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To accelerate innovation, focus on culture

OVO Innovation

There's an old joke about perspective and laziness I love and have used before on this blog, because it illustrates many of the challenges (and opportunities) of corporate innovation. The joke goes that a young man steps out of a bar, and spies another person, obviously drunk, peering intently at the sidewalk under a street lamp. Curious, the guy just leaving the bar goes over to the drunk and asks "what are you doing?" The drunk answers "I'm looking for my keys".

You Don’t Need The Best People, You Need The Best Teams

Digital Tonto

The best performers are no longer the hard driving executives that can impose their force of will, but those who can engender trust and encourage others to contribute. Related posts: How Google. [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]].

Innovation and Organizational Culture

Tim Kastelle

Recently, the Boston Consulting Group (BCG) has published key findings of their latest “ Most Innovative Companies 2014 ” survey.

Serendipitous exchanges fuel innovation

Game-Changer

Well, well, well…someone finally mapped out on Twitter what we intuitively know about how innovations happens : The more diverse a person’s social network, the more likely that person is to be innovative.

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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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Innovation Lessons from the Master, Steve Jobs

Destination Innovation

Steve Jobs was adopted at birth in 1955. He grew up in California. He dropped out of college but voluntarily took a course in calligraphy. He found it beautiful and fascinating. The marriage of aesthetics and technology became his life-long obsession.

The Challenges being Faced by Innovation Consultants

Paul Hobcraft

From my perspective I’ve been looking at a real challenge today, that many consultants offering innovation services are not providing real sustaining consulting value to clients, only ad-hoc services.

A New Approach to Business Model Innovation

Innovation Excellence

Gijs van Wulfen shares his insights from the McKinsey report on a new approach to business-model innovation.

How to Affect Change in a Large Corporation: You Can’t Do it Alone

Rocketspace

Working for a large corporation has many perks. The credibility, stability and ability to make a large scale impact keep you coming back to the office every day — but of course, every job can have drawbacks.

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.

Innovate your processes before innovating your products

OVO Innovation

I was leading an innovation training session, talking about the reasons for conducting trend spotting and scenario planning prior to idea generation. There are many reasons why I like trend spotting and scenario planning, but it's the sense of understanding what might happen in the future that really resonates with me. I described why we advocate trend spotting and scenario planning as a component of innovation, especially as the expectations of an innovation activity are more disruptive.

Marketers Need To Rethink The Customer Decision Journey

Digital Tonto

We still have yet to bridge the gap between crafting messages and designing experiences. Related posts: Simulation Marketing. Why Most Marketers Will Fail In The Era Of Big Data. Should You Be. [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]].

Zappos Just Pulled Off the Boldest Change Management Move Ever

Tim Kastelle

Why aren’t we mad at the bad managers? Have you heard that 210 people left Zappos at the end of April because they apparently don’t like the new flat management system called Holacracy® that the firm is moving to? I’ll bet you have.

In the future you are either a digital business or a dead business

Game-Changer

Today, every business is digital and it’s changing how business is done. But many businesses have yet to wake up and understand this reality.

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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.

Change Agents and the Future of Change Management

Braden Kelley

Applying the Four Lenses of Innovation

Hype

Rowan Gibson wrote a book called “ The Four Lenses of Innovation: A power tool for creating thinking ” that came out earlier this year. This is a book well worth obtaining and working through. Well, it provides an understanding to the thinking patterns that lead innovators to their big ideas.

Why Women are the Future (and Past) of Business Innovation

Leapfrogging

Mainstream business culture penalizes women for being women. But “feminine” skill sets are the not-so-secret ingredients for what it takes to innovate in today’s digital world. . 2015 has so far been monumental for women.

Adversity can be a Spur to Innovation – as shown by the Greatest of Composers

Destination Innovation

Possibly the greatest composer of all time and certainly the most revolutionary was Ludwig van Beethoven. Before Beethoven classical music was genteel, calm, structured according to strict rules and designed to please wealthy patrons.

6 Keys to Making Collaborative Innovation Successful

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.

Innovators – are you thinking about Ecosystems?

Paul Hobcraft

Business Ecosystem Trends by Deloitte. Thinking about ecosystems certainly allows us to go out of our normal scope of internally generating new products. It opens up a host of possibilities, that can add significantly towards a new service design, new capabilities and solving more complex problems.

Innovation and The Art of Implementation (Part 3)

Robert Brands

If you want to survive in today’s supersonic-fast business world, innovation is no longer optional, it’s imperative. Underscoring this same sentiment and urgency for business growth via innovation, Visit our Innovation-Innovation coach website today! link].

A Strategy Test: Does It Nest?

Matthew May

A few days ago, as I was waiting for an item I purchased in my local Apple store to be brought out to me from the back of the store, I had the opportunity to observe Apple’s frontline strategy be played out in front of me.

Innovation decreases with knowledge

OVO Innovation

Did the headline of the post grab your attention? Did you think I was going to assert that dumb people are better innovators? Nothing of the sort. However, I think I can positively assert that bringing all of your knowledge to bear on a problem that needs innovation is often exactly the opposite of what you should do. Here's why.

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 takes 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 was a great session you don’t want to miss.

Why Social Skills Are Trumping Cognitive Skills

Digital Tonto

The future belongs not to the strongest or the smartest, but those who can collaborate—with humans and machines—most effectively. Related posts: The New Learning Organization. The New Era Of. [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]].

To Get Big, Start Really Small

Tim Kastelle

When you’re starting out with something new, it’s important to understand that your customer is never “everyone.” ” Even if your eventual potential market is huge, you need to start out by dominating a small niche.

Companies should penalize employees for their inaction, not for their failures

Game-Changer

How can you boost innovation in your business ? Penalize inaction, and celebrate failure. Successful creatives are not afraid of mistakes or failure: they know that good ideas often arise from tireless experimentation and a chain of failed attempts.

5 Keys to Developing an Innovation Culture

Braden Kelley

The Interview Listen to the interview on The Everyday Innovator Podcast I had the pleasure of being interviewed by Chad McAllister recently for the Everyday Innovator Podcast on the topic of how an organization can become more innovative. Below you … Continue reading → culture Innovation Innovation Culture Interviews podcasts

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 shares 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.

5 Actionable Tips that Will Enhance Your Innovation Strategy

Hype

Even the most innovative companies sometimes hit snags. Maybe there just weren't enough good ideas coming down the pipeline. Perhaps a few really promising ideas failed to pan out, disappointing the team and stifling their creative juices.

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The Evolution of Women in Business: An Infographic

Leapfrogging

2015 has so far been monumental for women. In light of Hilary announcing her run for office, and six women winning the Pulitzer Prize (compared to one female winner in 2014), I though I’d share this infographic depicting the historic impact of women in the business world over the past century.

Which is the Greatest Invention of All Time?

Destination Innovation

Johannes Gutenberg. Which invention or innovation has had the most positive impact on the development of civilisation and the greatest benefit for mankind? A strong contender is the printing press.

The State of Innovation Management in 2015 Just Released

Paul Hobcraft

As we come closer to the year-end it’s good to look back, make some dedicated time to take ‘stock’, in this case, on innovation’s progress.

Proven Strategy: How to Harness the Voice of the Customer to Solve Business Challenges

How do you leverage insights gained from customers, contact centers, and other customer support functions to solve your top business challenges? Gareth, VP of Product Management at Spigit, shares a proven strategy that will help you do just that.