Paul Hobcraft

One great visual paints a thousand innovating words

Paul Hobcraft

One great visual paints a thousand words. This visual I came across some years back, and for me , is outstanding in providing the feedback loops that go into developing the right innovation vision.

Going beyond the 5 bold steps offered to Reimagine the American Innovation Agenda

Paul Hobcraft

I have been reading a report written by Stephen J Ezell of the Information Technology and Innovation Foundation (ITIF) along with a guru of innovation, John Kao, of ILSi on their concerns that something is amiss with the U.S. innovation system.

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The Critically Important Innovation Narrative

Paul Hobcraft

Whatever we do, we do far better when we become emotionally connected. Often understanding a good story builds this emotional connection or simply puts you off. Stories can inspire and spark even greater ideas.

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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Is Your IoT Pilot in Danger?

Take our short quiz to determine if your IoT pilot is set up for success, or at risk of being delayed.

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.

Human-centred innovation in a digital world.

Paul Hobcraft

Today we are facing many current disruptions where we need to react fast and intelligently. There are many situations we are facing that are a race against time.

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.

Going beyond the known of today

Paul Hobcraft

There are so many places where innovation is essential within the Energy Transition, due to the magnitude, size, and complexity of the change needed to achieve a decarbonized world. There is a world of innovating possibilities.

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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.

Mapping Out Your Innovating Way Forward

Paul Hobcraft

Photo by Element5 Digital on Pexels.com. Mapping any innovation journey can be complicated. There is a fairly detailed journey needed to be undertaken for mapping out your future direction of innovation.

Rightpoint Launches Cadillac's Reimagined In-Vehicle Experience

Every company is either an experience company today or will need to reinvent themselves to become one. Learn how Cadillac is using research, experience design and organizational change to deliver a next-generation user experience.

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.

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Fitness Landscape Dynamics for Innovation

Paul Hobcraft

Fitness Landscape Dynamics. Innovation is not so easy, there are so many dependencies that you need to work through.The importance of recognizing innovation needs a systematic approach becomes clear when you begin to work through all the needs and issues to understand and translate.

Defining Innovation Capital

Paul Hobcraft

My definition of what makes up innovation capital: “Innovation capital is the sum of all that promotes the development and changes required for achieving innovation outcomes, within one organization or its broader networked environment, for marketplace advantage”.

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.

How Micro-Innovations Can Drive Breakaway Results

How do micro-innovations affect businesses' way of thinking? Those small acts of 'everyday innovation' are the stuff of greatness. Download the eBook today to learn more about micro-innovations and how they have influenced some of the biggest companies to date.

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.

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.

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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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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.

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.

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.

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.

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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.

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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.

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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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?

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.

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.

5 Reasons Leaders Invest in Language Training

Communication is the lifeforce of any company. Without it, productivity, employee happiness, and ultimately your business suffers. Investing in language learning better positions global business leaders to see gains in organizational effectiveness as a result.

Working through the current disorder we find ourselves in

Paul Hobcraft

In times like these, we need to “unfreeze.”

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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.

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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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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.

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 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.

Organizations suffer constantly from unhealthy Innovation tension

Paul Hobcraft

How often do you feel the tensions surrounding innovation? A tough part of managing within larger organizations is in reducing the layers and competing forces, the underlying tensions that innovation (uncertainty) brings out? Hierarchy so often dominates or dictates the speed of what we do.

Seeking out knowledge that feeds our innovations

Paul Hobcraft

The more we embrace change and recognize innovation demands more of our time, the more we must seek out knowledge that ‘feeds’ innovation. And the more we ‘push’ for learning, the greater chance we have of thriving in a challenging world.

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.

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.