January 29, 2021 | by Chris Kalaboukis

Break Out Of Your Bubble

Now, more than ever (BTW, don’t you hate that phrase too), we live constrained within our own little realities. Our own little bubbles. Sometimes we build these realities on our own, and other times we allow these realities to be created around u…

January 27, 2021 | by Chris Kalaboukis

Your competition is not who you think it is

Most companies don’t know who their biggest competitor is. When asked, they might list another company providing the same goods or services. Often, ones which are a similar size to how large they are now. Or in some cases, they may list smaller, younger startups who provide a new innovative product which appeals to their […]

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January 26, 2021 | by Chris Kalaboukis

The Battle of the Two Brains

Excellent TED presentation by Iain McGilchrist on the two sides of the brain, beautifully animated by the wizards at RSA Animate.

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January 26, 2021 | by Chris Kalaboukis

What is the ambition matrix and how does it work as part of an innovation portfolio?

Most companies are not really aware of all of the innovation projects they are working on. Let alone which project mix they should be working on. This is where a tool called the Ambition Matrix is extremely useful, and it is a tool I use with clients all the time to gain clarity on what […]

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January 25, 2021 | by Chris Kalaboukis

What Do You Know?

Try this exercise. First, draw a circle. Imagine that this circle is all human knowledge. Now, add a wedge to represent what you know. Most people add a visible wedge. I usually add a single line since, by the time I started drawing the line and the ti…

January 25, 2021 | by Chris Kalaboukis

Building bridges vs Finished Bridges

Bridges work to get people from one side of something to another. But they only work if they are 100% finished. A bridge which is 99% finished doesn’t help you get anywhere. There is still a gap which needs to be overcome before it provides any value. In fact, one single bridge which is 100% […]

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January 24, 2021 | by Chris Kalaboukis

Go Beyond the All-Too-Familiar Lone Wolf Syndrome

If you are in the process of hatching a BIG IDEA, business, book, product, or career change, there’s a good chance — especially during these crazy days of the Coronavirus — that you do not have the support you need to make a quantum leap.

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January 22, 2021 | by Chris Kalaboukis

Tall Poppy syndrome vs Tall Weed syndrome

Have you ever heard of Tall Poppy Syndrome? It essentially says that the flower which stands out above all the rest will be the first to be cut down. Basically, it says that people should be humble and not try to make themselves appear better than others. While this particular saying dates from ancient Greece […]

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January 20, 2021 | by Chris Kalaboukis

Solar power prices have dropped by over 89% in the last 10 years

By now it is common knowledge that solar energy has been becoming more and more affordable as the technology develops and economies of scale blossom. But a recent report shows just how astronomical the drop in cost has been. A new report by Our World in Data shows that over the past ten years, the […]

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January 19, 2021 | by Chris Kalaboukis

Research shows that having a phone on your desk makes you more stupid

A lot of people joke about how having a smartphone is making us all less intelligent. And new research provides evidence that this is true. In a recent study of over 520 students, an experiment by Ward et al was conducted to see what impact having our smartphones near us would have on our ability […]

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January 18, 2021 | by Chris Kalaboukis

The law of diffusion of innovation

Any company planning on bringing a new innovative solution to market must accept the fact that not every customer will be willing to buy it immediately. There will always be certain target customers who are more resistant to trying out new ideas than others. One of the best and most important concepts to help understand […]

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January 18, 2021 | by Chris Kalaboukis

What Do Innovation Maturity Assessments Have in Common?

Building a repeatable model for innovation is a journey, not a trophy. An innovation department builds services and competencies across multiple disciplines – from research to communications and culture. And even with a dedicated innovation department,…

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January 17, 2021 | by Chris Kalaboukis

You Need To Compete To Innovate

One of the key reasons why many feel their companies are stuck not innovating is that they are no longer driven by the same kind of competitive urge that drives startups. They feel that they are invincible against the competition. Not just too big to f…

January 17, 2021 | by Chris Kalaboukis

China Wants to Be the World’s AI Superpower. Does It Have What It Takes?

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China’s star has been steadily rising for decades. Besides slashing extreme poverty rates from 88 percent to under 2 percent in just 30 years, the country has become a global powerhouse in manufacturing and technology. Its pace of growth may slow due to an aging population, but China is nonetheless one of the world’s biggest […]

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January 16, 2021 | by Chris Kalaboukis

How to Remove Roadblocks to Creativity

When people think about what barriers a marketer may have to success, they usually think of technical challenges. They think of things like defining a target audience or anticipating consumer response. While these are all important, there is another more important attribute of the job that causes concern. Creativity and innovation are key tools in […]

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January 15, 2021 | by Chris Kalaboukis

Want to Improve Your RFP Process?

Allow me to introduce myself. My name is Mitch Ditkoff. I am the Co-Founder of Idea Champions, an innovation consulting and training company headquartered in Woodstock, NY. We’ve been in business since 1986 and, since that time, have responded to mor…

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January 15, 2021 | by Chris Kalaboukis

You don’t need that thing

You don’t need the same professional camera as Steven Spielberg before you can record your first film. You have one in your pocket. Just start filming. You’ll get better if you stick with it. You don’t need the same running shoes as Usain Bolt to become more healthy. Just start exercising however you can. You’ll […]

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January 13, 2021 | by Chris Kalaboukis

Having more information will not make your decisions more accurate

It is human nature to want to be able to make the best decisions. And usually this leads to advice about making sure you have enough information for a thorough analysis, weighing up all the factors before then being able to be confident in a decision you make. The problem is that research shows that […]

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January 12, 2021 | by Chris Kalaboukis

Leading from Anywhere (Podcast with David Burkus and Todd Henry)

You might remember David Burkus and Todd Henry as two recent guests on the Idea to Value podcast. Well David has a new book out, and was on Todd’s Accidental Creative podcast to talk about some of the main themes. That book is Leading from Anywhere: The Essential Guide to Managing Remote Teams, and is […]

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January 11, 2021 | by Chris Kalaboukis

Eight Ways to Create Flow

Here’s a very useful article by Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi — the author of Flow on what it takes to cultivate flow — sometimes referred to as “the zone”

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January 11, 2021 | by Chris Kalaboukis

Calling All Founders: How To Build A Platform for All Humans

Many people bemoan the fact that we have to keep moving from platform to platform. It’s our own damn fault. Take Podcasting, for example: I first heard of podcasting back in 2005 when I read Wired magazine’s issue (which is used to read rel…

January 11, 2021 | by Chris Kalaboukis

What Can We Learn from the Innovation Averages in 2020?

Every year, IdeaScale conducts an in-depth study of their customer trends in order to write an annual report, provide benchmarks to our clients (and ourselves), and better understand the marketplace. This data gathering and analysis takes up the better…

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January 8, 2021 | by Chris Kalaboukis

What is worse than making the wrong decision?

Making no decision at all. Many people struggle to execute their new innovative ideas, or launch that new creative project, because they overthink them. They believe they need to think through every possible scenario and have all the answers to every question before it is safe to begin. They are so afraid of making the […]

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January 6, 2021 | by Chris Kalaboukis

This Chinese village used to produce 60% of the world’s oil paintings, Part 2

In yesterday’s post, we spoke about Dafen, the town in China where previously up to 60% of the world’s oil painting replicas were produced. And how copying other people’s work was not creative, even when it is done with real skill. But Dafen has been evolving, just like the surrounding Shenzhen region. From an area […]

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January 5, 2021 | by Chris Kalaboukis

This Chinese village used to produce 60% of the world’s oil paintings, Part 1

There was a time a few years ago when a small town in China produced up to 60% of the world’s oil paintings. That town is called Dafen, and is on the outskirts of Shenzhen (which itself has seen a boom in innovation output in recent years). Dafen specialised in a small trade in original […]

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January 4, 2021 | by Chris Kalaboukis

Don’t compare your Day Zero to someone else’s Day 10,000

There is no such thing as an overnight success. A lot of people are intimidated to start their next creative project, innovation or business because they see how good other people already are. And in today’s social-media-driven world, how easy these successful people make their success look. What’s the point in starting if I’ll never […]

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January 4, 2021 | by Chris Kalaboukis

WHO CREATED “THE YEAR OF LIVING CREATIVELY”?

I did. Mitch Ditkoff. Who am I? Good question…

73 years ago, two very different people got together and created a third person — me. Neither my mother or father were particularly “creative”, but they had whatever it took to spark new life and I…

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January 3, 2021 | by Chris Kalaboukis

THE YEAR OF LIVING CREATIVELY — 52 Weeks of Unleashing Your Mojo

This just in! You have a big, beautiful idea that you want to manifest — a cool project, venture, or aspiration that you want to get out of your head and into the world. Maybe you’ve been hatching this egg for years or maybe it’s a new possibility t…

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January 3, 2021 | by Chris Kalaboukis

Bald spots and blind spots

I’m coming up to 40 years old soon, and from the front I still have an ok head of hair (notwithstanding it receding a bit on the sides). But on the top of my head, I have a part where my hair is thinning so much that you can see my balding spot. Other people […]

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