2015

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. At Imaginatik, we have developed eight sustainable strategic processes to achieve engaging in ideas and taking them beyond idea to action.

Innovation and Organizational Culture

Tim Kastelle

Recently, the Boston Consulting Group (BCG) has published key findings of their latest “ Most Innovative Companies 2014 ” survey. Beside the annual ranking, headed by the top three companies Apple, Google and Samsung, some insightful outcomes with regard to organizational and cultural requirements have striked my eye. According to BCG’s research, successfully innovating companies approach innovation as a system.

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To accelerate innovation, focus on culture

Jeffrey Phillips

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".

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. In a just released “State of Innovation Management” that I have authored and kindly provided by HYPE for free, I believe you will find something of interest that you missed during a busy year, coming to a close. I certainly hope you will find time to go through it.

The Best Sales Forecasting Models for Weathering Your Goals

Every sales forecasting model has a different strength and predictability method. It’s recommended to test out which one is best for your team. This way, you’ll be able to further enhance – and optimize – your newly-developed pipeline. Your future sales forecast? Sunny skies (and success) are just ahead!

Applying the Four Lenses of Innovation

HYPE Innovation

Rowan Gibson wrote a book called “ The Four Lenses of Innovation: A power tool for creating thinking ” that came out earlier this year. This is a book well worth obtaining and working through. Well, it provides an understanding to the thinking patterns that lead innovators to their big ideas. By emulating these thinking patterns Rowan suggests you can really teach people the skills to improve all of our creative abilities for idea generation and imaginative problem-solving.

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. The problem was that under ordinary circumstances, the publisher would take a year to get the book out. Crazy, right? So I said, “No way. It’s gotta be a Spring release. May/June, latest.” My editor said, “Ok. We need the script November 1.”.

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10 French Innovations that Changed History

Leapfrogging

In the aftermath of a terrible tragedy, or an act of malice, we are called upon to remain strong. We take it upon ourselves to stand together and to remember what gives us strength and unity. This is what the people of Paris, the people of France and all of us citizens of the world are doing now-remembering what gives us fortitude. On Friday night when the horrific news broke, the first thing I did was reach out to family in France and friends in Paris to be sure that they were safe.

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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. These are some of the reasons why senior corporate executives are increasingly turning to separate innovation labs to spearhead their new product development. Innovation has never been more important nor so difficult.

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! ]]. All Posts Marketing Brand Publishing Content

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. Look at the chart below, I’m sure your business is lacking the digital skills necessary to compete in the information age: Chart: The key digital business abilities companies lack [link] pic.twitter.com/CSeqMgg0aX. — MITSloan Mgmt Review (@mitsmr) July 8, 2015.

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11 Ways to Make a Short Remote Design Thinking Project a Success

You can achieve a huge amount in a short period with a virtual design thinking project. While some teams want to come together for several weeks or months to tackle a challenge, others want to run short, sharp projects to find a quick solution. And with the right preparation, attitude, and structure in place, that's totally possible.To help make sure your short innovation projects are a success, download this free guide from the team at Sprintbase, a virtual design thinking platform, to learn their top tips.

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. For all these years, we have successfully helped many companies benefit from collective intelligence, keeping participants engaged, creating specific tools for managing their communities, and systems of analysis.

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. Design thinking in business is a hot topic right now (see the excellent cover story of the current issue of Harvard Business Review by Tim Brown and Roger Martin for an example).

The most common innovation project failures

Jeffrey Phillips

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.

Innovators – are you thinking about Ecosystems?

Paul Hobcraft

Business Ecosystem Trends by Deloitte. Thinking about ecosystems certainly allows us to go out of our normal scope of internally generating new products. It opens up a host of possibilities, that can add significantly towards a new service design, new capabilities and solving more complex problems. In opening up to managing within ecosystems you begin to see your ability to contribute and tackle societal problems within a collaborative system.

The D&I Garden: Seeds of Innovation that Grow into Creative Breakthroughs

Speaker: Donald Fan, Senior Director of the Global Office of Culture, Diversity & Inclusion at Walmart Inc.

In the digital era, rife with uncertainty and ambiguity, innovation plays an essential role in sustaining organic growth and outperforming the global competition. Research proves time and again, there exists a robust bond between innovation and diversity & inclusion (D&I); our challenge is to help our leaders understand how to plant the seeds of innovation in the fertile D&I garden in order to drive a strategic and competitive advantage from the office and in the digital landscape.

Sorting Through the Management Tools and Trends

HYPE Innovation

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. So let’s see if we can help here, step back a little from your favourite tool and look at this just a little more deeply. How do we pick through all the tools, let alone keep up with all the new ones emerging? Research Tools

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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. Whole Foods had already come under legal pressure concerning claims of overcharging, but this new lawsuit claims securities fraud. Now, when shareholders file a lawsuit like that, it’s not a good thing.

Last Chance for Nominations for the 2015 Distinguished Achievement Awards

Braden Kelley

August 1st is the last day to nominate someone for a 2015 Thinkers50 Distinguished Achievement Award. I would greatly appreciate your nomination for a 2015 Distinguished Achievement Award in this category: Innovation Click here to nominate me for the 2015 … Continue reading → Innovation awards nominations Thinkers50 thought leaders Thought Leadership

4 Strategies For Winning Over Innovation Naysayers

Leapfrogging

FOUR QUESTIONS TO ASK WHEN FACED WITH THOSE PUTTING A DRAG ON INNOVATION. Have you ever come across someone who exhibits “wet blanket” behavior? We recognize it when we experience it. Simple words extinguish ideas, zap energy, and gobble up enthusiasm: We don’t have time to innovate. We’re not set up for innovation. Innovation isn’t rewarded. We can’t do anything until we have more data. These statements are often symptoms of a corporate culture rooted in the status quo.

B2B Pocket Playbook: End-to-End Guide to Sales Enablement

Sales enablement is the strategic process of providing sales teams with the content, guidance, and mentorship needed to engage targeted buyers. It’s all about equipping sales professionals with the tools they need to put their best-selling foot forward. And if sales teams want to continuously sell better -- and faster -- their sales enablement process must have a game-winning strategy. It's time for you to start selling smarter - and hitting your sales number - with the best B2B database in the market. Get started today.

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. They readily absorb the ideas and the methods. In the interactive modules they generate and select great ideas for the company. These regularly include new products, services, processes, working methods and marketing initiatives.

Why We Fail To Adapt

Digital Tonto

In order to adapt we must disrupt ourselves. To seek out people, places and experiences that challenge our core beliefs. Related posts: What Do You Think? The Efficiency Paradox. Why We Believe. [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]. All Posts Management Network Theory Neuroscience Stanley McChrystal

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. It’s also one the reasons why I’m a HUGE fan of Robert Greene, the author of The 48 Laws of Power , The Art of Seduction , The 33 Strategies of War , The 50th Law and Mastery.

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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. NBCUniversal held a successful hackathon in London June 6th & 7th – the winning results are already posted here.

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Pressure Points: How to Ensure Your B2B Pipeline Passes Inspection

This eBook highlights best practices for developing a pipeline management process that helps sales leaders and their team C.L.O.S.E (you’ll see what we mean in this eBook) more revenue through data-driven prospecting, stage analysis, and subsequent sales enablement.

How to Use Polarity Management to Support Innovation

Tim Kastelle

You Need Both Execution and Innovation to Succeed What are Polarities? When it comes to breathing, if you had to pick one would you prefer to only inhale or only exhale? The question is, of course, absurd. To live, we must do both. Inhaling and exhaling are opposites, but they work together as part of a system.

Innovation decreases with knowledge

Jeffrey Phillips

Did the headline of the post grab your attention? Did you think I was going to assert that dumb people are better innovators? Nothing of the sort. However, I think I can positively assert that bringing all of your knowledge to bear on a problem that needs innovation is often exactly the opposite of what you should do. Here's why.

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. Simply generating ideas, for ideas sake, just does not cut it at all. In recent years our innovation understanding and its management have significantly changed, due to numerous factors that have been happening.

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To Innovate is to Pitch and is To Flirt

HYPE Innovation

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? To get some funds into the bloodstream of your company, increase your network, to get new customers. After all, no money – no funny. On average, the catcher you are presenting to gets a couple of dozen proposals per week.

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Marketing-Led Post-COVID-19 Growth Strategies

Businesses are laying off workers, shutting their doors (some permanently), and struggling to react to the radical destruction that coronavirus (COVID-19) is doing to our society and communities. Most have already sustained massive damage, and we still have yet to see the scope of impact of the global pandemic that has upended the globe. Any return to normalcy may seem far-off, but sales and marketing are on the front lines of restarting the economy. When the dust settles, we have a responsibility to turn our shock and grief into fierce determination, and lead the charge of responsible, strategic, sustainable future growth. However, there’s no team better suited to lead that charge than the marketing department. Marketers are uniquely positioned to provide creative solutions to aid their organization in times of change and chart a course for navigating success.

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. It revolved around another floor associate assisting a gentleman considering the purchase of an Apple watch. Now, you might be thinking, what possible strategy would or could an Apple associate on the floor really need? Apple devices sell themselves, right? Wrong.

Death of the Chief Innovation Officer

Braden Kelley

Among my innovation peers, we have talked about how crucial executive commitment is, and some organizations have responded by hiring Innovation Managers, Innovation Directors, VP’s of Innovation, and Chief Innovation Officers (CINO’s not CIO’s so there is no confusion with … Continue reading → culture Innovation Leadership Management Chief Innovation Officer facilitation facilitator Innovation Director Innovation Leader innovation leadership Innovation Manager

The Innovative Classroom – Let the (mobile) phones ring in

Leapfrogging

In the melee of getting kids prepared to head back to school, it’s easy to overlook the bigger disruptive changes happening in education nationally and even globally. Though we’re all pretty well aware of the social, economic and behavioral challenges educators face, few of us are in the loop around how they’re being solved. Many teachers struggle to maintain students’ attention.

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. Johannes Gutenberg (1398 – 1468) was a German blacksmith, goldsmith and printer who invented the printing press and movable type. Before Gutenberg all books had been hand written or stamped out with fixed wood blocks.

How ZoomInfo Helps Overcome the Top Pain Points of Inside Sales

Recent digital transformation has shifted the B2B landscape by ushering in the era of buyer empowerment. With more access to user reviews, analyst opinion, and industry research, decision-makers are more informed than ever while navigating what is now known as the “buyer’s journey.”