The Art of Seduction

by Matthew E May Just a quick weekend note. The idea behind the elegance element of seduction is very simple: limiting information creates intrigue and engagement. Why? Because not having the whole story leaves us without the symmetry we naturally seek. So our curiosity is piqued and our imaginations sparked, and off we go to chase closure. My friend Iain ...

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Are You Asking Questions?

Children learn by asking questions. Students learn by asking questions. New recruits learn by asking questions. Innovators understand client needs by asking questions. It is the simplest and most effective way of learning. People who think that they know it all no longer ask questions – why should they? Brilliant thinkers never stop asking questions because they know that this ...

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Innovation Perspectives – Strategy From Above?

This is the fifth of several ‘Innovation Perspectives‘ articles we will publish this week from multiple authors to get different perspectives on The Importance of Innovation Strategy. Here is the next perspective in the series: by Dan Keldsen Arguably there is no important time than NOW to ensure that your organization has an innovation strategy. After all, without a strategy, ...

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Innovation Perspectives – What/Why/When/How/Where/Who

This is the fourth of several ‘Innovation Perspectives‘ articles we will publish this week from multiple authors to get different perspectives on The Importance of Innovation Strategy. Here is the next perspective in the series: by Drew Boyd I keep six honest serving-men(They taught me all I knew);Their names are What and Why and WhenAnd How and Where and Who. ...

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Can You Have Slow Innovation?

by Jeffrey Phillips Just as the peacekeeper missile and “postal service” have entered the lexicon as oxymorons, I’d like to add another: slow innovation. Clearly, slow or cautious innovation is anathema to innovation and an oxymoron. Why is there such an emphasis on speed where innovation is concerned? Innovators have to respond quickly with new ideas, and implement the ideas ...

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Innovation Perspectives – Yes, No, and Everything In Between

This is the third of several ‘Innovation Perspectives‘ articles we will publish this week from multiple authors to get different perspectives on The Importance of Innovation Strategy. Here is the next perspective in the series: by Mike Brown Does an organization need an innovation strategy? Let me say, unequivocally, “It depends.” Depending on its business situation, there are multiple strategic ...

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What's Your Lifeline for Innovation?

by Stephen Shapiro During dinner the other night, I compared crowdsourcing to the lifelines on “Who Wants to be a Millionaire?” Imagine you are sitting in the hot seat. The show’s host asks you a question. You are nervous and can’t think straight. You believe you know the answer to the question, but $64,000 is on the line. You are ...

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Start with the Why

by Matt Heinz Too many sales & marketing messages, unfortunately, talk about “what” and “how”. And at the front of the sales process, that’s a shame. You’re proud of what you’ve built, which is great. You have six new features in the latest version, awesome. But if you lead your pitch with a description of what you’re selling, or how ...

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Top 10 Gary Hamel Insights (Spigit Innovation Summit)

by Braden Kelley I had the good fortune to hear Gary Hamel of London Business School’s Management Innovation Lab speak on the first day of the Spigit Innovation Summit on August 13, 2009. Here are the top ten insights that I captured from Gary Hamel’s speech: We need to openly challenge our corporate management policies and processes, and experiment like ...

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