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The number one online magazine for innovation management practioners

The number one online magazine for innovation management practioners
The seven-week Innovator’s Accelerator® online training program is designed to impart the skills of the innovator in as little as one hour per day. Enabled by a dynamic learning platform, lessons can be accessed anytime from virtually anywhere so your team members can participate as best fits their schedule, e.g., on their lunch hour, after work and/or on weekends. What’s more, the program includes online discussions, a team project and skill challenges that enable participants to quickly absorb concepts and begin to apply them to their work even before completing the course. Read more > With IAx, your leaders will… Develop radically practical skills to create trailblazing solutions to workplace challenges.Break the confines of traditional thinking to ignite bold ideas.Learn to overcome obstacles and drive change through your organizationRequest more info

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Essential Skills for 21st Century Survival (Part 6) This is part 6 in a 12 part series. The first five skills were Pattern Recognition, Environmental Scanning, Network Weaving, Foresight, and Conscious Awareness Storytelling The following video by Jonah Sachs, creative director at Free Range Studios has prompted me to get back to completing the next installment in this Essential Skills series.

5 Ways Small Businesses can Innovate Like the Big Guys In traditional thinking, being competitive in the global marketplace requires a significant investment in time and resources. But the reality is that any organization today can take advantage of open innovation to innovate faster and cheaper than ever before, positioning them as true competition in the industry. This article will explore the top five ways SMEs can leverage open innovation. Put Down the Post-Its: We Need to Define What 'Innovation' Really Means The last six months have been a relatively short, yet immersive, transplantation from undergraduate educations in sociology and anthropology into the world of social design, i.e. design for social change. Along the way, we’ve picked up on a few buzzwords, some more intuitively understandable than others: innovation, design thinking, human-centered, empathy, impact, multidisciplinary, with-not-for, transdisciplinary, ideate, prototype, transparency, iterative and, our personal favorite, cultural entrepreneurship. But what do these words actually mean?

Download Microsoft Office Visio Professional free For many years, I have been using Microsoft Office Visio for work related projects. I can say that it is one of the great tools to make amazing diagrams. One of the key features that I find beneficial is being able to readily use the tools that I access all the time. The ultimate guide for the ambitious Innovation Manager (100+ sources) Running innovation projects is hard. By definition you’re doing new things so you can’t rely on old habits and routines. If you and your innovation team don’t feel uncomfortable, you’re simply not innovating. That doesn’t mean you’ll need to fly blind. At every moment in your innovation process you can use tools, references, checklists and other innovation methods. We do the same in our innovation projects.

To Innovate, Find What's Hiding in Plain Sight - Vijay Govindarajan and Srikanth Srinivas by Vijay Govindarajan and Srikanth Srinivas | 11:00 AM April 3, 2013 In our last post, we asked the question, “What’s the connection between counting squares and innovation?” In order to come up with the answer, we presented you with the following figure and asked you how many squares you could find. It turns out, the answer isn’t so simple. It was clear that this was a fun, engaging exercise, as we had 400 comments in the HBR blog post, an additional 312 comments in Facebook, and about 40 individual email responses.

SME Performance Review - Small and medium sized enterprises (SME) - Enterprise and Industry The SME Performance Review is one of the main tools the European Commission uses to monitor and assess countries' progress in implementing the Small Business Act (SBA) on a yearly basis. With an emphasis on the measures from the SBA Action Plan, the review brings comprehensive information on the performance of SMEs in EU Member States and other 9 partner countries. It consists of two parts – Annual Report on European SMEs and SBA country fact sheets. Brussels, 26 November 2013 - The European Commission published today the 2012/2013 Annual Report on European SMEs.

Europe's cloud computing strategy calls for more standardization - services, legal, internet, business issues, european union - Software The European Cloud Computing Strategy, due to be announced on Friday, will seek to cut through the current jungle of standards in the European Union. The plans, put forward by the European Commission, will also try to establish guidelines for service level agreements in order to build public trust in cloud services. The Commission admits that setting standards will not be easy. "Currently, individual vendors have an incentive to fight for dominance by locking in their customers, inhibiting standardized, industry-wide approaches," according to Commission's strategy document. Small and medium sized enterprises (SME) - Enterprise and Industry The European Commission works on broad policy issues affecting entrepreneurship and SMEs across Europe, and assists SMEs through networks and business support measures. It helps existing and potential entrepreneurs to grow their businesses, giving special attention to women entrepreneurs, crafts and social economy enterprises. The Small Business Act for Europe (SBA) embodies the EU's commitment to SMEs and entrepreneurship. Member States have committed to implementing the SBA alongside the European Commission in an effort to make the EU a better place to do business. Since SMEs have to be supported at local level, the Commission helps Member States and the regions to develop policies aimed at promoting entrepreneurship , assisting SMEs at all stages of development, and helping them to access global markets .

GEM 2012 Global Report Nearly Half of the World’s Entrepreneurs Are Between The Ages Of 25-44 According To Global Entrepreneurship Report The Global Entrepreneurship Monitor (GEM) 2012 Global Report estimates that nearly half of the world’s entrepreneurs are between the ages of 25 and 44. The survey also reports that, in all geographic regions surveyed, 25-34 year olds showed the highest rates of entrepreneurial activity. "Although most of the entrepreneurs tend to fall into the early to mid-career age ranges, we see people participating in entrepreneurship at all ages," commented Donna Kelley , co-author of the report and Associate Professor of Entrepreneurship at Babson College. "Encouragingly, in every part of the world, youth are starting businesses as well as those in their late careers. Given this broad spectrum of participation, some economies may be well-served by looking more closely at certain age groups in order to determine how to encourage and support entrepreneurial activity.

60 Really Cool and Creative Error 404 Pages Having a good Error 404 page is perhaps as important as having great contents. Sometimes it may not be your fault visitors landed on error pages, but being able to communicate and direct them back to the home page is as good as a second chance to re-engage a visitor. Error 404 page helps you does that. If you don’t have a Error 404 page on your website or blog, you should probably start thinking of creating one. We’ve previously showcased you 50 Nice And Creative Error 404 Pages, but the Internet is full of creative webmasters. Here’s another 60 Really Cool and Creative Error 404 Pages you should check out. 3 for the start, full list after jump.

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