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The Five Characteristics of Successful Innovators

There is not much agreement about what makes an idea innovative, and what makes an innovative idea valuable. For example, discussions on whether the internet is a better invention than the wheel are more likely to reveal personal preferences than logical argumentation. Likewise, experts disagree on the type and level of innovation that is most beneficial for organizations. Somestudiessuggest that radical innovation (which does sound sexy) confers sustainable competitive advantages, butothersshow that “mild” innovation – think iPhone 5 rather than the original iPhone – is generally more effective, not least because it reduces market uncertainty. There is also inconclusive evidence on whether we should pay attention to consumers’ views, with somestudiesshowing that a customer focus is detrimental for innovation because it equates to playing catch-up, butothersarguing for it. Even Henry Ford’s famous quote on the subject – “if I had asked people what they wanted, they would have said fast…

10 Cool Offices You'll Wish Were Yours

 To grab the best and brightest talent, companies are paying more attention than ever before to the environment created by their–increasingly creative–work spaces.
It’s a smart move–most professionals spend more hours at the office each week than they do at home, and an office the allows for events, brainstorming, relaxation, and team-building can up productivity and anchorage employees to come to the office each day instead of telecommuting.
Each year, Glassdoor combs through thousands of photos shared on its website and apps to identify ten truly innovative and welcoming spaces at companies across the country.
A number of the offices represented here are from the tech sector, where a creative, driven, and nonconformist culture–coupled often with healthy profits–has made offices outfitted with ping pong tables, bean bag chairs, and “huddle rooms” an industry norm. But it’s no longer just app designers who can kick back in a campground-themed meeting area–this year’s list includes companies from a number of other industries as well.
Here are this year’s 10 Cool Office Spaces:
1) Quicken Loans
At the Detroit-based retail mortgage provider, a one-time bank vault now serves as a seriously ornate meeting room.
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2) TOMS
Tired of waiting for the elevator? This slide helps employees in TOMS Playa del Rey, California office move between floors twice as fast!
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3) Square
Talk about multitasking: At San Francisco-based mobile payments company Square, robots allow employees to move around the office even while they’re still at their desks.
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4) AOL
At AOL’s office in Dulles, Virginia, the brightly-colored furniture also fits into the walls, creating even more floor space.
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5) Citrix
At Citrix’s Santa Clara, California office, this “server room” is actually a place for designers to take a quiet break in soothing light.
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6) Heineken
At Heineken’s US office it’s not just 5 o’clock somewhere–it’s 5 o’clock here. This full-service, in-office bar allows employees to have a cold one at work.
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7) Red Frog Events
Chicago-based Red Frog Events’ office features this outdoor-themed meeting space, complete with mini-camper and rocking chairs.
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8) Red Ventures
Nope–that’s not a resort, it’s the office campus at Red Ventures. In addition to the fire bits the space also features bocce ball courts and a putting green.
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9) Pixar
This giant desk lamp outside the company’s headquarters not only evokes Pixar’s beloved films–it lights up at night!
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10) Riot Games
Whenever employees at Los Angeles-based Riot Games need a quick break, they’re free to game away.
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source: forbes

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