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The Eleven Change Roles

Braden Kelley

Change is Hard Change can be complicated, change can be confusing, and change can be difficult to successfully implement in any organization. This is why 70% of change initiatives have been found to fail.

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Building an Innovation and Insights Group from Scratch

Braden Kelley

Many of you reading this have created or operated innovation or insights programs for organizations of a variety of sizes, or are curious about how to go about it.

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Innovation vs. Invention vs. Creativity

Braden Kelley

There is so much talk about innovation these days, it’s hard to sometimes distinguish the signal from the noise. In fact, the word innovation gets thrown around so much that it leaves people wondering: What’s really innovative?

Testing My Personal Limits with Innovation

Braden Kelley

A few months ago I came across an article in Engadget about Physiclo, a startup company launched to provide resistance clothing for athletes. I’m assuming their name Phyisclo is a mashup of the words physical + clothing.

6 Ways to Build a Successful Innovation Program

Learn how forward-thinking leaders use crowdsourcing to impact their company’s bottom line through methods such as creating a culture of innovation.

Every Company Needs an Innovation Coach

Braden Kelley

Innovation is not a solo activity. While the rare lone genius may be able to invent something on their own (although still always inspired by others), nobody can innovate by themselves. Innovation by its very nature, requires collaboration.

Transform Your Business with a Change Success Manager

Braden Kelley

“Stealing the role of customer success manager from the world of SaaS is the key to making your digital transformation efforts a success.”

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Accelerate Your 2018 Commitments and Start the Year Strong

Braden Kelley

As 2018 picks up speed, perhaps you are a manager or leader with a project that you are responsible for finishing before the end of the first or second quarter.

Keeping Your Best Friend Safe

Braden Kelley

Every so often something comes along that is super funny, super cute, and super functional, all at the same time. Check out the video below and then we’ll dive in to the innovation potential of The Rocketeer Pack by ZuGoPet.

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Who is the Innovator? Amazon or Kroger?

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Poking the Box for Innovation

Braden Kelley

One of the best ways to challenge people’s thinking and get a group moving in a direction towards innovation is to get the group to define the box.

Spigit's 2018 State of Crowdsourced Innovation Report

A rigorous analysis of how the world’s largest brands – representing 21 different industry verticals – leverage their innovation programs to solve problems and surface opportunities, and the key role crowdsourcing plays in their success.

Wrap Up Those 2017 Loose Ends and Finish the Year Strong

Braden Kelley

As 2017 comes to a close, perhaps you are a manager or leader with a project that you are responsible for finishing before the end of the year. Why not get an MBA-qualified resource to help you complete the work?

The Five Keys to Successful Change

Braden Kelley

My second book, a followup to Stoking Your Innovation Bonfire, is in the copy editing process and will be coming out soon.

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Building a Culture of Continuous Innovation

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Interview with Change Management Review

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Challenging Orthodoxies – Flying High

Braden Kelley

With a new Top Gun movie coming out soon, I thought this might be an appropriate share. It used to be in the early days of military aviation that a pilot’s head only served as some level of protection during … Continue reading → Innovation aircraft Israel military Military Innovation U.S. Military United States Air Force Weapons Systems

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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.

Ten Reasons You Might Suck at Innovation

Braden Kelley

In a popular previous article we looked at the Top 10 Reasons Not to Innovate.

Architecting the Organization for Change

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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.

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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!

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Data From 3.5 Million Employees Shows How Innovation Really Works

Analysis of how 3.5 million employees using Spigit ideate proves innovation is a science, and can be measured.

3 Free Change Planning Toolkit™ Site Licenses*

Braden Kelley

According to multiple sources, including McKinsey, 70% of change efforts fail. The reason many change efforts fail is that they often lack a clear plan.

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Failing Fast Leads to More Failure

Braden Kelley

One scary statistic is that 70% of change initiatives fail. An overwhelming proportion of new product launches fail. Most new businesses fail. The sad fact is that failure is all around us.

What We Can Learn About Innovation From Crows

Braden Kelley

Crows are everywhere. There is no denying it.

Taking Four Different Paths to Innovation

Braden Kelley

How to Improve Customer Experience in an Era of Choice

Customer experience is quickly becoming the de facto differentiator between successful businesses and the ones that fail. Download this ebook to learn how some of the largest companies in the world are driving better customer experiences.

2017 Thinkers50 Nominations Now Open

Braden Kelley

Every two years Suntop Media ranks the top 50 management thought leaders and bestows the Thinkers50 Global Ranking of Management Thinkers. The ranking relies on nominations and voting from the community, meaning that the public decides who is selected.

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Five Reasons to Invest in the Change Planning Toolkit™

Braden Kelley

There are many reasons the Change Planning Toolkit™ is worth far more than the small cost to acquire an individual education license for the toolkit to learn about the tools and how to use them.

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Inside the Mind of Jeff Bezos

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Change Planning Toolkit™ Ask Me Anything Transcript

Braden Kelley

On Thursday, June 8th I took all questions about the Change Planning Toolkit™ on TWITTER via hashtag #cptoolkit and my contact form. Here were the questions and the answers: 1. I bought your insightful book Charting Change – How can … Continue reading → Change

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Project Analytics: Visibility that Aids Risk Management

Speaker: Miles Robinson, Agile and Management Consultant, Motivational Speaker

Product Managers face changes that put delivery at risk. Just as you use data from the customer to inform your solutions, transparency during the building of those solutions is critical for making better risk mitigation decisions. Whether your solution has fixed scope, fixed scheduling, fixed resources or fixed level of quality, the earlier you can know when these are at risk (and how) the better. The more clear the picture, the better you can understand the impacts of changes, and the more effectively you can deliver the solution the customer needs, when they need it, at a reasonable cost. This session will focus on the use of a One-Dimensional Product Backlog from a risk management point of view. We will show how this tool can be used to monitor and evaluate how your solution is getting built, and a clear view of any cascading impacts risks have as they surface.

Building a Better Athlete

Braden Kelley

As an athlete and a basketball coach I’m always on the lookout for interesting things that fit into a regular workout, enhancing the experience and the outcomes, without detracting.

13 Change Management Experts Share Their Tips

Braden Kelley

Recently my colleague Daniel Lock collected and published points-of-view (POV) from 13 change management experts on implementing fast, dramatic and powerful change.

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Get Social with Your Innovation

Braden Kelley

If your organization is struggling to sustain its innovation efforts, then I hope you will do the following things. Find the purpose and passion that everyone can rally around.

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Are you an expert?

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I came across this video recently thanks to my friends at BLT who recruit consultants for firms in London and beyond.

Embedded Analytics, Everywhere

Speaker: Dean Yao, Director of Marketing at Jinfonet

What's the next big trend in analytics software and applications? You've probably used it without even knowing: embedded reporting and analytics. Software development teams more often now are embedding 3rd party analytics solutions into their products and applications to let them focus on other core areas of their software. They also want to provide what their users ask for: reporting and analytics from within the context of the applications they are already using. Dean Yao will talk you through powerful strategies and best practices in embedded reporting, dashboards and analytics that will add value to your products and applications while giving you an analytics partner you can rely on. Empower users with better data presentation and exploration for deeper insights into their data.

Birth of the Part-Time Chief Innovation Officer

Braden Kelley

In my last article, we looked at the keys to Hiring the Right Chief Innovation Officer, including some do’s and don’ts.

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Ask Me Anything About the Change Planning Toolkit™

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Make Money using the Change Planning Toolkit™

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Want to achieve faster and more effective change on a grand scale? I am super excited to announce that you can now can get a Commercial License directly on this web site or through a certified Change Planning Toolkit™ practitioner … Continue reading → Change Digital Transformation Association of Change Management Professionals Being First change leadership change management Change Planning Canvas Change Planning Toolkit Forrester Gartner ProSci Skillsoft Top 10

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What’s Your Innovation Story?

Braden Kelley

Many, but not all, innovations involve some kind of technology, and start as an invention. Many of these technology-based inventions that may eventually become innovations are created by startups, but many are created inside large companies as well. In both … Continue reading → Innovation marketing communications Storytelling success The Nine Innovation Roles Value Access Value Creation Value Translation

Living With Technical Debt: Balancing Quality and Perfection

Speaker: Cliff Gilley, The Clever PM

As a Product Manager, you probably have to deal with technical debt. Regularly. Whether you like it or not - because it can’t be avoided. Unexpected details pop up, as small as UX that needs clean-up, and as big as a previously unforeseen flaw in the infrastructure of a project. We have to accept that nobody gets away without some technical debt. And of course, the longer you take to deal with your technical debt, the more difficult it becomes to address fully. Feeling frustrated? Fortunately, we can take a step back, gain clarity, and see how the decisions we make impact our technical debt. Then, we can make decisions about how we want to balance technical debt with other priorities. Are we willing to live with some level of technical debt in order to ship product and meet deadlines? Can we mitigate technical debt to get to an MVP faster?