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Innovocean: Commercial vs. Social Innovation

Innovocean: Commercial vs. Social Innovation

When I grew up, I wanted to become a marine biologist or oceanographer. The fact that we still know more about the surface of Mars than we do what swims deep in our oceans makes me want to grab my snorkel and fins right now and head to the coast. What do oceans have...

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“Which Way” Innovation: Choose Your Future

“Which Way” Innovation: Choose Your Future

Jumping from the same diving board as our last post—coming from the idea that the more distinctions we can make around various kinds of innovation, the more discerning we can be around which kind we should best engage right now—let’s talk about your future. To do...

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Evolutionary vs. Revolutionary Innovation

Evolutionary vs. Revolutionary Innovation

Here’s a theory: the more distinctions we can make around various kinds of innovation, the more discerning we can be around which kind we should best engage right now. With that… There’s a huge difference between EVOLUTIONARY innovation and REVOLUTIONARY innovation....

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Right-Size Your iZONE Investment

Right-Size Your iZONE Investment

In our last post, we unpacked the 4 Dimensions or Zones of Innovation: Game-Changing, Disruptive, Breakthrough, and Incremental. I urged you to lead your team to carefully consider the nuances of the different dimensions of innovation, incentivizing you with this...

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What is Innovation? Part 2

What is Innovation? Part 2

One sure-fire way to take the scare out of innovation is to develop a more sophisticated view of it. Otherwise, it’s way too easy for people to hear the word or the request for greater innovative endeavor and actually perceive you to be actually saying, “You need to...

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Urgency Expansion

Urgency Expansion

NeoSparks is a forum for innovation lovers to present and sharpen our ideas around foundations of innovation, processes for innovation, and how to create a culture of innovation. So let’s get to bedrock with seminal thoughts that absolutely must shape the foundation...

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The Why Behind the What of Innovation

The Why Behind the What of Innovation

Why do you want to innovate? Your why behind your what is a crucial catalyst. Don’t leave this piece of your personal innovational strategy squishy. You’ve got to ruthlessly ambush ambiguity here. Why? As Aristotle said…

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The Implications of AI in Christian Ministry: Key Questions

The Implications of AI in Christian Ministry: Key Questions

Artificial Intelligence is an unavoidable reality for every area of human endeavor and interaction— whether business, transportation, military, education, or even ministry. And while a great many articles, books, and blogs are already underway around this growing trend, I want to pull back and simply ask some specific questions related to my own primary field…

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Demystifying Innovation: Only Jobs?

Demystifying Innovation: Only Jobs?

When was the last time you were in a conversation where you heard something that caused a visceral reaction—where something biochemical happened and you felt a shot of adrenaline hit your gut?Two Springs ago, I was sitting in a discussion group at Harvard Business School with leaders from multiple realms…

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What is innovation?

What is innovation?

Conversations about innovation tend to throw sparks. I’ve always thought sparks are pretty stinkin’ cool. I’d be the kid sitting staring at the bonfire as it roman-candled orange-glowing sparks high into the black night sky…

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