Paul Hobcraft

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.

So I keep asking myself “What is the role of social media in innovation?”

Paul Hobcraft

Social media haunts us all. For many years you first become aware, then very aware and then fully aware that social media is changing our lives. Let me confess: I am not alone I am sure but I seem to be presently suffering from Social Media Return Dilemma.

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A really worthwhile report on Innovation not to be missed from Innovation Leader.

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Shifting our thinking within the Fourth Industrial Revolution

Paul Hobcraft

I always enjoy selected parts of the World Economic Forum meeting in Davos and in this year’s #WEF18 agenda , it certainly had its good points.

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.

So Where Is Innovation Heading?

Paul Hobcraft

I have written a fair amount about the new innovation era, offering a view on its future design. One that is jumping to a fresh cycle of innovative design.

The new ROI for digital innovation

Paul Hobcraft

Innovation has had a bigger brother moving into the house next door; Digital Technology and between them, they have been busily knocking the walls down, to share the future going forward. The two have become interlinked, you seem to always need the one to respond to the other.

Jumping to a fresh cycle of innovation design

Paul Hobcraft

I have argued in the past that innovation management needs to radically adjust and needs to be designed differently, it needs to be highly adaptive.

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A new paradigm: focusing on Work to be Done

Paul Hobcraft

Much of what we read about with artificial intelligence, deep learning and robots can present a fear that our jobs are simply going, vanishing fairly soon.

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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.

What goes around, comes around, in Innovation

Paul Hobcraft

It is funny but that often-used phrase “ what goes around, comes around ” seems appropriate here.

Applying the Three Horizon Thinking to a Fresh Perspective of Innovation Design

Paul Hobcraft

There is huge value in applying the three horizon framework into your thinking. It is as useful a framework that you can get to help decide where you are heading. It is not just for innovation application, that can determine innovation activities.

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Creating the Industrial Ecosystem

Paul Hobcraft

A couple of weeks ago I was invited to the Siemens Innovation Day. I really appreciated it, yet it took me time to absorb all that was provided, over these past two weeks. One outcome is this post. I am grateful to have had the time to translate this in my mind.

As we enter 2018 we will need Knowledge Graphs

Paul Hobcraft

I received an early New Year present, actually, it came from Siemens. They had invited me to their Siemens Innovation Day in mid-December 2017. I really appreciated it, yet it took me time to absorb all that was provided, over these past two weeks.

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The future innovation core lies at the edge.

Paul Hobcraft

Boundaries seem to be continually pushed in business, nothing seemingly stands still, yet many things stay caught up in not being changed. Something has to change, we need to jettison old ways. In with the new in 2017, out with the old.

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.

The Dynamics within Agility.

Paul Hobcraft

There has been an awful lot to absorb when it comes to skills and how organizations need to be designed for the future. The suggestions have come ‘thick and fast’ from so many sources.

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The New Innovation Need: Organizing within a Networks of Collaborators

Paul Hobcraft

We are facing tough challenges within the business world. To work through these we are all being asked to transform but there has to be a clear end, a return for all this energy and resources it requires, that we are being asked to spend?

The New Innovation Need: Organizing within a Networks of Collaborators

Paul Hobcraft

We are facing tough challenges within the business world. To work through these we are all being asked to transform but there has to be a clear end, a return for all this energy and resources it requires, that we are being asked to spend?

The Perfect Conditions for Entering A New Innovation Era in 2017

Paul Hobcraft

So if there was ever a time to clear the existing innovation agenda and rework the entire space for innovating, it is about to become the pressing reality as we enter into 2017. There are so many forces coming together that require this reworking.

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.

Exploring frameworks and methods you need to know as an Innovator

Paul Hobcraft

Recently, well actually, over the past twelve or eighteen months, I was asked to explore and explain different frameworks that the innovator might need to know or at least have an opinion upon.

Why We Are Entering A New Innovation Era.

Paul Hobcraft

Credit: Acacia Communications. I wrote this recently in a post entitled “ Bringing New Innovation is Stretching the Mind “ It opened with this view: “There is a profound shift taking place, relating to innovation.

The limitations, criticisms and new pathways for Design Thinking – Part One

Paul Hobcraft

Let me summarize where we are today in design thinking. In the past couple of weeks, I have been spending a fair amount of time on investigating design thinking. This is part one of my thoughts that came out of investigating and researching design thinking in the past couple of weeks.

Return Value Back to Knowledge

Paul Hobcraft

“ Let’s return knowledge back to knowledge!” ” “Let’s return value back to knowledge” This held my attention. So now I want to draw this to your attention, the underlying story.

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.

The Essential Connection Between Strategy and Innovation

Paul Hobcraft

Most organizations are seeking solutions to the necessary connections between Strategy and Innovation. The connection between the two are often broken. Often it is within the strategies that should be outlined, lies the potential new spaces to play for innovation’s design.

Swimming along a road in a flood of digital transformation

Paul Hobcraft

I am so caught up in transformation, no, actually I am swimming in it. No gentle backstroke for me lapping in the digital transformations that are being written about, this is a hard swim, one I’m not sure I can stay afloat and make headway, yet I must, well actually we all must.

Building upon the four essential pillars for innovation

Paul Hobcraft

It is always welcome to read a thoughtful article that reminds me, no, it actually inspires me, by reinforcing my own belief that innovation is progressing, even if this is sometimes frustratingly slow.

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Platform models are the new order of our innovating business need

Paul Hobcraft

Credit: Marshall Van Alstyne, Professor at Boston University. We have seen the incredible rise of platforms that have become part of our everyday lives.

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.

Mapping the customer journey is the top driver for digital transformation

Paul Hobcraft

Organizations are struggling to understand the behaviors of the ‘connected’ customer. Partly it seems executives don’t engage with their brand or business in the way that their customers do. There is often a difference in understanding the value creating points between them.

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Innovations Degree’s of Connectivity, Interactivity and Sharing

Paul Hobcraft

We often forget it is our people that really make innovation work. They determine the ideas, drive these forward to deliver them as new innovation concepts into the world.

Bringing New Innovation Together Is Boggling the Mind

Paul Hobcraft

There is a profound shift taking place, relating to innovation. Increasingly we are seeing a growing dissatisfaction on the impact that innovation is having; in growth, in returns, in market and customer impact. There is a search for new solutions.

We are in need of a common language for innovation

Paul Hobcraft

German Late Medieval (c. the 1370s) depiction of the construction of the tower. Any innovation common language needs working upon. It firstly needs recognition it is in our best interests to find a common point.

Spigit's 2018 State of Crowdsourced Innovation Report

A rigorous analysis of how the world’s largest brands – representing 21 different industry verticals – leverage their innovation programs to solve problems and surface opportunities, and the key role crowdsourcing plays in their success.

Relating to the New Innovation Era

Paul Hobcraft

I firmly believe we are on the cusp of a new innovation era. When you step back and recognize all the different advancements we have making in designing tools and frameworks, in understanding innovation, it holds promise.

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Reducing the friction around innovation

Paul Hobcraft

I was reading a report by the IBM Institute for Business Value’s “ Fast Forward: Rethinking enterprises, ecosystems, and economies with blockchains”. In IBM’s thinking, they have clearly taken friction as part of the need to be broken down within any rebuilding of the supply chain.

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Moving to a Digital World totally across your Business is highly challenging

Paul Hobcraft

Transformation is very hard at the best of times for all of us to undertake. Digital transformation forces us to work with mostly emerging, constantly evolving technologies, and then apply these in an integrated way into an existing business.

Building the Core Competencies for Innovation

Paul Hobcraft

For my final post of the year, I went back to some of my thinking through around the building blocks needed in the core competencies for innovation we need to have in place.

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.