Innovation

The Next Great Transformation Will Be from Bits to Atoms

When engineers from Xerox PARC showed off their revolutionary new personal computer, the Alto, at the company’s global conference in 1977, senior executives weren’t particularly impressed. It just didn’t seem to be relevant to their jobs or their business. Their wives, however, were transfixed. The reason for the disparity was that the executives saw a tool to automate secretarial work, ...

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The Biggest Economic Shift of the Next 100 Years Is Already Under Way

The greatest innovations often elude us cloaked in obtuse jargon that masks their impact. Here’s one you don’t want to miss. It never fails that the greatest innovations often come wrapped in obscurity and misunderstanding. I can imagine a scene in which the first wheel was met with head scratching, confusion, and comments along the lines of, “Yeah, but it’s ...

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The sky is the limit at INFINITI Lab

Darren Plested is Head of Business Development & Lab, at INFINITI, the luxury brand for cars, with powerful elegant design, technological power and performance, and in-car connectivity. INFINITI has recently opened the INFINITI LAB, dedicated to “world’s boldest innovators as they work to advance our lives”. Darren gives us an hand to explore the LAB. 1) Hi Darren,  would you tell ...

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Finally, A Commencement Speech About Innovation and Creativity

Think Big Anyway! That’s what Innovation Excellence contributor Robert B. Tucker advised students when he delivered the commencement address at the University of California, Davis. Given the exponential rate of change and the inability to predict where technology (and their careers) will evolve to, Tucker challenged this group of 500 PhD candidates and innovators to “Think Big, Anyway,” despite the ...

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Want to Be Happy and Successful in 2018? Don’t Do These 5 Things

“The discipline of success is often about resisting the allure of human nature rather than giving in to it.” The human mind is a masterpiece of evolution, not only because of its intelligence but even more so because of the ability of its owners to rewire themselves through conscious discipline. Despite our predisposition (genetic, environmental, or otherwise), the human brain ...

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Poo as Good Business

Talk about nothing wasted. Behold the founding story, which reads more like a creation myth, of Poo~Pourri. A 40-year old woman from Jonesboro, Arkansas declares her second bankruptcy. Conventional “rules” of success did not work for her life. To heal she renounces the world of commerce and takes two-year spiritual quest, experimenting with alternative healing methods that included the lost ...

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Data Bias Is Becoming A Massive Problem

Nobody sets out to be biased, but it’s harder to avoid than you would think. Wikipedia lists over 100 documented biases from authority bias and confirmation bias to the Semmelweis effect, we have an enormous tendency to let things other than the facts to affect our judgments. We all, as much as we hate to admit it, are vulnerable. Machines, ...

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How Administrative Assistants Can Help Creativity In A Big Way

As the hidden communication and prioritization network, administrative assistants can have a great impact on company innovation. Last year I was asked to deliver a keynote to an internal company conference for administrative professionals in Virginia. The topic was culture for creativity. My “standard” talks typically focused on engineers, marketing people, and others in the organization who are the type of ...

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