September 30, 2018 | by Chris Kalaboukis

How To Get The Most Out Of Crowdsourcing

Over the years I’ve written numerous times about not only the growth in crowdsourcing and other methods of open innovation, but the various studies seeking to understand how we can do so effectively.  It probably reached peak popularity a few years ago, when numerous studies emerged looking at everything from Innocentive style challenges to GalaxyZoo …

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September 30, 2018 | by Chris Kalaboukis

Three Things to Help You Get Over Failure

The road to success isn’t lined with failure, it’s lined with this instead. We’ve all been there; the heartbreak of failing at something we desperately wanted to succeed at. You can’t call yourself an entrepreneur, much less an innovator, and not intimately know that experience of placing your head and face in your palms. Hell, …

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September 29, 2018 | by Chris Kalaboukis

Healthy Dose of Amnesia

When doing both strategic planning and innovation work the biggest hurdles are your own experiences, world-views, and knowledge of the market and players in it. Sounds odd, I understand. You’ve worked hard to come to your understanding. Still, don’t trust it. These hurdles create blind spots, biases, and fatal assumptions. Don’t believe me. Look to …

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September 28, 2018 | by Chris Kalaboukis

Separate Healthcare From Sick Care

We have a sick care system that masquerades as a healthcare system. Yet, taking care of patients with acute disease is a lot different than disease prevention, chronic care and complex chronic care disease management and population health. We need to u…

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September 27, 2018 | by Chris Kalaboukis

How To Win In The New Era Of Innovation

IBM, to a large degree, invented the information technology industry. For the first half of the 20th century, it dominated the market for tabulating machines. Then digital computing posed new challenges and, by the 1950s it had begun to cede ground to UNIVAC, which led to Thomas Watson Jr’s $5 billion gamble to build the System 360. …

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September 26, 2018 | by Chris Kalaboukis

Why You Can’t Innovate

We cling dearly to certainty, at virtually any cost–but the cost is often much greater than we realize. I will warn you at the outset that what I’m about to share is anything but intuitive. In fact you and I share 200,000 years of programming that often conspires against our intuitive desire to innovate. A …

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September 25, 2018 | by Chris Kalaboukis

Top Five Technological Innovations in Medicine

Over the last few years, the health industry has experienced a major shift in technological innovations. What seemed impossible years ago can be solved now only with the touch of buttons. Modern technological innovations in drugs and equipment have com…

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September 24, 2018 | by Chris Kalaboukis

Should You Fix the Problem or Design it Out?

Let’s start with the problem. According to The Plastic Pollution Coalition (January 3, 2017) – “It’s National Drinking Straw Day! Each day, more than 500 million plastic straws are used and discarded in the U.S. alone. Plastic straws consistently make the top ten list of items found, according to Ocean Conservancy’s International Coastal Cleanup data. …

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September 24, 2018 | by Chris Kalaboukis

A 270 Year Old Mathematical Formula Can Teach Us A Lot About Innovation

Accountants tell us that numbers don’t lie, because for them numbers are the same as facts. Mathematicians see it differently though. They see numbers as abstract representations of reality that, when combined with other numbers, have an almost mystical ability to create patterns that unlock hidden truths. In other words, as the great early 20th …

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September 23, 2018 | by Chris Kalaboukis

Motivating Innovative Behavior

Innovators are at their best when they feel a sense of purpose. As a marketing leader you play a key role in that dynamic. Innovators have to feel good about the products and services they put into the marketplace. They…

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September 23, 2018 | by Chris Kalaboukis

Who Should Own Innovation In Your Company?

Do You Have the Right People Running Innovation? See what the latest research says about who should “own innovation” in the corporation   Who is responsible for innovation within your organization? We all know that successful innovation isn’t just about coming up with an idea for the next big thing. True innovation requires ownership and …

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September 23, 2018 | by Chris Kalaboukis

Five Ways to Tell if Someone is Untrustworthy

“Trust is the superglue of relationships, but if you spot these behaviors, it’s time to find a new partner to do business with.” I’m going to ask you to trust me on this. It’s a lesson I’ve learned the hard way, and it may be one of the most important ones I have to pass …

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September 22, 2018 | by Chris Kalaboukis

Leadership is Not Binary – Use Your Judgement

100% of the people won’t like your new idea, even if it’s a really good one like the airplane, mayonnaise or air conditioning. I don’t know the right amount of conflict, but I know it’s not 0% or 100%. If 100% is good, 110% isn’t better. Percentages don’t work that way. 100% alignment is not …

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September 22, 2018 | by Chris Kalaboukis

100 Lame Excuses for Not Innovating

Do you have a great idea you want to manifest, but… er… uh… um… just can’t seem to get things rolling? Chances are good your reasons why are on the list below. No problem. Join the club. Without making yourself wrong, simply note the ones th…

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September 21, 2018 | by Chris Kalaboukis

The Medical Matriarchy?

The highest paying jobs in the US are in tech, medicine and law. For the first time, there are more women in medical school than men, but only 30% of the physician workforce are women. 60% of pharmacists are women. However, women hold only 20% of tech jobs. Over one in three lawyers are women. Several social cross currents …

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September 20, 2018 | by Chris Kalaboukis

5 Trends Driving Corporate Innovation

The leaders of a 25,000-person U.S. government organization had a serious problem. They were stuck with outdated hardware and software, sometimes dating back to the eighties. Their workforce did not seem capable of adapting, and frustrated younger empl…

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September 20, 2018 | by Chris Kalaboukis

The 70-20-10 Rule for Innovation

One of the things I always get asked about from the companies I work with is how to manage their innovation resources. Should they bet big on an unproven, but possibly breakthrough idea? Or focus on improving the products that they already know their c…

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September 19, 2018 | by Chris Kalaboukis

A Revolutionary New Book for Corporate Storytellers

BIG THANKS TO JOHN GLINDEMAN, Manager of Product Development and Wellness for United Concordia, for his very supportive review of my new book, Storytelling for the Revolution.

“My job is as a corporate storyteller. That job has had titles ranging fr…

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September 19, 2018 | by Chris Kalaboukis

Answer This One Simple Question to Find Out Exactly How Happy You Are

The 20 Million Dollar Question Remember the kids rhyme and song, “If you’re happy and you know it clap your hands….” Well, it seems we don’t know it all that well because we’re obsessed as a society with trying to figure it out. While we love to quip that happiness is a choice, it seems …

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September 18, 2018 | by Chris Kalaboukis

Why your customer-centricity project failed to deliver innovative outcomes

Customer-centricity is an ongoing theme that is central to businesses that are globally leading and relevant. Today, organisations know that consumer needs will effect and drive business strategy. It’s no longer enough to have a great product, you have to understand how that product fits into the lives of your customer. Organisations are investing heavily …

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September 18, 2018 | by Chris Kalaboukis

Communications & Innovation: Two Sides of the Same Coin

Innovation does not occur in a vacuum. Nor does it occur when different departments operate within their own silos. For innovation to become a true competitive differentiator, companies need to encourage cross-functional collaboration – bringing together a diversity of the brightest minds across all jobs and grades to co-develop transformative ideas. While a growing number …

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September 17, 2018 | by Chris Kalaboukis

How to Attract a Big AHA!

What is it that allows some people to get creative breakthroughs while others get only creative breakdowns — alternately blaming themselves, society, their company, and their increasingly suspect astrological configurations?

Is it true that people …

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September 17, 2018 | by Chris Kalaboukis

If You Are Not Learning, What Are You doing?

You can’t learn until you acknowledge you don’t understand. No one knows everything. No sense pretending, especially if you want to learn. If you don’t know what you want to learn, any learning will do. If you’re not surprised, the learning could have been deeper. When you learn it won’t work it’s not failure, it’s …

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September 17, 2018 | by Chris Kalaboukis

Creating a Culture of Innovation

There have been times I sat down with a client and I told them, “your organization is very innovative”, but they don’t believe me. I tell them, if you don’t perceive yourself as innovative, then you’re not. Therefore, it’s critical…

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September 17, 2018 | by Chris Kalaboukis

The 5 P’s of Product or Non-Profit Success

You’ve heard about the 4 P’s of Marketing: Product, Price, Promotion and Place (distribution channels) Whether you are an intrapreneur, a technopreneur, a service provider, own and run a private practice, an edupreneur or a social entrepreneur, the success of your product, service or non-profit will depend on your answering the 5Ps: What is the problem you …

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September 16, 2018 | by Chris Kalaboukis

A Tsunami of Disruption is Coming and it’s not AI…or anything else in the hype cycle

A new wave of disruption is coming. This time not brought about by advances in technology or new business models but instead by a new understanding of how the human brain functions and how we make decisions and choices. The changes it will bring will l…

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September 16, 2018 | by Chris Kalaboukis

The One Thing You Should Never Try To Outrun

Evolution has wired us to run from our fear, but that’s often the last thing you should be doing. According to conservationinstitute.org the 10 fastest animals are the: Peregrine Falcon, Frigate Bird, Sail Fish, Cheetah, Pronghorn Antelope, Blue Wildebeest, Lion, and Thomson’s Gazelle. But what if I were to tell you can outrun any of …

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September 15, 2018 | by Chris Kalaboukis

Four (4) Skills That All Great Innovators Share

I spent the majority of my adult life managing organizations and I always felt enormous pressure to innovate, but whenever I went looking for guidance, what I found was a confused jumble. Disruptive innovation, design thinking, open innovation, lean launchpads and on and on. Unlike marketing or finance, there wasn’t any one clear framework. So …

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September 14, 2018 | by Chris Kalaboukis

Seven Verbs that Define Innovation Leaders

Leaders of innovation have a bias for action. They get on with things. No matter how well the business is doing they are not content to settle for what has been achieved so far; they are restless to try new initiatives. These seven verbs describe some of their key actions. 1. Focus.  They focus on …

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