January 31, 2020 | by Chris Kalaboukis

3 Ways to Reduce Costs While Maintaining Business Integrity

Integrity is regularly considered one of the top characteristics that a business leader can have — whether you’re asking employees or CFOs. Sometimes, however, business integrity is considered a cost or burden — a commitment that is almost guaranteed t…

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January 31, 2020 | by Chris Kalaboukis

The Challenges of Innovation

Innovation. It’s a good idea, right? In fact, it’s a great idea. If it delivers value. Hands up who’s seen those pet projects – weeks, months, years of beard-scratching over a concept. A concept that no one completely understands, and no one seems accountable for. So why is it that innovation so often goes nowhere? …

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January 30, 2020 | by Chris Kalaboukis

He-Man can Teach You Powerful Lessons about how to Successfully Manage Continuous Innovation

The whiplash journey of Mattel’s beloved kids’ toy range perfectly sums up the fundamentals and key challenges of managing continuous, successful corporate innovation.
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January 30, 2020 | by Chris Kalaboukis

Five Foundations for Building a Culture of Innovation

If you are trying to transform an organisation which is sluggish and risk averse into one which is innovative and entrepreneurial then you have taken on a massive task. One approach is to use the Prosci ADKAR Change Management methodology as advocated …

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January 29, 2020 | by Chris Kalaboukis

The “average customer” does not exist, so stop designing products for fake personas

What can Startups and Corporates learn from an obscure 1950 research study on the bodies of 4,063 Air Force personnel? A lot of companies say they put their customers at the heart of everything they do. These are the people who they design their products and services for. The customer is always right …(?) And […]

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January 29, 2020 | by Chris Kalaboukis

Digital Transformation is More about Transformation than Digital

Premise: It seems like there can’t be a day that goes by when I don’t hear the word transformation being tossed around, usually with the prefix – Digital. At a deep level, I think everyone knows and understands that transformation of any kind is not only difficult but in most cases has an extremely low …

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January 29, 2020 | by Chris Kalaboukis

Major Election Year Opportunity

Major Election Year Opportunity

This isn’t just the start of a new year; this is the beginning of a new decade. With that, amazing new opportunities will present themselves for you and your organization. There are many certainties we already know in this new decade. For example, 2020 is an election year in the U.S., so most companies will “wait and see” in terms of innovation due to the political uncertainties that come along with an election.

This strategy of playing it safe couldn’t be any more wrong; you should not “wait and see” what 2020 has to offer because technology-driven exponential change and digital disruption will not stop!

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January 29, 2020 | by Chris Kalaboukis

How to Make More Money in 2020

With the cost of living surging and wages staying flat, it can be tough to save up enough cash for all your needs and wants. But you don’t have to spend 2020 worrying about your bank account, you just need to get a little bit creative and to figure out…

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January 28, 2020 | by Chris Kalaboukis

Humans Are Lazy

Stop Asking The Customer To Jump Through Your Hoops In some ideation sessions that I’ve been a part of when attendees start the description of the idea with “the customer needs to” or “the customer should” or “the cu…

January 28, 2020 | by Chris Kalaboukis

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January 28, 2020 | by Chris Kalaboukis

Why Most Companies are Just “Flailing Faster” and What to Do About It

Over 25 million copies of the late Stephen R. Covey’s book, The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People, have been sold. It remains a best-seller three decades after it was first published (1989). The second habit of highly effective people is to “begin with the end in mind.” That simple insight has probably done more to …

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January 28, 2020 | by Chris Kalaboukis

5 Tips to Create a Strong Product Vision

Every startup and growth-oriented business needs to focus on innovation in order to come up with compelling brand stories and messages, engaging products and services, and amazing marketing tactics that will put the company on the map and allow it to b…

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January 27, 2020 | by Chris Kalaboukis

Why Failure is an Innovation Aphrodisiac to Some

If you stick around innovation long enough you’ll probably come to believe that we are all dead-enders. After all, what group of people could willingly embrace as much failure with such a positive attitude? Failure, you’ll be reminded, is necessary for innovation. I like to quote the saying that my ski instructor told me years …

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January 27, 2020 | by Chris Kalaboukis

The End Of The Digital Revolution Is Coming: Here’s What’s Next

The next era of computing will stretch our minds into a spooky new world that we’re just starting to understand. In 1946 the Electronic Numerical Integrator and Computer, or the ENIAC, was introduced. The world’s first commercial computer was intended to be used by the military to project the trajectory of missiles, doing in a …

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January 27, 2020 | by Chris Kalaboukis

Positive Ways to Handle Employee Resignations

All good things come to an end. As an employer, this can ring true when your favorite employee springs up without warning, and tables a resignation letter. No matter the work environment you provide, there are things beyond your control that can see yo…

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January 26, 2020 | by Chris Kalaboukis

These 3 Cognitive Biases Can Kill Innovation

Probably the biggest myth about innovation is that it’s about ideas. It’s not. It’s about solving problems. The truth is that nobody cares about what ideas you have, they care about the problems you can solve for them. So don’t worry about coming up with a brilliant idea. If you find a meaningful problem, the …

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January 26, 2020 | by Chris Kalaboukis

This Marvelous Machine Splits Moon Dust Into Oxygen and Metal

Like the settlers of old, space explorers will live off the land. But if self-sufficiency on Earth is difficult, it’s orders of magnitude more challenging in space, where there are no trees to build shelter, no plants and animals to eat, no water to drink, and no breathable air. Like The Martian’s Mark Watney, future […]

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January 26, 2020 | by Chris Kalaboukis

Four Pillars of Innovation – People, Learning, Judgment and Trust

Innovation is a hot topic. Everyone wants to do it. And everyone wants a simple process that works step-wise – first this, then that, then success. But Innovation isn’t like that. I think it’s more effective to think of innovation as a result. Innovation as something that emerges from a group of people who are …

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January 25, 2020 | by Chris Kalaboukis

IDEATION 2020: Online, Just-In-Time 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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January 24, 2020 | by Chris Kalaboukis

Microsoft’s Moonshot Plan to Reverse Its Lifetime CO2 Emissions by 2050

The alarming headlines about Australia’s bush fires over the last couple weeks have heightened the global outcry over climate change, and companies, NGOs, and governments are taking action. One of the most ambitious targets was set last week by Microsoft. In a press conference on January 16, CEO Satya Nadella announced that not only does […]

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January 24, 2020 | by Chris Kalaboukis

The Future of Email Marketing: Trends and Predictions for 2020

The importance of email marketing when spreading the word about a product or service cannot be overstated. Studies show that for every dollar spent on your email marketing campaign, you can get up to $44 as your ROI. This is 44 times more than other ma…

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January 24, 2020 | by Chris Kalaboukis

How innovation impacts work: Technology as game-changer and life-changer

“The job your child will do doesn’t exist yet”, said the young principal from one of Singapore’s most prestigious private schools in a conference I attended ten years ago. Ten years from now a good number of today’s jobs will not exist, a good number of entirely new jobs will be created and ALL jobs …

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January 23, 2020 | by Chris Kalaboukis

We Have To Stop Struggling With Technology. Or Do We?

Over the last few years, I’ve been championing products and services which appeal to the laziness inherent in all human beings. I figure that there are many things that I do each day, which can quickly be whisked away by the proper automation. If…

January 23, 2020 | by Chris Kalaboukis

Five Major Central Banks Unite to Explore Launching Their Own Digital Currencies

In the beginning, there was Satoshi. It’s been a little over a decade since the pseudonymous founder of Bitcoin introduced the blockchain-based cryptocurrency that launched a thousand more blockchain-based cryptocurrencies. Since then, not a few folks have speculated that Bitcoin would take over the world and perhaps even supplant central-bank-controlled fiat currencies. While central banks […]

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January 23, 2020 | by Chris Kalaboukis

Innovation is Not Supposed to be Fun

Gary Pisano, a Harvard Business School Professor, wrote an excellent article in HBR last year on the hard realities of what innovative company cultures actually look like, which I highly recommend every aspiring innovator to read. The bottom line? The inspiring and comfortable attributes, such as freedom, low hierarchy, and tolerance for failure that are associated with innovative company …

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January 23, 2020 | by Chris Kalaboukis

Five Principles of Innovation Measurement

What gets measured gets managed. Innovation is not serendipity; it’s a managed process of transforming novel ideas to achieve their business value. You can only manage what you measure.
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January 22, 2020 | by Chris Kalaboukis

ANYONE HERE FROM CLEVELAND?

If so, you are invited to register for my storytelling workshop, sponsored by the Institute for Management Studies, in your fair city, on June 10th. Click here for the particulars.

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January 22, 2020 | by Chris Kalaboukis

Digital Disruption: A Multi-Generational Mindset

Digital Disruption: A Multi-Generational Mindset

Being anticipatory is a multifaceted offense in a world of rapid digital disruption. In some cases, it’s about identifying opportunities for major disruptions within your industry that you yourself can introduce, such as Airbnb did to the hotel and timeshare industry or Uber did to the taxi and rideshare industry.

Yet it is important to remember that being anticipatory also requires you to be aware of disruptions from others that may impact you and knowing how to prepare accordingly.

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January 22, 2020 | by Chris Kalaboukis

Don’t Make a New Year’s Resolution. Create a Start-Stop-Continue Plan Instead.

Real change requires more than just doing something new. It also involves stopping what doesn’t work and continuing what’s already working well. When I work with leaders and organizations looking to create change and innovate, I always tell them the same thing: strategy is as much about what you don’t do, as it is about what you decide to do. It’s natural to look for …

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