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The Fallacy of the Aha Moment & Overnight Success in Innovation

By Jesse Nieminen / May 4, 2020 /

We’ve all heard the story of Newton and the apple. According to the legend, he came up with the theory of gravity when he was sitting under a tree and an apple fell on his head, at which point it all suddenly dawned on him. We love to hear stories of these great aha moments.…

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Great Ideas are NOT Accidental!

By Yoram Solomon / December 9, 2019 /

In 2010, I had an idea for a new product for the company I worked for. I had put together a business plan and presented it to the company’s CEO. A week later I presented it to the board of directors. My presentation was very well received, and the directors described the product as very…

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Innovation Intelligence – 4 Thinking Tools for Innovators

By Pete Foley / November 25, 2019 /

This continues on from an Innovation Excellence blog I wrote last month about how personality types can influence innovation capability. https://www.disruptorleague.com/blog/2019/10/03/5-psychological-traits-of-highly-innovative-organizations/  While many of the ideas in that article could also be applied to personal development, the primary focus was on how we behave, develop and recruit innovation capability in a team context.  But personality…

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Innovation is a Lifestyle, Not a Bunch of Metrics

By Adam Malofsky / November 21, 2019 /

Far too many supposed innovation experts believe that measuring activities is critical to success. Maybe. Maybe not so much. At least for the big stuff. Innovation activities simply for the sake of doing something without context and insight from the measure may be in fact very misleading. Persistent growth, profit, ROI and NPV are the obvious measures,…

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The Secrets to Effective, Efficient Ideation

By Adam Malofsky / November 13, 2019 /

We all want to win the never-ending race for great, effective, profitable new ideas. We want these ideas without a huge effort, without a huge risk and without a huge investment. We also want ideas with impact, that are rapidly actionable and ideally that utilize mostly existing resources and relationships. Most ideation is done in…

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The interplay between innovation, creativity, and consciousness

By Janet Sernack / August 7, 2019 /

Innovation consulting can be a lonely place for a woman to play, especially in a conventional, male-oriented, and competitive marketplace like Melbourne is today. Making networking a key way of enhancing my intellectual, emotional and social capital, consciousness and creativity.  Involving going out of my way to meet people with different business and life experiences,…

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The Leadership Gap in Innovation

By Jesse Nieminen / February 20, 2019 /

A vast majority of executives, more than 80% according to sources, consider innovation to be paramount for the future success of their organization. Yet, very few of them are succeeding in it. A McKinsey study, for example, puts the number of executives who are satisfied with their innovation performance at 6%. There’s clearly a huge…

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Cultivating A Culture of Curiosity to Drive More Innovation

By Jesse Nieminen / February 6, 2019 /

I recently read a great article on how disasters can lead to innovation by Paul Sloane here on Innovation Excellence. It’s a great reminder for all of us on how simple curiosity is the driving force behind many of the greatest innovations we come up with. The article inspired me to write a follow-up sharing…

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5 Ways to Measure Whether Your Idea Will Become a Great One… or Fail Miserably.

By Kim Brooks / November 5, 2018 /

“Everything begins with an idea.” Right? Uhhmmm… not really. Instead, everything begins with a problem. Something happens (or doesn’t happen) that highlights a problem that either already exists or could exist. And more importantly, the need for a solution is born. The bigger or more widespread the problem, the more pressing an answer to that…

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Thought Commerce™ – 3 Ways to Recognize It; Why You Should Care

By Kim Brooks / October 28, 2018 /

“Thought.” Thought is epically powerful and hugely important. Tony Robbins, Bob Proctor, and before them, Napoleon Hill – all motivational rock stars – consistently drill into their audiences that NOTHING becomes a reality until or after it’s first a thought. Another variation on this idea is, “If you cannot conceive it, you cannot achieve it.”…

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