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Is Your Management Structure Helping or Hindering Innovation?

Is Your Management Structure Helping or Hindering Innovation?

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Should You Destroy the Hierarchy? The traditional top-down structure in organizations can be a powerful inhibitor to innovation. It is a reflection of a command and control style of leadership... read more

Many Great Business Innovations Started as New Ways of Reaching Customers

Many Great Business Innovations Started as New Ways of Reaching Customers

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Instead of finding a new product or a new market try looking for a new route to an existing market. In the late 19th century people living in rural America... read more

Making Open Innovation Stick

Making Open Innovation Stick

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The publication, in 2003, of Henry Chesbrough’s book “Open Innovation” spawned a movement that has since swept across the industrial landscape and changed forever how companies think about innovation. The... read more

From Crowdsourcing to Execution: How to Use Innovation Software Effectively

From Crowdsourcing to Execution: How to Use Innovation Software Effectively

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Innovation has lately become a more democratic process for many businesses; ideas can now come from anywhere and anyone in the organization, and still be recognized as valuable, regardless of... read more

Try Perpetual Beta for Continuous Innovation

Try Perpetual Beta for Continuous Innovation

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Whatever your product or service think of it as a piece of software. Now put it into a state of perpetual beta. This is a term used by software developers... read more

Make Your Own Products Obsolete – Before Someone Else Does

Make Your Own Products Obsolete – Before Someone Else Does

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The fear of ‘cannibalisation’ has prevented many a promising idea. And yet it seems clear that if you do not cannibalise your own product line with better, cheaper, faster, more... read more

Six Steps Towards Adoption of a Collaborative Culture

Six Steps Towards Adoption of a Collaborative Culture

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Adoption of any kind of new initiative or technology within a business is paramount if it is going to work! And therein lies the problem. In today’s hyper-connected, technology-driven world,... read more

8 Considerations to Make Before Adopting a Mobile Point of Sale System

8 Considerations to Make Before Adopting a Mobile Point of Sale System

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Shifting to a mobile point of sale (POS) system can be a decision marked by excitement and anticipation – small and medium business owners often envision speedy sales workflows, captured... read more

Global Innovation Index 2014: The Human Factor

Global Innovation Index 2014: The Human Factor

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As we continue to explore the global effects of innovation, idea management, crowdsourcing, and data science, it’s beneficial to keep an eye on developments and shifting trends in regions all... read more

Should You Base Your Innovations on Your Competencies or Your Customers’ Needs?

Should You Base Your Innovations on Your Competencies or Your Customers’ Needs?

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Should you base your new product or service development on your technical expertise, the things that you are good at, or on the needs of your customer, even if those... read more

Need a Business Idea? Simply Solve a Problem (Like These Companies Did)

Need a Business Idea? Simply Solve a Problem (Like These Companies Did)

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I often see people trying desperately to come up with an idea for a business, but the easiest way is to simply solve a problem that people are having. It... read more

Stop Wasting Energy on Innovation

Stop Wasting Energy on Innovation

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Innovation is a great thing. But it’s easy to put too much stock into it, especially when you’re trying to dream up a new business to start. For example, some... read more

How to Make a Creative Genius

How to Make a Creative Genius

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Meet Jack. He knows he will never be a creative genius. He learned that in fifth grade during his weekly trumpet lessons when he sat next to Wynton Marsalis. He... read more

4 Technologies That Are Taking Customization To A New Level

4 Technologies That Are Taking Customization To A New Level

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“A machine that ‘prints’ pancakes.” This was the phrase that caught my husband’s attention last weekend while reading his Facebook news feed. The look on his face was priceless –... read more

4 Ways Every Salesperson Can Innovate to Win More Business

4 Ways Every Salesperson Can Innovate to Win More Business

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The best salespeople are also marketers, constantly connecting, learning and sharing. If you’re a sales producer, you might read that and pause. You don’t influence your company website, write white... read more