Call for November 'Innovation Perspectives'

November’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 1,300+ people in the ...

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The Innovation War Room

There are three ways to react to an economic crisis. One way is to bury your head in the sand and hope the whole thing just blows over (good luck!). Another way is to run around in a panic-induced cost-cutting frenzy that could seriously impair your company’s long-term growth potential. The third and, of course, smartest way is to recognize ...

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Controlling Innovation

I guess I’ll never fully understand the depth of concern that many management teams have around command and control, especially in an era of constant change. It seems that the more demands are placed on an organization to create new products and adapt to environmental change, the more resistance to that change is created and encouraged at mid and senior ...

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Amazon Gets an 'A' for Innovation

Retail sales are projected to decline this holiday season for the second year in a row, an occurrence unprecedented in the entire history of the federal government keeping statistics on such things. Online retailers will continue to face stiff pricing pressure, as they have for more than a year. Free shipping has become almost the ante in such a competitive ...

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Arguing for Innovation – Patrick Lencioni

Point: Teams that create the best innovations know how to disagree about ideas without interpreting the disagreement as a personal affront. Story: “I feel good when I see that engineering, advertising and manufacturing are really surfacing and talking about their differences,” said the VP of Technology at a successful $100 million firm. “It’s my job to keep the dialectic alive.” ...

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Do Ten Things, Do 100 Things

Ikea OGLA chair – made from 100% post-consumer plastic waste by Kevin Roberts I wrote a few weeks ago about Do One Thing, the Saatchi & Saatchi S initiative to personalize sustainable actions. Real change requires a ground swell of action, but as companies we can take decisive steps that have impact. Walmart recently discontinued issuing paper checks to its ...

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Search Engine Tweet Ranking Algorithms

Anyone remember when Loic LeMeur had the temerity to suggest Twitter rank its search results by the number of followers people have? His post, with 109 comments and reaction from Michael Arrington, Robert Scoble and many others, clearly struck a nerve. Fast forward to the past couple weeks. Both Microsoft Bing and Google announced deals to provide tweets in search ...

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What do you really mean?

Many (okay, let’s be real, nearly all) corporate visions, missions, values, BHAGs (you name it), sound alike. They either extol bland concepts (i.e., “our associates will be the best”) or meaningless ideas (i.e., “our human intellectual capital will leverage world-class synergies”). If you have boring or confusing strategic statements in your business, here’s an approach to correct it: ask the ...

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Join our Innovation Discussions on LinkedIn

I created the Innovation Excellence group on LinkedIn five months ago and it already has 4,750+ members getting together to share innovation articles, discussions, and job postings. Blogging Innovation’s mission is to make innovation and marketing insights accessible for the greater good, and the LinkedIn group is another way for us to help facilitate conversation, collaboration, and education. LinkedIn groups ...

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