Tag Archives: innovation

Challenge yourself with a personal FedEx Day

A huge challenge for entrepreneurs and small businesses is not becoming a commodity. The nature of the small business gig is that there are other small businesses in the same niche you are, and unless you make a conscious effort … Continue reading

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Innovation isn’t always tied to R&D dollars spent

Steve Jobs has said that “Innovation has nothing to do with how many R&D dollars you have. When Apple came up with the Mac, IBM was spending at least one hundred times more on R&D. It’s not about money. It’s … Continue reading

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Quotable: “Innovation isn’t…”

“Innovation isn’t always about adding things. It’s asking yourself, what can I take away?” — Carmine Gallo, The Innovation Secrets of Steve Jobs: Insanely Different Principles for Breakthrough Success

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Innovative hack: Use a Personal Glucose Meter to measure things besides glucose

The Make magazine blog points to an interesting hack of personal glucose meters by Yi Lu and Yu Xiang at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign: They figured out a way to use them to measure chemicals other than glucose. Li … Continue reading

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Can you design a workplace where innovation thrives?

Yes. Good design can help create a workplace where ideas flow freely, where people from different areas and with different perspectives can meet, mingle, interact, and cross-pollinate their brains, and where innovative ideas germinate, take root, and thrive. But according … Continue reading

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Heating homes and offices with computers?

Speaking as a life-long resident of the Northern Great Plains, I like this idea: A new paper from Microsoft Research The Data Furnace: Heating Up with Cloud Computing suggest a radical but slightly mad scheme for dealing with some of … Continue reading

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Innovate or Die: Evaluating your organization’s “innovation quotient”

Editor’s note: Yesterday I gave a presentation called “Innovate or Die: Creating and nurturing a culture of innovation” at The Partner Event, an annual conference and networking event for businesses in the Microsoft Dynamics channel. I’ll be posting some of … Continue reading

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The Freedom to Innovate: “FedEx Days” at Atlassian

Atlassian is an Australian software company that wanted to experiment with giving their developers some freedom to work on their own pet projects. So they created something that they called “FedEx days.” During FedEx days, Atlassian developers have 24 hours … Continue reading

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When Ideas Have Sex – Matt Ridley

Here’s a great talk by Matt Ridley on what happens when ideas meet and mate:

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Rule Zero: It All Begins With Mindset

Let’s call it Rule Zero (because it comes before Rule One): Creativity and innovation begins with your mindset. You have to think of yourself as a creative person, as a person who comes up with innovative ideas. Consider this story: … Continue reading

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