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How to Prepare for a Brainstorming Session

Mitch Ditkoff | Posted 08.21.2014 | Business
Mitch Ditkoff

The few days before a brainstorm session begins -- the "incubation time" -- is often the difference between brilliance and boredom. Unfortunately, most companies don't get this.

Organizational Excellence Is About Being Perfect Together

Great Work Cultures | Posted 08.14.2014 | Business
Great Work Cultures

When organizations work well, they allow ordinary people to do extraordinary things. That's because they can be powerful vehicles for combining our strengths in a way that makes the whole far greater than the sum of the parts.

12 Midwest Startups That Are Changing the Status Quo

Matt Hunckler | Posted 08.08.2014 | Technology
Matt Hunckler

These behemoths undoubtedly made a worldwide impact, but some of the biggest game changers aren't happening on a global scale. They aren't even happening in Silicon Valley. Midwestern entrepreneurs are proving a knack for finding niches and solving problems.

The Daily Innovator: Disruptive or Sustaining? Does It Matter?

Daryl Twitchell | Posted 08.06.2014 | Business
Daryl Twitchell

Sometimes what looks at first like a game-changer is seen in retrospect as a sustaining innovation instead. And that's no failure.

Where Does Your Innovation Strategy Begin?

Scott MacFarland | Posted 08.01.2014 | Business
Scott MacFarland

Can a business innovate if it's not trying? Have you ever been in a company meeting where the word innovation is tossed around quite a bit? I have experienced this in my career with both small and large companies.

The Daily Innovator: Born or Built?

Kevin McDermott | Posted 07.11.2014 | Business
Kevin McDermott

What sort of person is it who can shape new ideas and bring them to life as businesses? Put another way, is an innovator's temperament born or is it built? We say it's built.

Tel Aviv Beach Bus: A Transportation Startup Gets Going

Danny Groner | Posted 08.17.2014 | Small Business
Danny Groner

The city of Tel Aviv brings together rich tradition and culture with new technology and innovation. Thanks in part to the city's beautiful weather and...

The Daily Innovator: Nine Ideas for Sparking Curiosity in Your Collaborators

Amy Radin | Posted 08.06.2014 | Business
Amy Radin

Are some people just born curious? Or can curiosity be cultivated? The answer matters because curiosity is a necessity for innovation. If curiosity isn't instinctive among your collaborators then you need to bring it to life.

As Global Demand for Dairy Products Soars, Domestic Innovation is Key

Michael Zacka | Posted 08.04.2014 | Business
Michael Zacka

Every day, our increasingly independent children and adolescents are faced with coolers full of beverage and energy drink options, and they must have innovative and attractive milk alternatives that make it easier to make the nutritionally smart choice.

How to Succeed in Business: the First Steps

Jack Nadel | Posted 07.30.2014 | Small Business
Jack Nadel

I'll begin where the majority of successful entrepreneurs begin--"follow your passion." It may be a shopworn phrase, but this advice is as valid today for how to succeed in business as it was a hundred years ago, and it has certainly proven true for me.

3 Things Orgs Can Learn From How History's Biggest Thinkers Spent Their Days

Crystal Kadakia | Posted 07.15.2014 | Business
Crystal Kadakia

We often benchmark companies to learn best practices, but in people management, we rarely benchmark our practices by looking at high-performing individuals.

The New Bank Innovation Platform

Spiros Margaris | Posted 07.06.2014 | Business
Spiros Margaris

One of the greatest benefits of an open innovation platform for a financial institution is that they can honestly say that they listen to what clients and potential clients want and, perhaps, more importantly what they need.

It Takes a Community to Disrupt

Christina Vuleta | Posted 06.17.2014 | Women
Christina Vuleta

My earliest memory is being asked, "What do you want to be when you grow up?" Without hesitation, I answered, "Princess," with a capital P. This had everything to do with wanting people to do my bidding and nothing to do with wanting a pink dress.

The Daily Innovator: It's Not Who You Know But How They Think

Kevin McDermott | Posted 06.16.2014 | Business
Kevin McDermott

Students of reasoning styles can boost their success at convincing others of the wisdom of a new idea by identifying and adapting to the logic filters of decision makers. Sizing up a situation realistically lets us know what to expect when we're pitching a new idea, and how to make the most of it.

Inventiveness Is the New Creativity

Andrew Graff | Posted 06.09.2014 | Business
Andrew Graff

Creativity still is central to our success. We need and cherish women and men who proudly identify themselves as creatives. But now they work, along with the rest of us, under an umbrella of inventiveness. Side by side with other inventors.

Functional Foods: A Fix to Highlight after National Nutrition Month

Michael Zacka | Posted 04.01.2014 | Business
Michael Zacka

Very public efforts to improve health and prevent disease by eating right have also spurred the food and beverage industries to develop promising and innovative products that will help individuals as well as stimulate companies' sales.

3 Myths Americans Still Believe About Innovation

Steve Currall | Posted 05.27.2014 | Business
Steve Currall

From the perspective of technology breakthroughs -- and the industries and good jobs that often result from them -- the 20th century can fairly be called the American Century. But the outlook for the 21st century is far less clear.

Corporate Training? Too Many Businesses Just Hope to Hire It in

Joanna Riley Weidenmiller | Posted 05.26.2014 | Business
Joanna Riley Weidenmiller

Every corporation is divided between the need of skilled employees and the fear of training workers that can possibly leave and take their skills -- and investment -- to another company. So what do we do?

Netflix's Major HR Innovation: Treating Humans Like People

Fast Company | DRAKE BAER | Posted 03.14.2014 | World

Back in 1997, before it was streaming a billion hours of Internet television a month, Netflix was a startup. They had a fairly standard vacation polic...

President's Manufacturing Institutes Are a Good Idea: Now Let's See About the Other 90 Percent

Dr. Sheldon Schuster | Posted 04.30.2014 | Education
Dr. Sheldon Schuster

From an educator's perspective, my experience is that on a small scale, a partnership which involves industry, educators and innovative thinking can lead to great things.

Is Innovation the New Donation?

Jeremy Wilson | Posted 04.20.2014 | Business
Jeremy Wilson

Over the last ten years businesses have been on a quest to humanize, to become closer to customers. This changing role is leading consumers to ask not only, 'How can you make my life better?' they are asking 'What are you building to make the world better?'

Why Mobile Is the Future of Advertising and Marketing

Tom Lowery | Posted 04.20.2014 | Business
Tom Lowery

Not having a mobile strategy is a "recipe for disruption", with a dash of eventual panic thrown in. The age mobile is still young enough for brands to get on board with it. That means larger budgets and greater focus on the road ahead.

The First Strategic Question Every Business Must Ask

Anthony Tjan | Posted 04.14.2014 | Business
Anthony Tjan

The truth is that most company leaders are too narrow in defining their competitive landscape or market space. They fail to see the potential for "non-traditional" competitors.

The Daily Innovator: Email to the CEO

Daryl Twitchell | Posted 04.12.2014 | Business
Daryl Twitchell

The first thing I need from you is encouragement to take a bigger view of our business sector. We need to show a willingness to press traditional boundaries so we can liberate our thinking to see pockets of opportunity we may have overlooked.

Missing Steve Jobs. The Vision Time Machine

Spiros Margaris | Posted 03.24.2014 | Business
Spiros Margaris

Also Apple's CEO Tim Cook should develop his own personal founder's vision as a guiding principle. Especially, if he wants to project a company vision that communicates to employees, shareholders and clients a credible and promising future.