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Are the doors closing on technological innovation and collaboration?

Are the doors closing on technological innovation and collaboration? | The Jazz of Innovation | Scoop.it

It seems like everyone has been watching the Samsung vs Apple lawsuit with bated breath and I’ve been no exception. It was interesting to see the case develop and also to see the various opinions of the verdict, including a stifling of innovation, whether juries should be giving verdicts on technological patents and whether such things can be patented in the first place.

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Leadership Isn’t About Checking Boxes

Leadership Isn’t About Checking Boxes | The Jazz of Innovation | Scoop.it

Today’s post is a short rant, but one every leader should take to heart – STOP CHECKING BOXES. To believe leadership can be reduced to task management is simply flawed thinking. Here’s the thing – you can manage to a list, but you certainly cannot lead to a list. A check the box approach to leadership accomplishes only one thing – it limits your ability to lead.

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How to Take Your Business to New Heights

How to Take Your Business to New Heights | The Jazz of Innovation | Scoop.it
Do you know what your company can do when you really hustle? Now's the time to find out.
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Innovation never sleeps - wake up North Carolina

Innovation never sleeps - wake up North Carolina | The Jazz of Innovation | Scoop.it

Few organisms are more reticent, or slower to change, than a bureaucracy that is convinced it is in the lead. Once convinced that it is in the lead, a company, a non-profit or yes even a state can become a bit arrogant, and myopic in its world view, comfortable to rest on its laurels rather than reinvest and continue to grow and expand. Every business, every organism reaches a point of stasis where it plays defense rather than offense. The question is - can it rediscover the energy and passion that it had when it was hungry?

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Infographic: How to Nurture a New Innovation Idea

Infographic: How to Nurture a New Innovation Idea | The Jazz of Innovation | Scoop.it

Innovation is the only way to keep your company moving forward. It is also essential to staying ahead of the competition. In order to generate new ideas, you need to create a workspace that is conducive to creative thinking.

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4 Signs of a True Entrepreneur

4 Signs of a True Entrepreneur | The Jazz of Innovation | Scoop.it
If you don't have these four traits, maybe you weren't born to change the world after all.

People often wonder how the kid who rarely talked or wasn't particularly popular in class went on to become a start-up genius. What was it about that person that helped him or her blossom into an icon of entrepreneurship? And how can you make sure you have what it takes?

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Why you can't multi-task innovation

Why you can't multi-task innovation | The Jazz of Innovation | Scoop.it

We were talking shop at the water cooler this morning, reminiscing about recent innovation project work. One of our consultants described a recent idea generation session he led.

In this session, the CEO kicked off the morning describing the need for big, new Blue Ocean ideas.

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How Teen Inventor Went From Sketch to Prototype in 6 Months

How Teen Inventor Went From Sketch to Prototype in 6 Months | The Jazz of Innovation | Scoop.it
Fourteen-year-old entrepreneur Carter Kostler is hoping his fruit-infused water bottle will be his ticket to entrepreneurial success.

Necessity may indeed be the mother of invention. Sometimes, though, an actual mother is the necessity — for the inventor at least.

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Strategy Ain’t What it Used to Be

Strategy Ain’t What it Used to Be | The Jazz of Innovation | Scoop.it

Strategic planning is an annual event, right?

It must be, because according to a recent Harvard Business Review article, almost 9 out of 10 executives said their companies developed annual strategic plans. Moreover, they developed these plans without consideration for the pace of change in their business environment.

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Innovation Myths Debunked

Innovation Myths Debunked | The Jazz of Innovation | Scoop.it
While it's true that every innovation must start with an idea, it is actually the delivery and execution of processes that lead to sustained Innovation.

Innovation is key to a company's survival, regardless of the size or type of organization. But there are many myths and common misconceptions when it comes to how innovation is achieved. Many people think innovation is all about generating ideas, or ideation.

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Train for Innovation

Train for Innovation | The Jazz of Innovation | Scoop.it
You can establish a culture and a process for innovation throughout the organization. It takes leadership. A good place to start is with training.

Is innovation some chance occurrence that comes in a flash of brilliance by the CEO? Is it the domain of just a handful of creative geniuses? No. You can establish a culture and a process for innovation throughout the organization. It takes leadership.

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The Solar Charging Kit for Africa You Want for Your Own Home

The Solar Charging Kit for Africa You Want for Your Own Home | The Jazz of Innovation | Scoop.it

Mike Lin and Brian Warshawsky find themselves in the unusual but enviable position of having stumbled on an unexpected business hit. The pair set out with a social goal and built a product for poor Ugandans. But this week, the gadget the pair built to help poor Africans without electricity start micro businesses has proven to be popular with American customers. Their power system for rural Africa makes for a pretty handy camping tool as it turns out.

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Nathan Myhrvold: The Wealthy Should Fund Innovation

Nathan Myhrvold: The Wealthy Should Fund Innovation | The Jazz of Innovation | Scoop.it

For some technologists, it's enough to build something that makes them financially successful. They retire happily. Others stay with the company they founded for years and years, enthralled with the platform it gives them. Think how different the work Steve Jobs did at Apple in 2010 was from the innovative ride he took in the 1970s.

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The Not-So-Sexy Step That Every Profitable Entrepreneur Must Take

The Not-So-Sexy Step That Every Profitable Entrepreneur Must Take | The Jazz of Innovation | Scoop.it

The news likes to cover the “overnight” success stories like Facebook buying Instagram for a billion dollars or Angry Birds selling millions of copies, but they don’t share the key first step that the people who built these stories took.

So, what is this secret phase that almost every successful entrepreneur has gone through, but that no one cares to mention?

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Don’t Let Passion Destroy Entrepreneur Objectivity

Don’t Let Passion Destroy Entrepreneur Objectivity | The Jazz of Innovation | Scoop.it

I’m sure we have all seen entrepreneurs with high levels of passion and confidence touting an idea that seems to make very little sense to us. Of course, we never see ourselves in this mode, yet we need to recognize that all humans see reality differently through a built-in set of “cognitive biases,” based on their own unique background of experiences, training, and mental state.

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Innovating for growth: a spiral approach to business model innovation

Innovating for growth: a spiral approach to business model innovation | The Jazz of Innovation | Scoop.it
Mention the word "innovation" and most people will think of extraordinary inventions created by solitary geniuses.

However, the majority of business innovations today are quite the opposite. The companies that generate them thrive on collaboration, a free exchange of ideas and regular interactions with customers and other stakeholders.

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Why the Future of Innovation is Open

Why the Future of Innovation is Open | The Jazz of Innovation | Scoop.it

S-curves basically reflect value chains: innovation success is eventually determined by being able to scale novel ideas. Being first-to-scale, in turn, is based on inventing and properly validating the idea. One main characteristic of a chain is: it’s just as good as the weakest part.

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Innovation is key to economic success

Innovation is key to economic success | The Jazz of Innovation | Scoop.it

If the Soviet Union challenged American values in the 1960s, then China - which is presiding over censorship of the Internet, human rights abuses and currency manipulation - now presents the greatest challenge to the American model of an open, free society. How can we win the battle of ideas?

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Smart cities analyze social media to gauge citizen sentiment

Smart cities analyze social media to gauge citizen sentiment | The Jazz of Innovation | Scoop.it
IBM has unveiled new analytics software that helps cities measure public opinion on key issues and services such as public transportation and education by tapping into social media.

By understanding the sentiments of people living and working in a city, public sector leaders can make more informed decisions that will in turn lead to improved services for citizens and better use of valuable resources, IBM officials said.


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4 Strategies For Winning Over Innovation Naysayers

4 Strategies For Winning Over Innovation Naysayers | The Jazz of Innovation | Scoop.it
Have you ever come across someone who exhibits “wet blanket” behavior? We recognize it when we experience it. Simple words extinguish ideas, zap energy, and gobble up enthusiasm:We don’t have time to innovate.
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What the Future of Business Education Looks Like

What the Future of Business Education Looks Like | The Jazz of Innovation | Scoop.it
What does the future of business education look like? (Photo credit: Wikipedia) In the run-up to the 2008 financial meltdown, many top-tier business schools devoted themselves to pumping out a stream of Wall Street recruits.
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Wearable Robots That Can Help People Walk Again

Wearable Robots That Can Help People Walk Again | The Jazz of Innovation | Scoop.it
Several companies and research labs are working on wearable robots to help disabled people walk or to make the human body superhuman.
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OOH Creative QR Codes: 5 Inspirational Ideas

OOH Creative QR Codes: 5 Inspirational Ideas | The Jazz of Innovation | Scoop.it

QR codes are not known for their aesthetic beauty, or their cutting edge design. But designers and artists are challenging the simplistic functionality and black and white design of QR codes to create truly inspirational, unique and interactive campaigns and images.

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European business to increase R&D spending despite crisis

European business to increase R&D spending despite crisis | The Jazz of Innovation | Scoop.it

Top EU businesses expect their investments in research and development to grow by an average of 4 percent annually over the period 2012 to 2014.

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Ldlc.com : l'innovation au service de la longévité

Ldlc.com : l'innovation au service de la longévité | The Jazz of Innovation | Scoop.it

Pionnier de l'e-commerce français, Ldlc est un le produit d'un savant mélange entre tradition et modernité. À l'image du secteur qu'il couvre, l'informatique, le portail innove, et se renouvelle en permanence. Son objectif désormais : ouvrir un réseau de franchises à travers la France.

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