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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.

3 Innovation Lessons from Louis C.K.

Innovation Excellence

Despite all the talk of disruption and rapid Fortune 500 turnover it can feel like the same old brands are touted as the titans of innovation year in and out.

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Can Everyone Be Innovative?

InnovationManagement

Innovation is an integral part of many organizations today, and for good reason: it helps companies stay agile, relevant, and evolving. However, innovation is often difficult to achieve—or is even met with resistance. Enabling Factors Organization & Culture

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Innovation SOP: How Chief Innovation Officers Can Develop Trust Between Work Teams

Qmarkets

Qmarkets’ Innovation Standard Operating Procedures (SOP) : In this series, we will present different guidelines on how to bring innovation theory to practice.

Technology Scouting: Why It Works – A Harvard Business Review Published Study Perspective

Technology scouting can increase the rate and potential for meaningful innovation. A recent study conducted by the Harvard Business Review makes the case for technology scouting. Research shows that connecting with a wide range of external resources increases the rate of, and potential for, meaningful innovation.

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5 Motivations for Innovation

100open

How do you best incentivise participation in innovation? Or conversely how do you avoid accidentally demotivating people through your innovation initiatives? We’ve heard quite a few organisations ask us a version of these questions, and especially the second question over the years. Needless to say I would guess that innovation programmes can be inadvertently demotivating if the balance between competition verses collaboration wasn’t quite right.

Building A Network To Solve Education

Digital Tonto

The power to solve tough problems won't be found in ivory towers, but emerges at the center of networks, where ideas can connect, evolve and adapt to a ever-changing and more complex. [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]].

If you’re not learning, what are you doing?

Mike Shipulski

You can’t learn until you acknowledge you don’t understand. No one knows everything. No sense pretending, especially if you want to learn. If you don’t know what you want to learn, any learning will do. If you’re not surprised, the learning could have been deeper.

How companies strangle innovation – and how you can get it right

Steve Blank

A shorter version of this post first appeared on the HBR blog. — I just watched a very smart company try to manage innovation by hiring a global consulting firm to offload engineering from “distractions.”

2017 Business Innovation Report

Spigit’s 2017 Business Innovation Report is an in-depth look at why and how the biggest brands in the world tap into the collective intelligence of their employees, customers, and partners to solve business challenges.

Innovation in Corporate Financial Services

Innovation Excellence

Societal and technological trends are developing at an exponential pace. We see it, sense it, and read about it every day.

Jumping to a fresh cycle of innovation design

Paul Hobcraft

I have argued in the past that innovation management needs to radically adjust and needs to be designed differently, it needs to be highly adaptive.

Curiosity Affects the Brain, Enhances Learning

Michael Roberto

Several years ago, Daisy Yuhas wrote an interesting article about new neuroscience research regarding curiosity and leanring. I came across the article today, and I thought it was worth sharing the key lessons. Yuhas explains the findings from a study about how intellectual curiosity affects the brain and shapes learning.

Reinventing Me: The Final Frontier Of Disruptive Innovation

Bill Fischer

We all live in a continually unpredictable world where personal reinvention is an ever-present possibility (if not necessity). Innovation should be a lifestyle more than a discipline, and innovating the very essence of your persona is the new, next frontier

Innovation in Changing Corporate Cultures

Thriving is the natural state of super-high performers in the workplace.

Context Matters in Successful Innovation

OVO Innovation

I think we often over complicate the work of innovation, because we believe it cannot be simple and straightforward. After all, how can an activity that can disrupt an industry, create compelling new products or services and reap significant riches be simple? To drive all of this change, certainly innovation must be difficult and complex, right? Consultants often benefit from this assumption that innovation is difficult or unusual.

The future Collective Creativity brings for enterprises [free ebook]

Be-novative

We are at the doorstep of a new innovation era, one that is fundamentally di ff erent in the quantity and quality of breakthroughs it can bring. Several trends are forcing a break from the traditional, internal, and lengthy R&D approach, setting the dynamics of today’s Age of Innovation. collective creativity ebook resource

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That’s Innovation with Two V’s

Braden Kelley

Should innovation be spelled with two v’s instead of one?

Scott Galloway's "Amazon Clinic"

Michael Roberto

For those intrigued by my post yesterday regarding Amazon and possible future acquisition targets, you should take a look at NYU Professor Scott Galloway's talk titled "Amazon Clinic."

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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 Secret Formula for Achieving Market Leadership

Innovation Excellence

As Jack Welch so skillfully demonstrated while he led GE, Market Leadership is the one real strategy that has long-term staying power. H mandated that GE would be No. 1 or No. 2 in every market it was in, or it would get out. It was a “Market Leader or nothing” strategy, and it served GE well.

Innovation or Incremental Improvement?

IdeaScale

Short-term or long-term, what goal is your team working to achieve? Innovation or incremental improvement? It’s a question that faces any business looking toward the future. Do they go in a radical, and potentially risky, new direction?

Is it Time to Innovate? What Netflix Got Right (And WebTV Didn’t)

Daniel Burrus

One point I continually stress in speaking to audiences and in consulting with organizations of all sorts is the absolute importance of innovation.

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Should You Have an Innovation Department?

Innocentive

In my previous post I highlighted a report from The European Academic Network for Open Innovation into the skills shortage many organizations face when trying to innovate successfully. One potential solution to this challenge is to build a dedicated department whose primary remit is to innovate. You can then do everything necessary to ensure that the personnel within that department have the skills required. Innovation Insights

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.

The Coming of the Age of Tolerance

InnovationManagement

How did we arrive here, so suddenly? When for the first time was the original idea of the ‘age of curiosity, scarcity and abundance” published? It was right here in a syndicated column in 2005 and it was a very scarce notion. Today Age of Abundance is a useless notion; the term is widely used […]. Innovation Psychology

Are You Building an All-Star Innovation Team?

Innovation Excellence

There’s been a big shift from individual performance to teamwork. To solve complex problems, you don’t need the best people, you need the best teams and that means we need to change the way we evaluate, recruit, manage and train employees.

Four Ways to Improve Your Creative Confidence

IdeaScale

So, your company is investing in innovation, but do you lack the confidence to be creative? A 2017 Crowdsourced Innovation Report published by IdeaScale noted that more and more companies are embedding innovation initiatives at their organizations.

The Dark Side of Board of Director Mentoring Relationships

Michael Roberto

Joann Lublin wrote a Wall Street Journal article this week titled, "Boards Try Buddy System to Get Newcomers Up to Speed." Lublin describes how some boards have assigned mentors to new directors, so that experienced board members can help newcomers assimilate to the culture of the group. Lublin offers the example of Carol Martz mentoring new director Amy Chang at Cisco Systems. She explains, More boards are pairing new members like Ms. Chang with seasoned mentors like Ms.

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.

Eight Tips for Successful Intrapreneurs

Destination Innovation

Say you have a great idea for a new product or service in your field of expertise but you are reluctant to take the plunge, quit your job and start your own business. You know that launching this venture on your own would be risky, stressful and costly.

5 Examples of Crowdsourcing in the Financial Sector

Innocentive

Innovation in the financial sector has arguably lagged. Over time, hierarchical structures, regulatory pressure and “the way we’ve always done things” have propped up archaic practices which overlook customer experience in favour of stability and security. Innovation Insights

Creating a Culture of Innovation in Business

Innovation Excellence

Any business that wishes to survive​ ​(​​and thrive)​ ​in today’s constantly changing business environment must continuously evolve its processes, operations, strategies and product/service offerings.

How Innovative Social Media Campaigns Can Boost Your Brand Exposure

InnovationManagement

Increasing brand visibility and exposure is something that can really make all the difference, because no matter how good and unique your product or service is, you won’t have too much success if you don’t promote it through social media platforms. Strategies marketing social media

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.