Innovation Archetecture

COVID-19: nothing new under the sun

Innovation Archetecture

What has been will be again, . what has been done will be done again; . there is nothing new under the sun. Ecclesiastes 1:9. When I was around four I tripped running up the back stairs to our house. I landed on the sharp edge of the pressed sheet metal box that the local dairy provided their customers who signed up for milk delivery. The box made a deep gash by my left eye. My mom took me, bleeding and sniffling, to the doctor for stitches.

“It’s Our Job to Ask Questions”: Building a Culture of Inquiry

Innovation Archetecture

After the publication of Great Question! I began running workshops around “building a culture of inquiry.” ” The workshops are designed to help people explore what it means to embrace a spirit of inquiry in meaningful ways within their organization and, ultimately, within themselves. Great Question! and its predecessor, The Dirty Maple Flooring Company , spoke to the power behind convening a group of people to identify and pursue the critical questions facing the group.

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Ideation Drives Discovery in Customer Experience

Innovation Archetecture

Organizations mint Chief Customer Officers (CXO) as readily as they mint Chief Innovation Officers. What is it about the Digital Age that causes organizations to mint chiefs of all stripes in the way sheriffs from the Old West would mint deputies to join them on the posse?

Business Model Canvas and Customer Discovery templates in Microsoft Visio

Innovation Archetecture

In my work with clients I have found value in having the Business Model Canvas and the Customer Discovery Flow available in Microsoft Visio as a template. Alex Osterwalder developed the Business Model Canvas in his book, Business Model Generation. Steve Blank developed the Customer Discovery Flow in his book The Four Steps to the Epiphany. Together with Eric Ries' book, The Lean Startup , the three serve as the capstone for people who want to think through how best to pursue entrepreneurship.

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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!

Innovation and Sustainability: Brothers in Arms

Innovation Archetecture

The computer hardware company Cisco published an article on how blockchain technology holds promise in accelerating the adoption of solar energy. The approach, which uses a version of Bitcoin called Solarcoin, incentivizes people who produce small amounts of power through micro-payments of the crypto-currency. The article stayed at the macro level, envisioning small payments to millions of households connected to the grid.

All Disruption Is Innovative; Not All Innovation Is Disruptive

Innovation Archetecture

The New Yorker ran an article , “Power Brokers,” on how start-up companies—some homegrown, some from Silicon Valley—are offering for the first time a reliable source of electricity to people living in remote parts of Africa. Ghana. Tanzania. The Ivory Coast. The startups have created simple kits that include a solar panel, batteries, installation, and basic house power to run a couple lights, a television, a refrigerator, and maybe a small fan for at least part of the day.

Applying Collaborative Innovation to Design Thinking

Innovation Archetecture

Introduction. “Innovate or die” becomes the order of the day. People in response seek ways to innovate. Of late, many have embraced the practice of collaborative innovation, with its application of social media to sourcing crowds and ideas, and design thinking, with its structured approach to vetting hypotheses about new business opportunities. Having arrived in the organization by different routes, they exist as potential complements.

A Recap of Innova-Con 2018: The Maturation of Innovation Management Continues

Innovation Archetecture

Last week I had the good fortune to participate in and present at the Innova-Con 2018 conference. Booz Allen Hamilton hosted Innova-Con at their new Innovation Center across from McPherson Square in Washington DC. The International Association of Innovation Professionals (IAOIP) sponsors Innova-Con as the capstone to their annual cycle of events.

Echoes of Everett Rogers’ Diffusion of Innovations: ShotSpotter Comes to the City of Cincinnati

Innovation Archetecture

Have you heard of ShotSpotter? The ShotSpotter company sets up microphones on the top of buildings within a community to capture sounds. The ShotSpotter software tied to the microphones can tell the difference between a gunshot and similar noises, such as the backfiring of a car. When the ShotSpotter software detects a gunshot, the system dials 911 to call the police. The police treat calls from the ShotSpotter system with the same urgency as they do call from citizens.

The Benefits of Pursuing Collaborative Innovation with Your Customer Advisory Board

Innovation Archetecture

Introduction. Many organizations have committed to developing deeper intimacy with their most important clients by establishing customer advisory boards. The most compelling, worthwhile forms of engagement within this structure occur when board members and stakeholders from the sponsoring organization explore possibilities for helping one another realize their respective visions. They collaborate and innovate on what a shared future might offer.

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.

Bringing Your Balanced Scorecard Alive with Collaborative Innovation

Innovation Archetecture

Introduction. Robert Kaplan and David Norton popularized the Balanced Scorecard twenty years ago. Its simple, visual framework helps organizations depict linked sets of goals that define strategy. Today, with new mindsets, practices, and technologies, people have more opportunities to engage in helping their organizations envision the future. The scorecard, however, can at times seem like an Easter Island statue, offering mute, impenetrable witness to firm performance.

Customer Experience, Ahoy!

Innovation Archetecture

Do you remember your first real job? The job where you had to show up on time? The job where, when you got your first paycheck, you were shocked—shocked—at the inexplicable chasm between gross and net pay? My first real job was at Long John Silvers. Long John Silvers served seafood as fast food. Any creature that began its life below the waves was, in the world of Long John Silvers, fair game for the deep fryer.

Three Wishes for the Corporate Innovator for 2018

Innovation Archetecture

My dad loved both the creative and technical aspects of photography. He loved taking pictures. And, he loved developing the images. Both activities have within them a bit of art and science. When he passed I inherited the negatives. Over time I have been shuttling the negatives to our local camera shop. The technicians there digitize them. The earliest negatives, in black and white, lend themselves well to digitization, much more so than the color images.

The Baldrige Award Program and Innovation Management: A Match Made in Heaven

Innovation Archetecture

Several years ago I had the opportunity and the privilege to serve as an examiner for the Baldrige Awards for the State of Ohio in the U.S. The Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award recognizes U.S. companies who commit to performance excellence in five (5) areas: product and process outcomes, customer outcomes, workforce outcomes, leadership and governance outcomes, and financial and market outcomes.

Food for Thought: Success and Lasagna

Innovation Archetecture

The recipe for success and the recipe for lasagna enjoy many similarities. First, let us compare the drive to succeed with the desire to make lasagna. We start by observing that nobody makes lasagna for one. No, lasagna is made for others to enjoy: beloved family, close friends, or acquaintances on the path to joining one of the first two groups.

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.

Blessed Are the Mapmakers: The Business of Wayfinding

Innovation Archetecture

In a recent article , I observed that the modern-day organization prizes certain cultural traits. We seek to foment a culture of innovation. We seek to foment a culture of quality. We seek to foment a culture of sustainability. And, a culture of safety. The successful organization comes to mirror the well-rounded individual whose sense of self-worth rests not on a singular character trait but on a connected set of values that link to one another, naturally and intrinsically.

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Why Finland Has the Best Education System in the World

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The school I want to begin

Podcast S4E94: Cyndi Burnett – Creativity in education

Idea to Value

In this episode of the Idea to Value podcast, we speak with Cyndi Burnett, Director at Creativityandeducation.com. We speak about what it takes to bring creativity into homes and classrooms.

The law of diffusion of innovation

Idea to Value

Any company planning on bringing a new innovative solution to market must accept the fact that not every customer will be willing to buy it immediately. There will always be certain target customers who are more resistant to trying out new ideas than others.

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.

The art of “Back Casting” needs care

Paul Hobcraft

Backcasting is a planning method that starts with defining a desirable future and then works backwards to identify policies and programs that will connect that specified future to the present. The fundamentals of the method were outlined by John B. Robinson from the University of Waterloo in 1990.

Having more information will not make your decisions more accurate

Idea to Value

It is human nature to want to be able to make the best decisions. And usually this leads to advice about making sure you have enough information for a thorough analysis, weighing up all the factors before then being able to be confident in a decision you make.

These 2 guys have found a way to make leather out of cactus

Idea to Value

Leather is a luxurious material, but it is also one of the most resource-intensive and pollution-rich materials in the fashion industry. These two Entrepreneurs from Mexico are trying to change that, with a new way to produce vegan leather from cactuses.

Survey shows the most important skills for 2025 will be creativity and innovation

Idea to Value

According to the new 2020 Future of Jobs report by the World Economic Forum, there will be an increasing demand for skills related to Innovation and Creativity between now and 2025.

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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.

You don’t need that thing

Idea to Value

You don’t need the same professional camera as Steven Spielberg before you can record your first film. You have one in your pocket. Just start filming. You’ll get better if you stick with it. You don’t need the same running shoes as Usain Bolt to become more healthy.

Podcast S4E95: Adi Mazor Kario – Learning from Israeli startups and Innovating during chaos

Idea to Value

On this episode of the Idea to Value podcast, we speak with Adi Mazor Kario, innovation strategy and design expert and author of Innovating through Chaos.

How to Remove Roadblocks to Creativity

Idea to Value

When people think about what barriers a marketer may have to success, they usually think of technical challenges. They think of things like defining a target audience or anticipating consumer response.

Podcast S4E92: Adrian Mills – Bringing creativity into consulting

Idea to Value

In this episode of the Idea to Value Podcast, we speak with Adrian Mills, Partner for Creative, Brand & Advertising at Deloitte Digital in Australia. We speak about why a consultancy would bring in advertising people, and his experience in building creative capabilities within a large company.

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.

Leading from Anywhere (Podcast with David Burkus and Todd Henry)

Idea to Value

You might remember David Burkus and Todd Henry as two recent guests on the Idea to Value podcast. Well David has a new book out, and was on Todd’s Accidental Creative podcast to talk about some of the main themes.

Hindsight is 2020: The Hindsight Bias

Idea to Value

The phrase Hindsight is 20/20 usually refers to the fact that it is usually easier to analyse and evaluate events after they have already happened, rather than when you’re in the middle of them.

This Chinese village used to produce 60% of the world’s oil paintings, Part 1

Idea to Value

There was a time a few years ago when a small town in China produced up to 60% of the world’s oil paintings. That town is called Dafen, and is on the outskirts of Shenzhen (which itself has seen a boom in innovation output in recent years).

Strictly for English Grammar Nerds

Destination Innovation

An Oxford comma walks into a bar where it spends the evening watching the television, getting drunk, and smoking cigars. A dangling participle walks into a bar. Enjoying a cocktail and chatting with the bartender, the evening passes pleasantly. A bar was walked into by the passive voice.

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.”

Pace of Innovation – The Ultimate Competitive Advantage

Idea to Value

When we think of a business having a competitive advantage, we still tend to think of traditional economic moats such as a low-cost structure, economies of scale, or perhaps a more intangible moat like a strong brand.

Bald spots and blind spots

Idea to Value

I’m coming up to 40 years old soon, and from the front I still have an ok head of hair (notwithstanding it receding a bit on the sides). But on the top of my head, I have a part where my hair is thinning so much that you can see my balding spot.

Boston Dynamics’ robots have learned how to dance :)

Idea to Value

Boston Dynamics has taught its Robots how to dance. While the following viral video may look like CGI, it is in fact real. Boston Dynamics, the company based in Waltham, Massachusetts , makes some of the most advanced bipedal and mobile robots in the world.

What is worse than making the wrong decision?

Idea to Value

Making no decision at all. Many people struggle to execute their new innovative ideas, or launch that new creative project, because they overthink them. They believe they need to think through every possible scenario and have all the answers to every question before it is safe to begin.

Reader Survey 2021 Business Innovation Brief

Can you believe we are in 2021? 2020 was a challenging year for innovation and strategy professionals. Here at Business Innovation Brief, we have worked tirelessly to provide guidance and a sense of community for our viewers. Business Innovation Brief’s many thought-leaders eased the physical distance between us by sharing their wisdom and empathy. Our goal is that through our site, we helped make 2020 as rewarding as it was challenging. We would love for you to share your experience about how the site has affected your learning, and also your thoughts on how to make it better. The total time to complete the survey is 3-5 minutes To view the survey, click the “View Now” button below: