March 31, 2020 | by Chris Kalaboukis

Recession, Innovation and Survival – A Lesson from Kellogg’s

In times of severe recession should you cut costs and focus on survival or take the opportunity to invest in innovation so that you can benefit from the eventual recovery?
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March 31, 2020 | by Chris Kalaboukis

FINDING JOY IN THE YUCK

FINDING JOY IN THE YUCK Thirty frickin’ more days of social distancing. Really? The other night, we learned that we were going to have to live in our new norm of social distancing and shelter-in-place for at least another 30 days. I have to admit, thes…

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March 30, 2020 | by Chris Kalaboukis

Going From Blind to Bright.

Quick bullets. 200 words spent on Brands’ blind spots turned into bright ones, after three months of a nasty 2020. One: be transparent. Be like water, the motto reads. Here, it’s more being transparent in what you do, being first of all social, as wate…

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March 30, 2020 | by Chris Kalaboukis

Four Types of Customer Experiences for Competitive Advantage

Want to improve your customers’ experience? Try these connected strategies. What’s the secret to a winning business model and long-term competitive advantage? It’s not just about technology, products and services. Your …

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March 30, 2020 | by Chris Kalaboukis

Maslow’s Revenge

maslow’s hierarchy of needs By David Bruel & Frank Pagano Spoiler alert. Three (humble) predictions on behavioral change, rediscovering a grand classic: the Maslow’s pyramid. Technology will create better ways to climb up and down the old lad…

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March 30, 2020 | by Chris Kalaboukis

7 Strategies for Online Learning During the Coronavirus Outbreak

Humanity, as a whole, is currently facing a major crisis with the COVID-19. The pandemic has forced most of the working population to work from home, go on mandatory quarantine, or work under modified conditions. All public events are either canceled o…

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March 30, 2020 | by Chris Kalaboukis

Six Things I wish I had known before I accepted the position of Chief Innovation Officer

I was pleased and proud to be appointed to the position of CIO (Chief Innovation Officer).  It seemed like a great opportunity to join a dynamic executive team and help drive the growth and ambition which inspired the company.  Unfortunately,…

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March 29, 2020 | by Chris Kalaboukis

7 Tips For Dealing With The Coronavirus And Future Black Swans

There is a fantastic amount of misinformation out there on this pandemic. Much of it is designed, in my view, to throw people into a panic. In our practice, we have a playshop called “Reality Group Coaching” which was inspired by Robert Gre…

March 27, 2020 | by Chris Kalaboukis

Kindness is Contagious!

You want to be innovative these days? Start with kindness! Now there’s a good idea!

Idea Champions
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Storytelling for the Revolution
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March 26, 2020 | by Chris Kalaboukis

5 innovative solutions to combat Coronavirus developed by creative companies

Necessity is the mother of invention. This famous saying is especially true right now, as the world is struggling to contain the spread of the COVID-19 Coronavirus. However, some companies and creative individuals have already come up with innovative solutions to the problem. While scientists are still learning more about the virus and are trying […]

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March 26, 2020 | by Chris Kalaboukis

Do We Have to Give Up Some Personal Freedoms to Beat Coronavirus?

In late December 2019 Dr. Li Wenliang, an ophthalmologist at Wuhan Central Hospital, sent a WeChat message to his medical school alumni group telling them that seven people with severe respiratory and flu-like symptoms had recently been admitted to the hospital. One thing they had in common, besides their symptoms, was that they’d all visited […]

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March 26, 2020 | by Chris Kalaboukis

Innovation fails because humans have emotions

A while back, one of my consulting partners from another office asked me to review their client’s innovation process. Their team had been engaged to review why their innovation process was not delivering results. Ideas were apparently being developed, but never successfully scaled within the company so that they were resulting in increased revenue. To […]

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March 24, 2020 | by Chris Kalaboukis

If the Corona Doesn’t Kill US, Distance Learning Will

Here’s your comic relief for the day, especially if you are a teacher (or parent) faced with the challenge of transitioning from traditional classroom learning to online, distance learning. I tip my hat to the thousands of dedicated teachers around th…

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March 24, 2020 | by Chris Kalaboukis

Coronavirus Crisis Only Heightens the Need for Innovation and Co-Creation

Those of us that work in the innovation management sector need no convincing of the benefits that it can bring to businesses and government departments all over the world. Adopting an innovative culture and approach allows an organisation to survive an…

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March 24, 2020 | by Chris Kalaboukis

The Perception of Ideas as Problems

Here’s something I’ve been noticing lately:

Business leaders and managers tend to respond to the introduction of a new idea not as an imminent solution to be nurtured, but as a new problem to deal with. Ideas, one would think, would be welcomed, e…

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March 23, 2020 | by Chris Kalaboukis

Podcast S3E51: Stephen Shapiro – Using different lenses to reframe business problems

In today’s episode of the Idea to Value Podcast, we speak again with Stephen Shapiro about his new book, Invisible Solutions: 25 Lenses that Reframe and Help Solve Difficult Business Problems We go through multiple examples of how companies have achieved innovation success by approaching problems in a new way, enabling them to ask better […]

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March 23, 2020 | by Chris Kalaboukis

WHO WILL BE IN ROOM 716?

WHO WILL BE IN ROOM 716? Thursday, March 19th, 2020, will be a day I’ll never forget. My team and I landed in Southern California in the midst of the most widespread pandemic our world has faced in my lifetime. After we arrived at our (not small) hotel…

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March 23, 2020 | by Chris Kalaboukis

We need to delay the Tokyo 2020 Olympics

Dear International Olympic Committee – IOC. We need to delay the Tokyo 2020 Olympics, for the following reasons: Japan’s elderly population Tokyo’s crowded infrastructure The athletes’ ability to perform I worked for more than 2 years on the London 2012 Olympics directly with the athletes, and have seen first hand what the Games are like, in […]

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March 23, 2020 | by Chris Kalaboukis

Innovating for Success after COVID19

We will beat the COVID19 virus, and innovation will play a key role in that victory.  We will find new treatments, using either new drugs, or hopefully fast-tracking reapplication of existing ones.  We will reapply existing technolo…

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March 23, 2020 | by Chris Kalaboukis

Upskilling to drive growth in times of uncertainty

Someone asked me recently, how many times I have reinvented myself and my business, throughout my long and stellar career. I found myself hard-pressed to accurately share the actual number. It seems that, for me, reinvention became a really useful and …

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March 23, 2020 | by Chris Kalaboukis

Innovators, How Do You Find Your Next Problem to Solve?

If you’re working in innovation there’s nothing as rewarding as making the long journey from inspiration to implementation.
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March 22, 2020 | by Chris Kalaboukis

After Coronavirus the World Will Never Be the Same. But Maybe, It Can Be Better

Life has changed a lot in the past few days, weeks, or months, depending where you live. As efforts to contain the novel coronavirus ramp up, it’s likely going to change even more. But we’re already sick of being at home all the time, we miss our friends and families, everything’s been canceled, the economy […]

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March 20, 2020 | by Chris Kalaboukis

The Upside Of Black Swans

The Coronavirus is a Black Swan: The black swan theory or theory of black swan events is a metaphor that describes an event that comes as a surprise, has a major effect, and is often inappropriately rationalized after the fact with the benefit of hinds…

March 20, 2020 | by Chris Kalaboukis

Politicians and Bureaucrats – Friends or Foes of Innovation?

Politicians and bureaucrats are condemned to coexist with each other and with the other pivots of entrepreneurship: businessmen. Sweet or toxic their symbiosis is necessary, as they are both key players in the innovation game. A private company in a ca…

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March 20, 2020 | by Chris Kalaboukis

HIR INFOTECH

What is RPA?

Robotic process automation (RPA) becomes the new black among the automation technologies. It enables businesses to automate a significant amount of mundane work for employees. The benefit of RPA is obvious. Most repetitive and monotonous …

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March 19, 2020 | by Chris Kalaboukis

In this scary Coronavirus time, we can benefit from working more in isolation

For the past two weeks, everyone in my company has been working remotely. We had several cases of the Coronavirus in the office, and as a precaution, everyone has been working from home. And it has been working remarkably well. We have been collaborating using Slack, Zoom, Google, Phone and email. And business is continuing […]

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March 19, 2020 | by Chris Kalaboukis

Coronavirus May Mean Automation Is Coming Sooner Than We Thought

We’re in the midst of a public health emergency, and life as we know it has ground to a halt. The places we usually go are closed, the events we were looking forward to are canceled, and some of us have lost our jobs or fear losing them soon. But although it may not seem […]

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March 19, 2020 | by Chris Kalaboukis

Startup Entrepreneurs and COVID-19: a Real Challenge

The coronavirus pandemic is turning out to be an international economic crisis, with ramifications for all industries and markets, similar to the crisis of 2008. A cross-border economic crisis affects companies large and small, trying an organization’s…

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March 19, 2020 | by Chris Kalaboukis

8 Tips for Startup Entrepreneurs During COVID-19 Crisis

The coronavirus pandemic is turning out to be an international economic crisis, with ramifications for all industries and markets, similar to the crisis of 2008. A cross-border economic crisis affects companies large and small, challenging an organizat…

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March 18, 2020 | by Chris Kalaboukis

When tough times are ahead, you should double down on innovation

As I’m writing this, the last couple of weeks have been quite eventful around the world. There’s a lot of uncertainty and even panic regarding the coronavirus, its current and potential impact on our economy, and of course, its effects on people all ar…

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