Every so often a time arrives where society reaches a crossroads – where the situation and/or circumstance so obviously demands change that a populist mandate – a “movement” takes place. I would submit that we find ourselves a just such a crossroads today. We are in a crisis of leadership, and our world is suffering greatly at the hands of people who confuse their desire for an ego boost, their quest for power, and their thirst for greed with leadership. It’s time to say enough is enough – it’s time for a leadership movement.
An amazing prediction was made this week by a professor of marketing at NYU and head of investment firm Firebrand Partners, Scott Galloway. Speaking at the American Magazine Conference in New York (and as reported by The New York Post) Galloway said that within two years, Facebook will become the most valuable company in the world.
When an innovation team debates about spending 4 to 8 hours a week to generate ideas to create the new product or service that's supposed to differentiate the company and spark new growth, you know that the team is conflicted with its short term and long term mission.
In today's world, the knowledge-dispensing aspect of what teachers do has become a commodity. Read how a Minnesotan school district is experimenting with a novel way of educating students that emphasizes the real value teachers bring to education.
Harvesting Intangible Assets: Uncover Hidden Revenue in Your Company's Intellectual Property by Andrew Sherman is a clear, comprehensive guide to identifying, managing and leveraging your organizations intellectual assets - which may include patents, trademarks, customer information, software code, databases, business models, systems, processes and employee expertise.
Bias is defined as “prejudice in favor of or against one thing, person, or group compared with another, usually in a way considered to be unfair.” In the business world, this definition also applies to concepts and ideas.
Congratulations to the Columbia Business School for hosting the 2011 Social Enterprise Conference. Six hundred enlightened attendees witnessed a unique lineup of keynote speakers and breakout sessions.
Admit it! You always wanted to be a rock star belting out tunes while adoring fans groveled in the mosh pit. Or maybe it was a movie star surrounded by great actors and with an Oscar to boot. Of course, the svelte look of a fashion model always danced before your eyes as you stared at your reflection in a mirror.
Innovation is Like Love, aptly described by those old posters I used to see at my dentist’s office, “if you love something, set it free, and if it comes back to you, it’s yours…” Same thing for innovative university technologies, novel methods and creative people.
Idea harvesting is quite straightforward as a concept. It is about capturing and storing ideas as they emerge from different sources across and beyond the organization (i.e., ideation) and subsequently shaping them into high-value concepts (i.e., concept definition) ready for further exploration. However, as simple as it may seem, the practice of idea harvesting is not trivial.
“People connection to information, information connection to people — that’s really the heartbeat of any one of these collaboration systems,” he said.
Led by Bernoff, Forrester is implementing its own internal collaboration system, the HERO Platform, for the company’s 1,200 employees. The system aims to create HEROs, highly engaged and resourceful operatives.
I really have to say something about this notion that brainstorming / idea generation / ideation can be made into an efficient process. I’ve read a couple of interesting pieces on this lately, this idea it can be made more efficient, so you only get “good” ideas. If only it were so…
What is really at the heart of business success? Ideas. Without new ideas, companies can achieve no more than the status quo. Ideas lead to better products, more effective marketing and sales, efficient operations and communications; you name it.