What´s Your Lifeline for Innovation?

19. August 2009

Hm, I rarely do watch TV, but “Who Wants to be a Millionaire?” is kind of addictive… I came across Stephen´s tweets – and it gives some refreshing input on the show 🙂

by Stephen Shapiro

During dinner the other night, I compared crowdsourcing to the lifelines on “Who Wants to be a Millionaire?”

Imagine you are sitting in the hot seat. The show’s host asks you a question. You are nervous and can’t think straight. You believe you know the answer to the question, but $64,000 is on the line. You are no longer that sure of yourself. You have all of your lifelines. What do you do?

A. Answer the question on your own.
B. Phone a Friend
C. Use the Fifty-Fifty
D. Ask the Audience

Let’s explore each option…
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Finally it all makes sense – or the power of failure

18. August 2009

The last couple of weeks i got more and more interested in identifying the impact of failure and mistakes on the innovation process and how companies manage to handle failure. I came across the Pasta&Vinegar blog entry about Hamel and Prahalad’s point of view:

mind/tech bazar from outer space
Hamel and Prahalad’s take on failures
Generally, I do not read so much of business books but I wanted to have a glance at “Competing for the Future” (Gary Hamel, C. K. Prahalad) because it deals with issues I am interested in: futures and the importance of foresight research. Although the vocabulary is idiosyncratic and turned to a certain category of people (”managers”, “leader”), there are some interesting parts.

More specifically, I was of course curious about how the authors dealt with “failures”, a research topic I came to cherish for a while. Some dog-eared pages excepts below.

First about what constitutes a failure, p.267:

“Verdicts of new product failure rarely distinguish between arrows aimed at the wrong target and arrows that simply fell short of the right target. And because failure is personalized – if the new product or service doesn’t live up to internal expectations it must be somebody’s fault – there is more often a se [From Pasta&Vinegar » Blog Archive » Hamel and Prahalad’s take on failures]

Web 2.0 advanced?

12. March 2009

have a look at this

If you are near a printer check it out and activate your webcam! Then enjoy some nice web design work!


by Florian M. Stieger

Get Out of the Training Business

24. February 2009

Na endlich wieder jemand, der die aktuelle Situation nicht nur als Krise bezeichnet, sondern Brüche und Veränderungen (endlich) auf uns zukommen sieht. Und ja, die Zeiten der internen Trainingsabteilungen sind gezählt, aber das haben wir ja schon öfter festgehalten.

Jay Cross Blog – der Originalartikel

Get Out of the Training Business

by Jay Cross

The dawn of a new age Read the rest of this entry »

Of S.T.A.R.s and Mosquitoes

19. February 2009

Do you have S.T.A.R. moments? This is a entry on one of my favorite presentation & impact blogs – slideology.com.


In our slide:ology training seminars we teach people about S.T.A.R Moments. S.T.A.R. stands for “Something They’ll Always Remember” and S.T.A.R. Moments refer to the memorable moments in a presentation that stick in the minds of your audience long after the presentation is over.

You know, it’s the “I have a dream” phrase in Martin Luther King, Jr.’s famous speech. It’s that “oh, and one more thing” dramatic moment that Steve Jobs incorporates into his memorable keynotes. It’s the thing—repeated phrase, prop, emotional moment, etc.—that they’ll remember from your presentation and be talking about at the water cooler the next day.

In a recent presentation to the TED community, Bill Gates utilized a S.T.A.R. Moment to help his audience identify with people who suffer from the mosquito-spread disease Malaria.

“Now, Malaria is, of course, transmitted by mosquitoes,” said Gates. “I brought some here so you could experience this.” Unscrewing the lid to the mosquito-filled jar, he continued, “We’ll let those roam around the auditorium a little bit. There’s no reason that only poor people should have the experience.”

Bill Gates Releases Mosquitoes at TED 2009

Bill Gates Releases Mosquitoes at TED 2009

It was clear from the nervous laughter and delayed applause that the audience got the message. Bloggers began typing furiously and it was not long before the mainstream press picked the story up and circulated news of how Gates released a ”swarm of mosquitoes.” It was so memorable and powerful that Gates (who did not exactly receive a warm reception the last time he was at TED) was given a standing ovation.

You want to be remembered. You want investors, or a committee, or customers to remember you when it comes time to make a decision. Consider putting a S.T.A.R. Moment into your presentation so that you stand out from the monotonous masses. Perhaps it will be a swarm of mosquitoes. Perhaps it will just be a part of your presentation where you turn off your slides and speak directly to your audience from your heart.

Whatever it is you choose, make sure that it will leave a lasting impression in the minds of your listeners, not their bloodstreams.

Other presentations with S.T.A.R. Moments:
John Doerr (emotional moment)
Jill Bolte Taylor (prop)
Steve Jobs – iPod Nano introduction (theatrical demonstration)

More information about the Duarte and TED connection.

[From Of S.T.A.R.s and Mosquitoes]

by Florian M. Stieger

Microwaves singing X-mas songs

20. December 2008

Most probably they have a little too much time or its suppposed to be a viral marketing video for a microwave company. watch this video . Well done!

posted by Florian M. Stieger