August 31, 2018 | by Chris Kalaboukis

Keeping Your Innovation Momentum

At some point in your journey to drive innovation, you’ll want to take a deep breath and ask – what happened here? What have we achieved? And, what do we need to do now to keep the momentum? Momentum is…

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August 31, 2018 | by Chris Kalaboukis

Why Your Creative Idea Isn’t All That Original (And That’s A Good Thing)

Here’s an uncomfortable truth: Your amazing, original idea—the one you swear is going to transform the world—is not all that original. At least not in the way that you think. And that doesn’t mean it’s not going to transform the world. We tend to think that outstanding creative works or amazing disruptive innovations sprang forth …

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August 30, 2018 | by Chris Kalaboukis

Mean Business?

Illustration: gapingvoid
Idea Champions
Storytelling for the Revolution

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August 30, 2018 | by Chris Kalaboukis

Entrepreneurial Psychopathologies

The US Armed Forces has a problem with soldier suicide and depression. In early 2013, the official website of the United States Department of Defense announced the startling statistic that the number of military suicides in 2012 had far exceeded the total of those killed in battle—an average of nearly one a day. A month later …

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August 29, 2018 | by Chris Kalaboukis

10 Tips for Giving a Great Keynote

Actors want to direct. Directors want to produce. And consultants want to deliver keynote presentation. And why not? The pay is good. It doesn’t take much time. And it’s a lot less heavy lifting than most consulting gigs.

Easier said that done, howe…

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August 29, 2018 | by Chris Kalaboukis

8 Promises to Make Every Day to Live a Life of Meaning

We often complicate life to create the illusion of meaning, but at what cost? We love to complicate life. Not that life isn’t complex, it is, but we seem to try our damnedest to make it even more complicated than it needs to be. Perhaps it makes us feel so much more important when the …

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August 29, 2018 | by Chris Kalaboukis

Take More Risks

In this two minute video clip we will explore two important questions relating to risk in your life: 1. What is the biggest risk your have taken which has succeeded? 2. What is the biggest risk you have taken which failed? Wait! Before you go… Choose how you want the latest innovation content delivered to …

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August 28, 2018 | by Chris Kalaboukis

Why Nothing Happens After a Brainstorming Session

How many times have you participated in a brainstorming session, only to be underwhelmed by the utter lack of follow up? Unfortunately, in most businesses, this is often the norm. Here’s why:

1. The output of the session is underwhelming.
2. No on…

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August 28, 2018 | by Chris Kalaboukis

9 Diversity Dimensions That Increase Innovation, and One Reason They May Not

Human resource departments tout diversity, because a diverse company will better represent all of its customers. But how does diversity help creativity? What are the important factors we typically forget? When we use the word “diversity” in the context of companies, we typically refer to the following definition: “the inclusion of individuals representing more than one national origin,color, religion, socioeconomic stratum, sexual orientation, etc.” In fact, the dictionary gives …

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August 27, 2018 | by Chris Kalaboukis

Eight Things Winning Innovation Teams Do Differently

It’s no secret that innovation is tough to pull off. Even the “world’s most innovative” companies sometimes stumble. Just ask General Electric, which was recently delisted from the Dow Jones Index. Whirlpool’s tariff relief may give a boost to the beleaguered company, but American consumers appear to favor Korean brands and European styling. And former …

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August 27, 2018 | by Chris Kalaboukis

3 Reasons Why You Shouldn’t Bet Your Business On A Platform

Hertz is a nearly 100 year-old business valued at about $2 billion. Uber is an 8 year-old business valued at $50 billion. Marriott is a 90 year-old business, with hotels all over the world, and is valued at $39 billion, while AirBnB achieved a similar value in just 11 years and doesn’t own any rooms …

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August 27, 2018 | by Chris Kalaboukis

The Viima Blog

Viima is an idea management software to collect and develop ideas and it’s free for up to 50 users.

The Viima Blog provides valuable insights related to innovation, leadership, culture, and management.

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August 26, 2018 | by Chris Kalaboukis

Flashback – Five of the Most Inspiring Quotes of 2016

We all fall down, but often a few simple words can be enough to motivate you to get back up. Trying to create a list of the most inspiring quotes from 2016 is risky business. There are thousands of great things said that could easily qualify. And the t…

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August 25, 2018 | by Chris Kalaboukis

Doing Right is Good Marketing

The vehicles of marketing have transformed more in the last 10 years than in the previous 100 years. The communication tools and methods of the Industrial Era do not work in our shared world of instant informa­tion exchange.

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August 24, 2018 | by Chris Kalaboukis

Innovation in China – Part II – Shanghai, Tongli, and Beijing

This is the second article in a two-part series addressing innovation in China.  The first part addressed the archaeological treasure trove of the city of Xi’an and its surroundings.  This article focuses on the better-known cities of Shanghai – China’s financial capital – and Beijing – China’s political capital.  While both cities contain a wealth …

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August 23, 2018 | by Chris Kalaboukis

The Amazon effect on B2B – what should your e-commerce strategy be? Top 5 Considerations

We’ve been receiving more and more inquiries lately around e-commerce for B2C and B2B. For consumer-facing companies the online imperative and path are clear: strong searchability (Amazon presence is key), ‘frictionless’ commerce, competitive pricing, benefit-oriented product listings, fast delivery, and positive customer reviews all matter. Though implementing B2C strategy is not easy, there are many […]

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August 23, 2018 | by Chris Kalaboukis

The Next Great Transformation Will Be from Bits to Atoms

When engineers from Xerox PARC showed off their revolutionary new personal computer, the Alto, at the company’s global conference in 1977, senior executives weren’t particularly impressed. It just didn’t seem to be relevant to their jobs or their business. Their wives, however, were transfixed. The reason for the disparity was that the executives saw a …

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August 22, 2018 | by Chris Kalaboukis

A Brainstorm Facilitation Training that Works (and is enjoyable!)

What follows is some juicy feedback we received from Blue States Digital, a client of ours who participated in our Conducting Genius brainstorm facilitation training:

“The three-day Conducting Genius training was engaging, fun and informative. I fee…

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August 22, 2018 | by Chris Kalaboukis

Creativity and the Play Instinct

Quotes on humor and playfulness
Idea Champions
A playful book about storytelling

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August 22, 2018 | by Chris Kalaboukis

The Biggest Economic Shift of the Next 100 Years Is Already Under Way

The greatest innovations often elude us cloaked in obtuse jargon that masks their impact. Here’s one you don’t want to miss. It never fails that the greatest innovations often come wrapped in obscurity and misunderstanding. I can imagine a scene in which the first wheel was met with head scratching, confusion, and comments along the …

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August 21, 2018 | by Chris Kalaboukis

How to Authentically Brand Yourself in a Crowded Marketplace

If you have 30 minutes, click here to listen to an interview of me waxing on about how you can better brand yourself and your company. Includes some useful tips about how to use storytelling towards that end. No brand strategists died in the taping o…

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August 21, 2018 | by Chris Kalaboukis

The sky is the limit at INFINITI Lab

Darren Plested is Head of Business Development & Lab, at INFINITI, the luxury brand for cars, with powerful elegant design, technological power and performance, and in-car connectivity. INFINITI has recently opened the INFINITI LAB, dedicated to “world’s boldest innovators as they work to advance our lives”. Darren gives us an hand to explore the LAB. 1) …

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August 21, 2018 | by Chris Kalaboukis

A Disruptive World Requires New Leadership Capabilities

Whether you are a company that wants to attract top talent or an individual who is trying to land your dream job, or create a new business, it’s becoming clear that the future of work is both human and technology centred. For us humans to be effective, productive & innovative, in the Digital Age, we …

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August 20, 2018 | by Chris Kalaboukis

Virtuous Entrepreneurship

The evolution of the cyberintelligence driven economy-the fourth industrial revolution-is forcing everyone, including entrepreneurs, to answer some tough questions: How to not just create but share the value they create How to provide people with the k…

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August 19, 2018 | by Chris Kalaboukis

Finally, A Commencement Speech About Innovation and Creativity

Think Big Anyway! That’s what Innovation Excellence contributor Robert B. Tucker advised students when he delivered the commencement address at the University of California, Davis. Given the exponential rate of change and the inability to predict where technology (and their careers) will evolve to, Tucker challenged this group of 500 PhD candidates and innovators to …

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August 19, 2018 | by Chris Kalaboukis

Want to Be Happy and Successful in 2018? Don’t Do These 5 Things

“The discipline of success is often about resisting the allure of human nature rather than giving in to it.” The human mind is a masterpiece of evolution, not only because of its intelligence but even more so because of the ability of its owners to rewire themselves through conscious discipline. Despite our predisposition (genetic, environmental, …

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August 18, 2018 | by Chris Kalaboukis

Tips, Tools, and Techniques to Build Your Business and Your Brand

If you are available on August 20th at 4:00 pm EST and want to learn more about the power of storytelling to help build your business and your brand, click here. Nicolette Stinson will be interviewing me on the topic for 30 minutes. It’s free. And if…

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August 18, 2018 | by Chris Kalaboukis

Poo as Good Business

Talk about nothing wasted. Behold the founding story, which reads more like a creation myth, of Poo~Pourri. A 40-year old woman from Jonesboro, Arkansas declares her second bankruptcy. Conventional “rules” of success did not work for her life. To heal she renounces the world of commerce and takes two-year spiritual quest, experimenting with alternative healing …

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August 17, 2018 | by Chris Kalaboukis

50 Awesome Quotes on Vision

1. “If you can dream it, you can do it.” – Walt Disney

2. “Whatever you can do or dream you can, begin it. Boldness has genius, and magic and power in it. Begin it now.” – Goethe

3. “The greatest danger for most of us is not that our aim is too h…

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