December 31, 2019 | by Chris Kalaboukis

Select Your Next Big Innovation with an Innovation Market

How do you choose which of your many promising ideas should get the precious and limited resources needed to bring it to market?  Try using the wisdom of crowds.  Many companies do this with software products which allow people to comment or vote on ideas – and this is fine.  But if you do not …

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December 30, 2019 | by Chris Kalaboukis

25 of the Best Books for Innovators

Regardless of which stats you look at or believe, innovation is without a doubt difficult. Thus, if you’re looking to succeed in it, you need to invest heavily into continuous learning. There are, fortunately, plenty of great books out there that can help you succeed in innovation, in 2020 and beyond. I actually wrote a list of some of …

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December 30, 2019 | by Chris Kalaboukis

4 Things Leaders Can Learn About Transformation from Social and Political Movements

In 2004, I was managing a major news organization during the Orange Revolution in Ukraine. One of the things I noticed was that thousands of people, who would normally be doing thousands of different things, would stop what they were doing and start do…

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December 29, 2019 | by Chris Kalaboukis

How To Innovate Within a Successful Company

If you’re trying to innovate within a successful company, I have one word for you: Don’t. You can’t compete with the successful business teams that pay the bills because paying the bills is too important. No one in their right mind should get in the way of paying them. And if you do put yourself …

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December 28, 2019 | by Chris Kalaboukis

Voting Open – Top 40 Innovation Bloggers of 2019

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 27, 2019 | by Chris Kalaboukis

Scaling School

Several years ago, I decided to give sailing a try. I started by going on a few local trips with some folks who owned a small boat and then, gradually, decided to improve my skills and confidence. Eventually, I completed “ground school” and then took several trips that required more and more skills, like navigation, …

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December 26, 2019 | by Chris Kalaboukis

One Lit Candle

Here’s a very beautiful music video, featuring excerpts from Greta Thunberg, 16-year old Swedish climate change activist and a newly released anthem (One Lit Candle) written in her honor, by Anthems on the Rise (Jennifer Edwards and Stuart Hoffman).

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December 26, 2019 | by Chris Kalaboukis

Your Digital Fingerprint: Is It Yours or a Spectator’s?

Your Digital Fingerprint: Is It Yours or a Spectator’s?

Back in the mid-1980s, I wrote about how GPS would revolutionize our lives. One of my books published back then was called Advances in Agriculture, in which I highlighted how GPS would transform agriculture in the 1990s and beyond.

Those predictions came true thanks to smart tractors from John Deere. Farmers can collect data via GPS to determine exactly where in the field they’re getting the best and worst yields, foot by foot, as they harvest, allowing them to plug that data into their planters and know exactly where to plant more seeds and maximize their yields.

Continue reading Your Digital Fingerprint: Is It Yours or a Spectator’s? at Daniel Burrus.

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December 26, 2019 | by Chris Kalaboukis

That Department

Which department acts like a lightening rod within your organization? You know that if they are called to participate in a meeting that it will be both productive and enjoyable. You smile anticipating the meeting, even leaving your smartphone and lapto…

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December 25, 2019 | by Chris Kalaboukis

3 Reasons Why Your Brainstorms Suck

Brainstorms are important and an easy way to get everybody together to collaborate, discuss, debate, and ultimately, innovate. But sometimes, you come out of them feeling as if you didn’t get the ideas that you needed, or that the same ideas were being rehashed, or that it was a complete waste of time. So, why …

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December 24, 2019 | by Chris Kalaboukis

Jeff Bezos $100 Billion Bet For Amazon’s Future

Bezos has announced an out of this world initiative that may well eclipse everything else Amazon has done so far and may turn out to be one of humanity’s most ambitious technological achievements. One of the things that’s always struck me as the largest untapped opportunity for Internet enabled business, commerce, and humanity is the …

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December 23, 2019 | by Chris Kalaboukis

IDEATION 2020: Online Brainstorm Facilitation Coaching

In honor of the year 2020 and the classic meme it represents (i.e. clear vision), Idea Champions is thrilled to announce the launch of an exciting new offering — an elegant way for its time-crunched, Conducting Genius graduates to upgrade the qualit…

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December 23, 2019 | by Chris Kalaboukis

These 4 Major Shifts Will Drive The 21st Century

In 1900, most people lived much like their ancestors had for millennia. They lived and worked on farms, using animal power and hand tools to augment their own abilities. They inhabited small communities and rarely, if ever, travelled far from home. The…

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December 23, 2019 | by Chris Kalaboukis

Defy Success and Choose Innovation

Innovation is difficult because it requires novelty. And novelty is difficult because it’s different than last time. And different than last time is difficult because you’ve got to put yourself out there. And putting yourself out there is difficult because no one wants to be judged negatively. Success, no matter how small, reinforces what was …

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December 22, 2019 | by Chris Kalaboukis

The One Thing: Bring Joy and the Money will Follow

As a libertarian, I love capitalism. It is the only system that humans have designed which works to improve the situation of those in the system, as well as the fact that it hews very closely to human nature (and nature itself, for that matter – …

December 22, 2019 | by Chris Kalaboukis

Which Pace of Change to Align To?

You’ve heard it before – the pace of change is accelerating. I can present all of the technology adoption charts, the fascinating nuggets of data that tell you how quickly different products or technologies were acquired by millions of customers. And so on and so on. You already know this. Change is real, and change …

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December 22, 2019 | by Chris Kalaboukis

The Zero Challenge – Becoming Climate Neutral

The topic of this post is a bit different from what I write about, but just as important. For as long as humanity’s been around, innovators have always been creating the future. As a result, we’ve made tremendous progress and changed our world for the better in so many ways. However, these innovations have also …

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December 20, 2019 | by Chris Kalaboukis

The Anatomy and Physiology of Remote Sensing and Wearables

Remember when you first burned your finger on something hot? Here’s how it worked. Temperature, pressure and pain fibers in the skin of your hand sent a signal to your brain that something was wrong (afferent limb). Your brain mysteriously and miraculously processed the information in a split second (central processing), and then sent a …

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December 19, 2019 | by Chris Kalaboukis

The Future of Smart Cities

I’m sitting here in a large convention center in Los Angeles about to deliver the closing keynote at the Southern California Public Power Authority annual conference. It’s basically a gathering of the top municipal utilities in Southern California that serve more than 5 million people and deliver 16% of all power used in the sunny state. And …

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December 18, 2019 | by Chris Kalaboukis

Combat Unpredictable Change with Anticipation

Combat Unpredictable Change with Anticipation

It is often assumed that people don’t like change, when in reality humans are born to instinctively love change. It’s why we take vacations and crave travel, because we want and need change. We must get out of our usual surroundings and witness something new in order to regain focus and refresh our perspectives. In this case, change is a choice, so we like it.

But there is also a negative side to change: when the change affects you personally, unpleasantly, and unknowingly.

Continue reading Combat Unpredictable Change with Anticipation at Daniel Burrus.

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December 18, 2019 | by Chris Kalaboukis

Actions, Motivations, and Trust

(Excerpt from my upcoming book The Book of Trust): One element of personal shared values is encompassed in the why we are taking action, and what action we choose to take. Imagine two people as in the image below. Each is driven by motivations and interests that are not necessarily made visible to the other person. These …

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December 17, 2019 | by Chris Kalaboukis

Nominate the Top 40 Innovation Bloggers of 2019

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 17, 2019 | by Chris Kalaboukis

Six Important Questions for Innovation

Here are six important questions for innovation: 1. What’s the Distinctive Value Proposition? The new offering must help the customer make progress. How does the customer benefit? How is their life made easier? How does this compare to the existing offerings? Summarize the difference on one page. If the innovation doesn’t help the customer make …

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December 16, 2019 | by Chris Kalaboukis

How Artificial Intelligence Spurs Corporate Innovation

In the 1990s John Koza, a professor at Stanford University carried out a series of experiments involving new ways to create electrical circuits.   He designed a programme which created thousands of random circuit designs.  These were measured against desired outcomes.  Most were terrible and were eliminated.  Those closest to a solution were combined and rerun.  …

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December 16, 2019 | by Chris Kalaboukis

Time Travel Innovation

Is it really possible to travel back in time? What about traveling into the future, have we finally figured out how to do that? Well, you’ll have to read on to find out… But before we explore whether someone has finally figured out how to successfully time travel and recruit you to join me in …

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December 15, 2019 | by Chris Kalaboukis

Why I Bought a Cybertruck: Its Strange, Weird & Different (Like Me)

I have a real problem with electric cars – I keep wondering how the electricity was generated. What if the power was produced in a coal-fired plant? If it wasn’t cleanly produced, is there a point to having an electric car? But I digress. The mai…

December 15, 2019 | by Chris Kalaboukis

Why Most Corporate Innovation Programs Fail (And How To Make Them Succeed)

Today, everybody needs to innovate. So it shouldn’t be surprising that corporate innovation programs have become wildly popular. There is an inherent tradeoff between innovation and the type of optimization that operational executives excel at. Creating a separate unit to address innovation just makes intuitive sense. Yet corporate innovation programs often fail and it’s not …

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December 15, 2019 | by Chris Kalaboukis

The Push Pull of Innovation

Do you remember playing tug-of-war as a kid? It was a game of two teams holding on to either side of a rope, and each team had to try to pull the other over a line down the middle. When it comes to change and innovation, that’s exactly what happens individually, in our teams, and …

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December 13, 2019 | by Chris Kalaboukis

Digital Biopharma 2.0

Digital health has converged with biopharma. It has happened because digital health technologies are making it easier for biopharmaceutical companies to discover, develop and launch new drugs faster and cheaper and improve the patient and doctor experience, in what is being labeled “after the pill”, U.S. regulators have approved the first digital pill with an embedded …

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December 12, 2019 | by Chris Kalaboukis

Lessons in Leadership from Ross Perot

The most important lessons of leadership came from the man behind the larger-than-life personality. In 2003, I sold a company to Perot Systems, the large IT services firm started by Ross Perot, where I then worked for the next four years. Although at t…

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