Becoming More Innovative in 2014

Bill Fischer

Organizations don't innovate, people do. Organizations that are admired for being especially innovative don't hire genetically different people than are available to the rest of us, they just make different managerial choices that allow their people to be more innovative. Leadership does this (or, doesn't), and, as a result, innovative

Idea Management a Modern Approach to Innovation


Innovation is one of the hardest to manage and most necessary elements in modern business. Idea management is a new concept that is bringing employees, customers and management together in an attempt to keep business on the cutting edge. In this article, we will look at Internal Idea Management.

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“The greatest advances in human civilization have come when we recovered what we had lost: when we learned the lessons of history.” Winston Churchill. Remembering history. Should we? What good is it anyways? The past is the past.

U and I in Assurance

Tata Consultancy

Sivaraman Ganesan. VP and Global Head, Assurance Services. Human-computer interfaces have evolved steadily, perhaps stealthily over the years. Depending on our initiation into the world of computers, our experiences have ranged from variants of punchcards, keyboards, the mouse and of course touchpads and icons. For sure, tactile screens are all the rage now while voice recognition and eyeball-tracking seem to be on the prowl.

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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Innovation Crowdsourcing


Crowdsourcing has become a big trend, with many companies relying on feedback and ideas from the public to deliver a new product or update an existing one. Everyone has an opinion, which is something that more and more companies are banking on.

Sustainable Change Needs Sustainable Leaders

Bill Fischer

The word broke this evening: "“Habemus papam! We have a Pope!" But the question in so many minds has got to be: "for what purpose, and for how long?" When the Cardinals of the Roman Catholic Church entered their conclave on Tuesday to choose the next Pope, they carried with

Apple's 'Incandescent' iPhone Team

Bill Fischer

Andy Hertzfeld Mac team veteran photo by Karen T. Borchers/MCT/Newscom Who among us would not wish to have been a part of Apple's iPhone team? Sure, the work was hard, and they faced huge challenges and demanding, unreasonable, leaders -- iPod hero Tony Fadell captured the enormity of what the iPhone


The Reinvention Epidemic

Bill Fischer

Kodak couldn’t do it; HP and RIM are struggling, the popular betting is that Nokia won’t be able to do it, and that Dell wants to go private in order to hide the things that it might have to do – we’ll see for all how they play out.


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.

Innovating When Opportunity Knocks

Technology Created

“Too often, the opportunity knocks, but by the time you push back the chain, push back the bolt, unhook the two locks and shut off the burglar alarm, it’s too late.” – Rita Coolidge. Being a technologist is all about solutions. OK, it’s about a lot more than that.

What motivates staff to give amazing ideas?


I do, but only from a perspective from the society I have been bought up in. Even then I’m making assumptions that only fit 75% of the population. What truly motivates employees to provide new ideas consist of many different elements.

What is Social Innovation?


social innovation. Social innovation is the general concept of getting new ideas from across different groups, organizations or cultures. It is that kind of innovation that aims to go beyond norms, traditions, ethnicities and races.

Selfish Tweeting

Bill Fischer

Amidst all of the stories of great wealth and good fortune being generated by Twitter’s IPO, most of which was unavailable to real tweeters, there is one incontestable Twitter fact in my life: twitter may be social media, but the real beneficiary of my tweeting is myself. The realization that I


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.

China's Third Plenum: What The 'Smart Money' Thinks

Bill Fischer

For most of the thirty-five or so years that I’ve been in the China-watching business, the easiest question of all to answer has always been: “Tell us what will happen next?” Easy because the best answer has consistently been: “Pick a point sufficiently high on the chart, ten years out,


Innovation Debt

Technology Created

“Learning and innovation go hand in hand. The arrogance of success is to think that what you did yesterday will be sufficient for tomorrow.” – William Pollard. Do you ever get the sense that things are getting a little stale?

Can Facebook's Home survive its own execution?

Bill Fischer

Strategy is choice and execution. It’s not one, or the other, it’s both. If you have a good idea, it’s only as good as your ability to execute on that idea. It’s entirely possible to turn a good idea into an unfortunate outcome, and successful firms are not at all

Idea management software, what is it, why do we need it?


I get asked this question on a weekly basis; I also get told that idea management is an invaluable tool. It’s interesting to see other people’s perspectives on idea management, and why it’s so important.

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.

Crowdsourcing the mind through open innovation


We have technology so advanced that we can search the world and give us the answers we desire in milliseconds, but what if the answers aren’t available yet? We have search engine technology that enables us to search text, images, video and even shapes.

How to Get Employee Feedback


The key to a successful business is held with the employees. If employees are happy in their job, they are more likely to do their job better. They will be willing to do the extra things that are needed to make a business successful.

Citizensourcing involves people in what affects them most


MEDIA RELEASE. For immediate release. 17 September 2013. Citizensourcing involves people in what affects them most. Citizensourcing software, which puts organisations in touch with people but with more control than social media, is being released by leading social innovation platform HunchBuzz. Citizensourcing is a new wave in engagement tools available to central government, local bodies, policy makers and political parties.

Do ideation and idea management tools really create innovation?


They don’t, not by themselves at least. Innovation tools such as HunchBuzz are no different from a piece of paper, the possibilities are endless. Idea Management tools enable the process to happen. I was in a meeting with a client the other day who asked how our platform would create innovation within their organisation; as to ask how our tool could change the world. It can’t and it never will, unless the tool is used and abused by the organisation.

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.

Piloting Into the Future: Solar Impulse

Bill Fischer

The future has often been built by those who are a bit out ahead of the rest of us; not afraid to dream, and perseverant enough to ensure that their dreams are realized. In the process, we all move forward as well.

China's Third Plenum: What The 'Smart Money' Thinks

Bill Fischer

For most of the thirty-five or so years that I’ve been in the China-watching business, the easiest question of all to answer has always been: “Tell us what will happen next?” Easy because the best answer has consistently been: “Pick a point sufficiently high on the chart, ten years out,


Digital Factory

Technology Created

Being a technology consultant is a fabulous job. We’re brought in to amazing companies to understand their business models and, by applying technology solutions, we facilitate solving the challenges they face on a day to day basis. Many times the end result is almost like a “product.”

Employee Feedback Ideas


Your employees are your best business assets. Without them, business operation is not going to be even possible. Unless you are a very small business or Superman, then you are going to need extra manpower than just yourself.

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.

5 Examples of How Crowdsourcing Will Help You Be More Innovative


Crowdsourcing is the process of gathering ideas and opinions from a group of people for specific purposes. If you have an organization and you want to have the ability to identify and obtain insight from everyone, this will help you to identify changes to implement that will help your business grow.

What is Crowd sourcing?


Crowdsourcing is the process of gaining required services, information, content or ideas through contribution solicitations from a group of people – usually done online – instead of asking for contributions from suppliers or employees.

What is Innovation Management?


What is innovation management? What is Innovation Management? With the life cycle of products becoming increasingly shorter today, innovation management is essential to companies that want to stay on the cutting edge of their industries.

Social innovation


Each of us has our own little problems but these tend to pale in comparison to the needs of society as a whole. We live in a world that literally changes by the minute, with new technology and ideas launched on a daily basis.

Creating a Culture of Innovation — Validating Success with Numbers

Developing a culture of innovation internally leads to higher employee engagement, empowerment of your employees to assist on solving some of your most vital problems, an effective method for capturing their ideas and acting on them and finally, an increase in costsavings.