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4 Steps for Building an Innovative Culture

Posted by Mark Hemmer on 3/15/17 10:00 AM

Creating or changing a culture can't happen overnight. A culture is more a product of several smaller changes within your organization. If you've decided that your business needs to embrace innovation (it does) and you want your culture to match, it's going to take intentionality. By making a series of meaningful shifts to 'business as usual,' you'll be laying the groundwork that an innovative culture can be built upon. 

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Training Innovations Have to Start with a Prototype

Posted by Mark Hemmer on 2/22/17 10:30 AM

Training is ripe for disruption. A strong approach to training is an indispensable part of a healthy enterprise. Training helps employees (and then the company) succeed, helps avert accidents or mistakes, and can help minimize the costs of new employee onboarding. Using technology to build a training strategy that is affordable, efficient, and effective, should be a key objective for all enterprise leadership. 

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Why Internet of Things Companies Will Outpace Their Non-IoT Competitors

Posted by Mark Hemmer on 2/15/17 10:30 AM

It's already underway. The Internet of Things has infiltrated every industry and the results are in: there's money to be made in embracing a world that has moved online. Is your business already among the Internet of Things companies that will outpace their competitors in the coming years? If the answer is 'yes,' your business is on the right track. If the answer is 'no,' it's time to start exploring how your company can get in on a lucrative trend that shows no signs on slowing.  

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Innovation Consulting Services Can Turn Your Idea into a Prototype

Posted by Mark Hemmer on 2/13/17 10:30 AM

Taking an idea to prototype can be more complicated than it seems. Especially within the walls of the enterprise, ideas often fizzle before they can take off. Bureaucracy and a culture adverse to change can stand in the way of innovation. That's why many companies seek out innovation consulting services to help great ideas reach their towering potential. Innovation consulting services provide process, perspective, and can assuredly take problems and produce prototypes. 

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Organizational Innovation: Embracing Change

Posted by Mark Hemmer on 2/6/17 10:00 AM

Change is like 'Citizen Kane': everyone likes the idea of it, but few people are willing to see it all the way through. It's easy to declare that you "love classic cinema" or that you're "open to new ways of thinking." It's another to spend two hours of your life watching a narrative slowly unfold in black and white. Just as it's another thing entirely to embrace change and truly let go of past conventions. Like Orson Welles' masterpiece, change can be worth it - if you're willing to dedicate the time and energy to it. In business, change is usually just a word. It's something to say in meetings or something to throw around in a keynote speech. In action, change ruffles more than a few feathers and you'll be hard-pressed to find business leaders who are comfortable with feather-ruffling. 

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Innovation Workshops: Enrich Your Employees

Posted by Mark Hemmer on 12/12/16 10:00 AM

Innovation Workshops can help you uncover great ideas that will transform your company. There's also another, less obvious, benefit: employee development. The Innovation Process is a crash-course in creativity. As your employees participate in ideation, concept screening, design, and other stages in the process, they'll be learning how to think outside of their cubicles. Every employee has great ideas to offer and all they need is the opportunity to do so. An Innovation Workshop is the perfect environment for good ideas to thrive. It is a dedicated, prioritized space to focus solely on innovation and all that comes with it.  

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OneFire Innovation Workshops: From Problem to Prototype

Posted by Mark Hemmer on 11/30/16 10:00 AM

OneFire Innovation Workshops can take your enterprise problem and turn it into a prototype. When the enterprise faces innovation and problem-solving challenges, OneFire Innovation Workshops can help overcome them. With a proven process that delivers repeatable results, OneFire Innovation Workshops are the answer to directionless attempts at solving complex problems. 

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Building an Innovative Culture Within Your Enterprise

Posted by Mark Hemmer on 11/28/16 10:00 AM

With a few famous exceptions, the enterprise isn't known for having an innovative culture. Innovation calls for change and transformation. That's a call the enterprise would rather not answer, in most cases. Because the enterprise wasn't built to be agile, it can feel impossibly difficult to shift, adapt, or pivot its longstanding configuration. Leadership operates on 'knowing what works' and 'the way things have always been done,' even as the market and consumer behavior on which those assumptions are based have changed significantly. The underlying presupposition of the enterprise is that years of past success will automatically lead to years of future success. Put simply: they don't want to believe that things are changing. They won't accept it until it's too late.

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Concept Screening: 6 Questions You Have to Ask

Posted by Mark Hemmer on 11/23/16 10:00 AM

Concept screening makes sure that an idea is likely to succeed before a company continues to pursue and invest in it (time, energy, and cost). Even ideas that look amazing on paper might have fatal flaws sitting just below the surface. Concept screening is designed to bring those flaws into view. But, the right questions have to be asked. 

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7 New Innovations in Aerospace

Posted by Mark Hemmer on 11/21/16 10:00 AM

The aerospace industry is one of those rare industries that fascinates everybody. From those who work inside the walls of NASA to the general public, aerospace captures the collective imagination and holds attention in conversation. Not all industries have minutiae that the average person will find compelling. Aerospace is different. Aerospace is flight, outer space, possibility. Aerospace is also a leader in innovation. While all new innovations are exciting, new innovations in aerospace make instant headlines. 

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