July, 2017

3 Lessons on Innovation from Jeff Bezos

Hype

Jeff Bezos just became the world's richest man. His creation, Amazon, is an incredible company. The consistency and breadth of innovation it has produced over the past two decades is awe-inspiring.

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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.

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Four Visions of the Future of Work

Game-Changer

New America and Bloomberg have come together to convene Shift: The Commission on Work, Workers, and Technology, with the goal of analyzing theories of the future of work.

No Innovation Strategy Fits Every Problem, So You Need To Work With Full Toolbox

Digital Tonto

The truth is that every innovation strategy fails eventually, because there are always new problems to solve. Related posts: Here’s Why Your Innovation Strategy Will Fail. The Difference between. [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]].

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.

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Profiling the Open Innovation Manager

Hype

We talk a lot about, and also to, innovation managers here on the blog. In fact, we have an entire section dedicated to them. At HYPE’s annual event in Bonn the topic was also in the limelight. Mike Hatrick (the event moderator) asked the question: who really is the innovation manager?

Disruption Never Comes From Within

Game-Changer

Photo by Esther Lin. Every business misses the future and gets disrupted by an outsider. This happens because the incumbents are stuck in their ways, doing the same thing over and over again and never zoom out to take a look at the macro view.

4 Myths About Innovation That “Gurus” Love To Tell

Digital Tonto

The only “right way” to innovate is to solve a problem that people care about. You have to decide for yourself how you will get there. Related posts: Here’s Why You Should Think Twice Before. [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]].

Is Myopia the Biggest Threat to Innovation?

IdeaScale

Innovation is all about the ability to see clearly. A lack of clarity can be deadly to companies in any number of ways, but one of the most deadly is how it can choke off innovation. Here are a few case studies and what organizations can learn from them. Kodak.

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.

Innovation requires learning, relearning and unlearning

OVO Innovation

There's probably few activities that corporate folks enjoy less than corporate training. For most it's guaranteed to be a slog, or a review of policies and procedures rarely used and important only to a specific team or set of circumstances. While people are attending the "mandatory" training to learn material of vague importance to their day to day jobs, their inboxes are filling up, cat videos are going unwatched.

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.

The Complex and the Chaotic: Going Beyond Incremental Innovation

Hype

Innovation is easy. Or rather, certain kinds of innovation are. Faced with the challenge of improving a product or service in the marketplace shouldn’t present too much of a problem for organizations with capabilities in managing and deploying their knowledge base.

Hire Innovators + Keep them Innovating.

Daniel Burrus

Leaders who want to see their organizations leap far ahead of their competition are usually deeply involved in any number of employee activities and programs. That’s understandable, but a high level of involvement can often become counterproductive.

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.

We All Need To Prepare For A New Era Of Innovation

Digital Tonto

The ones that will win in this new era will not be those with a capacity to disrupt, but those that are willing to tackle grand challenges and probe new horizons. Related posts: Great Companies. [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]].

Have you heard about ISO 50501?

IdeaScale

Well, let’s start with introducing you to the ISO itself. ISO is an independent, non-governmental international organization with a membership of 163 national standards bodies (think: the United Nations for standardization with representatives from each country).

Is innovation unreasonable?

OVO Innovation

Thank goodness for Twitter. What would we do without this constantly refreshing stream of bromides, insights, accusations and occasional bursts of wisdom? Just yesterday while perusing the Twitter stream I saw a quote attributed to Jonathan Ive that made me want to sit up and scream. The quote was relatively straightforward and seems innocuous on its face: "To do something innovative means you reject reason" Sounds about right, doesn't it?

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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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.

Why Sustainability is Your Next Big Innovation Opportunity

Innovation Excellence

What’s the business case for sustainable innovation? That’s the question I’ve been asked most in my years working on sustainability and the main reason clients cite for not innovating around social and environmental responsibility. Well now we have the answer; the business case is $12 trillion.

6 Reasons Some People Are Uncomfortable with Innovation

InnovationManagement

When we talk about innovation, we sometimes forget that not everyone is on board with the new and revolutionary. Some people would rather stick to their same schedule and do the same thing, day after day: a predictable and comforting routine.

Why You Need To Understand Noah Effects And Joseph Effects

Digital Tonto

It pays to build the ark before the storm Related posts: The Mathematics of “Anything Can Happen” Remembering Benoit Mandelbrot. How Numbers Lie. Simplicity Is Not So Simple. 3 Crucial. [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]].

Alexa is NOT AI!

Linda Bernardi

Every day in tech discussions, someone will mention that they are so thrilled to have AI running in their homes. When excitedly I inquire what they mean, the response is always the same: Alexa of course! Wrong. Basic ground rules: 1.

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.

What Innovation Skills Should You Focus on Building?

IdeaScale

Innovation is a practice at forward-thinking organizations. And like any other company discipline, the skills and rules associated with an internal practice require refinement and continuous learning because the boundaries of that practice are constantly moving and being redefined.

Change and Transformation—Know the Difference

Daniel Burrus

Think back to when your family bought its first television set.

Getting Clear on Your Strategy

Innovation Excellence

“If I had the key members of your executive suite all in the same room, would they all be able to articulate the essence of your business strategy clearly and consistently?” ” I asked the executive vice president of strategy. “Probably not,” she replied.

Why good people leave large tech companies

Steve Blank

If you want to build a ship, don’t drum up the people to gather wood, divide the work, and give orders. Instead, teach them to yearn for the vast and endless sea. Antoine de Saint-Exupéry. I was visiting with an ex-student who’s now the CFO of a large public tech company. The company is still one of the hottest places to work in tech. They make hardware with a large part of their innovation in embedded software and services.

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.

IBM Is Using The Crowd To Help Advance Its Quantum Computer

Digital Tonto

As the current era of digital technology comes to an end, we are entering a new age in which possibilities expand once again. Related posts: The Very Strange—And Fascinating— Ideas Behind Quantum. [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]].

5 Strategic Thinking Questions to Answer Before Making a Decision

BrainZooming

From experience, the worst time to decide on how to decide things is when you are ready to decide things. When you are ready to a make decision, an entirely new set of issues emerges. People have already developed their vested interests in certain outcomes.

Twelve Jobs that Robots cannot do

Destination Innovation

The Hadrian X robot is made by Fastbrick Robotics from Australia. It can lay 1000 house bricks in an hour. The average bricklayer lays around 500 bricks a day.

A Simple Guide to Building an Engaged Team

Rmukesh Gupta

Premise: We don’t need tons of research to tell us the importance of having employees who are engaged in their work. It shows up in a lot of different ways that we can see.

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.