? That’s what most people would tell you. But the reality is that the best innovators boost their creative output with the help of structured tools like patterns and even technology.

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July 24, 2017 | by Chris Kalaboukis

You Cannot Craft A New Strategy Until…

…you’ve defined the problem with the old one, reframed it as a choice between at least two mutually exclusive options, and generated some initial possibilities through focused, facilitated brainstorming. (Side rant to all the creativity “experts” out there poo-pooing brainstorming: Go pound sand. Brainstorming works very well with proper focus and facilitation. Creativity thrives under …

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July 24, 2017 | by Chris Kalaboukis

Moroccan Innovation

Morocco is a land that has mystified and enchanted travelers for ages.  Situated between the Mediterranean Sea, the Atlas Mountains, and the Sahara Desert, Morocco is a place of geographic and cultural diversity, situated at the confluence of civilizations.  Morocco has absorbed the influence of the native Berber and other North African tribes, Arabs from …

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July 23, 2017 | by Chris Kalaboukis

Success in 15 Personality Traits

There’s no single formula for success but these traits are the core DNA of every successful person. We all have our own definition of success. For many of us it’s measured primarily in terms of money and wealth, but there are clearly other important aspects of success. Some people value the freedom to spend their …

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July 22, 2017 | by Chris Kalaboukis

The Lean Startup is Changing The World

“Build a better mousetrap, and the world will beat a path to your door” is a phrase that has inspired generations of innovators and entrepreneurs. Unfortunately, they often find that a better mousetrap is not enough. You also need to find a customer who wants to buy a mousetrap at a price at which you …

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July 21, 2017 | by Chris Kalaboukis

Anxiety Hits Middle Managers the Hardest

“What are the metrics?” We get this question all the time from nervous managers, directors, and VPs who are struggling with the philosophical underpinnings of front-end innovation. They are eager to launch an innovation program, but want to be able to foresee the outcome before embarking on a journey of discovery.

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July 20, 2017 | by Chris Kalaboukis

Getting Clear on Your Strategy

“If I had the key members of your executive suite all in the same room, would they all be able to articulate the essence of your business strategy clearly and consistently?” I asked the executive vice president of strategy. “Probably not,” she replied. “But I do know we need a new one, because the current …

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July 20, 2017 | by Chris Kalaboukis

Time: The Final Frontier

Space is not the Final Frontier. It’s Time. It’s come to my attention that there is something wrong with time. We are obsessed with it – with being more productive – with being more mindful – with keeping time, killing time, and wasting time. While it’s been said by many that time is our most…

July 19, 2017 | by Chris Kalaboukis

Is Innovation Unreasonable?

Just yesterday while perusing the Twitter stream I saw a quote attributed to Jonathan Ive that made me want to sit up and scream. The quote was relatively straightforward and seems innocuous on its face…

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July 19, 2017 | by Chris Kalaboukis

As Robots Take Over We Will Need More Innovators

The Hadrian X robot is made by Fastbrick Robotics from Australia. It can lay 1000 house bricks in an hour (video below). The average bricklayer lays around 500 bricks a day. We will soon see robots doing much of the standard work in building assembly w…

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July 18, 2017 | by Chris Kalaboukis

In Innovation We Trust, But Not in Automation

You don’t need Bloomberg to tell you that people fear automation; automation is commonly linked to unemployment and chalked up as “robots stealing our jobs.” Donald Trump tapped into that fear plenty during the 2016 elections. It was palpable. Interestingly, while Trump played on this fear, he didn’t capture the reality of the situation at all.

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July 18, 2017 | by Chris Kalaboukis

More Roman Innovation and How to Innovate Like a Tourist

I wrote recently about innovation lessons from the Roman Empire (SPQR Innovation) and in the course of my travels and research, I have uncovered additional Roman examples that are worth investigating.  I also would like to share an insight that occurred to me concerning a characteristic of tourism and how it relates to the challenges …

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July 18, 2017 | by Chris Kalaboukis

How To Defeat A Culture of “I Don’t Care”?

Just Listen Do you remember that great scene in The Fugitive where Tommy Lee Jones confronts Harrison Ford, where Ford’s character is pleading with Jones that he “didn’t kill his wife”? Jones shakes his head and says “I Don’t Care”. How many of your people are like Jones? I’ve worked in many major corporates where…

July 17, 2017 | by Chris Kalaboukis

History as a Tool for Innovators & Product Managers

History can be a great tool in solving day-to-day problems encountered in innovation. After spending nearly 20 years at IBM, Scott Bowden is now traveling the globe to investigate and share how historic innovations provide lessons for the modern-day innovation practitioners – you and me.

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