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Innovation in a cup of joe

Finding Innovation in a Cup of Coffee

Innovation doesn't have to be this forced, epic thing.  A simple cup of coffee can inspire a thought that brews into genius. The coffee culture that has caught on in the United States didn't exist several decades ago. A cup of joe used to be a strictly utilitarian beverage, limited to the industrial-strength office swill or watered-down instant crystals from a jar. Teens didn't drink it, and the local diner certainly didn't offer a mocha frappucino on the menu. But in [...]

November 2015

4 Keys to Igniting Employee-driven Innovation

Innovation is the key to growth and profits. But, it doesn’t happen in isolation, in a lab or in the executive suite. It comes from the people who interact with your customers and fend off your competition every day. In other words, your employees. This is why the employee engagement epidemic is so dire, not only for company growth, but survival. 87% of employees worldwide are disengaged or indifferent at work, reports Gallup, one of the leading organizations that measure employee [...]

August 2015

What’s Missing From Your Employee Survey

An annual employee survey is a pulse check of an employee's experience at a corporate, department or day-to-day level. Baseline data is compared, results rolled down to all the managers and then employees. Then what? That’s the missing piece. There is no consistent, actionable solution to integrate sustainable change while continuing to meet your department and company goals. Sure there are “action plans” that try to address things like recognition, communication, etc...but those are just add-ons. It’s like trying to fix a [...]

June 2015

48 Innovate Bacon Beats Out Drone

There were free pens and t-shirts--the usual conference swag. A booth down the way was even giving away a $350 drone. But I'm proud to say the 48 Innovate booth trumped them all with our attention getting prize. What made us so popular at the recent Central Florida Cisco Partner Appreciation Event? In a word, BACON. That's right, at 48 Innovate we give away bacon. And people line up to sign up for it. Why the bacon prize? Because it's original--just [...]

May 2015

Innovation At A Launch Party

Who says that every occasion can’t be an opportunity for innovation? We certainly would not. Our official launch party was a huge success! Festive beverages, amazing innovative leaders and a whacky photo contest with Vince Vaughn. #CleverCaption winner: Dr. Timm Crowder, Innovation and Technology Scout at GlaxoSmithKline, took home the bacon with this busines-as-usual caption: "We'll just run this by the Director of Status Quo and VP of No and get back to you." No long speeches or silly network games, just [...]