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If You Want Innovation, You Have to Invest in People

Harvard Business Review

I’ve contributed to the development of this industry myself with NineSigma , which is responsible for a large part of how open innovation is practiced today. Every discipline is experiencing accelerated development, and the rapid knowledge obsolescence that goes with it. As in any subject, developing innovation skills requires learning some fundamentals and mastering them through repetition. Education Innovation Leadership development

Amazon Turned a Flaw into Gold with Advanced Problem-Solving

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Several years ago, Amazon was struggling with scaling its e-commerce infrastructure and realizing that many of its internal software projects took too long to implement, a major pain point from a competitive standpoint. For each new project, a team would have to reinvent the wheel.

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Redefining the Patient Experience with Collaborative Care

Harvard Business Review

It began its lean journey in 2003 and has made considerable progress. By 2013, all eight medical-surgical units in the two hospitals had been converted to the collaborative-care model. The voice of the patient was a critical input in developing the collaborative-care approach.

Even Cement Can Be Special

Harvard Business Review

Behind each partnership with an archistar, there is always a commissioned landmark project. Commissioned by the Vatican in 1998 and inaugurated in 2003, this project sealed Italcementi''s partnership with the American architect Richard Meier. In order to satisfy this need, the Italcementi perfected TX Active, a photocatalytic white cement with self-cleaning properties based a technology that had been investigated years before but never before developed.

Languages Your Company Should Speak (But Has Never Heard)

Harvard Business Review

In a similar vein, Google announced last year that it was supporting the Endangered Languages Project , an initiative to allow people to share resources and information about languages on the verge of extinction.

Why the World Needs Tri-Sector Leaders

Harvard Business Review

Agency for International Development (USAID), and the White House Task Force on Climate Change. "To Since joining Coca-Cola in 2003, Seabright has helped facilitate hundreds of community water projects across the world.

Five Mistakes to Avoid When Managing Digital Teams

Harvard Business Review

Encourage everyone on the team — including designers, developers, and content producers — to consider deliverables through to execution. If your team today has practices like designers throwing PhotoShop files over the wall for developers to execute, you may need to build in more collaboration. Without this focus, development energy can be expended on the wrong feature rather than optimization of a micro-interaction to drive conversion.

Why IBM Gives Top Employees a Month to Do Service Abroad

Harvard Business Review

Recognizing that corporate responsibility can offer a company a competitive advantage today, we became interested in IBM as a pioneer in establishing a skills-based volunteerism initiative that also influences its talent and professional development strategies. Several executives at the company offered to talk with us to figure out why the program has been so successful—not just as a philanthropic gesture, but as a talent development system.

Why IBM Gives Top Employees a Month to Do Service Abroad

Harvard Business Review

Recognizing that corporate responsibility can offer a company a competitive advantage today, we became interested in IBM as a pioneer in establishing a skills-based volunteerism initiative that also influences its talent and professional development strategies. Several executives at the company offered to talk with us to figure out why the program has been so successful—not just as a philanthropic gesture, but as a talent development system.

Research: Arab Inventors Make the U.S. More Innovative

Harvard Business Review

In the five-year period from 2009 to 2013, there were 8,786 U.S. the main home of Arab inventors, but the number of Arab patents increased 62% over 10 years, from 1,826 patent applications from 1999–2003 to 2,962 from 2009–2013. In 2013 there were approximately 1.02 The management of R&D projects will become more difficult and less efficient as the movement of personnel between firms’ U.S.