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How Companies Can Promote Creativity

How Companies Can Promote Creativity | The Jazz of Innovation | Scoop.it

These days, as global competition intensifies, it's more important than ever that companies figure out how to innovate if they are going to maintain their edge, or maintain their existence at all.

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How we could reconcile “creativity” with “rationality” to spur innovation

How we could reconcile “creativity” with “rationality” to spur innovation | The Jazz of Innovation | Scoop.it

In the classical age, Mankind saw the world as dominated by the Gods. In the modern age, Mankind saw the world through the lenses of science and progress, because we were increasingly able to understand it. Hence, “the Western world is rules by engineers“, Forest & Faucheux say, in which creative approaches are considered incapable of producing rational knowledge.

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The Persistence of the Innovator's Dilemma

The Persistence of the Innovator's Dilemma | The Jazz of Innovation | Scoop.it

In 1995, a young Harvard Business School Professor co-authored an article in Harvard Business Review, "Disruptive Technology: Catching the Wave." He and his co-author proposed a new causal mechanism that explained the surprising failure of highly-regarded companies.

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Innovative management: Gary Hamel and Lowell Bryan

Innovative management: Gary Hamel and Lowell Bryan | The Jazz of Innovation | Scoop.it

“Sometime over the next decade,” warns renowned strategy guru Gary Hamel in his new book, The Future of Management, “your company will be challenged to change in a way for which it has no precedent.”1 What’s even more worrisome, he argues, is that decades of orthodox management decision-making practices, organizational designs, and approaches to employee relations provide no real hope that companies will be able to avoid faltering and suffering painful restructurings.

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The Question That Will Change Your Organization

The Question That Will Change Your Organization | The Jazz of Innovation | Scoop.it

Some fifteen years ago, in the early days of starting up Fast Company magazine, co-founder Alan Webber shared one of his rules of thumb with me: "A good question beats a good answer." That pithy wisdom sunk in and took hold immediately.

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Blended Learning: A Disruptive Innovation

Blended Learning: A Disruptive Innovation | The Jazz of Innovation | Scoop.it
Check out this in-depth infographic all about Blended Learning. Learn what it is, why it's spreading, and how it works in real and virtual classrooms.
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The Easiest—and Hardest—Way to Be More Creative

The Easiest—and Hardest—Way to Be More Creative | The Jazz of Innovation | Scoop.it

It's no coincidence that a big, new idea never comes when you need it most. Here's how to get the juices flowing again.

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It All Starts with an Innovation Audit

It All Starts with an Innovation Audit | The Jazz of Innovation | Scoop.it

As a leader in your organization, you know how important sustainable Innovation is for increasing profit and shareholder value. It is time to take action and begin building that culture of Innovation – especially when there are competitive forces in the picture. Some signs that it may be time for an Innovation Audit.

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How to manage through disruption

Mr. Elop has some great thoughts about innovation and about managing through disruption. It’s interesting because both of them worked at Macromedia before it was bought by Adobe. If you remember well, Macromedia used to make authoring tools for CD-Rom’s back in the day before the internet existed.

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Want to Keep Your Empathic Edge For Innovation? Keep Your Blood Pressure in Check

We all know the effects of high blood pressure: increased heart disease, kidney disease, stroke. Now there is one more thing to add to the mix: Emotional Apathy.

Research shows that increased blood pressure is associated with the deadened ability to pick up on emotional cues. Without the ability to pick up on emotional cues, tension and pain points camouflage into the background. When everything becomes vanilla, finding the insight that foments the next great thing becomes all the more difficult.

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Innovation Requires Culture of Trust and Openness

Innovation Requires Culture of Trust and Openness | The Jazz of Innovation | Scoop.it

The environment of most organizations is too poisonous for innovation and organizational learning to flourish. A mistake is generally a CLM — career-limiting move. Making a mistake in front of many managers is like cutting yourself in front of Dracula.

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7 Tips to Make Leadership an Interesting Journey

7 Tips to Make Leadership an Interesting Journey | The Jazz of Innovation | Scoop.it

There are different ways in which people approach leadership responsibilities, but evidently the best way to do that is when people take them up joyfully. It is within you to make your leadership journey interesting. And it has to be a constant effort. What can you do to make your leadership more exciting for yourself, and for your team? Here is a blueprint to create more joy in your career.

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Warum der Eiffelturm nicht gebaut werden sollte

Warum der Eiffelturm nicht gebaut werden sollte | The Jazz of Innovation | Scoop.it

Sie müssen als Führungskraft eines wissen: Innovationen werden nie freudig aufgenommen. Und Sie werden beim Einführen von Innovationen immer mit Problemen umgehen müssen. Der Eiffelturm beispielsweise hätte nie gebaut werden sollen, wenn es nach dem Willen vieler prominenter Bürger im Paris des Jahres 1887 gegangen wäre.

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Crowdfunding for Creativity

One of the most exciting things about the social web is its tendency to democratize the creative industry, allowing creators — artists, musicians, publishers, filmmakers, writers, entrepreneurs — to bypass the traditional industry distribution model and self-publish their creative output by crowdfunding it through platforms that connect them with their audience.

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The Competition is Not Who You Think It Is

The Competition is Not Who You Think It Is | The Jazz of Innovation | Scoop.it

It has become extremely difficult to foresee competition. But this isn’t cause for alarm. It’s now far more important to forge ahead with innovation, allowing a product or service to evolve in new ways, than trying to crush or outsmart perceived competition.

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Crowd funding: creative but risky

Crowd funding: creative but risky | The Jazz of Innovation | Scoop.it

Crowd funding, in which a group of investors pools money to fund a project or startup business — often online through social media and sites such as Kickstarter.com — has gained attention recently as a possible source for stimulating economic growth.

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Beware the Cult of Ideas

Beware the Cult of Ideas | The Jazz of Innovation | Scoop.it

The Cult of Ideas is a dangerous cult lurking within the field of corporate innovation. It is a disturbing cult in which members worship massive numbers of ideas above all else. On the surface, this seems a good thing. After all, innovations are founded on ideas, are they not? So, if a company wants to innovate, the more ideas it creates the better. Sadly, however, the ugly truth is that the cult of ideas can actually stifle creativity and inhibit innovation.

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Co-creation Vs Participation

Slides from the talk @ Inspired, organized by DottCornwall at Bedruthan Steps Hotel, Mawgan Porth, Newquay, 26th March 2010.

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'Vlaamse regering zal niet besparen op innovatie'

'Vlaamse regering zal niet besparen op innovatie' | The Jazz of Innovation | Scoop.it

De Vlaamse regering zal in zijn zoektocht naar bijkomende besparingen niet snoeien in de budgetten voor innovatie.


Dat heeft minister-president Kris Peeters maandagochtend op de VRT-radio verzekerd. "Ik zal er alles aan doen om niet te besparen op innovatie", klonk het.

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Leadership & Discipline

Leadership & Discipline | The Jazz of Innovation | Scoop.it

The difference between good and great often comes down to discipline. So my question is this – how disciplined are you as a leader? Context, fluidity, and other nuanced behaviors are positive traits to embrace so long as they don’t serve as an excuse for a lack of discipline.

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Innovation Obstacle: Social Habits

For some insight into another common innovation obstacle, consider this quote from John Maynard Keynes: "Worldly wisdom teaches that it is better for reputation to fail conventionally then to succeed unconventionally." 

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Co-Creation – The next big Thing?

Co-Creation – The next big Thing? | The Jazz of Innovation | Scoop.it

DI Stefan Posch von der Integrated Consulting Group verfügt über langjährige Erfahrung im Projekt- und Produktmanagement im Hochtechnologiesektor sowie in der Steuerung von Innovationsprozessen komplexer Produkte in der Halbleiterindustrie.

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Looking for funding to commercialize your innovation?

Looking for funding to commercialize your innovation? | The Jazz of Innovation | Scoop.it

Have you’ve been looking for funding to commercialize your innovation but came up empty? One avenue that is growing in popularity are innovation competitions. If your ideas fits the requirements, its a source of funding that doesn’t required you to give up any equity.

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This Bendable Remote Control Has No Buttons, Doesn’t Require Batteries

This Bendable Remote Control Has No Buttons, Doesn’t Require Batteries | The Jazz of Innovation | Scoop.it
We've shown you the “Leaf Grip Remote Controller” a few weeks ago, but its maker, Japanese tech company Murata, decided to wait until the CEATEC 2011 exhibition to present it to the public.

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You cannot innovate without failure

You cannot innovate without failure | The Jazz of Innovation | Scoop.it

Australia has had mixed success when it comes to being a nation of innovators. A recent federal government report concludes that while Aussies are great at incremental innovation - which primarily means adapting overseas innovations - we fall behind when it comes to creating our own opportunities and bringing new things to an international marketplace.


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