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Crossing the Innovation Chasm – Geek Squad Founder Robert Stephens' Leap from Startup to Fortune 50 Retailer Best Buy

Best Buy acquired the then startup Geek Squad which had been founded by entrepreneur Robert Stephens in 1994. During a recent interview Robert shared his story of entrepreneurship, risk taking, acquisition strategies, his pick for Most Visionary CEO, and an expensive 99 cent burrito.

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25 Practices That Foster Lifelong Learning

25 Practices That Foster Lifelong Learning“I don’t divide the world into the weak and the strong, or the successes and the failures… I divide the world into learners and nonlearners.” –Benjamin Barber, sociologist Is your capacity for learning is fixed or fluid? Can you improve your int ...

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What Large Companies Want (from Small Ones)

What Large Companies Want (from Small Ones)In the film, “What Women Want”, Mel Gibson’s character has the ability to read women’s minds and understand what they’re thinking.  In the real world, we often need to second-guess what our existing or potential partners want. This is the case for ...

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NASA – Spinning Off Since 1962

NASAThis infographic shows the amount of money the U.S. Government spends on NASA and how NASA utilizes this money to enhance the economy. Source: GreatBusinessSchools.org In 1962, NASA established the Technology Utilization Plan (TUP) which makes NASA te ...

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How Ad Agencies Can Avoid A Death Spiral

Leo Burnett’s fledgling firm got off to an inauspicious start when it opened in 1935.  With one client account, a staff of eight and a bowl of apples in reception, cynics said that he would soon be selling those apples on the street. Yet, even in the m ...

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Innovation Psychology: Innovation Firing on All Six Senses

A lot goes on in our brain that we are unaware of, but that can impact the success or failure of innovations.  I’ve mentioned before that many of our decisions occur below our awareness, and the risk this poses for consumer research (1).  Perception and ...

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Welcome to the Era of Product Intelligence

While the PR on Big Data suggests that it is the newest and holiest grail for strategists, marketers, product developers, and business decision-makers of all stripes, a new hybrid intelligence is emerging from the smoke and mirrors -- one that may be prove t ...

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