December, 2016

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Those That Get It Don’t Need It, and Those That Need It Don’t Get It

Tim Kastelle

An innovation paradox Here’s a central problem with trying to get any new idea to spread – often, those that get it don’t need it, while those that need it don’t get it. It’s a paradox. This leads to problems for people that have new ideas. Back in my startup days , we often went to First Tuesday in Brisbane to try to build our network. No, it did not.

Innovators Don’t Outwork Non-innovators, They Out-think and Out-execute Them


Ask any person or team who’s ever worked on and delivered a better future about their process and they’ll tell you it was a messy journey; not a straight line. There isn’t one. Sure, there are methodologies that are growing with popularity every day but following them to the T doesn’t guarantee anything. So, what’s the reality? The Straight Line and Outworking Myth.

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Coping with Digital Transformation: Adopting a Rapid Innovation Process


As we start to close out our 2016 year, apart from the rush to finish certain tasks off, it is a time of reflection and some forward thinking to welcome in the New Year. From my standpoint I am simply amazed at how the world seems to be spinning faster and faster. I am convinced my working days are shorter or the clock is moving faster. Something always gets in the way, something has to give.

Which is better – Planned or Emergent Innovation?

Destination Innovation

Most innovation initiatives are planned and programmatic.  We focus on a challenge, analyse the problem, brainstorm some great ideas and then put together teams to implement the best ones.  For new products the projects might go through a stage-gate process where they have to clear certain hurdles in order to have extra resources released.  There is a program and the projects adhere to it. 

Three Keys to Accelerating Innovation through Connecting and Collaborating Outside your Organization

Speaker: Gordon Vala-Webb, Author, Speaker and Consultant, Building Smarter Organizations

From his upcoming book, Building Smarter Organizations, Gordon will do a deep dive into connecting and collaborating with those outside your organization to accelerate innovation. Gordon will provide practical strategies to connecting and working with the "nearside" of suppliers, partners and alumni in order to accelerate innovation.

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Chaos Learning: The Key To Mastering Uncertainty


It’s a given that The Next Economy will be driven by 10 essential technologies , some of which are already a big part of our daily lives. What’s not a given is we don’t know how everything will play out. This changes how leaders think about strategy. Strategy must change. Traditional strategy thinking is about making long-term commitments that will result in competitive advantage.

Innovation Goes Beyond Bright Ideas


When organizations talk about innovation, they are referring to generating bright ideas. They spend time thinking “out of the box” and hope to come up with a brilliant new idea.  But innovation is not the Idea; it’s more than that. In other words, you have to do something with those bright ideas. They need to transform into something of value to your organization and customers. Refine.

25 Reasons Why Brainstorming Sessions Fail in Your Company

Idea Champions

Whenever I ask my clients to tell me about the quality of their company's brainstorming sessions, they usually roll their eyes and grumble, noting several of the phenomena below. Recognize any of them in your organization? 1. Lame facilitation. 2. Wrong problem statement. 3. Unmotivated participants. 4. Hidden (or competing) agendas. 5. Insufficient diversity of participants. 6. Hyper-seriousness.

Wave of Startups Automating Supply Chains Spurs Deals


Hundreds of startups rushing to automate the world's supply chains are drawing interest and, in many cases, big-ticket purchase prices from corporations aiming to capture their innovative technologies. So what's behind the supply chain M&A spree? The e-commerce boom and demand for increasingly sophisticated logistics operations are a large part of the phenomenon. Corporate Innovation Working With Startups Innovation Corporate-Startup Partnerships

Building A Collaborative Innovation Playbook

Speaker: Greg Satell, Innovation Advisor, Speaker and Author

For his upcoming book, Greg Satell has researched how people and organizations successfully innovate. We are excited to have Greg join us for a session that will draw upon these insights and provide a playbook for how to define the right innovation strategies for your organization to overcome the specific challenges that your organization faces and dramatically improve your innovation effectiveness.

The Perfect Conditions for Entering A New Innovation Era in 2017

Paul Hobcraft

So if there was ever a time to clear the existing innovation agenda and rework the entire space for innovating, it is about to become the pressing reality as we enter into 2017. There are so many forces coming together that require this reworking. The Merging Conditions and Forces. Any renewing needs innovation to become more central but it will be different. It is becoming the network economy.

10 Great Ideas That Were Originally Rejected

Innovation Excellence

History has shown us that a lot of wise people haven’t been able to recognize the potential of a great idea. “This ‘telephone’ has too many shortcomings to be seriously considered as a means of communication. The device is inherently of no value to us.” Western ” Western Union internal memo dated 1876. “I do not believe the.

Solvitur ambulando – A Great Creativity Hack

Tim Kastelle

Solvitur ambulando – it is solved by walking. That’s the slogan for Keri Smith’s wonderful book The Wander Society (and here ). Her book is a manifesto for getting out and directly experiencing life through unplanned, mindful wandering. It’s a great idea. We need slack in order to have great ideas.  Wandering creates slack – unstructured time in our day.

Develop Your Annual Innovation Strategy


It’s that time of year when organizations close the books for the current year and start focusing on the next. As you work through your annual planning, it’s important to consider your annual innovation strategy as well. This type of planning makes innovation projects far more effective and helps ensure ongoing support from leadership. Preparing Your Annual Innovation Strategy.

A Strategic Approach to Open Innovation

Speaker: Jeffrey Phillips, Senior Consultant, OVO Innovation

This action-packed session will examine the critical questions you should ask as you establish an open innovation framework: which technologies or ideas? Which partners and how many? Which methods? By taking a strategic approach to open innovation, you’ll find the right ideas or partners more effectively, and you’ll accelerate new products to market more quickly.

Great Quotes on Customer Service

Idea Champions

The following quotes are dedicated to the good people of Nations Roof , a forward-thinking client of ours who continues to impress us with their commitment to providing extraordinary customer service. Always keep in mind the old retail adage: Customers remember the service a lot longer than they remember the price." - Lauren Freedman. Make a customer, not a sale." - Katherine Barchetti.

Drones Are Taking Off: Here's Who Stands to Profit


At Rocketspace, we expect based on our research that there will be 1 billion drones in usage by 2030. We aren't the only one who see a huge market emerging — Goldman Sachs forecasts a $100 billion market opportunity emerging between now and 2020. Corporate Innovation Corporate-Startup Partnerships Drones

Building the Core Competencies for Innovation

Paul Hobcraft

For my final post of the year, I went back to some of my thinking through around the building blocks needed in the core competencies for innovation we need to have in place. For me, the bedrock of innovation is built upon competencies, capabilities, and capacities and all these involve people as well as technology. They go hand in hand in our connected world. We have two levels to it. In summary.

How 2017 will Accelerate and Deliver the New Innovation Era

Innovation Excellence

So what are the critical paths of the New Innovation Era? It is the powerful effects of different conditions, solutions and forces combining that will deliver the new innovation era in accelerated forms in 2017. We have a perfect merging of conditions that will have a transforming storm effect on innovation that are converging rapidly.

Six Keys to Making Collaborative Innovation Successful – Webinar and Book

Speaker: Soren Kaplan, Founder of InnovationPoint

We are excited to launch the Collaborative Innovation Webinar Series with Dr. Soren Kaplan. His just released book, "The Invisible Advantage," provides actionable insights into how any organization can create a culture of innovation, an environment that promotes freethinking, an entrepreneurial spirit, and sustainable value creation at all levels and across all functions. By registering for the webinar, you will get a free excerpt from his book.

Understanding innovation's past leads to incredible insight

OVO Innovation

We tend to be very short sighted, we corporate executives. Our lifespans are relatively brief, all things considered. There are over 240 years since the founding of the United States, and using a 20 year cycle for generations that suggests approximately 12 generations of people during that brief window. Most of us work for approximately 40 years, but we rarely consider the events or recent history before we started working. In fact there's very little rationale to think about history in many cases, except for some hoary old stories about the founding of a company and its emergent culture.

5 Must-Watch TED Talks to Inspire Your Innovation Team


These talks can inspire innovation. Open innovation can be a tricky business. Innovation can be elusive, and sometimes your team needs a push to get back in the zone. If that’s the case, sit down with these TED talks to get that spark back. Navi Radjou. link]. “Necessity is the mother of invention” is a old adage about innovation, but it’s not one we often think about.

How Brands Can Become Great Storytellers

Digital Tonto

Great storytelling is infinitely more than simply producing content. It is, in fact, no less than helping customers connect with the soul of your enterprise. Related posts: 4 Things Brands Need To. [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]. All Posts Marketing Media

The Art of Intelligent Failure: How to Turn Failures Into Corporate Innovation Assets


One of the biggest challenges that corporate innovators face is getting comfortable with failure. Even the smartest innovation teams hit dead ends sometimes. Wrong turns are an essential part of the innovation process, but it's tough for teams to feel good about friction, dead-ends or even complete flops. The experience of losing $10,000 or $20,000 can be gut-wrenching. What about millions? Corporate Innovation Leadership Big Data

The Leadership of Open Innovation

Speaker: Paul Sloane, Director, Destination Innovation

Paul Sloane is a well-known author and speaker on open innovation. In this session, Paul will take us through examples of successful open innovation programs to explore the breadth of what open innovation can be for organizations and the value it can bring. This is a session you don’t want to miss.

24 Quotes on Good Communication

Idea Champions

The most important thing in communication is hearing what isn't said." - Peter Drucker. 2. The single biggest problem in communication is the illusion that it has taken place." - George Bernard Shaw 3."Think Good communication is as stimulating as black coffee, and just as hard to sleep after." - Anne Morrow Lindbergh. Information is giving out; communication is getting through." - Sydney Harris.

Leadership Lessons from a Design Thinking Pioneer

Innovation Excellence

The former CEO of Herman Miller, Max DePree said, “I’ve got so many MBAs, but what I need is a poet. Poets are the original systems thinkers.” This poetic mode is the critical perspective for a human-factor and design business – and Herman Miller is the most apt precursor in the design thinking revolution, so they.

5 Challenges for the Next Economy


A world of ubiquitous technology is here, we have to accept it. Understand that there’s no stopping the push of technology into our lives. There are many emerging technologies that will drive the Next Economy , creating the industries and jobs of the future. Here are a few I’m thinking about: Automation. What’s our role when robots can do our jobs better? But, A.I.’s

Successful Product Development Campaigns Highlight the Power of Crowdsourcing


Smart crowdsourcing yields successful product development. Product design teams can often feel they lack the most important voice in the process: The consumer. Fortunately, crowdsourcing tools allow the innovation process to involve consumers every step of the way. From toy companies to coffee to hotels, here are brands that leveraged crowdsourcing to encourage innovation. Doritos. AirBnB.

Models, Strategies and Tactics for Accelerating Innovation through Collaboration Outside the Organization

Speaker: Paul Campbell, VP of Innovation, Schneider Electric

We are excited to have Paul Campbell, an expert in corporate entrepreneurship, covering some of the strategies and tactics he has repeatedly used to transform corporate innovation programs. In this session, Paul will share his experience innovating in new and adjacent markets through a deft deployment of open innovation, business accelerators, venturing, M&A, R&D, business development and strategy team leadership.

How Successful Movements Inspire Lasting Change

Digital Tonto

if you want to effect lasting change today, it’s no longer enough to merely command resources, you have to inspire opponents to join your cause. History shows these movements follow a clear. [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]. All Posts Management Movements Network Theory

Elon Musk Is Giving Away the Hyperloop, Here's Who Has Picked It Up


When Elon Musk first teased the concept of the Hyperloop on stage at the D11 conference in May 2013, he described it cryptically as a "cross between a Concorde and a railgun." Three-and-a-half years and lots of private development later, we now have a better idea of what he was talking about then. Corporate Innovation Innovation entrepreneur

We Were Made for These Times!

Idea Champions

What follows is an extraordinary call of the heart by Clarissa Pinkola Estes. Not only is it worth reading, it's worth reading aloud -- so you hear it and feel it as well as see it. Then, you get to decide who you want to share it with -- and how. This is a piece of deep, soul-inspired, primal writing that deserves to travel to every corner of the Earth. "My friends, do not lose heart.

Moving Into a New Innovation Era

Innovation Excellence

Coming your way in 2017 There is a profound shift taking place, relating to innovation. Increasingly we are seeing a growing dissatisfaction on the impact that innovation is having; in growth, in returns, in market and customer impact. There is a search for new solutions. One of the implications is this growing recognition that innovation.

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