Shimon Peres on Leadership

Last month I was in Israel to celebrate the 25th anniversary of BBR Saatchi & Saatchi at the Peres Center for Peace. BBR has been on a tear in recent years, including a recent rebranding campaign for Kosovo entitled The Young Europeans. They’re also behind one of the most ambitious projects to come out of a creative organization: The Impossible Brief. We launched the Impossible Brief this summer at the Cannes Lions Festival. The goal is to get creative thinkers around the world to contribute innovative ideas for how to bring about peace between Israel and Palestine. The project is based on the belief that creativity can be a powerful force for positive social change. And if any cause needs a jolt of creative thinking, it’s the ongoing Israel/Palestine conflict. Beyond a doubt the most memorable episode of the visit was my meeting with the President of Israel and Nobel … Continue reading

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3 Great Innovation Conference Discounts

There are a lot of innovation conferences out there, but we try to hook up with the best and create value for our readers wherever we can. In the case of innovation conferences we’ve arranged for readers of Blogging Innovation to receive special discounts at the following three innovation conferences coming up in the next couple of months: 1. Emerging Innovation – Geneva, Switzerland – December 2, 2010 The Economist’s latest event – the Emerging Innovation conference in Geneva, Switzerland on December 2, 2010. Speakers are scheduled to include Anil Gupta of INSEAD, Michael Joseph of Safaricom, Sanjay Correa of GE, and more. Save 15% – As a value-added service to our Blogging Innovation readers, if you register with discount code “BI/DC” you will save 15%. Register now. 2. Innovation 3 – Orlando, Florida – December 8-10, 2010 Innovation3 – Crowdsourcing, Culture & Tools Summit in Orlando, Florida – December … Continue reading

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Finding Lead Users for Innovation

Just when it seems Google has gone and jumped the innovation shark, the smart guys at Google demonstrate that they are still in the innovation game. I’ve just learned about Google Slam, and I’m here to tell you it’s probably one of the smartest innovation moves I’ve seen online in several years, if Google is doing with it what I think they are doing. The title of the post refers to “Lead Users”, so let’s provide a basic definition for that before we unpack Google Slam. Lead Users are people who are solving a problem or addressing a new market using products and services that are already available, but they are extending those products and/or services in ways that haven’t been “approved” or considered by the firm producing the product or service. Think Make Magazine, or the folks who hack the Wii remotes to do interesting new things. …

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Leading Change - Executing Plans and Processes

In my last few posts, I’ve been sharing tips for effectively leading organizational change. I’ve already talked about envisioning the future and results and building a culture that enables change. Today I’ll share thoughts on executing plans and processes. According to my Olin Business School executive education program professor, Dr. Lee Konczak, executing change involves: 1. Establishing plans Part of establishing plans includes keeping up with the organizational goals you set while envisioning the future. To help your employees achieve their goals, Inc.com suggests breaking them down into easily digestible bites for your employees. Francisco Dao, founder and president of The Killer Pitch, told Inc.com, “increasing sales 24 percent a year is a pretty big number. But increasing sales two percent each month seems totally doable.” Additionally, Inc.com said to “break down specific actions to be taken by specific people, assigning someone in each department involved to be accountable – … Continue reading

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Innovation Strategies for a Recession

As the world dips into what is now being described as the worst recession since the 1930s, many businesses are revisiting their innovation strategies. Some, sadly, have decided to drop innovation activities all together. This strategy will only work — and to a limited extent at that — if their competitors adopt the same strategy. On the other hand if a company stops innovating while one or more of their competitors continue to do so, it’s clear who will come out of this recession more successful. The most obvious innovation strategy for hard times is a classic one: cutting costs. Indeed, we (as an idea management service provider) have seen a growth in business this year from companies investing in cost cutting innovation. After all, innovation is not exclusively about sexy new products and services. It’s also about operational and logistical efficiency. But there are other approaches that should be … Continue reading

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26 Keys to Success in Social Media (or Dating)

There’s a slide in my standard social media strategy presentation showing a young couple looking lovingly at one another. Okay, actually only the girl is looking lovingly. The boy’s face looks as if he’s brimming with ulterior motives! The image is there to remind organizations considering social media that their strategies can’t resemble the teenage boy’s apparent dating strategy if they expect to build strong, lasting relationships. The striking similarities between dating’s early stages and the first phases of implementing a successful social media strategy are a convenient way to gauge whether your organization’s social media strategy is likely be appropriate and successful. With several Brainzooming presentations on social media strategy coming up, I wanted to share the specifics behind the slide’s message in more detail. Here are 26 pieces of dating advice as valuable in trying to form a personal relationship as they are in creating successful social media-based … Continue reading

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Fraud and Innovation

The Societal Cost of Business Gone Bad by Robert F. Brands with Jeff Zbar Bernard Madoff’s and Scott Rothstein’s Ponzi schemes. Medicaid / Medicare scams. School board officials who sell their votes for cash. Mortgage fraud, foreclosure “robo-signers” and short-sales wrought with misdeeds. From Wall Street to Main Street to Washington – and the headline news, very smart, innovative people are gaining prominence nationwide for fraud. Investment scandals, Ponzi schemes and rip-offs in all forms seem epidemic. They capture our attention. We express outrage. We demand retribution. Then we move on – until the next event, when our attention will be captured anew. We’ll express outrage, demand retribution…and move on. Every day, someone is screwing somebody else. It’s a vicious cycle. Fraud is defined as the deliberate misrepresentation which causes another to suffer damages, and the U.S. is ranked in the Top 20 in corruption worldwide. It has to end … Continue reading

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