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Innovation or Not? – Domino’s Hotspots

Innovation can come from a number of different potential sources of inspiration and insight. The most typical source of course is understanding customer needs. This is the source for the whole design thinking movement, but there are still a number of other potential sources of inspiration and insight for potential innovations. But, in this case we will be examining a ...

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Got Open Innovation?

I am calling out the dairy industry and I am asking them a question. Where are your open innovation initiatives? Having done some quick research on the dairy industry in relation to a FMCG project, I am working on, I was a bit stunned to learn how little open innovation activity there seems to be within the dairy industry.

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Is Social Media Unhealthy?

A Harvard University study revealed that during self-disclosure on social media, participants activated the Nucleus Accumbens. This region is important in the development of addictions -- it lights up when someone takes cocaine or other drugs. Self-disclosure activates the same part of the brain associated with the sensation of pleasure -- the same pleasure we get from having sex, eating food, and receiving money.

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Making a Run for the Innovation Border

Do you ever see a product that makes you wonder either: (A) Why didn't I think of that? (B) How come nobody ever thought of that before? Well, those are the thoughts that hit me when I opened the newspaper this morning and was greeted by a surprisingly tasty looking Waffle Taco that Taco Bell is launching to anchor their new breakfast menu.

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The Accidental Innovator

I came across the story of how the multi-Billion dollar Chipotle Mexican Grill chain was started, and some of the missions and strategies that they pursue in their business. Don't worry, all of this is leading to a connection to innovation. Where it has led me, is to an idea that I want you to consider as you look at your innovation efforts. It is the idea of Backwards Innovation. What is Backwards Innovation?

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The Yolks on You

Too often we all run around trying to pluck a gamechanging idea out of thin air that nobody has ever seen, solving a problem that has never been solved, when really if the truth be told, there are still lots of existing problems with lots of solutions that are still waiting for a simple, elegant solution.

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Starbucks' Refreshing Innovation

Sometimes it is better to be late than never. Starbucks recently announced a new line of energy drinks - Starbucks Refreshers. There are two flavors Cool Lime and Very Berry Hibiscus and instead of copying other energy drinks, and use the same active ingredients as the usual suspects, they instead decided to use something uniquely Starbucks - green coffee extract.

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