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Innovation and the Law of Averages

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Early in my sales career I was introduced to the Law of Averages. It’s been a key concept of direct sales for many decades. The Law of Averages basically teaches salespeople that if you want to double or triple your sales, you need to double or triple the cold calls and sales presentations you make.

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8 World-Changing Innovators That Molded Today’s Technology

8 World-Changing Innovators That Molded Today’s Technology | The Jazz of Innovation | Scoop.it

The talk about great innovators and visionaries has been hot these past few weeks, with images and articles about StThe talk about great innovators and visionaries has been hot these past few weeks, with images and articles about Steve Jobs appearing in every corner of the internet world. The focus was on Steve Jobs, and his passing, but should that stop us from honoring earlier innovators, who not only innovated things during their time, but also helped create what we have now?eve Jobs appearing in every corner of the internet world.

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It’s Innovation Time

It’s Innovation Time | The Jazz of Innovation | Scoop.it

It’s like something out of a sci-fi film, only you aren’t even aware that it’s happening. As you stroll through the aisles of the biggest supermarket in the city, lifting and placing items in your trolley, messages are being sent back and forth tracking your every move. Your every purchase is being monitored and no, it’s not the closed circuit camera that’s keeping a watch. Picked up three bottles of cola and only one of lemonade?

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Are You Asking the Right Question?

Are You Asking the Right Question? | The Jazz of Innovation | Scoop.it

If you are a college sports fan, you will most likely be familiar with the NCAA basketball playoffs. 65 teams in total compete. The games are organized into brackets like the one illustrated here. Teams compete with the hope of making it into the “sweet sixteen,” the “final four,” and then ultimately being crowned the champion. The tournament is single elimination – that means that after each game, the winner advances to the next round and the loser’s eliminated.

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Collaborative networks: Never mistake a clear view for a short distance

Collaborative networks: Never mistake a clear view for a short distance | The Jazz of Innovation | Scoop.it

Despite the apparent pace of urgent change proposed by hi tech company marketing, enterprises are more circumspect in identifying their best paths forward to achieve their goals. Never mistake a clear view for a short distance…

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Les 10 tendances clés de l’Open Innovation

Les 10 tendances clés de l’Open Innovation | The Jazz of Innovation | Scoop.it

Les entreprises qui pratiquent l’innovation ouverte sont convaincues par l’intérêt de la démarche. Et les bénéfices qu’elles en récoltent ne sont pas nécessairement ceux auxquels on pense. Un rapport en dresse le bilan et les 10 tendances clés.

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Kick-starting innovation by increasing the social status of scientists

In his recent book The Great Stagnation, George Mason University economist Tyler Cowen suggests that much of the Western world’s economic growth since 1973 has been illusory. Mr. Cowen argues that this is in part a result of reaching a plateau in scientific and technological development: most scientific and technological innovation since that time represents incremental improvement on existing discoveries and not new discoveries. These marginal improvements create marginal benefits as opposed to revolutionary change.

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Innovation Insight: If I Wanted to Be a Lawyer, I Would’ve Gone to Law School

Once every quarter, I receive a beautiful invitation from my company’s law firm to attend a seminar to learn some important new fact about changes in the law. I never go.

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Why Organizations Prefer To Talk About Innovation and Change Than Actually, Change

Why Organizations Prefer To Talk About Innovation and Change Than Actually, Change | The Jazz of Innovation | Scoop.it

We speak of today’s change as though it’s a new phenomenon. Forgetting that every generation perceived change as a matter of crisis within their context. The current maelstrom is an apt example of organizational trauma waiting for normalcy. Our common sense tells us we can’t handle turbulence, ambiguity and unpredictability in the same manner we handle the status quo, albeit, stability and predictability. And yet, change agents, managers and leaders keep looking for stable, orderly, predictable methods by which to cope with crises and unpredictable change.

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Innovation in Crisis

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I enjoy a lot of what Steve Denning writes and his series in nine parts on “Why Amazon Can’t Make a Kindle in the USA” (start here http://onforb.es/oK1Cxh ) has really hit home on the seriousness we are facing in Western countries over innovation capabilities.

He mentions the “decades of outsourcing manufacturing have left U.S. industry without the means to invent the next generation of high-tech products that are key to rebuilding its economy”, as noted by Gary Pisano and Willy Shih in a classic article, “Restoring American Competitiveness” (Harvard Business Review, July-August 2009).

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Innovation in practice: The Space Raincoat Keeps You Dry, Makes You Look Fat

Innovation in practice: The Space Raincoat Keeps You Dry, Makes You Look Fat | The Jazz of Innovation | Scoop.it
Marlon Brando may have been The Wild One but who says you can't be The Weird One? Certainly not Taiwan's Feng Yu Development Co., designers and manufacturers of the one and only Space Raincoat.
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Is your creativity blocked?

Is your creativity blocked? | The Jazz of Innovation | Scoop.it

Designing learning experiences can be a demanding task, particularly if you’re devoted to coming up with creative strategies to engage your audience while facilitating learning.
At times, however, it feels as though the well is dry and your creative flow has disappeared. This can be due to creative blocks, which you can overcome once you recognize them.

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Legendary Tech Entrepreneurs: Who Made the Biggest Impact on Society?

Legendary Tech Entrepreneurs: Who Made the Biggest Impact on Society? | The Jazz of Innovation | Scoop.it
Who is the most influential tech innovator of all time? Here, a case for each of the top six contenders.
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Strategy for Managing Intellectual Property in Open Innovation

Strategy for Managing Intellectual Property in Open Innovation | The Jazz of Innovation | Scoop.it

Open innovation is clearly taking root in just about every industry, as organizations strive to create openness in their innovation and business processes. We see companies increasing their ability to leverage internal and external solutions yet struggle with building the right processes and tools to extract maximum value from the new solutions.

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Teaching Scientists To Become Entrepreneurs, One Cold Call At A Time

Teaching Scientists To Become Entrepreneurs, One Cold Call At A Time | The Jazz of Innovation | Scoop.it
Can you turn a scientist into an entrepreneur? The National Science Foundation and Stanford University are trying to find out.

Twenty-one teams of scientists and engineers who’ve developed technology backed by the NSF are in the midst of an intensive class taught through Stanford to see if they can learn to launch start-ups and even become entrepreneurs.

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The Real Innovating Power of Eight Words

The Real Innovating Power of Eight Words | The Jazz of Innovation | Scoop.it

Lately eight words have come up more often than not as the new imperative for business, not just for the start up but the more established business to measure themselves against. We live in ‘volatile’ times and they reflect what we have to constantly remind ourselves to do and they just are keeping me buzzing at present.

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Martin (Marty) Smith's comment, November 25, 2011 12:05 PM
Thanks Peter and yes these are the words :). Marty
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Tea with Vijay Govindarajan: frugal innovation

A business professor on frugal innovation, what the rich world can learn from the poor and why it's so hard to put ideas into practice.

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Next Generation Open Innovation – Best Practices and Case Studies

Next Generation Open Innovation – Best Practices and Case Studies | The Jazz of Innovation | Scoop.it
In an open innovation ecosystem, what is best practice? How do decentralized and centralized organizations meet different needs? Which success criteria are most important for next generation innovators?
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Innovation in practice: Solar-powered waterproof inflatable lantern "LuminAID"

Innovation in practice: Solar-powered waterproof inflatable lantern "LuminAID" | The Jazz of Innovation | Scoop.it

The LuminAID lantern is designed to address dependence on kerosene lamps in the developing world and its extremely lightweight and easy to transport inflatable design is also targeted at use in disaster relief situations, plus it makes a very handy addition to your camping kit.

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The Case for Letting Your Customers Design Your Products

The Case for Letting Your Customers Design Your Products | The Jazz of Innovation | Scoop.it
Why limit your company's brainpower to your employees? Here's how to tap the crowd to research new concepts, innovate, and design new products or services.
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Innovation in practice: Ikea's Challenge to the Wooden Shipping Pallet

Innovation in practice: Ikea's Challenge to the Wooden Shipping Pallet | The Jazz of Innovation | Scoop.it

For five decades, wood has reigned as the material of choice for the humble shipping pallet, used for moving everything from Wheaties to washing machines. Now, Swedish retailer Ikea is replacing wooden pallets with a paper variant that’s lighter, thinner, and—the company says—cheaper to use. “We don’t know if the paper pallet will be the ultimate solution, but it’s better than wood,” says Jeanette Skjelmose, sustainability chief at Ikea’s supply-chain unit.

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Is Social Media Really Collaboration in Disguise?

Is Social Media Really Collaboration in Disguise? | The Jazz of Innovation | Scoop.it
What’s the difference between using social media tools, and collaborating? If I’m using social media to the maximum extent, am I suddenly also being collaborative?

Lately, it appears “using social media” is equivalent to “collaboration.” I hear this erroneous collapsing of genres particularly in the realm of open innovation and crowd-sourcing. (Check out this great article from BusinessWeek for more.) Have you noticed the subtle media-meld across these worlds?

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Vestas: A Case Study on Social Media Use for Innovation Efforts

Vestas: A Case Study on Social Media Use for Innovation Efforts | The Jazz of Innovation | Scoop.it

This is the first in a series of short case studies in which I look at how global companies use social media tools and services for their (open) innovation efforts. These are quick-and-dirty case studies, but I do hope they can start discussions and perhaps inspire others on the use of social media tools and services for innovation.

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IPC Forum on Energy Innovation

IPC Forum on Energy Innovation | The Jazz of Innovation | Scoop.it

Energy is the lifeblood of the industrialized world, providing light, heat, transport and thousands of vital benefits. But energy dependence also creates a complex collection of challenges, including carbon emissions that are tightly linked to climate change, oil spills, nuclear accidents, economic pressures and regional and global political tensions.

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Innovation not just for rich countries

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DEVELOPING ECONOMIES are slowly growing their share of intellectual assets as multinational firms and increased public spending drive up patent filings and research, the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) reported last week.
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