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How to Protect Breakthrough Innovation

Ever since the Netscape IPO in 1995, venture capital has taken on an almost mystical quality. The idea of investors in khakis backing a few kids in a garage to rival the world’s largest corporations has far more romantic appeal than fat-cat bankers chomping away at cigars in stuffy boardrooms. Before long, corporate America wanted in on the action, with ...

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7 Fields and Professions That Are Beginning to Rely on Virtual Reality

Innovations in technology are evolving so rapidly that the sci-fi depictions we dreamed of as children are becoming reality. Cars that drive themselves, mini personal computers with touch screens populate our pockets, and now, virtual reality is becoming increasingly more common — so common, in fact, that professionals of all types are beginning to rely on VR in particular. Here ...

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Fundamentals of Edupreneurship

Entrepreneurship means many things to many people. Perhaps the biggest misconception is that entrepreneurship refers, exclusively, to starting businesses. In fact, if we use the definition that entrepreneurship is the pursuit of opportunity with scarce or uncontrolled resources with the goal of creating user defined value through the deployment of innovation, then it means much more. In fact, there are many ...

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Beware These 10 Innovation Killers

These Innovation Killers are insidious behaviors that you need to get rid of now! After 30 years of watching and helping companies that struggle with innovation I’ve realized that there are a few things that most often stand in the way of innovation. I call them the Innovation Killers; they stealthily eliminate that vast majority of ideas without so much ...

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Why You Should Not Climb The Corporate Ladder

Do you think climbing the corporate ladder is the best chance for career success? Think again. One of the favorite studies I wrote about in Friend of a Friendis Adam Kleinbaum’s research on what he calls organizational misfits. We might think that the people that stick in one silo, stay in one lane, and slowly climb the corporate ladder get ...

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Top 20 Innovation Articles of August 2018

Drum roll please… At the beginning of each month we will profile the twenty posts from the previous month that generated the most traffic to Innovation Excellence. We also publish a weekly Top 8 as part of our FREE email newsletter. Did your favorite make the cut? But enough delay, here are August’s twenty most popular innovation posts: Top Innovative ...

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Top 50 Innovation Twitter Sharers of 2018

We thought it would be a fun summer activity to pull together a list of the top innovation personalities and information sharers on twitter. We knew we follow a lot of great innovation people on twitter (including a lot of the great Innovation Excellence authors) and we were curious to see who you follow or who you think people should ...

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Innovating for Mind, Body and Soul

We all know that we need to capture both the hearts and minds of the consumer if we want an innovation to be successful.  That logic alone does not always sell is clear from the science of psychology, which tells us that emotions play a crucial role in most, if not all consumer decisions.  And for many of us, myself ...

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The Secret to Realizing Your Full Potential

We all have something that makes us extraordinary, and once you figure it out you’re unstoppable! Cutting To The Core If you want to achieve your full potential there is something about yourself that you need to understand intimately and fine tune relentlessly, and it’s something that’s been inside of you all along. It starts with one of my favorite ...

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