IBM Learning is now developing a completely different set of competencies which they encapsulate and describe as an ‘adaptive learner’. Stating that “innovation is the art of combination” where designers, developers, and engineers (and supervisors, managers and leaders) are required to combine their ‘expert intuition’ (and knowledge, skills and experience) with ‘strategic intuition’ (and innovative thinking). Continue reading

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 Secret Weapon for Innovation: What Google, Apple, Tesla have in common - Innovation Excellence.com

By leveraging your collective naïveté you can push beyond the limits set by the status quo. Continue reading

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The Genius of Recognizing Genius - Innovation Excellence

All of these stories have one thing in common: the identification of an unrecognized genius…Yet there is also another, less obvious commonality. Continue reading

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ISPIM, the International Society for Professional Innovation Management to recognize excellence in innovation management. Here are the 2016 Grand Prize finalists. Continue reading

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Enroll the Skeptics Early

After working on hundreds of innovation projects, one fact remains. If you cannot get executive sponsorship of the final concepts, they will never launch. We recommend a few steps to get leadership engaged in solving the problem with you as part of the process. Continue reading

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The typical linear and often siloed mindset that we have for much of our innovation thinking within our business organizations has to rapidly fall away. We are in the ‘cusp’ of a fundamental change that technology, platforms, and connected ecosystems will bring into the mix for connecting and collaborating in dramatically different ways than the past. Continue reading

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Do VCs Really Want Innovators? What to do when the VC says ‘No Dice’ - Innovation Excellence

Startup entrepreneurs look eagerly towards the venture capital community, seeing the myth of a big pot of money ready to be given away to worthy ventures. Advisors, business school professors, and a lot of people who ought to know better, see VC funding as a given for far too many ventures, when in reality, there are a lot of great ideas that never get a single dollar in funding. Continue reading

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