How to Design for Outcomes
DECEMBER 28, 2014
It’s always a bit dangerous to be “inspirational.” ” The problem is that inspiration doesn’t always lead to action – and that’s what we ultimately want. This is a lesson that Timothy Prestero and his organisation Design that Matters learned painfully.
Cities, Innovation, and the Future
OCTOBER 27, 2014
Innovation is intimately linked with cities. This occurs for many reasons, many of which are entirely obvious. People congregate in cities, and through experiencing problems and sharing ideas for how to solve them, innovation comes about.
Three Things They Don't Teach You About Change Leadership
OCTOBER 12, 2014
Somewhere between reading John Kotter's Leading Change and Michael Watkin's First Ninety Days, most change projects are tested by currents of resistance and indecision that are often quite subtle, but need to be played right if the change initiative is to gain traction and maintain its momentum. Overlooked, or played
10 Great Tips to be an Effective Innovator
Gijs Van Wulfen
SEPTEMBER 3, 2014
Innovation is one big struggle. Not being able to change habits within the organization. Being creative at the wrong moment. Frustrated by budget cuts. Confronted with a lack of entrepreuneurship. Putting pressure on people in operations who resist change.
Three Keys to Accelerating Innovation through Connecting and Collaborating Outside your Organization
Speaker: Gordon Vala-Webb, Author, Speaker and Consultant, Building Smarter Organizations
From his upcoming book, Building Smarter Organizations, Gordon will do a deep dive into connecting and collaborating with those outside your organization to accelerate innovation. Gordon will provide practical strategies to connecting and working with the "nearside" of suppliers, partners and alumni in order to accelerate innovation.
You’re Either a Technology Business or You’re Out of BusinessDISRUPT | INNOVATE | LEAD
SEPTEMBER 26, 2014
This article is brought to you by Linda and Braden Kelley. Collectively, we have over 30 years of experience working with large, global multi-disciplinary enterprises. We write this with care and passion as we want your enterprises to succeed. We would love to hear your thoughts. Even in 2014, there are business sectors who feel […].
Talk-n-Tweet | Collaborative Innovation at Scale
SEPTEMBER 24, 2014
Previously, I’ve described Why Crowdsourcing Works. Crowdsourcing is a case where you get many people who don’t one another collaborating toward a defined outcome. To reiterate the principle points about the value of crowdsourcing: Diverse inputs drive superior solutions.
Reigniting Innovation and Creativity
DECEMBER 13, 2014
“If you hear a voice within you say, ‘You cannot paint,’ then by all means paint, and that voice will be silenced.” — Vincent Van Gogh. Here’s an interesting question.
Balancing Innovation via Organizational Ambidexterity – Part 3
AUGUST 1, 2014
This is part three of a three-parts article co-written with innovation-3 ‘s Frank Mattes. The first part highlighted that radical and incremental innovation build on two different innovation set-ups (exploration and exploitation, respect.
Building A Collaborative Innovation Playbook
Speaker: Greg Satell, Innovation Advisor, Speaker and Author
For his upcoming book, Greg Satell has researched how people and organizations successfully innovate. We are excited to have Greg join us for a session that will draw upon these insights and provide a playbook for how to define the right innovation strategies for your organization to overcome the specific challenges that your organization faces and dramatically improve your innovation effectiveness.
Driving Corporate Innovation: Design Thinking vs. Customer Development
JULY 30, 2014
Startups are not smaller versions of large companies, but interestingly we see that companies are not larger versions of startups. I’ve been spending some time with large companies that are interested in using Lean methods.
Arrogance, Risk, and Resources (Or, How to Avoid Unpleasant Surprises)
JULY 20, 2014
There was recently a small article in The Economist highlighting the growth of Airbnb, the residential room-sharing service, that like Lyft and Uber, is disrupting a traditional industry. The short piece explores how Airbnb is growing, and discusses how much of a threat this may become to hotel chains. The signals to date are mixed, […]. Innovation Strategy and Innovation
Becoming More Innovative in 2015: Innovation Resolutions
DECEMBER 27, 2014
What are you going to do this coming year to be more innovative? Innovative organizations deserve innovative leaders and members and if you’re not consciously thinking about how you might improve your own personal innovativeness, you’re abdicating on an important managerial responsibility. Since this is the time for New Year’s resolutions,
10 Awesome Lessons on Innovation from Great Explorers
Gijs Van Wulfen
AUGUST 24, 2014
This advertisement ran in a London newspaper in 1913. Could you have imagined answering it? If you did, you are a real innovator. Besides you, over 1000 men did. They were hoping to be chosen for an Antarctic exploration led by Sir Ernest Shackleton.
A Strategic Approach to Open Innovation
Speaker: Jeffrey Phillips, Senior Consultant, OVO Innovation
This action-packed session examined the critical questions you should ask as you establish an open innovation framework: which technologies or ideas? Which partners and how many? Which methods? By taking a strategic approach to open innovation, you’ll find the right ideas or partners more effectively, and you’ll accelerate new products to market more quickly. This was a great session you don’t want to miss.
TEDx Talk: The science of improving your brain’s creativity
SEPTEMBER 4, 2014
TED has just uploaded the video of my recent speech at TEDx Durham University In it, I go through evidence from recent academic studies which shows how everyone has the ability to improve their creativity over time, and what sort of things can help achieve that aim. For those of you who want to know […]. Originally published at TEDx Talk: The science of improving your brain’s creativity. Blog articles creativity imagination neuroscience ted
Why Bitcoin Scares the Crap Out of Governments and Banks
FEBRUARY 20, 2014
Depending on who you speak to, Bitcoin is either the most perfect example of a speculative bubble or it’s an attempt by software to eat the banking industry. Unless you’ve been living under a rock, everyone is talking about it.
Research in 3D printing innovation
JUNE 6, 2014
Frank Piller (photo by Joel West) On Tuesday, Frank Piller and I hosted a successful workshop on 3D printing at RWTH Aachen. About 30 people attended the workshop: half from RWTH Aachen, the rest from other academic venues and a few from industry.
Consequential DisruptionDISRUPT | INNOVATE | LEAD
AUGUST 4, 2014
Why Global Disruption is not enough. We Need to Disrupt MEANINGFULLY! As you know, I have been a strong advocate of disruption leading to innovation from the 1st day of my career post graduate school (Mathematics) at BBN (Bolt Beranek & Newman) in Cambridge. We invented things that did not exist and in as […]. Blog Disruption Innovation consequential disruption device innovation enterprise gadget innovation
6 Keys to Making Collaborative Innovation Successful
Speaker: Soren Kaplan, Founder of InnovationPoint
We are excited to launch the Collaborative Innovation Webinar Series with Dr. Soren Kaplan. His just released book, "The Invisible Advantage," provides actionable insights into how any organization can create a culture of innovation, an environment that promotes freethinking, an entrepreneurial spirit, and sustainable value creation at all levels and across all functions. By registering for the webinar, you will get a free excerpt from his book.
Enterprise gamification…yes or no? Twitter #innochat Thursday May 22
MAY 21, 2014
What do you think about gamification for the enterprise? Smart innovation that helps deliver results? Or horrible idea that treats people as Pavlovian animals? Well, this week’s #innochat will examine that question. innochat ? What’s that, you ask?
Gentlemen, This is a Football
AUGUST 24, 2014
Vince Lombardi was a legendary coach. There’s no debating that. His record was 96 wins against 34 losses. He won six division championships, two conference championships and two Super Bowls.
Leveraging New Ventures for Innovation
JULY 21, 2014
As pointed out in a recent post , teaming up with startups provides an opportunity for established firms to drive innovation without risking major interference with their core businesses.
How We Used to Give Startups Very Bad Advice. 2 Minutes to See Why
OCTOBER 22, 2014
If you can’t see the video click here Filed under: 2 Minute Lessons , Corporate Innovation , Customer Development. 2 Minute Lessons Corporate Innovation Customer Development
The Leadership of Open Innovation
Speaker: Paul Sloane, Director, Destination Innovation
Paul Sloane is a well-known author and speaker on open innovation. In this session, Paul takes us through examples of successful open innovation programs to explore the breadth of what open innovation can be for organizations and the value it can bring. This was a great session you don’t want to miss.
The Secret that Victoria Didn’t Know
MAY 24, 2014
What the best way to move into an adjacent market? A recent Bloomberg Businessweek* article highlighted how not to do it, reporting briefly on the difficulties that Victoria’s Secret has had in moving from lingerie into the markets for sports bras, sweaters, jeans, and dresses. None of these new ventures has fared as well as […]. Innovation
We Need Good Teamwork, Not Good Luck
DECEMBER 24, 2014
"Good Night, and Good Luck" were words made famous by radio news pioneer Edward R. Murrow as he closed-out his evening broadcasts from London during the terrible early days of the Second World War. But, there was no "luck" involved in Murrow's work. He was consciously and deliberately part of
Awesome Innovation Infographic To Double Your Effectiveness
Gijs Van Wulfen
AUGUST 21, 2014
Take a closer look at the Innovation Infographic as pdf. Starting innovation is for many a struggle to master. A study of Booz & Company shows only a quarter of all companies are effective at the start of innovation. And Stage-Gate Guru Robert Cooper shows that of every seven new product/service projects, about four enter development, 1.5 are launched, and only one succeeds. You might recognize some of the struggles in practice: “Our short-term mindset rules.”
Want a new market ready for innovation? Find it on Craigslist
AUGUST 26, 2014
If you're looking for opportunities to launch new and innovative businesses, the best place to start looking appears to be Craigslist Craigslist is one of the granddaddies of the internet. It's been around since 1995 (older than some entrepreneurs in Silicon Valley!), and frankly is as basic-looking as a website can get. It also has customised […]. Originally published at Want a new market ready for innovation? Find it on Craigslist. Blog articles Craigslist innovation startups
Models, Strategies and Tactics for Accelerating Innovation through Collaboration Outside the Organization
Speaker: Paul Campbell, VP of Innovation, Schneider Electric
We are excited to have Paul Campbell, an expert in corporate entrepreneurship, covering some of the strategies and tactics he has repeatedly used to transform corporate innovation programs. In this session, Paul shares his experience innovating in new and adjacent markets through a deft deployment of open innovation, business accelerators, venturing, M&A, R&D, business development and strategy team leadership.
Why you should always begin with the end in mind
DECEMBER 22, 2014
I picked up my copy of The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People by Stephen Covey the other day. I remembered that one of Covey’s principles was to begin with the end in mind and I’ve been doing some detailed thinking recently about what my own end is, so to speak. It struck me that […]. The post Why you should always begin with the end in mind appeared first on Richard Hughes-Jones. Business Models Business Strategy Early-stage Businesses Lean Startup Startups
WOIC: Day 1
DECEMBER 5, 2014
On Thursday, open innovation scholars enjoyed a very exuberant 1st day at the 1st annual World Open Innovation Conference in Napa. As the day began, the audience received their own copy of the brand new — fresh off the presses — New Frontiers in Open Innovation. ( An $81 value!
Disruption, Innovation And The Necessity Of Creative/Engaged CollaborationDISRUPT | INNOVATE | LEAD
JUNE 2, 2014
The art of disruption and collaborative innovation is a very complex and often sensitive topic. In my line of work (as an innovator and disruptor), I am brought into medium and large enterprises with the explicit mission of breaking things to identify and collaborate on new areas of business. We hit many levels of resistance […].
Bring customers into the idea review process
JUNE 10, 2014
Say you’ve got some internal ideas at your company. Who takes a look at them? Assesses them to determine next steps for each idea? Figures out the value and difference the ideas can make? How about your own customers? I talk a lot about jobs-to-be-done here, and getting a firm grip on those to understand where innovation and product enhancement opportunities lie. But sometimes that’s not realistic.
Case Study: How EDF Energy Improved Innovation by Focusing on Customer Centricity
Shetal Edwards, Head of Innovation Partnerships at EDF Energy, discusses how EDF Energy used ideation and collaboration to identify opportunities to improve customer experience and took action.