Sat.Jan 23, 2016 - Fri.Jan 29, 2016

Different: Escaping Mediocrity

Game-Changer

There comes a point in time when all business compete for the same thing: sameness. It shouldn’t be this way, because competing to be the best at what everyone else does leads to mediocrity. On today’s episode we discuss how to escape mediocrity; not mindlessly pursue it.

The integrated innovation framework

HYPE Innovation

We cannot get away from the reality that in most of our organizations we have a disconnect going on around innovation. Research shows a lack of engagement in non-managers, claiming that 7 out of 10 of employees are not understanding how they can make a worthwhile contribution.

Deeper read or quick summary- finding the time

Paul Hobcraft

I recently wrote a post “ Delving into a complex world- helping to keep pace”.……to to help us to keep pace, learn apply and adapt.

We Need To Accelerate Innovation—Here’s How:

Digital Tonto

Innovation is a complex process, requiring us to integrate a variety of efforts. That’s where we need to focus now. Related posts: What Should We Do When The Government Makes And Industry Takes? We. [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]].

The 5 Competencies of Highly Innovative Organizations

Speaker: Dr. Ankush Chopra, Professor of Strategy, School of Management Fribourg

Professor Ankush Chopra studied over 100 companies in North America and Europe to seek answers to the above questions. He found that companies across the world use the same set of competencies to become successful innovators. In this webinar, he shows how you can use these insights to develop and lead an innovative organization.

Are all problems worth fixing?

Game-Changer

I admit that I’m of the particular mindset of looking out into the world and find flaws— glitches in the system— and construct logical paths in my mind to fix them. And, if I can start crafting a solution with a blank slate the better.

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Delving into a complex world: helping to keep pace

Paul Hobcraft

“The world has never been as complex, dynamic and uncertain as it is today and the pace of change will only increase.”

The Power Of Focus

Digital Tonto

It’s easy for corporate strategists to point to greener fields and fabulous yonders, but truly great companies are the ones that are able to do one thing extremely well. Related posts: Today, [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]].

The Internet of Things brings fresh Innovation Opportunities

Destination Innovation

The Internet of Things (IOT) will have a dramatic impact on product and service innovation. Gartner group forecast that the number of wirelessly connected products will increase from 5 billion today to 21 billion by 2020 (not including smartphones or computers).

2016: A Year of Inversion

Matthew May

Apologies for the radio silence…it’s been a while since my last post.

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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.

ELIS launches open innovation challenge for social and individual development

Exago

Associazione Centro ELIS, a non-profit organisation focused on preparing both young and adults for the labour market, is calling on its main stakeholders and Italian universities students to get involved in social and individual development efforts. ELIS, in association with. Read More.

Four Mind-Bending Business Models to Shake Up 2016

Leapfrogging

There are a myriad of lists out there extolling the top trends and innovative products to watch for 2016. But perhaps the greatest innovations in business won’t be what companies decide to sell, but how they’ll go to market in ways that create entirely new business models.

Moving beyond Explore and Exploit

RTI Innovation Advisors

Perhaps one of the biggest challenges innovators face is the lack of shared conventions or definitions. This starts with the definition of innovation, which we all agree is important but no two people agree on the definition. Moving on from there, we have different types of innovation, different tools and outcomes, differences in focus and intent.

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Step Off the Cliff

Tim Kastelle

I was sitting with our team yesterday, talking about a project that launches next week. The project is huge, and we’ve been working on getting it off the ground for nearly a year. Our feelings were a mix of excitement and fear.

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.

7 Disruptive Forces for 2016 and Beyond

Innovation Excellence

As a futurist and CEO of an innovation firm, I study the implications of emerging trends through research and dialog with experts, scientists, and academics in diverse fields.

Four Mind-Bending Business Models to Shake Up 2016

Leapfrogging

There are a myriad of lists out there extolling the top trends and innovative products to watch for 2016. But perhaps the greatest innovations in business won’t be what companies decide to sell, but how they’ll go to market in ways that create entirely new business models.

Business Model Innovation: reaching and grasping

RTI Innovation Advisors

I'm a fan of Robert Browning, and really any one who can create a really pithy but meaningful quote. Today's quote is from Browning, who said: "a man's reach should exceed his grasp, Or what's a Heaven for?". Of course any quote taken out of context can be used in any way I choose, but I like to think that Browning was writing about innovation. In my way of thinking, Browning was exhorting all of us to innovate in ways that stretched us beyond our capabilities and comfort zones.

Key Innovation Issues for 2016 and Beyond

Integrative Innovation

In the course of this first month of 2016, I was asked a couple of times what my prospects are for the year ahead when it comes to key innovtion issues.

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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!

13 Dimensions of Innovation

Innovation Excellence

The Innovation Radar, developed by Mohanbir Sawhney, Robert C. Wolcott, and Inigo Arroniz, provides the initial 12 areas available for business innovation.

Soren Kaplan’s – January 2016 Leapfrogging Newsletter

Leapfrogging

There are a myriad of lists out there extolling the top trends and innovative products to watch for 2016. But perhaps the greatest innovations in business won’t be what companies decide to sell, but how they’ll go to market in ways that create entirely new business models. So what are the top strategies to watch in 2016? FIND OUT > Research and Insights on Why People Do What They Do.

Strategic Objectives – 3 Questions to Decide What’s Strategic

BrainZooming

We are working with a client to develop a content marketing strategy for multiple business units in the organization. The first step was for our client to talk with the presidents of the various business units to understand their strategic objectives.

You Never Fail Until You Stop Trying

Gijs Van Wulfen

Overcoming resistance and managing uncertainty is determining innovation outcomes. Those were Joseph Schumpeter’s, the famous economist, words in 1928. He also said, “Successful innovation is a feat not of intellect but of will” (1). I could not agree more with him!

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.

Open Innovation is the New Normal

Innovation Excellence

"Over the years, Open Innovation has become the new normal" states Hannes, Director Open Innovation Networks at Swarovski. Continue reading → Design Innovation collaboration collaborative innovation Design Thinking Hannes Erler Open Innovation Swarovski

Comment on What If You Worked 24/7? by Michael Wiederman

Stephen Shapiro

Stimulating observations, Steve. I suspect that there are those rare individuals within each profession that experience such passion that the line between work and leisure is similarly blurred (so, there has to be a tax accountant out there somewhere that would enjoy doing just one more tax return after dinner).

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Customer Experience Strategy – Brand Expectations and Experience

BrainZooming

I fielded a request for a few ideas on social engagement for an upcoming eBook an online company is creating. One of the questions related to how brands can set themselves apart through a customer experience strategy and outstanding customer engagement.

Creating a brand that lasts.

Mike Shipulski

One of the best ways to improve your brand is to improve your products. The most common way is to provide more goodness for less cost – think miles per gallon.

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?