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How One of the World’s Largest Wineries is Fermenting Groundbreaking New Ideas with Qmarkets
Not so long ago, an Innovation Strategy Manager at a major vineyard was tasked with finding an efficient system for streamlining ideation. This system would need to be used to overcome departmental communication barriers, as well as drive the innovation that would help protect...
5 Innovation Best Practices for Launching Your Idea Management System – Qmarkets’ Head of Customer Success Shares Her Insights
Innovation Exploration – Unlocking Potential in Uncharted Territory The great American oceanographer Edith Widder once said: “Exploration is the engine that drives innovation, and Innovation drives economic growth… So let’s all go exploring.” ? Of course, exploring unfamiliar territory – Edith herself participated in...
Keep the Ball Rolling: 4 Continuous Improvement Methods for Long-Term Business Success
The 2019 Summer of Sports has finally arrived, with the Cricket World Cup in full swing, the FIFA Women’s World Cup just beginning, and a plethora of other major global competitions on the horizon. In these elite matches where victory can often be decided by a difference in millimeters or milliseconds, the power of continuous improvement—or ‘incremental innovation’ as it’s sometimes called—is obvious. Similarly, in business, it’s easy to forget that titans like Toyota and Xerox rose from anonymity to greatness via a series of gradual changes implemented consistently and strategically over time. Continuous improvement has the power to...
What Is Innovation Management? – Your Top 7 Innovation FAQs Answered
“Eureka!” We’ve all heard this famous ancient Greek term for “I’ve found it”. But how did it enter common parlance? The story goes that in the third century BC, the king of Syracuse ordered that Archimedes – the famous Greek inventor – find a way to determine whether his crown was made entirely out of pure gold, or whether he had been cheated. After agonizing in vain to come up with a solution, Archimedes ran himself a bath. Upon entering, he noticed that the more his body sunk, the more water was displaced – making the displaced water a...
How to Overcome Employee Engagement Barriers With a Continuous Improvement Program
As one of Qmarkets’ strategic partners, Above + Beyond (A+B) provides specialized management consulting services to companies across North America, including the leading payment solutions provider TSYS. In this Expert Spotlight piece, Sebastian Apelt – Managing Partner at A+B – shares how this innovative...
Titans of Transformation: 5 Outstanding Examples of Innovation in Business
When it comes to disruption on the modern business landscape, company size is no safeguard. 88% of Fortune 500 companies in the 1955 -2017 period  have either gone bankrupt, merged with other firms, or dropped off the list for other reasons. What’s more, it’s...
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...
4 Ways to Beat Innovation Management Anxiety – How to Get Past the Fear and Find Your Next Big Idea!
The philosopher Aristotle diagnosed fear as ‘pain arising from the anticipation of evil’. Over 2000 years later, C-suite executives at major companies the world over are certainly feeling this specific pain when it comes to innovation. Many anticipate the possibility of leaping towards news...
5 Innovation Trends of 2018 that will Disrupt the Corporate Landscape in 2019
2018 has very much been a year of “epic partnerships”. The Avengers teamed up with the squad from Guardians of the Galaxy to face down Thanos. Prince Harry finally tied the knot with Meghan Markle. Even North and South Korea walked under a united banner at the Winter Olympics.Things have been no less epic on the corporate innovation front. Companies across multiple sectors have launched collaborative efforts to gather disruptive new ideas, harness new technologies, and achieve greater sustainability. With the steady increase in competition, large corporations are more preoccupied than ever with securing data relating to the successes...
Beating Complexity with Flexibility: Corporate Innovation Insights and Inspiration with Dan Toma
How can global companies overcome major innovation challenges? Qmarkets interviewed Dan Toma – influential speaker, entrepreneur, and co-author of the award-winning book The Corporate Startup – to gain his unique perspective on ideation, business transformation, and the current innovation climate. Qmarkets: On the modern business landscape, “Innovation” is an area which is often associated with jargon and  buzzwords. As someone whose ear is constantly to the ground in our ecosystem, which buzzword have you grown to hate the most, and why? Dan Toma: I feel that buzzwords have a dogmatic nuance to them – so you can say I’m an equal opportunity...
Bringing Your A-Game: What Game Theory Can Teach Us About Innovation Management
If you were one of the approximately 3-4 billion people who tuned into the world cup last year, chances are that work took a backseat to football on more than one occasion… However, don’t start feeling guilty just yet. Beneath the excitement and panoply...
The Innovation Instinct: Inventions Inspired by Nature
Nature has long inspired visionaries to look beyond existing ways of living and thinking. Many notable engineers, architects, designers, and other creators have discovered unique adaptations between a species and its environment, and applied these insights to drive innovation across a huge variety of...

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