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Spring 2019 Oracle – 1Mby1M Intrapreneurship Challenge Launches

Posted on Monday, Mar 11th 2019

The Spring 2019 Oracle – 1Mby1M Intrapreneurship Challenge has launched. Open to Oracle employees only who are interested to learn what it takes to be an entrepreneur. Become an Oracle Intrapreneur to take control of your future and accelerate your career. Submit your application found here by April 16, 2019. For a preview of the One Million by One Million program, please register to attend a FREE mentoring roundtable session here. If you are getting excited about applying, please have a look at Sramana’s interview with Paolo Juvara of Oracle Application Labs. Good luck!

Photo credit: Joey Rozier/Flickr.com.

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One Form of Regenerative Energy: The Kaizen Feedback

Posted on Sunday, Dec 9th 2018

By Guest Author Marylene Delbourg-Delphis

We all know about the natural tendency of systems toward their degradation. It’s called entropy. In her new book, Everybody Wants to Love Their Job: Rebuilding Trust and Culture, Marylene Delbourg-Delphis discusses the various ways organizations can fight that entropy, and instead, generate the negative entropy that Nobel laureate Erwin Schrodinger ended up naming “negentropy.” Thwarting entropy ultimately means breeding creative energy within the company non-stop by nurturing an environment that doesn’t inhibit imagination from the get-go and paying attention to all the sources of regenerative energy. What Delbourg-Delphis calls “kaizen feedback” is one of them. >>>

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Innovation and disruption: Forces Turned on and off by human beings

Posted on Sunday, Dec 2nd 2018

By Guest Author Marylene Delbourg-Delphis

In her new book, Everybody Wants to Love Their Job: Rebuilding Trust and CultureMarylene Delbourg-Delphis reflects on the demise and death of once-giants.

Companies either fail or succeed. It’s just a simple truth. There were certainly plenty of causes for the decline and fall of the Roman Empire, but the primary one, according to the famous 18th century historian Edward Gibbon, was the gradual disappearance of its citizens’ civic virtues. Similarly, the main causes of companies’ annihilation could very well be human. Employees have stopped being citizens of their company and fighting for it. They behave. They aren’t causing problems or generating liabilities. They’ve just given up on the idea that their voice matters. >>>

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Hiring for Innovation? Where do people “who have done it before” best fit in?

Posted on Sunday, Nov 25th 2018

By Guest Author Marylene Delbourg-Delphis

In her new book, Everybody Wants to Love Their Job: Rebuilding Trust and Culture, Marylene Delbourg-Delphis draws from her extensive experience as a serial CEO, executive consultant, and board member to assesses the cons and pros of hiring people who “have done it before.”

Clichés have an advantage: they are self-explanatory. But the main drawback of these ready-made phrases is that nobody questions their meaning any longer. >>>

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Companies don’t Innovate, People do… So, Watch how you Hire!

Posted on Saturday, Nov 17th 2018

By Guest Author Marylene Delbourg-Delphis

Almost every company pledges to value innovation, a topic that lends itself to all sorts of grand planning strategies and methodologies as well as lyrical musings. Yet to actually be able to deliver on innovation goals, organizations must often get back to earth, i.e. look closely at the multiple aspects of the management of the company’s human infrastructure, and focus on the most foundational of them: the way we hire. In her new book, Everybody Wants to Love Their Job: Rebuilding Trust and Culture, Marylene Delbourg-Delphis invites executives to pay attention to their company’s recruiting practices—and more specifically to two of the key principles that prepare companies for continuous inventiveness, hiring employees for their potential rather than only their current skills, and hiring people for the company as a whole rather than for a manager.  >>>

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What Makes Startups Creativity Tanks?

Posted on Saturday, Nov 10th 2018

By Guest Author Marylene Delbourg-Delphis

Peter Cappelli, Professor of Management at Wharton School and Director of the Wharton’s Center for Human Resources endorsed Marylene Delbourg-Delphis’ book Everybody Wants to Love Their Job: Rebuilding Trust and Culture, saying “The energizing culture of the start-up world can be imported to even the biggest organizations. A powerful case for bringing the human element back into management.”

Startups are inspirational for many reasons. The “human element” is definitely one of them. >>>

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NetApp Excellerator Startups Awarded Scholarships to the 1Mby1M Virtual Accelerator

Posted on Monday, Oct 29th 2018

The One Million by One Million (1Mby1M) global virtual accelerator is yet another benefit granted to NetApp startups through a partnership between the two companies. For the second time this year, NetApp has awarded six startups one-year scholarships to the 1Mby1M Premium program, offering them the advantages of access to the 1Mby1M online curriculum, weekly online mentoring sessions and an international network of investors, potential customers, channel partners, and more.

The participating startups include:

CloudOptimo – Co-founded by Vaibhav Kamble and Tushar Chakote, CloudOptimo’s platform helps to reduce Total Cost of Ownership (TCO) of a cloud infrastructure up to 80% using Cloud Provider’s excess capacity.

FirstHive – Founded by CEO Aditya Bhamidipaty, FirstHive is a Customer Data Platform that builds Unique Customer Identities by aggregating data from across all sources of customer interactions and customer transactions.

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Thought Leaders in Corporate Innovation: Anita Sands, Board Member of ServiceNow and Symantec (Part 1)

Posted on Tuesday, Jun 19th 2018

In this interview, Anita Sands discusses Corporate Innovation as it pertains to large enterprises experiencing disruptive change as well as some experiencing hyper growth. She has perspective on both, and generously shares her thoughts.

Sramana Mitra: Anita, you have spent the first part of your career being a physicist. That’s a really interesting training ground for someone who went on to be in the innovation ecosystem. Would you actually tell me a few things about your journey as a physicist and how that ties into where you are today in the innovation ecosystem?

Anita Sands: As you rightly said, I started as a physicist. My undergraduate was in Physics and Applied Mathematics. My Ph.D. >>>

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195th 1Mby1M Entrepreneurship Podcast With Anita Sands, Board Member, ServiceNow and Symantec, On Corporate Innovation

Posted on Tuesday, Jun 19th 2018

Anita Sands, Board Director at Symantec and ServiceNow, talks about corporate innovation as it pertains to large enterprises experiencing disruptive change, as well as some experiencing hyper growth. Anita has perspective on both, and generously shares her thoughts.

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5 Thought Leaders Discuss Corporate Innovation in Podcasts

Posted on Monday, Apr 30th 2018

For several years, I’ve been working with some corporate partners that want their whole organization to have at least an opportunity to participate in innovation. Part of this is driven by the fact that today, the words innovation and entrepreneurship are so catchy and so pervasive in corporate societies that part of the job attractiveness is dependent on how much people can participate in different types innovation, incubation, or intrapreneurship programs. Many companies want to provide opportunities for their employees to apply themselves in this direction. If everybody is submitting ideas, however, a process and a framework are needed to collect and vet those ideas. Which ideas get developed further? Which ones get resources? Have a listen to my recent conversations on corporate innovation strategies with the thought leaders of some major corporations shared as 30-minute podcasts.

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