January, 2021

Thinking about innovation and strategy

Jeffrey Phillips

I've been asked several times lately to write about, or perhaps more specifically, to opine about, innovation strategy.

Adapting to Change: How to Unify Online and Offline Aspects of Business

CMOE

The year 2020 made one thing clearer than ever before: shunning the online world is not a viable strategy for any business, no matter how well-equipped it is to attract activity offline. When lockdown measures were rolled out, companies that relied on foot traffic quickly ground to a halt.

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Using Online Reviews to Grow Your Business

The Human Factor

source. The world has changed and while word of mouth marketing is still one of the best ways to get new customers for your business it is no longer the only good way to do this. With the advent of the internet and social media, things have changed. What others say about you online is important.

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.

Professional Development Your Employees Actually Want

Did you know? Language learning is a proven PD tool that many employees already want, whether their organization is multilingual or not. In this eBook, you’ll learn how language learning makes employees more productive, reduces turnover, and more.

Podcast S4E94: Cyndi Burnett – Creativity in education

Idea to Value

In this episode of the Idea to Value podcast, we speak with Cyndi Burnett, Director at Creativityandeducation.com. We speak about what it takes to bring creativity into homes and classrooms.

If You Want to be More Creative, Mix With More Creative People

Destination Innovation

According to Jim Rohn, you are the average of the five people you spend the most time with. The people you associate with help shape what you think and who you are. We tend to congregate with friends who are like us in background, interests, education, attitudes and opinions.

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The Humility Principle

Digital Tonto

We rarely fully understand the consequences of the actions we take. We live in a world not of linear cause and effect, but complex ecosystems in which even our best laid plans touch of a complex web. [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]].

Two in a row | Exago innovation software recognised as a Top Performer by FeaturedCustomers

Exago

Exago has just been recognised as a Top Performer by FeaturedCustomers, in its “Winter 2021 Customer Success Report for the Idea Management Software Category”, having been distinguished last year for the first time.

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.

Podcast S4E96: Jeff DeGraff – Mastering the 6 skills of the creative mindset

Idea to Value

In this episode of the Idea to Value Podcast, we welcome back the Dean of Innovation, Dr Jeff DeGraff, who has worked with more than half of the Fortune 500 companies to improve their innovation programs. We speak about how to cultivate a creative mindset.

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.

33 Hidden Countries

Destination Innovation

Can you find 33 hidden countries in the text below? Don’t look back in anger,” many a wise man has said, including William Shakespeare who wrote “Much Ado about Nothing.”. The captain asked the sargent in an email if he could plug and advertise the notice in the formal information pack. He wore a jumper under his coat and a cap which protected him when the ice landed on his head. Did you happen to go to London recently?” I enquired. “I

Ways to Generate Ideas from a Distance

IdeaScale

More people are working from home than ever before. Organizations need a way of innovating from a distance. Remote work is expected to increase in the coming years. A recent study reveals 42% of employees who are given the option will work from home more within five years.

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Why Good Ideas Fail (And How To Help Yours Succeed)

Digital Tonto

We tend to think that if we get an idea right, that others will recognize its worth. That’s hardly ever true. In fact, if your idea is truly new and different, you can expect to encounter stiff. [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]].

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Two documents that tell you all you need to know about innovation

Jeffrey Phillips

If you believe everything you hear, or read, within your corporation about innovation, you may end up a bit disappointed. As we've seen over the last two decades, talking about innovation is easy, but implementing it and realizing the benefits are a bit more difficult.

9 Warning Signs Your Employees Need Language Training

Most global companies are diverse in perspectives, backgrounds, and yes, language. Language barriers can compound existing communication problems, often resulting in business losses. Learn the 9 warning signs your employees need language training today!

Some ideas just aren’t for right now | Culture

Pondr

There are a whole host of reasons why ideas don’t get chosen, yet we tend to unconsciously label them in simple terms such as accepted or rejected, good or bad

Research shows that having a phone on your desk makes you more stupid

Idea to Value

A lot of people joke about how having a smartphone is making us all less intelligent. And new research provides evidence that this is true.

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How to turn Innovation theatre into innovation outcomes

Strategyzer

We are often asked by senior leaders and innovation managers “how do I know if the innovation programs we have are successful?”. In other words: how do we know if these programs will produce long-term growth for our company?

What’s the Difference Between Open vs. Closed Innovation?

IdeaScale

There are a multitude of approaches to innovation management. One key factor, however, is “open” innovation versus “closed” innovation. While the names are slightly misleading, they’re important to understand as you approach your change management strategy.

The Forrester Wave™: B2B Marketing Data Providers, Q2 2021

In our 24-criterion evaluation of B2B marketing data providers, we identified the 11 most significant vendors — Data Axle, Dun & Bradstreet, Enlyft, Global Database, InsideView, Leadspace, Oracle, SMARTe, Spiceworks Ziff Davis, TechTarget, and ZoomInfo Technologies — and researched, analyzed, and scored them. This report shows how each provider measures up and helps B2B marketing professionals select the right one for their needs.

Innovation Needs Constraints

Digital Tonto

Researchers have known for decades that creativity needs constraints. When you have a limited budget, you simply don’t have the luxury of ignoring problems. You have to face up to them and solve them. [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]].

Conditions for innovation to succeed

Jeffrey Phillips

I was asked recently to write a short post about the conditions necessary for innovation to succeed. It's actually not possible to write a short post about innovation, much less the conditions necessary for innovation to succeed, but I've tried to simplify this into nine critical factors for success.

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Eliminating bias in the ideation process: the power of anonymity | Culture

Pondr

It is no secret that innovation and inclusion go hand in hand: diversity of perspective is vital to a company’s success

These 2 guys have found a way to make leather out of cactus

Idea to Value

Leather is a luxurious material, but it is also one of the most resource-intensive and pollution-rich materials in the fashion industry. These two Entrepreneurs from Mexico are trying to change that, with a new way to produce vegan leather from cactuses.

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.

Clear Explore Guidance: Align your Innovation Ecosystem Stakeholders

Strategyzer

In a recent post we explained how to align innovation projects with corporate strategy using the Strategic Guidance framework. Today we zoom in on Explore Guidance, a key element from your overall Strategic Guidance to align your innovation ecosystem stakeholders. Corporate Innovation Management

How Sunshine Coast Credit Union Transformed Its Bottom-Performing OHI Score

IdeaScale

An innovation culture is critical to a company’s success. Change prompts growth, which leads to creativity. Many companies struggle with innovation. A recent McKinsey Global Survey found 6% of executives find their innovation efforts gratifying.

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Why You Need To Build Change On Common Ground

Digital Tonto

The truth is that while people like the idea of being different, change is always built on common ground. Differentiation builds devotion among adherents, but to bring new people in, you need to make. [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]].

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What we talk about, when we talk about innovation

Jeffrey Phillips

After over 15 years of work in the innovation space, sometimes I get a bit weary talking about 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.

Types of innovation: knowing where to pinpoint your efforts | Innovation Management

Pondr

Introduction to the many shapes of innovation, starting with the different levels of impact, and then zooming in on the more practical details from business model through to product creation, marketing and customer relations

Podcast S4E99 – Why creativity and innovation will be the most important skills of 2021

Idea to Value

In this livestream of the Idea to Value podcast, I talk about the main reasons why creativity and innovation are going to be the most important skills of the next 5 years.

Bitcoin and Blockchain: A Small Glimpse Into Big Digital Disruptions

Daniel Burrus

Several of us likely remember the Bitcoin boom around the end of 2017, when thousands of individuals bought Bitcoin, seeing the value of their dollar skyrocket for a brief period.

Here Are Some of the Strategies for Getting a Vaccine Distributed Across America

IdeaScale

COVID-19 continues to spread, prompting the need for the fastest vaccine in history. Millions of people in the U.S. will get vaccinated very soon. Here are some distribution strategies. What’s happening pre-vaccination? The race is on for making the COVID-19 vaccine available.

How Digital Transformation will Bend the Curve of the Linear Economy Toward the Circular

Speaker: Bruce Armstrong Taylor, Co-Founder & Managing Director of SmartNations Foundation, Jimmy Jia, Venture Partner at Pi Labs, Fabienne Durand, Senior Advisor to the SmartNations Foundation, & Roger Strukhoff, Executive Director of the Tau Institute

The Carbon Zero, Circular Economy, is easily the most profoundly important result of digital transformation. Industry 4.0 has a massively cumulative impact on dematerialization (in all forms) and resultant decarbonization (both emissions and embodied) throughout the economy. Join panelists Bruce Armstrong Taylor, Jimmy Jia, Fabienne Durand, and their moderator Roger Strukhoff as they discuss how bending the carbon/GHG heavy linear economy to the circular is one of the hidden benefits of digital disruption.