3 Lessons on Innovation from Jeff Bezos


Jeff Bezos just became the world's richest man. His creation, Amazon, is an incredible company. The consistency and breadth of innovation it has produced over the past two decades is awe-inspiring.

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How Corporates can use the Lean Startup and Business Model Canvas


The Lean Startup is a hot topic for organizations right now, so we asked a practitioner - Justin Souter, of Souter Consulting - to help readers get a handle on the elements of the Lean Startup framework, and provide some lessons from the field. The post is in four sections: 1.

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An introduction to Design Thinking for Innovation Managers


“Design thinking draws on logic, imagination, intuition and systemic reasoning to explore the possibilities of what could be, and to create desired outcomes that benefit the end user (the customer). A design mind-set is not problem-focused, it’s solution-focused, and action-oriented.

Strategic and Innovation Alignment: the Choice Cascading Model


So many organizations struggle between their strategic goals and how the innovation activities can truly fit to achieve the level of contribution that is expected.

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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 Complex and the Chaotic: Going Beyond Incremental Innovation


Innovation is easy. Or rather, certain kinds of innovation are. Faced with the challenge of improving a product or service in the marketplace shouldn’t present too much of a problem for organizations with capabilities in managing and deploying their knowledge base.

How does innovation management help in digital transformation?


The power of digital disruption is so immense that it now sits on the top priority list for almost every executive.

Knowledge as a social process


Walker’s Wagon Wheel tavern in the 1970s has a particularly important place in innovation history. Its name provides a great description of its role – like spokes on a wheel people and ideas converged on its centre and on a Friday night the air was full of conversation.

Creating Meaningful Organizations - Learnings from the 2016 Academy of Management Meeting


Making organizations meaningful. Noble pursuit and this year’s theme at the Academy of Management’s 76th Annual Meeting (AOM) where close to 10,000 students, scholars, and professionals in the management and organization space gathered to discuss companies’ raison d’être. The Innovation Manager

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.

How Collective Impact Can Empower Innovation Challenges in Higher Education


What do you do when the problem you face is overwhelming in its complexity? What do you do when the experts you need are in every corner of the world? What happens when no individual or group has all the answers? Higher Education

How Value Co-Creation can Boost Your Innovation Process Significantly


No matter the industry, co-creation of value is a hot topic. Marketing specialists swear by it; manufacturers and service providers try to integrate it in their innovation practices; researchers study it. Value co-creation happens within networks and enable individuals, groups and organisations to connect, collaborate, solve problems and satisfy heterogeneous needs and expectations together.

Can you really engineer an open culture?


The idea that an open culture can be engineered or that cultural change can be outsourced is tempting.

4 Essential Tips for Better Innovation Performance


Right before January 1st, I felt an (in)explicable urge to “rant” about New Year’s resolutions on LinkedIn. And I had my reasons: websites were, as they usually are, racing to publish/ showcase stock advice, standard methods/tools and other types of “one-size-fits-all” solutions for all conceivable innovation management problems. Strategy & Alignment

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How Crowdsourcing Evolves: The Four Stages to Transformation


The innovation management industry is highly fragmented today, which makes it confusing to understand which methods apply to which scenarios, and what the difference is between those doing crowdsourcing, and those doing enterprise programs designed to facilitate business transformation.

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.

Unfuzzying the Front End of Innovation. An interview with Liberty Global's Spark Team


Roel de Vries and Sarah Kelly are the innovation managers for Liberty Global’s innovation program, Spark. In May 2017, they’ll be presenting at the HYPE Innovation Managers Forum in Bonn.

On superbosses, mentoring and other prerequisites for innovation


“The delicate balance of mentoring someone is not creating them in your own image, but giving them the opportunity to create themselves” I didn’t say that, Steven Spielberg did. And I could not agree more.

Driving Innovation in Higher Education – Insights From an LSE Report


There are a variety of forces impacting colleges and universities today: economic and demographic, financial and ideological. Even forces related to how higher education is “consumed”. In response to this fast changing environment, institutions in higher education are changing too. Higher Education

What is Free Innovation?


Kittihawk, 1903. Wilbur and Orville Wright, up at an insanely early 5am, listening to the wind singing in the wires of their fragile aircraft. They’ve been doing this for three years – in fact ever since they had the idea of attaching wings to the bicycles their repair business operated on.

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.

The Knowns and Unknowns of the Front End of Innovation


The above quote is from the former U.S. Secretary of Defense Donald Henry Rumsfeld, who mentioned “unknown unknowns” (Rumsfeld, 2002). Since then, people have started using quadrants of knowledge, i.e., known known, known unknown, unknown known, and unknown unknown, to understand and explain the nature of risk but also of leading to an opportunity. For innovators so much of innovation is hard to detect, it needs discovery and working through these quadrants of knowledge as well.

How to turn around a failing program


Not all enterprise innovation programs go well - sometimes they crash and burn, and sometimes they slowly degrade until they fall off the radar.

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Where does Triz fit within our growing organizational practices for Innovation?


We have seen a consistent change over the years to move towards a more inventive engineering and discovery mindset within our innovation approaches.

The difference between DMAIC, DMADV, and Innovation Management


Now many of you might not be any the wiser on what DMAIC and DMADV might mean, unless you have had some exposure to Six Sigma.

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.

Improving your Business Potential for Innovation - Limitations and Criticisms of Design Thinking


Let me summarize where we are today in Design Thinking. Design Thinking has raised a lot of expectations as well as its fair share of controversy. Why are organizations so caught up by DT? Often it became the promise of having creative ways to solve solutions and work in harmony with all the rational thinking that dominates much of business thinking today. DT sounded so appealing, it quickly became “oh, we need some of that.”. Methods & Frameworks

The Four Main Types of Collaboration


“In the same way you can never go backward to a slower computer, you can never go backward to a lessened state of connectedness” Douglas Coupland - Canadian novelist and artist, author of “Generation X”.

The 10 Most Successful Innovation Blog Posts of 2017


After we have just jumped into 2018, full of new year resolutions and a huge agenda on challenges everyone wants to stand up to, we created an overview of our most successful blog posts of 2017, hopefully being able to support your upcoming projects with some insights and valuable advices. Best of 2017: What a year it has been! A re-designed blog, lots of new reports and whitepapers and not to forget, the blog posts - 45 new ones in total.

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The "Hundred Club", Surviving the Innovation Business in a Long-Term Run


N ext time you switch on your TV or computer display spare a thought for the company who probably produced the liquid crystal display. With over 60% of the global market the German company Merck is probably not one which would instantly come to mind. But they dominate this and a wide spread of other activity in the chemical and pharmaceutical world.

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.

Why Diversity Matters in Innovation Management


"Oh, I've never thought about it that way!". Have you ever said this to a friend or a colleague at work? Or has anybody ever said this to you? Probably. We don't always share the same opinion or the same point-of-view with other people in our private or business environment.

The Power of User-Led Innovations


Babies are wonderful, a constant source of fascination as you share their discovery of a rich new world and see things afresh through their wide bright eyes. But they also have side effects, some of which can bring you back to earth with a bump!

Creating the Physical Space for Innovation


Building spaces for innovation is a hot topic these days. Whether you call them innovation hubs, maker-spaces, fab-labs, accelerators or hotspots you can hardly turn a street corner or a magazine page before you bump into another example.

Why a Job-To-Be-Done Approach Can Be Crucial for the Success of Your Innovation Program


How often do you get caught up in the numbers game in innovation? You are encouraged to generate lots and lots of ideas, the more ideas, the better. Then you are encouraged to “fail fast” by quickly evaluating ideas to see which is the best. But innovation is not a mixture of guesswork, searching in a random fashion what might strike a chord with your customers. Should innovation be made up of random events? Should all those ideas be collected in the first place?

Quantifying a Culture of Innovation

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

Innovation Management Day 1: How to Launch Your Program


In the above webinar, HYPE's Colin Nelson looks at how companies launch their innovation programs, and the key considerations to have in mind. Here's a brief walkthrough of some of the main talking points. Firstly, why do organizations implement innovation programs?

The Baldrige Framework: In Pursuit of Excellence


The history of management is littered with outmoded fads, those tools that seem to have a short shelf-life. There are a few that are seemingly enduring, but one that perhaps does endure is the Baldrige Excellence Framework.

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Insights from the Gartner CIO Survey


Gartner’s annual survey of CIOs reaches out to 2,944 individuals from across 84 countries. It’s a useful barometer for the state of digital transformation, and technology support for innovation.

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Platform Thinking: Reusing Hard-Won Knowledge


Watch any group of kids playing with Lego and you’ll quickly get the idea behind platform thinking. A small number of standard modular components linked to a basic architecture – and you can build almost anything!

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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.