Tag Archives: Innovation

Collaboration will move innovation forward

Manufacturers today are facing a broad array of challenges as they strive to develop products faster, improve efficiencies, and streamline their marketing and sales organizations. Manufacturing is a diverse field, but there are common themes among many of the businesses that represent the industry. This includes the need to reduce time and cost to market, […]

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THINC! Innovation is this Thursday

I’m hoping you can join me for THINC! (Technology and Human Innovation Networking Conference), this Thursday, May 24th at EAA in Oshkosh. We’re going to discuss the global threat to American manufacturers, and why companies cannot afford to put innovation on the back burner. Three other thought leaders will join me this Thursday with THINC! Talks beginning […]

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Want to quicken innovation? Rapid prototyping helps you see it and touch it!

Innovators, whether part of a large organization or simply an individual inventor, are struggling with two things right now as they travel on their innovation journey — time and money. As I recently said in my weekly newspaper column, many have created more than enough ideas to move forward, but have a hard time getting […]

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Free podcast to whet your appetite for CoDev 2012!

I’m now on the exciting two-week countdown to the February CoDev2012: Achieving Higher OI Returns while Managing Risk, Cost and Uncertainty. There’s still time to join me, as I team up once again with Management Roundtable and PDMA for the upcoming 11th annual event. If you need a little convincing, check out this FREE PODCAST of […]

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Six Innovative Ideas to Watch

I’m passing along some ideas from Harvard Business Review that emerged in 2011 as powerful “innovation invitations.” HBR says these seem certain to intensify in global power and influence, and I do agree that they will spark innovation differentiation in the months ahead: 1. The Slacktivism Co-Opt As much a term of derision as global […]

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Five Big Trends in Business Innovation in 2012

Throughout the year I will continue to blog about trends I see in innovation. Here’s a few of them I saw today in a Washington Post article, and how they’ll impact the business landscape in the months to come. Do you agree? 1.   Strategy and entrepreneurship will have ever-greater interdependence. A trend I’ve been watching […]

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Auto innovations would make Ford proud

In my weekly column, I’ve been taking a look back a few decades to look at how innovation has evolved in the automobile industry. You might be surprised to learn that some of the cars that didn’t make it to the mass assembly line were actually quite advanced for their time: From the perfection of […]

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It’s the real thing: Coke Lets You Create Your Own Drink on Facebook

I spotted this article over at Mashable.com today and thought I’d share it. What a great example of how Coca-Cola can tap into crowdsourcing in real time to understand how fans and customers think drinks.  And for customers who live in a larger town, there is a good chance they can take their ideas and […]

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Global focus on innovation rapidly on the rise

I recently returned from our first Food & Beverage 2011: Sustainable Innovation Summit last week in Chicago,  where some of the top innovation leaders from small and large global food giants (Kraft, General Mills, Heinz, Smuckers and many others), gathered to talk about innovation. We learned from each other how to better create a user […]

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Eco-friendly bioplastics inspire innovation

I am very excited about the new developments in bioplastics research! Within the past few years there have been numerous new-to-market plastic products that either decompose in the landfill or make the recycling process cheaper, easier and more environmentally friendly. One company from France has launched a plastic “coffee pod” (like the kind used in […]

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