May, 2018

The Single Most Important Skill of Great Innovators

Innovation Excellence

No matter how smart or creative you are, this one skill is what sets all great innovators apart from the rest of the crowd. Innovation is often thought of strictly as an act of creativity. The more creative you are the more innovative you will be. Not so. We are all creative. Yes, some more.

The Value of Innovation at a Time of Crisis

InnovationManagement

We often talk about the role of innovation in an age of constant, radical disruption, as defined by the 4th industrial revolution. Within this new environment, innovation leaders should play an essential role in helping the organization thrive and drive growth.

5 Valuable Innovation Lessons Companies can Learn from Google

IdeaScale

Google didn’t put the world at a fingertip without innovation. Is there a company that more perfectly defines modern life than Google?

The 7 (+1) things you have to do to succeed as an Innovation Director

Exago

As companies fight to stay ahead of the innovation curve, the role of the Innovation Director is developing and growing in significance.

Innovation: Five Signs You Might Be Faking It

Every company wants to be a leader in innovation, but how can you tell if your company is really innovating or just going through the motions? See the 5 signs you might be faking innovation and what to do if you are.

Why We Can't Innovate

Bill Fischer

In the face of disruptive innovation, most firms that we see recognize the threat fairly early, but fail to change the way that they go about innovating. They falsely believe that they "know" the customer, they champion the future, but invest in the present and they lack urgency

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Nine Cognitive Biases that lead us to make Bad Decisions

Destination Innovation

Thinking traps that steer us into wrong directions and poor decisions. Short video. The post Nine Cognitive Biases that lead us to make Bad Decisions appeared first on Destination Innovation.

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The Arrival and Potential of Knowledge Graphs into Our World

Paul Hobcraft

Knowledge Graphs have a real potential to become highly valuable, topical and relevant. If only we can get them prised out of the engineer, data scientists, or software experts hands.

Innovation “Gurus” Love To Talk About These 4 Myths — None Of Them Are True

Digital Tonto

What worked for Steve Jobs or Elon Musk Might not work for you Related posts: 4 Myths About Innovation That “Gurus” Love To Tell. There Is No One True Path To Innovation. Innovation Is The Only True. [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]].

Creativity Linked to Emotional Intelligence

Game-Changer

Where do creative ideas come from? There are many sources, and no single one is better than others. The best ones, at least for me, come from a deep source of frustration or pain born from ones own experience or empathizing with someone else.

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.

TRANSFORM calls on social enterprises to apply to the open call

Exago

To help scale bold ideas to tackle the world's big social, environmental and economic issues, the Unilever partnership with the UK’s Department for International Development (DFID) is now calling on social enterprises to apply to TRANSFORM. To invite ideas and promote collaboration to further catalyse impact, they have chosen Exago’s open innovation software. The post TRANSFORM calls on social enterprises to apply to the open call appeared first on Exago.

Why failure can be an innovation aphrodisiac

RTI Innovation Advisors

If you stick around innovation long enough you'll probably come to believe that we are all dead-enders. After all, what group of people could willingly embrace as much failure with such a positive attitude? Failure, you'll be reminded, is necessary for innovation. I like to quote the saying that my ski instructor told me years ago - "if you aren't falling, you aren't trying hard enough". Many believe that failure is important for innovators because people learn from their failures.

When the Idea is Ahead of the Technology

Destination Innovation

Sometimes the idea is tremendous but it fails because of the current state of technology or infrastructure. Consider the common remote control for your TV set. The Zenith Radio Corporation launched the first wireless remote control for TVs in 1955.

What goes around, comes around, in Innovation

Paul Hobcraft

It is funny but that often-used phrase “ what goes around, comes around ” seems appropriate here.

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 Mental Models Drive Strategy, Often For The Worse

Digital Tonto

Our brains are wired to look to the past, not the future. Related posts: We Need To Switch Our Mental Models From Hierarchies To Networks. Why Digital Marketing Strategy is so Hard. [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]].

If You Want To Learn Problem Solving, Learn From Designers

Game-Changer

Earlier in the week I was having a conversation with a friend who asked me about problem solving. He wanted to know my thoughts on the best way to learn how to solve problems. My response: If you want to learn about problem solving, learn from designers.

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Giving Shape to the Fuzzy Front End of Innovation

HYPE Innovation

The Innovation Manager

Why innovators should focus on product deconstruction

RTI Innovation Advisors

I've been thinking a lot lately about innovation and how we may have emphasized one component at the expense of another. Here I'm talking about something that should appear obvious - the focus of innovation in building new things. We are constantly reminded that innovation is about building new products and services and experiences. And this definition is entirely right and proper. But I think it neglects something very important.

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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.

Why do we Underestimate the Power of Progress?

Destination Innovation

How well-informed are you about the state of the world? Please try this short quiz. How did you get on? Most well-educated people do badly in this little test. The average person gets only two or three questions right out of 13.

Applying the Three Horizon Thinking to a Fresh Perspective of Innovation Design

Paul Hobcraft

There is huge value in applying the three horizon framework into your thinking. It is as useful a framework that you can get to help decide where you are heading. It is not just for innovation application, that can determine innovation activities.

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It’s Not Just Facebook and Cambridge Analytica, The Internet Is Broken, But We Can Fix It

Digital Tonto

There's a massive security hole in cyberspace and we need to close it Related posts: The Internet, The Web and the Future of Media. In Defense of Facebook. Why Your Social Strategy Is Broken And How. [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]].

Experience or potential? Which would you rather have?

Game-Changer

In last Thursday’s Innochat session about “Innovation and Experience” one of the questions posed was: How important is experience to the ability to innovate? Tomorrow is Thursday, #innochat day! Our topic: "Innovation and Experience" What is your experience of innovation?

Quantifying a Culture of Innovation

Examining five years of anonymous data from over 6 million users in 170+ countries, Spigit has discovered that a culture of innovation can be measured – with a 99% statistical confidence level – by a metric called ideation rate. Download the eBook now for an in-depth look at this groundbreaking study.

What Does a Chief Innovation Officer Do?

IdeaScale

We continue to see more and more Chief Innovation Officers at the enterprise level. In this survey from 2015, researchers report that 43% of large companies have some sort of top innovation executive in place, which was up from 33% in 2011. But what does a Chief Innovation Officer do?

The innovation skills you need

RTI Innovation Advisors

When a noted doyen of the Fortune 500 like Coca Cola talks innovation, your ears should perk up. After all the consumer packaged goods conglomerate has been in business for a long time, and has been successful, but is facing a number of headwinds in its core business. Selling sugary drinks seems passe, as bottled water, energy drinks and other health conscious foods and beverages seem to be taking over the "share of mouth" or "share of stomach" that food and beverage companies like to talk about.

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Best of the Bonn Forum: Lessons from the Innovation Community

HYPE Innovation

How can an event be inclusive and exclusive at the same time? By appealing to a variety of professionals who work in a very narrow niche, of course. For example, to the professionals heading (and sometimes herding) innovation management efforts in their organizations. Open Innovation Events Trends & Future Thinking

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Return Value Back to Knowledge

Paul Hobcraft

“ Let’s return knowledge back to knowledge!” ” “Let’s return value back to knowledge” This held my attention. So now I want to draw this to your attention, the underlying story.

5 Product Traps - And Better Paths

Speaker: Johanna Rothman, Management Consultant, Rothman Consulting Group

Is your agile team overloaded with feature requests, with no time for discovery? Do your roadmaps read like impossible wish lists? Well, you’re not alone. It may seem impossible now, but what if we said that with a few changes, you could be meeting deadlines with the ability to predict progress with accuracy, be happy with your progress against the roadmap, and be making time for near-continuous discovery? Johanna Rothman has seen this all too often across many different organizations. She will take us through five common traps that agile product teams fall into – and likely you are in several of those traps right now. And good news - she has ways to avoid them!