B-schools think out of syllabus; introduce innovation and design courses to survive the downturn – The Economic Times

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Institutes introduce innovation and design courses as part of flagship MBA programmes, aimed at equipping future managers to survive the downturn. (B-schools introduce new courses to survive downturn: Institutes introduce innovation and design…

Richard Platt‘s insight:

But will they get it right?  So far most academic institutions totally miss what Innovation is all about.  Business should challenge the academics to put out better curriculum  and students that actually can monetize their analysis, otherwise they are producing amatuers not professional innovators that you would hire for your organization. 

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Lean Goes Better with Coke – the Future of Corporate Innovation

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Lean Goes Better with Coke – the Future of Corporate Innovation – The Huffington Post

Richard Platt‘s insight:

Excellent article on Corporate Innovaiton – despite the connection to Coca-Cola, that part didn’t impress me so much, because they are still early days with their own innovation journey and there is much to learn for them.  We shall have to wait and see how they do.

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Almost Everyone Is Angling Solar Panels the Wrong Way

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Conventional wisdom in the northern hemisphere is to face solar panels south so they get the most light all day. But a new study indicates that panels facing west may actually get more juice from the sun, and at more convenient times. SE

Richard Platt‘s insight:

Excellent take on why the conventional wisdom of solar panel angles are all wrong, check it out, what do you think?

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The Five Sources of Innovation Consultants

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Innovators, and innovation firms, spring from a wide array of sources.  Since there is no “standard” for innovation, in the manner of AICPA for accountants, or even a framework like ASQ or others provide for Six Sigma, innovation remains an umbrella term that contains a wide array of very different providers. 

Richard Platt‘s insight:

Decent answers but IT IS NOT ANY SINGLE TYPE OF INNOVATION of CONSULTANT that you should seek to support your corporate efforts but one who recognizes that all 5 are viable directions:


Strategy – Marketing – Creativity – Training/Coaching – Process


Note to Self: Including them all together without which a comprehensive take on innovation from your advisor / consultant and you are going to get beat.  


Reason:  Innovation methods / practices are the tactics of strategy, and if your tactics are without an understanding of the larger picture, tools, mechanisms and outcomes that you’ll get from a given method then your process will be weak and you will open yourself up to getting defeated by a hungeier, nimbler, more adaptable competitor.


Remember: Adapt or die is the call of innovation and why you do it, not so you can hire one of the 50 Thinkers on Innovation, that’s pointless, and a likely, long term path to failure. for being a sycophant



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Microsoft earbuds monitor wearers’ health to help pick the next song

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As part of their latest project called Septimu, Microsoft is working to incorporate health monitoring and mood detection into a pair of earbuds.  Capable of monitoring heart rate, temperature and other biorhythms, the in-ear device would even be able to select the most appropriate music depending on your mood.


The earphones incorporate sensors such as thermometers, inward-facing microphones and IMUs – which work a lot like accelerometers – to pick up on key indicators throughout your body. Apart from using the headphones to correct your posture, they can also act as a health and exercise diary, providing a low-cost coaching solution, or a non-invasive form of remote medical care.

Richard Platt‘s insight:

(from the Curator of IoT and Wearables): MSFT getting in on Wearables and doing some interesting things with the technology, nice

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Analysts see 152 million connected cars by 2020

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A recent study conducted by IHS Automotive has confirmed that there will be 152 million actively connected cars on global roads by 2020 – representing a mere fraction of the estimated 18 billion In…

Richard Platt‘s insight:

(from the Curator of IoT & Wearables):  Now this an interesting projection, given that it’s coming from a company and not an independent analyst I have to be somewhat suspicious, however IHS Automotive was the original source does give me pause.  What do you think?

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