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It Takes a Community to Disrupt

Christina Vuleta | Posted 04.18.2014 | 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 04.16.2014 | 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 04.10.2014 | 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 03.27.2014 | 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 03.26.2014 | 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 02.28.2014 | 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 02.21.2014 | 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 02.24.2014 | 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.

Millennials Crave a Workplace That Fosters Innovation

VisualNews.com | Posted 03.19.2014 | Business
VisualNews.com

Once driven by profit alone, the newest generation in the workforce is causing the dynamics in business to shift. Millennials want more than just prof...

How Businesses Hinder Innovation

James C. Gibson | Posted 03.18.2014 | Business
James C. Gibson

Owners and managers may not realize that only they can be a catalyst towards innovation within a company. These factors can hinder not only innovation, but also employee leadership, and accuracy of projects.

The Value of Health Prevention and Management

Stan Berkow | Posted 03.17.2014 | Healthy Living
Stan Berkow

For us, placing a dollar value on health care services requires a deeper look into the downstream effects of health prevention and management.

Chronic Care Patients Are Dying for Change

Bruce Ettinger | Posted 03.15.2014 | Healthy Living
Bruce Ettinger

America has a hotshot, high tech system that can deliver world class, life saving technologies for surgeries, emergencies and other medical crises. Bu...

Innovation Is Messy: Navigating the Twists and Turns

Jeff DeGraff | Posted 03.04.2014 | Business
Jeff DeGraff

Innovation is not produced by alignment. Go to a meeting at any of the most innovative companies and you'll see that it's not a polite tea-and-crumpets conversation. Everyone isn't following each other. Rather, people are pushing and shoving.

Ideas are the Easy Part: 10 Concrete Steps to Eliminating Fear as an Obstacle to Successful Innovation

Amy Radin | Posted 02.12.2014 | Business
Amy Radin

Established organizations are in the paradoxical position of acknowledging the need for innovation, while at the same time remaining conditioned to the familiar.

A New Persona for Manufacturing

Terry Iverson | Posted 01.26.2014 | Impact
Terry Iverson

We need AP Engineering and AP Manufacturing tracks for young people to pursue. These careers needs to be seen as honorable and good careers for tomorrow's young people.

Let's Get People Cooking at Home

Matthew Robinson | Posted 01.25.2014 | Food
Matthew Robinson

Giving people a sure path to eating what they see on blogs and food TV could be the powerful enabler we need to get people cooking.

Questions Surrounding Unnovation vs. Innovation

Scott MacFarland | Posted 01.23.2014 | Business
Scott MacFarland

As I thought about all the questions that came to mind regarding unnovation vs. innovation, I began to instantly think about how abstract and unorganized my thoughts were.

The Culinary Arts: A Model for Innovation

Matthew Robinson | Posted 01.23.2014 | Business
Matthew Robinson

A great challenge for businesses is engaging colleagues in and creating sustainable innovation environments. Using the culinary world as a model for innovation is a great way to be successful and energize any innovation effort.

Why Innovating in "Older" Industries Will Be Harder

Eric Quon-Lee | Posted 01.23.2014 | Technology
Eric Quon-Lee

The successes that the world has seen with the increasing growth of Internet-related industries have been in no small part due to the greenfield approach that they were able to exploit.

Why Is Innovation Management So Important to Compete?

Scott MacFarland | Posted 01.23.2014 | Business
Scott MacFarland

They must create new products and services for new markets. They must be creative, and come up with new ideas that never would have been thought of before. This is the new management paradigm. Get used to it, it's not going away anytime soon.