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The Jazz of Innovation
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8 Ideas for When Creativity Is Too Easy or Hard

8 Ideas for When Creativity Is Too Easy or Hard | The Jazz of Innovation | Scoop.it

There’s a story I saw once (which, if you’ll notice, is how most apocryphal stories start) about Salvador Dali where an art patron inquired it were difficult for the famed surrealist painter to paint a picture. Salvador Dali answered, “No, it’s either easy or impossible.”

You can’t deny that it’s a great creativity quote.

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How to be Creative When You're Moving Fast

How to be Creative When You're Moving Fast | The Jazz of Innovation | Scoop.it
Caterina Fake of Findery shares her ideas on how to be creative when you're a fast-growing, fast-moving company.

I'm pretty excited that I got to hear Caterina Fake at the Inc. 5000 conference. Why? She's noted as one of the most influential women in technology. Her previous ventures at Flickr and Hunch sold to Yahoo! in 2005 for a reported $35 million and eBay for a reported $80 million, respectively. She's no slouch.

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7 good ways to start with open innovation

7 good ways to start with open innovation | The Jazz of Innovation | Scoop.it

Open innovation is increasingly common in organisations to accelerate the pace and impact of innovation by sharing risk and reward with partners. As part of a recent project working with organisations new to open innovation, we have drafted a quick ‘bluffers guide’ with seven main ways you could further quickly implement open innovation into your organisation which we thought we’d share here as follows.

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The innovative genius of Cyrus McCormick

The innovative genius of Cyrus McCormick | The Jazz of Innovation | Scoop.it
While Cyrus McCormick is credited for inventing the mechanical reaper, his true genius was innovating the business of selling reapers to farmers worldwide.
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10 Tricks to Get the Creative Juices Flowing

10 Tricks to Get the Creative Juices Flowing | The Jazz of Innovation | Scoop.it
Amateurs wait for inspiration to strike. The pros know how to cultivate creativity on an ongoing basis.
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Making The Most Of Your Creative R&D Time

Making The Most Of Your Creative R&D Time | The Jazz of Innovation | Scoop.it
In an economy based on idea generation, it is up to you to keep your greatest assets--your awareness and creativity--nourished, fine-tuned, and ready at hand.
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How Dragons Den has captured our appetite for invention

How Dragons Den has captured our appetite for invention | The Jazz of Innovation | Scoop.it
Dragons’ Den is an entrepreneurs dream. Five of the most well-known investors at your feet: millions of people watching your product pitch. In truth, the competition is fierce: only 110 companies have received investment over the UK show’s seven-year history.

But taking that brave step into the Den has netted some of those innovators millions.

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Big Companies Can't Innovate Halfway

Big Companies Can't Innovate Halfway | The Jazz of Innovation | Scoop.it
Get over your commitment issues; it's the only way to move from idea to profit.

No company ever dazzled the world by lackadaisically going after a market. Executives never reach the pinnacle of their industry by consistently taking timid action. So why, despite all the evidence to the contrary, do we see so many corporations dip their toes into the pool of innovation instead of diving in? Corporate innovation is already a difficult proposition; why doom it to failure by pursuing it half-heartedly?

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Everyone wants to be one of the cool kids in the “In(novation) Crowd”. Don’t you?

Everyone wants to be one of the cool kids in the “In(novation) Crowd”. Don’t you? | The Jazz of Innovation | Scoop.it

Yes you can get everyone at your company to put aside some time to contribute ideas toward your new idea management system. It takes more than rolling out the new innovation management software to be a success; but it isn’t that hard either. You just have to let people know the new standard here at our company is that everyone is contributing ideas. No one likes to be left behind, the crowd will follow.

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How to break habits (from The Power of Habit by Charles Duhigg)

The key to exercising regularly, losing weight, raising exceptional children, becoming more productive, building revolutionary companies and social movements, and achieving success is understanding how habits work.

Habits aren't destiny. As Charles Duhigg shows, by harnessing this new science, we can transform our businesses, our communities, and our lives.

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Do patent and copyright law restrict competition and creativity excessively?

I am concerned that both patent and copyright protection, though particularly the former, may be excessive.

To evaluate optimal patent protection for an invention, one has to consider both the cost of inventing and the cost of copying; the higher the ratio of the former to the latter, the greater the optimal patent protection for the inventor. The ratio is very high for pharmaceutical drugs.

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3D printable gun? Inventor's Dilemma!

3D printable gun? Inventor's Dilemma! | The Jazz of Innovation | Scoop.it
A 3D printer knew its technology would let customers' imaginations run wild. But it never anticipated anyone would come up with this.
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The Most Ridiculous Idea Ever To Get Funded On Kickstarter

The Most Ridiculous Idea Ever To Get Funded On Kickstarter | The Jazz of Innovation | Scoop.it

Parody products are making their ways to crowdfunding site, Kickstarter.
What's more: they're actually getting funded.
The Ostrich Pillow was posted on September 18th and it has already exceeded its $70,000 goal by more than $30,000 (via AllThingsD's Mike Isaac).


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The value of different perspectives

The value of different perspectives | The Jazz of Innovation | Scoop.it

When's the last time you got a reminder that not everyone thinks the same way you do? I did not long ago - and I'm still laughing about it!

A couple months ago, I was in San Francisco for a meeting with co-workers. I decided to stay over the weekend to play tourist - and just for fun, arranged my schedule so I could play a game with the local underwater hockey team.

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Who says innovation has to be expensive?

Who says innovation has to be expensive? | The Jazz of Innovation | Scoop.it

I'm a bit frustrated with existing management think. We've all allowed ourselves to be sucked into the belief system of the zero-sum game. If I take a little bit from one program to augment another, then the taking and receiving balances out. The pie stays the same, we just cut the slices differently. This is a static reading of strategy and outcomes - assuming that the investments now are static and to some extent the outcomes are static.

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Measuring Your Company Goals

Measuring Your Company Goals | The Jazz of Innovation | Scoop.it

I’ve been making New Year’s Resolutions for my business for years. You could also call what I compile at the start of the year goals for my company. Rather than creating a stagnant business plan that I forget to update, I simply revisit what I want for my company at the fresh start of the year.

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Unthinking Machines

Unthinking Machines | The Jazz of Innovation | Scoop.it
Artificial intelligence needs a reboot, say experts.

Some of the founders and leading lights in the fields of artificial intelligence and cognitive science gave a harsh assessment last night of the lack of progress in AI over the last few decades.

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Why We Need Innovation To Prepare For The Global Aging Society - Forbes

Why We Need Innovation To Prepare For The Global Aging Society - Forbes | The Jazz of Innovation | Scoop.it
A startling new United Nations Population Fund report projects that in 2050 there will be more people over the age of 60 than those under 15. Put another way, there will be more pensioners than children by 2050.
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The Innovators Behind 10 Hot Technologies

The Innovators Behind 10 Hot Technologies | The Jazz of Innovation | Scoop.it
In the Tech Innovators Series, Mashable introduces you to 10 of tech’s top innovators. From adaptive learning to mobile video-sharing and computers that you command with gestures of the hand, these gamechangers are introducing new technologies and redefining — or creating entirely new — industries.
Check out the summaries below and click through for full articles about these innovators and their work.


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Three Lessons of Successful Innovators

Three Lessons of Successful Innovators | The Jazz of Innovation | Scoop.it

Everyone’s an innovator. Okay, not everyone, but far more executives describe their organizations that way than you might think. In Forbes Insights’ recent study, “ Harnessing Innovation To Jumpstart Growth,” in partnership with BMO Harris Bank, 43% of middle-market executives we surveyed described their company’s approach to innovation as “large and transformative,” while just 22% said they stuck with small, incremental changes when needed.

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Innovation: Reach beyond your comfort zone

Innovation: Reach beyond your comfort zone | The Jazz of Innovation | Scoop.it

Lately I've met with a number of potential clients who are frustrated that their innovation efforts aren't creating a bigger splash in the market. It can be difficult to identify the limiting factor in any new product or service. Perhaps the customer need wasn't as strong as we anticipated, or we built features and attributes to appeal to the wrong need or client base. Perhaps the product is too early, and difficult to adopt, or too late and missed the market window. Or perhaps the concept was too narrowly conceived from the beginning.

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Why Your Leadership Is Overrated

Why Your Leadership Is Overrated | The Jazz of Innovation | Scoop.it

How are your leadership skills? Likely not as good as you think. There’s no shortage of independent empirical data generated over the years supporting the fact most people tend to overrate their leadership ability. The best leaders the world has ever known had room for improvement – so do you. I’ve always said leaders need to get over themselves and get on to the practice of leadership. In today’s post, I’ll offer 8 things every leader should evaluate with regard to their capabilities.

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The Real Reason Companies Must Innovate

The Real Reason Companies Must Innovate | The Jazz of Innovation | Scoop.it

For most companies today, the real issue is not how to grow earnings by a certain percentage from quarter to quarter. It’s how to avoid the big and unexpected downside. Because the thing that kills companies today is not whether they are growing by 8% instead of 12%; the thing that kills them is when they miss some turn in the road – some fundamental change in the external environment – that axes the share price by 50% and sends the firm into the toilet. This is what has wrecked so many companies in so many industries.

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How did Big Data become so big?

How did Big Data become so big? | The Jazz of Innovation | Scoop.it

The term “Big Data” has lately been used broadly in scientific and non-scientific publications, penetrating all expressions of common culture. How did Big Data, currently one of the hottest technology buzzwords become a mainstream concept, a term and a marketing tool? In this New York Times article, Steve Lohr reviews the emergence and the penetration of “Bid Data” in daily life.

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Entrepreneurs Behaving Badly

Entrepreneurs Behaving Badly | The Jazz of Innovation | Scoop.it
Sometimes customers do things that make you want to take extreme actions. But there's no good excuse for going this far.
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