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Get Innovative Solutions with the Ideas Exchange Method

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Image by Geralt on Pixabay. The Ideas Exchange is a brainstorm method which I use with larger groups. It is easy to run, quick and effective. This is the procedure: 1. The problem is clearly stated. Everyone is given two coloured cards (or post-it notes). Say one white and one pink.

The Innovation Sophistication Index

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How can you assess how innovative your business is? The Innovation Sophistication Index is a list of just 24 statements. For each statement you score one point if you fully agree with it for your organization. Please try the list below now.

Ten Ways to use Lateral Thinking for Creative Problem Solving

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Short video with ten tips and techniques to help you use lateral thinking for idea generation and creative problem solving. The post Ten Ways to use Lateral Thinking for Creative Problem Solving appeared first on Destination Innovation.

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When the Idea is Ahead of the Technology

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Sometimes the idea is tremendous but it fails because of the current state of technology or infrastructure. Consider the common remote control for your TV set. The Zenith Radio Corporation launched the first wireless remote control for TVs in 1955.

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.

Messy beats Tidy

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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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Innovate like a Software Start-up

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Large organisations tend to treat major new product developments as serious projects which require serious resources. They use project planning tools and stage gate processes.

Monitor Your Innovation Capability in these Three Areas

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Many organizations have top-level goals for innovation but struggle to measure progress toward them. How can you assess the current state of your innovation capability? There are three critical areas to consider.

The Top Ten Risks for Business

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The top ten business risks according to a survey by Aon. Short video. Failure to innovate is #3. The post The Top Ten Risks for Business appeared first on Destination Innovation.

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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 Little Innovation which Powered E-Commerce

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It is clear that the internet has transformed how we shop. More people are buying more products and services on-line than ever before. High-street retailers and big brands are suffering at the hands of on-line merchants large and small.

Innovators in FMCG love Direct to Consumer

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In 2010 the Gillette brand which is owned by Proctor and Gamble held 70% of the US market for razors. It boasted continuous innovation in product design and enjoyed a gross margin of around 60%. Its market share has now slid to around 50%.

Eight Tips for Better Conversations

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Photo by Isakarakus on Pixabay. You probably know some people who are unremittingly dull company. You may be fortunate enough to know some brilliant conversationalists who can enliven any discussion. In which category would other people place you?

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Today’s Common Practices will become Obsolete

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Joseph Lister. In 1865 an eleven year old boy, James Greenlees, was run over by a cart in Glasgow. He was rushed to the Royal Infirmary with a gashed leg containing a multiple fracture.

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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.

Innovate and Persuade with a Well-Judged Nudge

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Behavioural nudges are clever policy tweaks often used by governments to influence the choices that people make. They are often found to be more effective and less costly than direct actions such as quotas, taxes or subsidies.

Focus on the Opportunity, not the Problem.

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Two groups of engineering students were given a similar task – to design a bicycle rack for a car. The first group was shown an existing but poorly designed roof rack for bicycles. They looked at all the issues with the current design and then set out to come up with something better.

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Insights for Innovators from the Founding of Google

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In 1973 a married couple, Mr and Mrs Page, who both worked at Michigan Sate University were blessed with a son. The father was a Professor of Computer Science and the mother taught programming. They called their son Lawrence though he was known as Larry. At the age of six the boy was given a home computer, one of the very first models, and soon he was programming. Larry was a precocious child and went on to study Business and Computer Science at his parent’s University.

Nine Cognitive Biases that lead us to make Bad Decisions

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Thinking traps that steer us into wrong directions and poor decisions. Short video. The post Nine Cognitive Biases that lead us to make Bad Decisions appeared first on Destination Innovation.

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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.

Kickstart Innovation by Removing the Barriers

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Surveys show that the large majority of senior executives see innovation as critical for their businesses but are dissatisfied with progress in this area. If you want to make your organisation more agile and innovative where should you start?

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Be Unpredictable – Surprise your Customers and Competitors

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Boy Browning. Frederick Arthur Montague Browning (1896 – 1965) was known as ‘Boy’ Browning. He served in the British Army with distinction in the First World War. He was promoted to Adjutant at the Royal Military College, Sandhurst.

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The Raid on Entebbe – A Tale of Two Leaders

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Idi Amin. Yitzhak Rabin. On June 27 1976 Air France flight 139 from Tel-Aviv to Paris was hijacked following a stop at Athens airport. Security at Athens was lax and four terrorists boarded the flight. Two were German, Brigitte Kuhlmann and Wilfried Bose and two were Palestinian.

Message to the Board – We Need to Talk about Innovation

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Innovation should be a regular topic item on the agenda of company board meetings. If you have not had a fundamental conversation about innovation with your key corporate stakeholders and senior executives then these are some of the questions and topics to discuss at the first such meeting.

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.

Which is better – Planned or Emergent Innovation?

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Most innovation initiatives are planned and programmatic. We focus on a challenge, analyse the problem, brainstorm some great ideas and then put together teams to implement the best ones.

Four Magic Phrases to Improve your Powers of Persuasion

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Would you like to be more persuasive with people? How can you get people to like you, respect you and listen to your suggestions? Studies have shown these four simple expressions to be highly effective when used in the right circumstances: 1.

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11 Great Things to See and Do in South Florida

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Deering Estate. Many visitors think of Florida in terms of Orlando and Disney World. But I believe that once the children have grown up you will find that South Florida has much more to offer. Here are my picks for great things to see and do in South Florida. The Florida Keys.

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Four Tips on Decision Making from Jeff Bezos

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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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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.

Facial Recognition – Should we be Worried?

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The new Apple iPhone X uses facial-recognition software (FRS) to unlock the device rather than a pin or fingerprint. Apple’s adoption of FRS underlines the importance of this burgeoning technology.

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Nine Short Innovation Lessons from Lego

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Lego is now revered as one of the most innovative and successful companies in the world. But in 2003 the company was $800m in debt and on the verge of bankruptcy. The turn around in its fortunes has been spectacular.

What does FAIL stand for?

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What does FAIL stand for? First Action in Learning. We all know that we have to fail more often if we are going to try new things, learn new skills, and conquer new challenges. Yet we are afraid to fail. Failing may hurt but it is part of the process and a key requirement for learning.

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Too much Precaution deters Innovation

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The precautionary principle states that if an action or policy has a suspected risk of causing harm to the public, or to the environment, in the absence of scientific consensus that the action or policy is not harmful, the burden of proof that it is not harmful falls on those taking the action.

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.

The Geek who Changed the World

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Tim Berners Lee. Sir Tim Berners Lee is known as the inventor of the World Wide Web. He created its three fundamental components: the formatting language HTML, the address system URL, and the HTTP system for linking sites. He was born in 1955 and grew up in London. As a schoolboy he was an avid trainspotter. He learnt about electronics from tinkering with a model railway. He gained a first-class honours degree in physics at Oxford University and became a software engineer.

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Is ‘Jobs to be Done’ the Road Map for Innovation?

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Competing Against Luck is the rather curious title of a new book by the eminent innovation guru, Clayton Christensen, ably assisted by three acolytes, Hall, Dillon and Duncan. It is an important work which makes some big claims.

Sights to see in North-East Scotland

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Dunrobin Castle. Most visitors to Scotland stop in Edinburgh and then head to the north-west Highlands and Skye – which are undoubtedly spectacular. The opposite coast is much less visited but still has plenty to offer.

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Why Government is Essential for Private Sector Innovation

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Steve Jobs announced the iPhone to the world on 9 January 2007. This iconic product became a sensational success and propelled Apple to become the most valuable company on Earth. It created a new product category, the smartphone, which has become the must-have item for people in all nations.

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.