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What we talk about, when we talk about innovation

Jeffrey Phillips

After over 15 years of work in the innovation space, sometimes I get a bit weary talking about innovation.


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What’s the Difference Between Open vs. Closed Innovation?


There are a multitude of approaches to innovation management. One key factor, however, is “open” innovation versus “closed” innovation. While the names are slightly misleading, they’re important to understand as you approach your change management strategy.

Podcast S4E99 – Why creativity and innovation will be the most important skills of 2021

Idea to Value

In this livestream of the Idea to Value podcast, I talk about the main reasons why creativity and innovation are going to be the most important skills of the next 5 years.

Extending the Reach of HR: Supporting and Sourcing Remote Talent

Speaker: Karen Lim, Alliance Academy

The concept of Global HR is becoming more common as more companies become permanently remote. As companies expand their talent-bases beyond borders, HR reps will bear the responsibilities that come along with it. Adapting to different cultures, distances, and legal implications whilst preserving core company values is essential. Once you can do this, the world becomes your oyster. Join Karen Lim of Alliance Academy, and learn to thrive in a remote-first mindset.

Why do we have difficulties to self-disrupt?

Paul Hobcraft

“Why do we always seem to have internal difficulties to self-disrupt?”. Now that is an interesting question. My quick and simple answer is to look at all the internal constraints you can see, or those around you can add to your list or the ones you place on looking outside your own organization.

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Two in a row | Exago innovation software recognised as a Top Performer by FeaturedCustomers


Exago has just been recognised as a Top Performer by FeaturedCustomers, in its “Winter 2021 Customer Success Report for the Idea Management Software Category”, having been distinguished last year for the first time.

Building bridges vs Finished Bridges

Idea to Value

Bridges work to get people from one side of something to another. But they only work if they are 100% finished. A bridge which is 99% finished doesn’t help you get anywhere. There is still a gap which needs to be overcome before it provides any value.

Types of innovation: knowing where to pinpoint your efforts | Innovation Management


Introduction to the many shapes of innovation, starting with the different levels of impact, and then zooming in on the more practical details from business model through to product creation, marketing and customer relations

Bitcoin and Blockchain: A Small Glimpse Into Big Digital Disruptions

Daniel Burrus

Several of us likely remember the Bitcoin boom around the end of 2017, when thousands of individuals bought Bitcoin, seeing the value of their dollar skyrocket for a brief period.

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!

Ways to Generate Ideas from a Distance


More people are working from home than ever before. Organizations need a way of innovating from a distance. Remote work is expected to increase in the coming years. A recent study reveals 42% of employees who are given the option will work from home more within five years.

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Fireside Chat with Nick Skillicorn: Interview by Jasmin Hindi – Podcast S4E98

Idea to Value

I was delighted to be interviewed by renowned creative leader Jasmin Hindi for a recent “ Fireside Chat ” on the topic of developing our creativity. We discussed a wide variety of topics, including: Who the heck I am and my background.

13 Indispensable Lean and Six Sigma Tools and Techniques


Six Sigma is a business methodology focused on improving the quality of goods or services an organization produces by reducing variance in the production process.


Attribute based Innovation Classification

Inspiring Next

Ripi Singh Most common innovation classification is process, product, service, or business model. However, You can choose how you wish to classify innovation, as long as it is novel and adds value.

11 Ways to Make a Short Remote Design Thinking Project a Success

You can achieve a huge amount in a short period with a virtual design thinking project. While some teams want to come together for several weeks or months to tackle a challenge, others want to run short, sharp projects to find a quick solution. And with the right preparation, attitude, and structure in place, that's totally possible.To help make sure your short innovation projects are a success, download this free guide from the team at Sprintbase, a virtual design thinking platform, to learn their top tips.

How Sunshine Coast Credit Union Transformed Its Bottom-Performing OHI Score


An innovation culture is critical to a company’s success. Change prompts growth, which leads to creativity. Many companies struggle with innovation. A recent McKinsey Global Survey found 6% of executives find their innovation efforts gratifying.

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Your competition is not who you think it is

Idea to Value

Most companies don’t know who their biggest competitor is. When asked, they might list another company providing the same goods or services. Often, ones which are a similar size to how large they are now.

The Ivory Tower

The Future Shapers

Since the invention of the modern university in the 12th century, higher education institutions have always responded to fundamental changes in society. The forces for change have always emerged from society – that is from outside, not from within, the walls of academia. All of this is changing….

IBM’s Demise – Why You Can Do MUCH Better

Adam Hartung

IBM fell into the Growth Stall trap. As the competition increased and market demand shifted, revenues fell. This led to a vicious cycle of cost cutting and diminished innovation.

The D&I Garden: Seeds of Innovation that Grow into Creative Breakthroughs

Speaker: Donald Fan, Senior Director of the Global Office of Culture, Diversity & Inclusion at Walmart Inc.

In the digital era, rife with uncertainty and ambiguity, innovation plays an essential role in sustaining organic growth and outperforming the global competition. Research proves time and again, there exists a robust bond between innovation and diversity & inclusion (D&I); our challenge is to help our leaders understand how to plant the seeds of innovation in the fertile D&I garden in order to drive a strategic and competitive advantage from the office and in the digital landscape.

Lessons from Orchestra Conductors

Rmukesh Gupta

Lessons from Orchestra Conductors. In a recent blog post , Sethi Godin talks about how the famous conductors (orchestra) seem to be the only person on the orchestra that don’t make any sound at all and yet are the most important person on the team.

What is the ambition matrix and how does it work as part of an innovation portfolio?

Idea to Value

Most companies are not really aware of all of the innovation projects they are working on. Let alone which project mix they should be working on.

Tips From Capital One on Running Virtual Hackathons

Innovation Leader

Planning a virtual hackathon is much different than an in-person one, according to Jennifer Lopez of Capital One. She shares how her team worked to bring serendipity back with its virtual hackathons

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A brain map to ideation

The Future Shapers

In a world, dominated by speed, ambiguity and complexity ideas are the most important source for innovation. How are ideas being formed? James Webb Young elaborated in the late 1930s that generating ideas is „just a definite process like building cars.“ He defined a five step process.

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.

Assess how your Innovation Programs are Performing


In last week’s blogpost , we introduced our tool, the Ecosystem Map, to highlight the importance of the interconnectedness of innovation programs.

Catalysing change through innovation teams


What makes Israel so innovative? And what has this got to do with teaming?

Member Spotlight: Tandi LeFranc, Pacific Life

Innovation Leader

Tandi LeFranc is the Director of Business Strategy Acceleration at Pacific Life. We spoke with Tandi as part of our IL Member Spotlight series, which profiles our members

Mission Statement Training Workshop

Our mission statement training workshop is a fast-paced program to help your group create and align on a mission statement.

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.

Virtual Improvement FAQs


When the COVID-19 pandemic first struck the US at scale in March of 2020, many organizations scrambled to transition to a remote work model. For most, the initial goal was to maintain operations while keeping employees safe.

#2,087 – Outsite

Greatest. Idea. Ever.

You may have your roots firmly planted somewhere. Friends, family, a job, or other commitments that keep you in one area for a long period of time. But there are others among us who are more nomadic. Who are single. Unattached. Able to work remotely.


Building, Scaling & “Unbossing” Innovation at Novartis’ Genesis Labs

Innovation Leader

Ian Hunt and Aimee Reynolds of Novartis’ Genesis Labs share insights on developing an effective innovation ecosystem that ensures that the best ideas bubble up to the top