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5 Ways to Measure Whether Your Idea Will Become a Great One… or Fail Miserably.

Gauge Effectiveness of Ideas

“Everything begins with an idea.” Right? Uhhmmm… not really. Instead, everything begins with a problem. Something happens (or doesn’t happen) that highlights a problem that either already exists or could exist. And more importantly, the need for a solution is born. The bigger or more widespread the problem, the more pressing an answer to that problem is, as well as ...

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Thought Commerce™ – 3 Ways to Recognize It; Why You Should Care

Thought Commerce

“Thought.” Thought is epically powerful and hugely important. Tony Robbins, Bob Proctor, and before them, Napoleon Hill – all motivational rock stars – consistently drill into their audiences that NOTHING becomes a reality until or after it’s first a thought. Another variation on this idea is, “If you cannot conceive it, you cannot achieve it.” Both those expressions can seem ...

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Leading Innovation in the Digital Age

This is the third & final article on embracing digitization, transformation and innovation. We are living in an era where that is defined by one continual exponential technology wave after another, called the Digital Age. It is transforming everything we do, from how we do business and especially in how we learn, lead and coach people. In fact, we have ...

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The Opportunity Cost Of Not Innovating

It seems to be ingrained in businesses to ask, “what’s the cost?” when considering a new innovation, but rarely do they ask, “what’s the size of the opportunity we miss if we don’t do this?”.   Business history is unfortunately plagued with examples of companies that have paid a high price for not innovating. Such as AT&T missing the mobile ...

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Don’t Worry About People Stealing Your Ideas

Chester Carlson worked on his idea for years. It was tough, messy work and when his wife tired of the putrid smells, sulfur fires and occasional explosions emanating from the kitchen, his experiments were exiled to a second floor apartment in a house his mother-in-law owned. It took years, but he came finally up with a working prototype. He tried ...

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Innovation – More Powerful Than Marketing?

What always surprises us when working with big companies is that innovation is usually primarily seen as a growth tool. It is less commonly talked about as a brand-building tool. That’s usually seen to be the domain of big advertising campaigns that supposedly land enduring brand values. What if the best form of marketing wasn’t, in fact, marketing? At The ...

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Six Things You Have to Believe in Order to Succeed

Success, in business and in life, is about following a set of beliefs that will guide your journey when nothing else can. “Practice the right beliefs and somehow the world starts to present you with opportunities you’d otherwise never notice, practice the wrong ones and opportunities pass you by like noontime shadows, fleeting and barely noticed.” Beliefs are like finely ...

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Duplicate Ideas – Sometimes the Noise is the Signal

Duplicate Ideas - Sometimes the Noise is the Signal

When I started running my first crowdsourcing employee innovation program, I inherited an internal software platform. The prior program manager had just completed a proof-of-concept, and I was hired to move the program from test to launch and scale for 88K employees. As I was hired, new product features were being developed based on lessons learned from the pilot. One ...

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