Leading a Culture of Innovation with Design Thinking Facilitation

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We have collaborated with over 100 organizations for a variety of in-person and virtual innovation, design thinking, and leadership workshops and events. Most of the times our events are private within a single organization. How to build a “culture positive” workplace.

Idea Diversity: Key to Building a Culture of Innovation

Planview

In her Huffington Post article , Tiffani Bova, Contributor Global Customer Growth and Innovation Evangelist at Salesforce, touches on an important point made by Lisa Bodell, an award-winning author and CEO of Futurethink, that has a big impact on building a culture of innovation: idea diversity. Idea diversity is a topic that isn’t talked about enough when it comes to what contributes to building a culture of innovation. Culture

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6 Secrets to Creating a Flourishing Culture of Innovation in Your Organization

Qmarkets

Fostering an innovative environment in your organization can be key to growing your business and developing opportunities in ways you have not yet even considered. An Accenture study found that over 90% of executives believe that innovation is central to the long term success of their business strategy. Here are six critical keys to getting your team up and innovating as an intuitive element of your company's DNA: Open Communication Between All Company Levels.

The Myth of Outside the Box Thinking: Why Brainstorming and Other Such Techniques Are Your Worst Enemy

Innovation in Practice

How many brainstorming sessions have you been in? What really came out of it? You probably think brainstorming isn’t that bad. But research after research actually shows that brainstorming doesn’t work. Why Brainstorming Doesn’t Work.

6 Secrets to Creating a Flourishing Culture of Innovation in Your Organization

Qmarkets

Fostering an innovative environment in your organization can be key to growing your business and developing opportunities in ways you have not yet even considered. An Accenture study found that over 90% of executives believe that innovation is central to the long term success of their business strategy. Here are six critical keys to getting your team up and innovating as an intuitive element of your company's DNA: Open Communication Between All Company Levels.

Ways to Learn Creativity

Innovation in Practice

Becoming more creative, even just a tiny bit, will enhance what you do everyday, at work, at home, or anywhere. There are various schools of thought about how to learn creativity. One approach is to study the functioning of the brain. The psychology profession leads the way on researching how your brain generates an idea, and it’s contributed a mountain of knowledge about it. I don’t think that’s what creativity is all about.

4 Team values to build a culture of innovation [with video]

Be-novative

Since Pris, CEO and founder of Be-novative graduated as a psychologist, she often speaks about the psychological factors of how to build an innovation culture every day. As “culture eats strategy for breakfast” (that is mostly credited to Dr. Peter Drucker), establishing this new mind-set should be number one priority for every innovation manager or HR leader who want to turn their company into an innovation engine.

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The Four Currents of a Culture of Innovation

Idea Champions

I've been doing a lot of thinking these days about "culture of innovation" -- trying to get down to the root of what the heck it's all about. It's easy to wax poetic about the topic (and a lot of people do), but too much of the stuff I've been reading sounds like bad advertising copy for motherhood and apple pie. So, at the risk of oversimplifying the whole thing, here's my blogospheric whack at boiling the mumbo jumbo down to the core.

Four Ways to Improve Your Creative Confidence

IdeaScale

So, your company is investing in innovation, but do you lack the confidence to be creative? A 2017 Crowdsourced Innovation Report published by IdeaScale noted that more and more companies are embedding innovation initiatives at their organizations. 53% of the innovation programs are focused on leveraging the collective wisdom of employees. The report list below the six innovation priorities that companies are focusing on in 2017.

15 most important Innovation Theories your company should be using

Idea to Value

Every company says that innovation is important, and that they value the ideas of their people. In fact, creativity is becoming a core skill which companies know they need in the future. Yet the problem lies in the fact that so few established companies actually know how to go about getting value out of their innovation ambitions, let alone turning it into profit. 40 principles of TRIZ. Suggested reading: 14 – Building a Culture of Innovation.

The Fallacy of the Aha Moment & Overnight Success in Innovation

Innovation Excellence

We’ve all heard the story of Newton and the apple. According to the legend, he came up with the theory of gravity when he was sitting under a tree and an apple fell on his head, at which point it all suddenly dawned on him. We love to hear stories of these great aha moments.

Solution-to-Problem Innovation

Innovation in Practice

Innovation is the process of taking an idea and putting it into practice. Creativity, on the other hand, is what you do in your head to generate the idea, an idea that meets three criteria. An innovative idea must be new, useful, and surprising. It means that the market will be delighted with your latest innovation. Most people think the way you create an idea is to start with a well formed problem and then brainstorm a solution to it.

Fundamentals Of Sustaining Innovation In Your Business

Robert Brands

Fundamentals Of Sustaining Innovation In Your Business. Every business needs to keep an eye on the market to stay ahead of the competition. One of the easiest ways to do this is to encourage a culture of sustain innovation amongst employees. Whether a business is big or small, everyone can innovate at some level as long as the staff is allowed time to do so. Upper management has a finite amount of time to review facts and make decisions.

Innovation Management: Importance, Ideas, and Examples

Acuvate

In less than a decade, innovation management got recognized as one of the most powerful strategies an organization can use to streamline internal processes and boost their business productivity. Forrester also claims that 53% of global services decision-makers are investing in emerging innovation and idea management technologies to drive innovation. What is innovation management? So why not ignite the culture of ideation among employees?

APPLIED CREATIVITY: A New Book by Mitch Ditkoff

Idea Champions

For the past 11 years, I've been writing a series of articles on creativity for my Heart of Innovation blog. I'm in the process, now, of editing it. What follows are 77 of the 88 chapters in the book. The Hero's Journey and the Creative Process.

How to Teach Innovation

Idea to Value

This title may sound like an oxymoron, but you can in fact teach innovation as you would any other skill, like communication or leadership. Companies that foster and encourage innovation were also significantly more likely to have satisfied or highly satisfied employees. Innovation

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6 Innovation Tool Kits to Drive Business Growth

Leapfrogging

Promoting a culture of innovation focused on business growth starts with providing practical tools that give anyone the opportunity to innovate in whatever they do. It’s one thing to say you want a culture of innovation. It’s another to actually get everyone truly innovating. In fact, if they become seen as leadership lip service, they can actually lower morale and stifle the very innovation you want most.

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Innovating During and Post-Crisis: How to Keep the Momentum

IdeaScale

Although the pandemic results have been catastrophic in many ways, it’s important to remember that massive periods of transformation also pave the way for innovation. Around 90% of executives say they expect the pandemic to change the way they do business for at least five years.

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6 Innovation Tool Kits to Drive Business Growth

Leapfrogging

Promoting a culture of innovation focused on business growth starts with providing practical tools that give anyone the opportunity to innovate in whatever they do. It’s one thing to say you want a culture of innovation. It’s another to actually get everyone truly innovating. In fact, if they become seen as leadership lip service, they can actually lower morale and stifle the very innovation you want most.

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Want Innovative Teaching? Apply Startup Principles to Reinvent Learning.

InnovationTraining.org

This guest article on innovative teaching shares ideas and strategies from the The Startup Teacher Playbook: Turn Your Ideas Into Actions, Personalize Professional Development, and Create Innovative Learning Experiences for You and Your Students. The post Want Innovative Teaching?

How to Come Up with Disruptive Ideas Using ‘Random Words’? [Including Video]

Be-novative

We only need to be creative and come up with original, new ideas 2% of the times on an average day, yet disruptive solutions are the key to any successful business in the 21stcentury. It is the responsibility of everyone in a company to contribute with their ideas, validating them and implementing the best ones as one common team to achieve this breakthrough. They should write down each new, creative idea to a new post-it and repeat this process choosing new words 4–5 times.

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Making Innovation a Habit

KindlingApp

At year-end, only 8% of people will be successful with their resolutions. Most of us do not turn our resolutions into habits. Even for routines at work, intention doesn’t equal results: it is not enough to simply say that your company is building a culture of innovation. You have to turn innovation into a habit. We hear from new customers all the time that their intangible long-term innovation goal is to create a culture of innovation.

4 Fantastic Agile Sprint Retrospective Templates

InnovationTraining.org

These top sprint retrospective templates on Miro follow some of the most popular techniques and activities to empower your team and generate reflective action through retrospection. Avanscoperta’s agile retrospective template offers frameworks through 5 steps of an agile retrospective.

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Ditching the Tried and Tested: How to Innovate in Law

Ideanote

Law firms aren’t known for their innovative thinking. Certainly, they have dragged their heels in embracing innovation and adapting to the new world order of LegalTech. Why were law firms so slow to wake up to the innovation age? Answer: Innovation needs humans and they had to find one first. Forces of Resistance in LegalTech and Innovation It is a truth universally acknowledged, that a single man in possession of a good fortune, must be in want of a wife.

Ditching the Tried and Tested: How to Innovate in Law

Ideanote

Law firms aren’t known for their innovative thinking. Certainly, they have dragged their heels in embracing innovation and adapting to the new world order of LegalTech. Why were law firms so slow to wake up to the innovation age? Answer: Innovation needs humans and they had to find one first. Forces of Resistance in LegalTech and Innovation It is a truth universally acknowledged, that a single man in possession of a good fortune, must be in want of a wife.

How Many Types of Innovation Are There? The Answer May Surprise You.

IdeaScale

Organizing the types of innovation can help streamline your processes and boost results. The pool from which innovation emerges is filled with big ideas and endless creativity. Thus, in a way, innovation is infinite, bound only by the depth of thought processes. However, without limits or structure, innovation can be impossible to harness, rendering it useless. A few examples include: Innovation Type 1: TRIZ. IdeaScale & Innovation.

The Importance of Management in 7 Skills | CMOE

CMOE

They could benefit from learning more about the responsibilities of management, the influence of managers, and the specific skills they could improve upon to be more effective. Supporting them during failures: All people need some level of unconditional support.

Expert Interview Series: Michel van Hove of Strategos About Creating Innovation Within a Company’s Culture

IdeaScale

Michel van Hove is the co-owner and partner of Strategos , a strategy and innovation consultancy that helps companies grow. We recently spoke with Michel to hear his thoughts on how to successfully foster a culture of innovation within a company. Later, I worked for multinational companies in fast-moving consumer goods and specialty chemicals on strategic innovation initiatives. Working on innovation in industry roles can be very demanding.

Invention vs Innovation – 4 Must-Have Skills

Inceodia

"Necessity is the mother of invention, it is true, but its father is creativity, and knowledge is the midwife." -- Jonathan Schattke, scientist. Innovation and invention are often used interchangeably yet they are two very distinct practices. Invention is the discovery of a new process or device. Innovation is a new way of doing something in your business or in your industry. Innovation (def): looking for better ways to operate and serve customers.

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Spotlight: Forbes

Planview

“Success is more of a bottom-up phenomenon than a top-down one.”. This is a direct quote from a recent Forbes article written by Peter Georgescu, Chairman Emeritus of Young & Rubicam and author of Capitalists Arise!, where he explores how companies can activate employee ideas and leverage their creativity using Spigit’s platform. A comprehensive study conducted last year that revealed how companies can quantify a culture of innovation.

How to create an innovation culture that lasts

The Future Shapers

Many organisations kick-off an innovation programme with innovation training or brainstorming sessions. Seeing that it is easier to execute, this can be a good way to engage the organisation around innovation intent. A good programme that delivers fresh ideas utilise the power of collaboration to create repeatable differentiated value in the market and one can appreciate that creative brainstorming alone is not going to deliver that type of return.

The 7 Worst – And Most Common – Mistakes in Idea Management

Wazoku

Idea management is the process of generating, collating, analysing and implementing ideas that solve real business problems, as part of a wider innovation strategy. These ideas are essential for driving growth, securing a foothold in a rapidly-changing landscape, and keeping on top of evolving customer, employee and supplier expectations. Effective development and implementation of meaningful ideas will empower businesses to improve quality, while reducing costs.

Innovation Principles (part 3)

Strategos

In our blogs Innovation Principles ( part 1 & part 2 ) we introduced the nine principles that guide the way we work with clients, and we looked in detail at the three principles that help us ‘inform’ and the three that help us ‘execute’. In this final blog we look at the set of three principles that help us to ‘embed’ innovation. Embed Innovation through practice. Random brainstorming. Principle #8: Change culture by changing the way we work.

How to encourage your employees to contribute ideas

hackerearth

We don’t need to look further than ubiquitous products that are an integral part of our lives today; they got their start as a novel projects at companies - Netflix’s decision to branch out into online streaming instead of DVD rentals, Apple’s decision to invest in the smartphone market, the Facebook news feed - these are just a few examples of new ideas that led companies to pursue projects that paid off big time. Innovation Management

The Winning Formula for Financial Process Improvement – How TSYS is Defining the Future of Fintech

Qmarkets

There has never been a more critical time for financial firms to prioritize innovation. Rapidly changing customer behaviours, disruptive digital technologies, and the emergence of agile fintech start-ups means that disruption is an ever-present danger. To counter these challenges, companies are increasingly focused on creating a culture of innovation to achieve financial process improvement.

5 Essential Skills for Every Innovation Leader

Qmarkets

Innovation leaders are faced with a very tough challenge, charged with both driving leadership in the traditional corporate sense, but also with facilitating internal innovation, or intrapreneurship, among their subordinates. Canadian thought leader Lynn Sharatt defines innovation leadership as the “process of synthesizing leadership styles to influence employees to produce creative ideas and solutions to the problems that they encounter.”

How to encourage your employees to contribute ideas

hackerearth

We don’t need to look further than ubiquitous products that are an integral part of our lives today; they got their start as a novel projects at companies - Netflix’s decision to branch out into online streaming instead of DVD rentals, Apple’s decision to invest in the smartphone market, the Facebook news feed - these are just a few examples of new ideas that led companies to pursue projects that paid off big time. Innovation Management

5 Essential Skills for Every Innovation Leader

Qmarkets

Innovation leaders are faced with a very tough challenge, charged with both driving leadership in the traditional corporate sense, but also with facilitating internal innovation, or intrapreneurship, among their subordinates. Canadian thought leader Lynn Sharatt defines innovation leadership as the “process of synthesizing leadership styles to influence employees to produce creative ideas and solutions to the problems that they encounter.”

100 Lame Excuses for Not Innovating

Idea Champions

Without making yourself wrong, simply note the ones that show up the most for you, then try the simple "go beyond excuses" exercise at the end of the list. We're not in the kind of business likely to innovate. I'm just not not the creative type. No one, besides me, cares about innovation. We're a risk averse culture. We don't have an innovation process. We don't have a culture of innovation. It's an idea ahead of its time.

Why Design Thinking Will Fail

Business Innovation Design

Where there is a rise of a dynasty, there will be a fall of a dynasty. Similar concept applies to the most-hyped innovation process; Design Thinking. If a process meets the current needs of the market, it escalates with monumental success. Not living up to the hype will be the cause of failure of Design Thinking as the sought-after innovation process. Imagination is thus the root of creativity. All this adds up to a creative process.

MICRO LEARNING for Innovators (in just 15 minutes per week)

Idea Champions

Innovation is a huge topic in organizations these days. Every company is looking for new and better ways to do more with less, differentiate themselves from the competition, and unlock the hidden genius of their workforce. Which is precisely why my company, Idea Champions , is now offering Jump Starting Innovation , a cost-effective way to stir the innovation soup -- a virtual, self-organizing, just-in-time way to increase everyone's ability to be a proactive innovator on-the-job.

The Thin Line Between Innovation and Insanity

Qmarkets

The invention of the airplane, the telephone and the computer; the discovery of gravity, electricity and relativity – all great innovations that changed the world. Less well known is the fact that this intolerance has often come from within the ranks of the scientific community itself. Innovation is different and requires perhaps the most difficult action of all – breaking ranks. Even though it is especially there that creativity is so crucial!

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The DNA of Idea Champions Workshops and Trainings

Idea Champions

Most people think that the ability to be innovative is a mystical state available only to the chosen few. The effort, they imagine, takes a lot of time and hard work. And since they don't have time and don't like hard work, they reason that innovation just isn't in the cards for them.