June, 2017

Can People Be Trained To Be Innovators?

Game-Changer

Ideas are the seeds of innovation, and all people are creative. So, the answer is yes. But it comes with a caveat: Most every organization wants innovation but rejects creativity. Think about that.

Innovation vs. Invention vs. Creativity

Braden Kelley

There is so much talk about innovation these days, it’s hard to sometimes distinguish the signal from the noise. In fact, the word innovation gets thrown around so much that it leaves people wondering: What’s really innovative?

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All Great Innovators Have One Thing In Common — They Stick It Out

Digital Tonto

They have the courage to grind it out long after many others would have given up. Related posts: Truly Great Innovators Do These 4 Things. The Most Important Thing That Great Innovators Do. [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]].

What accelerates innovation

OVO Innovation

Lately I've been reading about the efforts to build or create innovation accelerators. Universities, businesses and even cities and regions are talking about innovation and the need to create accelerators or innovation enablers. I'm glad that everyone is excited about innovation, and that they want to provide the means to help it flourish and help it move more quickly. But the thing is, like most late arrivals, they've got the wrong end of the stick as the Brits like to say.

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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Failing Fast Leads to More Failure

Braden Kelley

One scary statistic is that 70% of change initiatives fail. An overwhelming proportion of new product launches fail. Most new businesses fail. The sad fact is that failure is all around us.

Retail Isn’t Dead, But It Does Need To Adapt

Digital Tonto

The rumors of its demise have been greatly exaggerated. Today, even native digital companies are opening up physical locations. Related posts: The Future of Retail. Why The Future of Digital. [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]].

What is Design Thinking? Extensive interview with Tom Kelley from IDEO

Idea to Value

One of the most important figures in the field of Design Thinking is Tom Kelley, one of the heads of IDEO along with his brother David. Recently, Tom was interviewed by High Resolution (video above) about his thoughts on Innovation and Design Thinking.

Fusion, Flow and Fluidity are needed in our Management Practices

Paul Hobcraft

We are caught in a real tug of war within much of what we do in business today; in our responses and reactions to many of the dramatic business conditions we are facing, many deteriorating or being challenged by greater global competition.

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.

Six Things Great Innovators Do Differently

Innovation Excellence

Take a look at any successful enterprise and you’ll find innovation at its core. That was just as true a hundred years ago when Henry Ford perfected the assembly line as it is today, when modern day giants like Elon Musk bring cutting edge technology to market.

Stand for Something if You Want To Inspire and Stand Out

Game-Changer

Often I get asked about what the best marketing strategy is. Before answering the question, I make people consider the fact that it’s hard to pay attention to anything on a day to day basis when we are bombarded with so information, notifications and all types of distractions.

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13 Change Management Experts Share Their Tips

Braden Kelley

Recently my colleague Daniel Lock collected and published points-of-view (POV) from 13 change management experts on implementing fast, dramatic and powerful change.

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Here’s Why Your Innovation Strategy Will Fail

Digital Tonto

Many organizations get stuck because they end up locking themselves into a single strategy. That's how they get disrupted. Related posts: There Is No One True Path To Innovation. Apple’s Innovation. [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]].

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.

Focus on the Opportunity, not the Problem.

Destination Innovation

Two groups of engineering students were given a similar task – to design a bicycle rack for a car. The first group was shown an existing but poorly designed roof rack for bicycles. They looked at all the issues with the current design and then set out to come up with something better.

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.

Innovation NOT the Same as Invention or Creativity

Innovation Excellence

There is so much talk about innovation these days, it's hard to sometimes distinguish the signal from the noise. In fact, the word innovation gets thrown around so much that it leaves people wondering: What’s really innovative?

A Critical Measure of Innovation: Leadership and Priorities

Game-Changer

No matter how much effort we put into codifying it, innovation is really hard because it’s all about combating human nature; both inside and outside the business. Externally, people have to adopt an idea for it to become an innovation ; this is the hardest part.

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.

Ask Me Anything About the Change Planning Toolkit™

Braden Kelley

Generosity Can Be A Competitive Advantage

Digital Tonto

Power no longer lies at the top of the heap, but at the center of networks and you get there not by vanquishing rivals but through cultivating friends. Related posts: Collaboration Is The New. [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]].

How to Foster an Organizational Culture that Encourages Innovation

InnovationManagement

Innovative and forward-thinking companies are successful because they have new, exciting, and useful products or services before others and consumers take notice of companies regularly producing the next big thing. These companies are more effective and they can grow more rapidly because their company culture encourages innovation among their employees. A company of “intrapreneurs” can quickly become a successful and noteworthy company.

Advancing My Applied Innovation Thinking

Paul Hobcraft

I wrote a post “ Needing to Think Applied Innovation Services ” recently, it was extending my view that innovation needs to change. We need to think of innovation in different ways, we need to automate it and in addition augment it.

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.

Innovation and Creativity: The lasting competitive advantage

Innovation Excellence

Will we prepare our children to compete in a world where creativity and divergent thinking become more important than rote memorization? Can we rethink our business structures and processes to embrace more divergence and creativity?

Putting the Daily Innovation Model together

Exago

We've seen how you can locate your position in the Daily Innovation Model, built to help companies see innovation as a daily function of their job. When we place the continua on two axes - incremental to radical and process to product - things get interesting and we end up with four quadrants.

The most important HR document in the history of Silicon Valley innovation

Idea to Value

In Silicon Valley, there is a document which has become legendary. It is a document which outlines some of the company and HR policies which have created a company which completely disrupted an industry sector. And much of its value comes from the fact that it contains policies which seem so ridiculous in theory, but end up being so effective in spurring a culture of innovation and the trust which underpins it.

Innovation Programs In Schools Can Help Kids Learn More Than Just Facts

Digital Tonto

We need to shift from an educational system that values what you can answer to one that values what you can ask. Related posts: 4 Government Programs That Drive Innovation. How We Should Prepare Our. [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]].

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.

Critical Steps to Validate Your Startup’s Business Model

InnovationManagement

A business plan is at the heart of every business. But instead of just writing down your business plan, your startup’s business model will require proper validation before you start doing business. If you don’t validate it, the investor simply won’t invest.

Interview with John Spiers

Destination Innovation

My interview with an old friend, entrepreneur and philanthropist John Spiers. link]. John Spiers at Aldermaston in 1970. Paul Sloane, Robin Bloor, John Spiers, Ibiza 1971. The post Interview with John Spiers appeared first on Destination Innovation.

Marketing and Innovation are Inseparable

Innovation Excellence

So, how does your Marketing serve your innovation? Does it define clearly and collaboratively? Does it integrate desirability, feasibility and viability in an optimal manner? Does it communicate with clarity and impact?

How to Boost Your Startup’s Attractiveness to Venture Capital Investors Using The Business Model Canvas with Martin Luenendonk

Game-Changer

My guest for this episode of the podcast is Martin Luenendonk, CEO of RoadToFunding.com, who just published a super actionable, in-depth 7,000+ words guide on how to boost a startup’s attractiveness to venture capital investors using the Business Model Canvas.

How Can You Leverage Innovation to Become an Industry Leader?

To outsiders, the term innovation can seem like another empty buzzword, but as a CEO in a world where technology is driving market competition, you know that innovation is essential. Keeping up can prove challenging, especially if you are continuing to rely solely on internal personnel. Currently, the key to innovation is to go beyond existing resources and seek ideas from external sources.