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By Reg Cheramy | Collaboration, digital transformation and the future of work!

The Best Brainstorming is Divergent

You have a problem. You gather a group of smart, creative people and say, <i>Let’s brainstorm</i>. Together, you bounce around a bunch of ideas, whittling …

Creativity

Identifying and Implementing Innovation Measures

For most companies, innovation has become a top priority. To rate innovation performance, quantitative performance indicators are often used. Some</i> …

Innovation

3 Ways to Create a Startup That People Will Want to Tell Their Friends About

To deliver products that compel customers to spread the word on your behalf, you've got to cultivate a culture that is ripe for innovation to thrive.<p>Recently, I came across a divine invention: the cupcake ATM from Sprinkles Cupcakes. Not only do Sprinkles' vending machines dispense cupcakes …

Startups

Want to Come Up With More Brilliant Ideas? This Is the Key Ingredient, According to Social Science

When the pressure's on, people produce--so says conventional wisdom--but is this true for creativity?<p>Teresa Amabile, a social psychologist and Harvard Business School professor, has been conducting studies about creativity in the workplace for years in her quest to open up the "black box" of …

Creativity

Don't Use These 3 Phrases If You You Want to Foster Innovation at Your Company

The words you use can send subtle messages about company practices and priorities.<p>Innovation is widely perceived as one of the most powerful tools for business survival and growth in a fast-changing world, so it makes sense that everyone, no matter what industry or field, is eager to jump on the …

Bram Stoker

3 Things You Need To Know To Become A Stormboard Sticky Note Expert - Stormboard Blog

Whether you are brainstorming with your team, designing a product, or holding an annual general meeting, you will be adding ideas to your Storm using …

Brainstorming

How Journaling by Hand Changed My Life

In the summer of 2015, I picked up a book called <i>The Artist's Way</i>, a manual on how to rediscover the creativity we lose in adulthood. It lays out a …

Marie Curie

Lean Start-Up's Newest Tool is a Game Changer for All Innovators

Use Innovation Accounting to Drive the Metrics that Matter Most for Your New Venture or Start-Up<p>As the field of innovation management matures, many entrepreneurs and companies have built solid capabilities in design thinking, rapid prototyping, portfolio management, open innovation, and the list …

Innovation

The Department of Energy May Have Hit on a New Model for Accelerating Breakthrough Innovation

A blueprint for discovering the technologies of the future and bringing them to market<p>It often seems easy to know when the next big thing is upon us. Someone like Steve Jobs or Elon Musk stands on stage and tells us what they are planning to launch. The business press gets excited, pundits swoon …

Innovation

The 70-20-10 Rule

A simple principle for managing scarce resources<p>One of the things I always get asked about from the companies I work with is how to manage their innovation resources. Should they bet big on an unproven, but possibly breakthrough idea? Or focus on improving the products that they already know their …

Too Many Experts Can Hurt Your Innovation Projects

If you need an appendectomy, call a surgeon. But if you’re seeking a CEO for a surgical device company, an MD may not be your best choice.<p>To be sure, entrepreneurs in highly specialized and technical industries need the knowledge that only users (doctors, lawyers, engineers, and the like) can …

Management

The Future Of Creativity & A New Challenge

At this point, “design is a competitive advantage” is an understatement. As new interfaces transform the way we work and live, designers, and …

Innovation

9 common-sense rules for getting the most out of meetings |

<i>iStock</i><p>Veteran financier Ray Dalio has been in every kind of meeting: the good, the bad and the ugly. Here’s how he keeps his meetings focused and …

Management

How To Track Your Important Tasks In Stormboard - Stormboard Blog

Staying on top of your tasks, seeing what the rest of your team is working on, and assigning new tasks is an integral part of any project — …

Microsoft Excel

The Holy Grail Of Innovation In Today’s Digital Era

In the fourth industrial revolution, we are facing several shifts, from technology to social changes, at a pace we have never seen before. Challenges …

Innovation

How Mindset is Greater Than Process, Every Time

Everyone wants to innovate, but they often get stuck finding a framework and toolset to innovate with. The secret? Focus on mindset first.<p>When organizations first experiment with innovation, they tend to be anxious. They are unsure of the unknowns. <i>What has to change? How can we measure the return?</i> …

Innovation

8 digital transformation resolutions for CIOs in 2018

Recent research shows that companies are making a lot of efforts towards digital transformation. Here are eight ways to do things better in the new …

Project Management

Groundbreaking empirical research shows where innovation really comes from

Breaking down barriers for underrepresented kids could quadruple America’s pool of inventors<p>Gaps in opportunity for talented kids with low socioeconomic status don’t just hold back poor, female, black, or Latino children as individuals they also impose potentially enormous losses to society as a …

Innovation

Which Innovation Model Is Right for Your Company? 11-17

Innovation is a leading priority for CEOs: more than 70% list it as one of their top three areas of focus. Yet only 16% of companies we’ve surveyed …

How To Pick The Best Ideas After A Brainstorming Session

You’ve just had a productive brainstorming session with your team and there have been a lot of ideas generated — both good and bad. Your ideas are …

Brainstorming

T-Mobile: Digital transformation has to start with your employees first

We caught up with Scott Tweedy, vice president of strategic transformation at T-Mobile, to talk shop.<p>For T-Mobile, digital transformation starts …

T-Mobile

How to Excel at Both Strategy and Execution

For decades, we’ve often thought of leadership profiles in unique buckets—two popular varieties were the “visionaries”, who embrace strategy and think about amazing things to do, and the “operators”, who get stuff done. We intuitively knew that there must be leaders that span these areas, but in …

Howard Schultz

Figure Out Your Company’s Make-or-Break Strategic Problems, Then Use Small Teams to Solve Them

Can a large incumbent company rediscover how to act like an agile start-up?<p>I believe the answer is yes, though success depends largely on another question: Can the executive team learn to get out of the way?<p>Behaving like an agile start-up implies speed, a sharply defined mission, and a deep …

Leadership

Steve Blank on the Next 50 Years of Business Innovation

In his commencement speech at ESADE, the entrepreneur spoke with the class of 2014 about the future of entrepreneurship and the role new generations play in inciting change.<p>President Bieto, Dean Sauquet, members of the faculty, distinguished guests, and ladies and gentlemen…Thank you for the kind …

Innovation

The Innovation Strategies That Lead to Success (Infographic)

At many companies, innovation is highly valued but not prioritized.<p>Most companies acknowledge that innovation is vital to achieving success, yet more than half of businesses don't have any innovation strategies in place. The reality is that there are some true roadblocks--like resource and budget …

Innovation

How To Measure Innovation (To Get Real Results)

Metrics are a combination of art and science. The trick is to inspire action around the goals you set.<p>There’s an elephant in the room when it comes to “innovation.” And it’s an ironic elephant given that we’re all so hooked on data analytics, a/b testing, and getting metrics for anything and …

Innovation

The Seven Deadly Sins of Large Company Innovation

Commercializing innovations – creating net new businesses repeatedly and at scale – is the business challenge of our time. In the last two years, I have spoken privately with over 100 public company Chief Executives, and nearly every one of them is focused on growth – and specifically, net new …

Entrepreneurship

Why Big Companies Struggle With Innovation

<i>George Deeb is the Managing Partner at Chicago-based Red Rocket Ventures, a growth consulting, advisory and executive staffing firm based in Chicago.</i><p>As I have been doing startup consulting at Red Rocket, I have also had many executive conversations with several big companies. These companies were …

John Sculley

The 3 KPIs for Innovation

You are probably measuring your innovation teams in the wrong way.<p>Part of the problem with innovating is that it is hard to measure your success. Many groups will work for a long time struggling to develop new ideas, refine them, and measure their likely success. For a long time, the team may feel …

Creativity