If ideas are the seeds of innovation…

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  “If ideas are the seeds of innovation, idea management  is the formalization of the processes involved in gathering, sharing, analyzing and executing the ideas generated within an organization and its collaborative networks.” Whichever form your ideas take, how you manage them dictates the outcome of each endeavor. For great tips on idea management  read the…

Innovation Pessimism

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“The idea that innovation and new technology have stopped driving growth is getting increasing attention. But it is not well founded. Has the Idea Machine broken Down?” This is a must read article recently featured on the Economist. It is an interesting take on innovation as it is happening today. According to Peter Thiel, a founder…

2013 Innovation Resolution: Make Mistakes

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  At the beginning of every year, I pick one solid quote to live by for the year. This year, my quote comes from Neil Gaiman. Gaiman himself never graduated from college. He never even enrolled in college. Yet, today, he is one of the most celebrated and prolific writers working today. “I hope that in this year…

Stay inspired this Holiday Season – The 12 Days of innovation

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Robert’s Rules of Innovation wishes you and yours a wonderful Holiday Season. May you stay inspired in 2013!   Tis’ the Season for harrowing crowds, spiked eggnog, and delicious holiday feasts. It’s also the time of year for distraction, procrastination, and a lull in business productivity. Many companies see a lag in productivity and innovation during…

What drives Innovation and who owns it?

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Ownership is one of the key imperatives of Robert’s Rules of Innovation. Most would agree that innovation is everyone’s responsibility, but employees can’t innovate unless their leaders empower them to do so. Innovation needs a champion within the organization to push them to take calculated risks, and to step outside their own comfort zone. Without…

3 Strategies for Efficient and Effective Teamwork

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  You’ve just asked your employees to collaborate on an important group project. After taking time to photocopy a stack of handouts about the project, the group waits for a conference room to become available. Finally seated around the table, the group stares down at their paperwork until the meeting disperses, not to meet again…

Innovations to be thankful for… & the importance of the NPD process

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After sitting down to Thanksgiving dinner last week, it is hard not to think of all that we have to be thankful for. In the past year there have been some incredible new innovations revolutionizing the way people live their lives. After countless hours spent planning, researching, designing, and testing; what was once an idea,…

In a Marketing Rut? Get Innovative!

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You’ve optimized your website keywords, populated your social profiles with content, and maximized your print advertisements and direct mail campaigns… but your traffic and revenue still hasn’t increased. If this sounds familiar, you may be stuck in a marketing rut. Rather than continuing your same old, same old marketing tactics, utilize a few innovative ideas…

Innovation Balancing Act

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r On June 15th of this year, Nik Wallenda became the first person ever to walk across the roaring Niagra Falls on a 2-inch wire. After battling wind swells, and thick mist, Wallenda completed his walk crossing from the United States into Canada.   He was greeted by a Canadian customs agent who asked, “What…

I.N.N.O.V.A.T.I.O.N : Creating a Culture of Innovation

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Innovation in business is the development of new customer value through solutions that meet new needs, inarticulate needs, or current needs in new ways. Innovation in and of itself is the key to a company’s survival. It is the lifeblood of a company. That said, innovation is not always easy, and it does not come by itself.…

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