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Four Disruptive Tech Trends That Will Impact Your Innovation Strategy

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What will shake up the world this year? What’s next in technology?

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How Design Thinking Complements Crowdsourced Innovation

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In my double role as an innovation architect at IdeaScale and a consultant for innovation management, I rely on a variety of methods to set my clients up for success. Combining methods is one of the ways I make sure they make the most out of their innovation efforts.

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Yoda’s Best Advice for Innovation

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Or do not. There is no try.” Yoda’s famous advice is absolute. Yoda doesn’t leave much room for failure. But what Yoda is really talking about is commitment. Innovation happens only when we put all our effort into it, which is something demonstrated throughout the history of innovation.

Is Your First Best Idea Really the Best Idea?

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Like chess, for innovation having an idea is just the first step. Is your first idea really your best? It’s often held as an adage, but the history of ideas tends to prove the opposite.

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 Innovative Mentor

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Mentors see themselves as people developers. They take a long-term view of their staff and see innovation projects as an opportunity to stretch their employees’ capabilities and to help them achieve their aspirations.

The Stages of Innovation. Where Are You and What Does That Mean for You?

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A brilliant innovation starts with a single step. How does innovation happen? That’s a question that bedevils even the most creative of companies. Innovation is necessary for corporate survival, but where is your company in the five stages of innovation?

Is There Such a Thing As a Bad Idea in Innovation?

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Is there ever such a thing as a truly bad idea? Does anybody really believe that there are no bad ideas?

Barrier Buster: Clearing the Way for Breakthrough Ideas

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Innovation leaders must master a wide range of skills in order to enhance the innovation potential of their teams. Often, managers are required to play the role of a barrier buster to ensure the team’s creativity delivers bottom line results for the business.

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.

Culture Creator = Sustainable Innovation

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When playing the role of culture creator, the leader’s primary task is to ensure the spirit of the innovation process is understood, celebrated, and aligned with the strategy of the organization.

Purpose as a Way of Business

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Purpose offers a distinct advantage to organizations that have a clear mission and work to serve that mission. Not only does organizational purpose build clarity and drive company direction, but having a clear company purpose also turns company employees into better employees.

“Why are You Showing me That?” The Decision-Making Behind IdeaScale’s New Reporting

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Over the next couple of months, IdeaScale will be rolling out a suite of new reports alongside improvements to our ability to integrate with Analytics and BI tools.

Have you heard about ISO 50501?

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Well, let’s start with introducing you to the ISO itself. ISO is an independent, non-governmental international organization with a membership of 163 national standards bodies (think: the United Nations for standardization with representatives from each country).

Breakthrough Innovation or Disruptive Innovation?

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A breakthrough can be an even bigger deal than a disruption. Aren’t breakthrough innovation and disruptive innovation the same thing? It’s a common question when building innovation strategy. After all, the car, the telephone, the smartphone, the electric car, the solar panel, weren’t these all breakthroughs that were also disruptive? In a sense, yes. But it’s the context of the innovation that’s important. What Is Breakthrough Innovation?

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.

5 Must-Watch TED Talks to Inspire Your Innovation Team

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These talks can inspire innovation. Open innovation can be a tricky business. Innovation can be elusive, and sometimes your team needs a push to get back in the zone. If that’s the case, sit down with these TED talks to get that spark back. Navi Radjou. link].

Crowdsourcing and Traffic

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Tomorrow is Thanksgiving which means that many of you are traveling to be home for the holidays. And if you are traveling that means that you’re trying to avoid something that no one enjoys: traffic! So we thought we’d look at some of our favorite crowdsourcing and traffic stories.

Security for Cloud Innovation Platforms

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The first known references to intellectual property date back to 500 B.C.E., when chefs in Sybaris(1) were given year-long exclusives for creating particular culinary delights. This allowed the creators of these sumptuous dishes to enjoy a monopoly on selling their food for a year.

What Innovation Skills Should You Focus on Building?

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Innovation is a practice at forward-thinking organizations. And like any other company discipline, the skills and rules associated with an internal practice require refinement and continuous learning because the boundaries of that practice are constantly moving and being redefined.

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.

Collective Behavior in IdeaScale Communities

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Contributions from community members in the form of valuable ideas are seen as strategic assets in the success of IdeaScale initiatives. The larger the community of participants the more diverse views are likely to appear; more diversity increases the chances of producing valuable ideas.

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Defining Your Innovation Metrics

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Innovation: Learning from Failure

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Many people look at failure as a complete negative. I like to think of failures as the route to innovation. The keys to innovation from failure are to have a culture around dealing with and accepting failures, failing fast, and learning from the failure. So how do we go about learning from failure?

Innovating for Social Good

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Many employees desire purpose in their work beyond earning a paycheck. And many businesses want to make a difference as well. When you innovate for social good, you not only create an external impact, but you help your employees fulfill their desire for meaningful work. What is Social Good?

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.

Are you a Positive Role Model for Innovation?

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“Be the change that you wish to see in the world.”. Mahatma Gandhi. Innovators listen to what leaders say, but most of all, they watch what leaders do.

The United Nations of Innovation

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Best Practices for Asking for Employee Ideas

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Creativity should be rewarded, but you need to ask for it. Can an employee ever offer you the unvarnished truth? Many of us would like to say yes, but stop and think back to the jobs you held before you took a leadership role.

Top Resources for Driving Engagement

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A key goal at Open Nation this year was to share best practices and top resources for driving engagement. To prepare for Open Nation, our team collected and shared some of our favorite resources on community engagement strategies. Now, we want to share them with you: Webinar: How to Engage the Crowd.

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.

Improving Workforce Engagement in Your Purpose-Driven Workplace

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It’s clear that consumers care about quality and price when purchasing products and services. However, did you know that company reputation and social responsibility, rank immediately after those two factors?

Understanding the Source of Employee Innovation

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Boredom is one of those facets of life that consistently amaze. How can any person be bored when there is so much around us that stimulates our intellect and inspires our awe?

Seven Critical Crowdsourcing and Open Innovation Mistakes to Avoid

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Don’t get frustrated with your crowdsourcing campaign. Crowdsourcing and open innovation are great ideas. But like any great ideas, great results need smart execution. Too many ideas fall into a crowdsourcing gap, so here are the problems to avoid. Unfocused Strategy.

Innovation Goes Beyond Bright Ideas

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When organizations talk about innovation, they are referring to generating bright ideas. They spend time thinking “out of the box” and hope to come up with a brilliant new idea. But innovation is not the Idea; it’s more than that.

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.

The Business Case for Incremental Innovation

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Innovation can start small and snowball over time. Does innovation have to be enormous and grandiose? We often like to fondly remember world-changing innovations as just that, but that ignores all the good ideas that were overhyped, poorly implemented, and quickly forgotten.

How to Assess Your Innovation Fitness

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There are two types of innovation fitness assessments that you should perform in your organization.

Know Your Emerging Trends

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Last year IBM Marketing Cloud published a finding 90% of the data in the world today has been created in the last two years alone (2.5 quintillion bytes of data a day). Things are moving at a pretty brisk pace nowadays and our lives are changing as a result.

Develop Your Annual Innovation Strategy

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It’s that time of year when organizations close the books for the current year and start focusing on the next. As you work through your annual planning, it’s important to consider your annual innovation strategy as well.

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.