Join us at The Lodge at Pebble Beach for our annual conference, Buzzwords 2019. We'll get you up to speed with all of the newfangled terminology you'll be hearing this year, from "A.I." to "diversity" to "customer insights" to "satellite dishes." And speaking of dishes... after 90 minutes of content in the morning, we'll adjourn to a lavish lunch. Following that: 18 holes of world-class golf, a whiskey tasting, then an awards gala dinner. Who will win the coveted "Buzzword Slinger of the Year"?
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Inside the New "28 Percent Time" Policy at QRN Global
Google is famous for giving employees the opportunity to use 20 percent of their week on side projects that aren't directly tied to their jobs. "That may work for Google," says QRN Global CEO Greg MacDonald, "but our employees are incredibly busy during the workweek. They attend meetings, they create slide decks for future meetings, and they fight fires that erupted while they were in meetings." QRN's new 28 percent time policy "is 8 percent better than Google's," MacDonald says. "We give employees two full days to develop concepts that could help QRN in some way. Those days are Saturday and Sunday."
Board Member's Disruptive Idea Will Let Anyone Summon a Yacht
Board member Clifford Vanderbeek pitched an intriguing and "disruptive" idea at the January board meeting of Consolidated Industries: what if you could use your fax machine to summon a megayacht, and that megayacht would show up at the dock of your Southampton estate in less than 30 minutes? The idea was fast-tracked, and Consolidated's New Ventures team is now hard at work building that innovative yacht request system, code-named "Yuber." Fares will start at $25,000, but will include unlimited gin-and-tonics. Consolidated plans to launch the new service by June 1st, when Vanderbeek and his wife typically decamp for the Hamptons.
CIO Earns Promotion: The "I" Stands for Infinite Responsibilities
Chief Information Officer Shelley Stevens of Best-Selling Brands, Inc. is getting a host of new responsibilities, the St. Louis company announced this week. Stevens will now be the company's Chief Information, Innovation, Insights & Inspiration Officer. "I'm humbled by my newly-expanded role," Stevens told Innovation Laggard. "My mission for 2019 is pretty simple: upgrade our technology infrastructure, change the corporate culture, launch an idea challenge, deliver an analytics strategy that leverages artificial intelligence, and also experiment with new business models that will really 'change the game' for our company."
Personal Tech Review: The New BlackBerry 9890, Now with Xhosa
Our reviewer got her hands on the radical new BlackBerry 9890, a compact, handheld device that can make telephone calls, send electronic mail, and surf on the World-Wide Web. Incredible, right? Well, they've gone one better with the radical new 9890 model, adding 36 more Tic-Tac-sized keys. If you ever encounter the need to type in Turkish, Ancient or Modern Greek, Xhosa, Chamicuro, or Kaixana, you'll now find every character and accent mark you need to say, "Let's meet up for drinks and potato skins at Bennigan's."
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ABOUT US: Innovation Laggard is a website dedicated to reinforcing the status quo in large, multi-national organizations. We aim to help them maintain their denial about changing customer preferences, emerging technology trends, and new ways of working. Our offerings include this website, as well as regular in-person gatherings that allow executives at large organizations to reinforce each another's deep-seated thinking about how their company is well-protected from disruption. Innovation Laggard was launched on April 1, 2019, and is updated annually each April 1st to keep up with the latest trends in corporate myopia.
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