January, 2021

Podcast S4E96: Jeff DeGraff – Mastering the 6 skills of the creative mindset

Idea to Value

In this episode of the Idea to Value Podcast, we welcome back the Dean of Innovation, Dr Jeff DeGraff, who has worked with more than half of the Fortune 500 companies to improve their innovation programs. We speak about how to cultivate a creative mindset.

The art of “Back Casting” needs care

Paul Hobcraft

Backcasting is a planning method that starts with defining a desirable future and then works backwards to identify policies and programs that will connect that specified future to the present. The fundamentals of the method were outlined by John B. Robinson from the University of Waterloo in 1990.

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

Exago

Exago has just been recognised as a Top Performer by FeaturedCustomers, in its “Winter 2021 Customer Success Report for the Idea Management Software Category”, having been distinguished last year for the first time.

2021: What Comes After Covid?

Digital Tonto

Today the Covid-19 crisis has given a shock to the system and we're at an inflection point. The most immediate effects have been economic recession and the rapid adoption of digital tools, such as. [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]].

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The Best Sales Forecasting Models for Weathering Your Goals

Every sales forecasting model has a different strength and predictability method. It’s recommended to test out which one is best for your team. This way, you’ll be able to further enhance – and optimize – your newly-developed pipeline. Your future sales forecast? Sunny skies (and success) are just ahead!

33 Hidden Countries

Destination Innovation

Can you find 33 hidden countries in the text below? Don’t look back in anger,” many a wise man has said, including William Shakespeare who wrote “Much Ado about Nothing.”. The captain asked the sargent in an email if he could plug and advertise the notice in the formal information pack. He wore a jumper under his coat and a cap which protected him when the ice landed on his head. Did you happen to go to London recently?” I enquired. “I

Thinking about innovation and strategy

Jeffrey Phillips

I've been asked several times lately to write about, or perhaps more specifically, to opine about, innovation strategy.

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Why do we have difficulties to self-disrupt?

Paul Hobcraft

“Why do we always seem to have internal difficulties to self-disrupt?”. Now that is an interesting question. My quick and simple answer is to look at all the internal constraints you can see, or those around you can add to your list or the ones you place on looking outside your own organization.

Building a Culture of Value Creation

IdeaScale

Innovation cultures are essential in the workplace. They help sustain innovation and improve outcomes. Building value is one of the best methods for ensuring future success. Establish innovation behaviors and norms that create a communicative environment rich in imagination and collaboration.

The Humility Principle

Digital Tonto

We rarely fully understand the consequences of the actions we take. We live in a world not of linear cause and effect, but complex ecosystems in which even our best laid plans touch of a complex web. [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]].

Walking The Innovation Talk

Game-Changer

An organization’s culture is the driving force behind innovation. You can have the best minds on your team, but nothing will happen if the environment doesn’t let them bring out their full potential.

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.

What we talk about, when we talk about innovation

Jeffrey Phillips

After over 15 years of work in the innovation space, sometimes I get a bit weary talking about innovation.

Building bridges vs Finished Bridges

Idea to Value

Bridges work to get people from one side of something to another. But they only work if they are 100% finished. A bridge which is 99% finished doesn’t help you get anywhere. There is still a gap which needs to be overcome before it provides any value.

Are you catching the right wave?

IdeaSpies

As a leading executive today you would have ridden many waves to be where you are. In recent months, I have had the opportunity. Feed generated with FetchRSS

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How Sunshine Coast Credit Union Transformed Its Bottom-Performing OHI Score

IdeaScale

An innovation culture is critical to a company’s success. Change prompts growth, which leads to creativity. Many companies struggle with innovation. A recent McKinsey Global Survey found 6% of executives find their innovation efforts gratifying.

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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.

Innovation Needs Constraints

Digital Tonto

Researchers have known for decades that creativity needs constraints. When you have a limited budget, you simply don’t have the luxury of ignoring problems. You have to face up to them and solve them. [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]].

How Do You Measure Leadership Impact?

Game-Changer

Leadership impacts everything. Everyone will focus on the most obvious outcome, which is company performance. But it also includes future performance, which depends on developing individuals so that they too can lead. One thing I learned early on is you suck if everything depends on you.

Two documents that tell you all you need to know about innovation

Jeffrey Phillips

If you believe everything you hear, or read, within your corporation about innovation, you may end up a bit disappointed. As we've seen over the last two decades, talking about innovation is easy, but implementing it and realizing the benefits are a bit more difficult.

Research shows that having a phone on your desk makes you more stupid

Idea to Value

A lot of people joke about how having a smartphone is making us all less intelligent. And new research provides evidence that this is true.

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B2B Pocket Playbook: End-to-End Guide to Sales Enablement

Sales enablement is the strategic process of providing sales teams with the content, guidance, and mentorship needed to engage targeted buyers. It’s all about equipping sales professionals with the tools they need to put their best-selling foot forward. And if sales teams want to continuously sell better -- and faster -- their sales enablement process must have a game-winning strategy. It's time for you to start selling smarter - and hitting your sales number - with the best B2B database in the market. Get started today.

What is Innovation?

Business Innovation Design

What does innovation mean? Innovation is something new and different that creates impact. That “something” can be in the form of products, services, experiences, technologies, features, processes, brands, policies, communication, business model, go-to-market, and system.

Here Are Some of the Strategies for Getting a Vaccine Distributed Across America

IdeaScale

COVID-19 continues to spread, prompting the need for the fastest vaccine in history. Millions of people in the U.S. will get vaccinated very soon. Here are some distribution strategies. What’s happening pre-vaccination? The race is on for making the COVID-19 vaccine available.

Why Good Ideas Fail (And How To Help Yours Succeed)

Digital Tonto

We tend to think that if we get an idea right, that others will recognize its worth. That’s hardly ever true. In fact, if your idea is truly new and different, you can expect to encounter stiff. [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]].

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5 Signs of an Open Mind

Game-Changer

One of the simplest and most powerful ideas that isn’t really taught anywhere is the willingness to change your own mind. Being able to change your mind is a superpower, and there aren’t many people out there with this unique superpower. Why is that?

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Pressure Points: How to Ensure Your B2B Pipeline Passes Inspection

This eBook highlights best practices for developing a pipeline management process that helps sales leaders and their team C.L.O.S.E (you’ll see what we mean in this eBook) more revenue through data-driven prospecting, stage analysis, and subsequent sales enablement.

Conditions for innovation to succeed

Jeffrey Phillips

I was asked recently to write a short post about the conditions necessary for innovation to succeed. It's actually not possible to write a short post about innovation, much less the conditions necessary for innovation to succeed, but I've tried to simplify this into nine critical factors for success.

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These 2 guys have found a way to make leather out of cactus

Idea to Value

Leather is a luxurious material, but it is also one of the most resource-intensive and pollution-rich materials in the fashion industry. These two Entrepreneurs from Mexico are trying to change that, with a new way to produce vegan leather from cactuses.

5 Incredibly Powerful Lean Visual Management Tools

Kainexus

Visual management tools surround us. Although they are so ubiquitous, we might not even think about them. When your car is about to run out of gas, a light will alert you to the problem. Your fitness app may even show you how close you are to your daily goal.

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IdeaScale Podcast – NSW Health Pathology

IdeaScale

In the best of times, New South Wales (NSW) Health Pathology, a statewide clinical service, has a complex mission. Formed in 2014, the department supports the critically ill, protects public health, analyzes health data, and supports the state across a suite of functions, including crime-solving.

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Marketing-Led Post-COVID-19 Growth Strategies

Businesses are laying off workers, shutting their doors (some permanently), and struggling to react to the radical destruction that coronavirus (COVID-19) is doing to our society and communities. Most have already sustained massive damage, and we still have yet to see the scope of impact of the global pandemic that has upended the globe. Any return to normalcy may seem far-off, but sales and marketing are on the front lines of restarting the economy. When the dust settles, we have a responsibility to turn our shock and grief into fierce determination, and lead the charge of responsible, strategic, sustainable future growth. However, there’s no team better suited to lead that charge than the marketing department. Marketers are uniquely positioned to provide creative solutions to aid their organization in times of change and chart a course for navigating success.

Leadership Is Like Engineering: You Need to Start with Why

Entrepreneur - Innovation

To address user challenges, they must first be understood. These principles of why, what and how also apply to management, especially in turbulent times. Management

10 Productivity Tips for Working from Home

CMOE

COVID-19 has drastically affected our daily lives. Many people have lost their jobs, and the health of the global economy has plummeted. We need to be able to work to pay our bills, to send our kids to school, and to buy food, medicine, and other necessities.

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Do we really care about (artificial) intelligence?

Norbert Bol

Dear readers, First of all I would like to wish you a healthy, safe and successful 2021! Sorry for not keeping my promise to blog more in 2020 about responsible technology and artificial intelligence as I wrote in Happy New Year: The new roaring ’20 s.

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Solar power prices have dropped by over 89% in the last 10 years

Idea to Value

By now it is common knowledge that solar energy has been becoming more and more affordable as the technology develops and economies of scale blossom. But a recent report shows just how astronomical the drop in cost has been.

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How ZoomInfo Helps Overcome the Top Pain Points of Inside Sales

Recent digital transformation has shifted the B2B landscape by ushering in the era of buyer empowerment. With more access to user reviews, analyst opinion, and industry research, decision-makers are more informed than ever while navigating what is now known as the “buyer’s journey.”