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What is Design Thinking? Extensive interview with Tom Kelley from IDEO

Idea to Value

One of the most important figures in the field of Design Thinking is Tom Kelley, one of the heads of IDEO along with his brother David. Recently, Tom was interviewed by High Resolution (video above) about his thoughts on Innovation and Design Thinking.

Focus on the Opportunity, not the Problem.

Destination Innovation

Two groups of engineering students were given a similar task – to design a bicycle rack for a car. The first group was shown an existing but poorly designed roof rack for bicycles. They looked at all the issues with the current design and then set out to come up with something better.

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All Great Innovators Have One Thing In Common — They Stick It Out

Digital Tonto

They have the courage to grind it out long after many others would have given up. Related posts: Truly Great Innovators Do These 4 Things. The Most Important Thing That Great Innovators Do. [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]].

Failing Fast Leads to More Failure

Braden Kelley

One scary statistic is that 70% of change initiatives fail. An overwhelming proportion of new product launches fail. Most new businesses fail. The sad fact is that failure is all around us.

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Assessing and Fostering a Culture of Innovation

Speaker: Magnus Penker, CEO & Founder, Innovation360 Group

Welcome to an interactive empowering session on how to sharpen your future through innovation management, which can help guide your company’s goals. During this webinar, Magnus Penker, international thought leader and author, will dive into how to assess and foster culture and capabilities for innovation.

Is It Possible for Companies to Over-Innovate?

IdeaScale

Remember when this was the height of innovation? Is it really possible to “over-innovate?” It seems baffling, on the face of it. What’s wrong with “too much” creativity and thinking ahead. The answer is that there’s a question of balance.

Brand Essence: The Rock’n’Roll of Business

Idea to Value

Like famous musicians, effective brands maintain a certain sway over those who come into contact with them, a sense of awe and authority that translates talent, focus, and hard work into an essence that communicates instantly. Let’s begin by defining the word “brand.”. To start we will play the game “no.” I’ll ask several questions to which you have already been supplied the answer. Is your brand your logo? Is your brand your pithy tagline or your mission statement?

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Change Planning Toolkit™ Ask Me Anything Transcript

Braden Kelley

On Thursday, June 8th I took all questions about the Change Planning Toolkit™ on TWITTER via hashtag #cptoolkit and my contact form. Here were the questions and the answers: 1. I bought your insightful book Charting Change – How can … Continue reading → Change

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Open Innovation: A critical success factor when you build your innovation journey

IdeaScale

We are currently experiencing one of the most significant transformations of our history. In 2030, 75% of the global employees will be “digital natives,” who grew up surrounded by mobile devices, mobile communication and the Internet.

Being A Creative Generalist

Game-Changer

James Taylor , who hosts a very popular podcast about creativity and innovation interviewed me recently. We talked about Being a Creative Generalist , which is a topic I’m excited and advocate about.

Brand Essence: The Rock’n’Roll of Business (Part Three)

Idea to Value

Part 3 of 3. See part 1 and 2. Your marketers either need to create a fire or be fired. If you have uninspired and uninspiring marketing professionals on your team, be warned. Give him or her one chance to kick into high gear. Then act decisively. Fire them if they cannot change tempo. Be bold and be emboldened. Marketers are responsible for both your commercial success and the esprit de corps of your culture.

11 Proven Ways to Turn Your Culture into a Culture of Innovation

Learn the 11 proven strategies that you can implement quickly to get every employee innovating and contributing to the growth of your company.

Ask Me Anything About the Change Planning Toolkit™

Braden Kelley

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Five Tips for Selling Your Executive Team on Crowdsourcing’s Value

IdeaScale

Get everyone on board with crowdsourcing. Why do companies resist crowdsourcing? It’s a tough question, and if you’re looking to boost crowdsourcing as a solution, it can seem a tough obstacle to overcome.

Inspire Innovation by Changing How You Frame a Problem

Rocketspace

If you've ever worked with management consultants, you might have heard some version of the slow elevator story. Here's the gist: Tenants have been complaining about long waits for an old elevator in their building. They want a new elevator, maybe a new motor. But the building management has another idea. They hang a mirror next to the elevator and complaints drop as tenants pass the time checking out their reflection while they wait. Open Innovation Intrapreneurship Innovation Models

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Mark Zuckerberg’s advice to new entrepreneurs: “The Eureka Moment is a Lie”

Idea to Value

Mark Zuckerberg, the man who created Facebook and dropped out of Harvard University, recently gave some surprising revelations about what it takes to have your ideas succeed when he gave the commencement address to the class of 2017. You can see his full speech in the video above, and read it below, but there were a few very important quotes which are relevant for anyone looking to find their next big idea, or build the next innovative company, that we can all learn from.

5 Product Traps - And Better Paths

Speaker: Johanna Rothman, Management Consultant, Rothman Consulting Group

Is your agile team overloaded with feature requests, with no time for discovery? Do your roadmaps read like impossible wish lists? Well, you’re not alone. It may seem impossible now, but what if we said that with a few changes, you could be meeting deadlines with the ability to predict progress with accuracy, be happy with your progress against the roadmap, and be making time for near-continuous discovery? Johanna Rothman has seen this all too often across many different organizations. She will take us through five common traps that agile product teams fall into – and likely you are in several of those traps right now. And good news - she has ways to avoid them!

A Gen Xer Speaks to the Multi-generational Workforce

BrainZooming

Emma Alvarez Gibson is here today, as a Gen Xer, to get the multi-generational workforce on the same program.

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Idea Drop is now an approved supplier on the UK Government Digital Marketplace

Idea Drop

G-Cloud Digital Marketplace was initiated by the UK Government and it allows public sector organisations to easily review and buy services. It has never been easier to access online database of suppliers, find eligible software providers, compare them and select the best one for the project.

Ways to Exercise Your Creative Muscles

InnovationManagement

Feeling like you’re stuck in a creative rut? Creativity works a lot like a muscle—you have to exercise it for it to work properly. Once you get stuck in a cycle of routine, it’s easy to feel like you’ve lost your creativity.

Brand Essence: The Rock’n’Roll of Business (Part Two)

Idea to Value

Part two of three. See part 1 here. One real power of a brand is that it serves as a tuning fork for an organization, helping them quicken strategic decisions, vetting new opportunities, and making hard choices when projections are slipping away from the target. Nothing kills brand value more than short-term revenue focus. When the deafening sirens of Wall Street start signing, listening to the essence of brand can keep a company from wrecking on its own overexcited ambition.

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.

Creative Thinking Skills – 5 Quick Tips on Extreme Creativity

BrainZooming

We turn to extreme creativity questions to help clients imagine big ideas. It is all part of not ASKING for big ideas ; we use big questions that enhance peoples’ natural creative thinking skills. They start filling the extra space big questions create with ideas of ALL sizes.

Innovation NOT the Same as Invention or Creativity

Innovation Excellence

There is so much talk about innovation these days, it's hard to sometimes distinguish the signal from the noise. In fact, the word innovation gets thrown around so much that it leaves people wondering: What’s really innovative?

How artificial intelligence and innovation will interact

Idea Drop

The matter remains open for discussion but we are more interested in how the advent of AI will interact with innovation over the following months and years. will replace up to 45 per cent of American jobs within 20 years.”

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The Customer Experience Buyer’s Guide 2017

InnovationManagement

Your ultimate resource to the key CX investment areas for 2017 and how to make the most from your vendor partnerships. Reports Support for SMEs customer engagement

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?

3 Ways to Keep Strategic Priorities Front and Center with Executives

BrainZooming

“Inside the Executive Suite” from Armada Corporate Intelligence featured ideas keeping executives focused on strategic priorities during strategic planning meetings.

How Greg Satell Learned to Navigate a New Era of Innovation

Innovation Excellence

IX Managing Editor Mari Anixter interviews Greg Satell about his new book Mapping Innovation: A playbook for navigating a disruptive age. Book Review Disruption Innovation Interviews Age of Disruption Author Interview Innovation Books Innovation tools

How police forces can benefit from an idea management platform

Idea Drop

“The latest figures show that between September 2010 and September 2016 police workforce numbers in England and Wales fell by 18,991, or 13%, according to the Home Office. Overall police budgets, excluding counter-terrorism grants, fell by 20% between 2010 and 2015.

Learning to Deal with Artificial Intelligence

Rmukesh Gupta

In an MIT Review post , Liesl Yearsley a serial entrepreneur who has developed AI bots, shares her first hand experience of how we are susceptible to influences by Artificial Intelligence.

What Users Want: How and Why to Build Knowledge into Your Product

Speaker: Nils Davis, Principal, NPD Associates

Usage data allows PMs, the product team, and the whole organization to make better decisions. Good usage intelligence gives you the ability to be smarter, more active, more decisive, nimbler, and to minimize risk. But what if you don't have that data - such as before you have users? Or, what if the right decision seems to fly in the face of the data you have? Or, what if your product offers more than just the standard features? To get deeper into these questions, Nils Davis asks, "What is the most interesting thing about Instagram?" (Because who doesn't like a product that Facebook paid $1 billion for when it had fewer than 50 employees and no revenue?) Nils will use the example of Instagram’s Filters to talk about how putting prebuilt knowledge in your product can change the way your product is used for the better - putting you in the company of most market-leading products. Finally, he’ll tie it all together by explaining how the way you interpret and use usage data can impact the way your tell your product’s story, and ultimately, how your users use your product.

7 Signs to Invest in a Social-First Content Strategy for Your Brand

BrainZooming

We still come across many companies, especially in B2B, that do not incorporate a content marketing strategy to effectively reach potential customers. The reasons they give for lagging in this area? A content marketing strategy is not a priority for them.

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13 Experts Share Their Change Management Tips

Innovation Excellence

Recently my colleague Daniel Lock collected and published points-of-view (POV) from 13 change management experts on implementing fast, dramatic and powerful change. Here is mine: If your change effort or project begins in a Microsoft Word document, you’re already in a whole world of trouble.

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Why ask for idea management

Ideanote

Do you ever feel like you could contribute a great deal more than you do in your company?

Finding Her Natural Niche – Balm Skincare

Taivara

Product Hunt Columbus Recap. Finding Her Natural Niche – Balm Skincare. Finding Her Natural Niche – Balm Skincare. The Balm Backstory. Lindsey Moeller’s story with Balm Skincare starts with an anecdote.

Quantifying a Culture of Innovation

Examining five years of anonymous data from over 6 million users in 170+ countries, Spigit has discovered that a culture of innovation can be measured – with a 99% statistical confidence level – by a metric called "ideation rate." Download the eBook now for an in-depth look at this groundbreaking study.