Author Archives: Jason Williams

Diverse Talent Drives Innovation: A Collision Conference Interview with Rusul Alrubail

Rusul Alrubail

Collision Conference took place in Toronto, Canada May 20-23. It is North America’s fastest growing tech conference, welcoming 25,000+ participants from 125 countries with 45.7% female attendance. I had the opportunity to meet with Collision speaker, Rusul Alrubail, at her Toronto-based Parkdale Centre for Innovation.   Can you tell me a bit more about the Parkdale Centre for Innovation? The Parkdale ...

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5 Ways to Build a More Innovative Culture at Work

company culture

It is said—and widely accepted—that culture eats strategy for breakfast. Company culture is also an important driver for innovation. According to a 2016 Gartner Financial Services Innovation Survey, “The biggest threat to innovation is internal politics and an organizational culture which doesn’t accept failure, doesn’t accept ideas from outside, and/or cannot change.” Another MIT Sloan School of Management study found ...

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Conference Insights: Innova-Con 2019

Earlier this year the International Association of Innovation Professionals (IAOIP) partnered with the U.S. Chamber of Commerce to host Innova-Con. The two-day conference took place in Washington D.C. to highlight the “disruptive and emerging landscape of innovation.” I had an opportunity to catch up with Innova-Con attendee Steve Palmer, founder and owner at Ever Evolving. Steve shared some of his ...

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Innovation ‘Soft’ Skills Matter

Virtual Reality. Artificial Intelligence. Block Chain technology. It’s no secret that the world around us is changing… fast! But ask most employers today and they’ll still probably tell you that people are their greatest assets. In our rapidly changing world, it is more important than ever for the workforce to keep up with the job skills needed that will lead ...

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How to Adopt the Innovative Mindset

Innovation is an iterative process. You can create a detailed plan for how to innovate, but these strategies rarely survive their first contact with the market. “Everyone has a plan until they get punched in the face,” said boxer Mike Tyson. Success comes when you learn to adapt. It is more important to have the right people and mindsets in place than to have a perfectly crafted plan.

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