Gregg Fraley

To Innovate: Learn, Scaffold, Ideate

Gregg Fraley

Innovation is Learning. For many years I kept the concepts of innovation and learning in separate boxes. I thought innovation was creating new things of value, and, learning was understanding new things. I always suspected there was a closer connection.

GFi Innovation — Fall Training Course Schedule

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It’s fall and it’s time to go back to school. If you’re in the Chicago or Denver areas, check out these innovation training course offerings. Gregg Fraley Innovation (GFi) is offering three public courses in late October and early November. Click on the course title to register.

How You Ask for Innovation Matters

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Six Considerations for Inclusive Innovation. The Wall Street Journal published an article this week, Why Innovation is a Team Sport. . It reveals a broad based study on innovation done by the research firm Great Place to Work. You can download the entire white paper at Great Places website.

Innovate Where You Are — and With Who You Have

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Off-Site Innovation can indeed spur creativity. I like what Cardinal Health and Crimson Cup are doing in Columbus, OH with offsite innovation spaces. I like the attention they’ve paid to team diversity and on a customer-centered process.

11 Proven Ways to Turn Your Culture into a Culture of Innovation

Learn the 11 proven strategies that you can implement quickly to get every employee innovating and contributing to the growth of your company.

Seven Innovation Fundamentals for Leaders

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Innovation Fundamentals for Leaders. First of Seven Blogs. Invest in Frameworks, But First, Establish a Culture Where Innovation Thrives. Leaders — How Are You Doing With These Basics? Success is built on doing the basics well.

Digital Technology MoshPit

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New Service Offering for Digital Technology Innovation. Discover Ideas for Long Term and Tactical Innovation Projects. Chicago, IL, August 1, 2018 — The MoshPit Innovation Service is an innovation project discovery service marketed by GFi (Gregg Fraley Innovation).

Retro Motorcycles Signal Innovation In Goshen, IN

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Manufacturing in America — Using the Past to Create an Innovative Future. It’s heartening to learn about a small USA manufacturer who’s doing something creative, new, and intere sting. Janus Motorcycles in Goshen, Indiana is creating hand-crafted, small batch motorcycles.

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Nine Questions CEO’s Should Ask About Innovation

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Nine Questions CEO’s Should Ask About Innovation. Tell me what I should be thinking about.” The man asking, a CEO of a Fortune 500 company, was dead sincere. We were at a social event. He’d asked me what I did and when I told him I was an innovation consultant, his eyebrows raised.

GFi Working With Universities, Manufacturers, and Big Pharma

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Recent Projects at GFi. GFi is the consultancy of Gregg Fraley and specialist associates he brings in to execute projects. This is a periodic update.

6 Ways to Build a Successful Innovation Program

Learn how forward-thinking leaders use crowdsourcing to impact their company’s bottom line through methods such as creating a culture of innovation.

Innovation MoshPit

Gregg Fraley

What’s Really Needed is an Innovation MoshPit. Reinventing Combinations, Concept Blends, and Mash-Ups. I’ve been touting concept blends in innovation for some time. My reason is simple, it’s a fast path to new and different ideas.

Five Ways Incivility Decapitates Innovation

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A Culture of Incivility Harms USA Innovation. Five Ways Incivility “Decapitates” Innovation. The recent flap around Kathy Griffin’s posting a picture of a fake severed head, of our President, was a sad attempt at humor, but incredibly successful at provocation.

4 Ways to Amplify Digital Innovation in 2018

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Learn 4 Ways to Amplify Digital Innovation in 2018. Alignment, Team Diversity, Knowledge & MoshPits. The challenges facing innovation leaders, facing 2018 is — how do you integrate new digital capability? This is not innovation as we once knew it. This is not your Dad’s innovation.

GOP Debate: No Mention of Manufacturing

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A short post to make an observation. Say what you will about the GOP debate last night — and there is much to say — there was no attention paid to manufacturing. Search the transcript, you’ll not find the word mentioned a single time. Wow, it’s a very big point to miss.

Spigit's 2018 State of Crowdsourced Innovation Report

A rigorous analysis of how the world’s largest brands – representing 21 different industry verticals – leverage their innovation programs to solve problems and surface opportunities, and the key role crowdsourcing plays in their success.

Training is an Innovation Accelerant II

Gregg Fraley

Do You Wish To Accelerate Innovation? Get Training! When I step into a room to facilitate an innovation, strategy, or idea generation session I always find a great deal of energy. What I also often find is inexperience.

Domain Knowledge Matters Donald Trump

Gregg Fraley

Call me king of the obvious but I’d like to remind folks about something related to leadership, innovation, and the upcoming election. Domain Knowledge Matters. I’m not taking political sides here but I’m going to make a point about Donald Trump’s candidacy.

The Flaming Lips and Economic Development

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Consider Attending the Creativity World Forum 2015. As many of you know I’ve participated in the annual State of Creativity Forum in Oklahoma for several years.

Ten Things United Airlines Might Have Done

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Improving Customer Service at United Airlines Requires a Paradigm Shift and Recognizing They Have a Problem. Creative Training Would Have Helped. 10 Things United Airlines Might Have Done (see below). Once again we have an incident of extremely poor customer service from a major airline.

Quantifying a Culture of Innovation

A rigorous, quantitative analysis of corporate innovation cultures – the most comprehensive study on this topic ever.

“Open For Business” is a Promise Made

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Open for Business . It’s a real joy when a business opens its doors for the first time. “Open for Business” sounds and feels like hope and possibility to me. Starting a new business is where creativity blossoms and where innovation is made real.

Mash-Ups for Innovation, a How To Guide

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How to Do Mash-Ups for Innovation. This is an article length, comprehensive post on Mash-Ups for Innovation. To say the least Mash-Ups hold great promise in helping people and organizations find useful and sometimes breakthrough innovations.

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The Billion Dollar Breakthrough You Missed

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Why and How are Billions in Potential Innovation Left On The Table? Innovation is Fresh Combinations . What’s Needed: Sophisticated Tools to Deliberately Make Fresh Connections Across Domains (see MoshPit ).

Baby Steps To Breakthrough In Regional Economic Development

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Creativity, Innovation, and Economic Development — Embracing the Challenge. Better Questions Means Better Answers for Regional Economic Development. It’s about Attitudes, Projects, and Baby Steps. Economic Development is important and challenging work.

Data From 3.5 Million Employees Shows How Innovation Really Works

Analysis of how 3.5 million employees using Spigit ideate proves innovation is a science, and can be measured.

Trump: Learn to Steal Smart

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Stealing Smart and Stealing Stupid. Melania Trump’s speech last evening at the GOP convention, and today’s subsequent media uproar and fiasco, is symbolic of several things in my view. Summarizing my themes here: Competence, Theft, and Ideas (or lack of them).

The Innovation Imperative

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The Innovation Imperative… growing innovation culture and capacity. If you want an organization to survive, you must innovate. But innovation is more than survival, it’s the heart beat of an organization.

Invest in Innovation Skill Building

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Invest in Your Innovation Capacity. In my various consulting engagements I have learned not to take much for granted. I thought by this year in history (2016) everyone in the business world would have a clue as to how to do ideation (aka brainstorming) properly. Wow, not even close.

Fast Company’s Brainstorming Fail

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Fast Company Article “Brainstorming is Dumb” Misses the Point. Brainstorming, Done Properly, Is Not a Tool, It’s A Multi-Step Process. Here we go again. And yet another major publication publishes a misleading article about brainstorming — Brainstorming is Dumb.

5 Product Traps - And Better Paths

Speaker: Johanna Rothman, Management Consultant, Rothman Consulting Group

Is your agile team overloaded with feature requests, with no time for discovery? Do your roadmaps read like impossible wish lists? Well, you’re not alone. It may seem impossible now, but what if we said that with a few changes, you could be meeting deadlines with the ability to predict progress with accuracy, be happy with your progress against the roadmap, and be making time for near-continuous discovery? Johanna Rothman has seen this all too often across many different organizations. She will take us through five common traps that agile product teams fall into – and likely you are in several of those traps right now. And good news - she has ways to avoid them!

Six Ideas for Coping with Little “d” Depression in Innovation Projects

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Innovation and Depression. …Six Ideas for Coping with Little “d” Depression… Nobody talks about the dark emotions related to innovation. You hear about the emotional high of a big “aha” moment.

Intrapreneurship Chicago 2016

Gregg Fraley

In recent years I’ve become a bit anti-conference. I still go to some but I find the formats tired. The formula favors big name authors and speakers who sometimes miss the mark. The agenda is so jammed you don’t have time to talk to your peers.

Going Nuts

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A quick note to those who follow this blog. Gregg Fraley is fine, in fact, better than ever. He’s also busier than a one-armed paper hanger. Training and ideation projects have him traveling and away from his desk.

Paying Lip Service to Developing Entrepreneurs

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There is a very frightening trend happening in the USA. We are not growing entrepreneurs. What is it we believe in our capitalist country? Isn’t it something like this: Anybody who works very hard, has a bit of talent and a good idea, can start something, grow it, and do well. .

What Users Want: How and Why to Build Knowledge into Your Product

Speaker: Nils Davis, Principal, NPD Associates

Usage data allows PMs, the product team, and the whole organization to make better decisions. Good usage intelligence gives you the ability to be smarter, more active, more decisive, nimbler, and to minimize risk. But what if you don't have that data - such as before you have users? Or, what if the right decision seems to fly in the face of the data you have? Or, what if your product offers more than just the standard features? To get deeper into these questions, Nils Davis asks, "What is the most interesting thing about Instagram?" (Because who doesn't like a product that Facebook paid $1 billion for when it had fewer than 50 employees and no revenue?) Nils will use the example of Instagram’s Filters to talk about how putting prebuilt knowledge in your product can change the way your product is used for the better - putting you in the company of most market-leading products. Finally, he’ll tie it all together by explaining how the way you interpret and use usage data can impact the way your tell your product’s story, and ultimately, how your users use your product.

Seven Essentials of an Effective Innovation Project Manager

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Outsourcing innovation project management might be the most strategic money you spend this year. It’s not a new idea but it’s one more companies should consider. It sure beats doing nothing. See my Seven Essentials for hiring below.

Five Magic Imagination Guidelines

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Five Magic Imagination Guidelines. You hear it so often that it becomes one of those things that you really don’t think about it. “Use your imagination” is the phrase or thought that I’m talking about. I believe that many of us actually fear our own imagination.

Temporary Innovation Veep

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The case for bringing in a temporary Innovation Veep. “On Call Innovation Director/Mentor/Trainer”? What really changes innovation culture? Are you seeking a change in your innovation approach? Is your organization mired in a non-innovative swamp?

Damaged Pure Michigan Brand Impedes Economic Development

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Pure Michigan is a Damaged Brand. As a Michigan resident I’ve followed the developments in Flint with a mixture of horror, sadness, outrage, and confusion. This post is not about political blame.

Using Data and Messaging to Drive Product Activation

Speaker: Ruben Ugarte, Founder, Practico Analytics

Onboarding users is filled with possibilities and challenges. Not only are you showing the user how to use your product, but it's also a chance to connect with them and understand their needs. Of course, it’s crucial to have a good onboarding experience to drive your activation metrics. Quality onboarding is the first step towards turning a newly acquired user into a repeat user. If you're looking to optimize your onboarding to improve your activation metrics, this webinar is for you. Ruben Ugarte will be focusing on how to improve all aspects of onboarding experiences by understanding how your current onboarding process is stacking up, and giving you the tools to prioritize what to try changing. With improved onboarding, you'll see less drop-off and a happier user experience.