Author Archives: Braden Kelley

Mandatory Excellence

What would happen if a government instead harnessed what citizens were truly good at for long enough to affect real accountable results in service to their country? I write this not to advocate mandatory government service, but to call attention to the fact that countries and regions are going to increasingly compete in order to preserve their standard of living, and that those without a public sector innovation strategy will lose out to those who find a way to continuously become more efficient.

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Accelerate Innovation in Your Organization

Are you looking for a way to increase the innovation knowledge in your organization? Looking for a way to begin installing a common innovation language in your organization? Well then, why not do what some of the leading organizations around the world are doing, and go ahead and integrate some Innovation Excellence RSS feeds from the more than 4,000 articles into your corporate portal, innovation management system, or open innovation community.

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Personal Innovation – Shine Your Star

I had a nice conversation with a friend from London today that I haven't spoken with in a while and we got onto the topic of careers. We started talking about my article on Personal Innovation and how in most professional occupations there are the stars and then there is everyone else. We talked about how stars in certain professions might only be 5% better at something than their peers but get paid 5x to 50x more than the rest...

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Are you the 10th person who innovates?

"For every nine people who denounce innovation, only one will encourage it... For every nine people who do things the way they have always been done, only one will ever wonder if there is a better way. For every nine people who stand in line in front of a locked building, only one will ever come around and check the back door."

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Rise and Fall of Innovation at Yahoo!

Can people really innovate when they have to tend to all of their day-to-day responsibilities? Unfortunately, people don't get promoted for being innovative, they get promoted for getting stuff done, developing people, and meeting or exceeding goals or stretch targets. If people are busy making sure they do all that, when are they supposed to innovate?

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Innovation Comes in Many Forms

Innovation comes in all different forms, and there is more than one way to boost profits in organizations. Layoffs are not the only way to improve the bottom line when times get tough. Often asking the right questions can uncover new revenue sources in areas that previously had only been seen as a source of costs.

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How Not to Do Social Media

Despite the fact that Twitter has been around since 2006 and Facebook has been around since 2004, social media is still the bright shiny object in the room (it's still the current marketing fad). People still think they are being innovative if they use it, and unfortunately many people still approach it as something separate and scary instead of treating it as just one tool in the toolbox of anyone working in marketing or innovation.

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