innovation excellence weekly - issue 25
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DESCRIPTIONWe are proud to announce our twenty-fifth Innovation Excellence Weekly for Issuu. Inside you'll find ten of the best innovation-related articles from the past week on Innovation Excellence - the world's most popular innovation web site and home to 5,000+ innovation-related articles.
March 22, 2013
Issue 25 March 22, 2013
1. The Black Holes of Innovation.......................................................................... Peter Doyle
2. Bring Your Own Device (BYOD): Why Its a Good Idea ....... Miriam Clifford
3. Why Johnny Cannot Innovate ....... Matthew E May
4. Seven Essential Characteristics of Innovative Companies ..... Jeffrey Baumgartner
5. Lean Services, a guide for success ... Geovanny Romero
6. Is the Innovation Engine Running Out of Steam? .... Paul Sloane
7. Nine Intrinsic Motivators to Increase Engagement ........ Harvey Wade
8. Innovation Chat with Scott Anthony .... Evodio Kaltenecker
9. Is Your Business Model Letting You Down? ..... Wayne Simmons and Keary Crawford
10. The Brain and Why Innovation Gets Rejected ...... Mark E Miller
Your hosts, Braden Kelley, Julie Anixter and Rowan Gibson, are innovation writers, speakers and
strategic advisors to many of the worlds leading companies.
Our mission is to help you achieve innovation excellence inside your own organization by making
innovation resources, answers, and best practices accessible for the greater good.
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The Black Holes of Innovation
Posted on March 17, 2013 by Peter Doyle
Astrophysicists spend a lot of time studying Black Holes, a region of space time which gravity prevents anything from being emitted. Black
Holes are powerful enough to prevent light escaping, thus they are hard to detect. They form when massive stars collapse at the end of their life
cycles and the power of their gravitational field sucks in anything within range. Corporate innovation has a lot in common with Black Holes.
Over the past few years, companies let go large numbers of research scientists, middle management and other staff. It made the balance
sheets look rosier, which combined with hundreds of billions of dollars in quantitative easing, that is cheap money, has resulted in companies
with trillions of dollars of ready-to-spend cash on the books today. However, they did not invest in innovation, like Black Holes little or no capital
emitted from these companies; instead, they sucked in all the smaller profitable companies within range. It may cheer investors and
stockbrokers, but it left entrepreneurs and promising early start-ups without funds to develop their companies. It has to change.
There are moves within corporate culture to create intrapreneurs. In a recent article here on Innovation Excellence, John Webb wrote, One
of the biggest challenges for any intrapreneur or intrapreneurial venture is to navigate the idea or initiative through the maize of corporate
decision making to get to the ultimate sources of power that can actually sanction the project or provide allocation of resources.
There is an obvious contradiction here. Companies are downsizing staff and at the same time want to create a culture of internal
entrepreneurship. From a psychological point of view, why would any employee risk association with failure when he or she sees colleagues
fired? The internal politics of corporations operates as fiefdoms, freewheeling entities threaten the internal power of managers. Further, large
corporations operate as a series of internal profit centers for products and services.
As much as Richard Branson believes everyone becomes so immersed in what theyre doing that they feel like they own their companies,
the reality is that employees have little or no say over their future.
A practical alternative one that will emit capital from the corporate Black Holes is to invest some of those trillions of dol lars in promising start-
ups. This does not mean that companies dole out money to every good idea and just let them go one their merry way. Within companies, there
are many talented middle managers; most hit a glass ceiling in their career path. As they get older, many with mortgages and children heading
to college keep a low profile. Not rocking the boat is a preferred option. Internal politics becomes more important than enterprising ideas.
However, there is another approach.
What if companies funded promising start-ups?
What if middle managers oversee the investment?
What if companies pay their salaries for a guaranteed period of five years?
What if these middle managers were only answerable to one executive in charge of these investments?
The benefits are manifold, if the investment succeeds then the middle manager is now an executive of a small growing company, in charge of
his or her destiny. He or she gained hands on experience in being an entrepreneur. The large company has a stake in a profitable new venture.
Within the mother company, young up and coming talent moves up and sees there is a future nirvana beckoning in the form of a possible
Intrapreneurship. There is no threat to existing fiefdoms, no risk to profit centers. Corporations cease to be Black Holes.
Just one other point, it is worth noting what happens eventually to Black Holes, they keep sucking in mass and energy until they explode and
become insignificant white dwarfs and neutron stars.
image credit: bullet holes isolated on black from bigstock
Peter Doyle is an award winning media marketing, news and documentary producer using rich media to accelerate innovation
and commercialization. Check me out at http://www.linkedin.com/in/peterjdoyle
Bring Your Own Device (BYOD): Why Its A Good Idea
Posted on March 18, 2013 by Miriam Clifford
Education must move with the times. What can be done to reach a
technology-savvy generation that relies on media every free second of
BYOD-Bring Your Own Device, a trend that is catching on quickly.
Bring Your Own Device has transformed the classroom by creating
new opportunities for learning.
Studies find that Generation Y is highly reliant on wireless devices
and phones. And rather than fight it, educators can use this to their
In Millennians: A Portrait of the Next Generation, the researchers found that most of Generation Y prefers to connect
wirelessly (81%) and the majority use social networking to connect with others (73%). Merging education with these devices seems a
C&R market research found that more students own a cell phone at younger ages: With 22 % owning a cell phone at ages 6-9,
60% of tweens (ages 10-14), and 84% of teens (ages 15-18). Since most students already own a cell phone by high school, its a
resource that many educators are arguing should be used in the classroom. Much like calculators and ball point pens, it took a while
for educators to accept the BYOD trend, but it is becoming commonly accepted.
Why Does BYOD Makes Sense For Educators?
1. BYOD is cost effective.
Computer labs are expensive and costly to replace. For example, many libraries are
moving away from computer labs and actually leasing laptops for use in public
facilities. BYOD eases the demand imposed on schools. It allows the most effective use
of most recent technologies in the classroom, since students replace the technology
2. Embracing these tools makes education more interactive.
Technology can make learning fun and engaging! Teachers and students might create
podcasts, use a software voting tool such as Polleverywhere, or design a digital
scavenger hunt. The interactive nature of BYOD hones in on student learning. Digital
books often include free supplemental resources, such as study guides, chapter outlines, and interactive tests that monitor progress and
provide immediate feedback.
3. BYOD makes differential instruction easier.
Teachers can use media to meet different learning needs. BYOD allows students to be in control of their learning. Many tech tools can help
students with disabilities or even translate words for ELL students.Gifted students can research more advanced applications and students
who need practice can do so individually. For instance, some districts are using programs like Think through Math, which tutors students online
in real time.
4. Portable devices make learning a part of students lives. BYOD bridges the gap between in school and at home learning. According to
an article in edudemic about cell phone use in schools, learning becomes easier to achieve, as it is more collaborative. Students can integrate
the device into their daily lives.
Using Remind101, teachers can send email reminders or course syllabi. They might text each other to discuss homework or
arrange social media study groups.
A free application called Studyboost, allows students to receive study questions via text.
Cengage Brain even allows college students to use their cell phones or IPads to prepare for tests and read their digital e-books.
Students might use their devices to break away in small discussion groups, with one taking notes and others finding relevant
questions related to the class topic.
Kindle, Wikipedia, and Google books offer a list of free textbooks that students can access in the classroom.
5. BYOD is a manageable strategy with proper discipline rules. For those who fear devices for the potential of rule bending, BYOD provides
new learning opportunities. Educators can teach technology etiquette and ethics, which is becoming increasingly necessary. BYOD can be