June, 2017

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?

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.

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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.

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! ]].

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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Either You Drive Disruption Or You’re Outpaced By It

Game-Changer

If you haven’t noticed, the Next Economy is here. Every single industry, domain and business is being disrupted by emerging technologies such as artificial intelligence, big data, virtual reality, augmented reality, blockchain, internet of things, drones and 3D printing.

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.

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 Should Your Chief Innovation Officer Do for Your Company?

Innovation Excellence

Recent research shows that consistently innovative companies hold 6 times the market share, make 3 times the profit, and do 50% better during recessions than their average peers. This article is an adapted excerpt from Yoram Solomon's recent book: Blueprints for the Next Big Thing.

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.

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.

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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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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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.

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.

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! ]].

Will Artificial Intelligence Replace Human Intelligence, not just Our Processes?

Daniel Burrus

The single most disruptive influence on business, as well as society, will be artificial intelligence (A.I.), which includes technology such as machine learning and cognitive computing to name just two. In other words, there is more than one type of A.I.

Curiosity: The Key to Creativity and Innovation

Idea to Value

Albert Einstein generally did not like school, but this all changed when he was 16 at Aarau High School, Switzerland where teachers nurtured his curiosity and encouraged him to ask a lot of questions and even express criticisms. He not only became popular among his classmates but imagined what it would be like to ride a light beam, paving the way for his later theory of relativity.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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! ]].

Ask Me Anything About the Change Planning Toolkit™

Braden Kelley

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.

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.

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?

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.

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.

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.

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! ]].

Organizational Culture: Innovated in 3 Basic Steps

Daniel Burrus

An organization’s culture is more valuable and singular than just a way of doing business. Culture is one of the few elements that simply cannot be replicated. Products can be copies and processes mimicked, but culture is utterly specific to an organization.

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.

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?

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.