December, 2016

Innovators Don’t Outwork Non-innovators, They Out-think and Out-execute Them

Game-Changer

Ask any person or team who’s ever worked on and delivered a better future about their process and they’ll tell you it was a messy journey; not a straight line.

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Those That Get It Don’t Need It, and Those That Need It Don’t Get It

Tim Kastelle

An innovation paradox Here’s a central problem with trying to get any new idea to spread – often, those that get it don’t need it, while those that need it don’t get it. It’s a paradox. This leads to problems for people that have new ideas.

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Coping with Digital Transformation: Adopting a Rapid Innovation Process

Hype

As we start to close out our 2016 year, apart from the rush to finish certain tasks off, it is a time of reflection and some forward thinking to welcome in the New Year. From my standpoint I am simply amazed at how the world seems to be spinning faster and faster.

Which is better – Planned or Emergent Innovation?

Destination Innovation

Most innovation initiatives are planned and programmatic. We focus on a challenge, analyse the problem, brainstorm some great ideas and then put together teams to implement the best ones.

Technology Scouting: Why It Works – A Harvard Business Review Published Study Perspective

Technology scouting can increase the rate and potential for meaningful innovation. A recent study conducted by the Harvard Business Review makes the case for technology scouting. Research shows that connecting with a wide range of external resources increases the rate of, and potential for, meaningful innovation.

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Please forget best practice, it is all about next practice

Paul Hobcraft

Often you hear the request made of “can you give us a best practice snapshot; we would like to get a sense of where we are”. Firstly please forget best practice, this is a mistake for you in a rapidly changing world.

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Corporate Innovation Ventures: Separation vs. Integration

Innovation Excellence

Proper management of the separation vs. integration tension has proven to be a vital, while underestimated ingredient to effective scaling of internal ventures and external startups in corporate settings.

Which innovation challenges are more easily implemented?

Exago

By analysing 164 real innovation challenges, we’ve seen how people more easily relate to – and want to have a say in – questions that are closely tied to, and disrupt, daily work routines. These are, for instance, ‘How can. Read More.

Corporates are Finally Taking Young Startups Seriously

Rocketspace

Corporate collaboration with startups was once only for the brave few, but in no time at all, working with startups through mentoring, partnerships, investments or acquisitions has become mission-critical for large companies. Corporate Innovation Working With Startups Corporate-Startup Partnerships

2017 Business Innovation Report

Spigit’s 2017 Business Innovation Report is an in-depth look at why and how the biggest brands in the world tap into the collective intelligence of their employees, customers, and partners to solve business challenges.

How Steve Jobs predicted what would cause Apple to lose its innovative edge

Idea to Value

One of the most misunderstood concepts in innovation management is why some companies can bring their ideas to life and continue innovating, while in other companies good ideas get no traction and die.

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Innovation Goes Beyond Bright Ideas

IdeaScale

When organizations talk about innovation, they are referring to generating bright ideas. They spend time thinking “out of the box” and hope to come up with a brilliant new idea. But innovation is not the Idea; it’s more than that.

The Perfect Conditions for Entering A New Innovation Era in 2017

Paul Hobcraft

So if there was ever a time to clear the existing innovation agenda and rework the entire space for innovating, it is about to become the pressing reality as we enter into 2017. There are so many forces coming together that require this reworking.

10 Great Ideas That Were Originally Rejected

Innovation Excellence

History has shown us that a lot of wise people haven’t been able to recognize the potential of a great idea. “This ‘telephone’ has too many shortcomings to be seriously considered as a means of communication. The device is inherently of no value to us.”

Innovation in Changing Corporate Cultures

Thriving is the natural state of super-high performers in the workplace.

Why innovation portfolios matter

OVO Innovation

At this point in business evolution, every CEO understands the need for more innovation. After a decade of reading about it, getting pounded over the head with the Jobs/Apple story and watching new innovations disrupt entire industries, businesses are starting to react. More and more of them are doing innovation, with drastically different outcomes. Some are successful. Many are making significant investments and have had little success. Some are frankly abject failures.

Wave of Startups Automating Supply Chains Spurs Deals

Rocketspace

Hundreds of startups rushing to automate the world's supply chains are drawing interest and, in many cases, big-ticket purchase prices from corporations aiming to capture their innovative technologies. So what's behind the supply chain M&A spree? The e-commerce boom and demand for increasingly sophisticated logistics operations are a large part of the phenomenon. Corporate Innovation Working With Startups Innovation Corporate-Startup Partnerships

25 Reasons Why Brainstorming Sessions Fail in Your Company

Idea Champions

Whenever I ask my clients to tell me about the quality of their company's brainstorming sessions, they usually roll their eyes and grumble, noting several of the phenomena below. Recognize any of them in your organization? Lame facilitation. Wrong problem statement. Unmotivated participants.

Develop Your Annual Innovation Strategy

IdeaScale

It’s that time of year when organizations close the books for the current year and start focusing on the next. As you work through your annual planning, it’s important to consider your annual innovation strategy as well.

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.

Building the Core Competencies for Innovation

Paul Hobcraft

For my final post of the year, I went back to some of my thinking through around the building blocks needed in the core competencies for innovation we need to have in place.

How 2017 will Accelerate and Deliver the New Innovation Era

Innovation Excellence

So what are the critical paths of the New Innovation Era? It is the powerful effects of different conditions, solutions and forces combining that will deliver the new innovation era in accelerated forms in 2017.

Understanding innovation's past leads to incredible insight

OVO Innovation

We tend to be very short sighted, we corporate executives. Our lifespans are relatively brief, all things considered. There are over 240 years since the founding of the United States, and using a 20 year cycle for generations that suggests approximately 12 generations of people during that brief window. Most of us work for approximately 40 years, but we rarely consider the events or recent history before we started working.

If Your Corporation's Go-to Startup-strategy Involves $1 Billion, You Need to Re-think It

Rocketspace

Every few weeks we hear about another decades-old corporation shelling out billions for startups that were barely a blip on radar screens a year or two earlier. Notably, Walmart recently paid $3.3 billion for Jet.com and Unilever snapped up Dollar Shave Club for $1 billion. Rather, their shareholders paid. Corporate Innovation Working With Startups Corporate-Startup Partnerships Partnerships

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.

Great Quotes on Customer Service

Idea Champions

The following quotes are dedicated to the good people of Nations Roof , a forward-thinking client of ours who continues to impress us with their commitment to providing extraordinary customer service.

How Brands Can Become Great Storytellers

Digital Tonto

Great storytelling is infinitely more than simply producing content. It is, in fact, no less than helping customers connect with the soul of your enterprise. Related posts: 4 Things Brands Need To. [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]].

Solvitur ambulando – A Great Creativity Hack

Tim Kastelle

Solvitur ambulando – it is solved by walking. That’s the slogan for Keri Smith’s wonderful book The Wander Society (and here ). Her book is a manifesto for getting out and directly experiencing life through unplanned, mindful wandering. It’s a great idea.

The Only Three Swim Lanes that Matter to a Business

Innovation Excellence

In the course of my training with business leaders, we inevitably come to the existential business question… “What is the purpose of a business?” This is a great question, and one with a very simple answer. The purpose of a business is to create value. That’s it. To create value. Plain and simple.

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.

Amazon Go: Freedom from Checkouts and a Sign of Automation To Come

Game-Changer

Any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic” — Authur C. Clarke. When technology works, it works like magic.

Drones Are Taking Off: Here's Who Stands to Profit

Rocketspace

At Rocketspace, we expect based on our research that there will be 1 billion drones in usage by 2030. We aren't the only one who see a huge market emerging — Goldman Sachs forecasts a $100 billion market opportunity emerging between now and 2020. Corporate Innovation Corporate-Startup Partnerships Drones

24 Quotes on Good Communication

Idea Champions

The most important thing in communication is hearing what isn't said." - Peter Drucker. The single biggest problem in communication is the illusion that it has taken place." - George Bernard Shaw 3."Think Think like a wise man but communicate in the language of the people." - William Butler Yeats.

How Successful Movements Inspire Lasting Change

Digital Tonto

if you want to effect lasting change today, it’s no longer enough to merely command resources, you have to inspire opponents to join your cause. History shows these movements follow a clear. [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]].

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.