December 31, 2017 | by Chris Kalaboukis

A Patient’s Perspective on Healthcare Innovation

The Healthcare Innovation Amazon and Apple Should Focus On It is no secret that Amazon has a secret artificial intelligence healthcare project called 1492. Amazon is making several strategic moves into the healthcare vertical, including hiring machine …

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December 29, 2017 | by Chris Kalaboukis

Success Quotes from History’s Greatest Entrepreneurs

While there’s an abundance of contemporary entrepreneurs worth quoting, I’ve long had a fascination with legendary entrepreneurs who built many of the early cornerstone industries of the 20th century and earlier. From Henry Ford to Ray Kroc and Coco Chanel to Estee Lauder, they all faced enormous odds in not only creating new business models …

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December 29, 2017 | by Chris Kalaboukis

We Need To Stop Trying To Predict The Future And Start Exploring It

In a celebrated 1995 article in Newsweek, astronomer Clifford Stoll blasted Internet visionaries. “Do our computer pundits lack all common sense?” he asked. “The truth is no online database will replace your daily newspaper, no CD-ROM can take the place of a competent teacher and no computer network will change the way government works.” Clearly, …

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December 27, 2017 | by Chris Kalaboukis

Génération2: The Social Good Accelerator

Génération2 is a cooperative of advisors, working to increase and guide corporation, and social innovators’ partnerships, from Philanthropy to more business oriented solutions.

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December 26, 2017 | by Chris Kalaboukis

5 Inexpensive Ways to Jump Start a Sustainable Culture of Innovation

Trying to create a culture of innovation is a daunting task for even the most committed organization. Cultures take decades to form. Changing them is not an overnight phenomenon, no matter how many outside consultants you’ve gotten on the case. You …

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December 25, 2017 | by Chris Kalaboukis

Nominate the Top 40 Innovation Bloggers of 2017

Innovation Excellence loves making innovation insights accessible for the greater good, because we truly believe that the better our organizations get at delivering value to their stakeholders the less waste of natural resources and human resources the…

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December 24, 2017 | by Chris Kalaboukis

Finding Your Silver Bullet in an Apple Pie

A parable… Once upon a time, a man was served a dessert of home baked apple pie at a dinner hosted by his neighbor. The man had never before tasted such a perfect pie crust. “What is your secret?” he asked his host. “You are welcome to my recipe,” replied the neighbor. “There’s no secret. …

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December 23, 2017 | by Chris Kalaboukis

3 Questions to Reveal Your Entrepreneurial DNA

There’s no genetic test for entrepreneurism but these three questions come pretty close. “…being an entrepreneur isn’t just something you do; it’s something you are.” You can’t just take a blood sample and determine if someone has the DNA of an entrepreneur. Still, I’m convinced from decades of observation and interaction that being an entrepreneur …

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December 22, 2017 | by Chris Kalaboukis

How Every Industry Can Learn from the Open Source Movement

The idea of a communal society has always been suspect. From the nihilism of the nineteenth century Fourierists to the wide-eyed optimism of the hippie communes of the 1960s, they are seen as somewhat well meaning, but also destructive and naive in the…

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December 20, 2017 | by Chris Kalaboukis

What Product Managers & Innovators Should Know About Agile Strategy [podcast]

Dan Montgomery is a practitioner of Strategic Agility and shares his simple and practical tools in this interview. He is also the co-author of The Institute Way: Simplify Strategic Planning and Management with the Balanced Scorecard. He has helped seve…

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December 19, 2017 | by Chris Kalaboukis

Revolutionize Your Business with a Change Success Manager

“Stealing the role of customer success manager from the world of SaaS is the key to making your digital transformation efforts a success.” I was speaking with a headhunter recently about some of the roles she was recruiting for and there was one that captured my attention. It was a posting she had for a …

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December 19, 2017 | by Chris Kalaboukis

3 Keys To Creating Meaningful Innovation In Your Marketplace

The phrase “disruptive innovation” gets thrown around a lot. The way we describe disruptive innovation has moved far past Clay Christensen’s original use of the phrase. Yet, it’s one of those buzzwords that we often use but don’t necessarily know what it means, or how to create it. It’s hard to achieve the goal of …

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December 19, 2017 | by Chris Kalaboukis

Enter idea Champions Holiday Season Micro-Learning Raffle

This just in! None of our clients have any time. Really. Truly. Which is why Idea Champions is launching its MICRO-LEARNING HOLIDAY RAFFLE — the simplest, least expensive, time-efficient way we could think of to help our clients raise the bar for in…

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December 18, 2017 | by Chris Kalaboukis

Innovation Sighting: Attribute Dependency in Swiss Trains

From a distance this newest railway revolution might look like a string of large barrels tied together. But the Stoos Bahn is now the world’s steepest funicular railway which just opened to the public. Taking over 14 years to build,…

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December 18, 2017 | by Chris Kalaboukis

The Bright (and Innovative) Future of the Mom and Pop Shop

Small businesses can’t compete with the massive logistics machines and bargaining power of mega retailers. Prime retail space prevents competing with the cost structure of online retailers, who ship out of low-rent warehouses, and may avoid sales tax f…

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December 17, 2017 | by Chris Kalaboukis

4 Steps to Break Patterns Undermining Your Success and Happiness

Being aware of what you’re doing wrong isn’t enough to change. These four steps are… We’re all works in progress, trying to grow and change. But there’s no way around it, we carry with us good habits and bad ones. Often those bad habits are pretty well entrenched; not likely to be dislodged by even …

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December 17, 2017 | by Chris Kalaboukis

3-Point Strategy for Drawing People In

Aristotle maintained that “all men by nature desire to know.” He was referring to human curiosity. Samuel Johnson called curiosity “the first passion and last.” Why? Because curiosity seeks what is different, without regard for whether or not it’s of benefit. Tell someone not to do something, and it creates an instant temptation to do …

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December 16, 2017 | by Chris Kalaboukis

Top 20 Innovation Articles of November 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 November’s twenty most …

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December 16, 2017 | by Chris Kalaboukis

The Future Of Robots Is All Too Human

Since 2000, the US has lost 5 million manufacturing jobs. Some say that the loss is due to foreign competition, primarily from China. Others say that it is due to higher productivity from automation and factories simply don’t need as many workers. Historically, those two trends, globalization and automation, have reinforced each other. Yet a …

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December 15, 2017 | by Chris Kalaboukis

Innovation in Cybersecurity: Blockchain and Enterprise Immune Systems

There are two basic problems that are affecting cybersecurity right now. While the ability to cause damage and reap financially from cybercrime has become that much easier for interested parties to obtain, the ability to safeguard against it has become…

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December 15, 2017 | by Chris Kalaboukis

Reinvent your Business Model with The DO School

Nicolas Bry interviews Florian Hoffmann, charismatic founder and managing director of Berlin’s DO School…a renowned development ground for young social entrepreneurs that has developed an original innovation offering to corporations and startups.

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December 15, 2017 | by Chris Kalaboukis

The Two-Hour $995 Online Brainstorm Facilitation Training

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December 15, 2017 | by Chris Kalaboukis

INNOVATION MICRO-LEARNING from Idea Champions

The attention span of a goldfish is 9 seconds. The attention span of a human being is 8. Which is why Idea Champions is now offering its time-crunched clients three new, time-efficient ways to raise the bar for innovation. Click the links below for d…

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December 14, 2017 | by Chris Kalaboukis

Asset Orchestration: New Game or not?

Asset heavy vs. asset light Recently I was discussing ecosystems and platforms, and speaking about the differences between Amazon and Alibaba. I quote “I’d say Amazon are “asset heavy” whereas Alibaba remains “asset light”. They might be operating at the two ends of the current internet trading spectrum and are coming from different market maturity …

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December 14, 2017 | by Chris Kalaboukis

10 Strategies for Leaders to Drive Disruptive Change

Here is my summary and interpretation of author G. Shawn Hunter’s ten strategies that he outlines in his class book “Out Think” for driving the disruptive innovations that entrepreneurs and startups all dream about:

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December 13, 2017 | by Chris Kalaboukis

The Meaning of Life – Really!

Do we search for meaning or do we create it? The answer may surprise you. “We all want to be part of something — an organization, a team, a community, a relationship — that somehow allows us to exceed our expectations of ourselves.” Inc.com may seem to be an unlikely place to find the meaning …

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December 13, 2017 | by Chris Kalaboukis

Top 20 Innovation Articles of October 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 October’s twenty most …

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December 12, 2017 | by Chris Kalaboukis

Better Inventions – Leveraging Powerful Stimulus

At my inventing company, we always use Quantum Idea Generation to generate the ideas that help companies double their innovation success rate. We have used Quantum Idea Generation to invent well over 25,000 concepts that has produced many, many success…

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December 12, 2017 | by Chris Kalaboukis

20 Reasons Why Your Company Won’t Change

On a recent visit to a former client’s workplace I noticed a poster entitled “I’m Not Changing!” I’d seen it elsewhere, and I’m sure you’ve seen it as well, or something like it. This time it gave me pause, perhaps because we’re now starting the second half of the year, and calendar milestones tend to …

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December 11, 2017 | by Chris Kalaboukis

3 Questions That Will Solve Any Problem Creatively

It was once said that the solution to any problem lies in asking the right question. Here are three.

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