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Innovation Newsletters

Innovating the Ordinary #23 Innovation Newsletter

Companies face continuing challenges that demand fresh perspectives on questions such as: How do I grow my organization? How can our organization disrupt the space we compete in? What strategies and concepts will enable us to change or improve the consumer experience?

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Learning from Leading “Disruptors” #22 Innovation Newsletter

Names like Jeff Bezos (founder and CEO of Amazon) have become synonymous with disruptive innovation. What can we learn from leaders who, like Bezos, have not only achieved entrepreneurial breakthroughs but gone on to nurture them into big businesses that continue to innovate?

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Textile Innovation #21 Innovation Newsletter

Innovation in fiber and textiles affects everything from packaging to wearable electronics to aerospace materials to the clothes we wear. In this month’s feature we take a look at how innovation is at work in textile companies that are drawing on the mechanics and properties of the natural world and on the critical needs of demanding customers like emergency workers and soldiers.

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The Sustainability <=> Innovation Connection #20 Innovation Newsletter

Like innovation, sustainability—a focus on creating economic, social, and environmental value—is rising on corporate agendas. According to a recent global executive survey, CEOs are now “twice as likely as they were in 2012 to say sustainability is their top priority,” and more other execs now see it as one of the top three items on their CEO’s agenda.…

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Lessons from Hackathons #19 Innovation Newsletter

The term “hacking” usually brings to mind the activities of rogue computer programmers with bad intentions working to breach the security of a network. In that context, a “hackathon” might sound like a race to see who can be best and fastest intruder.

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Decentralization: The Future “What” and “How” #18 Innovation Newsletter

The decentralization of manufacturing, of services, and of innovation processes is happening or at least on the horizon all around us, with great potential to disrupt major industries. It’s a revolution powered by digital technology.

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Profiles in Growth, 2014 #17 Innovation Newsletter

Growth and innovation are the mantras in just about all companies, but what kind of growth is “good” growth, sustainable growth? And what are the keys to it? We found some insights in a new Inc. research study of more than 100,000 U.S. midmarket businesses.

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Drawing on Data for Innovation #16 Innovation Newsletter

Innovation is what we need to drive growth, but what defines it? It can mean the pursuit of just about anything new. If you want to innovate as a company, you need a grasp of what it means to you. Otherwise, you risk having your strategic growth efforts become dissolute and unproductive.

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The Whole Package #15 Innovation Newsletter

You can't judge a book by its cover, or a gift by its wrapping. What about a product or service by its package? That's a hot-button issue in many industries, from food and beverage, to pharmaceutical and medical, to retail and industrial manufacturing.

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Creating “Strategic Surprise” #14 Innovation Newsletter

One of the most innovative organizations on the planet is not a private enterprise, but a government agency. Surprised? Well, that's exactly their mission: creating and preventing strategic surprise.

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Service Innovation-“My Job Is to Build a Culture of Innovation” #13 Innovation Newsletter

Forbes has recently released its 2013 list of the 100 most innovative companies, and for the third year in a row the business at the top of the list is one that provides an online service - Salesforce.com. Founded as a small startup in 1999, the company's core innovation was to sell enterprise software from a cloud-based platform.

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Six Factors for Sustained Growth #11 Innovation Newsletter

Although middle market companies – those with revenues between $10 million and $1 billion – make up only about 3% of American businesses, this segment is a huge economic force, accounting for roughly a third of the U.S. GDP and more than 43 million jobs. That's according to the National Center for the Middle Market.*

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Innovation Pressure Remains High #10 Innovation Newsletter

According to the GE Global Innovation Barometer, the pressure for innovation remains high globally. More than 90% of the 3,000+ executives surveyed cited innovation as their top priority.

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Lessons from a Top Innovation Company #09 Innovation Newsletter

Nike is #1 on the list of the top 50 innovative companies just released by Fast Company. Twitter and Facebook are not, though they have been frequently in the past. Taking a look at some of the reasons helps spotlight what makes a company a top innovator, and when it's not in the cards.

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