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How does your business kill innovation?

By Chipp Norcross If there is one common thread that weaves together my experience in the field of innovation, it is hearing on a weekly basis, how frustrated people are about how their organizations kill innovative solutions. Innovation murder doesn’t happen on purpose. Typically the perpetrators believe they are helping innovation, not hindering it. They are innocent in spirit, if not in action.  The proverbial...

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A New Kind of Health Plan

By Connie Williams There’s a great new benefit area to consider adding to your health care plan. It’s reasonably priced and pays a lifetime of benefits. It contributes to better wellbeing overall. People sleep better. They feel like they have better control over their lives. They have hope and self-reliance. What is this magical elixir for which you’ve never seen an infomercial? It’s called creativity....

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Incubation: Bridging The Gap Between Idea and Implementation

By Chipp Norcross I’ve noticed, over the last few years, that the old adage, “I wish I’d thought of that!” is increasingly being replaced by, “I thought of that! I wish I had done something with that idea!” This shift has largely been missed in the corporate boardroom, however. Most companies seem to still focus only on the pursuit of new ideas, when they should...

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Crafting a More Productive R&D & Marketing Innovation Partnership

By Connie Williams This article first appeared on PreScouter in September, 2014 Does your organization’s innovation feel like “In this corner, Marketing, in this corner, R&D”? If it does, that’s because R&D and Marketing work in very different ways, often seeing the world and opportunities very differently. The old, traditional way of working, with R&D and Marketing in their separate corners working on innovation opportunities,...

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How To Assemble Your Team For Innovation

  By Leo Boudreau One of the most crucial tasks related to a successful innovation effort is assembling the appropriate team.  A team focused on innovation has very different requirements from a team with an operational focus and a number of different factors need to be taken into consideration and different qualities and characteristics are sought after.  The first question you need to answer is...

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Beyond the Survey: Small (Data) is Beautiful

By Connie Williams Big Data is the rage. Consulting companies are advising left and right on how to get amazing results; new start-ups are leveraging the power of Big Data to bring new products and services to market, especially in technology. If not leveraging truly Big Data, led by advancements in massive computing power, then data analytics or data science is key to today’s business...

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What does Collaboration REALLY Mean?

By Connie Williams Collaboration is a hot topic these days.  CEO’s are talking about it.  Schools are emphasizing collaboration skills.  Social media and intranet technologies are described as a foundation for collaboration.  “The Collaborative Economy” is a term Jeremiah Owyang and others are using to describe innovations involving sharing of goods and services from Zip Car to Uber to Airbnb.  Time magazine entitled it “Today’s...

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5 Creative Ways to Leverage Big Data

By Connie Williams Big Data is one of the top business terms of the last couple of years. Of course, it refers to data that is too big to fit on single servers or spread sheets that is beyond the reach of conventional analytics. It has become the province of a new breed of “data scientists” and big consulting firms have jumped on the bandwagon....

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Alignment is not the same as Buy-in.

By Paul D. Roberts One of the consistently destructive forces we witness at all levels of the organization is the concept of buy-in masquerading as alignment.   What is the difference?  Buy-in is trying to convince someone that your idea is what they should do i.e. they should green-light what you see as the needed change; cast in stone and not open to change.  It is the...

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Innovative Ideas Need a Story to Survive

By Chipp Norcross One of the biggest challenges that good ideas have is making the jump out of the original inventor’s head into the mind of the first person she shares it with. Explaining your idea in all of its richness and glory so that others will understand it is not an easy task, and a lot of good ideas will never successfully make the...

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Optimal Decision-Making and Doing More with Less Time

By Chipp Norcross I read an eye-opening article about the mathematical challenge known as “The Marriage Problem.” In this challenge, a person, let’s call it a man, is faced with a conundrum of deciding which person, let’s call it a woman, to marry.  The man has a list of a finite number of women, and after he has met each one he must to decide whether...

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A 6 Word Innovation Novel by Kyle Hermans

An innovation novel by Kyle Hermans “Gathering dust, breakthrough innovations, never implemented.” Are you sitting on a wealth of ideas internally that are yet to come to fruition?  Harness them! Get in touch if you need help to turn your ideas into reality. This was inspired by the famous 6-word-novel attributed to Ernest Hemingway “For sale: baby shoes, never worn”  What is your 6 word Innovation...

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If we’d had more time, we could’ve done a better job…

By Chipp Norcross “If we’d had more time, we could’ve done a better job.” When a team has not created a solution they are satisfied with, blaming the time constraint they were forced to work within is the easy way out, rather than blaming themselves for not making the most of the time they had together. More time can make us lazy, less rigorous, less...

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How Google Glass and LensCrafters Will Finally Solve Our Collaboration Problem

By Chipp Norcross Last month, Google and Luxotica announced a new partnership that will likely put Google Glass in every mall in America over the next few years. While we all know Google, not everyone knows that Luxotica is a massive eyewear empire which counts Ray-Ban, Oakley, Ralph Lauren, Oliver Peoples and many more amongst the brands it designs, develops and ultimately sells at one...

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Why Change Should be Easy and it’s Hard – Creative Buddha

By Joe Giordano Change is here, and it is moving faster and on more dimensions than ever before. It is opening vast opportunities for growth and innovation on a global basis, and with it the comes the need to be agile and resilient.  So, how do leaders deal with this? Leaders are required to manage this inevitable change and to help employees through the transitions. And...

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3 Worth the Read on The Need for Creativity in Education

By Leo Boudreau It feels like our education system is reaching a tipping point.  There are so many areas of contention related to education and a high level of dissatisfaction with the results.  The issues stretch from the earliest preschool experiences through the debate as to whether a college education is worth it on a cost/benefit basis.  At the tipping point, we might see fundamental...