May 30, 2020 | by Chris Kalaboukis

Is Your CEO Like Elon Musk?

I mentioned in a previous post that I had ordered a Cybertruck – mostly because its a very cool, futuristic design (something I’ve been waiting for from the auto industry for years). It was fascinating to watch the launch event after the fa…

May 29, 2020 | by Chris Kalaboukis

Organized Chaos

It’s an oxymoron. It really takes some discipline to disrupt. This is your flow: who, how, what. A one minute guide to disruption is already disruption per se. This is my formula, in three simple steps. Disrupt the Who. Your first step is to recruit the right people, those who are fit for the challenge. …

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May 29, 2020 | by Chris Kalaboukis

The Power of the Journey Map

Disclaimer: If you are a designer and don’t like or approve of the use of journey maps, do me a favor and stop reading. Thank you and good day! Have you ever been a customer? Have you ever had an amazing experience? I’m talking about an experience where you felt everything was planned out to …

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May 29, 2020 | by Chris Kalaboukis

Continuous Learning for Continuing Innovation

The job of acquiring new skills in the next normal. Sometimes this feels like one more hat to juggle. Some of us are self-professed lifelong learners; so this job of skills acquisition seems to come easy. For others, it can be a chore. What if one of the most important skills is the simple task …

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May 29, 2020 | by Chris Kalaboukis

You Made Me Forget Myself

Covid 19 did not make us better. It forced us to squeeze more out of scarcity. After months of lockdown, crimes are down all over Europe and people spend more time connected to family and colleagues. Truth is: we are tired, frustrated and uncertain about our future. We have not become a better species, and …

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May 29, 2020 | by Chris Kalaboukis

This Is Our Chance to Redesign Work. Let’s Make It Better

Long before coronavirus appeared and shattered our pre-existing “normal,” the future of work was a widely discussed and debated topic. We’ve watched automation slowly but surely expand its capabilities and take over more jobs, and we’ve wondered what artificial intelligence will eventually be capable of. The pandemic swiftly turned the working world on its head, […]

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May 28, 2020 | by Chris Kalaboukis

Crisis as Human-To-Human Accelerant

There’s nothing like a good crisis to make you refine your values, and Covid-19 has everyone taking stock of what really matters in life. No surprise what tops the list for individuals: family, friends, safety, and a sense of community. Many people are rediscovering the joys of homesteading arts, such as gardening, canning, cooking, playing …

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May 27, 2020 | by Chris Kalaboukis

What Are the Four Crucial Elements to Start a Successful Innovation Management Program

Launching an innovation program can often feel daunting to anyone and – to a small business – starting an innovation management program can feel completely inaccessible. Who should be responsible? What are the first steps? How can you get to the impact…

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May 26, 2020 | by Chris Kalaboukis

Questions for the 4th Industrial Age

Klaus Schwab said that we must develop a comprehensive and globally shared view of how technology is affecting our lives and reshaping our economic, social, cultural, and human environments. There has never been a time of greater promise, or greater peril. We can either find ways to harmonise man, woman, and machine, or fight with …

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May 26, 2020 | by Chris Kalaboukis

Innovating in a Time of Uncertainty and Challenge

Editor’s note: The article below encapsulates a sponsored research project titled, Innovation for a New Era, conducted by Patrick Deren, Matthew Grant and myself, that was completed prior to the Covid-19 pandemic. If you are in charge of creating new products for your company, you already know that a confluence of forces was challenging long-held …

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May 26, 2020 | by Chris Kalaboukis

The OGSM template is a secret weapon that helps high performing teams growth

The OGSM model (Objectives, Goals, Strategies and Measures) can help teams get on the same page and moving in the right direction. For the past 25 years, I’ve worked with hundreds of groups across dozens of big companies and startups. One thing’s consistent: everyone works in teams, and the ultimate success of any organization relies on the overall …

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May 26, 2020 | by Chris Kalaboukis

Inverse the Six Ws for Problem Discovery

Identify the right problem Who doesn’t love to solve a great mystery? After all, the greatest stories in history tap into that very desire to solve problems; the story presents a mystery and has you follow along as its characters search for the Six Ws. This is particularly engaging because solving problems is directly rooted …

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May 26, 2020 | by Chris Kalaboukis

Transformation on pandemics: what’s really new?

There’s plenty to do when it comes to real digital innovation in a rush moment, but some good stuff is on the verge of becoming a trend. A lot has been said lately about the potential changes in the world in consequence of pandemics. Mostly when it comes to digital acceleration on all our human …

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May 26, 2020 | by Chris Kalaboukis

Where David meets Goliath

By Federica D’Armento and Francesco Pagano This is a tale of two cities. Or, maybe just one: anti-fragile and people-centered. Here is an independent company based in Geneva (Switzerland), which is an award-winning watch manufacturer. Every masterpiece comes from the creative hand of the founder and the dedication of 25 people. No middle management, just …

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May 26, 2020 | by Chris Kalaboukis

A Successful Approach to Corporate Innovation: ‘The 8 Ps of Innovation’

The business environment is becoming increasingly complex. Organizations have lived in a stable environment for many decades. The competitive advantage resulted from executing better than competitors. This is no longer the case.
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May 25, 2020 | by Chris Kalaboukis

4 Non-Obvious Trends That Matter During This Pandemic

Last year at South By Southwest, author and entrepreneur Rohit Bhargava spoke to a packed auditorium about trends that, though they may not be obvious, are playing a serious role in shaping the future. Each year Bhargava spends untold hours figuring out which trends are going to be the most relevant and impactful, then puts […]

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May 25, 2020 | by Chris Kalaboukis

Opportunity in Adversity: New Workplace Models in the Post-COVID World

COVID-19 and the resultant lockdown has effectively shattered the premise that people need to go to “office” to work. In an almost overnight digital shift, the entire workforce of companies shifted to remote work. Once the COVID threat is past, will we…

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May 25, 2020 | by Chris Kalaboukis

RALLY THE TROOPS: Does Your Team Have a Mission Statement?

A team is a group of people who work together toward a common goal — a group with a defined membership and a set of activities that define the scope of its work.

The key phrase in the preceding sentence? Common goal. When the common goal is clea…

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May 23, 2020 | by Chris Kalaboukis

Brainstorm This: Tell A Story Of Things To Come

In many of our ideation sessions, we have to start by contending with those who are stuck in “today”—those who will shoot down any suggested ideas by looking at it through the lens of today. When people finally break out of their everyday t…

May 22, 2020 | by Chris Kalaboukis

What Does It Really Mean to be an Effective Team Leader?

On planet Earth, there are millions of teams. They are everywhere — in schools, businesses, communities, sports, organizations, military, religions, and jails, just to name a few. If you are reading this, it is highly likely that you are either a me…

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May 22, 2020 | by Chris Kalaboukis

How Mind Mapping Boosts Your Creativity

Everyone has the power to be creative, but how can you bring your innovative thoughts to life? Discover how Mind Mapping can unlock your creative potential in this article.
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May 21, 2020 | by Chris Kalaboukis

Knowledge Taxonomies That Every Executive Needs To Consider

In this article, we’ll discuss different types of knowledge that should be considered and built upon when forming and managing a team driven toward success—including individual and collective knowledge.
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May 19, 2020 | by Chris Kalaboukis

Creativity, Compassion & Collaboration Leading a risk-averse culture that promotes ideation and leaves ego at the door

It’s high noon and onlookers gaze in silence as you stand in the middle of the town, staring down your challenger with one hand hovering over your holster. Strangely, a disagreement in conversation often feels like a duel in the Wild West, where one person absolutely has to come out on top and assume control …

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May 19, 2020 | by Chris Kalaboukis

Deeply and Consciously and Compassionately Reconnecting With Our Humanity

Call it a limiting behavior. My zeal can deafen me to the suggestion’s others have to make. When passion strikes, adrenaline surges—and it is time to capture lightning. For decades I made a career acting this way, without realizing I was missing the multi-prism perspectives of my intelligent team, which had a lot of value. …

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May 19, 2020 | by Chris Kalaboukis

A Higher Purpose Brings a Higher Culture

At an individual level, many of us try to make changes within our lives and ourselves to lead a happier more fulfilled life. We’re trying to find purpose. So why aren’t we doing this at an organisational level? Many organisations are trying to create a culture of innovation, but are not pausing to ask why? …

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May 19, 2020 | by Chris Kalaboukis

Trust Is a Gamble, a Noble One

Why good leadership is based on trust Trust is, by definition, a gamble. Trusting is about taking risks – for a job to be done, for an agreement in good faith, for sharing information openly, for honesty and integrity in a relationship. It comes with the responsibility to deliver what one has been entrusted to …

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May 18, 2020 | by Chris Kalaboukis

Analytics Unite

Cheryl Perkins, Innovationedge Founder and President, is excited to be a co-chair for Analytics Unite October 4-6 in Chicago. Join her for this not to be missed event that will feature sessions focused on identifying purpose-driven analytics while bringing top executives in retail, consumer brands, and healthcare together to achieve all-around success as we move

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May 18, 2020 | by Chris Kalaboukis

Why Trust is the Foundation for Constructive Disagreement

In 2010, after two years and 348 pages of research I found the answer to my research question of “why are people so much more creative when they work in startups than when they work in mature companies?” I could really boil it down to two words: innovation culture. More research showed that innovation culture …

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May 18, 2020 | by Chris Kalaboukis

Be a Social Champion

Listening to what people have to say, and developing awareness of social consequences of what you do is not just recommendable, but fundamental.   You can’t make everybody happy. In the current times of a heated social media debate, you have to stomach a continuous flow of comments. They come in any form and tone. …

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May 18, 2020 | by Chris Kalaboukis

Why Every Large Organization Should Decentralize Innovation

I recently met with a very successful company that is seen as a highly innovative global pioneer that others in their industry, which is facing many structural headwinds and inevitable changes, look up to. They understood that even though they are seen as an extremely innovative company now, their current success is actually a result […]

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