How to Brainstorm Properly

Brainstorming is one of the most over-used words in business today, maybe even most over-used in all organizations. Any time people are trying to come up with ideas, they call it brainstorming. And as a result, the techniques, rules, and methods of brainstorming are twisted and abused to where everyone seems to hate brainstorming and no one seems to be ...

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Real Businesses Have Real Assets

When Enron was formed in 1985 through the merger of two natural gas pipeline companies, it became the second largest gas marketer in the America. Over the next decade the firm grew to be a dominant force in the industry and built a sophisticated trading operation that could compete with the biggest New York banks. It soon became clear that ...

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Make Your Best Decisions Using Brain Science

There’s no perfect way to make good decisions, but knowing what drives really bad decisions is a good start. I’ve always said that the benchmark for making the best decisions is to make the decision that you will be proud to have made. Yet we all make bad decisions. Sometimes they are well-calculated and thoughtful decisions that just lead to ...

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4 Pillars to Letting the Innovation Engine Roar at Total Booster

I met with Michael Offredi, Digital Ecosystem & Innovation Officer at TOTAL, and Delphine Pélisson, Head of The Booster Paris,  and Transformation & Collective Efficiency Catalyst, for an in-depth discovery of this singular corporate business accelerator. What is The Booster purpose? The Booster is a corporate entity that supply other group’s entities with an offering to support innovation and digital transformation. ...

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Top 20 Innovation Articles of October 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 October’s twenty most popular innovation posts: Improve Your ...

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The Design Thinking Playbook

Recently I had the opportunity to interview Michael Lewrick, author of The Design Thinking Playbook. The book has been released recently in English and has become the preferred book for many Universities which aim to teach students about Design Thinking in Europe, Asia and the US. Many organizations use the playbook as reference to kick-start the digital transformation or to ...

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3 Social Entrepreneurs That Are Changing The World From The Bottom Up

When we think about entrepreneurs, we usually think about young technologists in co-working spaces coming up with the next big smartphone app. Yet some of the smartest innovators aren’t working with code or looking for a lucrative exit. They are working to find sustainable solutions to some of the world’s toughest problems. At the recent Falak Unreasonable Summit, I met ...

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Disaster Can Open the Door for Innovation

A catastrophe produces an unexpected set of circumstances and this can lead to opportunities for innovation. In January 1992 a container with 29,000 plastic bath toys was washed overboard in the Pacific Ocean.  They were manufactured in China and were on route to the USA.  They were called Floatees, bath toys consisting of red beavers, green frogs, blue turtles and ...

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