Leading and Managing Product Innovation Teams [interview]

Innovation Excellence

What I didn’t expect was the reflective advice it would provide on leadership and management, Innovation Interviews Leadership Management Product Innovation R&D Conflict Management Innovation Management Innovation Teams Interview ip New Product Development (NPD) Podcast

Leadership Skills – 15 Ideas for Innovative Leadership in 2017


Last week’s “Inside the Executive Suite” article from Armada Corporate Intelligence picked out highlights on leadership skills from Fast Company magazine. There are a number of team development and leadership skills mentioned that fit themes we talk about here. Leadership Practices.

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Capabilities and Leadership Close the Skills Gap in Manufacturing

Innovation 360 Group

When it comes to innovation, building capabilities and applying the right leadership style give top performing manufacturers the edge over skills-focused peers. Low-skilled, repetitive labor is being automated, while skills like innovation and creativity are more and more in demand.

Want Great Insight? Then Experience It!

Innovation Excellence

Listen, Watch…Then Do I’ll argue that while most do the first two , very few get to the last – the do part. That’s the single most important thing. It’s through the do, through direct experience that one develops and picks up on the most important thing. Context.

Measuring Innovation Performance

Measuring innovation performance Our innovation campaigns prove that there is a way to. measure innovation performance. Innovation-active ?rms tability and productivity, increased. Along with balancing the innovation. aside as innovation spend.

Want To Manage Innovation? Let the Creators Create!

Innovation Excellence

Innovative cross-functional teams in technology companies often depend on individuals with highly technical, specialized skills. collaboration Creativity Innovation Leadership Management Product Innovation R&D

Marketing and Innovation are Inseparable

Innovation Excellence

So, how does your Marketing serve your innovation? Build Capability Consumer Innovation Innovation Leadership Management marketing Product Innovation R&D Sales Strategy Technology Creativity Customers Disruptive Innovation Innovation Management technology

5 Kick-Ass Gadgets That Help Deliver Killer Presentations

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My previous Innovation Excellence article on Can You Present. Consumer Innovation Feature Of The Week Innovation Leadership Product Innovation keynote speakers presentation method presentations

Keep Faith in the Steady Progress of Innovation

Innovation Excellence

We must continue to have faith and invest in Science, Engineering, Technology, Research and the Innovation of our Enterprises. They and the steady march of improvement are what will deliver a better future.

Have You Tried New Ways to Innovate?

Innovation Excellence

After relying on cost and operational efficiencies to grow the bottom line, many businesses are emerging from an innovation slumber post-recession. The importance of innovation in driving this growth is resurfacing to the top of the agenda.

Organizing for Innovation, with David Bland

Innovation Excellence

Bland of Neo joins us to talk about organizing your teams for innovation. Continue reading → Leadership People & Skills Presentations Product Innovation learn Podcast TeamworkDavid J.

Is Your Innovation Pipeline Full of Junk Food?

Innovation Excellence

Continue reading → Customers Growth Innovation Product Innovation Strategy Innovation Management Innovation Pipeline innovative thinking Insights Leadership Management marketing research

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5 Ways to Make Innovations Bigger: Avoiding the innovation squeeze

Innovation Excellence

Is innovation efficiency killing off some of our biggest ideas? Can increasing autonomy, more aggressively challenging our ideas, creating conditions that create serendipity, or simply being more thoughtful about what we call disruptive or breakthrough help bring bigger ideas back?

Welcome to the Mid Zone of Innovation

Innovation Excellence

Continue reading → Business Models Change Disruption Feature Of The Week Governance Growth Innovation Innovation Perspectives Leadership & Infrastructure Management People & Skills Product Innovation Strategy marketing Back End of Innovation front end Front End of Innovation Start-up

Small Business Revolution: Re-energize Brands and Market Research [podcast]

Innovation Excellence

Innovators and product managers need to think more strategically to expand their success – to become product masters. This is what executive teams want from their product managers, and this interview with my guest is a great case study for thinking strategically and reshaping an entire organization. What if you could create a new product.

Innovation and Introduction to TRIZ Theory for New Product Development Process

Innovation Excellence

Continue reading → Build Capability Innovation Innovation Perspectives Processes & Tools Product Innovation Uncategorized Business Models Innovation Management Innovation Mindset innovative thinking Leadership new product development NPD TRIZ

Innovation Decision Makers – the genius or the customer?

Innovation Excellence

He transformed his industry through innovation, making the right call at the right time for the right technology in the right product. Consumer Innovation culture Customers Governance Innovation Leadership Management Product Innovation Innovation Management InsightsSteve Jobs was a genius. Famously, he avoided asking customers what they wanted, because they wouldn’t understand it and it would waste time. Steve Jobs was rare.

Chasms, Criteria… and Innovation

Innovation Excellence

It describes companies who can innovate in the current business at the same time as creating new business options for the future. Build Capability culture Disruption Finance Innovation Leadership Management Open Innovation Product Innovation R&D Strategy Business Models collaboration Disruptive Innovation growth Innovation Management organizationThe concept of the ambidextrous organization is gaining traction.

Ask “Should We” Not “Could We”

Innovation Excellence

collaboration Design Innovation Leadership Product Innovation Creativity Design Thinking Disruptive Innovation ideas Innovation MindsetDesirability, Viability, Feasibility; the core tenets of Design Thinking, and oh, how the order matters! Every day, I work with engineers who are itching to build solutions to solve the problems they see. They love to create; in fact, you may say they were put on this earth for that very purpose. And then I.

Is it REALLY disruptive? It matters.

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At the recent ISPIM conference, I sat in several presentations ostensibly describing approaches to disruptive innovation when, in reality, it was difficult to see what (a market or a company) was actually being disrupted. They were really talking about breakthrough or radical innovation.

Innovate by Adopting a Role Model Organization

Innovation Excellence

Can you innovate and improve business performance by copying another company from an entirely different industry? This is what the Henry Ford West Bloomfield Hospital in Michigan did when it wanted to transform its customer service and operational efficiency.

What Product Managers & Innovators Should Know About Agile Strategy [podcast]

Innovation Excellence

Book Review Innovation Interviews Leadership People & Skills Processes & Tools Video Product Innovation agile Innovation Management Product Management product managersDan Montgomery is a practitioner of Strategic Agility and shares his simple and practical tools in this interview. He is also the co-author of The Institute Way: Simplify Strategic Planning and Management with the Balanced Scorecard.

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The Evolving Role of Design

Innovation Excellence

The role of design evolves at the speed of innovation—the dizzying, dynamic speed of the market. Design now has a seat at executive and board tables across the globe. More than ever, a holistic sense of design is valued as a legal means of significant competitive advantage.

Trust, Motivation, Creativity, Innovation, Results (the real story)

Innovation Excellence

Continue reading → Build Capability Creativity Culture & Values Disruption Innovation Leadership Management People & Skills Processes & Tools Product Innovation Psychology R&D culture trustI can’t believe I’m about to do this.

ISPIM Grand Prize 2016 – Recognising Excellence in Innovation Management

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ISPIM Grand Prize 2016 is looking for cases that significantly advance the practice of innovation management in proven application, not theory. The advance should be in how innovation is managed, we are not seeking proposals that describe the actual end output, the what.

How to Build a Dynamic Brand

Innovation Excellence

Innovation Leadership marketing Product Innovation Profiles of Innovators R&D Sales Social Innovation brands consumer goods Customers FMCG storytelling Strategy Visual IconsWhile brand positioning isn’t particularly hard to explain, neither is describing how a plane flies. But the physics of rapid air flow over the wings is one thing; actually designing and piloting a plane is something else all together.

Recognizing Excellence in Innovation Management: ISPIM Grand Prize 2017

Innovation Excellence

ISPIM, the International Society for Professional Innovation Management, is delighted to announce the launch of the ISPIM Grand Prize 2017, for Excellence in Innovation Management.

Embracing Quick Wins and Quick Losses

Innovation Excellence

When moving a new product or service through the development cycle, there are generally four outcomes a New Product Development (NPD) team can expect.

Innovation needs all 3 levels of support, so what happens if you miss one?

Innovation Excellence

The words creativity and innovation are often used interchangeably. Innovation is an organizational function. It is the generation, production, and marketing of new and useful products, services, processes, or business models.

Building Products Using Design Thinking

Rmukesh Gupta

In this interview, I shared with him on how Design thinking can be used to build new products or services that fall in the intersection of Desirability, Viability and Feasibility. Practical Design Thinking for Product Managers – Mukesh Gupta from Institute of Product Leadership on Vimeo.

Six Questions Leaders of Change Must Answer

Destination Innovation

Leaders at all levels have to keep promoting the reasons for the change, the benefits of innovation and the dangers of complacency and resting our laurels. How do we innovate? R&D should do the product innovation.

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Taking an Audience-Centric Approach During the Tech Adoption Lifecycle


Most marketing professionals understand that insight into the hearts and minds of your customers is central to successful product innovation. Who is going to buy my product first?

The Innovation Sophistication Index

Destination Innovation

How can you assess how innovative your business is? The Innovation Sophistication Index is a list of just 24 statements. This is the Launch phase where the need for innovation is recognised but not much has been achieved so far. You are among the sophisticated innovation elite.

Message to the Board – We Need to Talk about Innovation

Destination Innovation

Innovation should be a regular topic item on the agenda of company board meetings. If you have not had a fundamental conversation about innovation with your key corporate stakeholders and senior executives then these are some of the questions and topics to discuss at the first such meeting.

Top Jobs for Innovation Professionals in 2019


Companies in every industry are accepting that complacency and failure to innovate are tantamount to negligence. Failing to innovate can cause even a large established business to lose ground to competitors that more fully embrace innovation. Innovation Consultant.

Digital Disruption: A Multi-Generational Mindset

Daniel Burrus

Many leaders see digital disruption as a decidedly positive trend, considering the possibilities that digital change brings to the table in the way of boosting productivity, innovation and other workplace attributes. To me, this comes down to a different expectation of leadership.

Crossing the Innovation Delaware

Gregg Fraley

Hope is a Four Letter Word in Innovation. Hope — the cornerstone of innovation culture. In the innovation space there is a great deal of discussion about mindset. Leaders and followers with the right mindset have a chance to create and succeed with innovation.

Key Issues in Innovation Management – Revisited – Part 1

Tim Kastelle

At the beginning of 2013, Tim Kastelle and I identified four key issues in innovation management for the time to come. Let’s have a brief look at each of them: Differentiating and integrative innovation concepts. Reinvention through business model innovation.

Ultra Innovation

Norbert Bol

In the December edition of Research Policy there is an interesting article by Tavassoli & Karlsson (2015) about the persistence of innovation. The persistence of innovation can be described as the phenomenon where past and current innovation are a good indicator for future innovation because there is the belief that the competitive advantage of firms are rooted in the the capability to innovate over longer periods of time.

The Fallacy of the Aha Moment & Overnight Success in Innovation

Innovation Excellence

Are innovations really born out of these miraculous moments of insight? After a change in management, he was then able to get green light for the project, but failed to come up with any product ideas that could be commercially viable. We’ve all heard the story of Newton and the apple.

How to Improve Relationships at Work

Tullio Siragusa

A workplace with good relations among co-workers opens the doors for innovation and creativity. The reduction of stress increases productivity, creativity and innovation. Friendly environments result in maximum productivity, innovative creativity, ultimate satisfaction, career development and overall best institutional performance. How to Improve Relationships at Work. Today every company expects meaningful work from the workforce.

Leading Teams Toward Success Using People, Products and Profits


I’ve written the words People, Products, Profits (In That Order!) Like the words Think Different, People-Products-Profits is part management philosophy, part rallying cry, and in an aspirational context, part religion. Likewise, leadership is a choice.

Khaldoun Aboul-Saoud

Innovation 360 Group

Background: Khaldoun is an experienced, executive, design thinking, User Experience, leadership and change management consultant, who provides consulting and coaching for executive clients and business units. Leadership Development. Design Thinking & Innovation.