Paul Hobcraft

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.

The Energy Transition Needs A Structured Innovation Process

Paul Hobcraft

All of us are at present, caught up in the terrible spread of the Coronavirus (COVID-19). It is hard to think about other things when such societal and economic impact is hitting each of us every day.

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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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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.

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How To Create A Movement To Drive Transformation In Your Company Or Industry

Speaker: Greg Satell

Everybody has something they’d like to change, whether it is a problem in their organization, their industry, their community or society at large. But how can you get your ideas for change to take hold beyond a small circle of likeminded people? What you need is a cascade: small groups that are loosely connected but united by a common purpose. When they synchronize their collective behavior as networks, they become immensely powerful. A business model is disrupted, an industry is remade, the preceding order is no more and the world is transformed.

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.

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Cracking the complexity code

Paul Hobcraft

There was a good article within the McKinsey Quarterly published way back in 2007 entitled “Cracking the complexity code,” written by three authors Suzanne Heywood, Jessica Spungin, and David Turnbull. It still has a lot of relevancy in my mind today.

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Increasing innovation focus on the end-user segments within the energy transition story

Paul Hobcraft

Source of visual used: [link]. When you investigate and research the energy transition that is underway, the higher focus to date has been on the progress to replace fossil fuel with renewable power generation technologies.

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.

So are we doing enough in the Energy and Urbanization Transition?

Paul Hobcraft

In a recent SIEW Opening Keynote Address , entitled “ Accelerating Energy Transformation ,” Cedrik Nike, a member of the Managing Board of Siemens AG and CEO Smart Infrastructure, asked the question to the audience: Are we doing enough? Sadly he only had ten minutes.

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Focusing on Innovation for our Energy Transition we are all undertaking

Paul Hobcraft

When you are undertaking such a transformation in any system like energy, innovation becomes vital to inject new forces of dynamism and creative thinking to tackling such a change.

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Building Healthy Innovation Ecosystems for Your Projects

Speaker: Nick Noreña, Innovation Coach and Advisor, Kromatic

In this webinar, Nick Noreña will walk through an Innovation Ecosystem Model that he and his team at Kromatic have developed to help investors, heads of product, teachers, and executives understand how they can best support innovation in their own ecosystem. He'll also go over metrics we can use to measure the health of our ecosystems as we build more resources for innovators.

Recognizing an innovation need

Paul Hobcraft

All things considered for Innovation Thinking

Paul Hobcraft

Source: Rikke Dam and Teo Yin Siang. When we are designing innovation for the future, the search is even more centered around strategically connected value creation.

Facilitating the Innovation Ecosystem Design

Paul Hobcraft

I do like to capture thoughts within Mind Maps. I am never sure if they work for others as the map maker does see things in his or her own way. In the end, it is seeing the other person getting it, that light bulb moment.

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Extending innovations value- appreciating the whole system.

Paul Hobcraft

There is always a time to reflect. It is when you have those spaces within your daily work you must take a view, a break, consider something that builds your energy up some more, to make it more resilient.

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Dynamics within the system are always dominated by the slow components.

Paul Hobcraft

The worrying thing is within any dynamics within the system they are dominated by the slow components, and the rapid components simply have to follow along. Look at how larger organizations operate.

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How to Solve 4 Common Challenges of Legacy Information Management

Speaker: Chris McLaughlin, Chief Marketing Officer and Chief Product Officer, Nuxeo

After 20 years of Enterprise Content Management (ECM), businesses still face many of the same challenges with finding and managing information. Join Chris McLaughlin, CMO and CPO of Nuxeo, as he examines four common business challenges that these legacy ECM systems pose and how they can be addressed with a more modern approach.

Accelerating Innovation in the Energy Transition Journey

Paul Hobcraft

[link]. What fascinates me presently is the energy transition currently being undertaken, due to the enormous amount of innovation options being considered and applied. New technologies are changing the very nature of how energy is going to be produced and delivered over the next ten to twenty years.

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Valuing digitization alongside innovation

Paul Hobcraft

We all see around us increasing disruption caused by digitalization.

Peeling away the layers of your innovation reality

Paul Hobcraft

So do we have a clear understanding of where we are in our current innovation capabilities? We have to establish a way to map our ‘terrain of innovation reality’ in not just how we are performing but what lost opportunities have slipped through.

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I would recommend applying the Innovation Value Proposition

Paul Hobcraft

Adapted from original source [link]. An innovation value proposition (IVP) is not the easiest place to go. It must build meaning and purpose and provide that unique identity that enables innovation to flow.

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Never Miss an Opportunity: How ISO 56000 Enables an Innovative Organization

Speaker: Peter Merrill, President, Quest Management Inc.

One of the challenges for innovators is how to integrate innovation with Quality Management (QMS) and balance the culture of creativity with execution. Join Peter Merrill as he walks us through the newly published ISO 56000 series on Innovation Management, specifically the Guidance Standard ISO 56002 that discusses how to establish an Innovation Management System (IMS). He will take you through the elements of innovation management from strategy development, through risk assessment to solution delivery.

The Digitization of Energy

Paul Hobcraft

We are on the cusp of a new digital era in energy. Digital technology has been involved in the energy system for decades. What is new, is the pace of digitalization occurring through technological innovation, providing solutions that enable the energy system to be transformed?

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Innovation Capital Lies Within Organizational Learning

Paul Hobcraft

We need to know how to unlock the real value of innovation both personally and within the organization, we work for. If we do not fully understand where the innovation capital comes from, how new capital and stock can be provided, innovation will remain tentative, always stuttering along.

Connecting Innovation is the New Order of Play

Paul Hobcraft

There is a lot of change occurring in our innovation abilities. There is this constant shift to more open-sourcing and collaborating. We are seeing profound shifts that technology and digital transformation are bringing us to deliver innovate differently.

Recognizing different innovating capabilities to develop and grow

Paul Hobcraft

A firm’s ordinary capabilities are the ones that enable us to perform efficiently and effectively, those essential routines and practices that often require having a high level of technical need supporting these activities.

Business Agile: A Roadmap for Transforming Your Management & Adapting to the VUCA Environment

Speaker: Peter Taylor, Speaker/Author, The Lazy Project Manager

Businesses everywhere are trying to “get business agile”—but it’s not easy to adapt to becoming this adaptive. How can conventional organizations succeed in this transformation? In this webinar, Peter Taylor will walk through the change process step by step, and look at a tried and tested transformation roadmap: benefits are outlined, solutions to common challenges offered, and tried and tested methods and tools provided. It will be a guide towards a decentralized and management style that offers more successful decision making through collaboration.

Recognizing it is all about Value Creation

Paul Hobcraft

I am reading a lot about the concept of value creation recently, it answers everything but tells us so often nothing about how it is made up or it is truly present.

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How do we measure success in our digital transformation? A journey of discovery

Paul Hobcraft

How do we find answers to knowing what measures give us for success in any digital transformation? Are today’s measures relevant to tomorrow, are they still based on our legacy system of measurement, when a business was operating in a stable, predictable environment?

Checking for the global pulse of innovation

Paul Hobcraft

As a report, the 2019 Global Innovation Index (GII) is a whopper, at 450 pages, although 50% of this is detailed economic profiles and data tables for each country within the index. This GII report investigates and reports on 129 countries and then analyzes and ranks them accordingly.

The Need for Digital Innovation Platforms

Paul Hobcraft

I want to offer some thoughts that need us all involved in innovation to think about as we finish out 2018. If you are frustrated with your current innovation process then read on.

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Game-Changers 911™: How to Change the Game in 2020

Speaker: John Storm, President, BrainStorm Network

Join John Storm, President of the BrainStorm Network, to learn how to identify game-changing opportunities within your company and industry, and then brainstorm ways to capitalize on these ideas. Get ready to change your game in 2020!

The energy transition we are undertaking

Paul Hobcraft

Sources FT Guide: The Energy Transition [link]. In recent months I have become totally “wrapped up” in the energy transition occurring across the world.

We Require A Shift of Innovation Management Solution Providers

Paul Hobcraft

There is still a real reluctance that the supplier of innovation software solutions has to change. They have had a model of a constant growth success for years but it is getting harder as the market is fragmenting and looking for greater flexibility within the range of solutions.

Continuing the Energy Transition Journey

Paul Hobcraft

Source: [link]. This week I have had one of those most intense periods of researching and then absorbing the material around different energy issues. Everywhere you turn, you stumble across reports on one aspect or another of the energy transformation we are undertaking.

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The Arrival and Potential of Knowledge Graphs into Our World

Paul Hobcraft

Knowledge Graphs have a real potential to become highly valuable, topical and relevant. If only we can get them prised out of the engineer, data scientists, or software experts hands.

Navigating the VUCA World With Innovation Coaching

Speaker: Janet Sernack, Founder and CEO of ImagineNation

Join the founder and CEO of ImagineNationTM, Janet Sernack, to understand how developing an innovation coaching skill set can help lead the way in supporting people through the exponential change and disruption in our VUCA world.

Optimism in Innovation, Thinking About Risk Differently

Paul Hobcraft

For me, there is never enough talked about innovation risk. Innovation is held back so often because the quantification of risk cannot fit into an organization’s current assessment and measurements of risk. It is often too intangible, full of unknowns as the very nature of anything new and different.

Overwhelmed, underwhelmed at the Web Summit, Lisbon

Paul Hobcraft

I am taking the opportunity to review the Web Summit, held in Lisbon last week of 5th (evening) to 8th November 2018. The Web Summit, originally Dublin Web Summit, is a technology conference held annually since 2009. The company was founded by Paddy Cosgrave, David Kelly, and Daire Hickey.

Why Are We Making Innovation So Complex?

Paul Hobcraft

It always amazes me how we limit growth by not investing fully in innovation. While most large companies want to become more agile and innovative, many of them fail to turn this wish into a reality.

Confusion or Diffusion in Energy Transition?

Paul Hobcraft

Following on from my recent post, “ Managing Energy Transition through Innovation ,” let me build out the innovation argument further. Innovation needs to be talked up within Energy. It is the catalyst to all within the current energy transition underway.

Beyond the Findings: The Case for UX Research in Digital Transformation

Speaker: Marina Foglietta-Tereo, Head of UX Research, AXA Insurance

People often think of UX research as a tactical approach to improve the usability or visual appeal of a digital product. While good research will certainly validate an existing design, using it for validation alone would be like using your iPhone solely to tell time! Join Marina Foglietta-Tereo, Head of UX Research at AXA Insurance, as she explores the unrecognized organizational, cultural, and strategic benefits of an in-house, central and mature UXR team.