Here’s Why You Should Think Twice Before Listening To Business Gurus
MARCH 5, 2017
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How Corporates can use the Lean Startup and Business Model Canvas
FEBRUARY 13, 2017
The Lean Startup is a hot topic for organizations right now, so we asked a practitioner - Justin Souter, of Souter Consulting - to help readers get a handle on the elements of the Lean Startup framework, and provide some lessons from the field. The post is in four sections: 1.
Do Something Different – Lateral Thinking in Sales and Marketing
MARCH 27, 2017
Why do we keep doing more of the same things? Is it because they are familiar and easy? Is it because we are lazy? Or are we scared that if we try something new it might not work and we will look foolish?
How to Practice The Art of The Possible
MARCH 21, 2017
Innovative leaders and organizations practice the art of the possible. What is the key trait all innovators have? Curiosity, which enables them look beyond the obvious and consider possibilities. Innovation is about new, surprising and better options.
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.
The Eleven Change Roles
FEBRUARY 20, 2017
Change is Hard Change can be complicated, change can be confusing, and change can be difficult to successfully implement in any organization. This is why 70% of change initiatives have been found to fail.
How to Set Up a Pilot or Test Case for a Startup/Corporate Partnership
JANUARY 12, 2017
Disruption is commonly associated with startups. Corporations tend to lose the ability to take smart risks and move quickly once they reach a certain level of growth and success — but it doesn't have to be this way. Large companies can combat stagnation by engaging with high growth startups.
We Don’t Need More Mousetraps!
MARCH 6, 2017
Imagine an island country where the only industry is making mousetraps – let’s call it Mousetrapia. And the people that live there are incredibly creative. Consequently, they invent new mousetraps constantly, and they patent them as well.
This engineer replaced a $1,000.00+ medical device with one costing $0.20
Idea to Value
JANUARY 18, 2017
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.
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.
2017: Collaboration Is No Longer A Choice, But An Imperative
JANUARY 1, 2017
In the new business environment that's emerging, the best way to become a dominant player is to be an indispensable partner. Related posts: The New Era Of Cognitive Collaboration. Building Creative. [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]].
Strategic and Innovation Alignment: the Choice Cascading Model
MARCH 16, 2017
So many organizations struggle between their strategic goals and how the innovation activities can truly fit to achieve the level of contribution that is expected.
Is ‘Jobs to be Done’ the Road Map for Innovation?
MARCH 23, 2017
Competing Against Luck is the rather curious title of a new book by the eminent innovation guru, Clayton Christensen, ably assisted by three acolytes, Hall, Dillon and Duncan. It is an important work which makes some big claims.
4 Challenges Organizations Face To Get The Most From Generalists
JANUARY 6, 2017
New challenges require new approaches. All organizations have new challenges on the table all the time, but most are not equipped to come up with new approaches to conquer them because they can’t think and act differently. This is a specialization challenge.
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.
The Innovative Mentor
FEBRUARY 14, 2017
Mentors see themselves as people developers. They take a long-term view of their staff and see innovation projects as an opportunity to stretch their employees’ capabilities and to help them achieve their aspirations.
Becoming an innovative company: better late
JANUARY 10, 2017
So, after over a decade of innovation consulting, I can say without doubt that companies that are just starting to innovate have it much better than those that were attempting it years ago. That's because as more companies try more innovation, more tools are vetted, more methods explored and exposed. Today, there are more proven methods and more people with more innovation skill and experience, so if you are starting now you can get started on the right foot.
50 Quotes to Spark a Culture of Innovation in 2017
JANUARY 4, 2017
An inspiring quote is a great tool for changing a mindset. I made a personal collection of 50 outstanding quotes on change and innovation. Use them to inspire others to start a culture of change, to think different and to prioritize change and innovation at the start of 2017.
Business Needs Innovation Ecosystems
MARCH 14, 2017
The significant transformation taking place around exploiting technology and digital management has made ecosystems and platforms a mainstream prospecting need, in most of our businesses today. We must engage in what all of this means and its business impact.
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.
2016 Year in Review: Corporate Innovation Trends and Implications for 2017
JANUARY 31, 2017
2016 was an eventful year, marked by unprecedented political polarization, hacked emails made public by WikiLeaks, Brexit, two huge Yahoo security breaches, and even exploding Galaxy Note 7 smartphones. But hidden among the uncertainty lies a year of unparalleled technological advances.
Motivating Employees (Cash Is Optional)
JANUARY 10, 2017
There isn’t an organization on the planet that dismisses the value of highly motivated employees. Motivated people not only do their jobs better on a consistent basis, they also remain with an organization longer. Financial reward is perhaps the most obvious means of boosting employee motivation.
How this guy makes a living by stealing other people’s ideas
Idea to Value
FEBRUARY 3, 2017
“Nick, I have a great idea for an innovation, but I am scared someone is going to steal it!” ” I hear this from fear from entrepreneurs all the time. And it’s a tough problem to solve.
We Too Often Ignore The Tradeoff Between Innovation And Optimization
JANUARY 15, 2017
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! ]].
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.
The Power of User-Led Innovations
JANUARY 9, 2017
Babies are wonderful, a constant source of fascination as you share their discovery of a rich new world and see things afresh through their wide bright eyes. But they also have side effects, some of which can bring you back to earth with a bump!
Lessons in Innovation from Rome’s Arch Enemy
MARCH 30, 2017
Hannibal (247 – 182 BC) was an illustrious general of the North African state of Carthage, Rome’s enemy and rival for control of the Mediterranean. His father was a Carthaginian general, Hamilcar, who made his 9 year old son swear undying enmity for Rome.
Generalists Are Hardwired for Reinvention
JANUARY 17, 2017
My last post on the challenges Generalists face in a society that rewards specialists got a lot of attention from people who are Generalists themselves (from healthcare); not from Specialists.
Innovating for Social Good
FEBRUARY 7, 2017
Many employees desire purpose in their work beyond earning a paycheck. And many businesses want to make a difference as well. When you innovate for social good, you not only create an external impact, but you help your employees fulfill their desire for meaningful work. What is Social Good?
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.
Innovators will win with seamless experiences
FEBRUARY 15, 2017
I've written before, both on this blog and on the blog I share with Paul Hobcraft about platforms and ecosystems about the need for seamless experiences. Innovators often create technologies or products, which have interesting capabilities or features, but rarely do they think through the actual use of the products and understand how they fit in with other products, services, infrastructure, channels and data that exist in a customer's life.
These 2017 Trends Will Change Our World
JANUARY 18, 2017
Welcome to 2017. It is going to be an interesting year. We have not seen so much creativity, innovation and evolution before in history. Trend watchers go berserk with all the cool new ideas born every minute and futurologist see their predictions come true sooner than expected.
Building Differentiating Capabilities for Innovation
FEBRUARY 9, 2017
We so often get caught up in the building of our capabilities. In some ways, I keep attempting to “peel the innovation onion” in explaining the need to focus on building the capabilities in different ways but to be honest it needs these various approaches to an ever-changing environment.
How To Derive The Most Value Out Of Accelerator Programs
JANUARY 17, 2017
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.
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.