May, 2015

Driving Innovation through Employee Engagement - Shift your Focus

Imaginatik

Working with a wide variety of innovation teams, companies, and innovators we hear: We want to “ democratize” innovation. We want to engage employees in innovation. We want everyone to have a say.

Zappos Just Pulled Off the Boldest Change Management Move Ever

Tim Kastelle

Why aren’t we mad at the bad managers? Have you heard that 210 people left Zappos at the end of April because they apparently don’t like the new flat management system called Holacracy® that the firm is moving to? I’ll bet you have.

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Most Companies Fail at Innovation Because…

Braden Kelley

Most companies fail at innovation because they fail at change. There you go, there is the entire article in a single sentence. Please click the like button or leave a comment on your way out, and I’ll turn out the … Continue reading → Change Innovation Leadership Management change change management failure Innovation Management success

Innovate your processes before innovating your products

Jeffrey Phillips

I was leading an innovation training session, talking about the reasons for conducting trend spotting and scenario planning prior to idea generation. There are many reasons why I like trend spotting and scenario planning, but it's the sense of understanding what might happen in the future that really resonates with me. I described why we advocate trend spotting and scenario planning as a component of innovation, especially as the expectations of an innovation activity are more disruptive.

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!

Soren Kaplan’s Leapfrogging May Newsletter

Leapfrogging

Why Women are the Future of Business Innovation. 2015 has so far been monumental for women. Hilary announced her run for office, and six women took home the Pulitzer Prize (compared to one female winner in 2014). Yet, when it comes to business, women get screwed. Women make 77 cents for every dollar earned by men. Only 25 CEOs in the Fortune 500 are women, a mere 5%. How many bruised female heads have you seen slam up against the glass ceiling?

One Weird Thing About Customer Satisfaction

IdeaScale

Here’s one weird thing about customer satisfaction: it may be that your employees have the key to improving it.

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Do Your Internal Functions Have A Strategy?

Matthew May

A significant portion of my strategic facilitation work is with internal functions, a click or two below corporate and business unit strategy: marketing, human resources, purchasing, and even internal strategy groups. There is good news and bad news in this. The good news is that internal functions have recognized the need to be strategic, even if it is because higher level strategies demand supporting strategies.

Change the World – Step One

Braden Kelley

Do you want to change the world? Even just one tiny corner of your own world? Change often feels overwhelming, scary even, and frequently we don’t know where to begin. Stoking Your Innovation Bonfire focused on helping organizations identify and … Continue reading → Change Leadership Strategy change leadership change management change planning organizational change planning Tools

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Where to focus your innovation effort

Jeffrey Phillips

OVO has done a fair amount of innovation work in the banking and financial sector. As such I would not call us "experts" in the banking or financial services space, but we've spent time there and we are always interested in new ideas that are percolating in the industry. It was with great interest that I read a synopsis of a presentation given at Forum 2015, by the wonderfully named Jeffry Pilcher, who is the CEO/President and Founder of The Financial Brand.

Mentoring as an investment

Boxes and Arrows

Have you ever asked for an update on a project you’d invested a great deal of time and energy in, only to hear “they have completely redesigned it since then”? I did, and it left me with this very empty feeling.

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 Work Like a Startup

IdeaScale

Startups are some of the most successful and innovative businesses out there right now. Their very nature makes them primed for innovation programs and effective development of new ideas.

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Announcing the 2015 Global Innovation Survey

Imaginatik

Though innovation has become an executive imperative, it has yet to mature into an established company-wide core competence at most organizations. To help innovation leaders and forward-thinking companies do better, Imaginatik has launched the 2015 Global Innovation Survey.

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An immersion in Corporate FabLabs

Rapid Innovation in digital time

FabLabs, and now Corporate FabLabs are soaring. Through the presentation of some Fablabs creators, we realize that, beyond manufacturing tools, they are extensive and sparkling innovation spaces.

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Change the World – Step Two

Braden Kelley

Are you and your organization ready for change? Too often organizations define the change effort they want to pursue without first identifying whether there are people, resources, legislation, etc. present that must be in place before the change effort can … Continue reading → Change culture Management Psychology Capability Capacity change readiness change saturation organizational change organizational psychology

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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 problem with corporate innovation

Jeffrey Phillips

If that sounds like a pretentious title, you are probably right, but it's time to start talking about the fact that so many companies simply cannot innovate effectively. Many long standing corporations in the US are simply withering on the vine, unable to respond to changing market conditions, new competitors or changing consumer demands. Past success does not guarantee future success, and by the time many of these firms recognize the need to innovate the opportunity has past them by.

Why CEOs have Liberal Arts Degrees

Mills-Scofield

Some of today's top CEOs were history, political science, sociology, chinese and music majors in college. They are leading global airline, chemical, healthcare, pharmaceutical, and financial companies, among others.

Starting with a Great Strategy

IdeaScale

More and more these days, great organizations are employing innovation programs. These organizations have come to realize that, in order to stay relevant, it’s imperative to continue evaluating and growing.

This is what an internship in innovation looks like

Board of Innovation

As the years passed by, Board of Innovation saw many interns doing the same. In many companies, an intern, is … just an intern, but not here. That’s why we wanted to highlight what an internship in innovation (at Board of Innovation) looks like.

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.

Stop Treating Business Model Innovation As Change Managment

It's Saul Connected

There’s plenty of time for change management once we’ve demonstrated new models worth changing into. Exploring and testing new business models is strategy development before it’s change management.

Your Chance to Help Change Change

Braden Kelley

My first book Stoking Your Innovation Bonfire was designed to help organizations identify and remove barriers to innovation, but readers also found it to be a great primer on how to take a structured, sustainable approach to innovation, and as … Continue reading → Change collaboration Innovation Management Books change management organizational change planning publishing Surveys Thought Leadership Tools

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What Innovation shares with Humor

Jeffrey Phillips

I had the opportunity to listen to NPR a lot over the weekend. I was driving my daughter to and from her college as the semester has just ended. That meant a lot of time on the road, listening to music, books on CDs and the radio. I've found that NPR is a good source for a lot of my innovative posts, and this weekend was no exception. Matt Diffee, a cartoonist for the New Yorker magazine, was interviewed in a news segment. What struck me was how many similarities humor shares with innovation.

Why Language Matters for Everything

Mills-Scofield

How many languages do you speak? Only 7% of American college kids study a language. Think this is a problem? It is a huge socio-economic-global-geopolitical-security one! Amelia Friedman didn't set out to start a business learning languages from her peers - like Bengali, Thai, Tamil. but she has.

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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.

Why Does the Government Need Innovation Now?

IdeaScale

Innovation seems to be the buzzword these days when it comes to technology, business, policy, and everything in between. The Partnership for Public Service, Deloitte, and Hay Group recently released their 2014 report on the Best Places to Work in the Federal Government.

How to Stand Out as an Innovator

BPI Thought Leadership Media Coverage

Organizations are increasingly committing to innovation and are seeking employees who are willing to challenge the status quo and traditional thinking, according to a recent survey from the Business Performance Innovation (BPI) Network

30 Inspiring Insights into Innovation

Gijs Van Wulfen

Yes, Innovation is extremely difficult. You are not the only one who thinks it’s a real challenge. It has been a struggle for me the last 30 years as manager, consultant, facilitator and as founder of the FORTH innovation method. That’s why I love it actually.

Playing Lean – Interview with Simen Fure Jørgensen

Grasshopper Herder

(Simen is the creator of Playing Lean, the board game about Lean Startup that is now live on Kickstarter. He’s the CEO of Iterate, a Norwegian consultancy that specialises in Lean Startup. I reached out to him to chat about his approach to teaching Lean. You can find him on Twitter and Linkedin.) Q: How […]. Lean Startups Managing Entrepreneurship board game education

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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.”

Innovating against conventional wisdom

Jeffrey Phillips

I love those funny insightful quote from people like Yogi Berra, who was either an unrecognized cosmic genius (When you get to a fork in the road, take it) or perhaps occasionally just full of malapropisms (Nobody goes there anymore, it's too crowded). Likewise, I think, we innovators should think about how and where we choose to innovate. Another (baseball) related quote sums this up perfectly.

Banks: Too large to fail, easy to Disrupt

Matthew Griffin

“Senior banking executives are focusing on the impact that individual Fintechs or types of Fintechs will have on their organisations and industry but this narrow view means they’re at risk of missing the bigger picture.

Innovations in Measuring and Managing Drug Addiction Treatment

IdeaScale

The National Institute on Drug Addiction has issued an exciting new challenge that breaks the boundaries between research specialties to improve the quality of drug addiction treatment. The Challenge, including the official rules and submission criteria, can be seen here: [link].

Impact Of Disruptive Technology Startups On Global Business Takes Center Stage At TiEcon 2015

BPI Thought Leadership Media Coverage

TiEcon 2015, the world’s largest gathering of entrepreneurs, will become ground zero for “disruptive entrepreneurship” on& May 15-16& at Silicon Valley’sSanta Clara& Convention Center.

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.