Significato di innovazione

15 novembre 2012 § Lascia un commento

Si parla spesso di Innovazione, spesso anche in questo blog lo abbiamo fatto, ma…

di fatto di cosa si tratta?

cosa significa?

Questo breve video ne spiega  il significato

Buona Visione

Trasporto su Rotaia…il futuro?

14 novembre 2012 § Lascia un commento

Nel post di oggi vorrei mettere in evidenza un sistema che ad oggi è ancora estremamente sottoutilizzato, non adeguato, carente nel servizio e cioè il servizio su rotaia.

Credo che a livello di comodità, velocità e impatto ambientale sia da considerare una delle principali vie di trasporto futuro, peccato che ad oggi i Clienti non siano particolarmente soddisfatti.

che fare? innovare il processo, analizzare le cause di questi continui insuccessi, affrontare e chiudere le problematiche una ad una, esiste quanlcuno che abbia voglia di farlo?,o meglio c’è qualcuno che abbia il coraggio di affrontare questa situazione?

a voi un video che evidenzia i vantaggi…qualora tutto funzionasse

Da dove arriva l’innovazione

9 ottobre 2012 § Lascia un commento

Ho da qualche post inaugurato un nuovo stile…ogni qualvolta trovi un Video interessante che possa trasmettere qualcosa di interessante, trovo eccezionale condivirlo con tutti coloro che mi leggono

in questo caso parliamo di innovazione e trovo questo video sia interessante e altrettanto divertente


si tratta del processo di creazione di nuovi processi innovativi..

commentate gente commentate

Korea, pensare al cliente

8 ottobre 2012 § Lascia un commento

anticipare le esigenze dei clienti, seguirli dove più spesso di recano…che c’è di meglio della metropolitana!!


la Korea del sud è sicuramente uno dei paesi più avanzati in questo e il filmato ne è la prova, ecco perchè nel 2013 abbiamo organizzato un Tour con un gruppo di imprenditori per vedere le migliori realtà koreane
Per adesso lascio a voi i commenti

Far crescere le persone e generare innovazione

4 settembre 2012 § Lascia un commento

Mi domando spesso, perchè i Titolari di Aziende, Manager di tutti i livelli non si ricordano mai che le Aziende sono fatte di persone?

Come mai si investe poco sulle persone?

demerito delle Aziende o demerito delle persone?

Dal mio punto di vista, entrambi gli attori hanno le loro belle “colpe”; le aziende perchè non guardano sufficientemente avanti per capire cosa servirà nei prossimi anni ma presi dallo stress e dalla routine giornaliera, non alzano mai la testa; le persone perchè ogni qualvolta si da fiducia (spesso con premi e aumenti di salario) questi lentamente scendono di livello calando i ritmi, come quasi appagati – non accade spesso ma di frequente

Sono estremamente convinto che un salario costruito su un fisso mediamente basso, premi molto alti legati alle perfomance e dall’altra chiarezza e sincerità aziendale potrebbero creare il rilancio di qualsiasi nazione, ma la domanda è…

CHI HA IL CORAGGIO DI FARLO?

Di seguito un articolo della HBR che parla di come le grandi (grandissime) Aziende investono sulle persone, le fanno creare e generano innovazione costante…

Manager e Leader che leggete questo articolo, rispondete a voi stessi alle domande sotto indicate dal mio caro Amico LASH

Buona lettura

Best Practices for Leading via Innovation
HBR.org | Rick Lash
What do General Electric (GE), Procter & Gamble (P&G) and IBM have in common? All three companies nurture and energize talent, carving out the necessary resources to invest in recruiting, selecting and growing the people who will become their future leaders.

So it’s no surprise that GE, P&G and IBM occupy the top three spots in Hay Group’s seventh annual Best Companies for Leadership (BCL) ranking. Our study clearly shows that great leadership is a strong competitive advantage, with the top 20 BCL firms far outperforming the S&P 500 benchmark on shareholder returns.

Beyond strong financial performance, the top 20 BCL companies have something else in common. In an era of intense globalization, rapid demographic change and accelerating technological progress, the best companies for leadership recognize the value of innovation, putting it at the heart of their corporate culture and using this targeted, focused innovation to drive shareholder value and improve efficiency.

Which companies populate the top 20? Every year, we see some familiar names including GE (#1 the last three years), P&G (#2 this year and last year), McDonald’s and Coca-Cola. But some of the most interesting examples of innovation come from new additions to the BCL Top 20 list. These examples illustrate five practices that any company can adopt to create a culture of innovation:

1. Create a safe space for innovation. BCLs invest in creating an environment that allows innovation to thrive while encouraging employees to feel comfortable taking calculated risks. At Walmart (#8 on the BCL list), a group called @WalmartLabs provides a supportive environment for testing new ideas. Similarly, Toyota (#11) encourages innovation by removing some of the pressure for short-term returns. Toyota’s decade-long investment in its Prius sub-brand ultimately succeeded in strengthening the company’s reputation as a respected product innovator while allowing Toyota to capture first-mover advantage in the fast-growing hybrid category.

2. Enable organizational agility. At most innovative organizations, job definitions tend to be flexible and fluid. These companies recognize that the roles their employees play must adapt to the changing needs of the marketplace. For example, at FedEx (#20), the company actively assists executives in moving between functions in order to accumulate a diverse range of experiences that improve their overall adaptability. Dow Chemical (#19) is another firm that encourages employees to move functionally and geographically to gain new perspectives on the business and build capabilities for independent thinking and problem-solving. By giving employees room to explore their full potential and range of interests, BCLs also gain a competitive edge in the talent market. Our study shows that BCLs are much less reliant than their peers on pay and bonuses when it comes to attracting and retaining talent.

3. Broaden perspectives. BCLs foster opportunities for new ideas to flourish regardless of their source. For instance, Unilever (#10) recently unveiled its Open Innovation Initiative that solicits new ideas for designs and technologies to tackle a range of challenges around health, hygiene and the environment. The company’s Pureit home water purifier, which delivers safe drinking water to more than 30 million people across developing and emerging markets, was developed using this open innovation model. In April 2012, Unilever continued to display its commitment to open innovation by hosting a 24-hour live online discussion that generated 4,000 comments from over 2,000 thought leaders to give the company feedback on its sustainability goals. The discussion prompted CEO Paul Polman, who participated in the event, to remark that he was “struck by the richness of the ideas, new suggestions and constructive challenges.”

4. Promote and reward collaboration. The eccentric lone scientist toiling away in his lab may be the poster-child for inventors, but studies have shown that the vast majority of important innovations actually spring from collaborative, team efforts. BCLs not only have innovative leaders, but more importantly they have leaders who create conditions that facilitate innovation by encouraging, measuring and incentivizing collaboration. In his book Imagine: How Creativity Works, Jonah Lehrer describes how researchers at 3M (#13 on the BCL list) have free rein to spend 15% of their time exploring new ideas in whatever way they like. They can brainstorm while playing ping pong, going for a walk or lying on a couch. The only rule that 3M places on this innovation time is that they must share their insights with others.

5. Celebrate success and learn from setbacks. BCLs are essentially twice as likely as other companies to celebrate innovation and to see any performance problems as opportunities to learn and improve. Recognizing innovators sends other employees a powerful signal that innovation is something that the company greatly values. But employees will be reluctant to take the risks inherent in innovation unless they know that their leadership team is willing to accept a certain amount of failure as an inescapable component of the innovation process. At Dow Chemicals (#19), risk-taking is not only accepted, it is encouraged, which helps the company to stay agile and innovative. Dow evaluates its leaders not only in terms of customer value, but also taking into account whether they are leading courageously, whether they are collaborating themselves and whether they are encouraging collaboration among others. As a source with Dow put it, “It’s empowerment that really helps us stay agile. We encourage everyone to lead courageously — constantly asking ask “what if?” or “why not?” We challenge our employees to recognize possibilities and push beyond boundaries.”

Leaders who want to foster innovation should ask themselves these questions:

1. In my quest for the next big innovation, have I overlooked smaller incremental innovations that could still have a big impact on customer experiences or on employee productivity?

2. Do I reinvest my spare capacity into expanding my own knowledge, exploring future trends and learning from others? Or does my focus on performance and results preclude any consideration of unproven innovations?

3. Am I doing one thing every day that scares me? How much time do I spend pushing my own boundaries and working at the limits of my competence, where the next great innovations are most likely to be discovered?

Diventare filantropi creando lavoro

6 settembre 2011 § Lascia un commento

Ci tengo a mettervi a conoscenza di una articolo trovato sulla Harvard Business Review, che riguarda come si può essere filantropi senza obbligatoriamente fare donazioni.

L’articolo parla di un personaggio che tutti conosciamo e di cui personalmente nutro una enorme stima, Mr Steve Jobs, il quale ha costruito un impero nel campo dell’informatica e dell’elettronica, ma allo stesso tempo ha costruito quella che noi chiamiamo una impresa sociale.

Di fatto la sua continua ricerca di creare prodotti unici, che possano aiutare le persone nella vita lavorativa e in quella personale, ha fatto si che il “Mondo” diventi più facile da vivere; iPad, iPhone, macbook e via dicendo, strumenti che una volta conosciuti non riesce più a farne a meno.
Ora vi lascio alla piacevole lettura di questo articolo

Steve Jobs, World’s Greatest Philanthropist

HBR.org | Dan Pallotta
A student at one of my talks on the nonprofit sector asked if I could name a for-profit company that was making a difference on the scale that nonprofits do. I said I’d be hard-pressed to name one that wasn’t.

Our youth are growing up with the strange notion that the only way to make a big difference in this world, or to be of service, is to work for a nonprofit organization, or become the next Bill Gates and establish a private foundation, or to start some kind of “social enterprise,” often without any understanding of what that means.

The word philanthropy comes from the Greek philanthropos which comes from philein for “to love” and anthropos for “human being.” Philanthropy means love of humanity.

Which brings me to Steve Jobs.

Shortly after he returned to Apple in 1997 Jobs allegedly ended all of the company’s corporate philanthropy programs to cut expenses until the nearly bankrupt enterprise regained its footing. Some have claimed the programs were never reinstated.

A 2006 Wired article on Jobs, “Great Wealth Does Not Make a Great Man,” reported that even though his wealth was estimated at $3.3 billion, Jobs’s name did not appear on Giving USA’s list of gifts of $5 million or more for the previous four years, nor on another that list showing gifts of $1 million or more. (The article acknowledged that he could have been giving anonymously.)

The article took a cheap shot: “Jobs can’t even get behind causes that would seem to carry deep personal meaning…he is a cancer survivor. But unlike [Lance] Armstrong, Jobs has so far done little publicly to raise money or awareness for the disease.” It went on, “…he’s nothing more than a greedy capitalist who’s amassed an obscene fortune. It’s shameful…[Bill] Gates is much more deserving of Jobs’ rock star exaltation. In the same way, I admire Bono over Mick Jagger, and John Lennon over Elvis, because they spoke up about things bigger than their own celebrity.” Yes, but in part their own celebrity was connected to the things they spoke up about.

In a 1985 Playboy interview, Jobs acknowledged that it takes enormous time to give money away, and stated that, “in order to learn how to do something well, you have to fail sometimes…the problem with most philanthropy-there’s no measurement system.. you can really never measure whether you failed or succeeded…So…it’s really hard to get better.” He added that, “When I have some time, I’m going to start a public foundation.”

In 1986, he did, but closed it after 15 months. According to the man he hired to run it, “He clearly didn’t have the time.” Jobs’s friends told one reporter, “he figures he can do more good by expanding Apple.” And thank God for that.

What a loss to humanity it would have been if Jobs had dedicated the last 25 years of his life to figuring out how to give his billions away, instead of doing what he does best.

We’d still be waiting for a cell phone on which we could actually read e-mail and surf the web. “We” includes students, doctors, nurses, aid workers, charity leaders, social workers, and so on. It helps the blind read text and identify currency. It helps physicians improve their performance and surgeons improve their practice. It even helps charities raise money.

We’d be a decade or more away from the iPad, which has ushered in an era of reading electronically that promises to save a Sherwood Forest worth of trees and all of the energy associated with trucking them around. That’s just the beginning. Doctors are using the iPad to improve healthcare. It’s being used to lessen the symptoms of autism, to improve kids’ creativity, and to revolutionize medical training.

And you can’t say someone else would have developed these things. No one until Jobs did, and the competitive devices that have come since have taken the entirety of their inspiration from his creation.

Without Steve Jobs we’d be years away from a user-friendly mechanism for getting digital music without stealing it, which means we’d still be producing hundreds of millions of CDs with plastic cases.

We would be without Pixar. There’s a sentence with an import inversely correlated to its length.

We would be without the 34,000 full-time jobs Apple has created, just within Apple, not to mention all of the manufacturing jobs it has created for those who would otherwise live in poverty.

We would be without the wealth it has created for millions of Americans who have invested in the company.

We would be without video conferencing for the masses that actually works. Computers that don’t keep crashing. Who can estimate the value of the wasted time that didn’t get wasted?

We would be without a whole new way of thinking. About computers. Leadership. Business. Our very potential.

Last year Change.org wrote of Steve Jobs, “It’s high time the minimalist CEO became a magnanimous philanthropist.”

I’ve got news for you. He has been. What’s important is how we use our time on this earth, not how conspicuously we give our money away. What’s important is the energy and courage we are willing to expend reversing entropy, battling cynicism, suffering and challenging mediocre minds, staring down those who would trample our dreams, taking a stand for magic, and advancing the potential of the human race.

On these scores, the world has no greater philanthropist than Steve Jobs. If ever a man contributed to humanity, here he is. And he has done it while battling cancer.

In a statement today Bono defended Jobs, noting that Apple has been Product (RED’s) “largest contributor to the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria — giving tens of millions.” More important, Bono stated that, “Just because he’s been extremely busy, that doesn’t mean that he [has] not been thinking about these things.” Steve Jobs has traded his time for human progress. Not for personal pleasures. This is not a man who spent his time building homes or custom yachts or who otherwise obsessed with how to spend his billions on himself. And no one would say of him that he ever seemed to have a lot of spare time on his hands.

Werner Erhard used to say that he wanted his gravestone to say, “Burned out.” By all appearances, Jobs has burned out just about every ounce of fuel he was given trying to bring new possibilities into this world. God willing, he has more fuel in reserve. If so, he should expend a little of it on himself. To do more than he has done for humanity already, no human could ever be asked.

Cina: introdotti oltre 3600 talenti stranieri di alto livello

29 agosto 2011 § 1 Commento

Ci tengo ad evidenziare questo articolo, trovato su CRI online, dove possiamo comprendere cosa la Cina, stia facendo.

Le mie domande sono ovviamente provocatorie…
Ma non siamo noi quelli conosciuti per innovazione e tecnologia?
Come mai tutti stanno scappando?
Dove siamo noi oggi?
Dove stiamo andando?
Se ci portano via anche la creatvita’, o meglio le menti creative, cosa ne sara’ del futuro dell’Italia?
Con questo possibile scenario, l’applicazione della lean organization, sara’ sufficiente per essere competitivi?

Vi prego di leggere e attendo vs commenti

Dalla 9ªconferenza cinese sul lavoro degli affari esteri della scienza e tecnologia, tenutasi il 28 agosto a Beijing, è emerso che negli scorsi 5 anni, la Cina ha introdotto oltre 3600 talenti stranieri di alto livello. Questi talenti sono tutti scienziati che si sono impadroniti di tecnologie chiave e hanno sviluppato nuovi settori strategici, e pionieri dell’innovazione e dell’imprenditoria.

Finora la Cina ha costituito 33 centri di ricerca congiunta internazionale di livello statale, 207 basi di cooperazione tecnologica internazionale e 5 parchi dell’innovazione internazionale, e ha ormai formato delle zone pilota di elevamento della capacità di innovazione autonoma con le risorse tecnologiche mondiali, e zone sperimentali di innovazione delle strutture di gestione.

Inoltre la Cina rafforza la cooperazione tecnico-scientifica con i paesi in via di sviluppo, e aiutandoli a sviluppare la scienza e tecnologia, promuove il trasferimento internazionale e l’applicazione della sua tecnologia avanzata e applicata, soddisfacendo le necessità dei paesi in via di sviluppo di elevare la loro capacità tecnico-scientifica.

Dove sono?

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