Cris Beswick

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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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.

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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.

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.

ABCs of Data Normalization for B2B Marketers

Data normalization. It’s not a far stretch to suggest that the topic isn’t exactly what gets marketers excited in their day-to-day workflow. However, if lead generation, reporting, and measuring ROI is important to your marketing team, then data normalization matters - a lot. In this eBook, we’ll break down the ins and outs of data normalization and review why it’s so critical for your marketing strategies and goals!

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]

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%

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?

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.

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.

How To Create A Movement To Drive Transformation In Your Company Or Industry

Speaker: Greg Satell

Everybody has something they’d like to change, whether it is a problem in their organization, their industry, their community or society at large. But how can you get your ideas for change to take hold beyond a small circle of likeminded people? What you need is a cascade: small groups that are loosely connected but united by a common purpose. When they synchronize their collective behavior as networks, they become immensely powerful. A business model is disrupted, an industry is remade, the preceding order is no more and the world is transformed.

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.

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.

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.

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

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

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.

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.

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

Building Healthy Innovation Ecosystems for Your Projects

Speaker: Nick Noreña, Innovation Coach and Advisor, Kromatic

In this webinar, Nick Noreña will walk through an Innovation Ecosystem Model that he and his team at Kromatic have developed to help investors, heads of product, teachers, and executives understand how they can best support innovation in their own ecosystem. He'll also go over metrics we can use to measure the health of our ecosystems as we build more resources for innovators.

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

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

Podcast S3E62: Fredrik Haren – The Creativity Explorer

Idea to Value

In today’s episode of the Idea to Value podcast, we speak with Fredrik Haren, known as the Creativity Explorer. We speak about what we can learn about creativity from different cultures around the world.

How to Solve 4 Common Challenges of Legacy Information Management

Speaker: Chris McLaughlin, Chief Marketing Officer and Chief Product Officer, Nuxeo

After 20 years of Enterprise Content Management (ECM), businesses still face many of the same challenges with finding and managing information. Join Chris McLaughlin, CMO and CPO of Nuxeo, as he examines four common business challenges that these legacy ECM systems pose and how they can be addressed with a more modern approach.

Why Every Large Organization Should Decentralize Innovation

Idea to Value

I recently met with a very successful company that is seen as a highly innovative global pioneer that others in their industry, which is facing many structural headwinds and inevitable changes, look up to.

Podcast S3E60: Håkan Ozan – Building an ISO standard for innovation management

Idea to Value

In today’s episode of the Idea to Value Podcast, we speak with Håkan Ozan, who has helped to draft the recent ISO Standard on Innovation Management. Topics covered in today’s episode: 00:01:30 His start with innovation management systems. 00:02:30 What is an innovation management system.

Podcast S3E59: Kathryn Haydon – How to become more creatively productive and prolific

Idea to Value

In today’s episode of the Idea to Value Podcast, we speak with Kathryn Haydon, keynote speaker and founder of Sparkitivity. We speak about breaking through the inertia of no, and how to use the Universal Creative Process to become more productive and prolific.

A new normal is upon us, the paradigm shift that will change the World.

Paul Hobcraft

There is a real increasing pressure to totally reinvent my business. The past business paradigm of reaching out, providing value, and making money is still there. Still, it is how we all undergo the changes needed in a radically different set of economic circumstances.

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The 2019 Technographic Data Report for B2B Sales Organizations

In this report, ZoomInfo substantiates the assertion that technographic data is a vital resource for sales teams. In fact, the majority of respondents agree—with 72.3% reporting that technographic data is either somewhat important or very important to their organization. The reason for this is simple—sales teams value technographic data because it makes essential selling activities easier and more efficient.

How crisis-driven innovation can help your organization

HYPE Innovation

A note from the author: I first wrote this blog as the basis for a talk in the UK last year when the only thing worrying us was the "crisis' of Brexit.

Seeing the Energy Transition in Different Horizons and Innovative Ways

Paul Hobcraft

The majority of my recent work has been in investigating and building a comprehensive understanding of the #energytransition. It is, to say at the very least, complex and challenging, but for me, satisfying and rewarding. Let me briefly explain how I am going about this and why.

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Hackathons: What Are They and How to Run Them

HYPE Innovation

Take two seemingly unrelated words, "hack" and "marathon," and put them together to describe one of the most popular and powerful problem-solving techniques in the past decade. Ideation & Collaboration

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How To Spot A Fraud

Digital Tonto

We need to have a healthy skepticism, especially with ideas we would tend to agree with. We should ask questions, explore alternative explanations of the same data and be open to additional evidence. [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]].

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Never Miss an Opportunity: How ISO 56000 Enables an Innovative Organization

Speaker: Peter Merrill, President, Quest Management Inc.

One of the challenges for innovators is how to integrate innovation with Quality Management (QMS) and balance the culture of creativity with execution. Join Peter Merrill as he walks us through the newly published ISO 56000 series on Innovation Management, specifically the Guidance Standard ISO 56002 that discusses how to establish an Innovation Management System (IMS). He will take you through the elements of innovation management from strategy development, through risk assessment to solution delivery.

How to Kill Innovation Projects

Destination Innovation

Which of these is the most important skill for a leader of innovation? Setting the vision, goals and metrics. Generation of great ideas. Selection of the best ideas. Starting exploration projects. Listening to customer feedback. Managing the portfolio and stage-gates.

Exploring the Energy Transition Fitness Landscapes – opening thoughts on Hydrogen

Paul Hobcraft

I am struggling with the Hydrogen Story. It is tough to relate to something where the realization may take 40 years to move from ambition to achievement. I get it that delivering Hydrogen is the vital piece of the decarbonizing of the world by 2050, yet it does seem a long, hard road to travel.

Facing a Difficult Decision? Just Spin a Coin.

Destination Innovation

How do you go about making a really tough decision? Like whether to quit your job, buy a house or dump your boyfriend? You have weighed up all the options, written down the pros and cons, tossed and turned in your bed but still cannot decide.

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Podcast S3E61: David Burkus – Why your company should Pick a Fight

Idea to Value

In today’s episode of the Idea to Value Podcast, we speak again with David Burkus about his new audiobook: Pick a Fight. We speak about why underdogs do so well, and what it takes to get your team to rally behind a cause.

The Time-Saving Power of Intent Data for Sales

By using the power of intent data, capturing buyer interest has become more feasible for sales. Not only that, but using it will save immense time during your workflow; a win-win on all fronts.