Innovation In Motivation or How We In Business Can Change To Survive The Downturn

25 08 2009

Another timely TED Talk which brings us just in time good information on how to do better. A kind of failing forward momentum on our archaic ideas of motivation in business. Dan Pink shares that “there’s a mismatch between what science knows and what business does.” Like most everything, ideas become outdated. Dan does a great job of discussing how we can make a change from 20th Century ideas on motivation with the carrot and stick method (extrinsic) to Autonomy, Mastery, and Purpose (intrinsic) motivation. In this he shares how a company called Atlassian and another you know better, Google use innovation in how they motivate . Below is a clip on Atlassian’s Core Values, which Dan touches on in the video. In the play as a team portion of the Atlassian video: “Tom Cruise works for Atlassian?”

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Innovation Mark Gonzales and “West Coast” Style

21 08 2009

If you don’t know who Mark Gonzales is, go take a look on wikipedia at some of the innovation that this guy has had for the sport of skateboarding. In this video, his innovation is set to the song “West Coast” by Coconut Records. This is a kind of double innovation thing, innovative music set to a very innovative skateboarder’s moves. Enjoy!

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Innovation Through Perseverence

21 08 2009

Having read a book as a kid about a group that actually went to the North Pole with dog sleds, I was intrigued by this story. Always inspiring, Ted Talks give us insight into all kinds of innovation. In this talk by Ben Saunders on skiing to the North Pole, a journey 10 times more dangerous than Mt. Everest, he shares not only his solo journey and his preparation for that journey. He also has some great advice on motivation by use of mental video clips. On arrival at the North Pole, he called three people from his satellite phone: his mom, his girlfriend, and his sponsor. He got voice mails on all three!This is the ultimate lesson in failing forward. I hope you enjoy.

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Fun Friday!

21 08 2009

Taking a look at what I could share for Fun Friday… WSJ dreary headlines – “Terrorist Who Killed 270 Gets a Hero’s Welcome” Nah…”Attacks Shake Up Afghan Balloting” No Way are we going to be a buzz killer on Friday. So here is a little clip of where we would all like to be on Fun Friday! Enjoy, but make sure you check out the Zoodak post below! That is fun every day…

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Zoodak Innovation Continues – (click on the + to hear the intro.)

20 08 2009

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In the continuing innovation saga of Zoodak, I am more and more impressed by this team! I have watched them since their launch back in June of this year and have been closely following their results. But beyond all of that metrics stuff, Zoodak is just plain fun! If you didn’t see my earlier interview with Jinsoo Park, you might go take a look to get some perspective. In a nutshell, any regular guy or gal can trade like a Wall Street Tycoon. They give you a virtual $100,000 to play with, live stock feeds and a chance to win cash prizes! If you have any interest whatsoever in stock trading, who isn’t somehow at least morbidly interested given where the market has been recently. Kind of like all of the rubber necking you see on the freeway when a couple of cars are mangled.

I did pretty well in June, won a little cash and had an addicting bash! July wasn’t so pretty and if this was real money it would have left a mark! You can see below how I did in July and below that how I’m doing so far in the August Tournament. As you can see, in August, I just pulled out of a nose diving tail spin and hope to recover, learn and have more fun. But that’s not the total story. There is constant innovation going on with this team. There is a social aspect to this platform, where I connect up with friends, and compete with them on both trading as well as analysis of how we all think our favorite stocks will perform or how badly we predict they will do. I even tweet my analysis from right inside Zoodak! Also coming this next month is a feature called ZooStreet, more to follow on that innovation! Keep an eye out on this blog and on Zoodak for interviews of some of the July winners.
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Russ Daniels on Promoting Innovation — Big Think

20 08 2009

Innovation is always, ultimately for some customer.  Whether it’s your 10 year old or that big client, it all comes down to us innovating for someone.  Sometimes it’s innovation for ourselves, but then there you go, you are the customer.

In this short clip from big think,  Russ Daniels, CTO, HP’s Cloud Service Strategy, shares some good points about innovation.  Thinking away from our daily tasks and focusing on improvement for the user.

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What’s In A Name? This is innovation just for fun…

19 08 2009

Here is someone’s innovation that is just plain fun! My name happens to be the same as a really rowdy rugby star from New Zealand and the most famous, sometimes infamous, old-school American tattooing artist. So mine was really interesting, try yours and see what you find out about your name. Here is the link.