Gregg Fraley

Nine Questions CEO’s Should Ask About Innovation

Gregg Fraley

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.

Going Nuts

Gregg Fraley

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.

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.

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.

Design 105

Three Keys to Accelerating Innovation through Connecting and Collaborating Outside your Organization

Speaker: Gordon Vala-Webb, Author, Speaker and Consultant, Building Smarter Organizations

From his upcoming book, Building Smarter Organizations, Gordon will do a deep dive into connecting and collaborating with those outside your organization to accelerate innovation. Gordon will provide practical strategies to connecting and working with the "nearside" of suppliers, partners and alumni in order to accelerate innovation.

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 ).

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.

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.

Seven Ways to Prepare for Effective Brainstorming

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Want an Innovation Breakthrough? Prepare, Then Brainstorm. Most brainstorming doesn’t work. The literature bashing brainstorming is extensive. Sessions often fail, and there are many reasons. Ideas are still needed to fill pipelines!

Building A Collaborative Innovation Playbook

Speaker: Greg Satell, Innovation Advisor, Speaker and Author

From his newly released book, Greg Satell has researched how people and organizations successfully innovate. We are excited to have Greg join us for a session that will draw upon these insights and provide a playbook for how to define the right innovation strategies for your organization to overcome the specific challenges that your organization faces and dramatically improve your innovation effectiveness.

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.

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).

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.

To Innovate, Invest (USA, UK, listening?)

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Ben Tarnoff’s recent article for the Guardian hits hard. America has become so anti-innovation – it’s economic suicide. This article is worth a careful reading.

Organizational Creativity, A Practical Guide for Innovators & Entrepreneurs

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Book Review of: Organizational Creativity, A Practical Guide for Innovators & Entrepreneurs. I read the literature associated with creativity and innovation. Can you hear me snoring? I don’t review most of them because I’d have to pan them.

A Strategic Approach to Open Innovation

Speaker: Jeffrey Phillips, Senior Consultant, OVO Innovation

This action-packed session examined the critical questions you should ask as you establish an open innovation framework: which technologies or ideas? Which partners and how many? Which methods? By taking a strategic approach to open innovation, you’ll find the right ideas or partners more effectively, and you’ll accelerate new products to market more quickly. This was a great session you don’t want to miss.

Confederacy of Creative Effectiveness

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Creative Effectiveness 2017. What if 2017 turned out to be the most creative year of your life? More than creative, what if 2017 was the most creatively effective year of your life? There’s a difference.

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

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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.

Different Ideas Emerge From Different Doing

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Different Isn’t That Difficult; It Requires … Doing Things Differently. Innovation Programs Based On Best Practices are Doomed to Mediocrity.

6 Keys to Making Collaborative Innovation Successful

Speaker: Soren Kaplan, Founder of InnovationPoint

We are excited to launch the Collaborative Innovation Webinar Series with Dr. Soren Kaplan. His just released book, "The Invisible Advantage," provides actionable insights into how any organization can create a culture of innovation, an environment that promotes freethinking, an entrepreneurial spirit, and sustainable value creation at all levels and across all functions. By registering for the webinar, you will get a free excerpt from his book.

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.

Nine Ways to Play at Work

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Nine Ways to Play At Work (see list below). The idea that one should invoke a sense of play around challenges is not a new one.

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.

The Leadership of Open Innovation

Speaker: Paul Sloane, Director, Destination Innovation

Paul Sloane is a well-known author and speaker on open innovation. In this session, Paul takes us through examples of successful open innovation programs to explore the breadth of what open innovation can be for organizations and the value it can bring. This was a great session you don’t want to miss.

Dance Your Challenge

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Shake Your Booty. The Creativity and Innovation point of this blog takes about three paragraphs to develop, so business readers, let me tell you a brief story to set it up.

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. .

Domain Knowledge Matters Donald Trump

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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.

Graphene Application Challenge Prize?

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The Graphene Challenge. Graphene is a new material that is just in its infancy in terms of commerical usage. It’s from graphite, the stuff in pencils.

Models, Strategies and Tactics for Accelerating Innovation through Collaboration Outside the Organization

Speaker: Paul Campbell, VP of Innovation, Schneider Electric

We are excited to have Paul Campbell, an expert in corporate entrepreneurship, covering some of the strategies and tactics he has repeatedly used to transform corporate innovation programs. In this session, Paul shares his experience innovating in new and adjacent markets through a deft deployment of open innovation, business accelerators, venturing, M&A, R&D, business development and strategy team leadership.

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.

Innovate Innovation Policy

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Why a Hostile Immigration Policy is Stupid. Who remembers George Gilder? He’s a relevant person to recall at this moment in time. George Gilder said in 1995: “Without immigration over the last 50 years, I would estimate that U.S. real living standards would be at least 40% lower.”

The Founder, Innovation On Film

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Michael Keaton as Ray Kroc in The Founder. The Founder, Lessons in Innovation. The Founder , starring Michael Keaton as McDonald’s founder Ray Kroc , is the best film about innovation since Moneyball in 2011.

Disaster: CEO’s Ignoring Digital Innovation

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Does Any CEO Have the Luxury to Ignore Digital Transformation and Innovation? Gregg Fraley and Karen Kirby, copyright 2017. Innovation + Business + Technology = Digital Leadership. Turnover of CEOs is already high, about 14.9 % a year as of 2016*.

Quantifying a Culture of Innovation

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

Woulda-Coulda-Shoulda Innovation

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Time to Plan for 2016 Innovation Now. This time of year it’s natural to get an innovation plan in place — if you’re not there already — the time is now. Talking to customers about their innovation efforts I’m hearing regrets in December.

Get a Grip on Innovation — 10 Questions, 20 Minutes

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Get a Grip on Innovation — 10 Questions, 20 Minutes. Ten questions for you to focus on assessing the state of your organization’s innovation program. Twenty minutes to learn something and take action steps.

Projects Are How Innovation Happens

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Projects, Projects, Projects. Innovation is complex and difficult — but one thing about it is not. What’s quite simple about innovation is that projects are what make innovation real. The following concepts, frameworks, approaches, etc. are Not Innovation.

Small “i” Insights or Large “I” Insights Yield Different Innovation

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World’s first ATM at Charring Cross in London, 1968. Qualitative Consumer Verbatims Lead Directly to New and Improved Ideas. Disruptive Innovation Requires Reframing of Consumer Words and Need States.

Data 55

Creating a Culture of Innovation — Validating Success with Numbers

Developing a culture of innovation internally leads to higher employee engagement, empowerment of your employees to assist on solving some of your most vital problems, an effective method for capturing their ideas and acting on them and finally, an increase in costsavings.