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5 Questions Innovators Should Ask in 2017

This article is written by invited guest author Jolie Huang. Over the course of 2016, I interviewed several innovation pioneers to find out the most important questions that every innovator should ask in 2017. Since “innovation” has become an overused buzzword, organizations are putting more attention into forward-thinking strategic planning. Yet, as the pace of…

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Design Thinking Training Workshops

Get started with design thinking! Learn the basics in our design thinking training workshop, and start on your own innovation project step-by-step. Create and validate an innovation for and with your clients, customers or users. Use some of the most effective tools and techniques to design your concepts. About Design Thinking Training Interested in learning more…

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Don’t forget to sweat the SMALL stuff.

This article is written by invited guest author Mike McDowell. When it comes to innovation, the biggest is not necessarily the best, especially when it comes to ideas. Over the course of my professional life, I’ve spent large chunks of time invested in pursuing both large scale, disruptive innovations along with extremely small scale, sustaining…

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User Experience: 6 Expert Success Tips

This user experience success tips article is written by guest UX author Eric Olive. Introduction In 5 Tips For Overcoming Resistance to User Experience, we explained how to begin building an in-house culture centered around customer engagement and inject a user-centered mindset into your organization’s culture. In this piece, we present six expert tips for…

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Utilizing Performance Improvement (LEAN/SixSigma) and Human Centered Design to Improve the Healthcare System from the Patient Perspective

The healthcare ecosphere is rapidly evolving with hospitals and health systems trying to keep up. Reimbursements are dropping, value based care is becoming a reality, and consumer (i.e. patient) expectations of services have risen and evolved over the last several years. Given these and other challenges, it is no wonder healthcare leaders are turning to…

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Healthcare Innovation Resources

View my favorite healthcare innovation slideshares to help you learn quickly and visually through clicking through well designed presentations. Identify trends for transformation in healthcare, and see new technologies you may be able to apply to innovate in healthcare. There are many problems seeking solutions and opportunities for new ideas in healthcare. A strategic focus…

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What a cat can teach us about learning to innovate again

I was thinking about people who work in very traditional or bureaucratic organizations. I was thinking about how they can develop the skill to be more innovative and entrepreneurial. It is a different world to be given the “right way” to do something, and to do it again and again like a modern factory worker…

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5 Elements from Startup Entrepreneurship Programs for Fostering Effective Learning Environments

Have you ever learned about a successful product, only to complain that you had that idea several years earlier? Have you ever looked back after several months only to wonder where the time has gone and why you didn’t make progress on some idea or goal? There are many reasons this happens to us, but…

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5 Tips For Overcoming Resistance to User Experience

This article sharing tips to overcome user experience resistance for a more user-friendly corporate culture is written by guest UX author Eric Olive. A strange thing happened on the way to the bank; the check evaporated. Here’s what happened. I conducted successful interviews and contextual inquiry (CI) in Latin America as part of a larger user experience…

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Innovation Skills for the Future: Insights from 4 Research Reports

There are four prominent research studies whose findings highlight the most important 21st century job skills needed for the future (and the future is now) of work and organizations. In sum, employees at all levels need to develop their innovation skills. These include competencies like creativity, critical thinking, communication, strategic thinking, and problem solving to find and…

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