The Critically Important Innovation Narrative

Paul Hobcraft

A story has limited value; for me, it is the more powerful narrative that drives innovation, inspiring and gaining identification in multiple ways. So defining stories and narratives, you see the growing potential of having a good narrative for your innovation activities.

Defining Innovation Capital

Paul Hobcraft

My definition of what makes up innovation capital: “Innovation capital is the sum of all that promotes the development and changes required for achieving innovation outcomes, within one organization or its broader networked environment, for marketplace advantage”.

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Human-centred innovation in a digital world.

Paul Hobcraft

Having people at the centre of designs enables more intelligent, rapid and lasting innovation. Applying human-centred innovation. Siemens provided a three-day event showcasing their hardware and software solutions and many other technology innovations.

Building the Innovation Business Case

Paul Hobcraft

The building always the Innovation Business Case offers a unique approach to tackle one of the real problem areas within innovation- making the case compelling. One of the toughest aspects within Innovation is making the Business Case.

How Micro-Innovations Can Drive Breakaway Results

How do micro-innovations affect businesses' way of thinking? Those small acts of 'everyday innovation' are the stuff of greatness. Download the eBook today to learn more about micro-innovations and how they have influenced some of the biggest companies to date.

Leadership Alignment Work Mat for making Innovation fully connected.

Paul Hobcraft

It brings innovation together, a unifying point for the activity and momentum of innovation to become central to the core of the business, in its future investment and value impact. ’s and senior executives play a vital role in the success or failure of innovation.

Fitness Landscape Dynamics for Innovation

Paul Hobcraft

Innovation is not so easy, there are so many dependencies that you need to work through.The importance of recognizing innovation needs a systematic approach becomes clear when you begin to work through all the needs and issues to understand and translate. Fitness Landscape Dynamics.

Setting the right innovation challenge

Paul Hobcraft

They rightly state it becomes an important aspect is to challenge the existing and find new innovative ways to solve decarbonization issues across many tough areas. Atos offers its first international student competition dedicated to technological innovation. Image Atos [link].

The Accidental Innovation

Destination Innovation

Innovators are open-minded and quick to learn from failure. The post The Accidental Innovation appeared first on Destination Innovation. History of Innovation Innovation Examples & Lessons accidental innovation invention tebag thomas sullivan

Energy technology needs more rapid innovation cycles

Paul Hobcraft

That is an awful lot of innovation to get us to a clean energy transition from where we are today. As anyone knows the more you explore innovation and what it is trying to resolve, the more complex it becomes. Accelerating Innovation through rapid innovation adoption cycles.

Connecting innovating value comes from Ecosystem thinking

Paul Hobcraft

The innovative design has become paramount to these new offerings. The need for radical innovation changes the present position. The chances for greater, more radical innovation to grow the business comes from exploring mutual opportunities to capture new economic value.

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.

How to Teach Innovation

Idea to Value

This title may sound like an oxymoron, but you can in fact teach innovation as you would any other skill, like communication or leadership. Companies that foster and encourage innovation were also significantly more likely to have satisfied or highly satisfied employees. Innovation

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The Double-Handed Approach to Innovation

Destination Innovation

Can you differentiate your innovation and increase the appeal of the product – maybe to a certain segment of the market – by adding something and removing something else? The post The Double-Handed Approach to Innovation appeared first on Destination Innovation.

Firefighters prevent innovation

Idea to Value

You would expect therefore that since these individuals are constantly dealing with problems, they would be keen to accept new innovations which make their life easier, for example by eliminating certain sources of problems entirely. Innovation firefighting

Innovation Culture – The Ultimate Guide

Idea to Value

Innovation culture has long been one of the most challenging, and oft-discussed, topics in our conversations with business and innovation leaders. What is an innovation culture? The question we need start with is to actually define what an innovation culture is.

Organizations suffer constantly from unhealthy Innovation tension

Paul Hobcraft

How often do you feel the tensions surrounding innovation? A tough part of managing within larger organizations is in reducing the layers and competing forces, the underlying tensions that innovation (uncertainty) brings out? Innovation gets caught up in this.

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.

Pace of Innovation – The Ultimate Competitive Advantage

Idea to Value

You need the ability to adapt to change, and innovate, faster. Thus, for most businesses, the only truly lasting source of competitive advantage these days is the pace of innovation. You might then ask what that means in practice and how to accelerate your pace of innovation.

Facilitating the Innovation Ecosystem Design

Paul Hobcraft

I have a group of Ecosystem Mind maps but I thought I’d share this one here to trigger further the thinking that needs to go into building an Innovation Ecosystem. To be honest I am not sure if it conveys as much as I would like, to reflect on differences when you come to working in innovation ecosystem designs. The key for me in the map shown below is to view considerations differently when you are thinking innovation ecosystems.

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Sharply accelerating clean energy innovation

Paul Hobcraft

Today the International Energy Agency (IRA) released a long-awaited update on where innovation needs to be in the energy transition we are undergoing. The IEA, by rethinking how they re-designate technology innovation, makes for a substantial shift.

Seeking out knowledge that feeds our innovations

Paul Hobcraft

The more we embrace change and recognize innovation demands more of our time, the more we must seek out knowledge that ‘feeds’ innovation. Innovation needs organizing but it also needs a better understanding of its contributing parts.

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.

INNOVATION TEAMS DONT INNOVATE!

ImagineNation

In last month’s blog , we reinforced and validated the importance and role of collaboration, and described the range of emerging new, inspirational, and adaptive models that lean into complexity and catalyse and embed sustainable innovative workplace culture change.

Managing Energy Transition through Innovation

Paul Hobcraft

It is one of the most critical places where innovation application is required and able to be conducted to deliver a sustaining impact in our world. Innovation solutions will provide the energy transition needed, and that is what makes it such a compelling area to focus upon. We need to appreciate the magnitude of the innovation challenges. The critical enabler will come from technology and systemic innovation. Source IRENA [link].

The crucial role Innovation must play in the Energy system

Paul Hobcraft

Innovation is vital to the energy system’s integration and operation design, and we need to further recognize its crucial role. Innovation is made up of many enabling technologies that support energy. This complexity requires innovative approaches to be built in highly systematic ways.

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Valuing digitization alongside innovation

Paul Hobcraft

We are seeing a very distinctive advantage in embracing digitalization into innovation. The potential of combining digitalization and innovation insights offers significantly more potential for sustaining growth and building a greater connection into the needs of our customers. Much of our innovation work today is caught up in out-of-date information, poor and inadequate data, restricted research and limited market understanding.

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.

12 Types of Innovation You Should Know in 2021

IdeaScale

What are the different types of innovation? With so many types of innovation and even more definitions, it can be confusing to discuss innovation in your organization. Open Innovation. It is innovation by sharing both the risks and rewards of new research.

A Remote Innovation Brainstorm Method

Destination Innovation

It is an example of an innovative new blend – ‘country rap’ The lesson is clear. Creative people do not have to be in the same room in order to collaborate on innovations. We need to work remotely and we need to innovate so why not combine the two?

Do you recognize your innovators leaders position?

Paul Hobcraft

Often innovation succeeds or fails by the personal involvement and engagement of a ‘selected’ few. Recognizing the types of innovation leadership might help you manage the innovation work a little better. So can you recognize the traits of your innovation leader?

A pathway to building more dynamic innovation capabilities

Paul Hobcraft

To build a pathway to enabling more dynamic innovation capabilities needs to go through Nine Stages. Building innovation capabilities take time; they are complex, highly structured, and multi-dimensional. Getting Started – Understanding the Needs & Imperatives of Innovation Fitness.

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.

Extending innovations value- appreciating the whole system.

Paul Hobcraft

Well, I had a reflective moment on some points I consider within innovation that need re-emphasizing. So my reflective points were these as we always should consider the whole connected system of innovation. Extending innovations value – appreciating the whole system. For me, innovation needs to be treated more like a complete interlinked value chain. We must step back and see the whole value chain system for innovation. There is always a time to reflect.

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How to Kill Innovation Projects

Destination Innovation

Which of these is the most important skill for a leader of innovation? Generating good proposals for innovative products and services is fairly easy. Here are some bad reasons to kill innovation projects. Here are some good reasons to kill innovation projects.

The law of diffusion of innovation

Idea to Value

Any company planning on bringing a new innovative solution to market must accept the fact that not every customer will be willing to buy it immediately. This shows a difference in mindset towards being open to trying new innovations and products. Rogers Law of Diffusion of Innovation.

Validate your idea or innovation, not yourself

Idea to Value

An important part of the innovation process is validating ideas. When done correctly, it is a powerful way of getting feedback from the market on what it would take to make the innovation a success. Innovation validation

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.

Increase Your Innovation Reputation and Velocity with an Innovation Evangelist

InnovationManagement

Building upon my popular article Rise of the Evangelist, I wanted to create an article for the global innovation community focused specifically on the importance of the innovation evangelist role.

Innovation adoption in the technology lifecycle for Energy Translation

Paul Hobcraft

Technological innovation has a central role to play in the Energy Transition currently being undertaken throughout the world. This journey of decarbonization can be a journey over many years, and this is where having a very highly focused group focusing on technology innovation will significantly help make the transitions needed, hopefully in a well thought through structured way. Lastly, innovation needs to achieve an affordably decarbonize industrial transition.

Why Every Large Organization Should Decentralize Innovation

Idea to Value

I recently met with a very successful company that is seen as a highly innovative global pioneer that others in their industry, which is facing many structural headwinds and inevitable changes, look up to. The challenge s of centralized innovation.

Nesta’s Landscape of Innovation Approaches

Paul Hobcraft

Different reasons, different focus areas partly although innovation keeps us together, well me checking in on them, I’m not so sure it is the same their end. Nesta is an innovation foundation. They state: “For us, innovation means turning bold ideas into reality. Just go and explore these, they are such a storehouse of innovation approaches. It is how we should be thinking about undertaking innovation. You sometimes need to kick yourself.

6 Ways to Create a Successful Innovation Program

Whether you’re just getting started or have an established innovation program, how do you ensure it delivers on its goals on an ongoing basis? Download this ebook to learn the 6 essential building blocks of a great innovation program, from winning a sponsorship to choosing the right software.