Fortune Global Forum

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Reimagine, Rewire, Renew: Winning in the Disruptive Century Since 1995, the FORTUNE Global Forum has convened the CEOs of the world’s biggest companies on the emerging frontiers of global business. At a time when new technologies are disrupting every industry and creating new opportunities for innovation, there could be no better setting for our 2015 meeting than San Francisco. Our program will...

From Startup to Fortune 50, Companies Need to Brainstorm Outside the Box

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Everyone says this. “Innovation” is now one of the most overused words in the English lexicon. Small companies are declaring they are innovative. Large corporations are developing task forces to become innovative. Everyone is striving for that business edge. But what are some good ways to get ideas going? American Express’ Open Forum is offering some good resources and this article...

Design to Grow in Scale and Flexibility

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The mental structure one brings to a business issue (or any issue for that matter) defines the solutions one sees. It can be a fruitful exercise to try on different mental thinking caps when reviewing the success and issues of ones business. David Butler, Coca-Cola’s VP of Innovation who released in March of this year the book Design To Grow: How Coca-Cola Learned to Combine Scale & Agility,...

Text Based Games: A Powerful Tool for Experiential Corporate Training

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Even with all the graphic images, movies and photos that “say 1000 words,” text is one of the great gateways for our imaginations. And the reason for this is that no one else is providing us the imagery. We are bringing it to the table, based on our memories, our emotions, yes – some past images which we have stored. But it is generated by us. Gamasutra just posted the talk by...

True Ingenuity: Making the Most of What You Have

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There is a reason that the tagline of InnovationNetwork.guru is a list of these words: People * Creativity * Knowledge * Insight * Foresight * Will – it is because time and again these have been the core elements I’ve observed for all things innovative. This story about Baila Ndiaye of Senegal is quintessential in touching each of these elements. Baila runs an engineering firm in Strasbourg,...

Innovation & Patent Protection: A Primer on Why to Patent

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Lady Justice is not always blind. The patent system seems to be in the news only when big companies like Apple and Samsung are suing each other, or when there’s a major law change like the America Invents Act that was passed in 2011 and implemented in 2012 and 2013. Even then, the changes wrought by these legal wranglings are difficult to discern unless a person is well versed in patent law. The...

Mindfulness in Marketing is Good Business

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Increasingly we are seeing how mindfulness is playing a large role in corporations – from Ariana Huffington speaking about being present, Steve Jobs discussing meditation and Google employing a mindfulness leader within the company. As within, so without, and if we are going to be mindful with regard to ourselves, why not be mindful in our marketing practices to our customers. So believes...

Is Disciplined Innovation an Oxymoron?

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Not according to Donald Sull who recently published a new book, co-authored with Kathleen Eisenhardt, Simple Rules: How to Thrive in a Complex World. A former McKinsey analyst and now a senior lecturer at MIT’s Sloan School of Management, Sull summarizes his theories in an article entitled, The Simple Rules of Disciplined Innovation. Fundamentally, he believes that innovation and creativity...

Fast Company’s 10 Most Innovative Retail Companies in 2015

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Fast Company has posted it’s top 10 favorite retail innovators. I certainly have to agree with one of them – Eataly – one of my favorite places to go when I visit NYC. The combination of variety of foods, delectable edibles in Italian pastas, cheese, deserts, pizza, and all there to be purchased and also to be eaten in a variety of venues around the store. Love it! Other points...

State of Innovation

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Our nation’s capital is changing. Power still plays here, but it is now the upstarts and trailblazers who are pushing our city forward. DC Inno presents State of Innovation, a conference that will bring together disruptive business leaders to discuss what’s working and what’s next for the region’s economy. The invigorating panel discussions explore the state of innovation in...