Ben Gross

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The Pirate Approach to Creativity and Innovation in Leadership: Create Value for Your Enterprise with a Buccaneer Mindset

There’s a reason why “the pirate” has proven to be an enduring romantic figure for centuries now. It’s hard not to regard the swashbuckling, rebellious, go-where-the-wind-takes-you approach to life without some sense of envy, particularly if you’re stuck in an office. However, the good news is that there are a few attributes of the privateer persona that can and should...

Learning from Catastrophe, or Dying from it: The Value of the Business Failure Case Study

We frequently talk about how innovation is a crucial necessity for your enterprise company, and how the right innovation can be the difference between setting the market standards and being shunted aside as a new market leader makes the rules. We also frequently hear about the great innovation successes: Tesla, SpaceX, Uber, Amazon, and even the classic innovation failures, like...

Crowdsourcing and Smart City Innovation: A Winning Combination

The evolving trend of smart city innovation is one that governments should be wholeheartedly embracing, but as with many government initiatives, seems to be having a hard time getting off the ground. Embedding crowdsourcing and innovation management into the smart cities initiative could be what makes the difference. At first glance, the term “smart government” appears to be oxymoronic. And...

Choosing the Digital Transformation Strategy that is Best for Your Company

In one of the Sherlock Holmes stories, Dr. Watson remarks about a client and how attractive she is. “Is she?” says the detective. “I didn’t notice.” In response to his partner’s quip that he really is a human automaton – lacking of emotion – Holmes replies that he is taking emotion out the equation, since it might compromise his detective...

Innovation SOP: Using Hackathons to Advance Digital Transformation

Qmarkets’ Innovation Standard Operating Procedures (SOP): In this series, we will present different guidelines on how to bring innovation theory to practice. Most companies already know that a digital transformation hackathon is a useful tool for gathering ideas, but companies need to know how to do this right. This week, we look at how companies can use hackathons not as...

Innovation SOP: Overcoming the Hurdles of Innovation in Digital Transformation

Welcome back to Qmarkets’ Innovation Standard Operating Procedures (SOP): In this series, we will present different guidelines on how to bring innovation theory to practice. Digital Transformation is something that everyone needs to do, but is not always carried out properly, for a number of very different reason. This week, we take a look at the obstacles standing in the...

Innovation SOP: Tips for Today’s Leaders on How to Launch Successful Employee Innovation Programs

Qmarkets’ Innovation Standard Operating Procedures (SOP): In this series, we will present different guidelines on how to bring innovation theory to practice. Many times, trying to launch successful employee innovation programs at your company can entail encountering many pitfalls and stumbling blocks, as illustrated in this example from the Harvard Business Review. This week, we take a look at how...

The EA Error (How Neglecting Customer-Centric Innovation Can Spell Disaster)

A Problem, there Is… In late 2017, video game company EA was in the final stages of releasing a long-anticipated game, Star Wars Battlefront II. One player was surprised to discover that it would take a total of 40 hours of gameplay to unlock just one of the main characters (such as arch-villain Darth Vader or ultimate hero Luke Skywalker) which...

Innovation SOP: Does Effective Leadership Lead to Effective Crowdsourcing?

Qmarkets’ Innovation Standard Operating Procedures (SOP): In this series, we will present different guidelines on how to bring innovation theory to practice. This week, we take a look at Innovation Leadership – how has the role of the Chief Information Officer (CIO) evolved into the Chief Innovation Officer (CINO), and how important is leadership in the age of crowdsourcing anyway? The ongoing...

Innovation SOP: How Chief Innovation Officers Can Develop Trust Between Work Teams

Qmarkets’ Innovation Standard Operating Procedures (SOP): In this series, we will present different guidelines on how to bring innovation theory to practice. This week, we take a look at Trust Development – how to successfully develop trust among your employees, and why this should be one of the primary chief innovation officer responsibilities. One of the biggest factors for successful...

Innovation SOP: Driving Corporate Innovation by Bettering Employee Engagement

Welcome to Qmarkets’ Innovation Standard Operating Procedures (SOP): In this series, we will present different guidelines on how to bring innovation theory to practice. This week, we take a look at innovative employee engagement practices – the benefits of harnessing staff expertise for innovation and how to successfully create culture that supports this. An organization’s employees are vital components in...

Your Employees Want to be Heard. Are you Listening?

The modern generation has bred a new and unusual workforce. Today, the ever-connected millennial expects to be an active influencer in every aspect of life. From reviewing products to circadian social media interactions with friends, the modern person has a voice, and they demand it to be heard. This notion has trickled into the workplace – employees want to be...

Bridging the Gap between Large Corporate Innovation Centers and Small Design Teams

Innovation centers have captured significant attention in recent years for their role as formalized institutions for driving innovation within large businesses. Digital design teams are their natural counterpart, driving innovation on a more personal level. They are almost a perfect match, but there are some large differences between the two. How can you bridge the gap, using them both in unison? Devised as...

Preparing for the New Paradigm – How a Digital & Disruptive Innovation Strategy Can Transform Your Business

At some point, digital disruption comes for every organization. While some companies might be flexible and lucky enough to ride a wave of disruption and survive, if you are able to predict and prepare for it accordingly you might be able to use it to thrive. Unless well planned and executed, digital disruption – the inevitable deluge of new tools and...

Solving the Problems of Government CIO Citizen Engagement

The concept of “Digital Transformation” has been gaining steam in the business world over the last few years, as the benefits of facilitating digital business communication within large organizations are abundantly clear. However, in the world of governance, the move towards digital engagement for the purpose of civic innovation has been much more gradual. Now it looks like things might...

Top 7 Business Innovation Trends for 2017

Companies need to use fresh thinking and innovation to boost their business growth. Plus, they can utilize suitable B2B software solutions such as CRM, project management, collaboration software etc. to enhance efficiency and productivity. To select the right system for your needs, you can read the in-depth reviews of software products in a reputable SaaS directory. In this article, we...

Streamlining Success – How Continuous and Disruptive Innovation Examples Can Inform Business Transformation

Sometimes it seems like organizations, even large enterprises, live and die by their ability to implement innovations that completely redraw the market landscape, putting them at the forefront. But do these disruptive innovation examples reflect the strategy that all companies should adopt? Uber’s fleet of self-driving cars had barely been on the road a month this March when a vehicle in...

Make America Innovate Again – Digital Transformation, Citizen Participation, and Government Efficiency

As a general rule, we hold our governments to a higher standard than that which we hold private businesses and corporations to. Private sector businesses are expected to only look out for themselves, but the government is meant to look out for us. Why is it then that we’ve reversed the roles, castigating businesses for not showing involvement but accepting...

5 Essential Skills for Every Innovation Leader

Innovation leaders are faced with a very tough challenge, charged with both driving leadership in the traditional corporate sense, but also with facilitating internal innovation, or intrapreneurship, among their subordinates. Canadian thought leader Lynn Sharatt defines innovation leadership as the “process of synthesizing leadership styles to influence employees to produce creative ideas and solutions to the problems that they encounter.”...

3 Corporate Digital Transformation Pitfalls, and How to Overcome Them

Creating change with digital transformation from within your company isn’t easy, but it’s the hardest things which are the ones worth doing. Corporate digital transformation is the path of the future, and if you’re going to embark on a digital transformation journey, you should do it right, from the very beginning. As iScoop put it, “Digital transformation is the profound...

How to Run the Ultimate Corporate Hackathon

Hackathons are on the rise, and many leading enterprise grade businesses now participating in these events on a regular basis as a way of quickly generating innovative results to difficult problems. Hackathons can take many forms, but usually involve an intensive series of brainstorming, collaboration, and evaluation sessions with the aim of answering or overcoming a specific challenge. “Hackathons are...

Expert Q&A: Michael Stilger on Performance Excellence and the Continuous Improvement Process

Qmarkets’ SVP of Global Solutions, Michael Stilger, will be leading an innovation ideas session at the 2016 Business Performance Excellence summit, San Francisco, at 17:00 on the 27th of September. In anticipation of this event, we gave Michael the opportunity to share his thoughts on performance excellence, the continuous improvement process, and specifically what we can expect from Qmarkets at BPE 2016....

The Corporate Dilemma: Disruptive vs. Incremental Innovation

While taxi companies have come a long way over the years in improving service to their customers, nothing could compare to the radical change engendered by the introduction of Uber, a company which drastically changed the taxi industry almost overnight and captured a large market share. Is this model of disruptive innovation an innovation model which more companies should be striving to...

Brexit, Switzerland and Wind Turbines – The Difference Between Direct Democracy and Citizen Involvement

Are polls and public referendums on decisions affecting the future of a country actual portrayals of citizens being involved in the running of their country? The People Voted in June 2016, the United Kingdom held a public referendum, the United Kingdom European Union Membership Referendum. The referendum had but one question: “Should the United Kingdom remain a member of the...

Gartner Research Insights: 5 Innovation Hacks to Boost your Digital Return

Hackathons, internal innovation programs, open innovation, technology acquisitions…these days it seems like everyone is jumping onto the innovation bandwagon. However the popularity of business innovation techniques is equalled by the confusion surrounding them. How is innovation best performed? Can guidelines for innovation be created? Recently, Gartner released a presentation, “The 5 Most Effective, Least Used Digital Innovation Hacks”1 outlining the results of a survey performed, asking...

Insanity and Inventiveness – The Innovator’s Mindset

The invention of the airplane, the telephone and the computer; the discovery of gravity, electricity and relativity – all great innovations that changed the world. But in accordance with their greatness, there was also resistance. George Bernard Shaw famously wrote, “All great truths begin as blasphemies.” Less well known is the fact that this intolerance has often come from within the...

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