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8 Rules Molding Apple Innovation Culture


When you think about innovation, chances are Apple is one of the first companies that comes to mind – and with good reason. Led by the company’s late founding visionary Steve Jobs, Apple has broken every rule in the book and defied every expectation on its way to the top.

5 Ways to Avoid Innovation Theater


Anyone reading the typical startup-world commentary about Innovation Theater might be tempted to make one of two assumptions. First, big companies are clueless about how to innovate.

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Diffusion Of Innovations: Influencing the adoption of a new strategy

Cascade Strategy

Any new strategy requires behavioral change. You need your team to embrace and adopt your new strategy in order to achieve business objectives. In this post, we’re going to be looking at implementing a strategic plan through the lens of the Diffusion of Innovations theory.

The Five Building Blocks of Collaborative Innovation


Are you looking for ways to inspire collaborative innovation in your organization? Your staff has the talent and intelligence, but are they working with the right people? Collaborative innovation involves bringing together ideas that can result in something groundbreaking.

How To Create A Movement To Drive Transformation In Your Company Or Industry

Speaker: Greg Satell

Everybody has something they’d like to change, whether it is a problem in their organization, their industry, their community or society at large. But how can you get your ideas for change to take hold beyond a small circle of likeminded people? What you need is a cascade: small groups that are loosely connected but united by a common purpose. When they synchronize their collective behavior as networks, they become immensely powerful. A business model is disrupted, an industry is remade, the preceding order is no more and the world is transformed.

Innovation fundamentals: using time effectively

Jeffrey Phillips

I've been writing an occasional series on some of the fundamental building blocks for innovation success - at least those that I think are critical, intangible and often overlooked. I've written previously about having a bias for innovation in your culture , seeking and finding important and unmet needs or opportunities , and introducing discovery and exploration in your innovation process. These concepts all have something in common, which is the next building block I am going to discuss: time.

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What Is an Innovation Manager – And How Do You Become a Great One?


In the last few months, I’ve had a few readers ask me how they could become an innovation manager, as well as how they could succeed in that role. Leadership Innovation Innovation Management

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Popular Corporate Innovation Tools and Tactics: Which One Is Right for Your Company?


In both the workplace and the natural world , evolution is both inevitable and painful. Just as creatures must adapt rapidly to environmental changes to avoid the wrath of natural selection, businesses must adapt rapidly to technological changes to avoid the wrath of their competitors.

Why Agility Cannot Stand Alone

Daniel Burrus

When the competition launches a new product, how you react says a lot about you as a professional and your company as an organization. But it is likely that you act quickly and decisively to address the changing factors and conditions after they’ve occurred.

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Improve Product Innovation with Internal and External Feedback


Customers are integral to the product innovation process.?. Product innovation is all about new ideas from both your employees and your customers. Trying to develop a new product without input from your customers is akin to shooting arrows in the dark.

The Hard Thing About Hard Facts

Digital Tonto

As the physicist Richard Feynman put it, “We’ve learned from experience that the truth will out.The first principle is that you must not fool yourself—and you are the easiest person to fool.” Truth. [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]].

Building Healthy Innovation Ecosystems for Your Projects

Speaker: Nick Noreña, Innovation Coach and Advisor, Kromatic

In this webinar, Nick Noreña will walk through an Innovation Ecosystem Model that he and his team at Kromatic have developed to help investors, heads of product, teachers, and executives understand how they can best support innovation in their own ecosystem. He'll also go over metrics we can use to measure the health of our ecosystems as we build more resources for innovators.

How to Leverage AI to Upskill Employees

Entrepreneur - Innovation

Artificial intelligence is the answer to polishing math skills and plugging our workforce pipeline. Technology

Mamba Mentality: Embrace The Pain Of Getting Better Everyday


Kobe Bryant, NBA and Lakers legend, along wth his daughter Gianna and 7 others passed away last week. This was shocking. And I took it hard because I’ve been watching and following Kobe since before he got to the league; he became the player I followed the most after Michael Jordan retired.

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From Inspiration to Execution: Charting the Journey


Sometimes you have to make your own path. Creativity is not a scarce resource. Humanity’s creativity and imagination have been key forces in our history from its very beginnings. That said, history is full of grand ideas that aren’t executed, or only ever partially achieved.

Top 20 Innovation Articles of January 2020

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 to Solve 4 Common Challenges of Legacy Information Management

Speaker: Chris McLaughlin, Chief Marketing Officer and Chief Product Officer, Nuxeo

After 20 years of Enterprise Content Management (ECM), businesses still face many of the same challenges with finding and managing information. Join Chris McLaughlin, CMO and CPO of Nuxeo, as he examines four common business challenges that these legacy ECM systems pose and how they can be addressed with a more modern approach.

Open Innovation Results: Going Beyond the Hype and Getting Down to Business Webinar

Strategyzer Innovation

We had the pleasure of having Henry Chesbrough, faculty director of the Garwood Center for Corporate Innovation at the University of California, join Strategyzer co-founder Alex Osterwalder on our StratChat webinar series to discuss his most recent work - Open Innovation Results: Going Beyond The Hype and Getting Down To Business. Webinar

From opportunity spaces to search fields - a definition

Lead Innovation

In innovation management one speaks of search fields when it comes to the strategic planning of innovations. With the help of these search fields, you can clearly formulate your development mandate for new products, processes, services, business models or business areas.

It’s The Leadership, Stupid


I’m the type who does the opposite of what I believe sucks, and I’ve experienced many types of leadership. The one type I’ve never liked is command and control. Though we’re in the year 2020 and talk about employee empowerment and collaboration in decision making, many organizations still operate by this way of “leadership”; it is expected, encouraged, it’s seen as normal, and it’s rewarded. To me, leadership isn’t a title.

The Limited Value Of Ideas

Innovation Excellence

There is a line of thinking that says that the world is built on ideas. It was an idea that launched the American Revolution and created a nation. It was an idea that led Albert Einstein to pursue relativity, Linus Pauling to invent a vaccine and for Steve Jobs to create the iPhone and build.

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.

2020/1920 in Hindsight: Will 2020 Mark the Beginning of a New Era of Roaring Twenties?


There is no doubt that history is one of our greatest teachers, and the big question at this stage is whether history will, in fact, repeat itself. We'll compare workforce trends from the 1920s to the 2020s in this article.

3 Ways To Put Time On Your Side


Set Your Deadline To Half The Time You Think You Need A while back, I read “When,” Dan Pink’s latest book on time. It was an interesting read to be sure, but the number one takeaway I pulled from the book has to do with deadlines.

Innovation Brokerage Report: Enabling collaborations through emerging digital tech


This report examines how ‘digital innovation brokerage’ aims to connect ideas, people, organisations, and communities through digital technologies. We collaborated with Nesta and Science Practice and these were some of our findings. So here goes!

“I think, therefore I am” … said the machine to the stunned humans

Innovation Excellence

She didn’t actually say it like that. She might have asked “to be or not to be?” and insisted that “that is the question”. In any case, machines are already up to asking profound existential questions.

Business Agile: A Roadmap for Transforming Your Management & Adapting to the VUCA Environment

Speaker: Peter Taylor, Speaker/Author, The Lazy Project Manager

Businesses everywhere are trying to “get business agile”—but it’s not easy to adapt to becoming this adaptive. How can conventional organizations succeed in this transformation? In this webinar, Peter Taylor will walk through the change process step by step, and look at a tried and tested transformation roadmap: benefits are outlined, solutions to common challenges offered, and tried and tested methods and tools provided. It will be a guide towards a decentralized and management style that offers more successful decision making through collaboration.

Left-Brained Innovation

Stephen Shapiro

Contrary to popular belief, innovation is not a right-brained creative endeavor. It is a left-brained analytic process. In this 2 minute 36 second video, I provide background on why I believe this to be true.

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Get Your Silicon Valley Magic Dust, Right Here.


I moved to the San Francisco Bay Area in 1999, near the tail end of the craziness around Web 1.0. Webvan (a now-defunct delivery company) spend millions of dollars setting up the food delivery company of the future.

New Decade, New What?


The trouble with predicting innovation is that the changes that people tend to foresee take a long time to materialise if they ever do. Think hoverboards, personal air transport, AI taking over the world, self-cleaning clothes, good-tasting rehydrated food, control of the weather.

Love-mark No More. Friend-mark vs. Mom-mark. Brand loyalty re-imagined.

Innovation Excellence

Here is two takes on loyalty, by Chris Fesen and Frank Pagano, in an age when it’s harder and harder to lock fans into a Brand forever. What strategies should Brands of the future adopt to boost frequency?

Game-Changers 911™: How to Change the Game in 2020

Speaker: John Storm, President, BrainStorm Network

Join John Storm, President of the BrainStorm Network, to learn how to identify game-changing opportunities within your company and industry, and then brainstorm ways to capitalize on these ideas. Get ready to change your game in 2020!

Will Putting Your Suggestion Box Online Help Your Office Avoid Becoming The Office?


If the internet is any clue, I’m not the only one who was prompted by its 10th anniversary to re-watch a bunch of old episodes of The Office. For fans, there’s a great new podcast called Office Ladies featuring Jenna Fischer (Pam) and Angela Kinsey (Angela).

What Innovation Funnel Should I Use?


After a decade working in innovation, I think many of us are sick and tired of seeing a funnel on another slide at an innovation conference. Lots of ideas at the top, just a few implemented ideas at the bottom… we get the idea. The post What Innovation Funnel Should I Use?

Proud Delivery Partners of Global Innovation Policy Accelerator (GIPA) Programme


The Global Innovation Policy Accelerator is a collaborative development programme for innovation policy leaders and managers, lead by Nesta. Governments around the world are seeking more effective approaches to fostering innovation.

What is Your Global Digital Health Strategy?

Innovation Excellence

WHO has released new recommendations on 10 ways that countries can use digital health technology, accessible via mobile phones, tablets and computers, to improve people’s health and essential services.

Navigating the VUCA World With Innovation Coaching

Speaker: Janet Sernack, Founder and CEO of ImagineNation

Join the founder and CEO of ImagineNationTM, Janet Sernack, to understand how developing an innovation coaching skill set can help lead the way in supporting people through the exponential change and disruption in our VUCA world.