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What is your level of Innovation Maturity?

Braden Kelley

Introduction When it comes to innovation, no two companies are likely to be pursuing innovation in the same way, and they are also likely to be at different stages of innovation maturity.

Four Ways Crowdsourcing is Being Used to Encourage Civic Engagement

IdeaScale

How do you build a better government? Crowdsourcing! How do we get people more involved in the civic process? Innovation is probably most strongly needed in the public sphere, in good times or in bad, no matter who leads the country.

Misfit Manifesto: What Rebels Want From Their Boss

Game-Changer

How do you lead and manage for innovation? Not all cultures where innovation thrives look the same, but they all have things in common. One of them is they all unleash their black sheep ; the misfits, the rebels, the troublemakers. . How do you do that? You have to understand what drives them.

Four Tips on Decision Making from Jeff Bezos

Destination Innovation

In his 2017 letter to shareholders Jeff Bezos shares some powerful insights into decision making at Amazon. Jeff Bezos. “To keep the energy and dynamism of Day 1, you have to somehow make high-quality, high-velocity decisions. Easy for start-ups and very challenging for large organizations.

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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.

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10 Ways to Simplify your Business

Destination Innovation

Gordon Tredgold. We tend to over-complicate things. We try to do to many things instead of focusing on a handful of essential priorities. So says Gordon Tredgold in his book, FAST – Principles every business needs to achieve success and drive results.

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How To Shape An Innovative Mindset

Game-Changer

What do innovators do that imitators don’t? Innovators are alike in many ways, they ask more questions, observe deeper, cultivate a diverse network and experiment more. Simply put: innovators are Hungry Minds ; they have insatiable curiosity and a bias for action. .

How Government Employees Can be Intrapreneurs

IdeaScale

I recently watched (for the second time) a fabulous lecture which introduced a framework called the “ Inventure Cycle ” by Professor Tina Seelig.

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Why We Must Change Our Mental Models from Hierarchies to Networks

Innovation Excellence

Once you start thinking in terms of networks rather than hierarchies, it becomes clear that we must change how we do things; and not just within organizations, but also in how we approach a competitive marketplace.

Building A Collaborative Innovation Playbook

Speaker: Greg Satell, Innovation Advisor, Speaker and Author

For his upcoming 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.

Help Support Gender Equity on May 10th

Braden Kelley

I am excited to announce on behalf of Innovation Excellence friend Tiffany Shlain that 50/50 Day is less than a month away and we can’t wait for this global conversation about gender equality!

Matching Crowdsourcing to Specific Stages of Business Model Innovation

Qmarkets

I like to argue (for example, here ) that one of the major reasons crowdsourcing has not yet become a mainstream innovation tool is a paralyzing uncertainty over the question which technical or business problem can be successfully solved by using this approach.

The TRUE story of Post-It Notes, and how they almost failed

Idea to Value

Everyone knows the story of the humble Post-It Note, and how it represents an idea’s ability to evolve and flourish. Some people would even hold up Post-It Notes as a symbol for innovation itself, much like the lightbulb is a symbol for an idea.

Change Your Thinking, Improve Your Results

Daniel Burrus

Every successful company and organization inevitably must confront a key question: Is what got us to where we are today helping us to move forward, or holding us back? We’re thinking and acting as usual, but something is misfiring. You may be dealing with what I refer to as “legacy thinking.”

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.

Are Job Interviews Utterly Useless?

Michael Roberto

Jason Dana, Assistant Professor of Management at Yale, wrote a thought-provoking piece for the New York Times this past week. The title of his article: "The Utter Uselessness of Job Interviews." Dana argues that people draw conclusions from interviews based on a variety of factors, yet in many cases, these conclusions are unwarranted or flat-out wrong. In his article, Dana explains the findings from his experimental research.

Innovation Through Crowdsourcing and AI

Innovation Excellence

It takes a cross-sectional skill set to successfully implement good AI, and in order to do so, companies need to both understand their consumers’ motivations and capitalize on them using the right tools.

5 Essential Skills for Every Innovation Leader

Qmarkets

Innovation leaders are faced with a very tough challenge, charged with both driving leadership in the traditional corporate sense, but also with facilitating internal innovation, or intrapreneurship, among their subordinates.

Three Ways Government Agencies Can Do More With Less —Right Now

IdeaScale

The Trump Administration is ready to reduce waste, cut costs, and innovate in government. But are Federal agencies?

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.

Frequently Asked Questions About Storytelling at Work

Idea Champions

WHO IS THIS BOOK FOR? Anyone interested in the power of personal storytelling to awaken, inspire, and communicate a meaningful, memorable message -- especially around "moments of truth" on the job.

Leaders Should Listen More and Talk Less

InnovationManagement

Want to improve your leadership skills? Well, you can start by talking less and listening more. While your oratory skills may impress some, your ability to listen will impress even more. Great leaders understand the importance of surrendering the floor.

Digital technology is changing the innovation ‘game’

Paul Hobcraft

Digital technologies are beginning to have a real impact on the methods, approaches, and rates of our innovation outputs. Social technologies are giving us real-time understanding.

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3 of the Best Innovation Team Formulas…and When to Ignore Them

Qmarkets

You’ve heard this cliché many times before: innovation is all about people. Even if you’re an avid fan of artificial intelligence, you hardly expect robots replacing humans as innovators any time soon.

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.

Connecting People's Work to the Mission and Vision of the Organization

Michael Roberto

We hear quite often these days that leaders need to instill a sense of purpose in their organizations. People have to believe that they are doing meaningful work. They have to understand why the organization exists and what beyond profit is the goal of the firm. In an interview for Knowledge at Wharton, Professor Andrew Carton t alks about an important part of this process. He talks about how important it is to connect the broad vision of the firm to the actions of individuals on the front lines.

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Content Marketing Strategy – 15 Keys to Shooting 25 Social Media Videos in One Day

BrainZooming

On Tuesday, we were at the Kansas City Public Library to shoot videos featuring content from Brainzooming articles, downloads, and workshops. It was a whirlwind day. We shot twenty-five videos during the day to support our own brand’s content marketing strategy. Yeah, twenty-five videos.

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Entrepreneurship Hack: The Startup Idea Matrix

Game-Changer

Hey Peeps, this is a quick and must share post for you! Although ideas are a dime a dozen and execution is what matters; ideas do matter. You have to start somewhere, right? With that said, how do you generate new business concepts?

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The Value in Personal Innovation Learning Journeys

Guide 4 Innovating

If you don’t have time, how can you learn? We are in need increasingly, of faster understanding, to quickly learn or resolve an immediate need, or we have this determination or essential requirement within our innovation role to deepen our knowledge and understanding of innovation.

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.

Innovating at Startup Speed – the Silicon Valley Way

Qmarkets

A Global Innovation Hotbed. At Enterprise Development Group (EDG) we have recently made an interesting observation: there has always been a fairly steady stream of visitors to Silicon Valley, but lately this has become a veritable torrent.

Put Yourself Out There

Mike Shipulski

If you put yourself out there and it doesn’t go as you expect, don’t get down. All you are responsible for is your effort and your intentions. You’re not responsible for the outcome. Intentions don’t drive outcomes. In fact, be prepared for your work to bring out the opposite of your intentions.

Internal Branding Strategy – 3 Ways to Be Smarter than United Airlines

BrainZooming

The folks at Armada Corporate Intelligence offered an internal branding strategy take on the United Airlines woes, offering strategic thinking questions you can ask and answer to improve your brand’s resiliency and avoid brand crises.

Got a big decision to make? Try the Three by Three method.

Destination Innovation

Let’s say you are faced with a tough problem. You have wrestled with it for a while and now you have to make a decision. One approach is to use what I call the three by three method. You start by considering many options. You narrow this down to three choices. Your current best option, the CBO.

Case Study: How EDF Energy Improved Innovation by Focusing on Customer Centricity

Shetal Edwards, Head of Innovation Partnerships at EDF Energy, discusses how EDF Energy used ideation and collaboration to identify opportunities to improve customer experience and took action.