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Status Quophiles and Quophobes by Deborah Mills Scofield

Ever know anyone who will explicitly say he/she doesn’t think innovation is important? No! So listen carefully for the magic word – “but”.   Some of you know how much I love to challenge the status quo so here’s my theory: Status Quophiles see the glass as half empty and want to make sure it doesn’t become totally empty.  Status Quophobes are Innovators – they see the half empty glass as half full, waiting to be filled up!

Life’s What You Make It by Tim Kastelle

Well, we’re all getting older. What do you make of it? I ran across an interesting post by Ben Casnocha, which referenced an article by Benjamin Schwarz which includes this comment on John Updike:

The Pitfalls of Prediction by Greg Satell

Prognostication is a multi-billion dollar industry.  We have weathermen, Wall Street Analysts, political pundits and futurologists.  They all claim some expertise.

 

Hang Your Work in a Tree Tonight by Jesse Lyn Stoner

If you do what you love for a living, you’ll never work a day in your life. ~anonymous

An appealing thought, if it means living an integrated life.
However…there’s a big difference between living an integrated life and being consumed by work.

Creativity And Innovation In Small And Medium Size Firms by Idris Mootee

I am in Egypt this week and trying to finish three big Power Point decks, writing 6 documents and finished reading 63 documents with a slow Internet connection. And trying to finalize the editorial content for March 2012 issue of my magazine. It is not easy.

Collaboration Revs Results by Robyn McMaster

Bantering ideas back and forth triggered new insights for me and four other leaders around around the table.  Innovative possibilities spoken helped us see past familiar approaches to consider the experimental.  At times ideas were spoken so quickly it was hard to keep up!

Change will happen whether you like it or not by Jorge Barba

Companies are still scrambling with the rise of social networks like Twitter. If people think you suck they’ll gladly express themselves and let everyone else who listens to them. Oh and by the way, this happens in real-time.

8 Dangers of Collaboration by Nilofer Merchant

Most of what is written about collaboration is positive. Even hip. Collaboration is championed enthusiastically by the Enterprise 2.0 experts, as well as leading thinkers like Don Tapscott as the crucial approach for the 21st century.

Do Nice Guys Finish Last?  By Jonah Lehrer via Ralph-Ohr

In 1948, the legendary baseball manager Leo Durocher declared that “nice guys finish last.” Although Durocher would later deny the quote, his pithy line summarizes a popular and pessimistic take on human nature. When it comes to success, we assume that making it to the top requires ethical compromises.

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Innovation in the Cornfields by Deborah Mills-Scofield

In rural Birmingham, OH, about 40 miles west of Cleveland, one of the world’s leaders in meat processing and food service is innovating in unexpected ways.

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A story is told that one day as Elimelech of Lizhensk, a great rabbi in the 18th century, was riding in a carriage, he noticed a throng of people following.

 

Brainfire for Twitter by Robyn McMaster

“Don’t let Twitter rewire your brain,” Connected Manager, Wayne Trameladvises on the heels of a fast-paced and adventurous interview with Dr. Ellen Weber, of theMita Brain Center.

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When we meet with prospective investors, I don’t speak much, and for good reason. There are three founding partners: Clayton Christensen, Matt Christensen, and me. When Clay is in the room, people want to hear from him.

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Being bold. Not as easy as it may seem…especially for girls and women. I recently posted on my Face­Book Pub­lic Speak­ing Page an arti­cle by Olivia Mitchell, 10 tips for over­com­ing the fear of being bold.

 

EMERGENCE OF TALENT COMMUNITIES… NOT POOLS by Meghan M. Biro

Some technologies are flashy but don’t really change anything at all in how we think about our lives – cloud computing, for example. Unless you’re in the IT industry, odds are you’ve heard a lot about it, but don’t really understand why you should care.

                                                                                                                   

5 idées pour favoriser l’entrepreneuriat à l’école by Kim Auclair

Le 3 novembre 2011 je serai présente au Forum d’automne 2011, un événement qui consiste à favoriser l’entrepreneuriat à l’école.

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In keeping abreast of the megatrends that could impact you and your clients?  In preparing for an upcoming speaking engagement, I did some research on current business trends and became aware of one trend that has increased its impact on my business over the past few years.

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What’s Your Platform for Value Co-Creation? By  Graham Hill

A couple of years back I wrote a speculative blog post at CustomerThink entitled How Customer Co-Creation is the Future of Business. In many ways my prediction was right, Customer Co-Creation IS the future of business, but not exactly in the way I had imagined.

 

Two Footed Questions Fuse Arts and Science by Ellen Weber

Two-footed questions drive curiosity and they can convert even ordinary minds, into expert problem solvers?

Marketing, Science and Pseudoscience by Greg Satell

“Science” is a word that gets thrown around a lot.  We hear that “scientists say” so and so and then hear later that other scientists say something totally different.

 

More Mental Oomph though Others! By Robyn McMaster

Just go down diagonally…

 

Come On Over by Nilofer Merchant

First, I would spend a month or two in a frenzy of painting, and buying new furnishings that I wanted to arrive immediately, hanging art up in just the perfect spot, updating floorboards, changing out light fixtures and, well, obsessing to make the place “homey”.

 

Why Creative People Are Rarely Seen as Leaders by Susan Cain via Ralph Ohr

We are in love with the word “Eureka,” and for good reason.  Creativity is magic: the ability to create something out of nothing, to make connections that others don’t see.

 

Strategic Innovation And The Quest For Breakthrough Ideas by Idris Mootee

Innovation is now a very hot topic at the C-Suites. I have speaking a lot on the subject the last 5 years. The funny part is I am talking about Strategic Innovation and many still talk about Technology Innovation as if it was the sole source of innovation.

 

A step backward by Tim Brown
The UK has long had an impressive track record of producing successful designers and engineers. Many credit that success to a focus on design within the education system. Significant investments were made in the second half of the 20th Century on design and engineering programs at the University level but more importantly for the last 20 years design and technology has been mandated as part of the core curriculum in high schools.

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Forget the Geisha, Bring in the Samourai…by Marion Chapsal

Once upon a time, there used to be a little Japanese girl, named Yoshiko. She had lost her father at the age of 8. She was raised like most little Japanese girls of her generation, in the 50s, to be a perfect mistress of the tea ceremony

 

Innovation Trick: Turn Something Old into Something New by

Erik Sherman via Ralph-Ohr

HP (HPQ) partnered with a semiconductor manufacturer to create a new line of high-performance servers for use in supercomputing. So, who’s the lucky chip vendor? Intel (INTC)? Nope. AMD? Not even close.

 

How to Evaluate Your Current Company Culture by Heather R. Huhman

Many job seekers are now evaluating prospective employers based on company culture. Candidates want to determine how they will fit in and if the environment is right for them before they’re hired.

 

Seize the Day – Power Up Creativity by Robyn McMaster

C Carpe Diem – Seize inspiration and
R Run with ideas to see where they can take you
E Explore and play, never stopping…
A Angle your line for hours as a person who fishes
T Talk with creatives and people outside your field till your brain’s abuz-z-z-z-z
I Initiate from within – unleashing your potential
V Vacuum cobwebs – relax and  refresh your spirit
I Idle the motor – simply daydream when you feel like it…
T Touch your soul – Thank God and be grateful
Y Yes, yes, yes. Curiosity and discovery can increase a natural drug

 

What Do You Think? By Greg Satell

If you were to share a strong opinion what would it be?  Not just any opinion, but one you believe in your bones, one that defines you.  Surely, it wouldn’t be hard to find someone with the opposite view.

 

Discovering Gold through Innovation by Tim Kastelle

One of the weird trends in spam comments now is that through services like mechanical turk people are getting paid to make marginally relevant comments that link back to some spammy site. This makes getting rid of spam a lot harder. However, while I was running through a recent batch, I ran across a comment that got me thinking (I still trashed it though). It was: “I agree. Ideas really are like commodities now.”

 

What Makes CEO’s Good for Innovation? By Stefan Lindegaard

I pondered on this question and decided to reach out to some of my friends at Psion, a leader on rugged mobile computing solutions.

 

Most People Are Daydreaming 46% Of The Time by Aimee Groth

If you’ve ever been to a yoga class, your teacher probably harped on you about “mindfulness,” or being present — because it puts you in a better mood. 

 

Searching for Q’s: ASQ and the Future of Quality by Bruce Waltuck

The American Society for Quality (Now officially just “ASQ”) has a long and rich history of advocacy and teaching in the field of quality improvement. The origins of the quality movement are reflected in the Society’s original name- ASQC, or the American Society for Quality Control.

 

Just Do It! By Gary Schirr

Since I had been involved in new service development as well as in several startups before becoming an academic I was skeptical of formal product development models such as stage gate.

 

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You Get Better at What You Do by Tim Kastelle 

If you want to get better at innovation, you have start innovating more.

That probably sounds obvious, but in practice, not all that many people do it.

I was reminded of this by an interesting post by John Gruber discussing Apple’s transition to cloud computing. It includes this section:

 

10 Divergent Strategies – Break through the Box! By Robyn McMaster

Why is it that creative people tend to break rules? Innovators imagine something that will work better. They don’t like being boxed in, but somehow have a glint in their eyes for the adventure of a challenge. Is that where you see yourself?

 

Why Trends Are For Suckers by Greg Satell

It feels good to be trendy.  You can be sure that you’ll have a lot of company.  And that’s exactly the problem.  It’s easy to go wrong when everybody around you thinks it’s right.

 

Paradox of Innovation & Intellectual Property by Deb Mills-Scofield

Yesterday was the 3rd Open Innovation Summit at BW‘s Center for Innovation & Growth: Practical Challenges of Global Open Innovation featuring P&G.  Too much happened for one post so I’m going to do one on each panelist’s story and discussion, starting with Kelly McDow, Associate General Counsel for P&G’s Connect+Develop.

 

A Cool Neurological Explaination for the Power of Small Wins by Bob Sutton

Regular readers of this blog know that I am a huge fan of the power of small wins, and following Karl Weick’s classic article, have argued in Good Boss, Bad Boss and here at HBR that big hairy goals cause people to freak-out and freeze-up if they aren’t broken down into smaller stepping stones.

 

Seven Steps To Better Brainstorming. Or May Be There Are More. Is Brainstorming The Right Word? By Idris Mootee

Let’s start with this…this is not the best title. I really don’t like the word “brainstorming.” It means a group of people getting together to generate a lot of deas for the solution of a problem.

 

Why Right Brainers Will Rule The Future By Diane Jacobsen

Traditional business thinking has generally followed a linear, compartmentalized process that molded the sum of its various known parts into a logical, pragmatic solution. This process was born primary out of the dawn of manufacturing, which attenuated the sequenced progression, and didn’t allow for continuous discovery, collaboration, rapid prototyping, or integrated thinking.

 

We Have Designed, We Build, You Will Runby by Thierry de Baillon

However we want to call it, Enterprise 2.0, social business or collaborative whatsitsname, what we are watching now is a vendors-claimed increasing evolution toward maturity of leading platforms. During its last symposium, the Gartner Group held a session entitled “Managing Social Software Maturity: Supporting Pioneers and Settlers“, and is predicting a near-billion figure for the social software market in 2011.

 

The Cycle of Innovation (Closing Thoughts) by Paul Williams via Ralph Ohr

Hopefully our step-by-step review of the Continuous Innovation Loop has been helpful.  I wanted to use a separate blog entry to focus on how the individual steps link together.

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How Open Innovation & Modularity Accelerate Innovation at PsionTeklogix by Andrea Meyer via @ralph_ohr

Point: Use open innovation and modularity to identify new product/service needs and accelerate your pace of innovation

 

Don’t look for examples, be the example by Jorge Barba

I have a client who has (so far) the only SaaS payroll management solution for small businesses in Mexico. This is both great and bad. Let me explain…

In our initial meeting I was told they used Workday as an example to follow. Their reasoning was that Workday has a very simple to use and intuitive interface, plus they are the ‘leaders’ in the field. The studied them rigorously and brought the same principles over to their solution.

 

The No. 1 Reason Companies Don’t Innovate by Deborah Mills Scofield

This saga of Congress, the White House and the budget is horrendous.  If they can’t agree on 1% of the budget for six months, can they really create a budget to cut the deficit and debt for a year?

You Have the Power to Choose Prosperity by Umair Haque

Our forebears struggled, toiled, fought, and sweated for generations to create a future better, wealthier, stronger than their own. The gifts they handed down — democracy, markets, justice, opportunity, reason, equality, liberty — are the fundamental institutions — the building blocks — of enduring, authentic prosperity.

What Do You Do with Criticism? By Robyn McMaster

 

During a state conference, when I began working with Ellen Weber, someone asked a question that I perceived totally “put down” brain research. Ever experience that?

 

Father as leader by John Maeda

I have regular open office hours for students, staff, and faculty — a practice that is often suggested for college presidents and for other leaders — the so-called “open door” philosophy. You learn all kinds of things about your organization when you do so.

 

Taking it home, part 2: passion, permission and prototyping by

Tom Maiorana via @ariegoldshlager

We just wrapped up a Design Thinking Bootcamp with 37 executives from around the globe. A few came from start-ups, others from large corporations. We even had a few folks from governmental agencies. Despite the difference in organizational backgrounds, one thing was on almost all of our participants’ minds: “How do we make design thinking work back home?”

 

What’s Political about Human Brains? By Ellen Weber

Have you ever wondered how political leaders’ brains work for or against ethics, reason and emotion?

News of political infighting, stalemates, accusations and posturing flood us daily.  We watch  opportunities for greatness fade, when political leaders  fail to grow emotional and rational skills to achieve what they campaigned for. But do you know why  brain operations differ between ethical and self-serving  public leaders?

 

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12 Sparks for Heads-Up Creativity by Robyn McMaster

Do you find your creativity at a lull and needing a jolt at times?  For extra spark, gain insights from leaders and designers to jump-start your creativity.  Consider the following:

 

Three Steps for Inventing the Future by Tim Kastelle

That’s the idea that framed yesterday’s post – Where’s My Flying Car? I argued that as innovators, our job is to invent the future – and that in doing so, instead of trying to come up with something that has never existed before, like a flying car, we’re better off trying to figure out how things that already exist can be redesigned so that they mean something completely new.

 

Why I’m Glad I Got Fired by Nilofer Merchant via @timkastelle and @ralph_ohr

I came to be an expert on collaboration because Carol Bartz both hired me and fired me — within 18 months. Here’s what happened.

 

Creativity – Risk or Regret? By Ellen Weber

If you agree with Sir Ken Robinson that creativity gets clobbered at school, you’ll likely also agree it takes risk to create and lead a finer future.

 

Making creative connections: What matters is that you make them by Jorge Barba

While there are a lot of organizations that aggregate trends (see Trend Hunter and Trend Watching to name a few), people often ask me how believable those trends are and if they should be arriving at the same conclusions while doing their own trend hunting.

 

Game Mechanics and Landscape Design for Customer Value Creation by  Riitta Raesmaa

I recently met a marketing professional who had seen the “social light”, or should I say Social Business Light. He was stressed about the fact that most of his colleagues and the management “don’t understand the value of social media and what is happening within marketing communication”. Very familiar set up!

 

The Power of Observing and Talking to Real Humans by Bob Sutton

Although Good Boss, Bad Boss focuses more squarely on the relationship between bosses and their immediate charges, one of the main themes of the book — following a design-thinking view of the world — is that the best bosses go to great lengths to develop empathy for both the people they lead and the customers served by their teams and organizations. 

 

“Build to Fail” And “Fail To Build” Can Have Different Meanings. To Fail Is Part Of To Build. To Fail Is To Hep To Build To Last. I Hope I’m Not Confusing You. By Idris Mootee

In London this week, fully packed with meetings. Staying at St. Marins Lane and it is one of my favourite hotels in London. Both for style and location even I am not the saturday night crowd that hangs out in the cocktail lounge. I am getting a lot of work done writing and editing for the next issue of M/I/S/C. Deadline is a few days away.

 

Innovation – Matching Needs and Solutions by Ralph Ohr

While revisiting some collected innovation readings, I recognized that it might be important to briefly emphasize again one “fundamental”: the distinction between needs and solutions.

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The Art of the Dumb Question by Deb Mills-Scofield

When I was a child, my parents always answered a question with an answer that led to another question.  So early on, I learned to just keep asking questions.  It drove my teachers nuts (don’t get me started on education!) and drives my husband nuts (like that’s the only reason!).  Just to bug my husband further,  I’ve taught our kids to do the same thing!  Despite this annoying habit, it’s served me pretty well in my career, learning a lot (much of which I can’t remember) along the way.

 

Spur your Personal Growth with Creative Guidance by Teresa van Lanen

I once heard that all the answers and support are right in front of us, clearing the mind and opening the spirit will get us there. It’s kind of like when you can’t find your car keys or the one sock that matches the other in your hand and no matter how hard you try to retrace your steps and dig through the drawer, you cannot find it

 

Tapping for Emotional Freedom by Kat Tansey

I’ve been fooling around with the Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT), or “Tapping” as it is being called by more and more people, for several years.

 

Small Things Are Big by Becky Robinson

We’ve had a lot of new visitors to Weaving Influence over the past few days.

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We’ve also had a lot of conversation from visitors who have commented for the first time. Thank you.

 

Dinosaur Communications Hold You Back? By Ellen Weber

Dinosaur communication departments impede innovation, much like spiked speed bumps obstruct an Indianapolis 500 race.

 

Maker, fixer, tinkerer, techie, hacker, inventor, whiz by Clare O’neill

Recognise yourself in the title?  You are legion…

In a fascinating survey, researchers at MIT have shown that UK consumers spend more on product development than the whole of UK industry does. 

 

Pollen’s Love Released in France!…Oh la la! By Marion Chapsal

Last saturday, at the cinema,  as I was waiting in a joyful excitement for The King’s Speech to start, I came across an amazingly surprising and beautiful trailer.

 

Could it be time for a change? By Robyn McMaster

If you went down the hall and peered inside Bologna’s standard 11th Century lecture room, you wouldn’t feel as if you were in a museum.  You would feel at home.  John Medina in Brain Rules Minus mikes and PowerPoints, what’s the difference?

 

Change Management by Lubaia

How do you manage changes in your project?

The change is one of the most difficult things to deal with during a project. There are many reasons for this, you don’t have extra resources, the project timeline can not change, the budget is short, etc.

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