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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…

The marvelous evolution of Man

The story of our early human ancestors is a tangled mess full of unanswered questions. Homo Sapiens evolved about 200-150,000 years ago in Africa. As humans evolved, they became the dominant species, conquering nearly every other on the planet. We invented fire, shaped countries and continents, travelled to the Moon and Mars. We erected monuments and skyscrapers, survived two world wars, the Plague and many epidemics.

This video captures the wondrous evolution of ape to Man that occurred over millions of years.



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