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To accelerate innovation, focus on culture

RTI Innovation Advisors

There's an old joke about perspective and laziness I love and have used before on this blog, because it illustrates many of the challenges (and opportunities) of corporate innovation. The joke goes that a young man steps out of a bar, and spies another person, obviously drunk, peering intently at the sidewalk under a street lamp. Curious, the guy just leaving the bar goes over to the drunk and asks "what are you doing?" The drunk answers "I'm looking for my keys".

In the future you are either a digital business or a dead business

Game-Changer

Today, every business is digital and it’s changing how business is done. But many businesses have yet to wake up and understand this reality.

Idea challenges: Giving a Voice to New Business Opportunities

Imaginatik

How many ideas fluctuate within your organization without enriching your portfolio or becoming business projects? The vast majority of them are never even voiced, why bother when nothing happens right? Engagement programs are a valuable path to change that dynamic.

Innovation and Organizational Culture

Tim Kastelle

Recently, the Boston Consulting Group (BCG) has published key findings of their latest “ Most Innovative Companies 2014 ” survey.

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.

Why Women are the Future (and Past) of Business Innovation

Leapfrogging

Mainstream business culture penalizes women for being women. But “feminine” skill sets are the not-so-secret ingredients for what it takes to innovate in today’s digital world. . 2015 has so far been monumental for women.

The State of Innovation Management in 2015 Just Released

Paul Hobcraft

As we come closer to the year-end it’s good to look back, make some dedicated time to take ‘stock’, in this case, on innovation’s progress.

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Why Companies are Turning to Innovation Centres

Destination Innovation

Nine out of ten companies believe that they are too slow to market with new products. In the consumer goods category around 80% of new products fail. Since 2000 52% of the Fortune 500 have merged, been acquired or gone bankrupt.

How To Write a Book in 45 Days

Matthew May

It came together fast. Perhaps too fast. The proposal and contract for a new book, that is. It took all of a couple weeks to go from a 1-page concept to signed contract. Most authors would rejoice at that kind of speed, and indeed I did.

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The Five Keys to Successful Change

Braden Kelley

My second book, a followup to Stoking Your Innovation Bonfire, is in the copy editing process and will be coming out soon.

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The challenge is on: ‘People@Liberty’ launched on Innovation Open Day

Exago

Liberty Seguros Portugal, awarded several times for being ‘a great place to work’ and promoting ‘excellence at work’, wants to take its employees’ creativity and engagement to a new level. The insurance company has set in motion the ‘People@Liberty’ programme, Read More.

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.

Double Down, Explode, Bridge and Breakout: The innovation options

RTI Innovation Advisors

For quite a while now, the words and phrases we use when we talk about innovation have bothered me. To some extent that's because the language is too inexact, and in other cases the words have been appropriated or misused.

The Seven Deadly Realities of Human Nature

Game-Changer

What obstacles stand in the way of greatness? Being someone that is on the path of Mastery , I’m in tune with the obstacles that can impede me from achieving Mastery. So, anyone who’s overcome obstacles on the path to Mastery is interesting to me.

Leading a Community of Innovation: Long Term Emergence vs High Value and Rapid Success

Imaginatik

Communities of practice or innovation have been around for some 30 years and we, at Imaginatik, were pioneers in using them. Yes, even before the Internet and social media became essential tools in aiding collaboration.

Never Delegate Understanding

Tim Kastelle

What’s the best way to change something? There’s no easy answer to this question – but if we’re trying to design changes in the way our organisations work, we need to have a deep understanding of what’s going on in them.

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Quantifying a Culture of Innovation

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

The Evolution of Women in Business: An Infographic

Leapfrogging

2015 has so far been monumental for women. In light of Hilary announcing her run for office, and six women winning the Pulitzer Prize (compared to one female winner in 2014), I though I’d share this infographic depicting the historic impact of women in the business world over the past century.

The innovating power of ecosystems and platforms

Paul Hobcraft

Our whole understanding of innovation is changing; there are numerous shifts occurring.

Sorting Through the Management Tools and Trends

Hype

We all are caught up in handling and understanding different management tools. The numbers are accelerating, and if anything it's adding more confusion to the pile we already have.

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Innovation is not a Game for Juniors

Destination Innovation

I am often asked to give corporate innovation training workshops. I always request that the senior executives attend but often when I arrive I find a class full of keen young troops and a sprinkling of middle managers. The youngsters are eager, intelligent and motivated.

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.

The Whole Foods Strategy…Isn’t (Whole)

Matthew May

There’s an interesting strategic play being made by Whole Foods Markets, in the midst of the company’s nearly $2 billion one-day drop in market value a few weeks ago, on the announcement of a shareholder lawsuit.

Architecting the Organization for Change

Braden Kelley

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Content Is Crap And Other Rules For Marketers

Digital Tonto

We never call anything that’s good “content.” Nobody walks out of a movie they loved and says, “Wow! What great content!” Related posts: How To Stop Failing At Content Marketing. Why Some Content. [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]].

The most common innovation project failures

RTI Innovation Advisors

I had the opportunity to speak to a leadership team that is considering building an innovation capability in their business. I was asked a question I get infrequently, but one I enjoy answering. The question is: what keeps businesses from innovating effectively? The answer that I think most leadership teams want is: good ideas. After all, it's easier to explain away the lack of innovation if you can say that most teams lack good ideas.

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.

Get comfortable being uncomfortable

Game-Changer

When’s the last time you made yourself purposely uncomfortable? It’s something to think about.

Hackathons – 3 tips for getting started quickly

Imaginatik

It’s official: hackathons aren’t just for developers and entrepreneurs anymore. Now, corporations are lining up to use them as a means of developing ideas and driving engagement around innovation programs. Here’s an example from this month – just one of many.

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Authenticity is an Evolving Process of Search and Discovery

Tim Kastelle

The Trap of Authenticity. Do organisations need to be authentic? It’s a question that came up as I was talking to a colleague recently.

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Fathers of Invention? Innovative Dads Make Waves

Leapfrogging

Millennial fathers are reinventing parenting, and a variety of new products and services help them get the job done like never before. . Millennial dads. They’re unlike your father or grandfather. They’re redefining fatherhood – and influencing parenthood as a whole.

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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.

Innovating: So What Is Possible?

Paul Hobcraft

Often we forget to frame what we want to really achieve in our innovation activity, instead we simply dive in and start innovating. I believe until we know what solutions we feel we need or the market wants, we will more often than not, end up disappointed in our innovation solutions.

To Innovate is to Pitch and is To Flirt

Hype

One of the problems I encounter regularly is that selling innovation is very difficult. But why? It’s like a pitch, and many people are not used to speaking in public. So I want to give you some helpful tips, having been there, and done that. Why do you pitch?

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Which is the Greatest Invention of All Time?

Destination Innovation

Johannes Gutenberg. Which invention or innovation has had the most positive impact on the development of civilisation and the greatest benefit for mankind? A strong contender is the printing press.

A Strategy Test: Does It Nest?

Matthew May

A few days ago, as I was waiting for an item I purchased in my local Apple store to be brought out to me from the back of the store, I had the opportunity to observe Apple’s frontline strategy be played out in front of me.

Embedded Analytics, Everywhere

Speaker: Dean Yao, Director of Marketing at Jinfonet

What's the next big trend in analytics software and applications? You've probably used it without even knowing: embedded reporting and analytics. Software development teams more often now are embedding 3rd party analytics solutions into their products and applications to let them focus on other core areas of their software. They also want to provide what their users ask for: reporting and analytics from within the context of the applications they are already using. Dean Yao will talk you through powerful strategies and best practices in embedded reporting, dashboards and analytics that will add value to your products and applications while giving you an analytics partner you can rely on. Empower users with better data presentation and exploration for deeper insights into their data.