Cris Beswick

Owning the Innovation Agenda

Cris Beswick

When the going gets tough, where are you to be found? Or is that an unfair question? You might even see it as a knee-jerk reaction to current circumstances, born out of the twin challenges of COVID and the ever-looming end of the Brexit transition period.

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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Identifying your innovation ecosystem red flags

Cris Beswick

Innovation doesn’t work; our investment in innovation hasn’t delivered.

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Changing the organisational climate for innovation to thrive

Cris Beswick

Hot summers, flash floods, intense storms; it’s hard to escape some of the more immediate impacts of climate change. But there are other impacts too, some of which scientists are yet to understand fully. Take the effects of climate change on permafrost, for example.

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!

Playing Lean Expert Webinar – Does culture really eat strategy for breakfast?

Cris Beswick

Playing Lean Expert Webinar – Does culture really eat strategy for breakfast? And other musings with Cris Beswick. Cris Beswick is a serial entrepreneur turned strategic advisor, bestselling author & keynote speaker.

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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. In the past few weeks, we’ve seen public buildings repurposed as field hospitals, and factories retooling to produce … Continued. The post Are you Aiming to Manage Change? appeared first on Cris Beswick. Blog innovation maturity Leadership transformation

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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.

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. Although it can’t be compared in the same light, we think the current COVID-19 pandemic will be the … Continued. The post Why smart leaders are building innovation maturity NOW! appeared first on Cris Beswick.

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. But, reframing in such a way requires the core pillars for innovation capability to be firmly in place and despite two-thirds of … Continued. The post The Three Pillars of Innovation appeared first on Cris Beswick.

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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% of executives who recognise that innovation is very important in delivering strong outcomes [1] and you’re certainly not one of the 72% of executives who admit that they are not out innovating … Continued. The post Delivering innovative outcomes means becoming a dynamic organisation appeared first on Cris Beswick.

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.

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. With insightful questions, Bruce cleverly helps me unpack my thoughts … Continued. The post Thoughts on strategy, leadership, building a culture of innovation and why it’s all about people! 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

Building bold strategies, one hypothesis at a time!

Cris Beswick

With an abundance of global reports and surveys outlining the continued challenges faced by organisations in their quest to innovate, the single biggest issue we still see leaders make is not creating absolute clarity on strategy. And if you subscribe to the notion of “tomorrow’s prosperity is dictated by today’s leadership decisions” then innovation has … Continued. The post Building bold strategies, one hypothesis at a time! appeared first on Cris Beswick.

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? More importantly, what does your answer say about how you lead and … Continued. The post Averse to or accommodating risk appeared first on Cris Beswick. Blog Innovation Leadership Risk VUCA World

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. Leading for innovation isn’t merely a question … Continued. The post Are you Aiming for Innovation Leadership? appeared first on Cris Beswick. Blog innovation maturity Leadership

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.

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. So let’s open by examining a few key facts, starting with a look at how innovation creativity, or the lack of it, impacts organisations … Continued. The post Innovation Maturity; Stop Guessing, Start Measuring! appeared first on Cris Beswick. Blog Culture Growth innovation maturity

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. In the meantime, let’s have a quick chat about the sort of leader you need to be if … Continued. The post Unleashing Leadership Curiosity appeared first on Cris Beswick. Blog Growth Leadership Strategy

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. But, hugely credible global surveys continue to highlight that on the whole, the real state of innovation maturity for many organisations may just be a somewhat inconvenient truth. No organisation can plot a course to a desired … Continued. The post Corporate Innovation: THEATRE, BULLSH*T, OR FUTURE-SHAPING CAPABILITY?

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] 1] As it describes three foundations for delivering an effective strategy, the report makes it clear that innovation is a process that requires management and measurement to be successful. The idea of successful … Continued. The post Aiming for a Future-Fit Strategy appeared first on Cris Beswick.

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 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 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. COVID-19 is a new kind of enemy, … Continued. The post Why we need to AIM for innovation-led solutions appeared first on Cris Beswick. Blog Innovation measuring innovation maturity

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? It’s a fair bet that if you talked about experimentation and risk-taking, … Continued. The post The Yin & Yang of Innovation Culture appeared first on Cris Beswick. Blog Innovation Innovation Culture Leadership

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.

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.

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. I say almost because one … Continued. The post To drive innovation, you first need to understand why appeared first on Cris Beswick. Blog Change Innovation InnovationLeadership

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. The post Leading with an Innovation Mindset appeared first on Cris Beswick. Blog Innovation Leadership Mindset

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.

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

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.

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

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

Less snake oil, more thought leadership please!

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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. But the big question is whether … Continued. The post Gaining a competitive edge appeared first on Cris Beswick. Blog competitive edge Culture Innovation

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.”

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. But the big question is whether … Continued. The post Gaining a competitive edge appeared first on Cris Beswick. Interviews

Why Finland Has the Best Education System in the World

Idea Champions

The school I want to begin

The Accidental Innovation

Destination Innovation

Thomas Sullivan was a tea merchant in New York. In 1908 he despatched to customers samples of tea leaves in small silken sachets for them to try. Some people thought that the sachets were to be used like metal infusers.

Podcast S4E78: Dorie Clark – the importance of reinventing yourself

Idea to Value

In today’s episode of the Idea to Value podcast, we speak with the world’s #1 Communications Coach and Top 50 Business Thinkers in the World, Dorie Clark.

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Marketing Ops: The New Revenue Hero

As data continues to play a starring role in today’s B2B organizations, both marketing and sales operations professionals are poised to solidify their place as critical revenue drivers. In particular, the evolution of the Marketing Operations (Ops) role has created a new standard in marketing and has become a vital component of an organization’s success.