swedish meatballs

In many ways, we can argue that the Swedes are doing pretty well, both on a domestic level and on the international stage. So what is the secret of the Vikings? According to the Financial Times, it all boils down to collaborative innovation. The Swedes follow a philosophy called “lagom”, which fosters collaboration and innovation. This peculiar word “Lagom “ has no direct translation into English but basically means “just enough, not too much, or that everybody should have enough but […]

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Cloud storage solutions

Cloud storage is a type of data storage where the digital data is stored remotely, spanning multiple servers and sometimes even locations,  typically owned and managed by a hosting company, who are responsible for keeping data available for keeping the data available and accessible. Cloud storage usage is on the rise and has been for quite a while. The advantages are clear: Cost – External hard drives are expensive, cloud storage can be a cheaper option. Invisibility – Every file you […]

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TFL employee engagement

If you live in London, you may have been dreading this week as the news reported of an impending a double Underground strike. For anyone reading this who doesn’t live in London, let me give you a little bit of context: the TFL announced that from September on, a new 24-hour tube service would be available on weekends, on certain lines. Sounds great, no? London is a busy city, that’s always on the go and its people will all benefit […]

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innovation definition - innovation management software

Innovation is on the lips of pretty much every enterprise organisation at the moment. But according to Google, many remain confused about what the word actually means. “Innovation definition”, “define innovation” and “define innovative” received some 44,000 searches in the last month alone. Many people associate innovation with people like Steve Jobs, James Dyson and Thomas Edison – all great inventors who started a product revolution with one killer disruptive idea, which changed lives all over the world. “Blue sky […]

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Innovation Roundup

Five UK Firms Make List Of World’s 100 Most Innovative Companies: – Cambridge-based Arm Holdings takes fifth place in Forbes’ ranking of world’s top 100 companies, but there are no other UK firms in the top 50. via @Telegraph O2 CTO: Innovation Must Start And End With Customers:- CBR spoke to Brendan O’Reilly, the O2 CTO, to find out whether the company was applying the same customer-centric approach to innovation as it does to its retail. via @cbronline How Looking For The Right Answer Is Damaging Innovation: -Tamara […]

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Innovation in the UK

Graphene is the miracle material invented in Manchester University in 2002, but have failed disastrously to capitalise on this discovery ever since, as competitors have filed countless patents for its use in mobile phones, computers etc. Why does this happen? Is the UK that bad in turning innovation into sellable products? Michael Kitson, senior lecturer ar the University of Cambridge states that it’s all related to which definition of innovation you might be working from, as innovation is a lot […]

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foundations of innovation

Yesterday, we talked about the steps you need to look at before trying to take new innovative measures on board. This week, we look a little further forward. Now that you’ve worked out what innovation means to you individually, how do you make sure that you’re doing what you need to do to succeed?   Involve Everyone in the Project In a true innovative company, everyone is an active contributor to success. Each employee goes to work motivated to contribute […]

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foundations of innovation

Many people think of being innovative, but many rush into the process without the proper foundations. How can you ensure that you start off on the right foot? We’ve put together some tips: How can you improve what you have now? Brian Halligan of HubSpot says that a lot of company cultures are stuck in the past. Their traditional “best practices” no longer work and are obviously not the best by today’s standards. With this in mind, think about the […]

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innovation roundup

This App Uses Kids Own Unintelligible Texts To Teach Them Grammar: – iCorrect is an add-on for Apple’s iMessage app that uses this fact to teach them better spelling and grammar. It works by not letting kids send a message until they’ve got everything right: no LOLs allowed. via @FastCoExist Sustainability: Don’t Waste Food Waste: – Turning cast-off shells into nitrogen-rich chemicals would benefit economies and the environment. via @naturenews Can A Formal Council For Innovation Help Turn Europe Into […]

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Meaning of Innovation

Innovation has become somewhat of a buzzword in business these days and one would think that it’s just a modern concept. This couldn’t be further from the truth, as it’s been around for centuries – even if its meaning has evolved with the times. Regardless, here is a quick and easy bullet list on the evolution of the meaning of innovation: 13th Century – The word “novation” first appeared in law texts as a term for renewing contracts, rather than […]

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Innovation quote from Thomas Edison

Innovation quotes are what keep CEOs like me sounding knowledgeable and the Wazoku Twitter feed flowing 24/7. But they also help us understand exactly what innovation is, why it’s so vital and what we need to be doing to help it happen. So I’ve compiled a list of my top ten below for you. Some from well-known innovators like Apple’s Steve Jobs, and others from lesser known but equally valuable sources…                    

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Aviva Customer Cup

Engaging employees is important. Pretty much everyone knows that these days and it’s consistently high on the enterprise agenda. Our sales team are constantly being told “we need to engage employees”, and it’s no wonder with research showing that organisations with a high level of engagement report 22% higher productivity. And as my colleague Rosemarie Diegnan wrote earlier this year, workers want to be engaged and excited by a job. I know that’s true for me! But engaging employees is tough. […]

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innovation roundup

Innovation isn’t about technology:  -Dave Trott, author of One Plus One Equals Three, speaks how today’s thought process that innovation requires new technology is wrong, and to look at where we can move forward, we must look back. via @CampaignMag One downside to digital innovation: – As early internet users move into middle age and beyond, we can’t expect our youth – digital or otherwise – to be accessible forever. via @Guardian 50 motivational Twitter accounts everyone should be following: - Experiencing a motivation meltdown? Finding it impossible […]

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George Osborne Crowdsourcing

This week, Chancellor George Osborne invites workers to participate in a survey, in a reprise of the 2010 exercise which generated ideas that helped cut public sector spending. Millions of public sector workers, including teachers, civil servants and diplomats, are to be asked for their ideas on how to deliver public services more efficiently, to help George Osborne cut departmental spending by £20bn. The treasury says the exercise in 2010 generated ideas that helped cut costs. These included stopping the […]

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senior Buy-in

Organisations need to innovate continuously in our current economy, characterised by nonstop change and fierce competition. In a time when we want to drive change in organisations and improve culture and innovation part of everyone’s job specs, there is a lot of discussion on how can this be attained. A culture shift needs to happen from top to bottom and there are many phases that have to be taken into consideration. One of the most important aspects of setting up […]

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Yammer Integration

A few weeks ago, we talked about How Intranets Can Help A Company Innovate, and it highlighted just how crucial internal communications can be within an organisation. We also talked about how bringing technology into the equation means that the excuses for a company not to have such measures in place are getting fewer all the time. With this in mind, it brings up a business function that we consider very important and see as of ever-increasing importance for digital […]

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making the most of your workforce

An engaged employee is a person who is fully involved in, and enthusiastic about, his or her work. Engaged employees care about the future of the company and are willing to invest the discretionary effort – exceeding duty’s call – to see that the organization succeeds. However, a recent study from the Gallup Management Journal found that only 29% of employees are actively engaged in their jobs. Should business leaders be concerned about these findings? The same study found that 84% […]

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wolverine

It seems that movie Hugh Jackman is helping Hollywood wake-up to the wonders of engaging the crowd to generate creative ideas. A series of tweets he posted yesterday suggest that he’s crowdsourcing ideas from fans for the final Wolverine film. His first tweet alone received 11 thousand responses! Given it’s the fans who will ultimately buy the tickets to make the film success, this is a great idea and a sure-fire way to make the next film in the series […]

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corporate innovation

Despite what the title of this post might suggest, we’re not going to talk about Bob Dylan, but the fact that a lot of things are indeed a-changing in the business world. In an unprecedented move, the multinational consultancy organisation Accenture is ditching the much dreaded annual performance reviews. This marks a trend that we have been observing with other large businesses, where old processes are scrapped and replaced by others that are adequate to today’s workforce. Pierre Nanterme, Accenture’s […]

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Innovation Roundup

Forever 21 unveils a crazy new machine:  – If you want to see your next selfie brought to life as a real-time mosaic of moving thread, Forever 21 and Breakfast are happy to help—and the results are pretty stunning. via @Adweek Crowdsourcing from inside your company: – Thomas Wedell-Wedellsborg, coauthor of Innovation as Usual, shares how some of the best ideas can come from unexpected, internal sources. via @HarvardBiz Businesses invited to bid for driverless car innovation funding worth £20 million: – Driverless cars might still seem like an idea out […]

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