Monthly Archives: May 2010

Chris Rock Won't Make You Funny or Innovative

Last week, I spoke at the Front End of Innovation conference about the future of the US economy and where to innovate as a result. In conversations with some of the attendees, I felt like Dr. Phil talking to Sisyphus (the mythological king destined for eternity to roll a huge boulder uphill.) I think I know why. These smart, creative ...

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Social Media – Ovation without the 'IN'

There is a supreme attraction to using social media to drive innovation within organizations. Even a cursory glance highlights the benefits of bringing together a diverse group of people and brains, creating and supporting online communities, and allowing for the discovery of news and insights through the network. These are vital benefits, and form a substantial differentiation from the ways ...

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Call for May Innovation Perspectives

May’s opportunity to contribute your Innovation Perspectives is now here. This monthly feature presents our loyal readers with different perspectives on a single topic all in one place – from several different authors. It gives our innovation community the opportunity to compare, contrast and discuss them in the comments here on Blogging Innovation and with the 2,850+ people in the ...

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The Day Twitter Died

by Braden Kelley Nothing is more true than the saying ‘you never know how much you love something until it is gone’. Well imagine everyone’s surprise, when on May 10, 2010 at 10am PDT (roughly) – Twitter effectively died. Will it come back to life? I sure hope so. What do I mean by ‘died’? Well, recently Twitter suddenly started ...

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Innovation Governance – Adding Guidance and Essential Support

Companies and organizations turn to governing boards for so many critical elements these days. Boards of Directors guide overall strategy and direction. Appointed Audit Committees pore over corporate financials and performance. HR / Compensation Committees ensure the organization’s on track with hiring and benefits that keep it competitive. Each has been formed to inform, advice and support the CEO in ...

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Definitions of Innovation

I just Googled “definitions of innovation” and came up with 5,240,000 choices. Good luck reading them. For now, here are ten I’ve gathered over the years that I like. How about you? And if you have a better one, let me know. “Change that creates a new dimension of performance.” – Peter Drucker “The ability to deliver new value to ...

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Create a Culture of Successful Failure

Very often the best way to test an idea is not to analyze it but to try it. The organization that implements lots of ideas will most likely have many failures but the chances are, it will reap some mighty successes too. By trying numerous initiatives we improve our chances that one of them will be a star. As Tom ...

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It's Not Idea Overload – It's Filter Failure

At the recent Front End of Innovation conference, Wells Fargo’s Michael Duke presented in a session devoted to innovation metrics. He opened with a slide that asked attendees: Which would you rather have? 1,000 ideas; or 20 working prototypes With a setup like that, what do you think the general response was? Of course getting to 20 working prototypes was ...

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The Twitter Library – For the Record

by Kevin Roberts The US Library of Congress recently announced an agreement with Twitter to create a digital archive of the several billion tweets that have been published on the site since it started life in 2006. The thinking is that this will allow future generations to look back and see what mattered to us, much in the same way ...

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