Engagement Matters

4 ways to build a culture of innovation with employee recognition

Posted by David Bator   December 4, 2014

You wouldn’t dream of running your business without productivity goals, standards or key performance indicators. Yet when it comes to the early stages of innovation - brainstorming and idea generation in particular - a lot of business leaders don’t know what to do. They give their staff a bunch of whiteboards, ping pong tables and bean bag chairs and hope for the best.

Building a culture of innovation isn’t magic. While the creative process is sometimes mysterious there are definitely things you can do to manage the process and promote better outcomes. Perhaps the most important thing you can do is to provide the right kind of employee recognition for employees on your creative teams.

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3 Reasons Problem Solving Don't Solve Problems

Posted by Steven Green   December 2, 2014

My mechanic once told me about a customer who came into his shop for an oil change. A week later the customer was back and was boiling mad - “I want the old oil put back.”
It turns out that the car had an engine noise that was getting worse every week. The customer wrongly assumed that the condition of the motor oil was causing the noise. Because the noise got worse after the oil change the fault must have been with the new oil.

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Topics: idea generation

Why idea generation is driven by backup performers, not rock stars

Posted by Steven Green   November 18, 2014

I’m always amazed at how much effort organizations will put into finding the next “Rock Star.” As if a single individual is the best way to come up with the Next Big Idea and save the company. Sure, it’s great to have a strong frontman at the center of the stage. But don’t underestimate the value of seasoned backup performers when it comes to idea generation.

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Topics: innovation, idea generation

4 ways social media can be good for business

Posted by Steven Green   November 6, 2014

For many businesses, social media is viewed as a significant time suck and productivity waster. Several studies have even "confirmed" this assertion over the years. For example, IT services group Morse conducted research back in 2009 - when the social media boom was still relatively young - and found that these sites cost companies in the United Kingdom the equivalent of $2.25 billion every year. With the rise of mobile devices that ping people every time something new happens on their networks and the growth of established social media sites since then, it is easy to assume that figure has only grown since the research was initially conducted.

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Topics: idea generation

Make your business more innovative with these 3 easy steps

Posted by Steven Green   October 30, 2014

Innovation is important to the success of any business - in fact, if companies want to carve out a place for themselves in any industry, the best way of doing so is through new products and services. History seldom remembers those that refine ideas, but instead cherishes those that come up with them. Recent studies have shown just how pivotal innovation is to many businesses. According to one report from PricewaterhouseCoopers, as many as two-thirds of the most successful organizations point to ingenuity and new ideas as being a competitive necessity if they want to stay relevant within their industries.

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Topics: idea generation

TemboSocial and Social Edge Consulting announce partnership

Posted by David Bator   October 28, 2014

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – TemboSocial, a leading provider of social software solutions for businesses today announced a partnership with Social Edge Consulting, an award winning professional services firm specializing in implementing and innovating with Jive Software. The partnership will help Jive customers leverage their investment by driving sustained platform adoption & employee engagement. 

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Topics: news & press

Want your organization to be more innovative? Join the club...

Posted by David Bator   October 23, 2014

No company executives, when asked, would ever say they did not want their companies to be more innovative. Innovation is held in high regard, particularly in today's business landscape where many people are reconsidering where they want to work. Although the tangibles such as a higher paycheck or better location have a lot of sway in influencing whether employees stay at one job or go to another, innovation is one of the leading intangible characteristics that people look for in potential employers.

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Topics: idea generation

Stop torturing your executives, blogging is not all its cracked up to be

Posted by Steven Green   October 16, 2014

Over the course of the year I speak with many executives who work in progressive companies where social business is celebrated. Every so often I come across one or two who really love to blog. When asked about frequency, a large majority admits that they don’t have the time to blog as often as they would like and estimate that they post new content less than once per month. There are shining stars out there like Sandy Carter who I swear updates her blog, Social Media to Social Business EVERY DAY!

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Topics: idea generation

TemboSocial plugs into IBM Connections and takes idea generation to the next level

Posted by Steven Green   October 9, 2014

TemboSocial has introduced TemboSocial Ideas for IBM Connections. This new add-on plugs directly into a team site within IBM Connections and takes ideation to the next level.

With this add-on, you can crowdsource and gather ideas, surface the best ideas and comments, and the experts and moderators can curate the best contributions and provide updates on the idea (e.g. "In Progress", "Under Review", "Closed", etc).

Additionally, it includes detailed real-time reports to determine sentiment, where the best ideas are coming from (e.g. by geography, role, workgroup, etc) and you can filter by time to measure the impact of your campaigns and see the results of your promotions.

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Topics: idea generation

Brainstorming in the enterprise: Are there really no bad ideas?

Posted by David Bator   September 16, 2014

“There is no such thing as a bad idea” is generally the first rule of brainstorming. Ironically the thing that makes this rule necessary is that there are bad ideas - lots of them. The problem is that you can’t always tell a bad idea from one that is truly innovative. The process of brainstorming, rapidly building a list of ideas without prejudice, has traditionally been seen as the golden road to innovation.

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Topics: idea generation

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