September, 2017

3 innovation types: evolution, preventative and creative

OVO Innovation

I was thinking over the weekend that for years we've positioned innovation incorrectly. Too often we position innovation as creating a new and valuable offering or solution, ready when customers are ready to demand new products and services. In other words, we've positioned innovation as something to do to prepare for future business, future needs and future demands.

Don’t Worry About People Stealing Your ideas

Digital Tonto

"If your idea is any good, you'll have to ram it down people's throats" Related posts: How to Create Ideas that Evolve. Ideas Having) Sex and the City. All Great Innovators Have One Thing In Common. [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]].

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10 Teachings from the Startup Commercialization Trenches

Your Ideas are Terrible

with Capgemini, Coca-Cola, COX, InterContinental Hotels, Porsche, SunTrust and The Weather Company. The BridgeCommunity is a unique commercialization program that connects early-stage technology startups with global corporations.


Adapt or die: lessons from 5 companies that failed to innovate

Idea Drop

It feels like the world is moving faster than ever, which means that companies in every sector have to prioritise agile innovation or risk becoming defunct.

Technology Scouting: Why It Works – A Harvard Business Review Published Study Perspective

Technology scouting can increase the rate and potential for meaningful innovation. A recent study conducted by the Harvard Business Review makes the case for technology scouting. Research shows that connecting with a wide range of external resources increases the rate of, and potential for, meaningful innovation.

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Can Everyone Be Innovative?


Innovation is an integral part of many organizations today, and for good reason: it helps companies stay agile, relevant, and evolving. However, innovation is often difficult to achieve—or is even met with resistance. Enabling Factors Organization & Culture

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A dummies guide for innovation, by Pierre d’Huy and Jérôme Lafon

Rapid Innovation in digital time

Pierre d’Huy and Jérôme Lafon share all the secrets of Innovation Management in their encyclopedic and brilliant book, ‘A dummies guide for innovation’. Continue reading → Innovation Rapid Innovation Unit AI Big data Internet intrapreneur IoT Jérôme Lafon L'innovation pour les nuls Pierre d’Huy

Innovation Management meets Crowdsourcing


“ (…) the world is becoming too fast, too complex and too networked for any company to have all the answers inside.” – Yochai Benkler, professor at the Harvard Law Business School and author of “The Wealth of Networks”. This quote expresses exactly the feeling many of us have: uncertainty.

3 Innovation Lessons from Louis C.K.

Innovation Excellence

Despite all the talk of disruption and rapid Fortune 500 turnover it can feel like the same old brands are touted as the titans of innovation year in and out.

2017 Business Innovation Report

Spigit’s 2017 Business Innovation Report is an in-depth look at why and how the biggest brands in the world tap into the collective intelligence of their employees, customers, and partners to solve business challenges.

Picking the Right Job for You Based on an Interesting Interview Question

Michael Roberto

Christa Quarles, CEO of OpenTable, described her favorite job interview question recently in an interview with CNBC. She likes to ask candidates: "What part of this role do you love and you can't stop doing? And what part do you hate doing?" Quarles knows the most important facets of the role she is trying to fill. If someone loves those critical facets of the job, then Quarles feels comfortable with that candidate.

Innovation: Ancient, Ageless, and Diverse


Did you attend that start-up incubator networking event last week? Did you know that that start-up incubator mentality isn’t the new revolutionary concept many believe it to be? According to the Harvard Business Review it dates back to 15 th -century Italy.

Global Catalysts: The World’s Most Innovative Cities – Past, Present and Future


The latest view on which cities are the most innovative – from yesterday, today and tomorrow has just been shared. Trend Alert

Innovation SOP: How Chief Innovation Officers Can Develop Trust Between Work Teams


Qmarkets’ Innovation Standard Operating Procedures (SOP) : In this series, we will present different guidelines on how to bring innovation theory to practice.

Innovation in Changing Corporate Cultures

Thriving is the natural state of super-high performers in the workplace.

Human-centred innovation


Design thinking teaches us to think about human-centred need and design – that to be successful and release engaging products, they should be driven from human need. However, how often as individuals do we address our own human need and how much does this affect our ability to innovate?

4 Myths About Innovation You Need To Avoid

Innovation Excellence

The unicorn is perhaps unique among myths in that the creature doesn’t appear in the mythology of any culture. The ancient Greeks, for all of their centaurs, hydras and medusas, never had any stories of unicorns, they simply believed that some existed somewhere.

Innovation lessons from Lego

OVO Innovation

In television, an outlandish episode that seeks to introduce revive a series often signals the eventual downfall of the show. Those old enough to remember the TV series Happy Days will remember the episode when Fonzi jumped the shark on water skis. This gave us the expression that something had "jumped the shark", an event signalling an inevitable downfall. Today I'm wondering if making a movie about toys is a signal that something has "jumped the shark".

An American Innovator in London – Harry Selfridge

Destination Innovation

Harry Selfridge. Harry Gordon Selfridge was born in Wisconsin in 1858. He was one of three sons. His father, Robert Selfridge, served as a major with the Union Army in the American Civil War but abandoned his family at the end of the war. Soon after the war Harry’s two brothers died.

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.

As Corporate Innovation Evolves, Past Lessons Are Being Ignored


This article provides a personal perspective to the ongoing evolution of corporate innovation efforts, along with an overview of how some past mistakes are being repeated. Column & Opinion Trend Alert disruption Exponential Organizations training

Towards Superhumanity


There is a consensus building amongst scientists , technologists , economists and politicians that we are on the verge of entering the next phase of the evolution of our species.

Three Ways Leaders Can Build Trust

Michael Roberto

I was asked a very important question today during a presentation to a group of senior finance executives from a wide array of Fortune 500 companies. One person asked, "How does a leader build trust? What are the most important and effective ways to do so?" I offered three suggestions. Acknowledge your own mistakes. Be transparent about those situations in which you stumbled, and talk about how you learned from those incidents.

“Faux Innovation” and Other Discontents

Innovation Excellence

Over the course of this year, I’ve had the good fortune of working with three Global 50 companies – two U.S. based and one European. I’ll simply refer to them as Company A, B and C. Despite being in different industries (high-tech, financial services and industrial), one common theme emerged: senior leaders in each of.

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.

A business developer for your innovation: what for?

Rapid Innovation in digital time

When we think of innovation, the ideation part often come first in mind. Then, the iphone story, and design thinking approach have led us to realize that an intense collective and iterative execution is required to turn an attractive idea, … Continue reading → Engagement Innovation Business Development Charles Vaillant I2M Innovation Business Developer Mann+Hummel Marketing Sales

Lunch Thoughts: What to do with Recycled Glass?


Our office kitchen only has one microwave and I always get hungry at peak lunchtime. I place my Pyrex glass container of leftovers at the end of the microwave queue of different shapes, sizes, and brands of glass containers, and wait my turn.

Coaching as an enabler to innovation


What is coaching, if not an enabler to innovation? Tim Urban writes for the very quirky and informative Wait But Why. In a January 2015 post on Artificial Intelligence he references “what futurist Ray Kurzweil calls human history’s Law of Accelerating Returns”.

5 Motivations for Innovation


How do you best incentivise participation in innovation? Or conversely how do you avoid accidentally demotivating people through your innovation initiatives? We’ve heard quite a few organisations ask us a version of these questions, and especially the second question over the years. Needless to say I would guess that innovation programmes can be inadvertently demotivating if the balance between competition verses collaboration wasn’t quite right.

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 Strategy for Solving Problems Creatively

Michael Roberto

Theodore Scaltsas wrote a Harvard Business Review article last year in which he outlined an interesting strategy for solving problems creatively. Scaltsas explains that the brain mines our past experience for possible solutions when it faces a problem. Yet we think of creativity as inventing entirely new solutions to perplexing challenges. Are we really inventing something new each time we come up with an ingenious solution to a vexing problem? Perhaps not.

You Lack Allocation and Purpose, Not Time to Innovate

Innovation Excellence

What if everyone in your company had to account for their time, and what if everyone had a specific time allocation for innovation?

Agile Learners are ideal for Innovation

Guide 4 Innovating

Agility holds a special interest for me. I named my consulting business Agility Innovation Specialists and constantly am looking to emphasize that agility is really important to managing innovation.

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4 Ways to Use Google Analytics in IdeaScale


As you may already know, it’s pretty easy to integrate Google Analytics with IdeaScale (seriously, we’re talking data insights that are basically 2-3 clicks away). But maybe you don’t yet know what sorts of things you might want to look at in Google Analytics.

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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.