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Are Women Too Empathetic to Be Engineers?

Are Women Too Empathetic to Be Engineers? | Innovation experts' insights | Scoop.it
Engineers need to solve complicated technical problems and develop complex systems. Systemizing and logic seem like the main qualities we need in engineers. Won't empathy just get in the way of objectivity?...

 

"Empathize." That was David Kelley's recent advice to 2014 engineering graduates from Dartmouth.

 

David is the founder and chairman of IDEO and the founder of Stanford's d. school and he chose to talk about empathy with a group of engineers? Really? Maybe he didn't understand his audience (so much for empathy)? Or did he?

 

Empathy is the ability to recognize emotions in others. Individuals range in their ability and desire to empathize and studies have found gender-based differences with regard to empathy. In general, men show greater systemizing behavior, while women show greater empathizing behavior. Systemizing behavior is the drive to analyze the variables in a system and to derive the underlying rules that govern a system's behavior, whereas empathizing is the capacity to predict people's behavior by inferring their mental states. 

by Vicki May 


Thayer School Investiture 2014: David Kelley's Speech
http://youtube.com/watch?v=5wvWZJ5muF8&t=3m46s ;



 

 


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L'évolution du business-model de Schneider transforme l'innovation

(Guillaume Villon de Benveniste) De fabricants de produits à gestion d'énergie, le parcours de la société Schneider montre la concomitance de l'évolution du business-model et de l'innovation

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Eliminate Innovation Pessimism

The Information Week website reported that tightening budgets and growing skepticism about whether innovation and new technology will continue to drive new capabilities and growth have lead  some to “innovation pessimism” There’s one way around such thinking that can help reduce up-front costs without compromising results. It involves open innovation, where both internal and external [...]
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Innovation Through Acquisition

Innovation Through Acquisition | Innovation experts' insights | Scoop.it

Google’s acquisition of Skybox is a good example of complementary innovation.

Google has just acquired satellite firm Skybox, and got plenty of attention for the acquisition. Two things stood out. The first was the low price (well, $500 million), reasonable for a firm with the capabilities of Skybox. The second was the potential for new services combining the satellite imagery with other technologies and services. Skybox has six satellites in space and is launching 18 more, giving it the majority of satellites in the world that can take very high resolution images and sell them commercially, as opposed to delivering them to the government that owns them, like spy satellites do. This advantage is likely to continue for a while because its satellites are currently the cheapest high-resolution satellites in the business.

 

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For Philips, Open Innovation is Vital to Stay Ahead of Competition

For Philips, Open Innovation is Vital to Stay Ahead of Competition | Innovation experts' insights | Scoop.it
“Open Innovation and technology scouting are vital for us to stay ahead of competition and identify cutting edge technologies that will allow us to propose the best products to our consumers”. In this interview, Steven Vaassen, Open Innovation Leader at Philips Consumer Lifestyle, shares his view on OI and how Philips is organized to decide when and how to use Open Innovation.
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Are We Overly Obsessed With Disruptive Ideas?

Are We Overly Obsessed With Disruptive Ideas? | Innovation experts' insights | Scoop.it

(Jorge Barba) Disruption has become innovation’s favorite buzzword. I don’t really like categorizing innovation into incremental, radical, or any other variety of innovation consultants make up.

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An Ecosystem Mindset

(Pearl Zhu) An ecosystem is a community of living organisms (plants, animals and microbes) in conjunction with the nonliving components of their environment. The "ecosystem" is a generic name for very specific types of existing ecosystems such as wetlands, woodlands, savannas, and deserts. Also no single ecosystem is identical any other, but all have unique and identifying characteristics. Can ecosystems think? What distinguishes an ecosystem? What sets the boundaries of an ecosystem? Does any ecosystem set its own boundaries or are boundaries set by the human observer who is imagining that some perceived systemic properties can be looked upon as an ‘ecosystem? What is the difference between an ecosystem and a non-ecosystem? Is there thinking outside of an ecosystem? Is there thinking in between living systems? Perhaps an ecosystem is an internet of living systems? But who is to judge whether or not such a system can think? Is it possible to 'think' as part of an eco system? What’s the ecosystem mindset?

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7 Reasons For Social Innovation Optimism

The ability of organizations to create real impact--through things like data, smarter growth, and empowering of constituents--is growing every day.

 

Comb through the statistics on poverty, education, and other social indicators in America and you won’t find yourself wanting for sobering information. Nearly 50 million Americans are living in poverty. Low-income kids are stuck in low-performing schools. Unemployment rates among minorities, particularly young people, remain stubbornly high. Approximately 70% of incarcerated people are re-arrested within a few years of their release.


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How 7 Successful Entrepreneurs Find Focus

How 7 Successful Entrepreneurs Find Focus | Innovation experts' insights | Scoop.it
Whether you're managing a company or just your daily life, these successful entrepreneurs have great advice for cutting through the chaos.
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Innovation de rupture: Loin des yeux, loin du cœur?

(Philippe Silberzahn) On le sait, et le chercheur Clayton Christensen l'a montré depuis longtemps, les entreprises établies ont du mal avec l'innovation de rupture. L'une des raisons est que la rupture nécessite un modèle d’affaire différent du modèle historique de l’entreprise. Il en résulte un conflit entre les deux qui tourne souvent au désavantage du nouveau, encore non établi. Une solution préconisée par Christensen pour protéger l’innovation de rupture est dès lors que loger celle-ci au sein d’une structure autonome. Mais cette solution ne suffit pas et, mal gérée, peut poser plus de problèmes qu’elle n’en résout.


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L’efficacité de la publicité en ligne en question

L’efficacité de la publicité en ligne en question | Innovation experts' insights | Scoop.it

Pour une fois, faisons un peu d’économie numérique, à l’occasion de l’étude (.pdf) menée par trois chercheurs américains sur l’efficacité de la publicité en ligne. Etude tout à fait intéressante, car elle conclut à l’inefficacité de la publicité en ligne.

 

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2014 GE Innovation Barometer Sees Disruption-Ready Mindset

2014 GE Innovation Barometer Sees Disruption-Ready Mindset | Innovation experts' insights | Scoop.it
It’s been a big couple of weeks for the disruption-in-the-business world zeitgeist. The New York Times Innovation Report got leaked. Harvard Professor Jill Lepore’s piece in the New Yorker has caused ripples because it essentially attacks Clay Christensen’s theories as “poor prophets” of the future. Whitney Johnson wrote a terrific rebuttal, Has the Theory of Disruption Hit Puberty. In the midst of this fray, GE published its 2014 Innov...
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François Hollande s'engage à soutenir les Français qui s'engagent

Le président de la République a lancé ce 24 juin "La France s'engage", une démarche visant à identifier, valoriser et soutenir des initiatives socialement innovantes. Un appel à projets permanent, doté de 50 millions d'euros, pour soutenir le développement de 200 initiatives d'ici 2017.

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Disruptive Innovation: Where It Matters Most

Disruptive Innovation: Where It Matters Most | Innovation experts' insights | Scoop.it

It’s time to stop quibbling over what “disruptive innovation” means and focus on how to put it to work for good.

Jill Lepore’s recent New Yorker article, “The Disruption Machine,” has sparked a spate of commentary on outlets such as Slate, Forbes, and Salon.com. The hullabaloo has revealed vastly different perspectives on what “innovation,” “innovators,” and “disruption” mean.

What these writers are not talking about is where “disruption” and “innovation” matter most—saving people’s lives.

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How to Lead Strategic Change Without Inciting a Mutiny

How to Lead Strategic Change Without Inciting a Mutiny | Innovation experts' insights | Scoop.it

Strategic change is in the works, pressure to meet targets is mounting and there are rumblings in the ranks. As CEO how do you maintain your leadership role and avoid a mutiny?

Much has been written about how new CEOs - the “corporate saviours” – influence the early stages of leading strategic change, but the reality is deep-rooted change frequently fails as a result of subsequent implementation problems across the organisation.

 

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Innovation responsable : le développement durable appliqué à l’innovation

Concept émergent, l'innovation responsable a pour objectif de créer de la valeur en appliquant les principes du développement durable au management de l’innovation. Le Centre Francilien de l'Innovation en fait son credo depuis cinq ans. Les entreprises ont tout à y gagner.

Innovation sociale et innovation responsable sont souvent confondues. Si la première cherche à répondre directement à un enjeu social (accès à la santé, à l’amélioration des conditions de vie et des conditions de travail…), la seconde est une démarche beaucoup plus large qui s’applique à tous types de projet d’innovation. Son objectif ? Inscrire le projet dans une logique de développement durable. « L'idée, c’est de concilier performance économique, protection de l'environnement et avancées sociétales », explique Michel Daigney, responsable du pôle développement durable au Centre Francilien de l’Innovation, qui comprend une équipe transversale de quatre conseillers.

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Making Makers

(Braden Kelley) The Maker movement is steadily gaining steam and some cities are looking to help it grow and thrive, seeing it as an opportunity to inspire artists and entrepreneurs. One such city is Edmonton, which lies in the Alberta province of Canada, and its program in their public library system to provide maker spaces staffed with library employees and equipped with 3D printers, computers with Apple's Garage Band and Adobe's Creative Suite, and more.

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Powerful innovation relies on weak signals and forces

(Jeffrey Phillips) For a long time I've wondered if we don't pay far too much attention to the obvious aspects of innovation - brainstorming, ideas, trends, etc - and pay far too little attention to the connective activities and culture that moves ideas through an integrated workflow.  It's easy to focus on and celebrate activities and definitive results.  A team can hold a brainstorming session and measure the number of ideas, for example. These events are often what we talk about, even celebrate, when we talk about innovation.  but they aren't the most critical components for innovation.   It's more difficult to build the connective tissue between these activities and deliverables and the next activity or action.  When we celebrate the visible, discrete activities like idea generation, we place emphasis on that activity and raise the consciousness of the culture to embrace ideas and tangible outcomes.  When we fail to focus on the culture, processes and connective tissue that sustains an idea or an innovation process, we denigrate the components that are ultimately just as valuable, and frequently harder to develop.

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How to Navigate Key Barriers and Proactively Fund Big Innovation

How organizations navigate the barriers to big innovation can often make the difference between epic failure and celebrated market disruptor. Outlined below are the dynamics behind 3 barriers we see most frequently standing in the way of breakthrough and disruptive innovation. This content is intended to help innovation leaders who are seeking to make a bigger impact and already have a firm grasp on the definitions of incremental, breakthrough and transformative innovation.


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So what is holding innovation back? A new GE report

So what is holding innovation back? A new GE report | Innovation experts' insights | Scoop.it

(Paul Hobcraft) I always look forward to the GE Global Barometer and the 2014 report is no exception, actually it really has moved the needle on what is presently holding innovation back. The Barometer has 

explored the actions or constraints that senior business executives are worrying over in their pursuit of innovation.

 
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Les mutations industrielles posent un triple challenge à l'innovation

Les mutations industrielles posent un triple challenge à l'innovation | Innovation experts' insights | Scoop.it

(Guillaume Villon de Benveniste) Taylorisme, digitalisation ainsi que plateformes et écosystèmes, l'innovation se heurte à des obstacles qui remettent en cause le produit. Comment y remédier ?

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Understanding Challenges Within Innovation Complexity

Understanding Challenges Within Innovation Complexity | Innovation experts' insights | Scoop.it

(Paul Hobcraft) We need to think differently about innovation and why it needs complexity and adaptive thinking as part of its design. 

Complexity within systems challenge us to think differently, it pushes us to think outside often our normal experiences, to confront and understand and then restructure, often the unordered, into a new ordered.

Organizations are in need of understanding the complexities within their systems far more.

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Rugby et management: principes ovales pour tourner rond

Rugby et management: principes ovales pour tourner rond | Innovation experts' insights | Scoop.it

(Sylvaine Pascual) J’ai été sollicitée par Expectra pour rédiger un billet sur les paralèlles entre le monde de l’entreprise et le rugby. Les valeurs du rugby ayant déjà fait l’objet de nombre d’écrits, penchons-nous plutôt sur les principes qui régissent la gestion des hommes de l’ovalie. Entre simplicité et bon sens, ils forgent des collectifs musclés, prêts à se frotter en cocotte à des objectifs compliqués, à gagner avec le lard et la manière, sans ramollir à la première distribution de châtaignes et marrons.

 

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How to Adjust Your Creativity Lens

How to Adjust Your Creativity Lens | Innovation experts' insights | Scoop.it
One of the most important principles in the SIT Method is the Closed World principle. It states that there is an inverse relationship between the distance from the problem and the creativity of the solution. The farther away you have to go to find a solution, the less creative it will be. So it’s important where you set the boundaries of the Closed World as you apply the SIT Method.
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