The Jazz of Innovation
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The Jazz of Innovation
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The "Hell Yes!" Approach To Better, Bolder Decision Making

The "Hell Yes!" Approach To Better, Bolder Decision Making | The Jazz of Innovation | Scoop.it

Here's how it works: For every opportunity that comes your way--be it a new business initiative, event, partnership deal, or hiring decision--ask yourself, "Do I want to ______?"
Most often, you'll intuitively respond in one of three ways...

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Why Successful Entrepreneurs Are So Rare

Why Successful Entrepreneurs Are So Rare | The Jazz of Innovation | Scoop.it

Success as an entrepreneur requires an extremely rare blend of enormous self-confidence and an abiding willingness to be shown wrong and to self-correct.

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When You Can't Innovate, Copy

When You Can't Innovate, Copy | The Jazz of Innovation | Scoop.it

Nothing breeds copycats like a successful business venture. When a new business idea is incubated and executed successfully, cloners naturally emerge and imitate. To mitigate the investing risks associated with eroding market opportunities due to copycats, investors always look for companies with strong competitive resilience or those that are operating in markets with a high barrier to entry.

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Making Cities Smarter Than Their Bankers

Making Cities Smarter Than Their Bankers | The Jazz of Innovation | Scoop.it
A paper by Bruce Cahan on how smart cities can use the banking system to better advantage innovation policies and incentives for livability.

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Seeing the Doctor Online

Seeing the Doctor Online | The Jazz of Innovation | Scoop.it

You notice a mysterious rash on your forearm. With no idea as to what might be causing it — not bedbugs! — you take to the Web. Not to check WebMD for a quickie self-diagnosis but to Skype with your dermatologist and show him the affected patch of skin.

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Motorola's Police Car Of The Future Is An Unpaid-Ticket-Sniffing Scofflaw Slayer

Motorola's Police Car Of The Future Is An Unpaid-Ticket-Sniffing Scofflaw Slayer | The Jazz of Innovation | Scoop.it

The 2012 Chevrolet Caprice PPV is a futuristic cop car with 4G communications and a Knight Rider-like voice interface. It also automatically scans every license plate in its line of vision for warrants and unpaid tickets.

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A Corporate Innovator’s Advice on Open Innovation

A Corporate Innovator’s Advice on Open Innovation | The Jazz of Innovation | Scoop.it
Linda Beltz, Director for Technology Partnerships / Open Innovation at Weyerhaeuser gave a great presentation at the European Open Innovation Summit.

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G8 Leaders Call for Growth: Six Things You Can Do

G8 Leaders Call for Growth: Six Things You Can Do | The Jazz of Innovation | Scoop.it

Leaders the world over including those at this week’s G8 Summit are calling for economic growth, not just budget tightening, in an effort to combat world market instability and speed recovery. But for all the talk in policy circles, this growth will ultimately come from the private sector and especially here in the U.S., from small to medium sized businesses that create many of the jobs and employ many of the workers already in our economy. Here’s a look at the economic growth G8 leaders are calling for and six things you can do to promote growth in your business today.

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Embedding the Essentials of Innovation Vision

Embedding the Essentials of Innovation Vision | The Jazz of Innovation | Scoop.it

It always amazes me how so many organizations lack a clear innovation vision and an explicit set of statements from the Chief Executive or their designated C-Level Officer on innovation. How can anyone in the organization wanting to work on innovations that can matter feel connected, if this is missing?

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Why Disruption is Not Just About Innovation

Why Disruption is Not Just About Innovation | The Jazz of Innovation | Scoop.it

I think we all agree that major innovation has happened because we have not accepted status quo, but have punctured it, taken risk and created what was deemed to be impossible. Look around you, everything that you see at some point had someone say “that is just impossible!”, “it will never happen”! And yet we have innovated beyond belief and continue to do so.

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7 Reasons for Entrepreneurs to ‘First Know Thyself’

7 Reasons for Entrepreneurs to ‘First Know Thyself’ | The Jazz of Innovation | Scoop.it

If you are going to be a real entrepreneur, it’s important that you know yourself well. After all, you won’t have a direct manager charged with giving you feedback, and your team probably will be afraid to tell you what they really think. Entrepreneurs need to recognize their own strengths and limitations.

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Making Big Ideas Happen - 9 Ways to Address Innovation Fears

Making Big Ideas Happen - 9 Ways to Address Innovation Fears | The Jazz of Innovation | Scoop.it

One question near the end of my “Making Big Ideas Happen” presentation at the Big Ideas in Higher Education Conference was on how to handle people who try to say no to challenging thinking and plans because of potential risks.

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The ambitious plan to build Star Trek's USS Enterprise

The ambitious plan to build Star Trek's USS Enterprise | The Jazz of Innovation | Scoop.it
One adventurous engineer makes a compelling case to boldly build what no man has built before. Could the crazy thing actually work?
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How fast should you innovate?

How fast should you innovate? | The Jazz of Innovation | Scoop.it

What many firms fail to realize is that the game has changed. The rate of change in the environment has increased, and to remain "in the same place" as your firm is today - merely to hold serve - you must accelerate your product and service development capabilities.

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Velocity is the only innovation outcome that matters

Velocity is the only innovation outcome that matters | The Jazz of Innovation | Scoop.it

Few people would quibble with the argument that the pace of change is accelerating, and continues to accelerate. If, for example, you could teleport yourself to the Roman empire and examine the living conditions of the average family, you'd find that conditions weren't overly improved for hundreds of years. New technologies were infrequent and scientific discovery was slow.

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High Speed Travel Tubes Can Take You From NY To Beijing In 2 Hours

High Speed Travel Tubes Can Take You From NY To Beijing In 2 Hours | The Jazz of Innovation | Scoop.it

The Evacuated Tube Transport (ETT) system would take passengers from New York to Beijing in just two hours. Advocates of Evacuated Tube Transport (ETT) claim it is silent, cheaper than planes, trains, or cars and faster than jets.

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Science Fiction, big ideas, ideology: what is to be done?

Science Fiction, big ideas, ideology: what is to be done? | The Jazz of Innovation | Scoop.it

Are SF writers "slacking off" or is science fiction still the genre of "big ideas"? If so, what authors are supplying these ideas for the next generation of scientists and engineers?
After thinking about that for a while, I came up with a short essay which you can find below the cut (tidied up a little to remove some annoying snags from the original) ...

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When You Launch 12 New Products a Day

When You Launch 12 New Products a Day | The Jazz of Innovation | Scoop.it

HarperColliins CEO and President Brian Murray shares some interesting statistics from his company’s operations. As the world’s third-largest English language publisher, the company must re-invent its revenue streams each year, says Murray, and contend with supplying content to new platforms while launching, on average, 12 new products per day.

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How Journalism Education Can, and Should, Blow Up the System

How Journalism Education Can, and Should, Blow Up the System | The Jazz of Innovation | Scoop.it

In 2005, two of America's largest foundations created the Carnegie-Knight Initiative on the Future of Journalism Education.

This was before Facebook got big. Before Twitter, Instagram, Groupon or Pinterest. Before the iPhone or the iPad. Before the largest collapse in American newsroom history, with vanishing local journalism jobs totaling more than 15,000.

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Great Leaders Are Interesting – Are YOU?

Great Leaders Are Interesting – Are YOU? | The Jazz of Innovation | Scoop.it

Let’s face it – the best leaders have always grabbed our attention and piqued our imagination. They have a way of captivating, fascinating and intriguing us. It’s the interesting people with whom we want to engage, as they’re the ones who inspire and motivate us to be better and do more. The simple truth is few of us desire to be led by those whom we don’t find interesting. So my question is this: great leaders are interesting – are you? In the text that follows I’ll share my thoughts on how anyone can become more interesting.

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Charitable Innovation – Disrupting for Good

Charitable Innovation – Disrupting for Good | The Jazz of Innovation | Scoop.it

The operational model for charities in this country is an ideal candidate for disruptive innovation. It strikes me as odd that charities, the organizations that really have the least to spend on marketing, spend such inordinate amounts of money and time on marketing to raise money. Does spending lots of money on fundraising actually work?

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The Mount Rushmore of Innovation

The Mount Rushmore of Innovation | The Jazz of Innovation | Scoop.it

Like a good consultant, I had 106 slides on best practices in innovation — too many to digest. So I whittled them down to an executive summary with four simple points, each tied to an individual: an "Innovation Mount Rushmore." The virtual monument worked as an effective way to synthesize a complex field, and served as the basis for chapter 3 of The Little Black Book of Innovation.

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What makes a product “fit” a market? Or how to achieve product-market fit?

What makes a product “fit” a market? Or how to achieve product-market fit? | The Jazz of Innovation | Scoop.it
If you go after an awesome market – growing fast, has excellent demand and a great growth curve, then you’ve got 90% product-market fit, even though technically 50% of the challenge in any startup is coming up with a good product.

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The older we get, the less we know (cosmologically)

The universe is a marvelously complex place, filled with galaxies and larger-scale structures that have evolved over its 13.7-billion-year history. Those began as small perturbations of matter that grew over time, like ripples in a pond, as the universe expanded. By observing the large-scale cosmic wrinkles now, we can learn about the initial conditions of the universe. But is now really the best time to look, or would we get better information billions of years into the future – or the past?

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How Smart Phones Are Turning Our Public Places Into Private Ones

How Smart Phones Are Turning Our Public Places Into Private Ones | The Jazz of Innovation | Scoop.it

Smart phones have miraculously enabled people to stay connected, informed, and entertained, even in transit. We can now text, tweet, Skype, check Facebook updates, email in-boxes, Pandora channels and news feeds from a subway stop or street corner. The distracted walker has become both an urban menace and an April Fool’s laugh line.

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