Laser Focus and The Perfect Client

Laser Focus If law enforcement officers were business people, they would never struggle with questions like, “Who is my Perfect Client?” or, “Will I run out of customers if I focus on a select niche?” They would just know with confidence who they’re after. Take this extreme example from my past. It was early January of 1993 when Officer Harlan ...

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Live Coverage from incentive2innovate

Hello all, Next week I will be attending the incentive2innovate conference at the United Nations in New York City (June 8-9, 2009) and live blogging and tweeting. The star-studded roster of speakers will include: – Peter Diamandis – X PRIZE Foundation– Reid Hoffman – LinkedIn– Dean Kamen – DEKA R&D Corporation– Arianna Huffington – Huffington Post – Marthin de Beer ...

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Definition – What is Innovation?

Innovation has been defined many ways by many different people. In January 2009, innovation was defined forty different ways in under 140 characters for a Twitter contest. These of course aren’t the only possible definitions for innovation, but here is a video of my innovation definition (along with an example): “Innovation transforms useful seeds of invention into solutions valued above ...

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Twitter in the Classroom

During Clayton Christensen’s talk at the World Innovation Forum about innovation in education and healthcare, Dr. Christensen made a point about how technology will move more of education out of the classroom and onto the Internet. He was mostly speaking about augmenting home schooling, but also about school leavers earning their equivalency online, and online advanced placement courses for kids ...

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Instinctual Innovation versus Intellectual Innovation

One of the best Twitter names that I’ve come across recently is @ShowerThinker. It’s an account for an inventor that makes post-it notes for the shower called Aqua Notes. This Twitter name captures a well-understood fact – that a lot of great ideas (and ultimately innovations) come to us not from brainstorming, but from the connection to our subconscious that ...

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Seth Godin on the Tribes We Lead

You may have heard about Seth Godin’s concept of tribes. Well, here is a video from the TED conference that lays it all out: As we move on from the mass marketing epoch of history, we move into an epoch where there will be many tribes, organized around different interests, that will be looking for leaders and ideas that they ...

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World Innovation Forum Posts (updated)

I recently updated some of my World Innovation Forum (May 5-6, 2009) posts to add slides for some of the presentations. You can also download the World Innovation Forum Executive Summary from our site – lovingly assembled by business analysts from ExecuNet. The conference lineup included – Paul Saffo, CK Prahalad, Vijay Govindarajan, Clayton Christensen, Fred Krupp, and Dan Ariely ...

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