November, 2017

Yoda’s Best Advice for Innovation


Or do not. There is no try.” Yoda’s famous advice is absolute. Yoda doesn’t leave much room for failure. But what Yoda is really talking about is commitment. Innovation happens only when we put all our effort into it, which is something demonstrated throughout the history of innovation.

Building upon the four essential pillars for innovation

Paul Hobcraft

It is always welcome to read a thoughtful article that reminds me, no, it actually inspires me, by reinforcing my own belief that innovation is progressing, even if this is sometimes frustratingly slow.

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Five Innovation Lessons from 3M

Innovation Excellence

3M is an iconic innovative company. Although mostly known for “sticky and scratchy things” (post-its and sandpaper), 3M have over 55,000 products, releasing 25 new products per week and had over 3700 global patents granted in 2016.

Don’t Be Fooled By These 3 Overhyped Trends

Digital Tonto

Our love of patterns is so great, in fact, that once we notice one we are often unable to disregard it Related posts: 5 Trends That Will Drive The Future of Technology. 5 Smart Technology Trends For. [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]].

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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Disruptive Innovations Highlight a Specific Dilemma for Legacy Financial Institutions


The innovator’s dilemma, across industries, is that in order to become great, a company has to do many things right.

Numbers Are Telling Your Innovation Stories: Are You Listening?

Innovation Excellence

In today’s market, companies that do not innovate do not thrive. Innovation has become a crucial component of a successful strategic plan. Therefore, I packed my bags and headed to the Back End of Innovation (BEI) conference, ready to hone my innovation skills.

4 Thing Leaders Need To Close The Gap Between Aspiration And Innovation

Digital Tonto

We need to treat innovation differently than we do normal operations Related posts: Apple’s Innovation Problem. 4 Types of Innovation (and how to approach them). Here’s Why Your Innovation Strategy. [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]].

The Ideanote School of Innovation: Human Capital


Human capital is one of those words that are thrown around in business classes across the world. Despite this, people seem to have varying understandings of the term and what it really covers. The post The Ideanote School of Innovation: Human Capital appeared first on Ideanote. Innovation Spotlights culture culture of continuous improvement employee empowerment employee engagement engagement human capital idea management Ideanote School of Innovation ideation innovation knowledge social capital

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.

Inhaling Innovation


The larger an object becomes the smaller the ratio of it’s surface area to volume. The same is true of organisations. The bigger an organisation becomes the less exposed it becomes to external ideas and more absorbed it becomes in internal processes and politics.

The Best Definition of Creativity?

Idea Champions

If you google the phrase definitions of creativity , guess how many definitions show up? 135 million! That's right, 135 million. And so, if you are looking for THE definition, give up now. You won't find it. It doesn't exist.

Preparing for a Better Brainstorm: Tell an Embarrassing Story?

Michael Roberto

Kellogg's Leigh Thompson writes about some fascinating new research on the Harvard Business Review blog this month. She describes an experiment in which she and her colleagues tested the impact of having group members tell an embarrassing story about themselves before beginning a brainstorming session. In the study, Elizabeth Ruth Wilson, Brian Lucas, and Leigh Thompson assigned 93 people to three-person groups.

First Robot Citizen Highlights Innovation in AI and Automation

Innovation Excellence

In a turn of events that seems reserved for science fiction, Saudi Arabia has become the first country to grant citizenship to a humanoid robot. Innovation Artificial Intelligence automation Drones robotics

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.

A Guidance on Keeping Your Innovation Processes in Check


As an innovation manager/leader you likely deal with processes (and process improvements) every day. 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 ).

Innovation: What is it and why do some companies still fear it?


Innovation is a necessity for a twenty-first century business. So why do some companies still run from it? The post Innovation: What is it and why do some companies still fear it? appeared first on Ideanote. Innovation Spotlights culture of continuous improvement innovation innovation spotlight team innovation

The Innovation Mindset Simplified


Yesterday I was invited to CETYS Universidad to chat with the 1st generation of students of the new Business Intelligence and Innovation major.

The one good way to change behavior.

Mike Shipulski

There’s one good way to change behavior. But don’t take my word for it, take Daniel Kahneman’s, psychologist who was awarded the Nobel Prize in Economic Sciences.

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.

The Dangers of Benchmarking

Michael Roberto

Freek Vermeulen of the London Business School recently penned an insightful blog post titled "Don't Be Fooled By Success." He explains three key downsides associated with benchmarking the top firms in your industry. First, he explains that managers often confuse cause and effect. The "best practices" that they observe might not be the driver of high performance, but instead the result of success.

The Efficiency of Innovation

Innovation Excellence

Effectiveness is doing the right things, efficiency is doing things right. Innovation efficiency is simply the output produced from the resource invested. Increasing the former while reducing the latter increases efficiency.

36 Cognitive Biases that Inhibit Innovation | Collective Campus

Collective Campus

In this post I’ve unpacked 36 cognitive biases that can stifle your innovation efforts, how they might apply to the field and a proposed solution or mitigant for each. If you’ve got some alternative mitigants to address these biases, I’d love to hear from you in the comments

Financial innovation and how it evolved since the 60’s


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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.

Communities Count – Diving into Doncaster


However you cut it, communities matter; we’re all part of at least one (probably more than one) and on a good day we love our communities. Communities burst with creativity, devising things they love, fighting to defend and protect things that are threatened.

To Solve Complex Problems, You Need A Networked Solution

Digital Tonto

If it’s simple enough for us to fully grasp, it’s probably too slow and rigid to be effective. Related posts: 5 Marketing Problems We Need To Solve Now. 5 Problems Digital Media Needs to Solve. 4. [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]].

Competitive Rivalry Increases Risk-Taking Behavior

Michael Roberto

Intuitively, many of us probably believe that heated competition with a rival increases our propensity to take risks. That type of behavior occurs in sports, at school, and in the business world as well. Several scholars chose to examine whether the data support this conventional wisdom.

Looking at Closed versus Open Innovation

Innovation Excellence

Is there any word more fundamental to the modern business lexicon than ‘innovation’? To say that it forms an important part of enterprise is probably an understatement.

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.

Crowdsourcing Ways to Save Students Money


In 2016, NYU’s 16th President, Andrew Hamilton, made clear that he would carry forward a commitment to make NYU more affordable for more students.

The Case of AngelList


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Beyond Sage on the Stage Consulting

Idea Champions

To borrow a phrase from the radically changing world of healthcare -- the essence of organizational culture change can be boiled down to three words: "Physician heal thyself"-- as in companies restoring optimum health to their enterprise from the inside out.

What Is The Goal Of Automation?


No matter how many articles are published on a day to day basis, we’re nowhere close to full out automation of jobs because there are many things that have to happen; it’s going to take a while.

Data From 3.5 Million Employees Shows How Innovation Really Works

Analysis of how 3.5 million employees using Spigit ideate proves innovation is a science, and can be measured.