Tag Archives: Innovation

A sober look at drinking and creativity

In one of my prior lives, I was a researcher in a Russian academic lab. A colleague of mine was studying the effects of ethanol alcohol on yeast cells. Every time she presented project updates to the rest of the … Continue reading

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Innovation and spirit. Yes, that spirit.

Recent evidence strongly suggests that the U.S. is facing a growing shortage of novel ideas. Worse, the cost of getting these ideas is growing while their quality seems to be declining. Left unchanged, this trend may have serious negative consequences for American innovation. … Continue reading

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Ideas are a dime a dozen. Are they really?

Any seasoned innovation practitioner would tell you that idea generation is the most straightforward part of the innovation process. Generating ideas is easy, the thinking goes; it is at the stage of testing these ideas and deciding which one to … Continue reading

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Why I Don’t Like the Term “Innovator’s DNA”

“And just as each person’s physical DNA is unique, each individual we studied had a unique innovator’s DNA for generating breakthrough business ideas.” This is a line from the influential HBR article written by Jeffrey Dyer, Hal Gregersen, and the … Continue reading

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Crowdsourcing: An Innovation Tool to Overcome the Limits of Remote Work

(A version of this article was originally posted to the Qmarkets blog) The unprecedented shock caused by the COVID-19 pandemic has forced many organizations to change the ways they do business. Almost every business operation has been affected: from the … Continue reading

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What Will Crowdsourcing Look Like in 10 Years?

(This piece was originally posted to the HeroX blog) There is a popular joke (attributed to Niels Bohr): “It is difficult to make predictions, especially about the future.” And at times of uncertainty that we’re all living through, predicting the future … Continue reading

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Innovation in Legacy Companies: Can You Be Big and Nimble at the Same Time?

(This piece was originally posted to the HeroX blog) Complaints that large legacy companies can’t innovate abound. Some folks go as far as to say that corporate innovation “is broken.” This is, perhaps, an exaggeration. Large companies are still quite good … Continue reading

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Want a Big Idea? Take a Shower and Sit Under the Apple Tree

(This piece was originally posted to the HeroX blog) I’m really amused by how many people claim that their best creative ideas come to them in the shower. What is so special about the shower being a cradle of creative ideas? … Continue reading

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Crowdsourcing: Going Above and Beyond Consumer Products

(This piece was originally posted to the HeroX blog) In the past few years, crowdsourcing has finally come of age as a powerful open innovation tool allowing organizations – including corporations, government agencies, and non-profits – to use external crowds to … Continue reading

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What Is Holding Your Business Back from Becoming the Next Big Thing?

(This piece was originally posted to the HeroX blog)  As a famous line (wrongfully attributed to Charles Darvin) reads: “It is not the strongest of the species that survives, nor the most intelligent that survives. It is the one that is … Continue reading

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