Cris Beswick

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.

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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?

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.

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%

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

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

Less snake oil, more thought leadership please!

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

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.

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

Focusing on moving from disorder in today’s world

Paul Hobcraft

To borrow and adapt a phrase from F. Scott Fitzgerald and those over at Cognitive Edge: “ The test of (complex adaptive) intelligence is the ability to hold two opposed ideas in the mind at the same time and still retain the ability to function.”.

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Recession, Survival and Innovation

Destination Innovation

In times of severe recession should you cut costs and focus on survival or take the opportunity to invest in innovation so that you can benefit from the eventual recovery? Well the short answer is that you have to survive first.

Working through the current disorder we find ourselves in

Paul Hobcraft

In times like these, we need to “unfreeze.”

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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.

Podcast S3E53: Alex Osterwalder – Creating an invincible company

Idea to Value

In today’s episode of the Idea to Value Podcast, we speak with Alex Osterwalder, Partner at Stratgyzer and creator of the Business Model Canvas. We speak about what it takes to create an invincible company, with a particular emphasis on the importance of a balanced innovation portfolio.

Podcast S3E51: Stephen Shapiro – Using different lenses to reframe business problems

Idea to Value

In today’s episode of the Idea to Value Podcast, we speak again with Stephen Shapiro about his new book, Invisible Solutions: 25 Lenses that Reframe and Help Solve Difficult Business Problems.

Podcast S3E52: Josh Linkner – How to build up rituals to reward creativity

Idea to Value

In today’s episode of the Idea to Value podcast, we speak with multiple entrepreneur Josh Linkner, about how to apply discipline to creativity. Josh is a talented Jazz guitarist, as well as having written bestselling books and starting and selling multiple technology companies.

We need to delay the Tokyo 2020 Olympics

Idea to Value

Dear International Olympic Committee – IOC. We need to delay the Tokyo 2020 Olympics, for the following reasons: Japan’s elderly population. Tokyo’s crowded infrastructure. The athletes’ ability to perform.

Business Agile: A Roadmap for Transforming Your Management & Adapting to the VUCA Environment

Speaker: Peter Taylor, Speaker/Author, The Lazy Project Manager

Businesses everywhere are trying to “get business agile”—but it’s not easy to adapt to becoming this adaptive. How can conventional organizations succeed in this transformation? In this webinar, Peter Taylor will walk through the change process step by step, and look at a tried and tested transformation roadmap: benefits are outlined, solutions to common challenges offered, and tried and tested methods and tools provided. It will be a guide towards a decentralized and management style that offers more successful decision making through collaboration.

Innovation fails because humans have emotions

Idea to Value

A while back, one of my consulting partners from another office asked me to review their client’s innovation process. Their team had been engaged to review why their innovation process was not delivering results.

How to turn a crisis into opportunity in innovation

Exago

We are all facing an unexpected challenge. But even (and especially) in these times of uncertainty, innovation should not drop off the top of your must-do list. These 6 ingredients will help your organisation stay on track.

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5 innovative solutions to combat Coronavirus developed by creative companies

Idea to Value

Necessity is the mother of invention. This famous saying is especially true right now, as the world is struggling to contain the spread of the COVID-19 Coronavirus. However, some companies and creative individuals have already come up with innovative solutions to the problem.

Seeking out knowledge that feeds our innovations

Paul Hobcraft

The more we embrace change and recognize innovation demands more of our time, the more we must seek out knowledge that ‘feeds’ innovation. And the more we ‘push’ for learning, the greater chance we have of thriving in a challenging world.

Game-Changers 911™: How to Change the Game in 2020

Speaker: John Storm, President, BrainStorm Network

Join John Storm, President of the BrainStorm Network, to learn how to identify game-changing opportunities within your company and industry, and then brainstorm ways to capitalize on these ideas. Get ready to change your game in 2020!

Best TV Box Sets

Destination Innovation

Bryan Cranston in Breaking Bad. Here are my choices for the top TV box sets to binge watch. Breaking Bad. The very best. Bryan Cranston is brilliant as a high school chemistry teacher who starts a new career as a meth producer. Five seasons of compelling drama. The Sopranos.

The Energy Transition Needs A Structured Innovation Process

Paul Hobcraft

All of us are at present, caught up in the terrible spread of the Coronavirus (COVID-19). It is hard to think about other things when such societal and economic impact is hitting each of us every day.

In this scary Coronavirus time, we can benefit from working more in isolation

Idea to Value

For the past two weeks, everyone in my company has been working remotely. We had several cases of the Coronavirus in the office, and as a precaution, everyone has been working from home. And it has been working remarkably well. We have been collaborating using Slack, Zoom, Google, Phone and email.

How Inovation Affects Leadership and Reskilling: Industry 4.0 Case

Idea to Value

The fourth industrial revolution is no longer just something that companies need to prepare for – it’s a reality that has already arrived. Everything about our current landscape is changing, from how we communicate to the avenues we have for connectivity. In the age of Industry 4.0,

Navigating the VUCA World With Innovation Coaching

Speaker: Janet Sernack, Founder and CEO of ImagineNation

Join the founder and CEO of ImagineNationTM, Janet Sernack, to understand how developing an innovation coaching skill set can help lead the way in supporting people through the exponential change and disruption in our VUCA world.

Everything is changing faster- can we respond differently in our Innovation work?

Paul Hobcraft

Suddenly we are stopped from traveling; we are advised to work from home to keep us safe from this coronavirus and catching it. We have the choice of “self-imposed” or company-imposed” time at home.

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Restarting in times of crisis

Exago

We're all feeling some uncertainty, but hectic times can actually push us ahead faster. Exago (Re)START helps you find new ideas when you need it most. The post Restarting in times of crisis appeared first on Exago. Blog collaboration exago start innovation-tips software

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How Can You Force Yourself to Think Outside the Box?

Destination Innovation

There are many ways. Here are some suggestions: First recognise that we all live inside boxes which frame our view of the world. We all make assumptions. Stay curious and open-minded. Ask many questions about any situation and be receptive to different points of view.

Judge a woman based on her ideas, not her profile photo

Idea to Value

I need to start off by apologising. I’m not immune to bias, just like everyone else. This week I had a very interesting conversation with my fiancee about her experiences and challenges to be taken seriously at work as a woman. Especially as an attractive woman in a creative profession.

Indistractable: How to Control Your Attention and Choose Your Life with Nir Eyal

Speaker: Nir Eyal

Ever get the feeling the world is full of too many distractions? Research shows the ability to stay focused is a competitive advantage, in work and in life. However, in an age of ever-increasing demands on our attention how do we stay productive and stay sane? In this webinar, Nir provides research-backed, practical advice, and memorable strategies for managing distraction and our time. Nir Eyal shares findings of his five years of research into how to master what he calls, "the skill of the century," the power to be "Indistractable."