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Nine Questions CEO’s Should Ask About Innovation

Gregg Fraley

Nine Questions CEO’s Should Ask About Innovation. Tell me what I should be thinking about.” The man asking, a CEO of a Fortune 500 company, was dead sincere. We were at a social event. He’d asked me what I did and when I told him I was an innovation consultant, his eyebrows raised.

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.

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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”.

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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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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Are You Building an All-Star Innovation Team?

Innovation Excellence

There’s been a big shift from individual performance to teamwork. To solve complex problems, you don’t need the best people, you need the best teams and that means we need to change the way we evaluate, recruit, manage and train employees.

That’s Innovation with Two V’s

Braden Kelley

Should innovation be spelled with two v’s instead of one?

The Dark Side of Board of Director Mentoring Relationships

Michael Roberto

Joann Lublin wrote a Wall Street Journal article this week titled, "Boards Try Buddy System to Get Newcomers Up to Speed." Lublin describes how some boards have assigned mentors to new directors, so that experienced board members can help newcomers assimilate to the culture of the group. Lublin offers the example of Carol Martz mentoring new director Amy Chang at Cisco Systems. She explains, More boards are pairing new members like Ms. Chang with seasoned mentors like Ms.

Is it Time to Innovate? What Netflix Got Right (And WebTV Didn’t)

Daniel Burrus

One point I continually stress in speaking to audiences and in consulting with organizations of all sorts is the absolute importance of innovation.

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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.

Should You Have an Innovation Department?


In my previous post I highlighted a report from The European Academic Network for Open Innovation into the skills shortage many organizations face when trying to innovate successfully. One potential solution to this challenge is to build a dedicated department whose primary remit is to innovate. You can then do everything necessary to ensure that the personnel within that department have the skills required. Innovation Insights

Creating a Culture of Innovation in Business

Innovation Excellence

Any business that wishes to survive​ ​(​​and thrive)​ ​in today’s constantly changing business environment must continuously evolve its processes, operations, strategies and product/service offerings.

Eight Tips for Successful Intrapreneurs

Destination Innovation

Say you have a great idea for a new product or service in your field of expertise but you are reluctant to take the plunge, quit your job and start your own business. You know that launching this venture on your own would be risky, stressful and costly.

Innovation Sighting: Task Unification and GladWare Containers

Innovation in Practice

GladWare containers have become a common household item. Most kitchens today have that designated drawer filled to the brim with self-stacking plastic wonders and the infamous lids with the center circle.

Innovation in Changing Corporate Cultures

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

Here’s Why Consistency is Your Greatest Asset


Whether you’re an executive, a manager, or part of the team handling day-to-day operations, you’ve probably thought more than once about what you bring to the table within your organization. What do you feel is your greatest asset? Chances are, consistency never tops the list—but perhaps it should. Strategies

Comment on Innovation Philosophy Video by Jon Fredrickson

Stephen Shapiro

Awesome and simple! You hit the nail on the head with this animated video

If You Can’t Out-Think, Out-Care


Recently I had some issues with one of the internal fans on mi laptop, which will turn 5 years old in November; so I’m not surprised one of the fans stopped working properly. The problem is the internal components no longer exist because my laptop is a late 2012 model of the HP 15 Envy.

One Thing Never to Do When You Negotiate

Innovation Excellence

Negotiation may well be the single most important and yet least understood business and life skill. Most people see negotiation as a conflict between adversaries, a way to one-up an opponent through manipulation.

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.

Mastering Global Innovation through Multicultural Collaboration


We live in an increasingly multicultural and networked world where innovation has the potential to transform lives from Austria to Zimbabwe. Leaders and teams are facing changing customer needs across cultures and geographies. If you’re responsible for international products, services, projects, or programs, how are you facilitating innovation and collaboration around the world? Organization & Culture Uncategorized

5 Reactions to Someone Else’s Strategic Planning Process


You’ll never guess what I’ll be doing during my rare free time the next few months. Serving on a strategy planning team for an organization where I am a member! See busman’s holiday.).

A is for Online Community Facilitation


Facilitating online communities is an essential art. If you’ve invested in a platform and the time it takes to gather and prepare a great community, whether your innovation community project is internal or external, you need to make sure someone is keeping it bubbling along and being in touch with everything that’s happening on there. Here are my Top 5 Tips, all alliterated awesomely… 1) Acknowledge, Appreciate.

Are All the Best Ideas Used Up?

Innovation Excellence

A new study from the Stanford Institute for Economic Policy Research suggests that truly novel ideas are not only harder and harder to come by, but they tend to be ever more expensive to explore. Innovation R&D Research Science ideas research

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.

Podcast #022 Paul Sloane – Why Leaders need to be courageous to innovate

Idea to Value

In today’s episode of the Idea to Value Podcast, we chat with Paul Sloane, one of Twitter’s biggest innovation influencers and author of multiple books on the subject, including the third edition of The Leader’s Guide to Lateral Thinking Skills. In this week’s episode, we talk about why leader’s need courage to actually try new things and innovate, and learn some case studies of inspiring leaders who have succeeded in doing just that.

Removing the Roadblocks to Corporate Innovation – When Theory Meets Practice

Steve Blank

Innovation theory and innovation in practice are radically different. Here are some simple tools to get your company’s innovation pipeline through the obstacles it will encounter.

Finally – An Idea Platform That Isn’t Terrible

Your Ideas are Terrible

Back in 2012, we noticed a lot of corporations were deploying idea platforms. Curious about their effectiveness, we studied dozens of attempts to launch idea crowdsourcing platforms and uncovered many reasons why a majority of idea platforms fail to produce expected results.

Strategy Sprints – A DIY Guide

Innovation Excellence

The word sprint means different things to different people. A runner thinks of it as a race, a mad dash of a few seconds. A software developer practicing "agile" thinks of it as a short, iterative cycle of work, often weeks or months, rather than seconds. An entrepreneur practicing "lean startup" methods thinks of it as minimally viable product development effort of a week or less. Strategy canvases methodologies play to win Rogert Martin sprints

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.

What We All Can Learn From The German Approach To Innovation


Germany’s reputation as a solid country with a solid economy has the last few years, been thoroughly cemented. With their impressive rebound from the 2008-2009 recession, and continuous low unemployment. But what is the reason behind this staple economy and continuous growth?

Upcoming Event: Drink & Drone Happy Hour with Taivara & Local Tech Heroes!


Upcoming Event: Drink & Drone Happy Hour. With Taivara & Local Tech Heroes. Thursday, October 26th, 2017. Drinking and driving is highly frowned upon. But drinking and flying a drone at our next happy hour is encouraged! Z Z RSVP.  Add to Calendar. u

Munir Khawaja

Innovation 360

Background: Graduated in Computer Science, Munir is a Senior Innovational Transformation consultant with over 17 years of experience within the UK and Middle East covering Healthcare, Energy, Finance and Govt sector advisory. He has helped organisations discover path-breaking strategies and embed turnaround roadmaps by shaping, defining and leading complex integrated initiatives.

Lego’s Innovation Lessons

Innovation Excellence

In strange and disappointing news, Lego announced that it was facing dire sales projections, with growth slowing from over 25% per year to low single digits. Strange, when just a few years ago Lego was on top of the world, with great new toys, Lego kits, Lego Robots and the Lego movies. Case Study education Entertainment Innovation Management Profiles of Innovators growth growth strategy risk Toy Industry Toys

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.