Paul Hobcraft

Designing Unique Workshops is hard work

Paul Hobcraft

Finding opportunities for Innovation and Growth is hard work. It is the value of having good, interactive, highly particpative workshops breaks much of those initial barriers to allow the hard work to begin in a more cohesive and collaborative way.

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Building the Innovation Business Case

Paul Hobcraft

The building always the Innovation Business Case offers a unique approach to tackle one of the real problem areas within innovation- making the case compelling. One of the toughest aspects within Innovation is making the Business Case.

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The art of “Back Casting” needs care

Paul Hobcraft

Backcasting is a planning method that starts with defining a desirable future and then works backwards to identify policies and programs that will connect that specified future to the present. The fundamentals of the method were outlined by John B. Robinson from the University of Waterloo in 1990.

Why do we have difficulties to self-disrupt?

Paul Hobcraft

“Why do we always seem to have internal difficulties to self-disrupt?”. Now that is an interesting question. My quick and simple answer is to look at all the internal constraints you can see, or those around you can add to your list or the ones you place on looking outside your own organization.

Register Today for RIDG’s Return on Innovation: Webinar Series

Speaker: Michelle Royal, Founder of RIDG

Join RIDG's Chief Innovation Officer, Michelle Royal, for a free 60-minute webinar on Tuesday, March 9th at 10 a.m. ET. You’ll learn how to lead your business to a new frontier in a time of disruption and prepare for the future despite intense financial and mental constraints of a pandemic. This is the first webinar of a three-part series on how innovation produces higher profits and happier people. RIDG helps companies make strategic financial decisions and empowers their teams to grow the business.

The crucial role Innovation must play in the Energy system

Paul Hobcraft

Innovation is vital to the energy system’s integration and operation design, and we need to further recognize its crucial role. I believe we undertake a radical transformation in the way we supply, transform, and use energy.

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Building our understanding of the factory of the future

Paul Hobcraft

Siemens Digital Enterprise SPS Dialog Results. Last week, Siemens had a really valuable virtual event called their “ Digital Enterprise SPS Dialog “ Those that missed it you can watch previous sessions on-demand at any time via “Recordings”.

Setting the right innovation challenge

Paul Hobcraft

Image Atos [link]. Atos is a global leader in digital transformation. Atos employees 110,000 across 73 countries with annual revenue of Euro 12 billion.

Connecting innovating value comes from Ecosystem thinking

Paul Hobcraft

Ecosystems can offer so much connecting value out there to ‘form’ around. We are witnessing a very radical change, driven by technology, increasingly disrupting and breaking down past traditional boundaries, partly built to defend positions so as to achieve economic scale.

Adjusting to a changing world

Paul Hobcraft

The issue we must tackle today, is how we go about adapting to the changing world? One that will be able to take all the advantages of the changes all businesses are undergoing, how societies will be adjusting and responding.

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Leading Advertising and Analytics Company Outperforms With a Graph Database

Xandr, a division of AT&T, has built an identity graph that connects information on people, households, and more. The company is using this graph to provide advertisers an ability to deliver commercials more successfully than ever before. Learn more.

No thinking time left- help

Paul Hobcraft

Today most executives seem to be time-starved. They are constantly reacting to daily events, to fix focusing and fixing short-term performance. This applies to the top executive down to the most junior.

Energy technology needs more rapid innovation cycles

Paul Hobcraft

I have been consuming the latest flagship report, released today, 10th September 2020, by the IEA called “ Energy Technology Perspectives 2020.

Taking Final Ideas to Market is the Hardest Part

Paul Hobcraft

It seems so simple doesn’t it – “bringing final ideas to market”. So easy to say, yet it does seem so very hard to achieve.

We are searching for new pathways

Paul Hobcraft

Ecosystems and Platforms are our pathways to a new innovation future. Ecosystems have suddenly become of age, as they can be formed around common concepts fairly rapidly, they can enable cross-cutting innovation to be delivered in highly collaborative ways.

Extending the Reach of HR: Supporting and Sourcing Remote Talent

Speaker: Karen Lim, Alliance Academy

The concept of Global HR is becoming more common as more companies become permanently remote. As companies expand their talent-bases beyond borders, HR reps will bear the responsibilities that come along with it. Adapting to different cultures, distances, and legal implications whilst preserving core company values is essential. Once you can do this, the world becomes your oyster. Join Karen Lim of Alliance Academy, and learn to thrive in a remote-first mindset.

Building Capability and Capacity to Expand Capabilities for Innovation

Paul Hobcraft

For innovation to be successful, the bottom line is the commitment and focus made for the building the capabilities and competencies in innovation as people make us the real value and ARE the innovation success equation in my opinion, so simply invest in them by focusing on the 3 C’s of developing their Capability, Competency and Capability.

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We need to shift from scalable efficiency to scalable learning.

Paul Hobcraft

We need to shift from scalable efficiency to scalable learning but how can we liberate creative energy, how can we achieve higher engagement?

A pathway to building more dynamic innovation capabilities

Paul Hobcraft

To build a pathway to enabling more dynamic innovation capabilities needs to go through Nine Stages.

Innovation needs the power of completing the 4th Industrial Revolution

Paul Hobcraft

We first need to recognize that there are twin forces at work, feeding off each other. We are facing greater disruption and an increasing innovation pace. These twin forces are constantly seeking out for combining, relentlessly adding the new shape to our future.

The Best Sales Forecasting Models for Weathering Your Goals

Every sales forecasting model has a different strength and predictability method. It’s recommended to test out which one is best for your team. This way, you’ll be able to further enhance – and optimize – your newly-developed pipeline. Your future sales forecast? Sunny skies (and success) are just ahead!

Innovation has the power to unlock the Energy Transition

Paul Hobcraft

The energy shifts undergoing in the energy transitions today are allowing real innovation opportunities when you survey the innovation landscape. There is complexity in all the energy transitions going on.

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A new normal is upon us, the paradigm shift that will change the World.

Paul Hobcraft

There is a real increasing pressure to totally reinvent my business. The past business paradigm of reaching out, providing value, and making money is still there. Still, it is how we all undergo the changes needed in a radically different set of economic circumstances. We all are seeing the world in a very different light, in some ways a very harsh one, where the old normals are breaking down. The change in our world is even a little scary, it actually is giving me a little “angst.”

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Those that learn to frame the Strategic Innovation discussion are the big winners

Paul Hobcraft

Constructing an innovation conversation framework is never easy, we all come at it in different ways and when it comes to those strategic conversations, we feel a sense of panic and growing tension as our messages begin to fray at the edges and slip more into tactical, the more we talk.

We all need a different Social Media profile? Now.

Paul Hobcraft

We are in a very different time, a social distancing time that might lead to a different type of work, one that you will have to be forced to stand out from the crowd as a socially engaged person. A growing reality might be that many people will be forced to stay at home until a vaccine is found, due to their risk of infection. Travel might become off-limits for many.

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11 Ways to Make a Short Remote Design Thinking Project a Success

You can achieve a huge amount in a short period with a virtual design thinking project. While some teams want to come together for several weeks or months to tackle a challenge, others want to run short, sharp projects to find a quick solution. And with the right preparation, attitude, and structure in place, that's totally possible.To help make sure your short innovation projects are a success, download this free guide from the team at Sprintbase, a virtual design thinking platform, to learn their top tips.

Exploring the Energy Transition Fitness Landscapes – opening thoughts on Hydrogen

Paul Hobcraft

I am struggling with the Hydrogen Story. It is tough to relate to something where the realization may take 40 years to move from ambition to achievement. I get it that delivering Hydrogen is the vital piece of the decarbonizing of the world by 2050, yet it does seem a long, hard road to travel. Hydrogen is undoubtedly becoming the big agenda ticket within any Energy Transition.

Do you recognize your innovators leaders position?

Paul Hobcraft

Often innovation succeeds or fails by the personal involvement and engagement of a ‘selected’ few. Recognizing the types of innovation leadership might help you manage the innovation work a little better. So can you recognize the traits of your innovation leader?

Your Future Lies in Occupying the Innovation Job and Using the Skills it Provides

Paul Hobcraft

Source: World Economic Forum, Future of Jobs Report 2018. We all need to begin to grapple with what is redefining work in knowledge, skills, our experience, and our necessary abilities to be viable and useful. We continue to hear and begin to see the effects of the Fourth Industrial Revolution. It continues to impact skills, tasks, and jobs. The implications are a growing concern that both job displacement and talent shortages will impact business dynamism and societal cohesion.

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The immediate shift in work and social norms needs innovation

Paul Hobcraft

Being in a personal crisis is one thing, but being in a global one is a whole lot different. So much is totally out of your control. You can rant and rave at some of the decisions have been made, or likely to come on some current performances. Often you are left wondering where the insights or collective thinking was trying to offset the events that were unprecedented and scary but have now put us into such a massive economic downturn.

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The D&I Garden: Seeds of Innovation that Grow into Creative Breakthroughs

Speaker: Donald Fan, Senior Director of the Global Office of Culture, Diversity & Inclusion at Walmart Inc.

In the digital era, rife with uncertainty and ambiguity, innovation plays an essential role in sustaining organic growth and outperforming the global competition. Research proves time and again, there exists a robust bond between innovation and diversity & inclusion (D&I); our challenge is to help our leaders understand how to plant the seeds of innovation in the fertile D&I garden in order to drive a strategic and competitive advantage from the office and in the digital landscape.

Seeing the Energy Transition in Different Horizons and Innovative Ways

Paul Hobcraft

The majority of my recent work has been in investigating and building a comprehensive understanding of the #energytransition. It is, to say at the very least, complex and challenging, but for me, satisfying and rewarding. Let me briefly explain how I am going about this and why. My research ‘intensity’ (If I can call it that) had to become well structured, and I turned to some of my favorite, perhaps old fashion tools to capture my learning and give me my points of reference.

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Forget Best Practice, Think Always Of Learning Next Practice

Paul Hobcraft

Often you hear the request made: “Can you give us a best practice snapshot; we would like to get a sense of where we are”.

Working through the current disorder we find ourselves in

Paul Hobcraft

In times like these, we need to “unfreeze.” ” It is a necessary time where we need plenty of adaptive thinking on our needs to start thinking how we are going to emerge out of this “lockdown,” so many of us are in and apply our reasoning to literally “crank starting” the economy engine again. Even if this is one month, two months, or longer, we need to become creative and innovative.

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Everything is changing faster- can we respond differently in our Innovation work?

Paul Hobcraft

Suddenly we are stopped from traveling; we are advised to work from home to keep us safe from this coronavirus and catching it. We have the choice of “self-imposed” or company-imposed” time at home. Time takes on a different meaning; we are cutting out those (unproductive) meetings, the train, car, and flight times, and we have the luxury to do what? Well, it is offering us that luxury of actually having time to think and reflect.

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This Buyer’s Guide Will Help you Choose the Best Graph Database

Selecting a graph database is an important decision that can shape the success of your organization. This guide is intended to assist your buying decision with side-by-side comparisons of graph databases from Amazon, DataStax, Neo4j, and TigerGraph.

Managing Energy Transition through Innovation

Paul Hobcraft

Source IRENA [link]. In the past few months, I have been placing an increasing focus on the energy transition we all need to undertake in our energy systems, to build a more comprehensive understanding of the parts that make up the whole of this transition. It is one of the most critical places where innovation application is required and able to be conducted to deliver a sustaining impact in our world.

Recognizing an innovation need

Paul Hobcraft

Innovation adoption in the technology lifecycle for Energy Translation

Paul Hobcraft

Building the systems enabling framework. Source: World Economic Forum. Technological innovation has a central role to play in the Energy Transition currently being undertaken throughout the world. The shifts need to take the different parts of the energy system through a lifecycle approach to any future energy system.

I Would Recommend Applying the Innovation Value Proposition

Paul Hobcraft

B2B Pocket Playbook: End-to-End Guide to Sales Enablement

Sales enablement is the strategic process of providing sales teams with the content, guidance, and mentorship needed to engage targeted buyers. It’s all about equipping sales professionals with the tools they need to put their best-selling foot forward. And if sales teams want to continuously sell better -- and faster -- their sales enablement process must have a game-winning strategy. It's time for you to start selling smarter - and hitting your sales number - with the best B2B database in the market. Get started today.