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Less Before More – Innovation’s Little Secret

Less Before More – Innovation’s Little Secret | Management - Innovation -Technology and beyond | Scoop.it

The natural mindset of innovation is more-centric. More throughput; more performance; more features and functions; more services; more sales regions and markets; more applications; more of what worked last time. With innovation, we naturally gravitate toward more. There are two flavors of more, one better than the other. The better brother is more that does something for the first time !

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Less is unnatural, and less is scary. The fear is your customers will get less and they won’t like it. But don’t be afraid because you’re going to sell to altogether different customers in altogether markets and applications. And fear not, because to those new customers you’ll sell more, not less ...

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Performance Management and the Pony Express !

Performance Management and the Pony Express ! | Management - Innovation -Technology and beyond | Scoop.it

Our feeble process for evaluating employees is badly in need of disruption. Microsoft has decided to dump the practice of rating individuals’ performance on a numerical scale – That such rating systems don’t accomplish the task managers expect from them, which is to accelerate the performance of their people. At best, they serve other goals:  allocating compensation fairly, and aligning each individual’s goals with the values and strategies of the company.

However, even if these were sufficient goals, managers would still be frustrated by how poorly ratings-based Human Capital Management (HCM) systems achieves them !

Fouad Bendris's insight:

Our current performance management systems are the Pony Express — worthy efforts to streamline a labor-intensive, time-consuming, and unnecessarily complicated process. Who is our Baron Schilling?

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The Airlines That Let You Use Electronics During Take-off and Landing

The Airlines That Let You Use Electronics During Take-off and Landing | Management - Innovation -Technology and beyond | Scoop.it

New FAA regulations mean that airlines can let us use our personal electronic devices from gate to gate but are we ready for in-flight phone calls? Airlines and regulators are becoming more and more relaxed about personal electronic devices. British Airways started allowing people to switch their phones and devices on after landing, as I reported in June, following a change of rules by the UK’s Civil Aviation Authority ...

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What’s next? Probably a change in regulations and advances in technology that will let people use their phones on planes !

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No TV Show Has Ever Loved Math as Much as Futurama !

No TV Show Has Ever Loved Math as Much as Futurama ! | Management - Innovation -Technology and beyond | Scoop.it

The highly educated writing team features no less than three former Simpsons writers with Ph.Ds – Ken Keeler, Jeff Westbrook, and Bill Odenkirk – who packed episodes with math and science content far more freely than they did on that other animated series. Two months after the show's finale, WIRED spoke to Singh and  Futurama executive producer and head writer David X. Cohen about Futurama's legacy, mathematical and otherwise !

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People talk about Numbers or they talk about Big Bang Theory. I think Big Bang Theory is great, but it’s not a surprise that there’s math in it. It’s absolutely shocking that there’s math in The Simpsons, and it’s truly shocking that there’s pure math, beyond the science, in Futurama ...

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This Drone Can Fly, Swim, Drive, and Hop Its Way Through a Mission !

This Drone Can Fly, Swim, Drive, and Hop Its Way Through a Mission ! | Management - Innovation -Technology and beyond | Scoop.it

The future of military drones isn't surveillance and dropping bombs. It's transformation: a single unmanned vehicle that can fly, swim, drive and even hop like a frog across a variety of terrains and obstacles.  “The real value added [of the Multi-Modal Vehicle] is that it allows maximum flexibility in highly complex missions without the concern over whether or not all of the vehicles are positioned just right,” said Jon Salton, a Sandia engineer working on the project...

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Multi-Modal Vehicle does have its limitations. Because it sheds parts and material as it transforms from one mode to another, recovery is almost impossible — making every mission an expensive one-way trip !

 

 

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Big Data: The Management Revolution

Big Data: The Management Revolution | Management - Innovation -Technology and beyond | Scoop.it

There’s much wisdom in that saying, which has been attributed to both W. Edwards Deming and Peter Drucker, and it explains why the recent explosion of digital data is so important. Simply put, because of big data, managers can measure, and hence know, radically more about their businesses, and directly translate that knowledge into improved decision making and performance !

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Business executives sometimes ask us, “Isn’t ‘big data’ just another way of saying ‘analytics’?” It’s true that they’re related: The big data movement, like analytics before it, seeks to glean intelligence from data and translate that into business advantage ...

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Raw Creativity: Think like a child again

Raw Creativity: Think like a child again | Management - Innovation -Technology and beyond | Scoop.it

Read this paragraph and unless you have done this experiment before, prepared to be astonished:

" ... Aoccdrnig to a rscheearch at Cmabrigde Uinervtisy, it deosn’t mttaer in waht oredr the ltteers in a wrod are, the olny iprmoetnt tihng is taht the frist and lsat ltteer be at the rghit pclae. The rset can be a toatl mses and you can sitll raed it wouthit porbelm. Tihs is bcuseae the huamn mnid deos not raed ervey lteter by istlef, but the wrod as a wlohe ... "

 

This shows that we all have a raw natural talent to interpret the essences of things ...

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When one drop of water is added to another drop, they make only one drop not two. That’s how 2 completely different concepts can collide to form a brand new one ...

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Dismantling the Sales Machine

Dismantling the Sales Machine | Management - Innovation -Technology and beyond | Scoop.it

Sales leaders have long fixated on process discipline. They have created opportunity scorecards, qualification criteria, and activity metrics—all part of a formal sales process designed to help their team members replicate the approaches of star performers. This is the world of the sales machine, built to outsell less focused, less disciplined competitors through brute efficiency and world-class tools and training !

Fouad Bendris's insight:

The death of the sales machine is part of a much larger story—one that cuts across functions and industries and speaks to the changing nature of work. As the basis of economic growth shifts from transactional to knowledge work, management follows suit, turning its focus from building zero-error-rate manufacturing processes to recruiting and engaging high performers to drive innovation ...

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What Is Big Data? (Moneyball for geeks?)

What Is Big Data? (Moneyball for geeks?) | Management - Innovation -Technology and beyond | Scoop.it

Unfortunately, all the Big Data hype also has a downside, because we are now in the midst of a big data bubble where everything and anything seems to be touted as having some kind of big data tie-in, which makes it hard to know what we’re talking really about ...

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In essence, big data is enabling us to create a simulation economy where organizations can learn much more efficiently.  However, before we can manage effectively in a big data world, we must first change our business culture from one that values clever ideas to one that embraces simulation, testing and action !

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How smartphones are turning us into bad Samaritans ?

How smartphones are turning us into bad Samaritans ? | Management - Innovation -Technology and beyond | Scoop.it

Busy with our tablets and smartphones in public places, we may be losing our sense of duty to others, writes Christine Rosen.

Our use of technology has fundamentally changed not just our awareness in public spaces but our sense of duty to others. Engaged with the glowing screens in front of us rather than with the people around us, we often honestly don't notice what is going on !

Fouad Bendris's insight:

... on rare occasions, we are called upon to help others who are threatened or whose lives are in danger. At those moments, we should not be anticipating how many views we will get on YouTube if we film their distress; we should act. To do otherwise is to risk becoming a society not just of apathetic bystanders but of cruel voyeurs !

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Innovation Excellence | What Is Talent?

Innovation Excellence | What Is Talent? | Management - Innovation -Technology and beyond | Scoop.it

If it's true, as we often hear, that the artist is not a special kind of person, but rather that every person is a special kind of artist, then the journey to creative excellence must begin with finding the key to unlocking that special artistry.  – and I don’t think we really need to – but we can certainly find it and follow it to see where it leads us !

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What’s interesting is if you ask someone they work with to describe the talent of that person, they can easily rattle off a handful of abilities they admire and even envy in the other, and consider gifts. Explanation? 

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You won't need a driver's license by 2040

You won't need a driver's license by 2040 | Management - Innovation -Technology and beyond | Scoop.it

The timeline for autonomous cars hitting the road en masse keeps getting closer. GM's Cadillac division expects to produce partially autonomous cars at a large scale by 2015, and the automaker also predicts it will have fully autonomous cars available by the end of the decade. Audi and BMW have also shown self-driving car concepts, with the former working with Stanford to pilot a modified TT up Pikes Peak. Meanwhile, Google is ripping along at its own rapid pace with a fleet of fully autonomous Toyota Prius hybrids that have logged over 300,000 miles. And the company has pushed through legislation that legalizes self-driving cars in Nevada. California is close behind, and Google has also been busy lobbying joyriding lawmakers in Washington,DC.

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EEE also foresees autonomous vehicles accelerating car sharing and helping make it more widespread, especially for people within a wider range of ages and physical abilities ..

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The Amazing Classic Cars in These Vintage Shots Aren't What You Think !

The Amazing Classic Cars in These Vintage Shots Aren't What You Think ! | Management - Innovation -Technology and beyond | Scoop.it
They're scenes pulled straight out of a 1950s traveling brochure. Classic cars, trucks, buses, and trains set in period-specific backdrops of vintage Americana. But it's not what you think.
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Smith’s effort, experimentation, and unwavering devotion to accuracy netted magnificent results — to his own amazement ...

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Pilgrim Innovation !

Pilgrim Innovation ! | Management - Innovation -Technology and beyond | Scoop.it
Scott Bowden investigates how the story of Pilgrims coming to America... yields lessons for the modern-day innovation practitioner.

The phrase “Pilgrim Innovation” could appear in the dictionary as an example of the word “oxymoron,” which is defined as two contradictory terms placed next to each other in a single phrase.  After all, Pilgrims are often seen as relics of a bygone era, known more for their large, shiny belt buckles, funny hats, and quaint ways than for delivering new thinking and ideas.  Yet as many of us take time off this week of Thanksgiving in the United States, a brief investigation of some of the events in the story of how the Pilgrims came to America yields lessons for the modern-day innovation practitioner !

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Although modern ship designers are unlikely to model their ships after the Mayflower, it is intriguing to see how the Pilgrims leveraged an innovative ship design to ensure their survival in the rough seas of the Atlantic.  Moreover, the “lie ahull” maneuver also reminds us of the familiar notion that sometimes we have to go backwards in the face of a gale of resistance in order to make progress and succeed in our mission in the long run ...

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Are Mobile Networks Losing the Race? | ZDNet

Are Mobile Networks Losing the Race? | ZDNet | Management - Innovation -Technology and beyond | Scoop.it

Years ago, mobile networks provided all the services on your phone: voice, texts and value-added services. Today there’s an app for that. So, what happened? Around 2002, in the early days of MMS, and around the time the first commercial 3G network launched, we had a presentation on the future of mobile—and in particular how new services offered by mobile operators would ‘change’ consumers lives !

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So I ask: did mobile networks lose their position? They had the initial vision. Why weren’t they able to execute?

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Do Innovations Destroy or Expand the Market?

Do Innovations Destroy or Expand the Market? | Management - Innovation -Technology and beyond | Scoop.it
Apparently Socrates in ancient Greece was strongly opposed to the new practice of writing. He thought that it would kill the long-established skill of memorizing and reciting long stories.
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Drivers of Innovation, Execution and Delivery !

Drivers of Innovation, Execution and Delivery ! | Management - Innovation -Technology and beyond | Scoop.it

Structuring a successful innovation requires three elements: solving a customer problem,making a promise of an overt benefit, and proving that a firm can actually deliver on the promise. Understanding a problem is the critical first step in developing a desirable solution !

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Delivering innovation does not happen by accident. It requires leadership, processes and skills to solve customer problems. Don’t waste time trying to prove the future, but create the future by using a system that leverages tools, methods and the expertise of your people who are eager to see their company succeed ...

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Innovation Performance: ‘Beyond Predictable’

Innovation Performance: ‘Beyond Predictable’ | Management - Innovation -Technology and beyond | Scoop.it
Today, we face a different type of performance – one that is not ‘just’ dependable but one that is often unpredictable, one that seems perhaps more suited to innovation that outsmarts others in unique ways.
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It is not an easy job to achieve the level of consistent innovation expected within any organization. Often those breakthroughs never seem to be repeated, we struggle to understand the reasons why we can’t achieve that regular rhythm or dependable outcomes from the innovation portfolio, that we would have expected or the board demands ...

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Management needs to be committed towards innovation with a systematic approach as well

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Are Stereotypes Keeping Women Away From Science?

Are Stereotypes Keeping Women Away From Science? | Management - Innovation -Technology and beyond | Scoop.it
Across the board in the STEM related fields, there is a distinct shortage of females in relation to males. Many have their theories as to why this is, but we can assume stereotypes are to blame.
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Women are crucial to the future of science and their contributions thus far cannot be understated. The stereotypes currently in place need to change, and giving females confidence in science from a young age may be just the answer? 

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Android 4.4 KitKat Continues To Reduce Fragmentation Of The Platform Thanks To Google Play

Android 4.4 KitKat Continues To Reduce Fragmentation Of The Platform Thanks To Google Play | Management - Innovation -Technology and beyond | Scoop.it
With the release of Android 4.4 (codename KitKat, in an interesting marketing move with Nestle), Google has taken more control of the software stack of the mobile operating system, leaving less control in the hands of the networks and addressing...
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As the majority of customers transition to newer Android devices, they will have a version of the operating system where the apps and services can be updated by Google as quickly as they want, without being beholden to the networks !

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Halloween Innovation !

Halloween Innovation ! | Management - Innovation -Technology and beyond | Scoop.it

As we approach the night of the annual tradition of All Hallow’s Eve, or Halloween, I was thinking about a shared experience that many of us likely remember from our youth – the house that no one wants to approach while trick or treating. It seems that in many neighborhoods there is at least one house with few lights on a long, dark driveway, which appears uninviting to the local children who are festooned in their costumes and enjoying the right of ringing doorbells and shouting “trick or treat” to their neighbors. The younger the trick or treat participant, the more ominous even the shortest walk from the street to a darkened house can seem ...

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The key innovation-related experiences from Halloween to consider are: paying attention to things one might not normally observe, embracing the haunted, and being bold by ringing the doorbell without fear !

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The Five Characteristics of Successful Innovators !

The Five Characteristics of Successful Innovators ! | Management - Innovation -Technology and beyond | Scoop.it

They're not lone geniuses, big-risk takers, or college drop-outs. There is not much agreement about what makes an idea innovative, and what makes an innovative idea valuable. For example, discussions on whether the internet is a better invention than the wheel are more likely to reveal personal preferences than logical argumentation. Likewise, experts disagree on the type and level of innovation that is most beneficial for organizations. Some studies suggest that radical innovation (which does sound sexy) confers sustainable competitive advantages, but others show that “mild” innovation – think iPhone 5 rather than the original iPhone – is generally more effective, not least because it reduces market uncertainty !

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In short, there is no point in just hoping for a breakthrough idea – what matters is the ability to generate many ideas, discover the right opportunities to develop them, and act with drive and dedication to achieve a meaningful goal - Ideas don’t make people successful – it’s the other way around ...

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MYSTERY FLOATING 'data center' spotted in San Fran: Is it Google's?

MYSTERY FLOATING 'data center' spotted in San Fran: Is it Google's? | Management - Innovation -Technology and beyond | Scoop.it

Yarr, there be a treasure trove of clues pointin' to Mountain View !

Google may be building a floating data center on a barge in the San Francisco bay. The multistory structure was spotted on a vessel moored off the city's Treasure Island, and some shoe-leather reporting by Cnet suggests the web advertising giant is behind the project.

Google patented a design for a floating data center in 2008, and planned to use seawater in its heat exchange and perhaps even for powering the structure as well !

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Floating data centers will give Google the ability to quickly migrate large amounts of compute resources to locations in urgent need of bit-crunching, or even allow it to float compute clusters around the world to lower latency for info-hungry areas ...

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These Digital Name Badges Are a Data Mining Bonanza !

These Digital Name Badges Are a Data Mining Bonanza ! | Management - Innovation -Technology and beyond | Scoop.it

There may not be a lot of business cards swapped today at at Future Stack, a conference in San Francisco organized by analytics company New Relic. Instead, attendees will be bumping together little computerized badges at this the company’s first-ever conference.

They’re being given name badges that include a tiny computer called an Electric Imp, which they can then use to swap contact info and rate sessions. The badges include a Near Field Communications (NFC) antennae — that’s what swaps the data when two badges are “bumped.” The contact information you collect can then be synced with a conference-specific app for Android and iOS that displays your contacts, along with other statistics !

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“We could have done it with an app, but everyone needs a badge for the conference anyway,” says Jason Snell, the New Relic engineer who programmed the badges. “We thought we could get better data from the badges than from the app. Some people might not download the app.” And since Apple doesn’t yet support NFC, the badges can actually act as a helpful bridge between Android and iOS ...

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Startup to sell balloon trips to edge of space

Startup to sell balloon trips to edge of space | Management - Innovation -Technology and beyond | Scoop.it

An Arizona company wants to develop high-altitude balloons to send thrill seekers to the edge of Earth's atmosphere. The trips would cost less than other proposed space jaunts, but passengers wouldn't experience the same intensity of weightlessness !

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Welcome on board ;()

For up to six hours, according to Paragon's submission for federal approval, passengers would be able to sit, stand and move around at their leisure and savor views of "a curved Earth with its thin blue atmosphere against the blackness of space."

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