Cris Beswick

Joining the transformation and innovation dots

Cris Beswick

No one is an island, so the saying goes, and the same is true of business concepts and delivery. Leadership theory, sustainability, lean project management, or indeed any other business practice cannot be taken in isolation.

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9 Signs Your Industry is About to be Disrupted

Cris Beswick

With entrepreneurial successes such as Airbnb, Warby Parker or SpaceX taking over industries, the desire and ability to disrupt a sector via technological design is on the rise.

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Are you Aiming to Manage Change?

Cris Beswick

Before the COVID-19 lockdown, less than 1% of health consultations took place over a video link. Now video/internet and phone consultations are seen as the primary method of contact in the first instance between doctors and patients.

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The Three Pillars of Innovation

Cris Beswick

Numerous research studies consistently show companies that double-down on innovation during downturns, using the time as an inflexion point to reframe for an innovation-led recovery, outperform those that don’t over the long term.

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The Best Sales Forecasting Models for Weathering Your Goals

Every sales forecasting model has a different strength and predictability method. It’s recommended to test out which one is best for your team. This way, you’ll be able to further enhance – and optimize – your newly-developed pipeline. Your future sales forecast? Sunny skies (and success) are just ahead!

Thoughts on strategy, leadership, building a culture of innovation and why it’s all about people!

Cris Beswick

Check out my interview with Bruce Walker where I share an insight into my background as an entrepreneur, how design not only became the foundation for the advisory work I do now but how it fuelled my passion for human-centred approaches to leadership and innovation.

Why smart leaders are building innovation maturity NOW!

Cris Beswick

In the middle of any crisis, the leadership dilemma is always how to continue shaping the future while balancing the short-term need to navigate the current storm. The crash of 2008 was the last catalyst for step-change.

Delivering innovative outcomes means becoming a dynamic organisation

Cris Beswick

So, you think you’ve got a dynamic organisation which is actively delivering change? Congratulations, that means you sit firmly with the other 84.9%

Are you Aiming for Innovation Leadership?

Cris Beswick

Are you ready to lead an innovation-centric organisation? Now don’t tell me that you are in a position of leadership so you must be! That’s a bit like saying you got a certificate for twenty-five meters doggy paddle in school and are therefore ready to swim the channel.

Innovation Maturity; Stop Guessing, Start Measuring!

Cris Beswick

“Creativity without measurement is akin to chaos” [1] Please don’t take our word for it; this is a time when statistics can reveal far more than we perhaps want to admit.

Averse to or accommodating risk

Cris Beswick

With 1 being don’t do anything until it is checked, checked again, discussed in multiple committees and then left in a drawer for a year, and 10 being don’t worry about scoping let’s do it; where do you sit on the risk scale?

11 Ways to Make a Short Remote Design Thinking Project a Success

You can achieve a huge amount in a short period with a virtual design thinking project. While some teams want to come together for several weeks or months to tackle a challenge, others want to run short, sharp projects to find a quick solution. And with the right preparation, attitude, and structure in place, that's totally possible.To help make sure your short innovation projects are a success, download this free guide from the team at Sprintbase, a virtual design thinking platform, to learn their top tips.

Unleashing Leadership Curiosity

Cris Beswick

How do you see your leadership role? Are you a numbers person or a detail devil, a blue-sky thinker, an enabler or a controller? Depending on your answer, we may need to have a quick leadership refresh.

Aiming for a Future-Fit Strategy

Cris Beswick

“Not all innovations are created equal.” That comment from Jacquelyn Pless headlined an article outlining the MIT Sloan approach to innovation strategy. [1]

Why we need to AIM for innovation-led solutions

Cris Beswick

In times of great challenge human ingenuity comes to the fore. As an example, we traditionally seen wars as accelerators of technology. But they also act as incubators of real innovation, with nations as a whole looking to do more from less or find new ways of coping.

The Yin & Yang of Innovation Culture

Cris Beswick

How would you describe your current organisational culture? Are you one of the 75% of leaders who claimed in a 2018 survey [1] that their culture was already one of innovation, experimentation and risk-taking? And if so, what did you mean by that?

To drive innovation, you first need to understand why

Cris Beswick

“Which way you ought to go depends on where you want to get to…” That advice from the Cheshire Cat to Alice in Wonderland might almost have been a blueprint for business development: first, define your end goal and then work out what you need to do to achieve it.

The D&I Garden: Seeds of Innovation that Grow into Creative Breakthroughs

Speaker: Donald Fan, Senior Director of the Global Office of Culture, Diversity & Inclusion at Walmart Inc.

In the digital era, rife with uncertainty and ambiguity, innovation plays an essential role in sustaining organic growth and outperforming the global competition. Research proves time and again, there exists a robust bond between innovation and diversity & inclusion (D&I); our challenge is to help our leaders understand how to plant the seeds of innovation in the fertile D&I garden in order to drive a strategic and competitive advantage from the office and in the digital landscape.

Corporate Innovation: THEATRE, BULLSH*T, OR FUTURE-SHAPING CAPABILITY?

Cris Beswick

Organisations the world over continue to profess high levels of innovation capability, embedded innovation cultures and needle-shifting outcomes.

Leading with an Innovation Mindset

Cris Beswick

If I were to ask you to pick a leader, either current or from history that you most admire, whom would you choose? If I then went on to ask you why that leader most resonated with you, what would you say? Not wanting to second guess your answers, but I wouldn’t be surprised if … Continued.

Sentiment – Is it the one giant leap innovation needs?

Cris Beswick

Fifty years ago, whilst the Americans were demonstrating how innovation and insight allied to a drive for success could take mankind on the first step towards the stars, the Monty Python team were settling down to write the opening lines of a show which not only revitalised the comedy scene but is also credited as … Continued. The post Sentiment – Is it the one giant leap innovation needs? appeared first on Cris Beswick.

Shifting Innovation Perspectives for 2019

Cris Beswick

Three years ago Derek Bishop, Jo Geraghty and I published our book, Building a Culture of Innovation. [1] 1] The book was inspired by, and written for, all of those leaders who understood that in order to thrive in today’s global marketplace they needed to set innovation as a capability at the heart of their culture but … Continued. The post Shifting Innovation Perspectives for 2019 appeared first on Cris Beswick. Blog Innovation Culture Innovation Leadership Innovation strategy

Why Smoking Costs Employers More Than They Realize

Your employees are smoking, and at a cost of $7,000 per year for each employee who smokes, that adds up - fast! This free report will show you how an effective cessation program pays for itself.

Turning real understanding into innovation outcomes

Cris Beswick

In my earlier article’ Understanding Why’ I talked about why having goals and aspirations is not enough unless underpinned by understanding. This article takes the process to the next stage, exploring why we need to be more intelligent and then why more collaborative and then why more adaptable to become an exponential organisation. Let’s start … Continued. The post Turning real understanding into innovation outcomes appeared first on Cris Beswick.

Innovation demystified; The innovation-leadership challenge

Cris Beswick

What exactly is innovation? Is it about creating a new product or simply being creative? Is innovation itself something that we can create within our businesses and if so how? Do we even understand the impact that innovation can have within an organisation? Let’s face it there are thousands of books out there on business … Continued. The post Innovation demystified; The innovation-leadership challenge appeared first on Cris Beswick. Blog Demystified Innovation Innovation Leadership

Gaining a competitive edge

Cris Beswick

Ahead of today’s Malta Innovation Summit I had the pleasure of being interviewed by The Times of Malta on my journey into innovation, why Innovation doesn’t happen overnight or at random and how can an organisation embed innovation into its culture? There is risk in the pursuit of innovation.

Gaining a competitive edge

Cris Beswick

Ahead of the Malta Innovation Summit I had the pleasure of being interviewed by The Times of Malta on my journey into innovation, why Innovation doesn’t happen overnight or at random and how can an organisation embed innovation into its culture? There is risk in the pursuit of innovation.

B2B Pocket Playbook: End-to-End Guide to Sales Enablement

Sales enablement is the strategic process of providing sales teams with the content, guidance, and mentorship needed to engage targeted buyers. It’s all about equipping sales professionals with the tools they need to put their best-selling foot forward. And if sales teams want to continuously sell better -- and faster -- their sales enablement process must have a game-winning strategy. It's time for you to start selling smarter - and hitting your sales number - with the best B2B database in the market. Get started today.

Innovation Leadership; into the wilderness or into the future?

Cris Beswick

In my recent article looking at why innovation transformations fail I called out innovation leadership (or lack of) as one of the prime causes of failure. And OK it’s not that hard to see why. After all, if CEOs and senior leaders are merrily setting off, compass-less, into the innovation wilderness then there isn’t much … Continued. The post Innovation Leadership; into the wilderness or into the future? appeared first on Cris Beswick.

Unicorns don’t kill dinosaurs, meteors do!

Cris Beswick

So, you’re a senior leader, maybe a CEO and today is the first day of the rest of your life! How are you going to spend it? Will you continue to tread that well known, comfortable path which will lead to the eventual downfall of your organisation? Or is this the day you set in … Continued. The post Unicorns don’t kill dinosaurs, meteors do! appeared first on Cris Beswick. Blog Adaptability Disruption Strategy

Why Innovation Transformation Programmes Fail

Cris Beswick

Those of you who are regular readers of my thought pieces will know that I regularly reinforce the fact that ‘failure’ is a key mindset and component of the innovation equation. So, why do so many corporate innovation transformation programmes fail? Failure is supposed to be part of the formula not the end result, right? … Continued. The post Why Innovation Transformation Programmes Fail appeared first on Cris Beswick. Blog Innovation Leadership innovation maturity Innovation strategy

Less snake oil, more thought leadership please!

Cris Beswick

Pressure Points: How to Ensure Your B2B Pipeline Passes Inspection

This eBook highlights best practices for developing a pipeline management process that helps sales leaders and their team C.L.O.S.E (you’ll see what we mean in this eBook) more revenue through data-driven prospecting, stage analysis, and subsequent sales enablement.

So, do you really understand innovation?

Cris Beswick

So, if I walked into your office tomorrow, stopped the first person I came across and asked them what they understood your organisation’s innovation strategy to be, what sort of answer would I get? Would there be a blank look, a reference to one department or another, or a raised eyebrow followed by a negative … Continued. The post So, do you really understand innovation? appeared first on Cris Beswick. Blog Innovation Culture Innovation Leadership Innovation strategy

A Remote Innovation Brainstorm Method

Destination Innovation

Gibbard and Tamborello. In 2001 two musicians, Ben Gibbard and Jimmy Tambrello, wanted to collaborate on some new compositions. The problem was that they lived hundreds of miles apart at opposite ends of America’s west coast.

Podcast S4E73: Robert Lowe – How LEGO invests in new innovations and partnerships

Idea to Value

?. In today’s episode of the Idea to Value podcast, we speak with Rob Lowe, head of Value Creation and Marketing at LEGO Ventures. We speak about what innovation and creativity mean at Lego, and how they look for partners to invest in.

Innovation Culture – The Ultimate Guide

Idea to Value

Innovation culture has long been one of the most challenging, and oft-discussed, topics in our conversations with business and innovation leaders.

Marketing-Led Post-COVID-19 Growth Strategies

Businesses are laying off workers, shutting their doors (some permanently), and struggling to react to the radical destruction that coronavirus (COVID-19) is doing to our society and communities. Most have already sustained massive damage, and we still have yet to see the scope of impact of the global pandemic that has upended the globe. Any return to normalcy may seem far-off, but sales and marketing are on the front lines of restarting the economy. When the dust settles, we have a responsibility to turn our shock and grief into fierce determination, and lead the charge of responsible, strategic, sustainable future growth. However, there’s no team better suited to lead that charge than the marketing department. Marketers are uniquely positioned to provide creative solutions to aid their organization in times of change and chart a course for navigating success.

50 Ways to Stifle Innovation

Destination Innovation

(With apologies to Paul Simon). Say goodbye with a wave, Dave. Just get up and leave, Steve. Go for the kill, Bill. When you hear an idea. Don’t try something new, Stu. Just do what you know, Joe. Don’t mess with success, Jess. Treat failure with fear. Don’t share your concern, Bern.

Podcast S4E72: Mark Batey – How our environment affects our creativity

Idea to Value

In today’s episode of the Idea to Value Podcast, we speak again with creativity researcher Professor Mark Batey from the Manchester Metropolitan University.

Those that learn to frame the Strategic Innovation discussion are the big winners

Paul Hobcraft

Constructing an innovation conversation framework is never easy, we all come at it in different ways and when it comes to those strategic conversations, we feel a sense of panic and growing tension as our messages begin to fray at the edges and slip more into tactical, the more we talk.

Podcast S3E68: Scott Anthony – How leaders delude themselves about innovation

Idea to Value

In today’s episode of the Idea to Value podcast, we speak with Scott Anthony, Senior Partner of Innosight. We speak about some of the insights from his upcoming book Eat, Sleep, Innovate , and how the current pandemic is going to change many industries in the near future.

How ZoomInfo Helps Overcome the Top Pain Points of Inside Sales

Recent digital transformation has shifted the B2B landscape by ushering in the era of buyer empowerment. With more access to user reviews, analyst opinion, and industry research, decision-makers are more informed than ever while navigating what is now known as the “buyer’s journey.”