Innovation Archetecture

Your Job Is to Attend Meetings

Innovation Archetecture

People distinguish between attending meetings and doing their jobs: “all these meetings are getting in the way of my real work.". Implicit in this complaint—"I don't have time to get my job done"—is that meetings are an unwelcome imposition upon our more life-affirming endeavors.

Pandemic Memories

Innovation Archetecture

The covid pandemic in the U.S. has been going on for a year, now, more or less. I can remember taking what became my last trip for work at that time: a routine flight to Minneapolis.

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The Yellowed Pages

Innovation Archetecture

If you told a child today that, twenty years ago, every household had a printed directory of every resident and every business in their town—and that the directory weighed upwards of ten pounds and was dropped on people’s doorsteps once a year with a satisfying “thunk,” they would think you were crazy. . No way. . It’s true, however.

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.

Is Your IoT Pilot in Danger?

Take our short quiz to determine if your IoT pilot is set up for success, or at risk of being delayed.

“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.

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?

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.

Alexa to the Rescue: Considering the Environments in Which We Innovate

Innovation Archetecture

One afternoon last week I picked up my four-year-old daughter from her pre-school. On the drive home she said, “take me to McDonalds.” ” We continued driving home. I had no plans to take her to McDonalds. When she realized that we were not going to McDonalds, she asked, “Dad, why isn’t the car taking me to McDonalds?” ” Her question surprised me. The matter of agency arose in my mind: Who was in control of the car? I checked my hands.

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.

Rightpoint Launches Cadillac's Reimagined In-Vehicle Experience

Every company is either an experience company today or will need to reinvent themselves to become one. Learn how Cadillac is using research, experience design and organizational change to deliver a next-generation user experience.

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.

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.

How Micro-Innovations Can Drive Breakaway Results

How do micro-innovations affect businesses' way of thinking? Those small acts of 'everyday innovation' are the stuff of greatness. Download the eBook today to learn more about micro-innovations and how they have influenced some of the biggest companies to date.

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.

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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Leading Advertising and Analytics Company Outperforms With a Graph Database

Xandr, a division of AT&T, has built an identity graph that connects information on people, households, and more. The company is using this graph to provide advertisers an ability to deliver commercials more successfully than ever before. Learn more.

Why Finland Has the Best Education System in the World

Idea Champions

The school I want to begin

Podcast S5E112: Simon Hill – What’s new at Wazoku

Idea to Value

In today’s episode of the Idea to Value podcast, we speak once again with Simon Hill. The last time we spoke with Simon , he was the CEO of Wazoku. Since then, he has also taken over the Open Innovation platform Innocentive.

How big is your reject pile?

Idea to Value

People are so obsessed with getting the “right” ideas. Instead, it is often much more effective to just have LOTS of ideas. This makes the likelihood that at least some of those ideas will be of high quality significantly more likely.

Podcast S5E111: David Robson – The Intelligence Trap

Idea to Value

Extending the Reach of HR: Supporting and Sourcing Remote Talent

Speaker: Karen Lim, Alliance Academy

The concept of Global HR is becoming more common as more companies become permanently remote. As companies expand their talent-bases beyond borders, HR reps will bear the responsibilities that come along with it. Adapting to different cultures, distances, and legal implications whilst preserving core company values is essential. Once you can do this, the world becomes your oyster. Join Karen Lim of Alliance Academy, and learn to thrive in a remote-first mindset.

How this 1976 French wine tasting disrupted an entire industry

Idea to Value

How sure are you that your products are better than the competition? How confident are you that your company will not be disrupted by a smaller competitor? This story shows how an entire industry was so convinced of their superiority that they weren’t even aware that they were being overtaken.

People never think of improving something by removing parts of it

Idea to Value

When looking to improve something, it seems like people always want to add more. At least, this is what an interesting new piece of research by Adams et al suggests, just published in the journal Nature.

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Why did Taylor Swift just re-record her chart-topping album?

Idea to Value

Taylor Swift is one of the world’s biggest music stars, having sold over 200 million records and receiving 11 Grammy awards. She is also respected for being a highly creative songwriter and performer.

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Stability

Idea to Value

What is more stable: A pure diamond or pure graphite? And what does this have to do with innovation?

5 Reasons Leaders Invest in Language Training

Communication is the lifeforce of any company. Without it, productivity, employee happiness, and ultimately your business suffers. Investing in language learning better positions global business leaders to see gains in organizational effectiveness as a result.

Why physicists are excited about potentially being wrong

Idea to Value

Usually, people are terrified about being wrong. But based on a breakthrough announcement in particle physics, thousands of scientists are thrilled about the prospect of some of our most deeply held beliefs being proved wrong last week.

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The Critically Important Innovation Narrative

Paul Hobcraft

Whatever we do, we do far better when we become emotionally connected. Often understanding a good story builds this emotional connection or simply puts you off. Stories can inspire and spark even greater ideas.

Podcast S5E108: Dr Robert Alan Black – The history of creativity research

Idea to Value

In today’s episode of the Idea to Value Podcast, we speak with international creativity advocate Dr Robert Alan Black. We touch on his history working with the late, great Prof Paul E Torrance and speak about the history of creativity research.

The Double-Handed Approach to Innovation

Destination Innovation

Most new products and services are developments or combinations of existing offerings. But just adding features can lead to a product overloaded with ‘feature bloat’ Instead try giving with one hand and taking away with the other.

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!

Human-centred innovation in a digital world.

Paul Hobcraft

Today we are facing many current disruptions where we need to react fast and intelligently. There are many situations we are facing that are a race against time.

The Art of Decision-making as an Innovation Leader

Idea to Value

As we all know, innovating and creating something new is usually seen, for good reason, as an important, yet highly risky endeavor. As such, innovation leaders are constantly under a lot of pressure from many different directions.

Generative Design: A new form of computer creativity

Idea to Value

Up until recently, most of the things we bought were designed by humans. Cars, computers, cans, chairs and cathedrals. Everything could be traced back to an individual or team who set out to design products with the ideal the combination of form and function.

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Write Your Future News Report

Destination Innovation

Image by Neven Divkovic from Pixabay. If you are planning a major change, a big initiative, a new product launch or something really innovative then try writing a future news story. Imagine that the project has been a surprisingly big success.

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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.