culture

Rewarding Innovation

A reward scheme can make or kill an innovation initiative, such as an idea management process. Considering the amount of effort that goes into launching an idea management process in many companies, it is essential to get the rewards right. In this article we will look at reward schemes supporting an idea management process – one that is ideally supported ...

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Are You Engaging Your Employees?

You may be funny, smart, and easy to dance with, but if you are not engaging employees on an ongoing basis, all of your work in developing a strategic plan will be for naught. In my last two blogs, we talked about informing and inspiring employees during implementation of the strategic plan. The last piece of the puzzle involves engaging ...

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5 Ways to Ignite a Culture of Innovation

Trying to create a culture of innovation is a daunting task for even the most committed organization. Cultures take decades to form. Changing them is not an overnight phenomenon, no matter how many outside consultants you’ve gotten on the case. You might as well try to end world hunger or wipe out Aids overnight. It’s gonna take a while. But ...

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Raising Innovation

Humans are one of the few mammals whose babies are not fully developed at birth.  Unlike horses, whales, etc., human babies can’t stand, walk, or forage on their own at birth.  They are totally dependent upon adult humans for constant, continual support just to live.  We are used to this, we accept it, we don’t expect anything different. Yet, when we discuss the ...

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Are You Pursuing Innovation or Extinction?

Invention without Commercialization = Extinction, not Innovation by Deborah Mills-Scofield My job at Bell Labs was to invent and create.  We dreamed up all sorts of wonderful solutions to problems that did and didn’t exist.  But how did we learn about these problems? Some we just thought up.  Some came from AT&T corporate product management & marketing. But few came from seeing customers firsthand, so ...

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Infovation Powered by Affordable Real Time Data

Powerful and Affordable Real Time Data Mining, Visualization and Interactions Are Enabling Infovation by Idris Mootee I landed in Rhode Island recently to do some long working sessions around where arts meets science, and where design meets technology. We talked about how information changes our life and how it affects the way we make decisions both as an individual and ...

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The Future Of Management (and Education)

And the State Of Design Thinking by Idris Mootee I get a lot of requests to speak to the business and design communities about the state of “design thinking” and how it is being practiced. Talking about what that means is one thing but practicing it in the real world is a different thing. Idea Couture is probably the first ...

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Wiggle Words – Use Them Wisely

Draft Interim Current Version High-Level Rough Illustrative Mock-up Prototype Simulation Rough Draft Possible Top-line Peek Early Look Preview Highlights Working Draft Summary Advanced Copy Potential These are all “wiggle words.” They’re words which get used when what you’re supposed to have delivered isn’t quite there yet. That may be intentional, i.e. you really are providing an early peek in advance ...

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Pop Culture 101 for the In-novator

Innovation is not just a matter of getting new products out the door. It is often just doing things in a different way or, even better, doing different things. Some of us are in-novator in that our innovations stay within our organization. It is not an easier process though. We want things to change, people to move on, teams to ...

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