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Dual Partnership Strategy: Centralized vs. Adaptive Innovation Ecosystems

Being faced with disruption and increasing pace of change, many established companies fail to keep up. They often turn out to be ill-prepared to …

Innovation

The Right Way to Spend Your Innovation Budget

Innovation is famously difficult — many projects end up losing money, frustrating employees, and going nowhere. And yet corporations and governments spend billions of dollars annually pursuing innovation. This huge spending would generate more value for businesses and societies if the innovation …

Innovation

Most Vitamin Pills Are Useless, But Here Are The Ones You Should Take

Forget multivitamins.<p>It seems like simple, obvious advice: eat your vegetables, get some exercise, and - of course - take your vitamins. Or …

Wellness

It's Time To Ditch Performance Improvement Plans. Here's Why

Performance Improvement Plans, or PIPs, are used all over the world—ostensibly to address and improve the work of underperforming or unhappy employees. Unfortunately, they are often remarkably unsuccessful at achieving that outcome.<p>In most cases, PIPs are really used just to buy time before making …

Employment

3M knew your non-stick pan was poisoning you in the ’70s

More proof that conglomerates don’t give a shit about your health.<p>The Intercept has obtained evidence that chemical conglomerate 3M knew about the health dangers of perfluorooctanesulfonic acid (PFOS) and perfluorooctanoic acid (PFOA) since the 1970s. These components were in thousands of everyday …

Selling

Four essential elements to becoming a better writer

A longtime Fast Company contributor shares the tips she’s gathered for creating compelling writing.<p>I was a pretty confident writer when I became a regular contributor for <i>Fast Company</i> three years ago. After all, I’d taught writing at the university level, written several books, and worked with …

Wall Street

These Free Online Courses From Google Will Boost Your Career No Matter What Business You're In

From product design to LinkedIn strategies, Google has a lot to teach executives and entrepreneurs.<p>Google has a lot it wants to teach us. The search giant offers a massive number of online courses, many of them targeted to students or recent graduates through Grow with Google. Others will teach you …

Online Life

A Japanese-Inspired Flat in Singapore Embraces Flexible Spaces

A couple integrate clever space-saving techniques learned from Japanese micro homes via a flat renovation in Singapore.<p>In the high-density HDB public housing precinct of Sengkang, Lee Liting and Chow Khoon Toong of nitton architects have transformed a humble three-bedroom apartment into a stunning …

Living Rooms

Before and After: A Dark 1880s Row Home Gets an Airy Makeover

After suffering years of neglect, a historic row home breathes new life as a chic and modern residence.<p>Kate Hostetter of Brentwood Builders vividly remembers the first time she saw the 1880s brick row home in Lancaster, Pennsylvania. "The home was dark and small and smelled like cat pee—not …

Interior Design

25 Tiny Apartment Dining Rooms that Save Space and Multitask!

Adding a dining area to the already tiny urban apartment feels like an extravagance at times. It is easy to understand why many homeowners struggle …

Interior Design

Historic Warehouse Renovation in Iowa Balances Light and dark Modern Elements

Think of a renovated warehouse residence and the first things that come to our mind are exposed steel ducts, brick walls and a dash of concrete …

Interior Design

4-Room HDBs Designs That Aren’t Your Cookie-Cutter Home

Need ideas for your new HDB apartment? Take cue from these 10 four-room apartments that surprise us with what can be achieved design-wise!<p><b>1.</b> Give a …

Interior Design

5 Ways to Hack Ikea’s Most Popular Statement Light

Easily Ikea’s most beloved light fixture, the Sinnerlig pendant lamp has been making major waves since it first hit the scene back in 2015. The …

16 Small Master Bedroom Ideas That Prove Bigger Isn't Necessarily Better

Sure, a sprawling master bedroom with enough space for a chaise lounge, a fireplace, and enough storage for an entire family sounds lovely, but not …

Home Decorating

I launched unlimited vacation at my company, and it’s still working

Many of the companies that first experimented with unlimited vacation have scrapped those policies. Here’s how one company has made its own version succeed.<p>Two years ago, at an all-staff meeting at Inventium, the innovation consultancy I run, I announced that we’d be introducing unlimited paid …

The Workplace

Team Of Teams: An Emerging Organizational Model

Back in 1980 when Bill Drayton founded Ashoka – the nonprofit organization that helped establish the idea and the practice of social entrepreneurship – he was motivated by a core insight: that individuals with entrepreneurial genius and energy—the kind of people who start new business …

Innovation

A Study of NASA Scientists Shows How to Overcome Barriers to Open Innovation

Open innovation processes promise to enhance creative output, yet we have heard little about successful launches of new technologies, products, or services arising from these approaches. Certainly, crowdsourcing platforms (among other open innovation methods) have yielded striking solutions to hard …

Your Company Needs an Innovation Culture, Not an Innovation Team

You don't become an innovative company by hiring a few people to work on it while everybody else goes through the motions.<p>Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>When was the last time you came across an organization with a digital department? I’m willing to bet it was quite …

Innovation

How to Make Sure Good Ideas Don’t Get Lost in the Shuffle

In 2007 Joseph Golan, a division leader at Elop, an Israeli electro-optics company, faced a challenge.<p>As an experienced manager, he knew that his manufacturing and operation division’s success depended on getting creative ideas from his employees. But he also realized that the existing system was …

How 3M and Cisco use "Technology Platforms" to Inspire Innovation

How to Use and Re-Use Technology to Get Long-Term Business Growth<p>As an advisor and consultant to some of the world's largest and most innovative companies, over the past few years I've seen a dramatic shift within the C-Suite.<p>Today's executives recognize the urgency to explore and invest in …

Innovation

5 Guaranteed Ways To Be Successful (and What Top Innovators Have to Say About Them)

These 5 key principles will change how you think about work.<p>Success. We all want it. But how do we achieve lasting success that actually makes us feel fulfilled instead of burnt-out? Below are five key principles guaranteed to help you reach the kind of success that leaves you challenged, …

The Myth of the Intrapreneur

The Post-It note. Facebook’s “like” button. The Sony PlayStation. These products are all held up as legendary examples of the power of intrapreneurship — entrepreneurial creativity and innovation within large, established organizations. Since the term was coined in the 1980s, intrapreneurship has …

Beyond The Sticky Notes: Aligning Innovation with Corporate Strategy

When we’re trying to innovate within a large corporation, it can often feel like we’re in a foreign country where no-one speaks our language.<p>No …

Failure to Launch: Why the Right Order Matters Most

This expert process has successfully launched over 250 consumer products and shows how the right things, in the right order make for a successful product launch.<p>The product launches that work are the ones that do the right things, in the right order, at the right time. Entrepreneurs with a process …

How to Keep Your Business Thriving in a World Where Everything Can be Copied

Is the displacement of leading companies by copycats the inescapable cycle of business, or is there a secret to remaining a player<p>As a business advisor, I have long been surprised by the large number of industry stalwarts, including Blockbuster, Kodak, and General Motors, that have been dealt major …

A Study of Thousands of Dropbox Projects Reveals How Successful Teams Collaborate

The use of virtual file-sharing platforms like Dropbox, Google Docs, and others has become ubiquitous in business, academic, and other settings. But is your team using such collaborative platforms as effectively as they could be?<p>Whether working on cancer cures or the latest consumer-tech products, …

Top 10

What GE’s Board Could Have Done Differently

During Jeff Immelt’s tenure as CEO of General Electric, from 2001 until 2017, the company’s stock price fell by over 30%, a decline of roughly $150 billion in shareholder value. Since Immelt’s departure, GE’s stock is down another 30%, as its new CEO, John Flannery, has struggled to cope with the …

Wall Street

The wild future of 4D design

A manufacturing technique from MIT’s Self-Assembly Lab that is poised to disrupt everything from furniture to housing finally has market-viable products to showcase. And they are stunning.<p>The future of 4D printing is here—and now available for purchase at New York’s Patrick Parrish Gallery, where …

The Best Career Advice That Almost No One Takes

You’re getting the interviews, but not landing the job. Back at square one every time, you do the usual: polishing your resume and finding new ways to say the same old thing. But if you’re like most people, you won’t do the <i>one thing</i> that could really make a difference in your next job interview.<p>The …

Employment

Why Aren't You Watching These Netflix Hidden Gems Yet?

Remember the feeling of flipping through channels aimlessly, and not landing on anything interesting enough to stop scrolling? Two hundred channels, …