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We Need To Think About Failure Differently To Drive Innovation

Game-Changer

Yesterday I gave a talk to Foxconn employees and Directors about culture and how it drives innovation. A good way to frame culture is like this: what you reward and what you punish.

An introduction to Design Thinking for Innovation Managers

Hype

“Design thinking draws on logic, imagination, intuition and systemic reasoning to explore the possibilities of what could be, and to create desired outcomes that benefit the end user (the customer). A design mind-set is not problem-focused, it’s solution-focused, and action-oriented.

4 Reasons Great Leaders Are Not Afraid to Fail

Idea to Value

Many people have an overwhelming fear of failure. This usually stems from societal programming that tells us how negative and even shameful failure is. However, the reality is that failure is a necessary part of life. It is just one step of thousands you will take.

Who is the Innovator? Amazon or Kroger?

Braden Kelley

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.

The Stages of Innovation. Where Are You and What Does That Mean for You?

IdeaScale

A brilliant innovation starts with a single step. How does innovation happen? That’s a question that bedevils even the most creative of companies. Innovation is necessary for corporate survival, but where is your company in the five stages of innovation?

How to test & iterate new product & service ideas faster & cheaper

Leapfrogging

Moving faster and cheaper when innovating new products and services ideas is the name of the innovation game. Here’s how to do it like never before.

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Interview with Mike Roycroft

Destination Innovation

Paul Sloane interviews Brigadier Mike Roycroft who tells of his rise in the British Army. He is now CEO of St Raphael’s Hospice in London. He shares leadership lessons on leading change programmes. link]. The post Interview with Mike Roycroft appeared first on Destination Innovation.

Overcoming fixedness before being locked in amber

RTI Innovation Advisors

It seems strange to me, after working for over 12 years in innovation, that so many people can view the same set of circumstances and opportunities in so many different ways. Our economy is awash in innovation opportunities, and the opportunities are growing and expanding. There are opportunities to innovate new products and services, of course, but also new channels and new business models. Customer experience is rapidly becoming an important innovation avenue.

Loyalty is no longer enough to both employers and the workforce

Exago

How does the fourth industrial revolution, blurring the real and technological worlds, affect companies and the way they do business? How do companies manage their corporate culture to increase employee engagement? What tools and methods are used to keep employees motivated and engaged? The post Loyalty is no longer enough to both employers and the workforce appeared first on Exago. Blog business transformation engagement

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Podcast #20 – Brad Barbera: How to learn to love chaos but hate confusion

Idea to Value

In today’s episode of the Idea to Value Podcast, we talk to Brad Barbera, author of “Keep Innovation Simple”, Innovation Strategist and holder of the first patent for low-fat mayonnaise. Topics covered in this episode: Is there a perfect formula for innovation which works for all companies? (03:00). 03:00). Why you need to be careful about applying best practice from other companies (04:30). How you can keep innovation simple (06:45).

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.

Interview with Pam Warren

Destination Innovation

Paul Sloane interviews Pam Warren, speaker and author who became known as the ‘Lady in the Mask’ after receiving terrible burn injuries in the Paddington rail crash in 1999. She is the founder of the Paddington Survivors Group. link].

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Happy 8th Birthday Digital Tonto!

Digital Tonto

Some of my favorite posts. Related posts: Happy 7th Birthday Digital Tonto! Happy 3rd Birthday Digital Tonto! Happy 5th Birthday Digital Tonto! Happy Birthday Digital Tonto! Happy 2nd Birthday. [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]].

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A Tactical Guide to Protecting Your Corporate Innovation IP

Rocketspace

Intellectual property (IP) is the bedrock of every corporation. It serves as a foundation for an organization, setting a company's course and ensuring the long-term viability of profit margins. In fact, Harvard Business Review estimates that 80 percent of the worth of U.S. companies lies in their IP portfolios. Working With Startups Legal Corporate-Startup Partnerships Leadership

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FinTech and Machine Learning

IdeaScale

When people talk about machine learning they are a referring to a type of artificial intelligence that has the ability to learn without explicit programming.

Quantifying a Culture of Innovation

A rigorous, quantitative analysis of corporate innovation cultures – the most comprehensive study on this topic ever.

Organizational Culture: A Competitive Weapon

Daniel Burrus

An organization’s culture is one of its most singular aspects. It’s one of a handful of characteristics that simply can’t be replicated. That poses a specific challenge. If your organization is acquiring or merging with another company, can your culture keep its most important attributes?

Amazon’s Purchase Of Whole Foods Shows Why Every Industry Needs An Ecosystem

Digital Tonto

Every organism eventually dies. In the long term, it is only ecosystems that survive. Related posts: The New Technology Ecosystem That Will Power Small Business. 2014: Year Of The Open Ecosystem. [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]. All Posts Management Ecosystems Leadership

The Innovative Home: Sustainable, Smart, Mainstream

Innovation Excellence

This piece looks at the future between now and 2030, and predicts that the greatest need for innovation is going to be in green and smart construction in both residential and commercial construction.

“Why are You Showing me That?” The Decision-Making Behind IdeaScale’s New Reporting

IdeaScale

Over the next couple of months, IdeaScale will be rolling out a suite of new reports alongside improvements to our ability to integrate with Analytics and BI tools.

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Data From 3.5 Million Employees Shows How Innovation Really Works

Analysis of how 3.5 million employees using Spigit ideate proves innovation is a science, and can be measured.

5 of America’s Best Innovation Labs

InnovationManagement

The innovation that goes on within American corporations is truly breathtaking. Of course, many of the best innovation labs require the immense resources of powerful companies, but at their heart, these labs all succeed when two components come together: the right people and the right ideas.

5 Keys to a Flexible Strategic Planning Process

BrainZooming

Meeting with a client to design a visioning session for its upcoming strategic planning activities, I prepared several pages of options. The possibilities included many different directions we could incorporate within their strategic planning process.

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Top 20 Innovation Articles of July 2017

Innovation Excellence

Drum roll please… At the beginning of each month we will profile the twenty posts from the previous month that generated the most traffic to Innovation Excellence. We also publish a weekly Top 8 as part of our FREE email newsletter. Did your favorite make the cut?

How can your team benefit from using an idea management platform ?

Ideanote

Meet Peter. Peter is a Customer Success Manager in a Sports company. He leads a medium size team, consisting of 7 people. Working in Customer Success means working closely with the customers to ensure they are satisfied with the services.

How to Improve Customer Experience in an Era of Choice

Customer experience is quickly becoming the de facto differentiator between successful businesses and the ones that fail. Download this ebook to learn how some of the largest companies in the world are driving better customer experiences.

How will Your Organization Prepare for Extreme Scenarios?

InnovationManagement

A BISS-project powered by the Service Science Factory Rapid changes in technology, customer needs and society forces large organizations to constantly adapt to a changing context in order to remain relevant.

Open Innovation: How the United Nations is Changing the World by Collaborating with It

Spigit

What is the relationship between access to education and access to water sources in the developing world? How does an improvement in one influence the other? How does local rainfall affect child health and nutrition over time? To better understand complex and connected challenges in the developing world, the United Nations (UN) , the international organization tasked with bringing nations together, turned to Spigit to power their open innovation challenge , #SDGInsights.

Innovation Culture Starts With YOU, Not Your Boss.

Innovation Excellence

One of the most prominent organizational factors, if not the most prominent one, is autonomy. Studies showed a one-way relationship between autonomy and creativity. Employees need autonomy to be creative.

Information Overload: How Can Digital Minimalism Streamline Your Work Process and Create Innovation?

Ideanote

We are surrounded by apps that promise us efficiency and innovation. But where is the line between apps that streamline and apps that clutter? Read more to discover how digital minimalism can remove distractions and let you focus on creating.

Project Analytics: Visibility that Aids Risk Management

Speaker: Miles Robinson, Agile and Management Consultant, Motivational Speaker

Product Managers face changes that put delivery at risk. Just as you use data from the customer to inform your solutions, transparency during the building of those solutions is critical for making better risk mitigation decisions. Whether your solution has fixed scope, fixed scheduling, fixed resources or fixed level of quality, the earlier you can know when these are at risk (and how) the better. The more clear the picture, the better you can understand the impacts of changes, and the more effectively you can deliver the solution the customer needs, when they need it, at a reasonable cost. This session will focus on the use of a One-Dimensional Product Backlog from a risk management point of view. We will show how this tool can be used to monitor and evaluate how your solution is getting built, and a clear view of any cascading impacts risks have as they surface.

Strategic Thinking: Short-Term Weakness, Long-Term Strength

BrainZooming

We mentioned how frequently we’re being asked to incorporate uncertainty into Brainzooming creativity and strategic thinking presentations.

10 Colleges That Offer Innovation Majors

Phil McKinney

Innovation is currently one of the most sought-after qualities in business. Yet it's also elusive. How do you encourage innovative and creative thinking in yourself and others? One approach is to study it in college.

Improve Your Organization with Design Thinking & Change Leadership [podcast]

Innovation Excellence

"How can we improve?" is a conversation taking place at nearly every organization. Innovators and product managers have the right perspective that is needed. They are uniquely equipped to make the move from building better products to building a better organization. Innovation Innovation Management Organizational Performance Product Management product managers

Complaining isn’t a strategy.

Mike Shipulski

It’s easy to complain about how things are going, especially when they’re not going well. But even with the best intentions, complaining doesn’t move the organization in a new direction. Sometimes people complain to attract attention to an important issue.

Living With Technical Debt: Balancing Quality and Perfection

Speaker: Cliff Gilley, The Clever PM

As a Product Manager, you probably have to deal with technical debt. Regularly. Whether you like it or not - because it can’t be avoided. Unexpected details pop up, as small as UX that needs clean-up, and as big as a previously unforeseen flaw in the infrastructure of a project. We have to accept that nobody gets away without some technical debt. And of course, the longer you take to deal with your technical debt, the more difficult it becomes to address fully. Feeling frustrated? Fortunately, we can take a step back, gain clarity, and see how the decisions we make impact our technical debt. Then, we can make decisions about how we want to balance technical debt with other priorities. Are we willing to live with some level of technical debt in order to ship product and meet deadlines? Can we mitigate technical debt to get to an MVP faster?