January, 2018

The 15 Enemies of Innovation


When I put my consultant hat on I have a very easy way to detect whether or not your company is committed to innovation, and whether or not it will: the way you lead and prioritize. My examination has nothing to do with capability, but with leadership.

2018: The Shift To A New Era Of Innovation

Digital Tonto

Great companies don’t adapt, they prepare. Related posts: Innovation Needs To Shift From Disrupting Markets To Tackling Grand Challenges. The Shift Economy. The Art Of The Shift. A Radical Shift. [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]].

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How to Be More Creative

Idea Champions

Most people agree that creativity (and it's twin brother, innovation) is a good thing. Accordingly, they want to know how they can become more creative or more innovative. Makes sense, right? The question, however, is a tricky one, not unlike asking "How can I have a good marriage?"

The 4 Dynamic Stages of Collaborative Innovation – Number 4: Idea Implementation


How to bring ideas to life? After collecting, refining and reviewing ideas, now comes the big moment; you’re ready to start implementing those ideas.

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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How You Think vs. What You Know

Michael Roberto

Philip Tetlock wrote a terrific book last year titled Superforecasters. In that book, he describes the decades of research he has conducted on expert predictions. Put simply, he has found that experts don't make great prognosticators, despite their vast knowledge and experience. Knowing a great deal does not enable you to see the future. In fact, it can be a handicap at times, because you may be tied down by conventional wisdom, long-held assumptions, and pre-existing beliefs.

The Value in Personal Innovation Learning Journeys

Innovation Excellence

If you don’t have time, how can you learn? We are in need increasingly, of faster understanding, to quickly learn or resolve an immediate need, or we have this determination or essential requirement within our innovation role to deepen our knowledge and understanding of innovation.

The sustainable innovation paradox

Norbert Bol

The technological advance in business and society is at a growing speed. Some say the technological advance is at an exponential growth speed based on Moore’s Law which refers to the doubling of computer processing speed every 18 months. When we think of the possibilities that can happen when 3D printing, robots, nanotechnology and artificial intelligence are really taking off, many things will fundamentally change.

The 10 Most Successful Innovation Blog Posts of 2017


After we have just jumped into 2018, full of new year resolutions and a huge agenda on challenges everyone wants to stand up to, we created an overview of our most successful blog posts of 2017, hopefully being able to support your upcoming projects with some insights and valuable advices. Best of 2017: What a year it has been! A re-designed blog, lots of new reports and whitepapers and not to forget, the blog posts - 45 new ones in total.

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.

5 Ways to Raise the Bar for Storytelling in Your Organization

Idea Champions

If your organization is looking for an engaging, flexible, cost-effective way to raise the bar for storytelling in the workplace, I'm your man. Below are five ways I can help you stir the storytelling soup: 1. WORKSHOPS. Creating the Innovation Mindset. Storytelling at Work.

Don’t trust your gut, run the test.

Mike Shipulski

At first glance, it seems easy to run a good test, but nothing can be further from the truth. The first step is to define the idea/concept you want to validate or invalidate. The best way is to complete one of these two sentences: I want to learn that [type your idea here] is true.

Big Data and The Analytics Paradox

Michael Roberto

Kellogg School Professor Eric Anderson describes an interesting phenomenon that he calls the “Analytics Paradox.” Anyone grappling with how their firm employs data science as part of their business strategy should become familiar with this concept. Anderson explains: A young firm starts out making many mistakes. Eager to improve, they collect lots of data and build cool new models,” he says.

Innovation Funnel Examples


IdeaScale offers a number of functions that will support you gathering key data and delivering efficient collective decisions. With custom funnels, you can assemble these functions into a workflow that serves your specific needs.

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.

Passion and executive commitment tap the well of ideas

OVO Innovation

I had the opportunity recently to lead some training workshops with a midwestern company that is a leader in its field, but recognized it needed to do more to stay ahead of the competition. Frankly, sometimes leading innovation training feels like going through the motions - we innovators talk about innovation methods and tools, and the attendees listen politely then go back and do whatever it is they do day to day, and not much innovation happens.

Seeds of success

Rmukesh Gupta

Premise: After the hustle bustle and the celebrations of the new year, we are now entering the time of the year, which is fraught with opportunities and dangers in equal measures. This is the time to celebrate the past year, the peaks we scaled and give a pat on our backs for all that hard work. I am sure every team does that. This is also the time to reflect at the valley’s we encountered in the past year and think about the reasons we ended up in there.

5 Examples of Companies Innovating with Crowdsourcing


There is an abundance of options available to organizations when it comes to crowdsourcing - that is, putting tasks or questions out to a large group for their input. Innovation Insights

Emotion AI Reading List: 5 Must Reads


2018 is here! It’s time to take stock of what’s new and what’s next. Here are 5 book recommendations which will answers those questions and inspire you to learn something new. Enjoy! Home Deus by Yuval Noah Harari.

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 Middle Manager as Translator

Michael Roberto

Source: [link] Middle managers often are bombarded with information from above and below in organizations. They must share directives and plans with the people working on the front lines of the organization.

5 Innovative Careers for Individuals Looking to Help the World


Are you innovative or creative? Are you looking for an ingenious career field for yourself? If the answer to these questions is a yes, then get ready because you’re about to discover 5 innovative careers for individuals looking to help the world

Why You Don’t Want Brand Strategy and Execution from the Same Partner


A potential client reached out to us. He was a client team member on a customer experience strategy engagement several years ago. He has moved to a new role leading marketing for an organization shifting from the B2C to B2B market.

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Skillset vs. Mindset

Idea Champions

Yesterday, as one of my clients introduced me to a roomful of people attending a leadership development programs, something she said caught my attention: Innovation skills. That's what she was telling the 41 business leaders of the future they were going to learn from me. Yes, it was true.

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.

5 top tips for choosing an online crowdsourcing platform


If you’ve decided to set up an online community, one of your initial questions will be “which platform do I use?”. Over the last 6 years there’s been a mushrooming of viable platforms. Crowdicity , OI Engine , Dub , Chaordix , and QMarkets are just some of the options out there. We’ve used some of these to deliver projects for Ford , Swinton Insurance , Cystic Fibrosis Trust , and the International Committee of the Red Cross among others.

Why leaders with a clear vision connect innovation and strategic cost-cutting


A successful cost-cutting strategy is connected to an organisation’s capacity to evolve, to innovate, and to do it as whole. Companies can, in fact, keep innovating in ways that do not require high investments in new products’ research and development, and which can save substantial amounts of time and money. The post Why leaders with a clear vision connect innovation and strategic cost-cutting appeared first on Exago.

Reaching Your Goals: The Value of an "Emergency Reserve"

Michael Roberto

What are some techniques for helping individuals achieve their goals? Wharton Professor Marissa Sharif has conducting some useful research on this topic. She argues for the value of establishing an "emergency reserve" when setting objectives. Consider one experiment that she conducted. She examined how people performed when setting goals for how steps they would walk each day.

Is Innovation Data About More Than Ideas?


Anyone who is managing their innovation program with innovation software is generally amassing a wealth of data. Many people are looking at that data on an individual idea-level, but it’s actually possible to start looking at that data and identifying new themes, trends, or topics that will inform your strategy in the coming years by grouping that information on tags, text analysis, and more. It can be a trend early-warning system if you pay attention to it.

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.

5 Ideas for Expanding Innovation Strategy Workshop Participants


Who should you invite to participate in an innovation strategy workshop ?

The 70-20-10 Rule

Digital Tonto

Innovation isn't just about coming up with new ideas, but also managing resources wisely Related posts: The 30 Years Rule – Innovation Takes A Lot Longer Than You Think. How to Manage. [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]].

Shaping Change – Trend Management in Practice


A study on the relevance and state of the art of trend management in corporations.

Open Innovation for the Greater Good


In addition to helping businesses solve tough challenges, innovate and bring new products and services to market open innovation is also used to tackle a range of social and conservation issues across the globe.

Creating a Culture of Innovation — Validating Success with Numbers

Developing a culture of innovation internally leads to higher employee engagement, empowerment of your employees to assist on solving some of your most vital problems, an effective method for capturing their ideas and acting on them and finally, an increase in costsavings.