The Jazz of Innovation
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The Jazz of Innovation
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Embrace Your Constraints to Create New Markets

Embrace Your Constraints to Create New Markets | The Jazz of Innovation | Scoop.it
For more than half of India's citizens, seeing was a problem.

About 7 percent of the population wore eyeglasses in 2002, while whopping 65 percent of those in need did not have them. But for an average worker living in rural India, earning $1 a day was the norm. Nearly two-thirds of the country's population in need lived outside the reach of services.

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Big Companies Can Unleash Innovation, Rather than Shackle It

Big Companies Can Unleash Innovation, Rather than Shackle It | The Jazz of Innovation | Scoop.it

In today’s world, start-ups aren’t the only ones who can innovate. As I discussed in my post How Big Companies Can Save Innovation, large companies are now better positioned to innovate than ever before. Here’s why: the innovation revolution spurred by venture capitalists decades ago has created the conditions in which scale allows big companies to shift from shackling innovation to unleashing it.

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Are You Inventing, Improving or Innovating?

Are You Inventing, Improving or Innovating? | The Jazz of Innovation | Scoop.it

Our Innovation Imperative global research study is raising eyebrows in data centers and board rooms alike. While the research provides a set of overall take-aways, most people tend to zero in on one or two findings that, for whatever reason, resonate with them.

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The Rise Of Women In Tech

The Rise Of Women In Tech | The Jazz of Innovation | Scoop.it

Women are increasingly involved in the tech field, both as consumers and as practitioners, which shouldn’t come as a surprise since over half of social media users are women and the average social gamer is a woman in her 40s.

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To Make The Most Of Innovation, Find The Right Inflection Points

To Make The Most Of Innovation, Find The Right Inflection Points | The Jazz of Innovation | Scoop.it
Getting innovation right means identifying or creating inflection points that will drive you toward success. Catch a positive inflection point and you can ride it like a wave into a better future.
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Are We Losing the Will to Innovate?

Are We Losing the Will to Innovate? | The Jazz of Innovation | Scoop.it

Are we really achieving anything? Or are we squandering the ingenuity of our predecessors on a trivial consumer culture of tweets and likes? Where is our moon landing, our theory of relativity, our decisive breakthrough that future generations will remember?

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A Throwable Ball Camera?

A Throwable Ball Camera? | The Jazz of Innovation | Scoop.it

Have you ever wanted to get a better angle on your camera? Maybe you’re in a crowd and have no way of getting a good picture with all the heads and hands in the way. That may soon be a thing of the past with a ball camera which takes pictures throughout its parabolic flight.

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Open Innovation and Getting Things Right

Open Innovation and Getting Things Right | The Jazz of Innovation | Scoop.it

Last month I had the opportunity to attend the annual meeting of the Academy of Management (AoM). The Academy is the global professional organization for business academics, so the annual meeting draws attendees from business schools all over the world. I’ve typically been too busy to travel to the annual meetings, but luckily for me, this year it was held in Boston, so I was able to spend a couple days attending some of the sessions.

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Challenging Open Innovation

Challenging Open Innovation | The Jazz of Innovation | Scoop.it

Open Innovation is an effective method for gaining ideas from outside an organization, but in order to achieve long term sustained Innovation, companies need to establish a structured repeatable process. Breakthrough innovations still have to come from within the company through hard work and consistent efforts.

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Secret Wish #12 — Free Association

Secret Wish #12 — Free Association | The Jazz of Innovation | Scoop.it

Had a fun evening at the London Writers Club last night.

It got me thinking about thinking.

Writers are always thinking about their projects, which inspired this cartoon, and this thought: to be a fluid idea generator one must allow for a lot of free association. That means allowing your mind to go its own way without you trying to control it.

Writers tend to be pretty good at this, not only in their writing, but in their thinking between writing sessions. Everything in front of them is stimulus for characters, stories, structure, and generally, ideas.

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Vanishing Electronics: Safer Medical Implants, Less Trash

Vanishing Electronics: Safer Medical Implants, Less Trash | The Jazz of Innovation | Scoop.it

Biodegradable electronics could one day be used in temporary implants that fight surgical infections or stimulate bone growth and then get absorbed by the body, researchers say.

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100 Reasons Why You Don't Get Your Best Ideas at Work

100 Reasons Why You Don't Get Your Best Ideas at Work | The Jazz of Innovation | Scoop.it
Since 1986, I've asked more than 10,000 people where and when they get their best ideas. Less than 2% have said "the workplace." Based on my 25 years of working with a ton of innovation-seeking organizations, here's my take on why.
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The Six Key Roles for CIOs to Succeed

The Six Key Roles for CIOs to Succeed | The Jazz of Innovation | Scoop.it

Today’s business environment integrates information technology in products, services, and supporting business processes. The CIO is no longer the executive managing a cost center comprised of servers, switches, and routers. He or she is a business executive who must collaborate with C-Level business peers to achieve business outcome. No longer will technology expertise be the prevailing success criteria. CIOs must take on new roles. Following are six that are critical to achieving success in today’s dynamic and global marketplace.

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Yes, even you can innovate to grow - learn from Skanska

Yes, even you can innovate to grow - learn from Skanska | The Jazz of Innovation | Scoop.it

I like writing about tech companies, such as Apple and Facebook, because they show how fast you can apply innovation and grow - whether it is technology, business process or new best practices. But many people aren't in the tech industry, and think innovation applies a lot less to them.
Whoa there cowboy, innovation is important to you too!

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Fermat and ideas are made of other ideas

A nice email from Ro about how the proof of Fermat's Last Theorem is an example of 'ideas are made of other ideas'.

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Low-Tech Ideas Bring Smart Abilities to Feature Phones

Low-Tech Ideas Bring Smart Abilities to Feature Phones | The Jazz of Innovation | Scoop.it

Simple cellphones may not be so… non-smart after all. Two systems under development look to add smart abilities to simple cellphones, including location-based weather reports, navigation help and file sharing, the New Scientist reported. The systems will bring these features to the majority of cellphone users around the world, who don't use smartphones.

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Time to eliminate patents altogether? Fed paper urges more open innovation

Time to eliminate patents altogether? Fed paper urges more open innovation | The Jazz of Innovation | Scoop.it

The patent system, intended to legally protect innovation and intellectual property, is essentially useless, rife with abuse and trolls, and should be disbanded. In spite of the enormous increase in the number of patents and in the strength of their legal protection, they have not accelerated R&D investments or technological progress.

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Where Does Innovation Fit in Your Business Model?

Where Does Innovation Fit in Your Business Model? | The Jazz of Innovation | Scoop.it

Business models are important – they go a large part of the way towards determining how successful your organisation will be. So here’s a question: where does innovation fit in your business model?

There are a number of different ways in which people describe and talk about business models – the common feature is that they describe how an organisation’s activities interact to create and deliver value for their stakeholders.

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The ‘Human’ and ‘Emotional’ Side of Innovation

The ‘Human’ and ‘Emotional’ Side of Innovation | The Jazz of Innovation | Scoop.it
A HUGE part of successful and meaningful innovation requires inspiration and supporting folks in nurturing those innovation ideas.

I believe in the massive potential in large companies (be it in technology and or any sector), I find the global distribution of possibilities intriguing and the complexity fascinating. Equally, there are days that the politics and inefficiency drive me nuts! Large companies, hire very talented people, with huge skillsets who can rock the world.

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Why Big Companies Can't Innovate

Why Big Companies Can't Innovate | The Jazz of Innovation | Scoop.it

Big companies are really bad at innovation because they're designed to be bad at innovation.

Take a story plucked from the pages of Gerber's history. In 1974, the company's growth potential was waning. In order to grow profitability and fight margin pressure, Gerber executives turned towards a market they hadn't successfully penetrated for decades: adult food.

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3 Easy Exercises to Boost Your Creativity

As an entrepreneur, your job is to be one step ahead of the market, always ready with the next big idea. Whether you want to design a new product or disrupt a market, you need to be able to come up with creative solutions for problems of everyday life.

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Are You Making Things Happen or Waiting for them to Happen?

Are You Making Things Happen or Waiting for them to Happen? | The Jazz of Innovation | Scoop.it

Another way to put this very useful quote is, “Ready, Fire, Aim!” Not to say that you go off and start making decisions without any forethought, but better to take action than sit around waiting for something to happen. You have choices…

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Real Innovators Sail Off the Map

Real Innovators Sail Off the Map | The Jazz of Innovation | Scoop.it

Have you noticed that small steps are not working any more in your business? If so, your company needs to explore new innovation territory. In this blog Gijs van Wulfen takes a look at Christopher Columbus’ example, and what it took him to sail off the map.

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Beam Yourself to Work in a Remote-Controlled Body

Beam Yourself to Work in a Remote-Controlled Body | The Jazz of Innovation | Scoop.it
Telepresence systems that let you go to work remotely have proved awkward to use. One startup thinks it has solved those problems.

The tech boom in the San Francisco Bay Area has created intense competition for software engineers. Kids straight out of college can start salary negotiations at six figures, and rents are rocketing.

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Find Your Start-up Idea

Find Your Start-up Idea | The Jazz of Innovation | Scoop.it
The best businesses are extensions of their founders. If you’re hunting for the right idea, look in the mirror.

If you’re an entrepreneur, it’s common to find yourself speaking to people who also want to start a company, but haven’t yet found an idea.

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