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15 Great Examples of Socially Responsible Businesses

15 Great Examples of Socially Responsible Businesses | Creativity & Innovation  for success | Scoop.it
Does your business give back? Social responsibility has become all but a requirement for companies looking to appeal to consumers who are focused on doing good in the world. Many studies have indicated that shoppers are willing to switch brands to support companies that contribute to a social cause, and this trend hasn't gone unnoticed in the business world.

"Businesses need to adapt a mentality of what I call "corporate karma" – supplying the world with the demands of tomorrow and allowing the world to give back in return," said Mayer Dahan, CEO of Prime Five Homes, a sustainable housing company. "When you engage in enterprises that are beneficial to communities and the world at large, business will flow in and you will reap the benefits of your positive actions."
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Fit for Growth toolkit overview

Use Strategy&’s online tools to get an idea of how fit your company is to grow and gain clarity about how to start the journey.
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Are you ready for #disruption?

Strategy&’s Matt Egol and Chris Vollmer discuss what steps successful and innovative companies must take to drive change more rapidly and realize the digital potential of their business. Strategy& is the first global premium strategy consulting firm to offer end-to-end digital solutions, from strategy to design to execution.
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The Power of Community Comes to Life at SAP’s TechEd

The Power of Community Comes to Life at SAP’s TechEd | Creativity & Innovation  for success | Scoop.it
TechEd is the physical manifestation of the online community that lives 24/7 around the world in SAP’s SCN community. The earliest form of SAP’s SCN was launched in 2002. The community has shape-shifted over the years to become the glue that ties together customers, mentors, evangelists, partners, and every member of the SAP ecosystem.

I was encouraged to attend TechEd by everyone’s favorite community host and star community advocate, Marilyn Pratt. Between Marilyn and another one of my EI brethren, Craig Cmehil, the inimitable SAP evangelist, I knew I’d be in good hands to learn as much as possible from the community who turns out for SAP TechEd. As a newbie to the space, my challenge for this trip was to get a better understanding of all things big data and data science. My hosts, Mike Prosceno and Andrea Kaufmann did a fantastic job lining me up with SAP experts with whom I could share ideas and get a better understanding of how SAP was solving customer problems with big data via its HANA platform.
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From Blue Ocean Strategy to Blue Ocean Leadership

The same way that blue ocean strategy can create uncontested market space, blue ocean leadership can unleash oceans of untapped talent and employee potential in organisations.

Reflect for a moment on how effective leadership is in your organisation. Is there a gulf between the potential and the realised talent and energy of your people at work? If yes, how big do you imagine the gulf is -- 10 percent, 20 percent, 40 percent or more of talent and energy that’s left unrealised? How much better would your organisation likely perform in terms of productivity, creativity, customer service, and employee happiness if you could close the gap? The numbers are larger than most executives surmise.
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Don't believe everything you think - it prevents you moving ahead

Don't believe everything you think - it prevents you moving ahead | Creativity & Innovation  for success | Scoop.it

n turbulent times like these, it’s critical to hire people who have a growth mindset. But growth is not always so easy. Before we can learn something new, we must often “unlearn” what we think we know. That makes unlearning a business imperative.
To adapt to rapid change, we must learn how to view things from new perspectives, and find ways to regularly challenge our out-dated assumptions.
“The illiterate of the twenty-first century will not be those who cannot read and write, but those who cannot learn, unlearn and relearn.” Alvin Toffler

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Google Now Lets You Make Free One Minute International Calls

Google Now Lets You Make Free One Minute International Calls | Creativity & Innovation  for success | Scoop.it

Need to make an international phone call, but don’t want to deal with the mystery connection fees and huge minute-by-minute charges?
Google has just quietly launched a rather nifty new feature: free international calling to 25 different countries through Hangouts/Gmail/Google+.
The catch, if you want to call it that: only the first 60 seconds are free. After you burn through that first minute, it’ll go back to costing a few cents per minute.

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Leading for innovation: the one thing you need to know

Leading for innovation: the one thing you need to know | Creativity & Innovation  for success | Scoop.it
I have seen a lot of blog posts lately with titles such as ‘The 20 Top Leadership Traits’. It reminds me of magazines at Christmas emblazoned with ‘300 ideas for an easy Christmas’. So I thought it would be simpler to identify the one thing a leader for innovation cannot do without: it’s curiosity.

Curiosity is the key to all things innovative. We have known this for a long time. In Ecclesiastes it says ‘Be curious in unnecessary matters for more things will be revealed to thee than men understand’. Let me explain why I think curiosity is so important.

Curiousity about yourself
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Want to innovate? Become a "now-ist"

Want to innovate? Become a "now-ist" | Creativity & Innovation  for success | Scoop.it
“Remember before the internet?” asks Joi Ito. “Remember when people used to try to predict the future?” In this engaging talk, the head of the MIT Media Lab skips the future predictions and instead shares a new approach to creating in the moment: building quickly and improving constantly, without waiting for permission or for proof that you have the right idea. This kind of bottom-up innovation is seen in the most fascinating, futuristic projects emerging today, and it starts, he says, with being open and alert to what’s going on around you right now. Don’t be a futurist, he suggests: be a now-ist.
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Innovation is everyone’s job

For a moment, cast your mind back to pre-industrial times. It was a period in which farmers and artisans had a close relationship with their customers; receiving direct feedback from them. It allowed these craftsmen to adjust their work to the tastes of their patron. The introduction of large scale organisations at the turn of the twentieth century resulted in employees losing that intimacy, as these companies split into divisions, departments and functions. The average employee became more specialized in their work and was cast further adrift from the actual customer. As cogs in the machine employees lost all sense of emotional attachment to the end product and the customer.

DIFC the gateThe dominance of industrial management techniques focusing on scale and efficiency throughout the twentieth century left many employees feeling disconnected from the organisations they worked in. Work was mundane, highly regimented and pre-defined by an expert. Employees just had to turn up and follow someone else’s instruction.

Yet as human beings we are naturally curious and imaginative. And so employees fulfilled their creative urges outside of work: whether it was sculpting a garden, cooking a new cuisine, composing a musical score, painting a landscape scenery, or photographing a special event. Employees were being creative, just not at work. Companies had literally bludgeoned creativity and imagination out of the work place
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Book Preview: Crowdsourced Innovation – Quo Vadis?

Companies are no longer limited to advertisement and market research in their interaction with consumers. It is no longer a privilege for small businesses to be the only companies that can have a daily exchange of ideas with their customers. The reality today reflects what the writers of the visionary and iconoclastic Cluetrain Manifesto envisioned fifteen years ago: the marketplace has become a worldwide conversation. The Cluetrain Manifesto in 1999 put forward ideas about the revolutionizing impact the internet would have on both markets and organizations. Its single most important statement reads as follows:

“A powerful global conversation has begun. Through the Internet, people are discovering and inventing new ways to share relevant knowledge with blinding speed. As a direct result, markets are getting smarter —and getting smarter faster than most companies.” (1)
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What brands can learn from Microsoft's Minecraft purchase

What brands can learn from Microsoft's Minecraft purchase | Creativity & Innovation  for success | Scoop.it
It's a function of the size and maturity of a company that, having reached a certain point in its lifecycle, it moves from being a manifestation of the passion of the founder(s) to a servant of the needs of shareholders, financial controllers and investors.

Companies move from being agile, flexible and entrepreneurial towards a business model focused on developing existing products, holding onto market share and on the grind of the year-on-year business cycle.

Even the R&D department still has to operate within the structures of the parent company and it's impossible to change the shape of a house when you're locked in the bedroom
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4 Tips for Increasing #Creativity in the Workplace

4 Tips for Increasing #Creativity in the Workplace | Creativity & Innovation  for success | Scoop.it
In business, it’s important to constantly be on your toes. Flexibility and adaptability are crucial as you iterate new strategies or refocus old efforts. No matter what market you’re in, you can bet it’s always changing, and so should your business. Don’t let yourself get into a slump; there are many ways to go about increasing creativity and productivity! Set a goal to continue pushing the envelope.

StorageMart President Cris Burnam recently wrote an article on this subject over on Small Business CEO’s website. In it, he details seven valuable strategies for innovating and remaining at the forefront of new ideas to grow your company. One of the biggest points that Cris emphasizes is the importance of clear communication, both within your business and without. Keeping your ear to the ground in communicating with employees and also your peers or competitors in rival companies can help you gain valuable insight towards increasing creativity and thinking outside the box in your long-term business plans.

Some simple methods for increasing creativity in the workplace are:

1. Listen to music.

Many people are fond of listening to music while they work. Besides its natural tendency to be relaxing, it can actually have positive effects towards increasing creativity by helping you get “in the zone” and zeroed in on the task at hand.

2. Read similar articles or blog posts.

If your creative venture involves building thought leadership or generating content, it can often be beneficial to see what else is being said around the blogosphere! Often, the most difficult part of any creative task is the initial planning stages, so if you can find inspiration or at least some starting points from other sources, you can more easily get the ball rolling.
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Competitive Advantage Achievement through Innovation and Knowledge

 

 

In today’s highly competitive environment the goal of each organisation is to defeat competition and win new customers. Individuals who are holders of knowledge represent a tool for the generation of innovations. Thanks to their personal creativity, their knowledge, skills and abilities it is possible to generate new innovative ideas that will help organisations to achieve a competitive advantage. The aim of the article is to present the findings of a survey targeted at innovations and to identify knowledge as an important element in the process of innovations. Primary data were obtained through a questionnaire survey carried out in organisations in the Czech Republic and evaluated using the tools of descriptive statistics and also the methods of comparison, induction, deduction and synthesis were applied. One of the conclusions of the article is that organisations find it important to innovate and support an innovative culture. Knowledge too is very significant in the innovation process since it represents not only important input, but also output of the transformation process.

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Tesco’s Downfall Is a Warning to Data-Driven Retailers

Tesco’s Downfall Is a Warning to Data-Driven Retailers | Creativity & Innovation  for success | Scoop.it

More than any other retailer of scale, Tesco had committed to customer research, analytics, and loyalty as its marketing and operational edge. For example, the supermarket ingeniously succeeded at Internet-enabled grocery shopping in ways that Webvan—remember them?—could not. Tesco was digital before digital was cool. Tesco’s Clubcard loyalty program was launched under Leahy in 1995 and redefined both the company and the industry. As the Telegraph recently observed, “Tesco was transformed into the market leader in the UK—with more than 30pc market share—by being able to respond to the demands of its customers.”
American supermarkets—notably Kroger—admired and sought to emulate Tesco’s success. Even Walmart—overwhelmingly focused on optimizing its everyday low-pricing supply chain logistics—took Tesco’s command of customer analytics seriously. Practically every retail Big Data and analytics case study over the past decade explicitly referenced Tesco as “best practice.” With the notable exception of, say, an Amazon, no global store chain was thought to have demonstrably keener data-driven insight into customer loyalty and behavior.

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Tescos strength of Clubcards has lost its effectiveness as consumers see it to be more useful for the company rather than to the consumer

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The Sharing Company explained

Behind the hype of peer-to-peer economics is a quiet B2B revolution.
Since the mid-2000s, the so-called sharing economy has grown from almost nothing to a pool of global businesses valued in the billions of dollars. The concept—people using technology to find and purchase one another’s extra resources—represents a triumph of trust and crowdsourcing. Peer-to-peer financial firms such as Lending Club, transportation services such as Uber, and lodging brokerages such as Airbnb have all rapidly taken off, using Internet-based platforms to connect people directly without highly paid intermediaries. It’s no wonder investors are so intrigued, and the rest of us are a little enervated by all the hype.

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The Four Pillars of Blue Ocean Leadership

The Four Pillars of Blue Ocean Leadership | Creativity & Innovation  for success | Scoop.it
To unleash employees’ untapped talent and energy, leaders need a strong repertoire of actions, not just better awareness and empathy.

Most leadership programmes are generally designed to hone the cognitive and behavioural skills of leaders with the implicit assumption that this would ultimately translate into high performance. Leaders are accordingly called on to develop traits like self-awareness, self-regulation, and empathy, for example, all of which require deep self-reflection and introspection to assimilate into a person’s being. While cultivating such values are important, when we asked people to look back on these programmes, most reported not seeing a marked change in leadership caliber.
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The World’s Most Innovative Countries 2014

Switzerland is the top country in the Global Innovation Index (GII) for the fourth year in a row.

The country has combined such investments in human capital with a strong innovation infrastructure, a spectrum of information and communication technologies (ICT), the cross-pollination of knowledge workers where labour moves freely across its borders and the protection of creative outputs.

Similar characteristics define the stability of all of the top 10 economies in this year’s ranking, with the United Kingdom and Sweden following Switzerland in the top three. A new entry into the top 10 this year is Luxembourg at 9th place. A defining trait among all of the top countries is their “ecosystem” approach to innovation, where they have developed their innovation policies across all pillars including business climate, business sophistication and the creativity and enablement of the younger generation.
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The Innovation Series (Part 1) - Can Innovation Be Taught/Learned

The Innovation Series (Part 1) - Can Innovation Be Taught/Learned | Creativity & Innovation  for success | Scoop.it
I believe the answer is yes. You can teach innovative thinking. There are skills that allow us to become innovative. I like the way Wikipedia has them listed:

Cognitive (as in critical thinking or creative thinking)
Behavioral (i.e. problem solving)
Functional (basic skills such as writing, reading and math)
Technical (an example would be project management)

So we can teach people the skills. There are books and classes about all of these subjects. For me, the question becomes how many of these skills do you need to have in order to be innovative? If I’m skilled at writing and problem solving, is that enough? Or do I need to have skills in all four areas? This is where the conversation gets muddy.
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The Wide Lens, a new strategy for innovation

This book is about the difference between great innovations that succeed and great innovations that fail. It is about the blind spots that undermine great managers in great companies even if they identify real customer needs, deliver great products, and beat their competition to market. It is about why, with ever greater frequency, your success depends not just on your ability to execute your own promises but also on whether a host of partners — some visible, some hidden — deliver on their promises too.

The innovation blind spot is everybody’s problem: whether you are a CEO or project team member; in a large multinational or an emergent start-up; in the corporate sector or at a nonprofit; contributing to a collaborative effort or investing in one. No matter your situation, your success depends not just on your own efforts but also on the ability, willingness, and likelihood that the partners that make up your innovation ecosystem succeed as well

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The future of innovation belongs to the mega-city

The future of innovation belongs to the mega-city | Creativity & Innovation  for success | Scoop.it
By 2030, according to the UN, there will be 41 mega-cities around the world with populations of greater than 10 million people. Not only will these mega-cities control the lion’s share of the world’s global economic and financial resources, they will also largely determine the future of innovation — and that could have a major impact on how we think about America’s hub-and-spoke model of innovation.

If you think about how innovation works in America, a relatively small metropolitan area such as Austin or Seattle (both of which do not rank among America’s 10 biggest cities by population) can have a disproportionate impact on the future of national innovation. That’s a pattern repeated around the country, as even smaller metropolitan areas — places like Raleigh-Durham or Chattanooga — also play an important role in pushing forward U.S. innovation. Even freewheeling Silicon Valley has always been based on its density of ideas, not the density of its population.
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This Counterintuitive Trait Will Help You Innovate

This Counterintuitive Trait Will Help You Innovate | Creativity & Innovation  for success | Scoop.it

One of my biggest pet peeves is when a pessimist says, “I’m not a pessimist. I’m a realist.”

Truthfully, most of us think we’re “realists.” We see the world the way we see it. But how we actually behave is a different matter, and reveals the truth about our outlook. A “realist” who complains about how the country will be worse under President X is really a pessimist. A “realist” who thinks that because she’s won three hands in a row means she’s more likely to win the next hand is an optimist, but in a very bad way.

Optimism: hopefulness and confidence about the future or the successful outcome of something.
Pessimism: a tendency to see the worst aspect of things or believe that the worst will happen; a lack of hope or confidence in the future.

Generally, pessimism is seen as a bad thing. It prevents us from going after our dreams. Yet smart investors rely on pessimism to hedge bets and not lose money. And though glass-half-full optimism is typically praised by society and touted by successful entrepreneurs, Bernie Madoff went to prison because of his faith in his ability to beat the financial system without getting caught.

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Innovation: Having a Great Idea Will No Longer Be Enough

Ron Adner has an unique take on innovation. Success, he says, has less to do with an idea itself than it does with its place in an entire ecosystem. “Innovation now depends not just on your own successful execution, but on your ability to see your hidden partners and find ways to align them,” says Adner, a Tuck professor of strategy and entrepreneurship and author of the acclaimed book, “The Wide Lens: A New Strategy of Innovation.” “The book is the perch that has allowed me to see this bigger picture,” he says.

Strategy is the new bottleneck. Innovation is not a matter of high-tech or even mid-tech, but rather the way we organize things—whether they’re technologies, organizations, relationships, or business models. That has always been true, but never so true as it is now and will be in the future.
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Re-invention: Don't Be Afraid To Innovate Your Innovations

Re-invention: Don't Be Afraid To Innovate Your Innovations | Creativity & Innovation  for success | Scoop.it
We’ve all heard terms like reinvent the wheel or reinvent yourself…but, seldom do we consider the importance of understanding and considering reinvention as we move to make our educational institutions and organizations more creative and innovative.

Probably because we often only see reinvention as starting over, beginning anew, or pulling the shambles back together again.

However, there is another side to re-invention that is important for us to internalize when it comes to innovation. As Rogers shares in his work, ‘Diffusion of Innovations‘..reinvention is the “degree to which an innovation is changed or modified by a user in the process of its adoption and implementation.”

Which means, we have to be much more open to owning the innovations and inventions that we are attempting to incorporate and integrate into our organizations. We have to be more open to remixing and reinventing those innovations that we engage in implementing and adopting.
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7 Things The Middle Class Can't Afford Anymore

7 Things The Middle Class Can't Afford Anymore | Creativity & Innovation  for success | Scoop.it
The middle class has certainly changed.
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