Throughout history there are moments in time that define innovation.
In 1939, two guys in a garage built the first audio oscillator. It was sold to Disney and helped create Fantasia. In 1973, Motorola built the first mobile phone. It weighed 2.5 pounds and was 9 inches long. It let you talk for 30 minutes. Then you needed 10 hours to charge it. This was innovation at its finest.
When you hear or see the term innovation, what does it make you think of next? Is it a start-up, a product, a large corporate — or something else?
The term innovation is overused so much in today’s business world that I am getting tired of reading about it. People have included the word on their LinkedIn profiles “…I am an innovative individual…’’
Are you, really? What have you done that proves this statement? What new business venture have you started, or new product did you invent?
Orchestras are often used as metaphors for all sorts of things--organizational structure, planning sessions and even families.
Have you been to the symphony recently? Musicians sit in a regimented ordering around the stage. The concertmaster sets the tune. The conductor lifts the baton. And then, with the pull of a bow across a string, or breath across a mouthpiece, the music begins. Throughout the performance, each section of the orchestra plays a specific part – either separately or together – to create a harmonized work of art.
The prestigious Czech National Orchestra, known for its versatility, lived up to its reputation during a recent performance (for a new BNP product called Hello Bank!). They put their instruments – some hundreds of years old – aside in favor of newer, more common instruments: smartphones and tablets.
Are your local community leaders aspiring to become part of the emerging Gigabit Elite? There are few places around the globe that can say they’re already part of this shortlist of municipalities that have gained access to (or will soon) the ultimate in superfast broadband services.
Back in September of 2012, Howard Baldwin wrote an editorial entitled “Private or Public Sector: Who Should Deploy Broadband?” and I believe that was the first time that I had pondered the implications of what it might be like to have a symmetrical one-gigabit broadband internet connection at home.
The online rebel jam is a joint effort of Rebels at Work, and Corporate Rebels United and being sponsored by Cisco IBSG, who is contributing both speakers and the WebEx collaboration and communication platform that enables this global virtual event.
It’s easy to be an innovator and entrepreneur in start-up, but not so inside large organizations — companies, government agencies or healthcare systems. The competencies and mindset you need to create change and succeed are different for rebels inside the organization.
The good news is that in today’s hyper-connected world we have the possibility to join forces -- across distances and time zones -- and create a critical mass of change agents capable of accelerating innovation and transformation globally.
That’s why we’re holding a free, online 24-hour Rebel Jam with fascinating speakers, inspiring entertainment and provocative discussions every hour, with hosts from Europe, North America and Asia. Our aim: empower the rebel to be able to create positive change, understanding the considerable risks and challenges that will arise.
On May 30-31, 2013, Rebels at Work and Corporate Rebels United will hold a 24 hour on-line Rebel Jam via WebEx. All you’ll need is to be able to connect to the Internet and clear your calendar. Read More »