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.

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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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?

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.

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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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.

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.

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.

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.

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! ]].

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.

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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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.

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.

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.

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 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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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! ]].

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

Is Your Innovation Program Changing Employee Sentiment?

IdeaScale

Many people launch an innovation community as a way of improving their employee engagement scores. But how do you know if you’re moving in the right direction? Many IdeaScale customers are interested in gathering sentiment analysis.

Corporate Innovator Incubator Halves Mobility Innovation Vetting Timeline; Simultaneously Saves 30% in Costs

A leader in smart, high-performance automotive space, recognizing the imminent disruption its sector faces from autonomous vehicles, began a practice to encourage and field pitches from mobility startups and other technology innovation companies…