Your Ideas are Terrible

How to Guarantee an Innovation Project Team Will Fail

Your Ideas are Terrible

To survive today’s business climate and its exponential rate of change, organizations can no longer practice the disastrous (and all-to-common) practice of placing big bets on a small number of ideas. It’s lazy and comfortable and risky. Innovation leaders must learn the art of rapid decision making.

External Tactics to Deal with Innovation Budget Cuts

Your Ideas are Terrible

Your innovation budget has been axed. Pull up those bootstraps and turn to outside resources and inspiration to get the job done. In Part 1 of this series (found on Hypepotamus) we focused on internal innovation tactics to try when your budget goes the way of the Blackberry.

10 Teachings from the Startup Commercialization Trenches

Your Ideas are Terrible

with Capgemini, Coca-Cola, COX, InterContinental Hotels, Porsche, SunTrust and The Weather Company. The BridgeCommunity is a unique commercialization program that connects early-stage technology startups with global corporations.

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Build Your Innovation Team with Liberal Arts Graduates

Your Ideas are Terrible

It’s been my experience that [Liberal Arts Graduates] look at issues from various perspectives and find new ways of doing things. In other words, they think critically. And once they have a new idea, they communicate their thinking clearly and persuasively. They understand intuitively that the idea is important, but so is the ability to explain it , whether in writing or in front of a group.

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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.

What Tim Brown of IDEO Taught us about Creativity in Corporate Innovation

Your Ideas are Terrible

The Creativity Myth. Creative leadership isn’t about leaders simply becoming more creative. It’s about individuals leading for creativity. That means you, as a leader, must unlock the creative potential of your organization, no matter the industry. It’s your job to set the conditions for your organization to generate, embrace, and execute on new ideas. It’s a competitive imperative that will keep you ahead in the marketplace. Tim Brown, CEO of IDEO and author of Change By Design.

Don’t let your corporate hackathon fail before it starts

Your Ideas are Terrible

Welcome to Part 2 of our series on corporate hackathons. In Part 1 we defined corporate hackathons, described the benefits and set a few expectations. In Part 2 we’ll tackle planning. What could go wrong? Actually, a lot.

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How we use hackathons to accelerate corporate innovation & attract talent

Your Ideas are Terrible

What do you picture when you think about a “hackathon”? A conference room full of empty pizza boxes? A scene from the movie The Social Network? Black t-shirts and Macbook Airs? Many of our corporate clients ask us for advice about planning and running hackathons. How much should we budget? How do we handle IP? How can I sell the opportunity to executive leadership?

Bring Startup Speed to your Innovation Team with Personas

Your Ideas are Terrible

So… just who is our customer anyway? Ever been in a product strategy meeting and unable to answer this simple question: So who is our customer? It isn’t easy to answer because real-world solutions are complex. Customers have different needs. End-user problems are different from those of decision makers who must also “buy” your solution through support, funding or human resources. Or perhaps you have a 2-sided market – consider Uber drivers and Uber passengers.

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.

Day-Of Hackathon Blocking, Tackling & Facilitation

Your Ideas are Terrible

Welcome to Part 5 of our series on throwing impactful corporate hackathons. In Part 4 we talked about promoting your event and recruiting talented hackers to attend. In this post, we focus on day-of activities and event facilitation strategies. It’s the day of your hackathon. You didn’t sleep well, lying in bed searching the back of your mind for that one thing you forgot to do. What could it be? Was it important? No matter – you’re prepared.

The Ultimate Hackathon Budget Template

Your Ideas are Terrible

Welcome to Part 3 of our series on corporate hackathons. In Part 2 we tackled planning and success criteria. In this post we’ll do a deep-dive into the nitty-gritty of budgeting. Here is the template – keep reading for instructions. Hackathon, eh? So … how much will it cost? 36,476.89. Wasn’t that easy? Of course the real answer is … it depends. Since “it depends” is the world’s most unhelpful answer we’ll try to give you some tools. The ultimate hackathon budgeting template.

Superconsumers Hold the Secret to Your Next Innovation Breakthrough

Your Ideas are Terrible

Who buys 10 staplers in 2016? I can’t remember the last time I bought a stapler. Sure, I own one. But I have to search for the friggin’ thing whenever I need it. It surprised me to learn that around 20 million are still sold every year. Who in the world is buying them? New college grads? Businesses in emerging markets? Well, if you believe the research of Yoon, Carlotti, and Moore the answer is simple: a handful of people who love staplers.

Carie Davis Joins Startup Atlanta Board

Your Ideas are Terrible

Carie Davis, Partner at Your Ideas Are Terrible, has joined the esteemed Startup Atlanta Board of Directors. Startup Atlanta introduces, connects, supports and expands the entrepreneurial ecosystem within the greater Atlanta region to bolster the creation of jobs, companies and wealth. “We’re

Connecting Innovation is the New Order of Play

Paul Hobcraft

There is a lot of change occurring in our innovation abilities. There is this constant shift to more open-sourcing and collaborating. We are seeing profound shifts that technology and digital transformation are bringing us to deliver innovate differently.

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.

How Do We Build 21st Century Business Skills?

Tim Kastelle

“How do you teach people to be more comfortable with ambiguity?” ” That was the question from the person in charge of Talent for a big bank at a workshop we ran with them recently at UQ.

The 15 Enemies of Innovation

Game-Changer

When I put my consultant hat on I have a very easy way to detect whether or not your company is committed to innovation, and whether or not it will: the way you lead and prioritize. My examination has nothing to do with capability, but with leadership.

Shifting our thinking within the Fourth Industrial Revolution

Paul Hobcraft

I always enjoy selected parts of the World Economic Forum meeting in Davos and in this year’s #WEF18 agenda , it certainly had its good points.

You Can’t Cost-Cut Your Way To Innovation

Game-Changer

Business is hard. And there are many widely held beliefs about what leads to success. One of them is “Increase sales, reduce costs” Do both, and you’re gold. Reducing costs is where the focus goes to when increasing sales becomes a challenge.

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.

Learning a new innovation language

Paul Hobcraft

We all in the middle of a re-orientation of our ways to undertake innovation as a process and in its design. The past belief that a product was your island and pathway to secured profits no longer works. We are learning to connect in completely different ways.

People Walk Away When You Waste Their Time and Talent

Game-Changer

Miserable, undervalued, overlooked, not living up to my potential, taken for granted. These and other words are used by people who’s employeer doesn’t let them be the best version of themselves at work. Last week I met two very talented guys with high technical chops.

Is Your Innovation Problem Really a Strategy Problem?

Tim Kastelle

Note: this was originally posted on Harvard Business Review Blogs , with terrific editing by Sarah Green Carmichael. Sometimes, the problem that we think we’re solving isn’t the real problem that we face.

Messy beats Tidy

Destination Innovation

Review of ‘Messy’ by Tim Harford. In this book economist Tim Harford argues cogently that we are wrong to strive for order and tidiness because openness, adaptability and creativity are inherently messy. We should appreciate the benefits of untidiness.

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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.

We Need To Think About Failure Differently To Drive Innovation

Game-Changer

Yesterday I gave a talk to Foxconn employees and Directors about culture and how it drives innovation. A good way to frame culture is like this: what you reward and what you punish.

So Where Is Innovation Heading?

Paul Hobcraft

I have written a fair amount about the new innovation era, offering a view on its future design. One that is jumping to a fresh cycle of innovative design.

You Don’t Value Innovation If You Don’t Value Growth Mindset

Game-Changer

“I’m not looking for the best.” ” A Director of a publishing company once said this to me after he commented on how his company was looking for a innovation strategist to help them think through, and execute, a project to create the future of their company. I was numb.

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A New Integrated Innovation Engagement System

Paul Hobcraft

I have written extensively, certainly over the past eighteen months, about our need to take innovation into a new era, designed for today and tomorrow’s “fit for purpose” Below you will see my view of how I see this sketched out, as my suggested concept outline. Does it make sense?

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.

The new ROI for digital innovation

Paul Hobcraft

Innovation has had a bigger brother moving into the house next door; Digital Technology and between them, they have been busily knocking the walls down, to share the future going forward. The two have become interlinked, you seem to always need the one to respond to the other.

Innovation is The Opposite of What We’re Pretending The Word Means

Game-Changer

Every once in a while someone says or writes something that is worth sharing. I want to introduce you to Tom Goodwin, who wrote a great piece called Why you probably don’t want innovation. His point is that everyone wants innovation without knowing what it means; which I agree with.

When Corporations Fund Startups, Both Can Win

Digital Tonto

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Innovation is An Investment in Human Capital

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Innovation is as much about attitude and perspective as it is about process. So how you view innovation matters. It sounds trivial but it makes a huge difference from both an organizational and strategic point of view.

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Quantifying a Culture of Innovation

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

Shift Your Mindset to Think Exponentially

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We’re living in exponential times, the Big 5 tech companies – Microsoft, Google, Amazon, Apple, Facebook – occupy the top 6 spots of the most valuable companies in the world, thus driving the Next Economy. It’s safe to say that we live in a world dominated by technology.

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8 Best Tech Newsletters To Subscribe To

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If you have not been keeping up, emerging technologies will drive the Next Economy. Which means that in the future, you’re either a digital business or a dead business.

A new paradigm: focusing on Work to be Done

Paul Hobcraft

Much of what we read about with artificial intelligence, deep learning and robots can present a fear that our jobs are simply going, vanishing fairly soon.

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3 Reasons Why AI Needs Emotional Intelligence

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While machine and deep learning are advancing the state of artificial intelligence , there’s still a long way to go before machines can replace us ; if ever. Still, we have to recognize that today we are surrounded by computing power: devices, virtual assistants and robots; it’s everywhere.

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.