Four ways to make your business embrace innovation

Innovation isn't just about inspiration: here are some techniques to make your business smarter. The boundaries between different sectors and business models are blurring -- and that's good news for innovation. Smaller firms, particularly entrepreneurial startups, are exploiting technology to invade territory traditionally held by blue c...

Basic Toolbox for Innovators and Entrepreneurs, part 1 ...

Here are six very handy and useful tools for innovators and entrepreneurs defining, designing, developing, and deploying new business ventures. Hint 1: there are 35 sub-elements in the D-M Tool ... successful ventures have good background information and strategies for each box. Hint 2: Tools 4, 5, and 6 are good for addressing those 35 element...

Entrepreneurs, learn from what Rio did wrong

The list of problems going into the Rio Olympics broaches on unbelievability: ► The Zika virus has forced scores of Olympians, big names and not, to decide not to attend ► Crime and violence are rampant. As one police officer said on the news recently, “You are not safe here." ► Venues are still under construction, half-completed. A $3 billion...

What consumers hate most (USAToday) ...

According to an article in USA Today, these are the top 10 (11) areas that irritate consumers most. Are there some opportunities here for your venture?

Need a Business Idea? Here are 55

Some interesting ideas here ... This article has been excerpted from 55 Surefire Home Based Businesses You Can Start for Under $5,000 by Entrepreneur Press & Cheryl Kimball (2009).Today, tens of thousands of people are considering starting a home based business, and for good reasons. On average, people can expect to have two and three...

50 Smartest Companies 2016

Jim's 2 cents: A company isn't smart ... it doesn't have a brain. However, the people that work for the company do have brains and it is their collective wisdom that makes for a smart company. What can we learn from how these companies operate? Also, keep in mind that every organization has a beginning (entrepreneurship at work!), a middle, and ...

Lean Canvas model ...

"Lean Startups" are in vogue right now ... gotta be better than a "Fat Startup", right? Jim's 2 cents ... I prefer a "Right Startup" ... just the right ingredients, resources, team, et al. Of course, waste not want not. But keep in mind that "under-resourced" ventures are high on the list of ventures most likely to fail. Do a good job of determ...

McGuire Entrepreneurship ... Summer Program 2016

Fun time with Ted and the gang ...

Need to boost your creativity? Just procrastinate

Procrastination, it turns out, may not be such a bad thing after all. The most effective way to tackle a new creative assignment is to put it off for a while, according to psychologist Maria Konnikova. “You’re actually doing the smartest and most productive thing in the world if you waste time," she said last week in a workshop about ...

Do Startups Really Create Lots of Good Jobs?

Eskimos have 50 words for snow. Humans only use 10% of our brains. We hear these types of “facts" all the time — but are they true? Scientists are now saying, “Not so simple." We have all seen how repetition of a particular statement or idea tends to lend it legitimacy – the so-called “truth effect." This effect is likely strengthened when the ...

How Operational Innovation Can Transform Your Company

In 1991, Progressive Insurance, an automobile insurer based in Mayfield Village, Ohio, had approximately $1.3 billion in sales. By 2002, that figure had grown to $9.5 billion. What fashionable strategies did Progressive employ to achieve sevenfold growth in just over a decade? Was it positioned in a high-growth industry? Hardly. Auto insurance i...

Should Entrepreneurship Be a Company Benefit?

[Jim's 2 cents: While this article is about senior employees, the trend is for smart-thinking companies to encourage employees at all levels to think innovation and entrepreneurship ... great source of resources for a startup often comes from established companies.] Entrepreneur Len Biegel These days, many older workers with full-time jobs...

How one college built an innovative degree program ... in innovation

Connor McCormick began his freshman year of college with a specific goal for himself: Start a business by the end of first semester. McCormick, now a junior studying business administration, did just that. In fact, he has two businesses, one in parking analytics and the other in storytelling. "I wanted to go to a sc...

Skills and Behaviors that Make Entrepreneurs Successful

Research at Harvard Business School by Lynda Applegate, Janet Kraus, and Timothy Butler takes a unique approach to understanding behaviors and skills associated with successful entrepreneurs. by HBS Working Knowledge What makes a successful entrepreneurial leader? Is it the technical brilliance of Bill Gates? The obsessive focus on user...

Skills and Behaviors that Make Entrepreneurs Successful

Skills and Behaviors that Make Entrepreneurs Successfulhttp://hbswk.hbs.edu/item/skills-and-behaviors-that-make-entrepreneurs-successfulNew research at Harvard Business School by Lynda Applegate, Janet Kraus, and Timothy Butler takes a unique approach to understanding behaviors and skills associated with successful entrepreneurs.

How to Start a Business with No Money | Without Money

How to Start a Business with No Money If you have an Entrepreneurial zeal and want to feel the thrill of owning your own successful business then let nothing stop you. Go for it! Creating and sustaining your own business isn’t just for money. It is a much bigger dream and passion – it is a...

5 Unexpected Tips for Success from Future Tech Leaders

5 Unexpected Tips for Success from Future Tech Leaders If we've learned anything post-internet it's that no business, no matter how massive and well-funded, is safe from disruption. Today's giant is tomorrow's Harvard Business School case study. For budding entrepreneurs, this is good news: It's called opportunity. Here's a look at the strategi...

Hyundai Tucson Fuel Cell

Some hot new energy technology here ...

Retail innovation ...

Innovation is simply something new and better ... the "something" doesn't have to be a product or service ... it can be positioning!

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