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

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

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.

11 Proven Ways to Turn Your Culture into a Culture of Innovation

Learn the 11 proven strategies that you can implement quickly to get every employee innovating and contributing to the growth of your company.

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?

6 Ways to Build a Successful Innovation Program

Learn how forward-thinking leaders use crowdsourcing to impact their company’s bottom line through methods such as creating a culture of innovation.

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?

RTI Innovation Advisors

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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Spigit's 2018 State of Crowdsourced Innovation Report

A rigorous analysis of how the world’s largest brands – representing 21 different industry verticals – leverage their innovation programs to solve problems and surface opportunities, and the key role crowdsourcing plays in their success.

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

RTI Innovation Advisors

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.

Quantifying a Culture of Innovation

A rigorous, quantitative analysis of corporate innovation cultures – the most comprehensive study on this topic ever.

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.

Messy beats Tidy

Destination Innovation

Review of ‘Messy’ by Tim Harford. In this book economist Tim Harford argues cogently that we are wrong to strive for order and tidiness because openness, adaptability and creativity are inherently messy. We should appreciate the benefits of untidiness.

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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.

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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Data From 3.5 Million Employees Shows How Innovation Really Works

Analysis of how 3.5 million employees using Spigit ideate proves innovation is a science, and can be measured.

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! ]].

Exploring and Exploiting for Innovation (part 2)

RTI Innovation Advisors

If you are following along, I'm writing a series of posts about the opportunities and challenges with the way we think about and implement the concepts behind explore and exploit. In my first post I wrote a short introduction to the topic. In that post I looked at the history of exploring and exploiting, which I'll suggest comes from the conquest of the new world by the Spaniards, when Columbus and others explored, and the Spanish government exploited the opportunity for centuries.

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.

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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Project Analytics: Visibility that Aids Risk Management

Speaker: Miles Robinson, Agile and Management Consultant, Motivational Speaker

Product Managers face changes that put delivery at risk. Just as you use data from the customer to inform your solutions, transparency during the building of those solutions is critical for making better risk mitigation decisions. Whether your solution has fixed scope, fixed scheduling, fixed resources or fixed level of quality, the earlier you can know when these are at risk (and how) the better. The more clear the picture, the better you can understand the impacts of changes, and the more effectively you can deliver the solution the customer needs, when they need it, at a reasonable cost. This session will focus on the use of a One-Dimensional Product Backlog from a risk management point of view. We will show how this tool can be used to monitor and evaluate how your solution is getting built, and a clear view of any cascading impacts risks have as they surface.

Innovation is An Investment in Human Capital

Game-Changer

Innovation is as much about attitude and perspective as it is about process. So how you view innovation matters. It sounds trivial but it makes a huge difference from both an organizational and strategic point of view.

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The One Where Young Innovation Managers Had Their Say

Hype

Yes, the title shamelessly alludes to the "Friends" television series. And yes, this will be an atypical blog post. Open Innovation The Innovation Manager

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! ]].

Winning the explore:exploit game

RTI Innovation Advisors

So we come to the ultimate post on explore and exploit, at least for now. In past posts we've looked at the origin of explore and exploit , the emergence of true innovation explorers like Edison, Bell and a host of others. We've noticed the rise of the corporation to exploit the discoveries of said explorers. Last but not least we touched on the future of explore and exploit and how it might upset existing business models and organizational structures.

Living With Technical Debt: Balancing Quality and Perfection

Speaker: Cliff Gilley, The Clever PM

As a Product Manager, you probably have to deal with technical debt. Regularly. Whether you like it or not - because it can’t be avoided. Unexpected details pop up, as small as UX that needs clean-up, and as big as a previously unforeseen flaw in the infrastructure of a project. We have to accept that nobody gets away without some technical debt. And of course, the longer you take to deal with your technical debt, the more difficult it becomes to address fully. Feeling frustrated? Fortunately, we can take a step back, gain clarity, and see how the decisions we make impact our technical debt. Then, we can make decisions about how we want to balance technical debt with other priorities. Are we willing to live with some level of technical debt in order to ship product and meet deadlines? Can we mitigate technical debt to get to an MVP faster?