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Fostering an Innovation Culture: Talent, Discipline and Leadership

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

Innovation has been a hot topic for the past few decades. Companies all over the world have integrated innovation into their overall strategies and marketing campaigns. True innovation is, in fact, not all that much fun. In the end, necessity is the mother of true innovation.

The Puzzling Personal Productivity Paradox

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

Yet, despite these impressive advances, for most of this period economies around the world have been stuck in an era of slow productivity growth. Individuals are also experiencing their own version of the productivity paradox. What accounts for this personal productivity paradox?

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The 2018 MIT Inclusive Innovation Challenge

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

In 2016, MIT’s Initiative on the Digital Economy launched its first annual Inclusive Innovation Challenge (IIC). I also attended the November 8 event, and was able to personally meet most of the grand prize and regional winners.

The New Era of Smart, Connected Products

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

For the past few years, some have justifiably questioned whether innovation has been going through a period of stagnation , especially when compared to major 19th and 20th century innovations like electricity, cars and airplanes. IT is now an integral part of the products themselves.

The Blockchain and Open Innovation

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

Transformational innovations don’t always play out as originally envisioned. The Internet and World Wide Web introduced a culture of standards to the IT industry. It’s too early to know if the blockchain will become another major transformational innovation.

Become a More Productive, Empathetic, Creative Person With the Help of AI-Based Tools

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

Despite dramatic advances in technology, most of the world’s economies have been stuck in a long period of slow growth and slow productivity. Instead of just asking how can people create more valuable innovation?, why not also ask How can innovation create more valuable people?

Innovation as a Journey into the Future

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

I recently read an excellent innovation report, - Strategic Orientations for Innovation: Chile in the 2025 Horizon. He was a Senator then, a position he held from March of 2002 until his appointment to president of the Innovation Council.

Revolutionary, Ordinary Innovation

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

While the Square technology is very cool indeed, Davidoff’s key point is the ordinary nature of the innovation in question. The deal not only has the potential to change the way people pay for coffee and everything else, it also shows how small innovation applied to everyday tasks may be the next new thing for venture capital. Call it the rise of the ordinary innovators. Such major lab-based disruptive technologies are at one end of the innovation spectrum.

Transmedia Storytelling and Collaborative Innovation

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

Marketing and communications are essential when introducing a disruptive innovation in the marketplace, given the need to explain what the new initiative is all about to key constituencies including clients, analysts and reporters. Over the years, I have learned that in order to capture the attention of your intended audience and differentiate your offerings from those of competitors, you have to develop a compelling brand for your new products or services.

Organizational Innovation

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

Almost seventy years ago, Austrian economist Joseph Schumpeter popularized the term creative destruction to describe the process of transformation that accompanies disruptive innovation. In Schumpeter's vision of capitalism, innovative entry by entrepreneurs was the force that sustained long-term economic growth, even as it destroyed the value of established companies that enjoyed some degree of monopoly power.

Irving Wladawsky-Berger: Innovation Meeting in Mexico

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

Irving Wladawsky-Berger A collection of observations, news and resources on the changing nature of innovation, technology, leadership, and other subjects. Last week I was in Mexico where I participated in a meeting to discuss the results of the 2006 GIO 2.0

Governance and Pragmatism: Moving Beyond “The Culture of No”

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

Inside IBM's Historic Turnaround ,” former IBM Chairman and CEO Lou Gerstner wrote about the bureaucratic culture that contributed greatly to the near-death experience IBM went through in the early 1990s. Lou called it A Culture of “No.”. “I I think the aspect of IBM’s culture that was the most remarkable to me was the ability of any individual, any team, any division to block agreement or action. Effective governances requires a culture of pragmatism over ideology.

The Evolution of Collaborative Innovation

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

For over a dozen years now the concept of collaborative innovation has been at the center of much of my work. The Internet, and all the social media platforms and applications in its wake have been one of the major enablers of collaborative innovation the world has ever known. What we are now seeing, he wrote, “is the broad and deep emergence of a new, third mode of production in the digitally networked environment.

Step-by-Step Guide: Nonprofit Walking Meetings

Beth Kanter

Earlier this week, I was honored to do a webinar for Soapbox Engage about self-care and bringing a culture of wellbeing into the nonprofit workplace based on The Happy Healthy Nonprofit: Strategies for Impact without Burnout. Meetings can not only be a waste of time but also zap our energy.

Did Zappos Just Ruin Their Culture Or Is It A Brilliant Org Redesign?

Dan Pontefract

In a word, it’s all about “ culture.” Their collaborative mindset is infectious, one that encourages everyone to scale the culture. It’s an act of recognition, but it’s the opportunity for all Zappos employees to scale the culture.

Leveraging Commercial Best Practices to Maximize Government Productivity

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

On October 6, the Technology CEO Council released its report One Trillion Reasons: How Commercial Best Practices to Maximize Productivity Can Save Taxpayer Money and Enhance Government Services. A number of the CEOs involved in this study also met with senior White House and Federal Reserve economic officials to discuss their recommendations , which emphasize both the need to reduce the nation’s growing deficit as well as laying a foundation for future innovation and growth.

Technology, Leadership and Innovation in the Service Economy

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

At the end of January I gave a half-day seminar at MIT on Technology, Leadership and Innovation in the Service Economy. For a while now, I have been thinking about how technology and innovation can best be applied to services. My interest in technology-based services innovation was heightened last summer when I read an excellent report, Hidden Wealth: the contribution of science to service innovation , based upon a study sponsored by the UK Royal Society.

Meetings and Bosshole Behavior: A Classic Case - Bob Sutton

Bob Sutton

The ergonomics of innovation -- The McKinsey Quarterly. interview Pixar Brad Bird - Innovation lessons from Pixar Director Brad Bird - Strategy - Innovation - The McKinsey Quarterly. IBM Reshapes Its Sales Meetings - BusinessWeek. BusinessWeek: How to Make Meetings Matter. Customer-Focused Innovation. James Adams: Good Products, Bad Products: Essential Elements to Achieving Superior Quality. Told boss and left meeting. Bob Sutton.

The Economic Value of Digital Identity

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

The largest sources of value for business and government institutions are time and cost savings, reduced fraud, increased sales of goods and services, improved labor productivity, and higher tax revenue. Identity plays a major role in our everyday life.

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Design, Innovation and Organizational Systems

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

I gave several seminars and held a number of meetings, but the main reason for my visit was to once more participate in a STIR lecture sponsored by Design London. It aims to bring together the disciplines of design, engineering, technology and business to address jointly the challenges of innovation in an increasingly global, competitive economy. I followed Max Fordham, and talked about Innovation in Business and other Social Organizations in the 21st Century.

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Nurturing a Healthy Innovation Environment

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

You need to put that talent to work, not only contributing to the operational excellence of the business, but focusing on innovation, so the company can survive the onslaught of new competitors and retain its leadership position into the future, as well as be able to evolve and become a leader in important new areas. Fostering a spirit of innovation among talented people is very difficult. Innovation is very much a collaborative endeavor, - a team sport.

Irving Wladawsky-Berger: GIO 3.0 - The 2007 Global Innovation Outlook

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

Irving Wladawsky-Berger A collection of observations, news and resources on the changing nature of innovation, technology, leadership, and other subjects. with back-to-back meetings in New York City, one of which I was the host for.

Why Innovation is Critical to Help Governments Adjust to the Realities of the 21st Century?

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

For the past twenty years, companies have embraced digital technologies to significantly improve their productivity and reduce costs. . Aligning government with 21st century economic realities will require innovations at least as disruptive and profound as those embraced by the private sector. Productivity and cost reductions have been key business objectives over the past twenty years.

The MIT Work of the Future Report

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

Foremost among the Task Force recommendations is the urgent need to provide workers with the skills required to meet these technology and workforce challenges, especially workers without a four-year college degree who’ve disproportionately borne the brunt of automation.

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The Evolution of Design Thinking

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

It’s no longer just for products. The application of design thinking beyond products, - in innovation, problem solving and business strategy, - isn’t new. The shift isn’t about aesthetics or product development. “It’s At the other end are market-facing innovations.

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A Biological Approach to Management

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

In addition, a commitment to innovation is essential. Doing so effectively requires the kind of leadership that will attract and retain the best possible talent and create a culture of innovation that encourages them to come up with creative solutions to the challenges the firm faces.

(Just about) All Innovation is Local

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

At an innovation conference in Mexico in November of 2006, the Colombian journalist Alejandro Santos reminded us, in his eloquent summary, of the advice that the great Leo Tolstoy gave to prospective writers: "Describe your village, and you will be universal." In other words, to come up with a successful innovation, capable of being appreciated by people around the world, you need something very compelling to offer those global markets.

Becoming a 21st Century Digital Tinkerer

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

Not only are we now living in a world of constant and rapid change, but the very nature of innovations is quite different. Such lab-based breakthroughs are at one end of the innovation spectrum. This kind of innovation is all around us in the digital economy.

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Bridging innovation and commercialization

Harold Jarche

Events during the past week have re-focused my attention on research, innovation and commercialization, especially as it pertains to learning technologies. In a series of three articles [not available online], Alan Cornford stated that increasing public R&D spending will not increase innovation capacity, as only 3% of public R&D spending results in measurable innovation. The key to driving innovation is having the right people. Innovation.

The Emergence of Industry 4.0

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

The Second starting a century later, brought us steel, cars, chemicals, petroleum, electricity, the telephone and radio while creating the age of mass production. Focus on people and culture to drive transformation.

Irving Wladawsky-Berger: Innovation, Fundamental Research and Universities

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

Irving Wladawsky-Berger A collection of observations, news and resources on the changing nature of innovation, technology, leadership, and other subjects. Home Archives Subscribe « Becoming an Innovation Leader – Is There More than One Style? " "What is innovation?,"

Securing the Foundations of our Digital Economy

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

It has enabled the Internet to keep growing and adapting to widely different applications and become one of , if not, the most prolific innovation platform the world has ever seen. It held a number of public meetings around the country, - each focused on a different sector of the economy.

FinTech and Financial Inclusion

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

The Director’s Summit is Endeavor Mexico’s major annual meeting, bringing together over 400 entrepreneurs and senior executives. My talk was focused on the changing nature of innovation in the digital economy. In early June I spent a few days in Mexico City.

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Lean Principles in the Digital Economy

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

Lean principles is the name given to a group of production techniques developed by Japanese manufacturing companies around the 1970s-1980s to maximize customer value while reducing wasteful resource.

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The Evolution of the Internet of Very Smart Things

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

These systems were optimized for simplicity and flexibility, and their graphical user interfaces led to many innovative applications, including the new web-based applications in the 1990s. Even as revenues fail to meet expectations, costs are prohibitively high.

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Blockchain’s Potential for Environmental Applications

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

Clean air : “Around 91% of the world’s people live in places that fail to meet World Health Organization (WHO) air-quality guidelines.” The majority of these use-cases are still in the concept or pilot phase, with only a handful in production.

Bigger is Not Necessarily Better in Our Information-Rich Digital Economy

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

I recently read an intriguing column, - The End of Mass Production , - by technology author and columnist Kevin Maney. Information technology is eroding the power of large-scale mass production.

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Irving Wladawsky-Berger: Some Thoughts on Multidisciplinary Innovation

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

Irving Wladawsky-Berger A collection of observations, news and resources on the changing nature of innovation, technology, leadership, and other subjects. Home Archives Subscribe « Business Innovation and Storytelling | Main | Becoming an Innovation Leader – Is There More than One Style? " Just about every such study has reached a similar conclusion regarding the multidisciplinary nature of innovation in the 21st Century.

Indifference, Hostility, Isolation and Other Obstacles to a Healthy Innovation Environment

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

In most companies, just about all the cards are stacked against the nurturing of innovation, especially the kinds of new ideas and disruptive innovations that generally lead to major changes in the marketplace and within the business. Let me discuss some of the behaviors I have observed through the years in various companies, which have convinced me how difficult it is to create the proper environment for innovation to flourish. Collaborative innovation is not for them.

Education, Work and US Leadership in the 21st Century

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

It states right up front that “The most important challenge facing the United States - given the seismic forces of innovation, automation, and globalization that are changing the nature of work - is to create better pathways for all Americans to adapt and thrive.

Global Trends and Business Strategy

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

At the same time, the globalization of digital products and services is surging. “Cross-border data flows are increasing at rates approaching 50 times those of last decade,” notes Mckinsey.

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Imagination, Creativity and Related Subjects

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

We’ve been friends for over 20 years, and currently both serve on the Advisory Board of USC’s Annenberg Innovation Lab. . This was the subject of the 2011 book co-authored by JSB: A New Culture of Learning: Cultivating the Imagination for a World of Constant Change.

The Slow, Steady March Towards Digital Money

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

Propensity to Adopt , which captures the extent to which consumers and businesses embrace digital innovation. . Materially Ready : Ubiquitous ICT infrastructures and digital solutions and a regulatory environment that encourages private sector investment in innovative digital solutions.