December 31, 2020 | by Chris Kalaboukis

7 Looks Back At 2021

Yes, you read that right. This post will be written on December 31st, 2021, but was published on December 31st, 2020. As a futurist, we are usually right, but at the wrong time. So this is a list of everything that happened in 2021, just in time for yo…

December 30, 2020 | by Chris Kalaboukis

Boston Dynamics’ robots have learned how to dance :)

Boston Dynamics has taught its Robots how to dance. While the following viral video may look like CGI, it is in fact real. Boston Dynamics, the company based in Waltham, Massachusetts, makes some of the most advanced bipedal and mobile robots in the world. They act as an R&D facility, and recently their owners Softbank […]


December 21, 2020 | by Chris Kalaboukis

How McKinsey’s Organizational Health Index Relates to Innovation

McKinsey’s Organizational Health Index (OHI) is an exhaustive assessment of an organization’s effectiveness and its management’s performance based on an organization-wide survey. It’s a tool that numerous public and private sector organizations have le…


December 20, 2020 | by Chris Kalaboukis

Escaping the Innovation Purge – Part 2

In last weeks blog post, we discussed the innovation purge – the “disease” which seems to strike corporates once every few years or so, when they realize that the innovation group that they so lovingly created was not going to be able…

December 18, 2020 | by Chris Kalaboukis

Interested in Becoming a Zoomstorming Facilitator?

Idea Champions has recently developed an extraordinary online service which we call “Zoomstorming.” For now, only a few of our staff are trained to deliver this service — but soon we will be opening it up to…


December 16, 2020 | by Chris Kalaboukis

Digital Gets Delivered: Views From Mars, J&J and WD-40 E-Commerce Leaders

Cheryl Perkins recently moderated a panel of e-com experts at the Consumer Goods Sales & Marketing Summit. The panel included Lee Bogner, Mars global e-commerce architecture leader and strategist; Surabhi Pokhriyal, global director e-commerce acce…


December 14, 2020 | by Chris Kalaboukis

What Are the Three C’s of Organizational Change?

I hadn’t thought much about health pathology innovation until we started to work with a statewide health pathology service in Australia. They provide pathology, forensic, and analytical services for hospitals and justice systems throughout their state….


December 10, 2020 | by Chris Kalaboukis

Are You Caught in the Innovation Purge?

Sometimes, you can almost feel it coming. It’s a palatable thing. The innovation purge. It goes something like this: A new leader or leadership team decides that your company is flagging on the innovation front and hires a Chief Innovation Office…

December 10, 2020 | by Chris Kalaboukis

How Verbal Aikido Can Help You Avoid Stupid Arguments

Great article on skillful communication and how to free yourself up from the quicksand of stupid arguments. Author: Don Johnson


December 6, 2020 | by Chris Kalaboukis

Now What? Dealing With The Disruption Rollercoaster….

Not again. You thought you had this whole COVID thing down. You moved all of your folks to work-from-home and got ready for the new normal, but you never thought it would go on this long. You thought things would be back to some semblance of normal by …

December 5, 2020 | by Chris Kalaboukis

How Machine Learning is Changing Business Communication

Machine learning is not a sci-fi concept anymore. Over the past few years, it has improved business operations in multiple ways. One of the areas that benefit from ML technologies the most is business communications. So, how does machine learning impac…


December 2, 2020 | by Chris Kalaboukis

The Pandemic Pivot: The Need for Product, Service and Business Model Innovation

The pandemic and economic depression the world faces is a dark period for all businesses, but there are also opportunities. The companies that see the opportunities, and pivot to exploit them, will succeed, while those that fail to innovate will fade a…


December 1, 2020 | by Chris Kalaboukis

One of the Biggest Obstacles to Genuine Communication

“When people talk, listen completely. Most people never listen.” — Ernest Hemingway

One of the biggest obstacles to good communication between two people can be summarized in four words: “I already know that.”

This all-too-common phrase heads its…