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The future innovation core lies at the edge.

Paul Hobcraft

Boundaries seem to be continually pushed in business, nothing seemingly stands still, yet many things stay caught up in not being changed. Something has to change, we need to jettison old ways. In with the new in 2017, out with the old. continue to read and explore as much of the thought leadership on innovation, it continually points to a change in how we approach innovation. Let me explain.

We Too Often Ignore The Tradeoff Between Innovation And Optimization

Digital Tonto

If you want to innovate, forget the metrics and focus on your mission Related posts: Why Best Practices Can Lead To Better Innovation. Why Every Business Should Consider Innovation Teams. What is. [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]. All Posts Management Innovation

How to Assess Your Innovation Fitness


There are two types of innovation fitness assessments that you should perform in your organization. Organizational fitness assessments help you understand the health of your innovation strategies as well as whether or not your culture, leadership, employees, and stakeholders are set up for innovation success. Program readiness assessments help evaluate your processes, resources, and goals.

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Unfuzzying the Front End of Innovation. An interview with Liberty Global's Spark Team


Roel de Vries and Sarah Kelly are the innovation managers for Liberty Global’s innovation program, Spark. In May 2017, they’ll be presenting at the HYPE Innovation Managers Forum in Bonn. In the following interview we asked them to provide a heads-up on their session, and some of the key talking points. Your talk is about unfuzzying the front end of innovation, how did you arrive on that subject?

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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How To Derive The Most Value Out Of Accelerator Programs


RocketSpace formally launched its first corporate accelerator program a little over a year ago. We aimed to create a new model that brings corporations and startups together to fuel industry-focused transformation while achieving real, measurable results. We wanted to build something different than the more than 500 existing accelerator programs in the United States (about 20 percent of those are privately-funded; most of the rest are run by educational institutions or government-backed agencies). Intrapreneurship Accelerators Corporate-Startup Partnerships Innovation Models

The Firm of the Future Will Manage Two Types of Businesses

Integrative Innovation

Bain and Company hast just published an worthwile article , debating on the question: What will the firm of the future look like ? Among several characteristics, the authors also particularly anticipate future-proof companies to be required to manage two types of businesses with distinct “engines”: Companies have always pursued innovation in their core business. Takeaway .

Best Practice: Conduct crowd engagement and outreach with an eye toward diversity


Research shows that diversity increases the intelligence of the crowd. If you want to geek out on the theory and mathematics, here is a great 10 minute video by Professor Scott Page at the University of Michigan, describing the Diversity Prediction Theorem, which describes precisely (in mathematical terms) how diversity increases the accuracy of a crowd when making predictions or estimates.  .

Turn Your Organization into an Idea Factory: Part I

Innovation Excellence

Up to 80 percent of an organization's improvement potential could come from frontline employee ideas. However, the average employee suggestion box or idea program gets less than 10 percent adoption, has fewer than.5 ideas per employee per year and can hurt employee engagement. Innovation Leadership Management Strategy ideas

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.

Cybersecurity Is Everybody’s Business

Daniel Burrus

It’s quite possibly the most modern rap sheet around. And it’s growing larger every day. From hackers looking to steal millions of credit card details to foreign powers allegedly hoping to snag tens of millions of credit card and/or Social Security numbers, cybercrime is fast becoming an out-and-out epidemic. Develop a culture in which cybersecurity is a top priority & everyone participates.

This engineer replaced a $1,000.00+ medical device with one costing $0.20

Idea to Value

Sometimes, you need to set yourself really strict constraints in order to come up with the most creative innovations. This is exactly what  Manu Prakash  did with his team at Stanford when trying to make a better, cheaper way to test blood samples in poorer countries. Check out his video above. This is an essential step in testing for diseases like HIV or Malaria.

Healthcare Corporates Invest in Startups Injecting Innovation Into Industry


Providence St. Joseph Health, one of the nation's largest nonprofit health systems, was an early adopter of mobile on-demand healthcare app Medicast , which launched about three and a half years ago, billing itself as the "first mobile-app-based house call service." In mid-2016, Providence St. Joseph took its relationship with Medicast one step further by acquiring the Mountain View, Calif., startup. Working With Startups Corporate-Startup Partnerships Innovation Models Healthcare

Middle Managers as Engines of Change

Innovation Excellence

The captain may be in the bridge, but is the engine room operating on all cylinders?  Last week I wrote about the importance of leadership and change. Nothing happens until the top leadership says so. Leaders have this organisational power because they choose the incentive systems, the values and behaviours that create cultural norms. But when. Change Management

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.

Innovation Through Cross-Industry Learning: How is it Changing the World?


Cross industry learning, the transfer of technologies across industry boundaries, can revolutionize technology landscapes. We will illustrate the advantages of cross industry learning with a case study. Enabling Factors 3D printing collective learning disruptive innovation emerging technologies learning technology transfer trend

Loyalty Programs and Building Loyalty

Rmukesh Gupta

One of the biggest challenges that brands face today is to find and cultivate loyal customers. Most brands have some sort of loyalty programs to reward loyalty from their customers. Most of these loyalty programs that I am a part of, totally miss the point of loyalty itself. HERE ARE MY 2 CENTS FOR MAKING YOUR LOYALTY PROGRAM MORE EFFECTIVE. 1. Loyalty Programs should be for Loyal Customers.

Six common mistakes and one advice for innovation challenges


Operational efficiency is clearly ahead in idea implementation, while sales and marketing, sustainability and better customer experience count for more than half of all the ideas implemented. By dissecting the innovation challenges that performed the worst – and excluding extrinsic. Read More. The post Six common mistakes and one advice for innovation challenges appeared first on

The Nature Of Work Has Changed

Innovation Excellence

Are communication technologies like Slack, Yammer and Skype actually helping us, or just getting in the way? Certainly, they have made it easier to communicate, share information and collaborate with colleagues, but what if all that extra communication is actually preventing us from getting important work done?

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.

Signal versus Noise

OVO Innovation

The post today frames a classic issue in communications: how to improve a signal and hopefully eliminate or at least mitigate noise. The noisier the communication is, the more difficult it is for the sender and the receiver to communicate. Thus, we try to eliminate noise from the communication, so only the signal is received. That sounds easy, but it is actually difficult, because there are no pure communication media. Noise always creeps in, and conflicts or masks the signal. Our verbal communications, whether face to face or over a communication infrastructure, are full of noise.

America Makes Announce Winners of Smart Structure Challenge


Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University (Virginia Tech) and their Design Research Education of Additive Manufacturing Systems (The DREAMS lab) have been announced as the winners of the America Makes Smart Structure Challenge for their Smart Wing Project – detailed mechatronic devices for use in winds for remotely-piloted aircraft (RPA). Solvers Challenges Seekers

Strategic Thinking on 4 Years of Hoping and Praying


A new national experiment begins. Strategically, it’s smart to avoid experiments at the top of any organization, but this is what we’re facing.  . How will this experiment unfold? Will it be like a  Bugs Bunny cartoon from long ago where Elmer Fudd took on the persona of whatever hat he wore ? Will it be like having a turnaround CEO at the top ? Will it demonstrate the power of prayer

Turn Your Organization into an Idea Factory: part II

Innovation Excellence

How to solicit ideas from employees to drive engagement and innovation The most effective way of driving innovation at an organization, while ensuring employees are engaged, is by providing them with a platform where they can share their feedback and ideas directly with decision-makers. In part one of this piece, I discussed four factors that.

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.

Picking the Right Stakeholders for Open Innovation


What external stakeholder groups can you tap into to build value for your innovation initiatives? Are your relationships with these external stakeholder groups solid or do you need to do additional work to build good, mutually beneficial working relationships? Are there potential stakeholder groups that you have not yet tapped at all? If so, what is your plan for reaching out to organizations within these pools so that you can further expand your innovation ecosystem? Are your channels for communicating with your external stakeholders strong or do they need further work?

The Art of Storytelling For Business

Rmukesh Gupta

It is well known that all of us make most of our decisions based on our emotions rather than pure logic or intellect or rationality. So, if we are to influence people and their decisions, we need to learn about moving them emotionally enough to get them to make a decision in our favour. If you are in the business of influencing anyone, I strongly urge you to take the 55 mins and watch this talk.

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Robots From the Warehouse to the Road


Automation and mechanization is nothing new — it has been happening in factories since the Industrial Revolution, albeit slowly. But now emerging robotic technologies and the surge in Internet shopping are propelling a growing mechanization in the logistics sector. Working With Startups Corporate-Startup Partnerships Partnerships Logistics Retail

Report Highlights Skills Shortage in Open Innovation

Innovation Excellence

More and more companies are engaging in some form of open innovation, but such an approach requires a new way of working that employees are often ill-equipped to undertake. That's the argument put forth by a new paper from The European Academic Network for Open Innovation. education Europe Innovation Management Open Innovation People & Skills skills Talent training

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.

Diabolically Simple Prototypes

Mike Shipulski

Ideas are all talk and no action.  Ideas are untested concepts that have yet to rise to the level of practicality.  You can’t sell an idea and you can’t barter with them. Ideas aren’t worth much. prototype is a physical manifestation of an idea. Where ideas are ethereal, prototypes are practical. There is no arguing with a prototype. It does what it does and that’s the end of that.

Innovation Strategy – 5 eBooks to Boost Innovation this Year


Is accelerating your innovation strategy high on your organization’s priority list for this year? If growth is an important component of what you are trying to accomplish, innovation is likely getting a hard look as an important part of realizing that objective. The Brainzooming Group has you covered, with eBooks to: Evaluate innovation opportunities and challenges. Conquer change fears and resource limitations. Identify and develop innovation strategies with a customer perspective. Keep your personal innovation perspective sharp. Innovation Strategy eBooks from Brainzooming. Mike Brown.

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How AI Can Bring on a Second Industrial Revolution


"The actual path of a raindrop as it goes down the valley is unpredictable, but the general direction is inevitable," says digital visionary Kevin Kelly — and technology is much the same, driven by patterns that are surprising but inevitable. Over the next 20 years, he says, our penchant for making things smarter and smarter will have a profound impact on nearly everything we do. Kelly explores three trends in AI we need to understand in order to embrace it and steer its development. The most popular AI product 20 years from now that everyone uses has not been invented yet," Kelly says.

Innovation Failure Lessons from Virgin, Pfizer, Rock n Roll

Innovation Excellence

I was called up by Sir Richard Branson's first hire at Virgin Atlantic and recommended to contact a company called F Up Nights. Virgin's David Tait had spoken at one of their events in NYC on Virgin's more glorious failures and he thought I may have a story to share. Failure can be a much more powerful learning tool in business than success if we are willing to learn from it.

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