Call for June Innovation Perspectives

June’s opportunity to contribute your Innovation Perspectives is now here. This monthly feature presents our loyal readers with different perspectives on a single topic all in one place – from several different authors. It gives our innovation community the opportunity to compare, contrast and discuss them in the comments here on Blogging Innovation and with the 3,100+ people in the ...

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Innovation Perspectives May Wrapup

Innovation Perspectives is our monthly feature to present our loyal readers with different perspectives on a single topic all in one place along with the ability to compare, contrast and discuss them in the comments here on Blogging Innovation and in the Continuous Innovation group on LinkedIn. May’s topic was: “How should firms collaborate with customers and/or value chain partners ...

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The Romance of Creativity

If you are trying to bring something new into the world, know this: The creative process is very much like a relationship. And like most relationships, it usually begins with fascination — that curious state of mind that keeps you spellbound, charmed, and aroused. Whenever someone gets a new idea, a kind of romance begins. For many of us, just ...

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Turning Thoughts into Action

All action and no thinking is bad; so too is all thinking and no action. The search for perfection can easily lead to procrastination. Because we cannot conceive an ideal solution we keep searching and searching. We use one thinking tool after another and fall into paralysis by analysis. For most situations in life, there is a time for thought ...

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Is Twitter Innovative? – @biz at #wif10

Social Networking was well represented at the World Innovation Forum including discussion of Web 2.0 from former Amazon Chief Scientist Andreas Weigend, technology venture capitalist Brian Shawn Cohen and Twitter co-founder @Biz Stone. At events, I use Twitter for taking notes (I’ll quote a few in this post). RT @stephenshapiro: Biz stone from twitter on the stage. Surreal tweeting about ...

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World Innovation Forum 2010

I just returned from the World Innovation Forum in NYC. My big insight? Thought leaders will soon be a thing of the past. In their place? Feeling leaders — business savants who have made the journey from head to heart and aren’t afraid to let the rest of us know what they’ve learned along the way. I’m not talking warm ...

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Work Out With A Little Help From Your Friends

In the Participation Economy, we’re all connected. Our days are centered around social media, email, text messages, Blackberries, iPhones and e-Readers. Facebook and LinkedIn have become such a big part of our lives that they’re almost irreplaceable. We’re so interconnected, that even the smallest decisions are made by a collective We, rather than the individual. Want to go to a ...

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Innovation versus Innovative

I’ve been thinking lately about differences between the words “innovation” and “innovative,” not so much in the dictionary sense though. More about what the two words suggest to people – where they overlap and where they are different. For me, innovation implies something process-oriented, structured, and clearly intent on creating something markedly new and different from what existed before. Innovative ...

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Intuit – Relentless Focus on the Customer

A few years back I had the opportunity to soak up the wisdom of Scott Cook, the founder of Intuit, as he reflected on the history of his company. Intuit is the maker of Quicken, QuickBooks and TurboTax accounting software applications. Intuit recently announced its quarterly results – an incredible 13 percent increase in revenue and a 16 percent rise ...

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Patents Do Not Guarantee Innovation Success

I see that Forbes has ranked Raleigh one of the most innovative cities in the US. This was based on a couple of factors: Number of technology and science jobs Number of “creative” jobs Number of patents per capita Amount of venture capital invested per capita I’ll not spend my time debating these criteria, although I could easily argue that ...

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