A Look at Obama's Innovation Strategy

“History should be our guide. The United States led the world’s economies in the 20th century because we led the world in innovation. Today, the competition is keener; the challenge is tougher; and that is why innovation is more important than ever. It is the key to good, new jobs for the 21st century. That’s how we will ensure a ...

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Do Patents Hinder or Help Innovation?

Some time ago I received a newsletter that had 10 wacky patents. Here’s my favorite: Apparatus for Facilitating the Birth of a Child by Centrifugal Force: With this invention, the mother-to-be is strapped down to a table that is then is spun to allow centrifugal force to take its course and aid in childbirth. This invention by a husband and ...

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Stop Procrastinating – 2 Minutes or Less

When I think about procrastination, I think first of bigger projects. I have a column to write, a proposal to finish, a report to publish. The real time-suckers are the much smaller projects. If you read an email and don’t take action right away, you’re procrastinating. If you see an interesting article or blog post and don’t do something with ...

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Identifying the Innovators in your Firm

Thanks to Twitter, much of my research is done for me. I found a story linked on Twitter about the key innovation characteristics of leaders in innovative firms. That article was published by HBR. The five attributes the authors identified as relevant for innovation are: associating (making connections across unrelated ideas or problems), questioning (especially focused on “what if” or ...

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A Fascinating Model for the Auto Industry

When you hear the word ‘crowdsourcing’, what comes to mind? Most people list ideas, tee-shirts, logos and advertisements. If you are familiar with InnoCentive, the world’s largest open innovation platform, you would know product development, design projects and campaigns can be crowdsourced too. It was at the Business Innovation Factory conference earlier this week I first heard of a ‘crowdsourced’ ...

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Is there something to like about Sara Lee?

I’ve kept my eye on Sara Lee for several years now, originally because the company was a poster child of the Loss of Focus principle. But in 2005 new CEO Brenda Barnes introduced a plan to streamline Sara Lee, which analysts would have described as a conglomerate but could more accurately have been characterized a beast. Launched in 1939 as ...

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Creating Priceless Value

by Kevin Roberts This week was a biggie – speaking at HSM World Business Forum at Radio City Music Hall in New York. I was onstage immediately before George Lucas, and as much as I would have loved to stay, I had the week from hell with speeches and meetings over the following three days in Miami, Washington DC, and ...

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Rethinking Innovation

Riveting innovation stories were told during the Business Innovation Factory conference held in Providence, Rhode Island. In its fifth year now, the conference attracted brilliant people from all over the country hungry to learn and discover. Over twenty speakers from different industries, professions and backgrounds were gathered to share how they have ‘innovated’ in their own unique way and created ...

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Forging Strong Research Relationships

Ten Things – The Foundation to a Strategic Research Relationship: Be a “thought partner” with us. This is a two-way street – we’ve got to treat you like one before you can do what it takes to become one. Your energy and passion for what you do (and your intellectual curiosity) need to be evident. Theres a difference between researchers ...

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