Employers: Beware of the Good Employee Reference


Why a positive review is oftentimes anything but positive


Landscape Monitor for Startups


Entrepreneurs deal with high levels of uncertainty; probably more than any other business. The more disruptive the startup, the higher the level of uncertainty. Will the customers buy? How do we reach them? Will we be able to sell at a profit? Will our partners do their part?


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The Book that Harvard Suggested New CEOs Read is Emerging as a Key Reference to All Innovation Teams

BPI Thought Leadership Commentary

Change. Disruption. Agility. Marketing conferences and business media are so dominated by calls for radical new approaches in the digital and data analytics age that there is a temptation to believe that all innovation strategies must also be new. But hang on. Marketing thought leader Ronald Brown is rapidly capturing the attention of leading executives, academics and marketers by reminding

Innovation Management: The Value of Seeing What You Have


Strategies collaboration cross reference hub innovation management network maps recombine reimagne relationships team leaders thought leadership value visual thinking visualizationIf your job is to get your company, team, or community to innovate, you know how organizational forces can make it hard to even try something new. Visualizing the resources available is an effective first step in overcoming some of those organizational forces.

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.

A Guide to Innovation Management Models and Theories


Today we’ll be focusing on Innovation Management Models, which refers to the theories around how innovation gets organised, managed and implemented.

Planned Change Management: What It Is and Why Innovation Managers Should Care

HYPE Innovation

We talk a lot about change here in this blog, and most of it refers to change through innovation. The Innovation Manager

Book Excerpt: Think Like a Privateer, Not a Pirate

Innovation Leader

Pirates refer to startups that churn out innovative ideas. Steve Jobs once said that it’s better to be a pirate than to join the Navy. Jobs likens large organizations to the bureaucratic Navy

5 Key Skillsets of an Innovation Manager


Innovation managers may be referred to by various titles. The role of an innovation manager is diverse. It cannot be described in one single job description. Instead, it is defined by the skills needed to embrace disruption and invoke change.

6 of the Worst New Product Failures | Collective Campus


Fear of failure is often referred to as the number one enemy of creativity

Evolution of Strategy: From Business Buzzword to Measure of Success

Cascade Strategy

Does it refer to corporate or business? What is this “strategy” that we hear so often in business jargon? Marketing or product design? Does it matter? Defining the term might be simple, but “figuring it out” is not easy. First, let’s see what this modern buzzword definitely is not.

Two in a row | Exago innovation software recognised as a Top Performer by FeaturedCustomers


The ranking is built based on data from the reference platform, including market presence, web presence, and social presence, as well as […].

How to Build Trust with Remote Teams


Trust in the workplace essentially refers to our confidence in people’s ability to get things done, as promised How can I build trust with my team working remotely?

Mapping Out Your Innovating Way Forward

Paul Hobcraft

Second, there is the need to build reference points for future innovation activities , so duplication and learning can be built into understanding. This provides identification and reference. Photo by Element5 Digital on Pexels.com. Mapping any innovation journey can be complicated.

6 of the Worst Product Flops | Collective Campus

Collective Campus

Fear of failure is often referred to as the number one enemy of creativity

The Strategic Management Process

Cascade Strategy

Strategic management refers to how organizations define the business outcomes that they want to achieve, and then how they will utilize their resources to achieve those outcomes. Strategic management covers strategic planning , implementation and strategy iteration. Strategy Execution

How new experiences make you more creative

Idea to Value

The results clearly showed that when participants experienced something they were not expecting (referred to as a schema violation), they scored higher on creativity tasks afterwards. One of the most effective ways to improve your creativity short-term is to have an unexpected experience.

Letter Combinations Quiz

Destination Innovation

The French often refer to their country as the hexagon because of its shape. Each question contains a three letter combination in capitals. There follows a short clue with the length of the answer shown in brackets. You have to find the word which contains the unusual letter combination.

The Power of the Outsider Mindset

Destination Innovation

Because they are outside the normal frame of reference they can challenge the status quo and see new possibilities. Elon Musk. What do the following people have in common? Levi Strauss, Henry Ford, Estee Lauder, Walt Disney, Elon Musk, Arianna Huffington, Sergey Brin?

Product Innovation – What is it and how to do it right


Whether they refer to their smartwatch and its latest features, the top performing cars or the latest app that helps them unwind, they bring up product innovation. People talk about product innovation every day without even realizing it.

East meets West in understanding Innovation Cultural Orientation

Paul Hobcraft

Still, these suggested observations serve as useful generalizations and as a broad reference to refer to, that might help resolve ‘cultural differences. East and West- the different meeting points in understanding.

Innovation As A Verb

Bill Fischer

Innovation, inventions, creative individuals, devices and the like, are typically referred to as nouns, assigning exclusivity or title to these realms.

The Best Project Management Tools for Digital Nomads


It refers to anyone who can travel the world, have a good time, and stay in touch with family and friends—all at the same time while being productive and making a good living. What’s in the name ‘Digital nomad?’

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Why Simplicity Was Essential for CI at a Nuclear Plant


This important principle is a cornerstone belief of what many refer to as a High-Reliability Organization or HRO.

Don’t be a Superfluous Man

Idea to Value

According to Wikipedia: It refers to an individual, perhaps talented and capable, who does not fit into social norms. In 19th Century Russian literature, there is the wonderful archetype of the Superfluous Man.

The 1950 speech that started creativity research

Idea to Value

Although these computers were so new at the time that Guilford refers to them as remarkable new thinking machines. Very rarely do we come across a specific moment where we can see an entirely new field of research begin.

What to innovate now

Jeffrey Phillips

Over time, as innovation has matured somewhat, many innovation consultants began to reference Doblin's Ten Types model. This is a great mode that I constantly refer back to with my clients, to convince them to think about innovation beyond product innovation.

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How to hire your next strategic planning consultant?

Focused Momentum

Looking at multiple candidates, checking references and conducting a panel style interview are all key tactics to use to select the best fit for your organization, but there are specific things to look for when seeking help developing strategy Bringing an outside expert in to assist a strategic planning effort is typically a significant consulting investment for an organization.

Eight Ways to Create Flow

Idea Champions

Here's a very useful article by Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi -- the author of Flow on what it takes to cultivate flow -- sometimes referred to as "the zone".


How “Tip of your tongue” moments help explain creativity

Idea to Value

In this case, “the bottom of the stairs” refers to the architecture of the kind of hôtel particulier or mansion to which Diderot had been invited. Have you ever had a situation where you were in an argument with someone, but couldn’t find the perfect thing to say.

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The Secret Ingredient to High Energy Innovation Spaces

Innovation Excellence

Innovation Spaces – which can refer to any space intentionally designed to foster and facilitate good innovation work – come in all sorts, shapes, and sizes. Perhaps the most commonly understood of these is the ubiquitous Innovation Lab. However aside from formal “labs” per se, Innovation Spaces can also be incorporated in many ways into. Innovation architecture Built Environment collaboration feng shui Innovation Lab Innovation Space

Innovation pioneer Dieter Rams’ “Ten principles for good design”

Idea to Value

” This led him to catalogue a list of principles he considered vital for good design, which are often now referred to as his Ten Commandments : Good design: Is innovative. If you work in design or innovation, you might not necessarily have heard of Dieter Rams. But you will have definitely felt his impact in the design principles which underlay much of his work.

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A Guidance on Keeping Your Innovation Processes in Check

HYPE Innovation

You know, prioritizing and tweaking those actions your firm engages in to accomplish a pre-established business purpose or objective (Michel Porter is a great reference on this topic – he introduced the process view of organizations ). As an innovation manager/leader you likely deal with processes (and process improvements) every day.

My own transformative dynamics of disruption

Paul Hobcraft

Then the whole 4th Industrial Revolution shifting the industry from islands of expertise into networks of collaborations was my next point of focus, connecting industrial IoT by offering a reference and engagement platform. The Gordian Knot We Are All Facing.

Fear of the light

The Future Shapers

The present pandemic has only served to underscore the many flaws endemic within the globalised edifice we refer to as human civilisation. The greatest fear emanates from those who fear change itself.

The Innovation Valley of Death

Idea to Value

What I find interesting is how while the Valley of Death is often only talked about when referring to public vs private investment, many companies have internal valleys of death they don’t realise they are creating for their own innovations.

Firefighters prevent innovation

Idea to Value

They are colloquially referred to as “firefighters”, because they are constantly putting out fires around the business. In many companies, there are employees known for their ability to fix problems.

Recent Advances in the Diagnosis and Treatment of Founder’s Syndrome

Innovation Excellence

People reference it to express when many people believe something that is not true. Most of us are familiar with the story and moral of the Emperor’s New Clothes. It is also mentioned to express something as untrue. These days, it has taken on particulary new meanings and, it seems, appear in the headlines daily. Innovation


Board of Innovation

LOOKING BACK One of our colleagues was approached with a background in natural language processing and voice interface engineering who had developed an asset they referred to as the ‘TalkTalk mic’ The TalkTalk mic in a nutshell: […].

Wikipedia – A Lateral Idea in Action

Destination Innovation

First published in Edinburgh in 1768, Encyclopedia Britannica became a trusted reference work in homes, schools and offices around the world. Despite these reasonable (but conventional) concerns, Wikipedia has flourished and is now the largest and most popular reference work on the world wide web. In the 1930s there were 2000 salesmen in the USA knocking on doors and selling sets of Encyclopedia Britannica.

Psychology skills for leaders navigating through the waves of the corona crisis

The Future Shapers

Psychologists refer to this phase as “regression”. Initially, crisis responses tend to be constructive and is characterised by decisiveness, effectiveness and maturity. People tend to switch into emergency mode and become laser-focused on the immediate situation.

Cognitive biases in software testing and quality assurance


One of the fundamentals of software testing; as referred to by the International Software Testing Quality Board (ISTQB); is that testing helps detection of defects.

Seeing the Energy Transition in Different Horizons and Innovative Ways

Paul Hobcraft

My research ‘intensity’ (If I can call it that) had to become well structured, and I turned to some of my favorite, perhaps old fashion tools to capture my learning and give me my points of reference.

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