2017

Connecting Innovation is the New Order of Play

Paul Hobcraft

There is a lot of change occurring in our innovation abilities. There is this constant shift to more open-sourcing and collaborating. We are seeing profound shifts that technology and digital transformation are bringing us to deliver innovate differently.

The Eleven Change Roles

Braden Kelley

Change is Hard Change can be complicated, change can be confusing, and change can be difficult to successfully implement in any organization. This is why 70% of change initiatives have been found to fail. To help make change less overwhelming, … Continue reading → Change Leadership Management change leadership change management change planning Change Planning Canvas Change Planning Toolkit collaboration organizational change

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3 Lessons on Innovation from Jeff Bezos

HYPE Innovation

Jeff Bezos just became the world's richest man. His creation, Amazon, is an incredible company. The consistency and breadth of innovation it has produced over the past two decades is awe-inspiring. Bezos is undoubtedly the force behind this relentlessness, and I find him fascinating to listen to and study. In the following 38-minute interview , he gives us a compelling glimpse into the mindset he’s created at Amazon that underpins its success.

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If You Want to Be Innovative, Innovate

Tim Kastelle

Too many people want to make their organisations more innovative without going through the pain of actually changing anything. This does not work. In an interview on Tim Ferriss’ podcast , Jocko Willink says: If you want to tougher mentally, it is simple: be tougher. Don’t meditate on it. It’s the same with innovation. If you want to be innovative, it is simple: innovate. Here are some things that don’t work: Buying the magic innovation software.

Post-Pandemic eCommerce Growth: Leverage Product Data, Market Research & Shopping Trends

Speaker: Phil Irvine, VP & Director of Audience Intelligence

This session will dive into how organizations can still leverage historical customer and product data but need to also think about how to augment development of strategies with marketing research and other shopper signals to efficient drive e-Commerce growth. Join Phil Irvine, VP & Director of Audience Intelligence, for this in-depth discussion of the current e-commerce landscape. Whether concerned about data privacy and data management, or curious about how businesses can rethink approaches to designing shopping experiences, the answers are here.

15 most important Innovation Theories your company should be using

Idea to Value

Every company says that innovation is important, and that they value the ideas of their people. In fact, creativity is becoming a core skill which companies know they need in the future. Yet the problem lies in the fact that so few established companies actually know how to go about getting value out of their innovation ambitions, let alone turning it into profit.

How to mobilise the right audiences for innovation challenges

Exago

When putting your innovation challenges together, make sure you have a complete plan with clearly defined, targeted audiences, across cultures and business units, as well as key messages, frequency expectations, a communication and incentives strategy. The post How to mobilise the right audiences for innovation challenges appeared first on www.exago.com. Blog Insights challenges communication employees engagement gamification idea management software incremental-innovation

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Five Components of a Repeatable Innovation Portfolio

IdeaScale

Creating a repeatable innovation portfolio helps you plan more efficiently, scale resources, and gain insight for the growth of your innovation program. There are five key elements of a repeatable innovation portfolio: Opportunity Identification and Campaign Creation. Idea Collection and Inspiration. Proposal Generation. Implementation. Performance Tracking. When these components are in place, your innovation process becomes predictable and encourages participation across the spectrum.

Handy Advice on Grammar and English Usage

Destination Innovation

Always avoid all aimless alliteration. Prepositions are not words to end sentences with. And don’t start a sentence with a conjunction. Parenthetical remarks are unnecessary (even when relevant). It’s wrong to ever split an infinitive. Contractions shouldn’t be used. Avoid ampersands & abbreviations, etc. Foreign phrases apropos of writing are not de rigueur. One should never generalise. Eliminate quotations. As Ralph Waldo Emerson said: “I hate quotations.

Innovation is The Opposite of What We’re Pretending The Word Means

Game-Changer

Every once in a while someone says or writes something that is worth sharing. I want to introduce you to Tom Goodwin, who wrote a great piece called Why you probably don’t want innovation. His point is that everyone wants innovation without knowing what it means; which I agree with. Most of the stuff you read, listen and watch is mostly innovation theatre: just a bunch of fluffy activities that have no impact. The culprit?

Beyond Flavor of the Month: Managing Idea Challenges as a Repeatable Program

Imaginatik

An Idea Challenge is a structured process to collect new ideas from large groups of people – employees, customers, partners, or other stakeholders. Done right, they create multiple radiating benefits. The most obvious are all the new ideas that might otherwise have gone unnoticed by executives. But there are other powerful benefits, such as: increased staff buy-in for new initiatives, and higher productivity and morale of a more engaged workforce.

Reaching Unreachable Candidates

Speaker: Patrick Dempsey and Andrew Erpelding of ZoomInfo

What is ZoomInfo for Recruiters? Find and connect with the right talent to fill roles fast with more data, basic search, advanced search, candidate and company profiles, and export results. Watch this On-Demand Webinar today to see how ZoomInfo for Recruiters can work to get your talented candidates results.

The future innovation core lies at the edge.

Paul Hobcraft

Boundaries seem to be continually pushed in business, nothing seemingly stands still, yet many things stay caught up in not being changed. Something has to change, we need to jettison old ways. In with the new in 2017, out with the old. I continue to read and explore as much of the thought leadership on innovation, it continually points to a change in how we approach innovation.

Innovation vs. Invention vs. Creativity

Braden Kelley

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? Well, most of … Continue reading → Creativity Innovation common language inventions language Timing

How Corporates can use the Lean Startup and Business Model Canvas

HYPE Innovation

The Lean Startup is a hot topic for organizations right now, so we asked a practitioner - Justin Souter, of Souter Consulting - to help readers get a handle on the elements of the Lean Startup framework, and provide some lessons from the field. The post is in four sections: 1. Where to begin with Startups and Corporate innovators. How to make effective decisions while 'in flight'. The Business Model Canvas – simple yet powerful. Business Model Innovation and visual business design. Frameworks

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Here’s Your License to Innovate!

Tim Kastelle

All the Permission You Need The most common barrier to innovation that I hear about in my classes and talks is “But my boss won’t let me.” ” Here’s a solution. Print this out, fill it in, and carry it with you at all times. Problem solved! Actually, you don’t even need my permission to innovate – you just need permission from yourself. That’s all you’ve ever needed.

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5 Reasons Leaders Invest in Language Training

Communication is the lifeforce of any company. Without it, productivity, employee happiness, and ultimately your business suffers. Investing in language learning better positions global business leaders to see gains in organizational effectiveness as a result.

7 Essential Skills Required to Succeed as An Entrepreneur

Idea to Value

Many entrepreneurs believe that the most important factor that will determine their level of success with a startup relates to their overall experience and skills in the niche area. However, the most successful entrepreneurs have developed a certain set of skills that have helped them reach their goals.

Five key dimensions for building your innovation challenges

Exago

In the process of setting objectives for your business goals, you should always think SMART – as management guru Peter Drucker applies this expression. To make your objectives easy to understand and monitor, they need to be specific, measurable, assignable, realistic and time-related. This mnemonic can be useful when establishing innovation challenges. The post Five key dimensions for building your innovation challenges appeared first on www.exago.com.

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How Cisco Works with Startups to Drive the Innovation Pipeline

Rocketspace

Major corporations don't need to be told to collaborate with startups and small firms to innovate – that message is being received loud and clear. But how they collaborate and what they learn from those collaborations can mean the difference between barely innovating enough to survive and being on the cutting edge of competitive innovation. Working With Startups Open Innovation Corporate-Startup Partnerships Innovation Models

Collective Behavior in IdeaScale Communities

IdeaScale

Contributions from community members in the form of valuable ideas are seen as strategic assets in the success of IdeaScale initiatives. The larger the community of participants the more diverse views are likely to appear; more diversity increases the chances of producing valuable ideas. But the chance for success also increases, when the behavior within communities is also understood.

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Is Your IoT Pilot in Danger?

Take our short quiz to determine if your IoT pilot is set up for success, or at risk of being delayed.

Be Unpredictable – Surprise your Customers and Competitors

Destination Innovation

Boy Browning. Frederick Arthur Montague Browning (1896 – 1965) was known as ‘Boy’ Browning. He served in the British Army with distinction in the First World War. He was promoted to Adjutant at the Royal Military College, Sandhurst. During the Sovereign’s Parade of 1926, he did something unexpected by the large audience who came to see the closely choreographed and well-rehearsed parade of cadets. At the end of the ceremony he rode his horse up the steps and into the Old College.

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We Need To Think About Failure Differently To Drive Innovation

Game-Changer

Yesterday I gave a talk to Foxconn employees and Directors about culture and how it drives innovation. A good way to frame culture is like this: what you reward and what you punish. With that said, turn your attention to the following tweet: A6 Failure as a growth engine … #innochat pic.twitter.com/5nBvcKZ9fZ. — Sunil Malhotra (@SunilMalhotra) August 17, 2017. Failure As A Growth Engine.

The False Promise of “Free” Innovation Software

Imaginatik

This week, I was talking with one of our clients about additional ways to leverage our innovation software. I soon learned they had been offered an innovation platform from a competitor for three years, for free. They were tempted to take the offer of “free.” For a day. But then they thought about what they need the platform to do, namely: COLLECT ideas, through engaging employees and other stakeholders. ASSESS ideas. Help PRIORITIZE what to do.

The limitations, criticisms and new pathways for Design Thinking – Part One

Paul Hobcraft

Let me summarize where we are today in design thinking. In the past couple of weeks, I have been spending a fair amount of time on investigating design thinking. This is part one of my thoughts that came out of investigating and researching design thinking in the past couple of weeks. Within two posts, I want to provide my outcomes, bridging the present and pointing towards a better design thinking future, in my opinion urgently needed.

Rightpoint Launches Cadillac's Reimagined In-Vehicle Experience

Every company is either an experience company today or will need to reinvent themselves to become one. Learn how Cadillac is using research, experience design and organizational change to deliver a next-generation user experience.

Every Company Needs an Innovation Coach

Braden Kelley

Innovation is not a solo activity. While the rare lone genius may be able to invent something on their own (although still always inspired by others), nobody can innovate by themselves. Innovation by its very nature, requires collaboration.

An introduction to Design Thinking for Innovation Managers

HYPE Innovation

“Design thinking draws on logic, imagination, intuition and systemic reasoning to explore the possibilities of what could be, and to create desired outcomes that benefit the end user (the customer). A design mind-set is not problem-focused, it’s solution-focused, and action-oriented. It involves both analysis and imagination. Design thinking is linked to an improved future and seeks to build ideas up—unlike critical thinking, which breaks them down.

We Don’t Need More Mousetraps!

Tim Kastelle

Imagine an island country where the only industry is making mousetraps – let’s call it Mousetrapia. And the people that live there are incredibly creative. Consequently, they invent new mousetraps constantly, and they patent them as well. They patent so many mousetraps that the number number of patents per capita for Mousetrapians is among the best in the world. This high level of creativity is due in part to the fantastic higher education system in Mousetrapia.

The Creativity Crisis: It’s Getting Worse

Idea to Value

In this very special guest post by Professor KH Kim, we find out the updated facts of what is happening to people’s creativity levels over the past decades, now with updated statistics for 2017. This is a follow-up to what I consider to be one of the most important pieces of creativity research from the past decade. Children are born to be creative, like eagles are born to soar, see the world, and find food, not scratch and fight for scraps in a coop.

How Digital Transformation will Bend the Curve of the Linear Economy Toward the Circular

Speaker: Bruce Armstrong Taylor, Co-Founder & Managing Director of SmartNations Foundation, Jimmy Jia, Venture Partner at Pi Labs, Fabienne Durand, Senior Advisor to the SmartNations Foundation, & Roger Strukhoff, Executive Director of the Tau Institute

The Carbon Zero, Circular Economy, is easily the most profoundly important result of digital transformation. Industry 4.0 has a massively cumulative impact on dematerialization (in all forms) and resultant decarbonization (both emissions and embodied) throughout the economy. Join panelists Bruce Armstrong Taylor, Jimmy Jia, Fabienne Durand, and their moderator Roger Strukhoff as they discuss how bending the carbon/GHG heavy linear economy to the circular is one of the hidden benefits of digital disruption.

KPMG’s ‘Innovation Survey 2016’ reveals how collaboration is central to success

Exago

Exago has partnered with KPMG in Portugal to promote the first global ‘Innovation Survey’ to companies operating in the country. The post KPMG’s ‘Innovation Survey 2016’ reveals how collaboration is central to success appeared first on www.exago.com. Blog Exago Insights innovation management innovation-results innovation-tips partnerships Portugal

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2016 Year in Review: Corporate Innovation Trends and Implications for 2017

Rocketspace

2016 was an eventful year, marked by unprecedented political polarization, hacked emails made public by WikiLeaks, Brexit, two huge Yahoo security breaches, and even exploding Galaxy Note 7 smartphones. But hidden among the uncertainty lies a year of unparalleled technological advances.

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3 Tactics that Make Innovation Management Easier

IdeaScale

IdeaScale learns from all its best customers, but in our latest interview with Redwood Credit Union we learned three things that make innovation management easier: Pre-Populate Your Campaign. When RCU launched their first campaign that asked for ideas that would help improve the member experience, they seeded that campaign with ideas that they had received in the past.

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. The second group was not shown the ineffective roof rack; they were simply told to design a really good bicycle rack. The second group came up with much more elegant and effective designs.

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Going to Market Smarter in the New Economy

In 2021, as companies continue to move more functions online, employees will take a more virtual -- and flexible -- mindset and lifestyle in parallel to the digitization of businesses. To succeed, you must change the way you conceive and build new products as a digital business. Download the report today to discover more!