Posts Tagged ‘Tim Kastelle’

Great readings this week

18 de Dezembro de 2010

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10 Open Innovation Questions for SME’s by Stefan Lindegaard

As a follow-up to my slightly provocative blog post, Why Open Innovation is Not for Small Companies, I have begun looking further into the interesting topic on how small companies can innovate with others

How Ideas Take Flight Fred Sheahan

I love this video lecture from Stanford’s Entrepreneurship Corner. Within it, Jennifer Aaker (Twitter: @aaker) explores the importance of happiness, meaning, and story in successful and powerful social media campaigns. I highly recommend spending an hour of your time on this topic; it’s immensely applicable to any business, education, and nonprofit organization with a need to leverage activism and outreach in a networked world.

 

The Path to Outcome-Driven Innovation by Bryan Mahoney

Innovation does not often come along on its own. As Hemingway might have said, there is no one rule to innovating. Sometimes it comes easily and perfectly; sometimes it’s like drilling through rock and blasting it out with charges.

 

Which Ideas Are the Good Ones? By Tim Kastelle

The New York Times has just published The 10th Annual Year in Ideas. As part of this, they asked Tyler Cowen to comment on the previous reviews. He noted this quote from the introduction to the piece:

 

Who’s Really Innovative? By Gary Hamel

If you were compiling a list of the world’s most innovative companies, which businesses would top your list? No one would be surprised if you picked Google, Apple or Amazon, but what about Wal-Mart? (Huh?) Or PG&E (a utility, for crying out loud)? Surely there must be some mistake! Or how ‘bout the Chinese data equipment maker Huawei (umm, who are they)? While a few of these companies might not have made it onto your top 10 list, all of them were featured in Fast Company’s 2010 ranking of innovation all-stars.

 

Leadership vs Management: Tale of the tape by Jorge Barba

After seeing Scott Berkun’s post on innovation vs usability in numbers, I decided to do my own search on Google’s Ngram Viewer and compared four words: innovation, creativity, management and leadership. Graph below or click through to page:

 

Innovation-Inspiring Prizes by Andrea Meyer

Point: Use open innovation challenges and prizes to inspire solutions, participation and collaboration from employees, partners and customers

 

What’s remarkable about innovation by Jeffrey Phillips

Like many of you I participate in the social media world.  That world has opened up new relationships and new sources of information for me that were completely unexpected.  I’ve learned a lot from individuals on Twitter and Facebook and Linkedin, and I’ve become a real believer in the use of social media to support innovation.

 

In Pursuit of the Perfect Brainstorm by David Segal via Ralph-Ohr

Last month, in a small room on the fifth floor of a high-rise building in San Mateo, Calif., three men sat around a table, thinking. The place was wallpapered with Post-it notes, in a riot of colors, plus column after column of index cards pinned to foam boards. Some of the cards had phrases like “space maximizers” or “stuff trackers” written on them.

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Great readings this week!

5 de Dezembro de 2010

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Innovate By Hacking Capabilities by Saul Kaplan

Capabilities are the amino acids of innovation.  They are the building blocks that enable value delivery.  Innovation is a better way to deliver value and is often the result of repurposing existing capabilities.

 

Harnessing Ignorance to Spark Creativity by Bob Sutton via Ralph-Ohr

I just got an email from a writer who was checking to see if I had argued — in a talk long ago — that true innovations come from people who ignore customers.

Passion and Wisdom by John Hagel

Passion and wisdom. Youth and age.  Most of us would say that these are two ends of the spectrum.  Many say that one can either be passionate or wise, but not both.  Passion typically prevails in one’s youth while wisdom gains prominence with age and experience.

 

The Opposition Strategy by Jorge Barba

One great way to stand out and differentiate is to do the opposite of what everyone else is doing. An opposition strategy is usually the result of challenging long held assumptions of how things are done, this is the domain of us ‘crazies’ who question authority.

 

The Role of Strategy by Tim Kastelle

There is a terrific quote in Creative Disruption by Simon Waldman about strategy. It is from Markus Reckling, the Managing Director of Corporate Development for Deutsche Post – here’s the quote plus Waldman’s interpretation:

 

This Is Your Brain on Metaphors by ROBERT SAPOLSKY via Riita Raesmaa

Despite rumors to the contrary, there are many ways in which the human brain isn’t all that fancy. Let’s compare it to the nervous system of a fruit fly. Both are made up of cells, of course, with neurons playing particularly important roles.

Great Advice on Open Innovation from Intuit by Stefan Lindegaard

A few weeks back, I wrote a blog post, From Archer to Magnet: A Good Goal for Open Innovation, which was based on a recent meeting with Jan Bosch, VP of Open Innovation at Intuit.

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Great readings this week!

27 de Novembro de 2010

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Making Room for Reflection Is a Strategic Imperative by Umair Haque via @ralph_ohr

Business is, above all, busy. And maybe it’s too busy.

Let’s face it. Most of us spend most of our time chasing the immediate reward, the short-run “objective,” the near-term “goal — in short, the expedient and the convenient.

Innovation – Doing the Impossible with No Resources by Jeffrey Phillips

During this most recent downturn, but similarly to other downturns, at least while I’ve been in the workforce, is the concept of “doing more with less” – that is, wringing more output or benefits out of the same, or often even less, inputs and resources

Currency of 21st Century Business? Connections by Deb Mills-Scofield

Sitting behind me at BIF-6 was this nice, unassuming guy.  We struck up a conversation.  As a result, a wonderful friendship has developed (which is easy to do at BIF). This guy was Michael Lee Stallard.

The Mindset and Key Skills Needed for Successful Innovation by Stefan Lindegaard

In my talks, I like to get into discussions on why we need to update our mindset and key skills in order to become successful at innovation. Below, I have given a couple of reasons as well as some suggestions on the key skills we need to develop.

Is Innovation Expensive? By Paul Sloane

How can companies afford to allocate scarce resources to innovation in these unprecedented times. When every extraneous expenditure is cut back to preserve cash flow how can it be justified to lavish money on

 

The Innovation Matrix: People or Tools? By Tim Kastelle

I had lunch last week with some managers from a company that is trying to improve their innovation performance. They kept asking me what tools should they be using to do this? Is there software that will help, or a process, or some other tool? I had to explain that there are a lot of tools available, but that first you have to figure out your innovation strengths and weaknesses.

The Two Dimensions of Market Orientation by Ralph Christian Ohr

Recently, I was reading an interesting HBR article, named: “Meeting the Apple Game of Customer Perception” by Ndubuisi Ekekwe.

The key paragraphs for me were:

How Are You Smart for Innovation Era? By Ellen Weber

The new innovation era builds on different talents – those overlooked by exclusive practices that limit  wealth for grabbers at the top.

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Great readings this week

13 de Novembro de 2010

 

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 Why Open Innovation is Not for Small Companies  by Stefan Lindegaard

It is difficult to find good cases on how smaller companies have engaged with open innovation. It is also difficult to give strong advice on how such companies should engage with open innovation.

Open Innovation’s Challenge: Letting Go Is Hard To Do by Joel West

Open-source software provides an important example of how companies can leverage external sources of innovation. In practice, however, big high-tech companies often have a difficult time collaborating and sharing control.

Staying Innovative While Growing by Tim Kastelle

Google Australia lost two key people over the past couple of weeks – Lars Rasmussen, one of the developers of Google Maps and Google Wave, and Kate Vale, their first employee in Australia. It seems like the main motivation in both cases was the possibly premature death of Wave, but Vale made some comments that are instructive:

by Ralph-Christian Ohr

About one year ago, I started engaging in discussions on ‘innovation’ via Twitter. As a physicist, used to work in product/innovation management for technology-based companies, my understanding of innovation was: creating value for the customer by leveraging technology development.

 

 Is innovation a matter of will? By Jorge Barba

Most of the discussion around innovation revolves around strategies, tactics and the abilities organizations need to develop to do so, but not much is said about an organizations starting point: purpose.

Using design thinking to improve a homelessness service by

Peter Gadsdon

The Housing Option Centre in Lewisham is the council’s front facing service providing support and advice for people dealing with homelessness across the borough. The service works alongside SHIP which works specifically with homelessness amongst single people. In both cases, we are dealing with customers in difficult high stress situations who either have nowhere to live or are worried that they might become homeless.

160yr old “start-up” by Deborah Mills-Scofield

160yr old privately family held old-line industry packaging company innovates their business model, management’s role, the value chain and becomes a recognized market leader and cool place to work.

What can media companies learn from “open innovation”? by Rob O’Regan

The practice of “open innovation” involves using a variety of resources – customers, competitors, partners,  employees or even (gasp) academics – to divine new ways to grow your business, particularly through the licensing or use of technology.

Thinking About Open Design by Roland Harwood and David Simoes-Brown

 “Open-source software is one thing, but would you fly in an open-source aircraft?”

This question was posed late last year at a gathering of senior design professionals in London. It was couched as a counterargument to the rise of open design and such companies as 99 designs and Quirky that offer low-cost, crowd-sourced design

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Great readings and videos this week

30 de Outubro de 2010

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Does Your Culture Support Innovation? By  Holly Green

There’s a lot of people talking about innovation these days, myself included.

The good news is that business leaders seem to be sitting up and taking notice of this important subject. The bad news is that once a topic becomes popular in the media, people have a tendency to see it as the next “management flavor of the month.” In other words, they perceive it as a quick fix solution rather than a long-term change in the way they do business.

Innovation: It’s All About Relationships by Deb Mills-Scofield

I spoke with John Bartolone, Director of Open Innovation for Unilever ‘s Skin & Hair Care division the other day. Unilever is known for brands like Lipton, Slim-Fast, Ben & Jerry’s, Dove, Pond’s Lifebuoy and Axe (any of us with teenage boys knows this one!).

 

How Do You Know When to Jump? By Tim Kastelle

We keep hearing that the whole point of strategy is build a sustainable competitive advantage. This makes some sense, up to a point. The problem though is that the skills and routines that help us build one can also constrain us, and prevent us from responding to a changing environment.

 

5 Ways To Improve Your Innovation Pipeline by Rowen Gibson via @ralph_ohr

How healthy is your company’s innovation pipeline? Is it already operating at peak performance, helping you pump out a torrent of new growth opportunities across product, market, and industry spaces? Or would it be fairer to say that there is still room for improvement?

How to change people’s behavior by tweaking the environment by Jorge Barba

The interesting discussion we had about innovation being a matter of age brought up a lot of insights, one in particular was that to breed innovation an environment is more important than the age of the innovator.

Five Types of People That Kill Innovation by Stefan Lindegaard

Who are the people that kill innovation in corporate organizations? Here is my take on five types. Let me know what you think and what you can you add.

The 5 BEST Personal Growth Videos EVER by FinerMinds Team

One-Minute Life…Enthusiasm Unleashed

 

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10.10.10 and 01.01.01 Good readings !!

10 de Outubro de 2010

In 01/01/2001

Welcome to the 2001 Weblog Awards™. I’m Nikolai Nolan, and I’ll be your host for this month.

The Bloggies ™ are publicly-chosen Weblog Awards Given to Those related to writers and weblogs in 30 categories. And not much more introduction is necessary. Here are the rules:

 

Best article or essay about weblogs

What the Hell Is a Weblog? And why leave me alone Will not They? By Derek M. Powazek

I fell in love with the web to long time in August It entered my bloodstream Like a virus, took root, and changed my life forever. And, Almost Immediately, the virus spread to HAD.

I made piles of homepages, the oldest of Which are lost forever in the digital ether. I did my college thesis online. I got a job in the biz. I started with lofty goals vague projects like “doing it right.” I cared too much.

And You Can read today 10/10/10:

Modernizers, preservationists and Innovation by Tim Kastelle

Adam Thierer wrote a terrific post today exploring his theme optimists and pessimists major ongoing Comparing Internet. Has he written a very interesting series of posts Assessing the arguments of the pessimists That Think That the impact of the Internet on society is Generally bad (eg Nick Carr, Andrew Keen, Jaron Lanier), and the optimists think That That the Internet is transformational , and positive (eg, Clay Shirky, Kevin Kelly, all the guys Cluetrain Manifesto).

How to fight the confirmation bias by Jorge Barba

Aha! you got an idea and you want to add the research to know if you’re idea has wings. You set up google alerts, hashtags on twitter about related topics, follow people in the know, join related groups on Linkedin, etc.. .. You know the drill!

The future of open innovation by Oliver Gassmann, Ellen Enkel & Henry Chesbrough via @ ralph_ohr

Institutional openness is becoming Increasingly popular in practice and academia: open innovation, open R & D, and open business models. This special issue builds on the concepts, underlying Assumptions and Implications discussed in two previous R & D Management Special Issue (2006, 2009).

The Power Of Storytelling by chrisbrogan via @ Ariegoldshlager

Storytelling is the most powerful way to put ideas into the world today.
-Robert McKee

Innovation by Measure Outcomes Saul Kaplan

If Boston, NYC, San Francisco and are the top three U.S. cities of Their Economic why innovation, education, health care, energy systems and produce the results the Same Poor cities around the rest of the country?

Return on Failure: The Equation by Deb Mills-Scofield

What is failure? When things go According to the plan or not expectations, ending up with unexpected and / or undesired outcomes (Which We Can argue Could Have Been avoidable, or not). The key is ‘undesired’ – because if They Were not desired or expected and planned, That would still be great! But the Will we see, failure is a terrific way to learn. Maybe We Could measure the Return on Learning Failure: ROF.

 

What makes a great-capable Innovation Culture? By Drew CM

The part of Our ongoing research into how Organizations are building innovation-capable cultures, Primed Associates is conducting a new survey on the drivers of innovation culture. This survey Will Assess the current state of an organization’s support for processes, systems and behaviors That Influence ITS culture of innovation.

Mood and the Impact of Memorable Experiences by Mike Brown

Yesterday’s video with innovation gurus Stone Payton and Todd Schnick was shot last Wednesday night at # InnobeerATL to get together planned for the original # Innochat innovation guys along with friends from Atlanta and some of the AMA Marketing Research Conference and social media team.

Great readings this week

3 de Outubro de 2010

 

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HR’s Strategic Role in Innovation by Deb Mills-Scofield

Historically, HR has not played a very strategic role in innovation.  This needs to change.  HR needs to support the culture change to enable innovation; and the upcoming generation isn’t going to settle for an ‘administrative-only’ role.

On happiness and value innovation by JORGE BARBA

I’ve been thinking about and pounding you in this blog with the idea of not wasting people’s time (also see here). I found out two things today, one is that I’m not the only one thinking about it and second that recent research says that in order for people to be happy we like to spend a certain amount of time on some activities.

Why smaller companies should embrace open innovation by Stefan Lindegaard

 Open innovation at small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) presents both great opportunities and great challenges. Forming open innovation relationships can give a growing enterprise access to resources that might normally are beyond their reach with the potential for greatly speeding up time to market.

How to Improve Your Innovation Metrics by Tim Kastelle

We’ve written a few posts criticising some of the more common innovation metrics in use, so I thought it would be smart to outline some ways that we can actually develop more effective metrics. Here’s a story that might help:

There Is Texting For Business, Texting For Emergency, Texting For Health, Texting For Love And Texting For Seduction. We Have Yet To Understand The Effects Of Excessive Texting Impacting Our Communications And Realtionships by Idris Mootee

San Francisco weather is perfect this week, yes unusual for late Sept. Exhausted but a lot of things get done. Will be spending a lot of time here.

 

Reducing Workplace Toxins with Novelty that Transforms by Ellen Weber

We now know the brain lights to novelty in refreshing ways – not a bad recipe for cutting edge advances at work. We also see servers and software equipped with interactive programs that  engage more talent in teams. Imagine this merger of  brain-compatible research and user-friendly technology, as the quintessential tool to rescue workplaces trapped in rigid ruts.

Spend time with people who challenge your thinking by Paul Sloane

‘You are the average of the five people that you spend the most time with,’ says author Richard Koch. While this statement is not to be taken literally or mathematically it plainly contains a disturbingly large grain of truth. For most of us the people we choose to associate with reflect ourselves, our values, our backgrounds, our attitudes and our behaviours.

Do You Have a Complexity Complex? by Holly G. Green

Are you overwhelmed by how fast the world moves these days? Does it seem like everything is getting more complicated? Do you sometimes feel like you might be out of your league when it comes to leading an organization in today’s chaotic markets?

 

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Another Selection of good readings – M version

12 de Setembro de 2010

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The Power of Co-Creation by Terry Kosdrosky via @ariegoldshlager

A Q&A with marketing professor Venkat Ramaswamy.

The traditional goods-and-services model of business is getting a makeover. Shoe companies, fashion houses — even cement companies — increasingly are engaged with customers, suppliers, and other stakeholders in a quest to co-create value.

 

Prepare for the unexpected by Jorge Barba

Imagine that you are a pilot and you have to fly through a 5 mile canyon upside down. It’s actually kind of hard to imagine because it’s not something you’re trained to do but it’s something that could happen in a real life situation.

 

Innovation and Porter’s Value Chain by Jeffrey Phillips via @ralph_ohr

I’m reviewing the relationship between a number of tried and true strategic management models and innovation, to see if those models and concepts hold up under the increasing importance of innovation.

 

Great Quotes on Open Innovation by Psion by Stefan Lindegaard

I just went through the tweets from our recent Twitter Chat with the executives from Psion and I found some great quotes worth sharing.

Seek Conflicting Views to Improve Innovation by Tim Kastelle

Innovation occurs when we creatively connect ideas in new and novel ways. If we are trying to differentiate ourselves, or our organisation, we need to be able to do this well. One way to approach this is to consciously seek out viewpoints and information that we normally wouldn’t encounter, or which conflict with our normal world view.

There Is One Thing That Is In Common Between Apple And China. Both Are Unstoppable And Locomotives Of Innovation For The Future. By Idris Mootee

It is so fascinating that everywhere I go in China this week, people are trying to sell me the Chinese versions of iPhone, iPad and other iThings that Apple has yet invented.

Sex and Smart Phones by Dan Ariely

Popular online dating site OkCupid recently released some numbers users reported regarding their sex lives. One interesting correlation was between smart phone usage and number of sexual partners. As you see below, women iPhone users (at the age of 30) report having had 12.3 sexual partners, over twice as many as women Android users. Male smart phone users show a similar jump: from 6.0 sexual partners on Android to 10 on the iPhone. Blackberry users fall almost exactly in the middle.

Bad Is Stronger Than Good: Why Good Bosses Eliminate the Negative First by Bob Sutton

Of all the tunes in the Johnny Mercer songbook, the most generally beloved must be “Accentuate the Positive” — whether your favorite cover is Bing Crosby’s, Willie Nelson’s, or someone else’s.

Stories Can Change the World by Saul  Kaplan

“Facts are facts, but stories are who we are, how we learn, and what it all means.”  My friend Alan Webber, Co-founder of Fast Company and author of Rules of Thumb, has it exactly right. 

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“A Great Source of Inspiration” – Some readings this week!

28 de Agosto de 2010

What do you think about this…?

 

Dissonant Design by Stuart Hogue

In the Upper East and West Sides, the West Village, and Brooklyn Heights – some of the New York City neighborhoods where well-off new parents reside – Bugaboo strollers are pervasive

Are You Innovation Ready? by Soumitra Dutta via Ralph-Ohr

Collaborative innovation will be key for success in the future. Corporate leaders realise that they need to work collaboratively with their business partners, customers and governments to innovate successfully for the future. Innovation ecosystems that span across public and private sectors and extend to include citizens and societies have to be formed. Collaborative innovation is the name of the game for future success.

Changing the rules of innovation by radically innovating what things mean by Roberto Verganti

The etymology of the word design goes back to the Latin ‘designare’ which means to designate, to give meaning to things… Design is not about styling. It’s not about technology. It’s about radical change in meaning. These are things that people were not asking for, but when they saw them, they fell in love.

Three Ways to Fail at Innovation by Tim Kastelle

Three blog posts that caught my eye this week demonstrate three different ways that you can fail at innovation:

  • Ignore the small innovations: James Todhunter wrote an excellent post yesterday defending thinking about improvements as innovation. You should read the whole post, but here is a highlight:

 

The Innovation gap between Executives and their teams by Jeffrey Phillips

It strikes me regularly that senior executives of many firms underestimate the insights and abilities of their companies.  I guess that many of us grow up with a backward-looking preference.

 

Interactions: A Great Source of Inspiration for Thought Leaders by Stefan Lindegaard

Your blog is up and running and you are so ready to share your thoughts and ideas with others. The first blog posts come out nicely as you can simply tap into your notes and mental drawer and write about issues that you have been wondering about for a long time.

 

In Innovation, Culture Trumps! Learnings from P&G by Deb Mills-Scofield

Quick – what company do you think of when you hear “Open Innovation”? Many think of P&G – they were, and are, at the forefront of Open Innovation (OI) and the results are now case studies at business schools around the world and benchmarks for many.

Innovating your business model by Jorge Barba

Competition in industries is essentially competition between business models. A recent  tweet by @TimKastelle which led to a post about the evolution of the business model concept reminded me of a great creative exercise to help you look at your and other industries dominant business model as a lego kit, which when broken apart can be reconnected like building blocks to create new types of business concepts.

Six Keys to Being Excellent at Anything by Tony Schwartz

I’ve been playing tennis for nearly five decades. I love the game and I hit the ball well, but I’m far from the player I wish I were.

Are you looking for some great readings? You just found it!

21 de Agosto de 2010

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Who is an Ethnographer? by Idris Mootee

Ethnography is hot. Many are quick to claim that they do ethnography by observing people. It is like saying anyone who drives a taxi in NY is a screenwriter. Or anyone who knows how to operate a camera can be a photojournalist

Apple iPad and Google Buzz: Harsh Reality of Innovation by Hutch Carpenter

Nothing like putting your heart and soul in an innovation, and then getting this:

Innovation tip – look for remote as well as local opportunities by Paul Sloane

Most businesses look for new opportunities in obvious places, adjacent to their current position. They typically ask two questions:

Innovation Case: Creating A World Class Innovation Unit by Stefan Lindegaard

A global and well-respected company in a fast-growing industry wants to set up a new innovation unit. Their current innovation efforts are technology-driven but there is a growing understanding that innovation efforts need to focus beyond technology and R&D.

The Golden Age of Innovation – Newsweek via Ralph-Ohr

Despite stereotypes of entrepreneurs as fresh-faced youngsters, new research has found that older workers are more likely to innovate than their under-35 counterparts.

Leadership from the Inside Out — Part II by Gary Hamel

In my previous post, I introduced you to Drew Williams. For seven years Drew served as assistant vicar at St. Andrews, an Anglican parish in Chorleywood, England. When he arrived in 2003, Drew found a church that was big but not growing, and a congregation that was loyal but not energized. Mark Stibbe, head vicar at St. Andrews, challenged Drew to develop a plan that would change this.

Watch the disruptors, not the incumbents by by Tom Hulme

If you want to turn a competitor’s advantage into a weakness, start by widening your sources of inspiration

Needs-Based Innovation Reigns Businessweek via Jorge Barba

Companies should adopt an innovation process based on customer needs rather than coming up with “big” ideas and then testing them out. Pro or con?

Ten More Great Free e-Books for Innovators by Tim Kastelle

On Christmas Day last year, I posted a list of ten great free e-books for innovators. Today isn’t as festive, but I have another ten great free e-books that can help you become more innovative. Connecting ideas is the fundamental creative act in innovation, and one of the ways to do this is to read widely in order to gain exposure to a wide variety of ideas. This is a list of great resources that will help you do precisely that.

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