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The Power of Defining the Problem

The Power of Defining the Problem | The Jazz of Innovation | Scoop.it
Before you start solving a problem, you have to ask the right questions.

Well-defined problems lead to breakthrough solutions. When developing new products, processes, or even businesses, most companies aren't sufficiently rigorous in defining the problems they're attempting to solve and articulating why those issues are important. Without that rigor, organizations miss opportunities, waste resources, and end up pursuing innovation initiatives that aren't aligned with their strategies.

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10 Rules for Managing Global Innovation

10 Rules for Managing Global Innovation | The Jazz of Innovation | Scoop.it

When the knowledge base underlying a project is fragmented and project teams are scattered over multiple locations, miscommunication, conflict, and stalemates over crucial decision making are much more likely. Project teams often struggle to handle these problems constructively over a distance, especially when disagreements become personal, and so senior managers have to take on a formal role as arbiter, risk manager, support provider, and ultimate decision maker.

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Top five tips to get into a US start-up accelerator

Top five tips to get into a US start-up accelerator | The Jazz of Innovation | Scoop.it
The last two years has seen an explosion in the number of start-up incubators, accelerators and co-working spaces in Australia, such as Angel Cube, Startmate and PushStart, to name a few.
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Five Things You Can Do to Get to the Next Level

Five Things You Can Do to Get to the Next Level | The Jazz of Innovation | Scoop.it
These five action items will help you approach change in a way that promotes resiliency and, ultimately, brings your business to that often-sought – but rarely achieved – “next level.”...
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Keeping Innovation Ideas Flowing

Keeping Innovation Ideas Flowing | The Jazz of Innovation | Scoop.it

It happened many months ago, when I was meeting with some people from one of the world’s leading consumer goods manufacturers. This is a company where you would expect innovation to have been honed down to a fine art because it has launched a slew of successful innovations over the course of its long, proud history.

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Fresh Ways To Fish For Better Ideas

Fresh Ways To Fish For Better Ideas | The Jazz of Innovation | Scoop.it

Your company may already have more ideas than it knows what to do with, but the critical question really is, "How good are these ideas?" and maybe even more to the point, "How can you evolve these good ideas (assuming you even know which ideas are the good ones) into great ideas?"

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Does your business model strategy recognize the facts?

Does your business model strategy recognize the facts? | The Jazz of Innovation | Scoop.it

Leaders often fail to recognize the underlying facts that will transform their markets, which creates opportunities for disruptors who work 24/7/365 for a share of the leader’s business. The economy’s move from the Industrial Age to the Information Age created three new facts that leaders must heed. Let me use newspapers as an example of an industry that ignored facts at its peril.

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How to Handle Rejection: 4 Tips

How to Handle Rejection: 4 Tips | The Jazz of Innovation | Scoop.it

Hearing the word "no"--repeatedly--comes with the territory of launching your own business. Here's how to keep it from bringing you down.

An entrepreneur's life is one of frequent rejection from both potential customers and potential investors. So learning to handle rejection correctly is an essential survival skill.

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Nine startups that represent the future of disruptive health (Weekend Rounds)

Nine startups that represent the future of disruptive health (Weekend Rounds) | The Jazz of Innovation | Scoop.it
Life science current events this week include medical technology of the future and 8 human behaviors responsible for the highest employer healthcare expenditures.
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4 Ways to Discover Your Strengths

4 Ways to Discover Your Strengths | The Jazz of Innovation | Scoop.it

Mad Men's Don Draper is exceptionally good at saving a deal gone sour. When a client dislikes an ad campaign, the fictional ad exec can weave the perfect tale to change their minds. His storytelling ability is a gift that no one else at his agency has. To become a successful business leader, identify your own strengths and talents and foster them.

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The biotech valley of death has become the uncrossable canyon. Here’s one innovative approach to funding

The biotech valley of death has become the uncrossable canyon. Here’s one innovative approach to funding | The Jazz of Innovation | Scoop.it

We often talk about innovation in terms of science and technology, but in today’s healthcare ecosystem, it’s just as important to innovate on the business side of things.

That’s what the $250 million Harrington Project for Discovery & Development, a national initiative based at University Hospitals Case Medical Center, is trying to do. It comprises nonprofit and for-profit entities aimed at helping new developments in biotechnology cross the “valley of death,” which lately has become more of an “uncrossable canyon,” according to Baiju Shah, the CEO of BioMotiv, the for-profit side of the project.

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It's like teaching your Mother to use email: How to get older users to collaborate

It's like teaching your Mother to use email: How to get older users to collaborate | The Jazz of Innovation | Scoop.it

Even before social networks, organizations encouraged collaboration between older, experienced workers and those new to the work force. So you end up with apprentice electricians and plumbers who toil under the supervision of old hands… finally obtaining the status of “journeyman” only after benefiting from the advice and guidance of those with more experience.

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Changing How We Sell Things, To Make Companies More Successful

Changing How We Sell Things, To Make Companies More Successful | The Jazz of Innovation | Scoop.it
Let’s say you’re a new company in the business-to-business technology sector. You’ve found some early success, but you’ve already called everyone you know, and you can’t quite afford to hire new salespeople to help you reach the next level.
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Small Companies Storm the Edutech Market

Small Companies Storm the Edutech Market | The Jazz of Innovation | Scoop.it

Online education is now available for everyone. Parents can home school their children from the moment they start kindergarten until they graduate from high school. Online colleges and universities continue to gain legitimacy as more and more people pursue bachelor’s and master’s degrees via the Internet. Schools such as the University of Phoenix no longer stand alone as the only credible online institutions of higher learning.

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Ecosystem Map

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As you can see below, the entrepreneurship ecosystem is complex. The short-term goal of the map is to raise awareness of the organizations/individuals in different parts of the entrepreneurship ecosystem. The longer term goal is to help build relationships between different segments. The initial version was created based on the network of Empact. However, its growth and maintenance will depend on curators.

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How To Nurture Your Company’s Rebels, And Unlock Their Innovative Might

How To Nurture Your Company’s Rebels, And Unlock Their Innovative Might | The Jazz of Innovation | Scoop.it

We know that opposition is an integral part of the creative process. But sometimes opposition itself can be a creative act. Beyond common tactics (listed on this Community Toolbox site as “deflect, delay, deny, discount, deceive, divide, dulcify, discredit, destroy, deal”), it can manifest itself as craftsmanship and art--whether it be street art by Shepard Fairey or satire like these recent Mitt Romney campaign spoofs of Venn diagrams.

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Innovation requires creative leadership

Innovation requires creative leadership | The Jazz of Innovation | Scoop.it

“Innovation” is the economic coinage of the moment in nearly every state and metro area outside of the prospering Oil Patch, as they struggle with the aftermath of the recession. The Puget Sound region is among the fortunate places where it’s more than a word or aspiration.

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Henry Chesbrough on Open Innovation - Deloitte CIO

Henry Chesbrough on Open Innovation - Deloitte CIO | The Jazz of Innovation | Scoop.it

Henry Chesbrough, professor at the Haas Business School and originator of the “Open Innovation” movement, shares his views on all things open innovation. Derived from an article⊃1; that appeared earlier this year in Deloitte Review.

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Innovation - activity, tool or competence?

Innovation - activity, tool or competence? | The Jazz of Innovation | Scoop.it

There is significant, and often damaging, dissonance about what innovation "is" and how it can be deployed effectively. Innovation is something every business wants, but most aren't quite sure how to plan or implement innovation effectively. Innovation exemplars like Apple seem to be able to spin out exciting new products and services on a consistent basis, with minimal effort and maximum gain.

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Strategy in the Zone of Mediocrity

Strategy in the Zone of Mediocrity | The Jazz of Innovation | Scoop.it

Several years ago I had a discussion with an MBA class on how to recognise good or bad strategy. After a lot of consideration their conclusion was….. good strategy works, it delivers the numbers, bad strategy doesn’t. I attempted to point out some issues in their response, especially that it precluded assessing strategy in advance and that delivering the numbers might ignore important factors related to the quality of those numbers such as sustainability……..but……. I don’t think they were convinced. They liked their focus on results!

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A Brain Implant that Thinks

A monkey study suggests that neural implants could one day help brain-damaged patients perform specific cognitive tasks.

Researchers have used a neural implant to recapture a lost decision-making process in monkeys—demonstrating that a neural prosthetic can recover cognitive function in a primate brain. The results suggest that neural implants could one day be used to recover specific brain functions in patients with brain injuries or localized brain disease.

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Un abri à vélos solaire installé au centre-ville d’Haguenau

Un abri à vélos solaire installé au centre-ville d’Haguenau | The Jazz of Innovation | Scoop.it
Des cellules photovoltaïques en toiture, une plaque à induction pour recharger la batterie : ce nouvel abri à vélos, inauguré à Haguenau, a été mis au point par une entreprise locale, Sew-Usocome.
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Is Going for Rapid Growth Always Good? Aren’t Startups So Much More?

Is Going for Rapid Growth Always Good? Aren’t Startups So Much More? | The Jazz of Innovation | Scoop.it

Viewing the article through the lens of a venture capitalist there’s much to agree with under the mantra of “growth!” And when you read the article carefully it allows for a period of discovery in your business.

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Political Petri dishes

Political Petri dishes | The Jazz of Innovation | Scoop.it

MIMI ASHER, a single mother living on the Myatt’s Fields housing estate in south London, was horrified when she learned that her son had joined a gang. She asked a local council officer for advice on what to do. The response, she remembers, was a curt: “leave it to the professionals”.

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Does Your Product Make a REAL Impact?

Does Your Product Make a REAL Impact? | The Jazz of Innovation | Scoop.it
Serial entrepreneur & movie-maker Ted Leonsis discusses why he wants to make movies that are more than just movies.
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