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Atlanta Field Study Photos: Inside NCR, Mercedes-Benz USA, Honeywell, Chick-fil-A, and More

Our 2018 Atlanta Field Study brought over 50 executives together to discuss strategies for cultivating talent and building competitive advantage. We toured the offices of NCR, Honeywell, Comcast NBCUniversal’s The Farm accelerator, Mercedes-Benz USA, and Chick-Fil-A’s “Hatch” Innovation Center. Photos inside…

Live Call Replay: The Right (and Wrong) Ways for Corporates to Engage with Accelerators

Accelerators can help your company get insight into that latest innovations in your field. However, forming a collaborative working relationship is essential. Pano Anthos, managing partner of New York-based retail accelerator XRC Labs, shared best practices for working with accelerators in our most recent live call. Topics included what causes innovation to fail inside of large organizations, the benefits of working with accelerator, and the hallmarks of an innovative culture.

Q&A: What Software Do You Use for Managing Ideas?

In a recent Q&A email, a member of the Innovation Leader community asked the following question: “What software do you use for managing ideas — specifically, dealing with an idea backlog? Why did you choose this software?” See the responses inside…

Lyft COO Jon McNeill Talks Tesla, “Peak Car,” and the Future of Mobility

Lyft’s COO Jon McNeill has spent his career in the mobility industry, scaling both startups and billion dollar companies. McNeill shared his experiences at Innovation Leader’s 2018 Impact event, where he discussed the innovative culture at Tesla, Lyft’s mission, and the future of mobility.

Q&A: What Metrics Do You Track for Your Innovation Center?

We asked the Innovation Leader community: What metrics do you track to prove out the value of your innovation center? Do you have any specific benchmarks regarding increased sales/customer acquisition tied to the space (or insights from your work with clients)? Here are some of their answers…

How $10B Corning Focuses R&D Efforts — and the Four Places Its New Ideas Come From

“We talk about ‘technology push’ versus ‘technology pull,'” says Christie McCarthy of Corning. “You can have a very elegant value proposition built on all the reasons why this product should work. But if the customer doesn’t care, then it doesn’t matter.” Inside, McCarthy explains where the customer fits in as a source of ideas at the $10 billion materials and optics company.

Master Class Replay: Successful Collaboration and Partnerships with Outside Teams

In our most recent Master Class, Bob Klein from our strategic partner, Digital Scientists, explained how best to partner with outside teams, and as well as some of the risks involved. The webcast includes an exploration four different types of partnerships: startup collaborations, staff augmentations, teams for hire, and collaborative teams. The full one-hour webcast replay is inside, along with downloadable slides…

How We’re Building a Culture That Supports Innovation at Chick-fil-A

Imagine if your company joined the ranks of the world’s most innovative companies — companies like Apple, Netflix, or Amazon. It’s possible, writes columnist Leo Chan, but only if you’re able to build a strong culture that supports innovation.

Ideation, Incubation, and Commercialization: How Daimler’s Lab1886 Develops and Rolls Out New Businesses

Daimler AG’s Lab1886 is the organization’s internal innovation hub, with locations in Berlin, Beijing, Silicon Valley, and Atlanta, among other places. The vehicle-maker relies on the lab to help explore trends in mobility, and take ideas from conception to the marketplace. Susanne Hahn, Director of Lab1886 Global, sat down with Innovation Leader to discuss Lab1886, how the company inspires and supports its employees to innovate, and why they chose Atlanta for the lab’s newest addition.

Fidelity Investments CEO Talks Blockchain, VR, and Deflation in Financial Services

At a recent FinTech Sandbox event in Boston, Fidelity CEO Abigail Johnson discussed the history of the company’s innovation unit; some of the organization’s most recent innovations; and its goals for the future. Edited highlights inside…