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Message to the Board – We Need to Talk about Innovation

Destination Innovation

Innovation should be a regular topic item on the agenda of company board meetings. If you have not had a fundamental conversation about innovation with your key corporate stakeholders and senior executives then these are some of the questions and topics to discuss at the first such meeting.


The Platform Fallacy

Digital Tonto

Despite all the excitement about platforms, businesses still need to create, deliver and capture value Related posts: Today, Every Business Must Transform Itself Into A Platform. Is Your Platform. [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]].


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Is There Such a Thing As a Bad Idea in Innovation?


Is there ever such a thing as a truly bad idea? Does anybody really believe that there are no bad ideas?

The Elements of Blockchain

Information Playground

Technologists across Dell have been discussing a variety of Blockchain use cases with our customers. These conversations inevitably lead to whiteboard sketches integrating potential blockchain deployments with existing IT architectures. We use the chart below to drive this brainstorming exercise.

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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School of innovation – the role of mentoring in innovation


A blog based on the ‘School of innovation’ webinar co-hosted by ideasUK and Wazoku. When leadership says ‘Go, innovate!’ everyone panics thinking ‘Where do I even start?’.

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Bottom Up Innovation!

Idea Champions

If you are working with a team of any kind and are hoping for more innovation, know this: it's a function of "intrinsic motivation", not pep talks, carrots, sticks, or "new initiatives."

Here’s Why Even Successful Companies Find It Hard To Innovate In New Markets

Digital Tonto

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9 Stages for Building Innovation Fitness

Innovation Excellence

Achieving innovation fitness is a journey- to get there we often have to manage the switchbacks as we build our capabilities and capacities to innovate. Feature Of The Week Innovation Leadership People & Skills Strategy

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.

Moving to a Digital World totally across your Business is highly challenging

Paul Hobcraft

Transformation is very hard at the best of times for all of us to undertake. Digital transformation forces us to work with mostly emerging, constantly evolving technologies, and then apply these in an integrated way into an existing business.

Blind Spots that Derail Careers

Michael Roberto

Fast Company's Stephanie Vozza writes this week about the need for accurate self-assessment. She argues that being blind about our weaknesses can derail our careers. She cites a new book by Kellogg School of Management Professor Carter Cast.

To improve productivity, it’s time to set limits.

Mike Shipulski

The race for productivity is on. And to take productivity to the next level, set limits. To reduce the time wasted by email, limit the number of emails a person can send to ten emails per day. Also, eliminate the cc function. If you send a single email to ten people, you’re done for the day.

Why the 40's & 50's ROCK!!!!


40 Women over 40 ~ 2017. Wow - just wow! Check out this amazing group of women doing amazing things! I'm honored, proud and very humbled to be part of this powerful group of 40 Women over 40 , organized for the 5th year in a row by Christina Vuleta and Whitney Johnson.

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.

How Technology is Shaping Marketing in the Next Decade

Innovation Excellence

Ten years ago, social media was in its infancy. Nobody even heard of mobile marketing, content marketing or big data. The iPhone hadn’t even been launched yet. If you took a reasonably competent marketer from 2007 and transported her to today, much of what she knew about her job would be irrelevant.

Global Expansion – The First Things You Should Consider


Taking an innovation, product or other service global has many advantages, but also throws up many challenges. Overcome the challenges and what you are likely to see is a more robust and profitable concern - but get it wrong and you are likely to incur some losses and potentially damage your business. Strategies

Stretching on the playground

Norbert Bol

This week is the start of the Dutch Design Week in Eindhoven, where 2500 designers present their ideas, experiments and solutions. The theme of the event is “Stretch”, to encourage both designers and the public to get involved with each other and to break out of their comfort zone. Everybody has different comfort zones depending on the subject and circumstances. As human beings we have created all sorts of artificial mental boundaries within which we maintain a sense of security.

Scanning Your Environment

Michael Roberto

When organizations fall behind the competition, we often hear people describe how the enterprise had become increasingly insular in recent years. Managers focused on enhancing operational efficiency, and they fixated on internal processes and procedures. As a result, they did not recognize key trends and changes in the marketplace. They did not spend enough time learning about new types of competitors. How can we become better at scanning our external environment?

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.

5 Reasons Corporate Innovation Isn't Happening At Your Organisation | Collective Campus

Collective Campus

“Innovation” is no longer a buzzword but a critical success factor for organisations seeking to survive and thrive into the future. Corporate innovation in particular has started to enter the everyday lexicon of boardrooms and the emergence of innovation managers and departments is increasingly common

Bad Innovation Systems Beat Good Innovators Every Time

Innovation Excellence

Edwards Deming once famously stated: A bad system will beat a good person every time. What was Deming trying to convey with this quote? It wasn’t an attempt to get people to give up trying because failure was certain. It was an attempt to get people to understand the importance of the system and.

How Quantum Computers will Advance Machine Learning, Big Data, and Artificial Intelligence


Quantum computers will allow artificial intelligence, big data, and machine learning to become far more advanced. Many researchers are working on the advancement of quantum computers, and it won't be long before their use becomes widespread. Trend Alert AI artificial intelligence machine learning quantum computing

Innovation in the era of the 100-year life


What would you do if you suddenly found out that you will live 30 years longer? Would you get excited and start planning activities or would you feel disheartened because of all the issues that age and elderly life are associated with?

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 Remarkable Power of Trust.

Daniel Burrus

Anyone who has heard me speak or worked with me in a consulting capacity knows how much I talk about the transformational impact of technology and how it’s advancing at an exponentially faster rate than ever before. That’s certainly true.

The "Hundred Club", Surviving the Innovation Business in a Long-Term Run


N ext time you switch on your TV or computer display spare a thought for the company who probably produced the liquid crystal display. With over 60% of the global market the German company Merck is probably not one which would instantly come to mind. But they dominate this and a wide spread of other activity in the chemical and pharmaceutical world.

Do You Know Your Distinct Innovation Capabilities?

Innovation Excellence

Achieving this fitness accelerates your opportunities into final tangible outcomes. The more ‘rugged’ the landscape, the tougher the innovation challenge, can also determines the greater fitness for the rate of innovation needed. Innovation

Creating the Future using Virtual Reality | Judith Okonkwo


Everyone has the opportunity to create their reality and future. In this talk, Judith Okonkwo emphatically states that ‘the only limitation to content in virtual reality (VR) is the imagination of the creator.'. Videos education hackathon nigeria virtual reality

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.

Nick Skillicorn and Idea to Value: now coming to you from Australia

Idea to Value

Hi everyone, This week’s update is going to be a bit more personal. The reason why I haven’t been able to release as many articles in the last few weeks is quite simple. Over the past month, I have moved to Sydney, Australia with my lovely girlfriend.

Forget “yes but”, use “yes and” instead. 3 key lessons for (social) entrepreneurship

Board of Innovation

Let me start by introducing myself: I’m Anneleen, Design Thinking Lead at Board of Innovation. Throughout my professional career, I have repeatedly been asked: Isn’t Design Thinking just common sense? What is it that makes Design Thinking so different from other innovation approaches? I recently had the privilege to support NGO’s in setting up a social enterprise. Together with. Read More. The post Forget “yes but”, use “yes and” instead.

Do You Know How to Identify and Nurture Innovation Talent?


Many companies today are experiencing an accelerated pace of change. As the world around us changes, how do successful companies drive change internally? After all, most of your workforce was probably hired for their functional skills, such as sales, accounting or production.

What is Your Career Strategy?

Innovation Excellence

I’ve taken up a new habit of asking successful people I know: What is your career strategy? I ask it casually, and in person, because I want to see their body language and get a sense of just how front-of-mind their answer might be. My discovery: when it comes to careers, most folks don’t have.

How Can You Leverage Innovation to Become an Industry Leader?

To outsiders, the term innovation can seem like another empty buzzword, but as a CEO in a world where technology is driving market competition, you know that innovation is essential. Keeping up can prove challenging, especially if you are continuing to rely solely on internal personnel. Currently, the key to innovation is to go beyond existing resources and seek ideas from external sources.