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Does Innovation Get Easier The More You Do It?


Many consultants pitch innovation as a systematic, repeatble process. I believe these people are just appealing to people’s need for certainty and fill their pockets. As I’ve explained before, innovation is very hard. And though I’m seen as an innovation consultant, I don’t like being called an expert or consultant in innovation because there’s no such thing.

Make every idea count for your business this year


Are you truly committed to finding those new ideas to grow your business in 2018? You're not the only one. Learn how Exago innovation management software can make every idea count for your company with your

13 Things to Know About Crowdsourcing


United Way is engaged in nearly 1,800 communities across more than 40 countries and territories worldwide. As the largest privately-funded nonprofit in the world, United Way creates solutions that build stronger communities.

The 8 great talks from 8 years of Union


The Union Network is almost 8 years old. Over that time, we’ve hosted over 30 events, 250+ amazing speakers, and attracted over 3000+ attendees. Here are 8 of the best speakers and ideas presented from the last 8 years of the Union Network which are all making a dent in the universe.

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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A new paradigm: focusing on Work to be Done

Paul Hobcraft

Much of what we read about with artificial intelligence, deep learning and robots can present a fear that our jobs are simply going, vanishing fairly soon.

Going for Gold: Achieving Olympic Level Innovation


“The Olympics remain the most compelling search for excellence that exists in sport, and maybe in life itself.” ” – Dawn Fraser (3-time Olympic medalists). Hundreds of the world’s best athletes parade into the stadium for the opening ceremony.

Innovation Depth makes the Difference

OVO Innovation

I've been thinking about innovation for a while now, trying to puzzle out why some organizations seem to be able to innovate almost effortlessly while others are more sporadic or face significant innovation challenges. At some moments in my career I've blamed this phenomenon on lack of breadth - the idea that too many companies shrink innovation activities down to idea generation and rapid evaluation.

Five Things to Give up for Lent

Destination Innovation

Today is Ash Wednesday, the first day of the Christian season of Lent, 40 days when we are meant to abstain in order to prepare for Easter. Here are five things to give up this Lent. Criticism. Try to go each day without criticising people.

Building A Collaborative Innovation Playbook

Speaker: Greg Satell, Innovation Advisor, Speaker and Author

From his newly released 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.

4 Things Every Leader Should Know About Applying Artificial Intelligence To Business

Digital Tonto

You need to train and integrate a cognitive agent much as you would a human one Related posts: 4 Ways Every Business Needs To Use Artificial Intelligence. We Need To Stop Searching For The One. [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]].

Experiment or Evaporate


Over the weekend I came across an article in which its author states that innovation is about making progress, not making experiments. This is somewhat true, and I think there’s a misunderstanding with his experimentation argument. First of all, there is no innovation without experimentation.

Spigit’s Year of Record Growth and Release of Industry-First Capabilities


Spigit’s full lifecycle idea management software takes a monumental step forward today capping off another year of record customer growth. We’re thrilled to announce the latest product release that boasts enhancements and industry-first capabilities that will enable Spigit clients to take their ideation programs to the next level. Here’s a closer look. Full lifecycle idea management.

What I Learned From Breaking Out Of My Comfort Zone

Innovation Excellence

When I took a job in Warsaw, Poland in 1997, I really didn’t know what I was getting into. I had never been overseas for an extended period of time before, didn’t speak any foreign languages, except for some rudimentary Spanish and, truth be told, I didn’t have any idea how to cope in a.

A Strategic Approach to Open Innovation

Speaker: Jeffrey Phillips, Senior Consultant, OVO Innovation

This action-packed session examined 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. This was a great session you don’t want to miss.

Advisers and Uncertain Advice

Michael Roberto

Celia Gaertig and Joseph Simmons have published a paper titled, "Do People Inherently Dislike Uncertain Advice?" The authors focus on the longstanding research finding that individuals prefer confident to uncertain advisors. Individuals generally don't want take advice from someone who does not appear self-assured. Gaertig and Simmons extend this research by examining the question: Do people exhibit an aversion to uncertain advice itself?

Here’s How We Can Make The Next Big Thing Happen Much Faster

Digital Tonto

An obscure government program may be a blueprint for the future Related posts: Inside The Race To Build A Battery That Can Power The 21st Century. Why Energy Storage May Be The Most Important. [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]].

Lead. Don’t Compete


This is a quick post I’m writing for a friend of mine who’s in the middle of a leadership challenge … It’s easy to look at what others are doing and copy that. It’s easy to follow what already works. It’s all easy, no need to think about it.

Six factors that lead to greater innovation success

OVO Innovation

I've been thinking a lot about why innovation fails. Not about why supposedly innovative new products fail, because there are multiple reasons for the failure of a new product. It could be too early or too late in the market window, or it could simply have the wrong pricing or distribution. A new product may lack key features or components, or like some successful products take years to build an audience. I'm actually more interested in the 90+% of ideas that never make it to product development.

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.

Why Sickcare Innovation Centers Don’t Deliver

Innovation Excellence

If you work for a big, established company, you’ve probably been noticing the sudden rise of a new trend: the innovation lab. Companies as diverse as Delta Air Lines, Target, Google, Pfizer, Marriott, Autodesk, Fidelity Investments, Ford, Verizon, and Stanley Black & Decker are jumping on the bandwagon. As discussed on this site recently, open innovation labs. Health/Healthcare Innovation Hospital Administration hospitals sickcare wellness

Mindfulness and Innovation


The start of a new year is so motivating. A fresh start, a new leaf – we usually enter a year with a lot of good intentions and plans to make positive changes in our lives. I know it can be tricky to stick to your resolutions, but I like making these promises to myself.

Strong Airline Profitability? Is it Really About Fees?

Michael Roberto

Source: Dallas News For decades, the airline industry has been characterized by abysmal profits. The list of airline bankruptcies is seemingly endless. However, the Wall Street Journal reports this week that U.S. airline industry profitability is very strong at the moment - "healthier than ever" according to the headline. The newspaper credits the litany of fees charged by airlines for the strong income numbers: Profit per passenger at the seven largest U.S. airlines averaged $19.65

Offering a Real Clarity to Their Innovating Future: Munich RE


The most impressive presentation I reviewed in 2017 was the one from Munich Re, held on 21st November 2017 on their investor day. This, for me, was so well structured and offered such a high level of clarity on the pathway they are pursuing, combining innovation and digital, with the outcomes emerging, of building a new suite of Business Models. I can only touch on it here and suggest, you do your own drawing of conclusions. Trends & Future Thinking

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.

Innovation Sighting: Task Unification in Cars That Advertise

Innovation in Practice

Imagine pulling out of the driveway for your regular jaunt to the grocery store. While turning the corner to exit your neighborhood the car console screen lights up with an ad for the latest laundry detergent. Perhaps the concept seems foreign, but software companies, such as Telenav Inc.,

These Two Words Will Change Your Perception of Jeff Bezos and Amazon

Innovation Excellence

It’s easy to criticize Amazon until you realize that what Bezos is doing is what every disruptive company desperately needs. The firestorm of controversy about the work environment at Amazon, sparked by the New York Times article a couple of years ago, has become almost religious.

Five Must-Attend Innovation and Technology Conferences in 2018


How do you learn more about innovation? Attending conferences is a great way to ignite your creativity, whether you’re just beginning to develop an innovation strategy or a long-time veteran of building innovation.

Business Development Strategy – Can Your Brand Grant Prospects’ Desperate Prayers?


I’m involved with a new outreach effort at church. Our objective is connecting with people that have left the Catholic Church or those that have expressed an interest in joining.

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.

The Innovation Burnout Syndrome

Idea Champions

Most newly launched organizational innovation initiatives have a dark side, a not-much-talked-about shadow side -- the metaphorical alcoholic-father-in-the-basement side. And it is this.

Secrets to Success for Norway's Ski Team

Michael Roberto

Source: Bill Pennington has written an interesting article about the Norwegian ski team in today's New York Times. I first heard about this ski team's interesting dynamics during a feature on NBC's Olympic broadcast a few days ago.

5 Videos for Learning about Design Sprints

Innovation Excellence

This article is a republished selection from’s recommended resources: Design Sprint Videos. Running a “design sprint” is a trending design thinking approach to innovation that is agile in nature.

Why Technology Is Important For Organizational Change


Organizations that foster a culture of continuous change must also encourage a culture of innovation, as technology is the key enabler of change.

Quantifying a Culture of Innovation

A rigorous, quantitative analysis of corporate innovation cultures – the most comprehensive study on this topic ever.