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Business Innovation

From 21st to 1st: How Google Won in a Saturated Market

Maura O'Neill | Posted 11.18.2014 | Business
Maura O'Neill

As we think about a new idea we shouldn't dismiss existing markets. Often the biggest opportunities are right in front of our face -- whether it is developing a new retail concept or bringing clean water each day to the 2 billion that don't have it.

How Technology Is Changing What and Where We Buy

Hillary Peterson | Posted 10.17.2014 | Business
Hillary Peterson

Of course not every online business shares this commitment, but I know these are the types of brands I want to buy. And while some sell their goods in traditional brick and mortar outlets, the majority of their sales are direct.

The Daily Innovator (sm): Ready for Your Next Act?

Kevin McDermott | Posted 10.16.2014 | Business
Kevin McDermott

One day last month The Huffington Post announced that it recorded a record 115 million unique visitors in August. To Arianna Huffington we say two...

The Power of Purpose: Driving Innovation and Decision Making

Kari Warberg Block | Posted 10.16.2014 | Business
Kari Warberg Block

There is so much to say about this subject, starting with why your business needs a purpose, how to determine your purpose, and what to do with it once you figure it out.

10 Ways to Jumpstart Innovation

Marty Neumeier | Posted 10.14.2014 | Business
Marty Neumeier

"If you only do what you've always done, you'll only get what you've always got." That pithy argument for original thinking has been attributed to A...

10 Imperatives to Sustain Innovation -- All in One Place

Robert F. Brands | Posted 10.07.2014 | Business
Robert F. Brands

"In the 17th century, Innovators didn't get accolades. They got their ears cut off." - Emma Green The competitive marketplace of the 21st century has...

Innovation Starts with You

Tim McDonald | Posted 09.25.2014 | Business
Tim McDonald

We are all innovators. If we start with ourselves, and the relationships we form, we have the building blocks for creating purposeful change that will touch the lives of many. And anything becomes possible.

Change: A CEO's Job In The 21st Century

Brian Kennell | Posted 11.11.2014 | Business
Brian Kennell

Pioneering companies proactively embrace change--not on a reactionary basis or simply as inevitability, but as an opportunity to challenge the status quo and achieve greater success.

The Daily Innovator: Creating the Innovation Snowball Effect

Amy Radin | Posted 11.08.2014 | Business
Amy Radin

People are motivated to support a new idea for their own cluster of reasons. They're looking for what's in it for them, of course. But they also want to be inspired to join the next big thing.

How to Prepare for a Brainstorming Session

Mitch Ditkoff | Posted 10.21.2014 | 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 10.14.2014 | 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 10.07.2014 | 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 10.06.2014 | 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 10.01.2014 | 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 09.10.2014 | 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.