To read or download the complete article (http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1002/tie.21599/full)
For the opinion of the head of Executive Education at Thunderbird School of Global Management about what Nestlé has done read this short article (http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1002/tie.21601/full)]]>
First connect this low-cost scanner to your smartphone where you should instal the suitable app. Then to find out the allergens, chemicals, nutrients, calories, and ingredients in any food, all you have to do is aim at the food you want to check and press the button until it beeps. Your smartphone will immediately display what you would like to know that may even not be disclosed on the label, such as trans-fat content (because of legally allowed tolerances).
To see how it works have a look at this 4-minute video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kcNj1DknDpg
If it is true this is a real game changer: imagine the new level of control you have on what goes into your digestive system… Imagine how you can monitor – and thus manage – your intake over time… Imagine how you can avoid food allergies or intolerances… Imagine how you can ignore the expiration date of food because you can actually check if the food is safe or not…
Imagine.. yourself refusing to eat the meal prepared by your distinguished friends because it contains salmonella or pesticides…
For more information on this exciting device currently developed by Tellspec have a look at the excellent article in Mashable]]>
Have a look at the latest crop on the award web site (here) but to look at the finalists go to this website.]]>
A good example is illustrated by the recent confession of Paul Otellini, Intel’s former CEO who admitted passing up one of the biggest opportunities in Intel’s history — supplying chips for the first iPhone. Intel is not the first and certainly not the last of the big corporations who missed a huge opportunity: for instance Xerox did not believe in the potential of the personal computer invented in its own labs. Similarly Nokia did not believe smartphones would become big enough business.
This points to some critical issues handicapping large corporations as well as smaller ones:
Fortunately – even if I should say “unfortunately” because saying No slows innovation and prevents seizing opportunities – large corporations have so much muscle that despite missing an opportunity they can often still catch up and become the ultimate winners. To understand how Intel might nevertheless win the iPhone battle look at what the Atlantic has to say. Those who do not have such muscle will not be as fortunate. They have no choice but to exercise good judgment.
The bottom line is that there is no perfect recipe for success. It is all about judgment. Even the smartest, like Paul Otellini, can wrongly assess opportunities. If nobody is immune to poor judgment the minimum is to at least ask the right questions. Those questions are stated in Chapter 3 of “Winning Opportunities, proven tools for converting your projects into success (without a business plan)”. If fact the answers to each of the IpOp Model questions require judgment…]]>
Since prototyping is one of the ways to reduce IpOp Model Unknowns any smart and cost-effective way to produce objects is very valuable.
We knew of 3D printing but this technology seemed to be only for geeks or tech savvy experts. There is now a much easier way to produce 3 dimensional objects without buying a 3D printer: Shapeways.com will ship in a few days whatever 3D object you need for prototyping, for replacing a broken vase, for a personalized gift or just for fun.
And you are not restricted to plastic looking material. You can choose amongst more than half a dozen materials including steel. If you are not familiar with 3D software their website provides even resources and advice (including subcontractors to produce the computer file required by the 3D printer).
To find out how it works and more information look at http://www.shapeways.com/about/how_does_it_work]]>
There is no project or innovation without bad surprises or Hurdles. Scientific research shows now that resilience, a key success factor for innovators, entrepreneurs and intrapreneurs, is essential for dealing with adversity. See article below that also explains what behaviors and attitudes boost resilience.
For those who have attended my training seminar on Caring leadership (= mobilizing teams) or a session on positive leadership with Prof. Philippe Gabilliet this article also brings scientific evidence explaining the benefits of positive and caring attitudes.
Read the article: The Benefits of Optimism Are Real
Raphael H Cohen]]>
Constraints are a clear component of the IpOp Model presented in “Winning Opportunities, proven tools for converting your projects into success (without a business plan)” (free download on www.winning-opportunities.org). they must be respected or… circumvented.
For those who have doubt that Constraints (laws and rules) are too limiting. Here is a very good illustration of how with an agile mind they can be circumvented (effective Tactical Move):
A farmer was denied a permit to build a horse shelter. So he builds a giant table and chairs, which of course do net need permit . . .
Do managers really know how to check if a project should be launched (and receive resources)?
Those who think they know can benchmark their set of criteria with other experts in a 5-minute survey.
With some other professors I am launching an online survey to find out how decision-makers are allocating resources to projects, including innovation projects. Our objective is to determine to what extent the decision process is based on a structured approach and also to bring this issue of decision criteria to the attention of upper management.
To answer the survey go to http://fr.surveymonkey.com/s/Decision_Criteria_-_ALUM
Since answering the question contained in the survey is not that obvious, it will be interesting to see how many decision-makers are up to the challenge.
Respondents to the survey will be informed of the results
In order to reach the right targets please ask all management and decision-makers you know to answer this brief survey.]]>
Sound quality seems to be as good as it could be considering an environment that is not ideal for listening to music.
Batteries allow for showers lasting up to 7 hours.
Perfect present for gadget freaks and those who have everything.
Read more: http://www.us.kohler.com/us/Moxie%22-Showerhead-+-Wireless-Speaker/content/CNT16200089.htm]]>
To prevent car theft new technology relies on people’s rear end to verify that they are authorized to drive the car. With 98% reliability this security device with 360 biometric sensors is being developed by a team of Japanese engineers from the Advanced Institute of Industrial Technology in Tokyo.
It should reach the market in a couple of years but there is already a first question that comes to mind: what happens if people put on weight? Plus another question: what happens if someone hacks the device and posts other people’s rear end characteristics on… Facebook?
Here are more pictures from the Advanced Institute of Industrial Technology in Tokyo.