April, 2018

Is Your Innovation Problem Really a Strategy Problem?

Tim Kastelle

Note: this was originally posted on Harvard Business Review Blogs , with terrific editing by Sarah Green Carmichael. Sometimes, the problem that we think we’re solving isn’t the real problem that we face.

Planned Change Management: What It Is and Why Innovation Managers Should Care

HYPE Innovation

We talk a lot about change here in this blog, and most of it refers to change through innovation. The Innovation Manager

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9 Way Bailey’s Irish Cream Can Help You Innovate

IdeaScale

It’s a cold, wet Spring, so let’s take a moment (and a sip or two?) to reflect on how great ideas become reality. Specifically, let’s consider the invention of Bailey’s Irish Cream and what it can teach us about idea management strategies that can support and amplify successful ideas.

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You Can’t Cost-Cut Your Way To Innovation

Game-Changer

Business is hard. And there are many widely held beliefs about what leads to success. One of them is “Increase sales, reduce costs” Do both, and you’re gold. Reducing costs is where the focus goes to when increasing sales becomes a challenge.

The Best Sales Forecasting Models for Weathering Your Goals

Every sales forecasting model has a different strength and predictability method. It’s recommended to test out which one is best for your team. This way, you’ll be able to further enhance – and optimize – your newly-developed pipeline. Your future sales forecast? Sunny skies (and success) are just ahead!

Innovation – More Powerful Than Marketing?

Innovation Excellence

What always surprises us when working with big companies is that innovation is usually primarily seen as a growth tool. It is less commonly talked about as a brand-building tool. That’s usually seen to be the domain of big advertising campaigns that supposedly land enduring brand values.

You Don’t Value Innovation If You Don’t Value Growth Mindset

Game-Changer

“I’m not looking for the best.” ” A Director of a publishing company once said this to me after he commented on how his company was looking for a innovation strategist to help them think through, and execute, a project to create the future of their company. I was numb.

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Learning a new innovation language

Paul Hobcraft

We all in the middle of a re-orientation of our ways to undertake innovation as a process and in its design. The past belief that a product was your island and pathway to secured profits no longer works. We are learning to connect in completely different ways.

Fatigue and Complacency: The Bane of Inspiration and Innovation

Innovation Excellence

Oftentimes, an entrepreneur or an employee’s greatest strength also acts against them as their greatest weakness. While this duality isn’t always easily expressed, nowhere is it more apparent than in the budding, overzealous worker who burns bright, and then burns out.

Great Leaders Learn To Shift Their Mindset

Digital Tonto

In an age of disruption, we need to learn to adapt Related posts: The Shift Economy. 4 Things Leaders Need To Close The Gap Between Aspiration And Innovation. Innovation Starts—And Ends—With Mindset. [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]].

The Disrupted or the Disruptor: Pick One

Daniel Burrus

What comes to mind when you hear the term “disrupt”? Does it suggest chaos, lack of direction or other unsettling events? Or do you see it from the other side of the coin—when you’re the one causing the disruption and, as a result, leveraging the opportunity that results?

Why Smoking Costs Employers More Than They Realize

Your employees are smoking, and at a cost of $7,000 per year for each employee who smokes, that adds up - fast! This free report will show you how an effective cessation program pays for itself.

How to be More Innovative by Winning the Brain Game

Innovation Excellence

Brainstorming. Problem Solving. Creative Thinking. These are all characteristics shared by the successful business professionals.

A week in the life of an Innovation Consultant

Board of Innovation

Read More. The post A week in the life of an Innovation Consultant appeared first on Board of Innovation. Team Innovation Consultant Jobs

Is your creative leadership style hopeful?

BrainZooming

I have (finally) written a book on creative leadership. We’re wrapping it up in the coming weeks. The book, Idea Magnets – 7 Strategies for Cultivating & Attracting Creative Business Leaders , emerged from my experiences working with and knowing Idea Magnets throughout my career.

Which pace of change to align to?

Jeffrey Phillips

You've heard it before - the pace of change is accelerating. I can present all of the technology adoption charts , the fascinating nuggets of data that tell you how quickly different products or technologies were acquired by millions of customers. And so on and so on. You already know this. Change is real, and change is accelerating. Whether we are talking about change in your global markets, in your industry or in your customer base, change is everywhere.

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B2B Pocket Playbook: End-to-End Guide to Sales Enablement

Sales enablement is the strategic process of providing sales teams with the content, guidance, and mentorship needed to engage targeted buyers. It’s all about equipping sales professionals with the tools they need to put their best-selling foot forward. And if sales teams want to continuously sell better -- and faster -- their sales enablement process must have a game-winning strategy. It's time for you to start selling smarter - and hitting your sales number - with the best B2B database in the market. Get started today.

The Four Steps to Building A Culture Of Innovation

Innovation Excellence

A Culture Of Innovation doesn’t just happen. It has to be built. Here’s How. I’ve often had CEOs tell me, “I want to build a culture of innovation. Can you come in and put one in place?”

The Way to Successfully Share a Strategy

BrainZooming

(Adapted from Inside the Executive Suite by Armada Corporate Intelligence). Two junior team members in chief of staff / program manager roles asked how to best align with senior leaders to successfully share a strategy across an organization.

Innovation Is Never One Thing (Actually It’s 3 Things)

Innovation Excellence

Every entrepreneur dreams of having that single moment of epiphany where everything falls into place. Many search for their entire careers for that one big idea that will make the difference between incredible success and frustrating mediocrity. Few ever find it and many that do end up crashing and burning along the way. The truth. Innovation execution exploration Iteration problem solving

The future of explore and exploit

Jeffrey Phillips

In my last two posts I examined the origin of explore and exploit , and where it has taken us so far in the innovation space. In this post I want to explore why everything we believe about explore and exploit from a strategic and business model perspective is increasingly wrong, and what innovators and strategists need to do now in order to compete effectively in the future.

Pressure Points: How to Ensure Your B2B Pipeline Passes Inspection

This eBook highlights best practices for developing a pipeline management process that helps sales leaders and their team C.L.O.S.E (you’ll see what we mean in this eBook) more revenue through data-driven prospecting, stage analysis, and subsequent sales enablement.

This Innovation Strategy Gap Should Keep You Up Every Night

BrainZooming

We facilitated a two-day innovation strategy workshop for nearly two hundred members of a prominent, long-established brand’s marketing organization. The innovation strategy workshop covered a variety of topics related to disruptive innovation.

The Top Ten Risks for Business

Destination Innovation

The top ten business risks according to a survey by Aon. Short video. Failure to innovate is #3. The post The Top Ten Risks for Business appeared first on Destination Innovation.

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The Dynamics within Agility.

Paul Hobcraft

There has been an awful lot to absorb when it comes to skills and how organizations need to be designed for the future. The suggestions have come ‘thick and fast’ from so many sources.

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How GE Got Disrupted

Digital Tonto

If you don't explore, you won't discover. If you don't discover you won't invent. And if you don't invent, you will be disrupted. Related posts: The Silver Bullet Myth. Why Managers Now Need To. [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]].

Marketing-Led Post-COVID-19 Growth Strategies

Businesses are laying off workers, shutting their doors (some permanently), and struggling to react to the radical destruction that coronavirus (COVID-19) is doing to our society and communities. Most have already sustained massive damage, and we still have yet to see the scope of impact of the global pandemic that has upended the globe. Any return to normalcy may seem far-off, but sales and marketing are on the front lines of restarting the economy. When the dust settles, we have a responsibility to turn our shock and grief into fierce determination, and lead the charge of responsible, strategic, sustainable future growth. However, there’s no team better suited to lead that charge than the marketing department. Marketers are uniquely positioned to provide creative solutions to aid their organization in times of change and chart a course for navigating success.

Is Your Innovation Problem Really a Strategy Problem?

Tim Kastelle

Note: this was originally posted on Harvard Business Review Blogs , with terrific editing by Sarah Green Carmichael. Sometimes, the problem that we think we’re solving isn’t the real problem that we face.

Top Themes from Open Nation DC

IdeaScale

IdeaScale Gov hosted its first-ever Open Nation DC April 12 at the WeWork White House location. For us at IdeaScale, Open Nation is always our favorite week of the year. We’ve been hosting a company-wide Open Nation event in Berkeley for three years now.

Corporate Innovation – How To Overcome Unique Challenges

Econic

The biggest challenges in corporate innovation and how to navigate them. Corporate innovation is hard. There are loads of challenges and pitfalls when trying to explore new opportunities inside of an existing organization.

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Insights for Innovators from the Founding of Google

Destination Innovation

In 1973 a married couple, Mr and Mrs Page, who both worked at Michigan Sate University were blessed with a son. The father was a Professor of Computer Science and the mother taught programming. They called their son Lawrence though he was known as Larry. At the age of six the boy was given a home computer, one of the very first models, and soon he was programming. Larry was a precocious child and went on to study Business and Computer Science at his parent’s University.

How ZoomInfo Helps Overcome the Top Pain Points of Inside Sales

Recent digital transformation has shifted the B2B landscape by ushering in the era of buyer empowerment. With more access to user reviews, analyst opinion, and industry research, decision-makers are more informed than ever while navigating what is now known as the “buyer’s journey.”

Innovators: 6 Things To Look For When Hiring Your Employer

Game-Changer

Not every organization is pro-innovation. Just because they say they are doesn’t mean they truly are ; mostly it’s B.s. At the end of last year, a friend of mine got recruited by a company that pays lip service to innovation.

We Need To Rethink Innovation For The 21st Century

Digital Tonto

It’s better to prepare than adapt because, by the time you see the need to adapt, it may already be too late Related posts: We Need 21st Century Solutions For 21st Century Problems. The 5 Powerhouse. [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]].

Is Your Innovation Problem Really a Strategy Problem?

Tim Kastelle

Note: this was originally posted on Harvard Business Review Blogs , with terrific editing by Sarah Green Carmichael. Sometimes, the problem that we think we’re solving isn’t the real problem that we face.

What’s New In Corporate Innovation April 2018

Imaginatik

Tech Giants Brace for Europe’s New Data Privacy Rules (NY Times). 23 years is an eternity in the world of tech, even more so when waiting for best practices in handling confidential data. That’s how long it has been since legislation surrounding the handling of the personal data of EU residents has been reviewed.

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Never Miss an Opportunity: How ISO 56000 Enables an Innovative Organization

Speaker: Peter Merrill, President, Quest Management Inc.

One of the challenges for innovators is how to integrate innovation with Quality Management (QMS) and balance the culture of creativity with execution. Join Peter Merrill as he walks us through the newly published ISO 56000 series on Innovation Management, specifically the Guidance Standard ISO 56002 that discusses how to establish an Innovation Management System (IMS). He will take you through the elements of innovation management from strategy development, through risk assessment to solution delivery.