Archive for December, 2016

Top 10 Medical Innovations To Be Game Changers in 2017!

December 28, 2016 Cheryl Perkins No Comments » Health and Wellness, Health Care Technology

What are some of the top trends in the health care realm in 2017? Imagine immunotherapy that helps kids beat cancer without chemo, or stents that harmlessly dissolve when their work is done. These are some of the innovations Cleveland Clinic says will enhance healing and change healthcare in the coming year:

Topping the 11th annual list is the harnessing of the microbiome, the gut bacteria swarming in all of us. Recent discoveries have revealed the power of microbes to prevent, diagnose and treat disease. The healthcare industry will soon be pouring resources into addressing the potential for new therapies, diagnostics, probiotics and other products.

Another powerful innovation is cellular immunotherapy, where cells are removed and reprogrammed to fight cancer. The re-engineering illustrates one of the emerging characteristics of medical innovation, according to Dr. Michael Roizen, the Chief Wellness Officer at Cleveland Clinic.

“The combinations that lead to innovation are much more unusual,” he said. “We used to develop a drug to treat a disease. Now, we’re combining devices, drugs and imagination. We’re altering patients’ T cells so that they will attack their cancer cells.”

Check out the Top 10 Medical Innovations of 2017:

Seasons Greetings!

December 23, 2016 Cheryl Perkins No Comments » Innovation Edge, LLC

Are you ready for an ever-changing innovation landscape in the months ahead?  2017 promises to be full of new opportunities to learn from one another.  As our Innovationedge team prepares to reflect on this holiday season, we wish all of you glad tidings and a New Year of big ideas and striving for success!

One of the greatest joys of this season is the opportunity to say thank you and to wish you the very best for the New Year.

Do You Need a Personal Innovation Strategy?

December 18, 2016 Cheryl Perkins No Comments » Innovation

There’s no doubt that our world is changing rapidly, and innovators are striving to stay ahead of the curve. How does one lead in a way that keeps up with change – and anticipate what’s coming?

My friend Robert Tucker has some thoughts about this, in his new article,  Why You Need a Personal Innovation Strategy. Here is a snippet, and I encourage you to head over to Robert’s website to read the entire post:

…As a futurist and innovation coach, what I see happening is that individuals are being disrupted because their organizations are being disrupted. Hewlett Packard is laying off another 30,000 workers, as it copes with product commoditization and cloud computing. Publishing giant Pearson is cutting 4000 editorial staffers as it attempts to tackle a “storm” in the markets it serves. Such statistics are mere abstractions unless you witness your good friend Joe in Boston coping with sudden dislocation after being shown the door in the latest round of layoffs. Then it becomes real.

The challenge is to avoid personal obsolescence, and to thrive amidst the churn. And that’s why I believe in developing a Personal Innovation Strategy — a written out game plan to keep you on course and adding value no matter what’s going on in your life right now.
Here are four key components to building one:

1. Invest in your future every day. A Personal Innovation Strategy is a well thought out set of goals, habits, and daily actions that insure your relevance over time. Set both short and longer-term goals. Make it a point to learn something new every day. Ask questions, and take notes. Every day take at least fifteen minutes to “think ahead of the curve” and to strategize and invest time in contemplating your future. Ready yourself to assume new responsibilities, either in your present position or within an entirely new context. Build skills: communication skills, social skills, writing skills, functional skills. Volunteer. Say yes when asked to be on a new project team. Be willing to experiment and try new things. Always be thinking about finding your next opportunity. Develop your Innovation Skills (see below) because this set of skills puts you on the path to becoming more and more difficult to replace. Invest in your future every day.

2. Identify where you are and where you want to go. If you’re serious about taking control of your life, start by visualizing and fantasizing into the future as you most want it to be. Let your imagination go. How do you want life to work for you? What’s the view over the breakfast table? Sketch out a portrait of your life on a day in the future five and ten years out. Ask yourself: how is what you are doing in your job and in your life today helping you create the future as you most want it to be?

Read the other two points here.


Watered-Down Gym?

December 13, 2016 Cheryl Perkins No Comments » Cool Inventions and gadgets, Cool videos

Here’s an innovative transportation idea from France that employs fancy footwork in a team concept: The Human Powered Gym. It’s a floating gym on water. The idea comes from Carlo Ratti Associati, showing the world how human energy can power vehicles in the future.

The 65-foot floating gym would be powered only by its occupants, and could travel up and down the Seine:


Have you jumped on the blockchain wagon?

December 10, 2016 Cheryl Perkins No Comments » Biotechnology

wikicommons free photoWhat is blockchain, you may ask? A blockchain is a data structure that makes it possible to create a digital ledger of transactions and share it among a distributed network of computers. It uses cryptography to allow each participant on the network to manipulate the ledger in a secure way without the need for a central authority.

Here is what the Wall Street Journal has to say about this emerging technology:

Known by many as the technology underpinning the bitcoin digital currency, blockchain has acquired a new identity in the enterprise. At a time when companies face new challenges in data management and security, it’s emerging as a way to let companies make and verify transactions on a network instantaneously without a central authority. Today, more than 40 top financial institutions and a growing number of firms across industries are experimenting with distributed ledger technology as a secure and transparent way to digitally track the ownership of assets, a move that could speed up transactions and cut costs while lowering the risk of fraud. Some companies see an opportunity to use blockchain to track the movement of assets throughout their supply chains or electronically initiate and enforce contracts.

Blockchain remains in the experimental phase inside many large firms and there are few tested use cases, experts and analysts caution.   Source

Here’s an interesting factor in blockchain technology: Mobile Phone devices are empowering the growth and adaptation of the new so-called “second computer age.”

Today, more knowledge and media can be stored on a hard drive the size of an iPhone6, than could be stored on 20,000 Compaq Deskpros from 1996 — taking up enough space to fill a 3,000 sq. ft. home. Knowledge can be copied and stored for fractions of a cent, making it possible for every person on earth to have a copy of all their favourite movies, books and songs.  Source

Virtual reality glasses – made for cycling

December 7, 2016 Cheryl Perkins No Comments » Cool Inventions and gadgets

With safety and coolness in mind, a company called Everysight is developing GPS-enabled “Raptor” smart glasses, designed for cyclists looking for data like speed, distance, heart rate, time, and turn-by-turn navigation in their line of sight.

The glasses feature voice control and an interface that allows cyclists to use swipe gestures to turn on features without having to take their eyes off the road or their hands off the handlebars:

You’ll want to check out this interview on the glasses over at Mashable.

The Raptor glasses aren’t available yet—the company just launched a pilot program for serious (12 times a month) cyclists.

Leading Change: How HFM Shaped and Hardwired a New innovative Culture


Free webinar

I’ve teamed up once again with Management Roundtable Inc., to offer an incredible free webcast detailing how one health care network completely reshaped its culture to become more innovative.

Healthcare is in a seismic transition period, changing from a volume-based to a value-based system of care.  In order to create more value and secure their network’s future viability, Holy Family Memorial health network (Manitowoc, WI) knew significant changes to its culture were necessary.

register-now-button-hiRecognizing they needed to become more innovative and achievement-oriented meant a strong and deliberate organization-wide focus. As leaders of this effort, Mary Maurer and Laura Fielding were responsible for both shaping and hardwiring a culture of innovation and growth.

Join us online Thursday, January 26, 2017, starting at 11 a.m. Eastern Time, 8 a.m. Pacific, for this free, interactive event.

screen-shot-2016-12-04-at-7-30-14-pmHFM will share:

1)      How and why HFM began its deliberate journey toward a culture of inspired caring and innovation.

2)      Specific culture shaping tactics for leaders, employees, and physicians.

3)      How they hardwired the “HFM way” (innovation) into the HFM culture.

4)      HFM’s journey results achieved.

This is an excellent opportunity for innovation leaders and teams to attend together, ask questions, and gain insight to help create a new, sustainable innovation culture in their own organizations!

Joining me will be Mary C. Maurer, Vice President of Community Engagement and Chief Innovation Officer at Holy Family Memorial, and Laura Fielding, HFM’a Vice President of Organizational Engagement/Chief Administrative Office.


Black Friday, Cyber Monday figures are stunning

December 3, 2016 Cheryl Perkins No Comments » Trends

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The figures from Black Friday and Cyber Monday 2016 are in, and overall the numbers are good.

Black Friday shoppers boosted a new sales record of $3.34 billion. Shoppers also continued to track retailers’ Cyber Monday discounts, and the result is another record-breaking high number of sales and dollars spent.

Sales on Cyber Monday increased more than 12 percent over the last year, to $3.45 billion, according to Adobe Digital Insights, whose data measures 80 percent of all online transactions from the top 100 U.S. retailers.

As you might imagine, Amazon did quite well. But also the larger bricks-and-mortar chains outperformed, growing their online sales about 2 ½ times the rate of smaller retailers, Adobe’s data shows retailers including Kohl’s, Wal-Mart, Target and Amazon have set several online records this year.
But much of this year’s selling season is ahead for retailers, as fewer people reported completing their shopping over Black Friday weekend. In all, the National Retail Federation expects sales in November and December to rise nearly four percent, to $655.8 billion.

More facts and figures here.