Listening to Your Employees through Surveys


People are the foundation of an organization and cannot run a business without employees. In every organization, employees are the most valuable assets that should be given much importance. Without them an organization will not run successfully.

2012 Innovation Resolution: Turning Ideas Into Money

Robert Brands

Innovation is an indispensable force that turns ideas into money. It is the lifeblood of any organization.

The Power of Diversity: Innovation In A Song

Bill Fischer

The next time someone questions the value of diversity, tell’em to go whistle up a tune; Autumn in New York to be specific. This rather modest “jazz standard” is a microcosm of how diversity adds to the creativity of a society. Composed in 1934, by a Russian (now he would

Lady Gaga takes innovation to avant-garde levels

Innovation 360

How offers become almost impossible to copy. WHAT ARE YOU SELLING? By understanding what you are actually selling, you can find your unique abilities and become sustainably competitive. Sitting on the plane home from Monaco and have just, together with some Bearing colleagues , run our innovation management program at Monaco’s business school and the MBA program of Luxury Goods.

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.

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Crowdsourcing Innovation


The recent economic down turn has made many organizations look at the way in which they do business, especially when it comes to developing and launching new products to market. Most of these companies thought nothing of spending millions in the research and development of such products, knowing that they could just tag a few extra bucks onto the final price that would offset the costs of R&D.

What drives Innovation and who owns it?

Robert Brands

Ownership is one of the key imperatives of Robert’s Rules of Innovation. Most would agree that innovation is everyone’s responsibility, but employees can’t innovate unless their leaders empower them to do so. Innovation needs a champion within the organization to push them to take calculated risks, and to step outside their own comfort zone. Without ownership, positive results are almost impossible to achieve.

3 Strategies for Efficient and Effective Teamwork

Robert Brands

You’ve just asked your employees to collaborate on an important group project. After taking time to photocopy a stack of handouts about the project, the group waits for a conference room to become available. Finally seated around the table, the group stares down at their paperwork until the meeting disperses, not to meet again for days or weeks. At its bare essentials, the group project appears to be tedious and inefficient.

Innovations to be thankful for… & the importance of the NPD process

Robert Brands

After sitting down to Thanksgiving dinner last week, it is hard not to think of all that we have to be thankful for. In the past year there have been some incredible new innovations revolutionizing the way people live their lives. After countless hours spent planning, researching, designing, and testing; what was once an idea, becomes a tangible reality. Implementing innovation depends on a disciplined strategy customized to the needs, size and culture of an organization.

Building A Collaborative Innovation Playbook

Speaker: Greg Satell, Innovation Advisor, Speaker and Author

From his newly released 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.

Innovation Balancing Act

Robert Brands

On June 15th of this year, Nik Wallenda became the first person ever to walk across the roaring Niagra Falls on a 2-inch wire. After battling wind swells, and thick mist, Wallenda completed his walk crossing from the United States into Canada. He was greeted by a Canadian customs agent who asked, “What is the purpose of your trip sir?”

Disruption the Innovators Dilemma


Clayton Christensen was talking about disruption in 1997 in his book Innovators Dilemma. Everything seemed so sweet in the 1990s, growth continued to climb in double digits, Microsoft’s stock was doubling every other month and we became accustomed to this lovely linear growth pattern. I recall sitting in in a meeting with senior executives from large IT multinationals listening to their shared excitement about the sustainable growth pattern with no end in sight.

Innovation success


The word ‘innovation’ has been bandied about for decades. At no time since the advent of the Corporation has innovation been more critical for the ongoing success of existing organisations, particularly when it comes to the flow of sustainable business. Nevertheless, it is often hard to find an ethos of innovation within organisations. The innovation concept is often tagged as a low priority or something that the other guy is responsible for.

I.N.N.O.V.A.T.I.O.N : Creating a Culture of Innovation

Robert Brands

Innovation in business is the development of new customer value through solutions that meet new needs, inarticulate needs, or current needs in new ways. Innovation in and of itself is the key to a company’s survival. It is the lifeblood of a company. That said, innovation is not always easy, and it does not come by itself. It requires a culture and desire to deliver that needs to be nurtured and reinforced by its leadership and a backed by a structured process approach.

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.

Supporting the “R” in R&D

Robert Brands

When it comes to Research and Development (R&D), a majority of the new product development process involves the “D” from concept to launch. However, the “R” is where most breakthroughs come from – and it is in jeopardy due to recessionary cuts and the short-term pressure for monthly and quarterly results. When companies are laser focused on delivering monthly bottomline goals, research can be left on the back burner. What are you doing to support research?

The Folly of Trying to Spend Your Way to Innovativeness

Bill Fischer

When it comes to innovation, minds matter more than money! Yes, size can be an advantage when it comes to innovation, and wealth as well, yet only three of "the most innovative companies in the world" in 2011 were among the 10 biggest spenders on R&D and, according to a

Nobel Prize Winners Know What They Need to Know

Bill Fischer

Nobel prizes are won by people who know what they are looking for! Yes, they are certainly smart, but they are also better-informed about what they need to know. How many of the rest of us can say that with any degree of assuredness? Merely being "smarter" is not the same


Leadership Lessons of R.A. Dickey

Bill Fischer

Dickey on the mound. Image credit: Getty Images North America via @daylife) We live in a time of great leadership deficit. Our economies are adrift and our corporations rudderless. Politicians, worldwide, have largely proven unequal the task. So, how odd to find a compelling leadership presence in full-bloom on

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.

Samsung's OEM Genes

Bill Fischer

Genes matter, and Samsung's genes are OEM genes. There is nothing wrong with OEM genes, as long as you are satisfied with being an OEM supplier, and there's certainly nothing wrong with that, either. But, it's quite a different story if your aspirations are to be something that you're not, like,


Sloooowprise! RIM Slips into the Abyss

Bill Fischer

At long last, there is good news for Blackberry fans! After quite a few anxious months, when the very fate of the organization appeared to be in question, RIM CEO Thorsten Heins, announced last week that “there’s nothing wrong with the company as it exists right now.” What a relief!

The Virtues of Having Strange People Close By

Bill Fischer

Gypsy Rose Lee writing "The G-String Murders" photo by Elisofon Let's clarify: smart strange people, and only if you're interested in new ideas and innovation. But, who isn't these days? It's new ideas that are changing the world, and the people behind them are, more often than not, a bit strange.

What if Apple Bought Us?

Bill Fischer

Image via CrunchBase So, here's Apple at about $600 per share, sitting on a huge pile of cash, with a new iPad just out, the iPhone 4S, new MacAirs and MacBooks, and expectations rife over iTV, etc. everything new, everything bright and shiny, everything very successful! And, then, here we are.sitting


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.

We're All Jeremy Lin Fans Now!

Bill Fischer

Image by Getty Images via @daylife Forget the NCAAs, and the NBA's rush to the best part of their season. The real reason you should be interested in basketball today is for what happens to Jeremy Lin, the NY Knicks' point-guard sensation -- or "former & fast-fading" utility player. In fact,


Nixon and Mao: When Leadership Changed the Game

Bill Fischer

President Nixon meets Chairman Mao Image via Wikipedia "So many deeds cry out to be done, and always urgently. The world rolls on. Time passes. Ten thousand years are too long. Seize the day, seize the hour." The words are by Mao Zedong, founder of the Peoples' Republic of China; the

Want Innovation? Hire for Skills, Not Attitude

Bill Fischer

Leonard Bernstein; Image via Wikipedia Pick-up nearly any business book and the recommendation is likely to be the same: when building a team, hire for attitudes and train for skills. In fact, my Forbes.com colleague Dan Schawbel has just written a posting with that very title: Hire for Attitude in which

Disruption: Coming Soon to a University Near You

Bill Fischer

It's becoming a familiar story, university experiences are increasingly being characterized by: impractical learning, out-of-touch faculty, exorbitant tuitions, time-wasting requirements and diminishing probabilities of employment. At the same time, we are living in an era when many of our heroes — Steve Jobs, Bill Gates, Richard Branson, Larry Ellison, Mark Zuckerberg,

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.

Don't Relax Constraints, Embrace Them

Bill Fischer

Ever notice how many times an unsuccessful project team will explain their failed Dr. Seuss, "Green Eggs & Ham," Cover via Amazon performance in terms of the constraints that made success "impossible"? The next time you hear this, beware! There's good reason to believe that constraints are far from debilitating to creativity,