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10 Ways To Build An ‘Idea Factory’ Within Your Organization

10 Ways To Build An ‘Idea Factory’ Within Your Organization | Innovation Excellence | Scoop.it

Ideas can be in the form of new products or services, cost-reducing techniques, process improvements, or innovative business models and methods.  No doubts that the benefits of innovation occur in all aspects of the financial statements.  Most great ideas for enhancing corporate growth and profits aren’t discovered at your research center or brainstorming in the conference rooms, they come from the people who on a day to day basis face the company’s battles, who serve the customers, explore new markets and defend competition.


Organizations are looking at ways to tap into the knowledge base of every employee; it is more often about co-operation & collaboration inside the business that drives innovation. According to a global study by IBM, today’s CIO spends an average of 55% of his or her time on activities that spur innovation. Today, we need more innovators than any time before due to increased competition, economic conditions, the impact of globalization, migration, technological and knowledge revolutions, and climate change issues.


When it comes to problem-solving or solution building, your employees are your most valuable asset: after all, they are the closest to the work &most likely to see opportunities for innovative solutions regarding improving customer service, reducing costs, or increasing efficiency however amid so many e-mails, verbal conversations, and IM’s, it can be easy to lose great ideas.


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How Leadership Can Make or Break Classroom Innovation | MindShift

How Leadership Can Make or Break Classroom Innovation | MindShift | Innovation Excellence | Scoop.it

But the most important thing Williams does as a forward-thinking superintendent is to support principal and teacher innovation. Rather than saying no when an idea conflicts with district policy, he works to change the policy. He’s found that working that way removes most of the barriers people cite as obstacles to fully integrating technology into classrooms.


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Nik Peachey's curator insight, June 7, 2013 6:09 AM

This really applies to management in many educational institutions. Many that try to inspire innovation just really need to release and support it.

Jennifer Hoover's curator insight, June 10, 2013 2:07 PM

Important as an instructional leader.

Carl Heine's curator insight, June 11, 2013 12:20 PM

Removing barriers is a big deal.

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6 Ways To Create A Culture Of Innovation - Co.Design

6 Ways To Create A Culture Of Innovation - Co.Design | Innovation Excellence | Scoop.it
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Savvy leaders shape the culture of their company to drive innovation.
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Three Questions that Will Kill Innovation

Three Questions that Will Kill Innovation | Innovation Excellence | Scoop.it
A big insurance company I know of wants to design a radical new future, so they have committed significant resources to large-scale innovation.
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Mark Hutchinson: Innovate or Die | Ideas Lab

Mark Hutchinson: Innovate or Die | Ideas Lab | Innovation Excellence | Scoop.it
The GE Innovation Barometer finds collaboration is important. Here's how collaboration is working for GE in #China: http://t.co/WZvQGtAICa
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Honda’s low-budget social media innovation

Honda’s low-budget social media innovation | Innovation Excellence | Scoop.it
As major brands expand their social media budgets their marketers’ sights are moving to the new and innovative uses which are offered by less well known social media platforms.
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How Open Innovation is Solving Some of NASA’s Trickiest Problems

How Open Innovation is Solving Some of NASA’s Trickiest Problems | Innovation Excellence | Scoop.it

Originally posted on Knowledge @Wharton Today on April 3, 2013.


As head of the Human Health and Performance Directorate at NASA’s Johnson Space Center, Dr. Jeffrey Davis leads a team with a very unique charge: They are tasked with solving human health issues — in outer space.

In all, Davis’ team is dealing with about 45 different health problems related to long-duration space flight — everything from bone loss and muscle decay to water recycling and food preservation. For some of these problems, Davis and his staff have the answers, or at least know where to find them. But for others, Davis admits, the answers can’t be found in-house — and that’s where the job gets tougher, especially in times of budget austerity.


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How to Create an Innovation Ecosystem

How to Create an Innovation Ecosystem | Innovation Excellence | Scoop.it
The best ideas don't spring from individuals. (How to Create an Innovation Ecosystem - @HarvardBiz http://t.co/4w5eHdTask)
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While everyone views individual feats as heroic and the empitus of innovation, don't forget there are what we call the five foundations of innovation: Culture, People, Knowledge, Structure, and Process!  Without addressing all ofese foundational elements, Innovation will not be sustainable and the innovations achieved may never reach what truly could have been!!

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The Top 5 Leadership Skills for Sustained Innovation - Forbes

The Top 5 Leadership Skills for Sustained Innovation - Forbes | Innovation Excellence | Scoop.it
Anyone can innovate once. All it takes is a good idea, some hard work, sufficient resources, and a little bit of luck. However, today’s business environment demands ongoing innovation to stay ahead of the pack.
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Front End of Innovation Blog: Psychology Influences Social Networking, Innovation and Collaboration

Front End of Innovation Blog: Psychology Influences Social Networking, Innovation and Collaboration | Innovation Excellence | Scoop.it
The Front End of Innovation blog covers everything related to the Front End of Innovation, innovators and individuals who are constantly seeking to innovate across industries and subject matters.
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Innovation And The Bystander Effect

Innovation And The Bystander Effect | Innovation Excellence | Scoop.it
The Bystander Effect http://t.co/kmvZ0UFLLA Scott Bowden - Psychology and Innovation #people #culture
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The Ten Myths of Innovation: the best summary

The Ten Myths of Innovation: the best summary | Innovation Excellence | Scoop.it
I wrote the popular book The Myths of Innovation to capture everything I wish I'd been told before I started my career. I've seen bloggers summarize the book into a simple list (or cheezy video), but here's a version written by ...
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Are edutech startups plugging an innovation gap in our universities? - The Guardian (blog)

Are edutech startups plugging an innovation gap in our universities? - The Guardian (blog) | Innovation Excellence | Scoop.it
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Are edutech startups plugging an innovation gap in our universities?
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Your Top Job Is Creating a Culture

Your Top Job Is Creating a Culture | Innovation Excellence | Scoop.it
Serial entrepreneur Norm Brodsky knows firsthand that your leadership style and ability to create a great company culture can make or break a business.
The annual Inc.

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Get Rid of the Performance Review!

Get Rid of the Performance Review! | Innovation Excellence | Scoop.it
Performance reviews supposedly enlighten subordinates about what they should be doing better. But instead, they destroy morale, kill teamwork and hurt the bottom line.

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Scott Span, MSOD's curator insight, June 13, 2013 10:50 AM

How do you handle performance reviews?

AlGonzalezinfo's curator insight, June 13, 2013 8:34 PM

Very interesting read.  

george_reed's curator insight, June 16, 2013 5:44 PM

I don't think I've ever had a performance review that was particularly motivating for me, whether it was glowing or not.

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Embrace Failure to Build a Stronger Innovation Culture | 15inno

Embrace Failure to Build a Stronger Innovation Culture | 15inno | Innovation Excellence | Scoop.it
The fast pace of change, business and thus innovation requires several changes in the innovation processes as well as in the innovation culture in today’s (Embrace Failure to Build a Stronger Innovation Culture http://t.co/kWuXepzQTr...
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There's A Critical Difference Between Creativity And Innovation

There's A Critical Difference Between Creativity And Innovation | Innovation Excellence | Scoop.it

Too many miss it.

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Staff Editorial 4/15: Innovation leads to success - The Miami Hurricane

Staff Editorial 4/15: Innovation leads to success - The Miami Hurricane | Innovation Excellence | Scoop.it
Staff Editorial 4/15: Innovation leads to success
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From grade school to middle school and into high school, students are taught to get ready for college, but not ready for the innovative and rapidly changing world that lies ahead.
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This is a "Call to Action" to help gain relevance of our students entering the business world!

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Why innovation is so hard - Fortune Management

Why innovation is so hard - Fortune Management | Innovation Excellence | Scoop.it
Most business leaders don’t understand what makes innovation so different from everything else they do at work -- and they haven’t adjusted their behavior to accommodate these differences.
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Innovation: W. Edwards Deming and John Keats Got It Right - Forbes

Innovation:  W. Edwards Deming and John Keats Got It Right - Forbes | Innovation Excellence | Scoop.it
W. Edwards Deming and John Keats shared a philosophy of innovative thinking. Both understood the critical importance of the intangible. (Innovation: W.
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The big-data revolution in US health care: Accelerating value and innovation | McKinsey & Company

The big-data revolution in US health care: Accelerating value and innovation | McKinsey & Company | Innovation Excellence | Scoop.it
Big data could transform the health-care sector, but the industry must undergo fundamental changes before stakeholders can capture its full value. A McKinsey & Company article.
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How to breed big innovation inside a small business

How to breed big innovation inside a small business | Innovation Excellence | Scoop.it
Small firms don’t have the same opportunities to innovate as big corporations — they have more. (RT @Mark_Sanborn: How small business can create big innovation.
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Innovation – Trust, diversity and knowledge networks

Innovation – Trust, diversity and knowledge networks | Innovation Excellence | Scoop.it
#Innovation – Trust, diversity and knowledge networks http://t.co/X6I2euFr0e
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What High Growth Companies Share in Common | Innovation Management

What High Growth Companies Share in Common | Innovation Management | Innovation Excellence | Scoop.it
Over the past six years The World Database of Innovation initiative has uncovered the world’s first statistics behind the practices that allow large organizations to grow and to innovate.
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4 Ways to Handle Price Cutting Competitors To Your Small Business

4 Ways to Handle Price Cutting Competitors To Your Small Business | Innovation Excellence | Scoop.it

The world of small business is so competitive these days that it’s not uncommon for a competitor to come along and undercut your prices. This can be frustrating, especially when you consider that the problem of a lower-cost competitor won’t simply go away on its own. When someone undercuts your business, you need to take action to keep your company thriving. For example, here are a few ways you can separate yourself from a price-cutting competitor:
 - Call Out the Competition. When a competitor lowballs you, there’s a very good chance that they’re able to do so because their products or services are of lesser quality than yours. Make this obvious to your customers.
 - Reduce Your Overhead.  You might not be able to match your competitor’s prices without sacrificing quality, but you can close the gap by reducing overhead in your production and operations.
 - Focus on Service. When you can’t win over customers with price, win them over with service instead.
 - Educate Prospective Customers. Give people a reason to trust your company by educating them about who you are and what you do.


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Very nice... the worst thing you can possibly do is get into a pricing war - it will devalue your company and everyone loses!

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Ashok Ramachandran's curator insight, March 26, 2013 7:21 PM

There is always the potential for competitors to come in and try to take away business from you by cutting price. Here are some possible ways you can handle them.