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Tag: innovation

  • Employee Experience: From Surface Value to Substance

    Employee Experience: From Surface Value to Substance

    The complex mix of people, facilities, IT tools and processes that make up a workplace are now being grouped under the umbrella of "employee experience."  And it makes sense.

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  • Is Humility the Secret to Business Success Today?

    Is Humility the Secret to Business Success Today?

    Don’t mistake the recent dishonorable departure of Uber CEO Travis Kalanick as an isolated incident. It’s a sign of something bigger — and something that often goes unacknowledged in today’s business world.  Beneath the “office casual” surface of modern business life, unshakable confidence still reigns as the unspoken ideal.

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  • Driverless Cars: Fact or Fiction?

    Driverless Cars: Fact or Fiction?

    The 1950s TV anthology Science Fiction Theater (SFT) featured farfetched ideas to entertain young viewers. Episodes covered outlandish concepts like driverless cars and wireless mobile heart monitors.  Wait, what?  Yes, many of today’s innovations were once the fodder for sci-fi drama.

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  • Tame the Anarchy of Innovation with a Process-Driven Culture

    Tame the Anarchy of Innovation with a Process-Driven Culture

    Almost universally, innovation is regarded as a positive force. In fact, in today’s fast-paced business environment, it’s often considered essential for business survival.

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  • Get Collaboration Right, and Innovation Will Follow

    Get Collaboration Right, and Innovation Will Follow

    Establishing innovation as part of the way we work in the digital workplace is the holy grail for many organizations.  What we see, however, is that as we transplant face-to-face activities into virtual working, we lose that opportunity for innovation.

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  • SAP's Ann Rosenberg Talks About Innovation With a Purpose

    SAP's Ann Rosenberg Talks About Innovation With a Purpose

    Ann Rosenberg drives "innovation with a purpose."  As vice president and head of Global SAP University Alliances and SAP Next-Gen Labs, she's tasked with aligning SAP's efforts with the United Nation's global goals  for sustainable development.

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  • Why So Many Large Companies Stink at Innovation

    Why So Many Large Companies Stink at Innovation

    Coca Cola recently closed its Founders start-up incubator, citing difficulties in combining start-ups and the corporation.  No doubt a substantial investment to walk away from. But connecting innovation incubators, specialist R&D units and innovation teams into the wider workforce rarely meets with success.

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  • The Secret to Start-Up Success: Your Ecosystem

    The Secret to Start-Up Success: Your Ecosystem

    Robert “Kim” Wilson has spent the last four years researching what makes some start-ups successful and others not.  Last year he published the outcome of his research in the book “They Will be Giants,” which focused on entrepreneurs in the 21st century.

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  • Innovation: The Elephant in the Room

    Innovation: The Elephant in the Room

    Chances are, innovation is a strategic objective of your organization, if not exactly spelled out in those terms.  It might be an overarching statement to encourage people to work smarter, or plans for a culture change program, an idea capture exercise, or even training in skills such as design thinking.

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  • Leadership Traits that Stop Innovation in Its Tracks

    Leadership Traits that Stop Innovation in Its Tracks

    The pace of digital disruption is increasing by the day. And as the saying goes, change is the only constant.  Digital disruption challenges business models, alters workplaces and brings career paths into question. To survive in this new normal world, organizations must constantly innovate.

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  • Digital Transformation: The Latest Flavor in the History of Innovation

    Digital Transformation: The Latest Flavor in the History of Innovation

    Digital is the latest promise in a long line of technology-driven innovation advances.  Take your pick: digital value, digital transformation, digital customer experience, digital business, even digital disruption. All are top of mind right now with executives from backroom operations to the board room.

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  • Innovation Management Tools For Any Business

    Innovation Management Tools For Any Business

    Innovation is necessary for all forward-thinking businesses, but that doesn't mean sitting around waiting for a "lightbulb" moment to happen.  For innovation to succeed, it must be as intentional as every other business endeavor you undertake — which means you need tools to make it easier and keep your efforts

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  • Innovation's Challenge: Focus on the End User

    Innovation's Challenge: Focus on the End User

    It’s the year 2030. You step into your Tesla-powered self-driven car, sit back and listen to Zoro (Siri's older brother) as he reads your high priority emails to you.   As you drive past locations you've visited before, your car window becomes a transparent image library, allowing you to reminisce about that time you shared a waffle with your fiancé at iHop.

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  • 5 Hallmarks of the Everyday Innovator

    5 Hallmarks of the Everyday Innovator

    Innovators are a bunch of super-smart scientists or supremely creative beings.  Or so we're led to believe. The good news is that most innovation doesn't come from an archetypal innovator or from "Eureka!" moments. So let's leave the lab coats and top pockets filled with leaky pens to them.

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