Author Archives: Braden Kelley

Business Model Innovation Delivers Fresher, Cheaper Food

There is no doubt that people are becoming more interested in where their food came from and with meat prices rising (especially here in the United States with widespread drought in some areas) people are also becoming more concerned with the cost. Zaycon Foods is leveraging a business model that’s better for the environment, farmers, and consumers. Continue reading

Posted in Business Models, Customers, Entrepreneurship, Innovation, marketing | 2 Comments
Lean Innovation Series - Introduction

I’ve started working with a local healthcare insurance company in a role focused on driving improvement and innovation in its membership and billing operations. The company has a big focus on LEAN throughout the company and always has some sort of value stream mapping (VSM) or rapid process improvement workshop (RPIW) going on through the Kaizen Promotion Office (KPO). Despite this only being my second week on the job, I have already been involved in the company’s LEAN efforts. Continue reading

Posted in Health/Healthcare, Innovation, Processes & Tools | 1 Comment
Crowdsourcing Diplomacy

Lets look at Innovation, Crowdsourcing, and the United States Government for a minute… The world continues to move faster than ever and diplomatic responses from the United States are required that are both increasingly more complex and more urgent, and the required solutions must address the inherent situational challenges while also protecting the interests of the United States and its allies. To deal with this diplomatic reality, the United States State Department is… Continue reading

Posted in Digital, Government, News, Open Innovation, collaboration, education | 4 Comments
Role of Personal Branding in Innovation

I’ve been thinking a lot lately about personal branding, in part because several people have told me that I seem to do it pretty well, in spite of the fact that I would never call myself a personal branding expert or endeavor to make my living as a personal branding consultant. While I think the topic is an interesting one, it is more because I am curious about… Continue reading

Posted in Celebrity, Innovation, Open Innovation, Social Media, collaboration, marketing | 23 Comments
Making a Run for the Innovation Border

Do you ever see a product that makes you wonder either: (A) Why didn’t I think of that? (B) How come nobody ever thought of that before? Well, those are the thoughts that hit me when I opened the newspaper this morning and was greeted by a surprisingly tasty looking Waffle Taco that Taco Bell is launching to anchor their new breakfast menu. Continue reading

Posted in Innovation, Product Innovation | 2 Comments
The Men Who Stare at Goats - and Innovate

What makes you stop and stare? What inspires you? I’ve written many times about the role of inspiration in innovation, and there are lots of sources of both inspiration and innovation. For me, inspiration is so important to innovation that I put inspiration at the center of my Eight I’s of Innovation framework (traducido al español por Vanessa Lopez-De la O). Continue reading

Posted in Creativity, Innovation, Inspiration, collaboration | 3 Comments
Coca-Cola Looking to Bring Some Innovation to Your Home?

Recently I came across an announcement that Coca-Cola is partnering with Green Mountain Coffee Roasters to sell Coke products as part of Green Mountain’s new home beverage system slated for a release later this year. For those of you who aren’t familiar with Green Mountain, they make the popular Keurig in-home single-serving coffee machine (which became a popular home and office item after Nespresso’s patents expired). Is there any innovation here? Continue reading

Posted in Innovation, Leadership, Product Innovation, Strategy | 6 Comments