October 28, 2020 | by Chris Kalaboukis

Freedom to Fail: Cultivating a Mindset of Innovation

A child can stand up for the first time, take a step forward, and then tumble onto their tummy, to the raucous applause and overwhelming approval of every observer. In other words, attempts that end in failure are both common and lauded in children. Adults, however, find themselves faced with the conscious awareness of the […]

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October 28, 2020 | by Chris Kalaboukis

Key Learnings of a Regtech Corporate Startup

Corporate start-ups sit in a sweet spot between corporate venturing and an external start-up. These initiatives have the luxury of the big brother organisation watching over them, but it also comes with the policies and procedures of the big brother.
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October 27, 2020 | by Chris Kalaboukis

Innovation in Wisconsin

With a portion of our Innovationedge team located in Winnebago County in Northeast Wisconsin, we are fortunate to be part of a thriving NEW North innovation ecosystem. Created in 2005, NEW North is a non-profit, regional marketing and economic development corporation that fosters collaboration among private and public sector leaders. The following Wisconsin counties make

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October 27, 2020 | by Chris Kalaboukis

What are the Differences and Advantages between a Specialist and a Generalist? 

In building your career, you’re likely asked to choose one of two tracks: to become a specialist or to pursue the path of a generalist. This article takes a look at advantages and disadvantages of choosing either of these two paths, and discusses some …

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October 26, 2020 | by Chris Kalaboukis

Thinking About The Future Is Meaningless

A few posts back, I wrote a note about something I’d recently seen in one of the all-hands meetings of one of my clients. This financial services company had been in business for a very long time, and moving innovative products and services to ma…

October 26, 2020 | by Chris Kalaboukis

How has COVID-19 Accelerated Trends in Customer Service?

Since the outbreak of COVID-19, customer behavior has changed dramatically. To survive, businesses need to adapt by accelerating customer service trends that already exist. 
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October 23, 2020 | by Chris Kalaboukis

The Key to Winning in the Attention Economy

The circumstances of 2020 have seen businesses push to increased virtual communication and online offerings. How do you compete in this new attention economy, especially with so much noise?
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October 21, 2020 | by Chris Kalaboukis

Ten pitfalls inventors face and tips for avoiding them

Common pitfalls inventors face when trying to make a great idea real are the reasons why so many great inventions do not reach the world stage, get outpaced or just fail before having a chance to get utilised. In order to help everyday inventors to avoid experiencing the most common pitfalls, I have collected some […]

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October 19, 2020 | by Chris Kalaboukis

How Does Diversity and Inclusion Impact Innovation?

Nearly all executives believe the long-term success of their business depends on the flow, testing, and development of new ideas. One of the problems is the old belief in the “creative genius” – that creativity and innovation belongs to a talented few …

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October 18, 2020 | by Chris Kalaboukis

How to Be All Inclusive

Some may say that extroverts are always more successful than introverts. Some say the opposite. Some say that you need to be a bit of both. I think I’m an ambivert, a little of this, a bit of that. To hold a useful design thinking session, you ne…

October 17, 2020 | by Chris Kalaboukis

HOW MUCH DOES LUNCH COST? Pay What You Want!

During these economic melt down times of the Coronavirus, all bets are off. “Business as usual” just won’t cut it anymore. Businesses and entrepreneurs are quickly changing business models, pricing models, staffing models, while simultaneously trying…

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October 11, 2020 | by Chris Kalaboukis

The Human Brain Is an Amazing Thing

Something I learned: the human brain is a fantastic thing. Have you ever looked around you and marveled at your surroundings (unless you are sitting in a forest right now) and realized that a human invented almost everything around you? Your keyboard, …

October 6, 2020 | by Chris Kalaboukis

Have You Done Your Homework? Aspirations, Blessings and Curses of Working Remotely

One of the most significant ways the COVID pandemic impacted work has been to get much more of it done from home. Subscriptions to extra bandwidth and virtual meeting platforms skyrocketed. People’s imaginations and their capacity to make new things ha…

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October 5, 2020 | by Chris Kalaboukis

Who Do You Trust? The Expert, The Computer or Yourself?

Since we are hurtling rapidly towards a future where we will have the choices above, who will you pick? Imagine a time in a not too distant future. Let’s say that you have built up a sizeable nest egg of investments in several different areas &#8…

October 1, 2020 | by Chris Kalaboukis

Skillset vs. Mindset

A few years ago, as one of my clients introduced me to a roomful of people attending a leadership development workshop I was facilitating, something she said caught my attention: Innovation skills. That’s what she was telling the 41 business leaders …

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October 1, 2020 | by Chris Kalaboukis

Why Bother with User Innovation?

Users are a hidden ‘front end’ of innovation, highly motivated, prepared to experiment and tolerant of things not working right first time. So it makes sense to try and bring this perspective to bear.
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