Innovations that make the news are always the big, exciting, world-changing things, but it's still worth it to keep an eye out for smaller opportunities.
Sometimes, opportunities can be found in frustrating everyday situations... Read more →
Coming up with creative ideas isn't easy for anyone, but forward-looking people have a much easier time! An article today in United Press International talks about how CEOs can help their companies be more innovative just by focusing on the future: Companies whose chief executives speak about future events and external activities innovate more than those whose chiefs don't, a U.S. university study says. “By simply counting the number of future-oriented sentences in annual reports we can predict future innovation by the firm,” said marketing Professor Rajesh Chandy of the University of Minnesota’s Carlson School of Management. CEOs who focus... Read more →
Innovation... it's a word that's flying out of the mouths of CEOs right and left, and taking the business world by storm. Everyone's searching for the next great one, and crossing their fingers that their next project will be it. But what exactly IS innovation? Last week, Jon, author of the new and fun-to-read Future Visions blog held a one-line survey asking readers to chime in with their definition of innovation. Results are up today, and they're really interesting. So please jump over to the Future Visions blog, take a look, and share your thoughts there. It'd definitely worth reading!... Read more →
This video is one of the most amazing things I've seen on YouTube. It's called the Battle of Kruger and was shot by tourists. They're filming while a baby water buffalo is hunted by lions. But, this video is amazing... because no one could have expected what happens. Watch it! Absolutely fascinating and a great reminder to expect the unexpected! And thanks to Rohit of the Influential Marketing Blog for reminding me of this video, and sharing a little more of the history behind it! Read more →
How much do companies consider their customers when they're coming up with new products and services? One of the blogs I enjoy reading, by the idea factory Brainstore, recently brought up an article about how much of the innovation in Germany is done without the input of customers. The article's in German, but Brainstore's co-founder and blogger Nadja helpfully translated a bit: [The article says] that most companies in Germany are developing their innovation without listening or talking to customers first. Most companies highly underestimate the ability of consumers or B2B clients to participate in innovation, states the spokesman of... Read more →