Innochat Archive

Innovative social selling

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Chat Date: 
Thu, Jun 23, 2016

Selling requires communication, and people increasingly communicate using social media. So, it is not surprising that sales people try to understand how to use social communication effectively. But many of them struggle to shake off old paradigms and few have figured it out. Even fewer have codified it as well as our guest this week.

You—Yes, You!—Can Innovate Inside a Large Organization

John W Lewis's picture
Chat Date: 
Thu, Jun 16, 2016

This innochat will be hosted by Ken Gordon whose guest is Toby Bottorf, VP of Service and Experience Design, at Continuum. Here is their framing post.

Sometimes you find yourself the lone innovator in an organization. Maybe oftentimes. Truth is, an inflexible corporate culture can make innovation feel less like a creative activity and more like conducting foreign policy. Intrapreneurship can be challenging work, but there are ways to make your efforts more effective.

Challenges for established businesses

John W Lewis's picture
Chat Date: 
Thu, Jun 09, 2016

This week's guest and frequent innocat, Jorge Barba (@jorgebarba), has described ten common innovation challenges encountered by established businesses. Let's discuss these and the perspectives from which they are faced.

Defining your innovation perspective

John W Lewis's picture
Chat Date: 
Thu, Jun 02, 2016

On #innochat, from time to time, we’ve discussed how an organization can group innovation opportunities into different categories. We’ve also discussed how an innovation progresses through multiple categories of adopters, as it diffuses through a population. But have we linked these two perspectives together?

Innovation and/or Invention?

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Chat Date: 
Thu, May 26, 2016

Decades ago, most people thought of new things as being invented by mad scientists for other people to use.

Now, there is more emphasis on innovation, involving the adoption of new things by anyone.

Yet, when people meet to discuss ideas, to scribble on Post-It notes, and to develop new proposals, they are doing some of both: invention and adoption.

Innovation, Education, Dintersmith, and You

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Chat Date: 
Thu, May 19, 2016

This week, we welcome Ken Gordon to the host seat. Ken (@quickmuse) is Content, Conversation, and Community Strategist at Continuum Innovation in Boston. He is a well known innocat, and recent initiator of  the #innochat facebook group. Ken's chosen topic relates to innovation in education and here is his framing post:

Is life a standardized test… or an impossible problem to be solved?

Those familiar with the work of Ted Dintersmith know that the above is a question designed to trip up those who don’t worship at the altar of innovation.

Seeing is believing

John W Lewis's picture
Chat Date: 
Thu, May 12, 2016

If we have not seen something, then it is difficult to believe it. If we find it counter-intuitive (which, of course, depends on our intuition!), we might, even, convince ourselves that it is impossible. Then we'd be completely stuck!

Is innovation swimming or drowning in information?

John W Lewis's picture
Chat Date: 
Thu, May 05, 2016

Is more information better or worse for innovation? 

Let's discuss an aspect of information and innovation that is rarely discussed: too much information. 

Innovation - you can not be serious!

John W Lewis's picture
Chat Date: 
Thu, Apr 28, 2016

How is innovation communicated? What feeling and meaning do we attach to innovation, not merely rationally, but also emotionally. During #innochat on April 28th at 12noon Eastern time, let's explore this broad and important topic in a free flowing discussion (without a prepared set of questions).

"Leading Innovation, Creativity and Enterprise"

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Chat Date: 
Thu, Apr 21, 2016

This week we have a guest, Peter Cook (@AcademyOfRock), author of the book of this title, and a guest on innochat in the past.

Based on a background which links music to business, his book tackles the issues of leadership in organizations of creative people. It includes stories and examples from some well known enterprises.

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