Innovation News & Analysis
| Tuesday Nov 5, 2013
Where do great ideas come from? The kind that drive innovation -- original ideas with purpose that can transform a person, a business or even an entire industry?
It often seems that there is a random creativity to innovation and a dependence on the unexpected, perhaps even the accidental. We cannot simply say, “go forth and innovate.” Or can we?
| Wednesday Oct 23, 2013
Think about a company like Apple and you probably think, accurately or not, about innovation. We're always waiting for the next big thing. The new. The unusual. The useful. The latest innovation.
"Innovation" is as big of a buzzword as "big data" -- and just as hard to define. Blame it on the very nature of innovation: to innovate means to create change, which, by necessity, implies breaking rules, making mistakes and upsetting the status quo. So how do you define change … and, more importantly, why should you bother?
Canyons of Manhattan/Photo by Asa Aarons
| Monday Oct 21, 2013
Is the key to innovation simply working to solve our own problems?
This was a popular theme at a recent DEMO conference in California's Silicon Valley. Several founders of startups and entrepreneurs echoed that sentiment as they pitched investors and customers about their upcoming projects.
| Thursday Oct 17, 2013
Does how and where you work affect privacy and communication? As anyone who's worked in a cubicle or a corner office can attest, it's an obvious question. And yet, the answer isn't as straight forward. Many tech firms will tell you how open workspaces have helped teams collaborate more efficiently, while most executives know they've made it when they achieve the corner suite. Recently a team of researchers set out to find out the distinct benefits associated with various office spaces and how they affect workspace satisfaction.
| Thursday Oct 3, 2013
What would you say if I asked you what your main objective as a manager was? You'd probably answer that it was to delegate tasks, oversee projects and if there's time, confidently lead your team to success. It seems reasonable, but considering all that you do, how much time is spent actively inspiring your team members?
| Thursday Sep 5, 2013
Deploying a new piece of technology is much more than a technology challenge. It’s a change challenge.
| Tuesday May 28, 2013
Looking back over the last few years, people across every industry and discipline have tried several methods to increase innovation. The executive leadership teams have told people to "speed up product development." They have told people to "fail fast." They have created formal innovation teams and processes. They have put a mix of processes, both formal and informal, for handoffs from the innovation departments to the enterprise at large. They have even gone so far as to set up separate campuses right next to college campuses with the notion that proximity to the youth culture will somehow infect the enterprise.
| Monday May 20, 2013
What’s the key to adopting the kind of marketing innovation that is necessary in today’s environment? According to a new report from Forrester Research, it boils down to one thing: a culture of innovation.
| Monday Mar 25, 2013
It is all clear now. I figured it out. My absolute favorite thing about SXSW is this: The pretentious people say it has jumped the shark. Do you know all those people who are so busy telling everyone “There’s nothing new at SXSW”? Yeah, they’re gone. The people who remain are the ones who are taking risks. The ones who are creating new and interesting stuff. And because the naysayers have taken their negative attitudes home, the makers are free to do even more cool stuff.
| Wednesday Mar 13, 2013
"Innovation occurs at the intersection of fear, opportunity and talent.” -- Bruce Cleveland, Venture Capitalist at InterWest Ventures.
| Monday Mar 11, 2013
"Imitation as Innovation: Lessons from the Shanzhai" was the most intellectually challenging topic from my first day at SXSW. This talk from Lyn Jeffery, Research Director at Institute for the Future and Kris Gale, VP of Engineering at Yammer had so many paradoxes fly about the room, it took a good minute after the presentation was completed before the audience could absorb the messages deeply enough to ask any questions.
| Tuesday Mar 5, 2013
I was recently talking to a colleague who has been tagged to lead innovation for his employer. I was taken slightly aback when he mentioned that some big name strategy consultants told him that creating a culture of innovation was intractable and that he was better off creating a team that popped innovative stuff out.
| Friday Mar 1, 2013
Innovation is dead. Lucky for us, it can be reborn. Or so says Christine Crandell. She’s a B2B strategy, marketing and transformation expert who helps CEOs, CMOs, CROs, COOs and investors accelerate revenue growth. She does it by focusing on the customer experience.
| Tuesday Feb 12, 2013
What are the most innovative companies? Fast Company magazine has come out with its annual take on the top 50.
| Tuesday Dec 4, 2012
Cloud-based social marketing platform, Shoutlet, has upgraded to version 6.0. With this update, it has added a variety of new tools that are sure to enhance the digital marketing experience.