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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.

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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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.

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.

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.

Eleven Ways to use Crowdsourcing

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How are firms using crowdsourcing? Its adoption has been widespread and companies are finding many new uses for the technique. Ideascale have published a white paper on crowdsourcing which you can download.

Ten Top Tips for Success with Open Innovation

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Traditionally businesses developed all their new products in-house using ideas that came from their Marketing or R&D departments (or sometimes the MD’s pet projects). Increasingly this internal focus is being replaced by a more powerful and effective approach – open innovation (OI).

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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.

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.

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.

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.

Idealize the Answer

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When you are looking at a tricky problem try specifying the ideal answer in a world where there are no constraints. What would a perfect solution look like if we had unlimited resources to achieve it?

Lessons in Innovation from Rome’s Arch Enemy

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Hannibal (247 – 182 BC) was an illustrious general of the North African state of Carthage, Rome’s enemy and rival for control of the Mediterranean. His father was a Carthaginian general, Hamilcar, who made his 9 year old son swear undying enmity for Rome.

13 Great Questions to Choose from for your next Management Meeting

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Most management meetings are dull affairs stacked full of short-term urgent problems that need fixing. Discussions focus on routine operational issues and of course these things have to be addressed.

What can we do with Packaging? Why not eat it?

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With all the concern about plastics polluting our oceans it is time to think seriously about innovating with packaging. How can we make our packaging environmentally friendly, disposable and fit for the packaging purpose?

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.

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

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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.

Get Better Ideas with this Starter Exercise

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It is well known that our physiology can affect our psychology. If our posture is more positive then our thinking is more positive. Researchers Slepian and Ambady report an experiment in the Journal of Experimental Psychology.

Innovation Lessons from the Master, Steve Jobs

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Steve Jobs was adopted at birth in 1955. He grew up in California. He dropped out of college but voluntarily took a course in calligraphy. He found it beautiful and fascinating. The marriage of aesthetics and technology became his life-long obsession.

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.

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.

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.

10 Ways to Simplify your Business

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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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Who is your Corporate Innovation Role Model?

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Organic foods at the Hospital. Can you innovate and improve business performance by copying another company from an entirely different industry? This is what the Henry Ford West Bloomfield Hospital in Michigan did when it wanted to transform its customer service and operational efficiency.

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.

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.

Twelve Jobs that Robots cannot do

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The Hadrian X robot is made by Fastbrick Robotics from Australia. It can lay 1000 house bricks in an hour. The average bricklayer lays around 500 bricks a day.

Interview with John Spiers

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My interview with an old friend, entrepreneur and philanthropist John Spiers. link]. John Spiers at Aldermaston in 1970. Paul Sloane, Robin Bloor, John Spiers, Ibiza 1971. The post Interview with John Spiers appeared first on Destination Innovation.

Create your own Corporate Miracle Garden

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I recently visited Dubai to give a class on Innovation. I asked the hotel concierge for a recommendation of where to visit on a free morning. He listed all the main sights but I had already seen them. He then suggested something new, the Miracle Garden.

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.

Adversity can be a Spur to Innovation – as shown by the Greatest of Composers

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Possibly the greatest composer of all time and certainly the most revolutionary was Ludwig van Beethoven. Before Beethoven classical music was genteel, calm, structured according to strict rules and designed to please wealthy patrons.

David Bowie – The Arch Innovator

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David Bowie. Born David Jones in January 1947, David Bowie renamed himself in 1966 to avoid confusion with Davy Jones of The Monkees. He was a singer, songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, record producer, arranger, painter, and actor.

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Innovation Lessons from the Fidget Spinner

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The fidget spinner is a child’s toy which easily spins around a central bearing. Because it is a type of gyroscope it can be used to perform various tricks involving balancing, throwing and catching.

Do Something Different – Lateral Thinking in Sales and Marketing

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Why do we keep doing more of the same things? Is it because they are familiar and easy? Is it because we are lazy? Or are we scared that if we try something new it might not work and we will look foolish?

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.

Which is the Greatest Invention of All Time?

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Johannes Gutenberg. Which invention or innovation has had the most positive impact on the development of civilisation and the greatest benefit for mankind? A strong contender is the printing press.

The Ten Types of Innovation

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How many types of innovation are there? The simplest way to categorize innovation is into two forms – incremental and radical. Incremental innovation is an improvement in an existing thing (e.g. product, process or service). Radical innovation is finding an entirely new way of doing something.

Innovate with the Experience – Make it Memorable

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We tend to focus our innovation efforts on new products, services or processes. The questions we ask are: * How can we make our product better, cheaper or different? * How can we make our service better, easier or different?

The Benefits of Reverse Mentoring

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A Dutch nursing home lets university students live rent-free alongside the elderly residents, as part of a project aimed at warding off the negative effects of aging.

6 Ways to Create a Successful Innovation Program

The best practices forward-thinking companies follow to drive innovation success.