Tuesday, August 26, 2014
Monday, August 25, 2014
A consistent theme in innovation research is that the people involved in the effort are the final differentiator between success and failure. However, there is little data to help guide the selection, development, and assessment of senior innovation leaders.
To close this gap, Celent and Mick Simonelli, former senior innovation executive and thought leader, are partnering to survey innovation professionals to determine their priority ranking of the qualities of successful senior innovation leaders.
The survey explores four areas: technical business skills, leadership qualities, personal attributes, and previous job experience. For each, the survey lists seven or eight characteristics. Participants are asked to rank them according to their relative priorities -- from most important to least important.
The results form a snapshot of what, for this community of practitioners, contributes the most to the success of an innovation leader.
If you would like to participate, please click on the link below:
Friday, August 22, 2014
Thursday, August 21, 2014
Join us at BEI: Back End of Innovation this October for a program 100% Focused on Execution. BEI covers the entire innovation process - process & design, culture & structure, through to commercialization, paying close attention to the impact on execution.
At BEI, you'll hear how some of the most respected companies in the industry have successfully made innovation happen:
Martin Elliott, Senior Director, New Business Ventures will share how innovation leaders at Mattel secure funding to commercialize ideas. Mattel's funding plan has been inspired by funding models of start-up and venture companies, replacing traditional budget requests and capital allocation processes with VC-style pitches.
Soon Yu, Global VP of Innovation knows that successful innovation starts and ends with people. Find out how VF Corporation has developed a program to direct the analytical side and motivate the emotional side to win with innovation.
Michael Goodman, Director Innovation Commercialization at Campbell Soup will share Campbell's new approach to bringing breakthrough innovation to market - an approach that's helped them develop and commercialize products faster than ever before. Plus, you'll hear from Chobani's VP Global R&D, Kai Sacher, as he reveals how Chobani found the right focus, grew the brand and how they kept the understanding that "how" something is produced matters.
PLUS! Be sure to secure your spot in our limited availability offsite learning sessions - you'll have the opportunity to visit a few of the most innovative companies in Las Vegas and see how they make innovation happen. Click here for more information: http://bit.ly/1sSuN28
We hope to see you in Las Vegas in October!
Wednesday, August 20, 2014
Over at the Institute for Ethics and Emerging Technologies, Ted Kupper and Jon Perry recently hosted a Review the Future podcast that examined their nominations for the top (living) futurists today. Their conversation is definitely worth a listen and offered a lot of ideas to explore about leadership in foresight, prediction, trends, innovation and the rapid face of change we are facing today.
I would like to share the top 10 living Futurists they selected here and invite you to nominate others who you think deserve a place on the list, please share your thoughts in the comments below:
1. Ray Kurzweil
Raymond "Ray" Kurzweil is an American author, computer scientist, inventor, futurist, and is a director of engineering at Google.
Known for Book: The Singularity Is Near
2. Vernor Steffen Vinge
Vernor Steffen Vinge is a retired San Diego State University Professor of Mathematics, computer scientist, and science fiction author.
Known for The Coming Technological Singularity
3. Aubrey de Grey
Aubrey David Nicholas Jasper de Grey is an English author and theoretician in the field of gerontology and the Chief Science Officer of the SENS Research Foundation.
Known for ideas on how medical technology may enable human beings alive today to live to lifespans far beyond what has been conceived before
4. Nick Bostrom
Nick Bostrom is a Swedish philosopher at St. Cross College, University of Oxford known for his work on existential risk and the anthropic principle. He holds a PhD from the London School of Economics.
Known for transhumanism-related topics, such as artificial intelligence, superintelligence, mind uploading, cryonics, nanotechnology, human enhancement, and the simulation argument
5. Alvin Toffler
Alvin Toffler is an American writer and futurist, known for his works discussing the digital revolution, communication revolution and technological singularity.
Known for Books: Future Shock, The Third Wave
6. Cory Doctorow
Cory Efram Doctorow is a Canadian-British blogger, journalist, and science fiction author who serves as co-editor of the blog Boing Boing.
Known for outspoken ideas on intellectual property, Whuffie, and sci-fi writing
7. Eric Drexler
Kim Eric Drexler is an American engineer best known for popularizing the potential of molecular nanotechnology, from the 1970s and 1980s.
Known as the founding father of Nanotechnology
8. David Brin
Glen David Brin is an American scientist and award-winning author of science fiction.
Known for Book: The Transparent Society: Will Technology Force Us to Choose Between Privacy and Freedom?
9. David Pearce
David Pearce is a British independent philosopher.
Known for Book: The Hedonistic Imperative
10. Gordon Moore
Gordon Earle Moore is an American businessman and co-founder and Chairman Emeritus of Intel Corporation and the author of Moore's Law.
Known for Moore’s Law
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Formerly a senior copy editor at Thomson Reuters, a research editor at AOL, and a senior web publicist at Hachette Book Group, Valerie M. Russo is editor at large of The Front End of Innovation Blog, The Market Research Event Blog, The World Future Trends Tumblr, the Digital Impact Blog, and also blogs at Literanista.net. She is the innovation lead and senior social media strategist for the Marketing and Business Strategy Division of the Institute for International Research, an Informa LLC., and her poetry was published in Regrets Only on sale at the MOMA Gift Shop. Her background is in Anthropology and English Literature. You can reach her at firstname.lastname@example.org or @Literanista.
Monday, August 18, 2014
Photo: Energy arc, central electrode of a plasma lamp by Blaise Frazier aka PiccoloNamek
It starts with the process and metrics, moves to the culture and structure of your organization and finally ends with the commercialization and product/service launch and integration, according to Back End of Innovation (BEI) Conference Producer Romina Kunstadter.
At BEI, Oct. 6-8 in Las Vegas, Nevada, you’ll hear from industry experts as they share their stories of success and struggle. In the meantime, read on as Romina explains how BEI can help your organization transform its innovation mindset and drive profitable growth.
Peggy Bieniek, ABC: What would you say makes this event unique?
Romina Kunstadter: BEI is solely focused on the execution of innovation. It goes beyond the ideation and shows you how to profit from innovation.
PB: Who should attend BEI?
RK: The event is for anyone charged with executing innovation, whether in terms of process, culture or the commercialization of a new idea/service/product. It’s for people in Innovation, Strategy, Business Development, R&D and Marketing.
PB: What is the purpose of BEI?
RK: BEI illustrates how companies are successfully executing innovation, but it also provides insight into the challenges faced along the way. You'll get an inside look at the tools and processes used by other companies that have led to innovation success. BEI also takes you outside of the conference walls to explore companies like Zappos & SuperNap that are changing the way business is done.
PB: What inspired BEI to be created?
RK: The identification of a problem. There are a multitude of great ideas, but an idea without profit is just an idea. The challenge isn’t coming up with a new idea, but actually bringing it to life.
PB: How did you come up with the event name?
RK: The execution is truly on the back end – it’s what happens behind the curtain that defines the success or failure of a project.
PB: What is most important for people to know about BEI?
RK: The three-day BEI experience will provide you with a new set of process, tools, skills and connections to help you drive your organization’s bottom line.
PB: How can BEI help organizations to innovate?
RK: BEI will help you ensure that your innovations are carried through to their final stage. It will show you how to mitigate risk and push your ideas through the pipeline.
PB: What are the main concepts you want attendees to take away from BEI?
RK: Everyone is struggling with the commercialization of innovation – to push new ideas through the pipeline and ensure they get to market. At BEI you’ll hear from people who are experiencing challenges similar to yours. BEI will give you a new perspective on how to avoid certain pitfalls and to make sure your new innovation has all the right processes in place for a successful launch.
Immerse yourself in innovation at BEI! To learn more and register, visit www.BackEndofInnovation.com
Stay connected with BEI:
- Twitter.com/BEI_Innovation #BEI14
- LinkedIn.com/Back End of Innovation
This article was originally featured on Starry Blue Brilliance.
Peggy L. Bieniek, ABC is an Accredited Business Communicator specializing in corporate communication best practices. Connect with Peggy on LinkedIn, Twitter, Google+, and on her website at www.starrybluebrilliance.com.
Saturday, August 16, 2014
Are you looking for deeper understanding of your customers wants, needs, and values? Are you looking to act on those and create innovative products? You are in luck! You will get a deeper understanding of what drives consumer behavior with new innovation research technologies to connect with consumers in a meaningful way at Consumer Insights Canada this September.
Plus, an added bonus, one pass two event, join us under the same roof at the FEI Toronto, which brings together the best-of-the best in innovation, r&d, product development, commercialization, marketing and strategy from leading Fortune 1000 companies to be enlightened and inspired. Register for either event and have access to the other! Double the content, double the sessions, double the speakers, double the insights, double the value - Don't miss out, register today!
Consumer Insights Canada
September 29-October 1, 2014
The Ritz Carlton, Toronto, Ontario, Canada
The team behind the World's Best Insights Event - The Market Research Event, and Shopper Insights in Action introduce The Consumer Insights Canada Event. Bringing the caliber of actionable content, inspiration and peer-to-peer networking you have come to expect to Canada. This is a 3-day experience focused on the power of insights in motivating smarter decision making.
September 29 – October 1
The Ritz Carlton, Toronto, Ontario, Canada
FEI is a global event brand that has become the annual meeting place of the most seasoned innovators across the globe. This year alone, over 1,100 of your innovation, product development, trends and R&D colleagues have already attended one of the FEI portfolio of events in Boston, Munich, or Venice. That's why we are so excited to extend the FEI experience to Toronto this Fall- a city that exudes all the elements essential to the FEI brand- creativity, ingenuity, diversity, and passion.
We hope to see you this fall in Toronto!
Friday, August 15, 2014
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