Innovation

Why Winning a Trade War Can Lose the U.S. Battle over Innovation

For years, American companies have complained that foreign competitors, the Japanese in the past, and more recently, the Chinese, were stealing, borrowing, and copying intellectual properties. These complaints against copycats that foreign theft of American trade secrets runs up an estimated cost of “between $225 billion and $600 billion annually,” according to the United States Trade Representative, is not entirely ...

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Embody the Problems to Discover Innovation

Much of the work of innovation takes place trying to deeply understand the unmet needs of a particular market. As one Innovation school of thought calls it, what are the “jobs to be done?” Discerning these needs, these undone jobs, takes more empathy than data, more heart than head, and it takes a real investment of time and attention. To ...

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Accelerating Corporate Startups at Telekom UQBATE

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Johannes Nuenning is VP of the Deutsche Telekom incubator, targeting employees who want to realize their idea, and become entrepreneurs: yes, en-trepreneur, and not necessarily in-trapreneur! Johannes acts as business angel for corporate entrepreneurs, developing entrepreneurship, and creativity mindsets within this large corporation. He kindly takes us through the mission, and the organization of this ambitious accelerator. Attracting, and supporting ...

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Innovation Isn’t About Control, But Access

Completed in 1928, Henry Ford’s River Rouge plant was a marvel of its age. It was almost 100% vertically integrated, even producing its own steel and by the 1930s over 100,000 employees worked there, producing nearly every component for the cars that Ford built. It was, at the time, considered to be a key advantage. Nobody makes factories like that ...

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Don’t Accelerate Innovation – Burst it

The most difficult part of innovation is starting, and the best way to start is the Innovation Burst Event, or IBE. The IBE is a short, focused event with three objectives: to learn innovation methods, to provide hands-on experience, and to generate actual results. In short, the IBE is a great way to get started. There are a couple flavors ...

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Primed & Ready: How to Extend Your Brand & Conquer Adjacent Spaces

It’s easy to think big. What’s harder is to activate the ideas that push the envelope responsibly. Welcome to the ‘Overlooked Middle’ —the way to tap sweet spots you’ve been missing. _____ When I’m in an ideation session, concepts typically fall into one of two banks: core ideas, which nestle tightly with the brand’s existing equity and assets, and disruptive ideas—blue-sky, ...

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A Boomers Guide to Teaching Millennials

My parents were traditionalists. I’m a boomer. I work with a lot of Gen-Xers. I teach a lot of millennials. We are all trying to understand each other and adapt to how we teach and learn. Some teachers have to deal with helicopter parents more than the kids. Since we are all, mostly, products of our environment and the cyclical ...

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The Necessary Value of Unstructured Time

I want to dedicate a column to the next generation. For me, this means addressing Uncle Leo and Ellery, my youngest son and grandson respectively. May they have the space to explore in the vast treasures of childhood and lose a sense of time while playing. There seems to be an unconscious conspiracy against the people having free time to ...

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Stoked: Why Action Sports is the Ultimate Culture of Innovation

In boardrooms across the globe senior executives are talking about building cultures of innovation within their organizations. At the same time managers are lamenting about the difficulties of supervising and incenting Millennials in the workplace. Yet this rising generation, fueled by a culture forever altered by Action Sports, holds the answers to breaking down the barriers to corporate innovation. Millennials ...

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