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Thursday, May 22, 2008

IBM Looks at Global Innovation

Recently, I got my hands on IBM's Global Innovation Outlook 2.0 report. You want to do the same.

In fact, you may want to check out a number of reports and ideas flowing at the IBM Innovation Web site.

But getting back to the Global Innovation Outlook 2.0 report. The report is well written and is fun and easy to read, it is written in the style and format of my favorite Tom Peters book Re-Imagine. So it is filled with images, quotes and statistics from a variety of sources all juxtaposed to provide punctuation points to the information they are providing.
Reading the report I was struck by a number of statistics and quotes which are splashed all over the pages and included in the margins.

Let me share a few with you that I thought were of particular interest:
  • "many organizations continue to seek innovation in the form of the latest gadget or gizmo...[however] innovation in the realm of business processes, business models, and even management or culture is as important, if not more so." Let's modify that quote to read " many organizations continue to seek learning innovations in the form of gadgets, games or gizmos, however, innovation in the realm of instructional processes, new instructional models and even cultural changes in the organization are as important, if not more so."
  • Number of people who work full-time at Wikipedia--2, number of registered contributors 36,000+.
  • 329,000+ is the number of people who work at IBM.
  • 724,000+ is the number of Americans for whom eBay is their primary or secondary source of income.
  • 100,000 is the number of people in China who earn their living playing massively multiplayer online games seven days a week.
The report also highlights issues of innovation in terms of the environment and in terms of transportation, two hot issues that are currently impacting every aspect of our lives no matter where we live.

Finally, the report indicates something many of us knew already but fail to practice. Innovation is a mindset and not a department, course or book. To constantly think about innovating products, processes and protocols is an element that no organization or even individual can ignore.


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