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How one of the world’s greatest newsrooms made (un)invited innovation news

Posted by Oana-Maria Pop

Nov 26, 2014 3:56:00 PM

“From the Desk of Robert (Bob) Mankoff” is one newsletter that I have never contemplated unsubscribing from. Unlike other attempts to keep followers devoted & amused, this digital update, meticulously pieced together by The New Yorker’s cartoon editor and now featuring a “Cartoon Lounge” too, often (if not always) addresses topics with a characteristic twist. On October 18th, things seemed to get more pragmatic as Mr. Mankoff selected a well-known idiom - “like seeing a sausage getting made” - as his theme. Don’t laugh. It’s serious business! Witnessing the work-in-progress can make the end result much less appealing. Needless to add, meat by-products are not the only sufferers here.

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Topics: Disruption

The need for a modern engagement platform

Posted by Paul Hobcraft

Nov 20, 2014 5:51:37 PM

There is a real need to think through the modern engagement platforms we require, both externally with our customers and other stakeholders, and also for our internal needs.

The effectiveness of our management to win the hearts and minds of our workforce is getting to a very serious crisis. A global Gallup State of the Global Work Place survey suggests only 13% of employees are engaged in their jobs. That is that they are emotionally invested in and focused on creating value for the organization they work for on a daily basis. They are even outnumbered by those who are negative and even potentially hostile to the organization at a rate of 2:1. That really staggers me.

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Topics: Innovation Programs

Getting the Basics Right – Challenges to the Chief Innovation Officer

Posted by Marc Monar

Nov 13, 2014 12:48:00 PM

More than 150 senior level attendees gathered mid of October to participate in Innovation Enterprise's Chief Innovation Officer Summit, taking place in London. The agenda was packed with a broad range of innovation topics and speakers. Among them were big brands like Vodafone, Tesco, Swarovski, McCain, BNP Paribas, and Stanford University, sharing their corporate innovation techniques, perspectives, and best practices.

Among my personal highlights was the mutual consent which existed on the decisive role of (innovation) culture. Culture is becoming even more important in an increasingly dynamic marketplace, where most of the companies face fierce competition and a seemingly brutal pace of change.

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Topics: The Innovation Manager

Bringing final ideas to market - the hard part of innovation

Posted by Paul Hobcraft

Nov 12, 2014 7:00:00 AM

It seems so simple doesn’t it - “bringing final ideas to market”. So easy to say, yet it does seem so very hard to achieve. Everything we should be aiming at is ‘successful execution’, it’s the last, hard five yards of all the work that went into something, which can be finally realized and come to ‘commercial life’.

Here in Europe it is often suggested that “Europe is the cradle of creativity”, perhaps but I think the “United States is the crucible of innovation”, it forges ideas and takes them to market far better. In the US there is this powerful push to make money far more and to realize innovation, as clearly you must focus on the ‘making money part.’

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Topics: Innovation Processes

Rate your company's innovation culture

Posted by Hutch Carpenter

Nov 5, 2014 7:30:00 AM


"Culture" is one of those terms. Hard to define, but you know it when you see it, right? I mean, we all understand what we're talking about here, don't we?

I'd bet if you and I polled 10 people on the street, we'd get 10 different interpretations for culture.

In the course of my work, I often find myself working with companies that previously tried a generic open suggestion box approach to innovation. Create an ideas portal, let people post ideas spontaneously and see if anything interesting comes up. The outcome of this approach is remarkably consistent: no one bothers to do anything with the ideas. The result is a disillusioned workforce, where culture of skepticism has settled in. A good part of my work is establishing a plan for re-energizing employees.

What defines culture? Behaviors. I posted as much to Twitter:

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Topics: Innovation Culture

10 Perspectives on Innovation Management

Posted by Tim Woods

Oct 29, 2014 5:34:00 PM

We launched this blog just under a year ago, with the aim of providing insights and expertise for those in the position of innovation manager, or similar role. We hope we've achieved that to some degree!

Recently we posted our 100th blog post since launching, so we thought we'd bring together ten of the best articles into a handy PDF download. We focused the articles around three core areas:

  • Innovation Culture
  • Innovation Programs
  • Innovation Strategy
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Framing the strategic innovation discussion

Posted by Paul Hobcraft

Oct 29, 2014 3:25:13 PM

Constructing an innovation conversation framework is never easy, we all come at it in different ways and those strategic conversations begin to fray at the edges and slip more into tactical the more we talk.

At this time of year for many, this is a potential chance gained (or lost) to influence the strategic plans and secure the commitment and funding towards your innovation activities for the coming year and beyond.

If you just diving into innovations, this sort of strategic conversation can change the goalposts, alter the perspective and can give the innovation a more focused framing to build propositions around.

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Topics: The Innovation Manager, Strategy

HYPE’s Innovation Forum in Hamburg and the Value of Being Reflective

Posted by Oana-Maria Pop

Oct 23, 2014 7:00:00 AM

If there are three things a TED Talk marathon - in my case: the Hidden Gems and New Releases sections - can teach you, then these are: 1. forget vanilla and cocoa beans - demand a fair-trade cell phone instead! 2. we know ridiculously little about how our brains really work, and 3. we systematically underestimate the importance of basic needs. Case in point: sleep and its ability to “detoxify” the mind. As it turns out, detox (or “clearing of the head”) is exactly what happens inside our cortex while we sleep - and at that time only. In the absence of a lymphatic system, a fluid called CSF literally flushes through the spaces between nerve cells washing away toxins and nutrients, and with them all unpromising new product, service, process, or business model ideas we had that day. Fascinating, isn’t it – but what does this have to do with successful innovation management? Well, everything if you ask me, because without pausing and reflecting on the state of things (i.e. sleeping), there is no going forward (i.e. fresh start).

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Topics: Best Practice, The Innovation Manager

The Power of Weak Ties - Tactics to Grow Your Innovation Community Virally

Posted by Christoph Sohn

Oct 15, 2014 7:00:00 AM

Building a sustainable innovation community is essential for every collaborative innovation program. Doing that is, however, not as easy as one may think.

The typical approach to that is to launch a marketing campaign with e-mails, posters, videos, public announcements etc. in order to raise awareness, inform and motivate everyone to join in. Especially in companies with a history of failure of such or similar corporate initiatives, it is difficult to reach the people, build trust and drive the desired behaviours. Since the participation and collaboration in innovation programs is voluntarily and competes with people’s day jobs, they need to get convinced that their participation is worth spending the time. Instilling this trust and engaging them can be difficult, as people’s opinions and attitudes are largely influenced by their peers of various groups that every human is part of. It is important to understand these influencing factors in more detail, in order to keep control of the development of your innovation community.

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Topics: Crowdsourcing, Innovation Programs

Innovation Management in support of Strategic Shifts

Posted by Colin Nelson

Oct 8, 2014 7:30:00 AM

The number of external pressures on organizations continues to increase. Fast moving new markets, a wider range of competitors, differences in local legislation,…the list goes on.

A study on ‘Innovation and Growth’ by PWC in 2014 indicated that the top 20% of [corporate] innovators grew 50% faster than the average global company over the last 3 years. Innovation is crucial to support growth.

The same study indicated that 43% of business leaders see innovation as a ‘competitive necessity. In 5 years’ time, this increases to 51%’. For many, innovation is also crucial to survival.

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Topics: Innovation Programs

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