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When Change is a Must - Put People and Context First

Posted by Paul Hobcraft on Jun 9, 2015 10:46:14 PM

Anyone who has felt the ‘full force of the wind’ will know the feeling of how hard it is to keep on your feet, to stay determined to stay upright and true, to hold the course, whatever happens.

When you feel the force of change running through the organization, you tend to have that same sensation, to resist the force with all your energy. It is often really hard to let go, the environment was something you had become used to, you accepted and become resigned to its weaknesses and constantly exploited its possibilities or even possibly the other way round.

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Topics: Business Transformation

Every cloud has a silver f*-up lining

Posted by Jaspar Roos on Jun 9, 2015 7:16:42 PM

Human society has always been talking about success and will continue to do so. It is our goal, purpose, aspiration and our drug. We like hearing about it, too – we empathize with success stories and feel inspired by them (and maybe a bit jealous at times). And when we read about this year’s 30 under 30, achieving success doesn’t seem so far away. In reality, though, it is tricky and requires hard work. Only a few companies make it and even fewer (the ones we actually hear about) become the next Uber or AirBnB.

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Topics: Innovation Culture, Humor

The HYPE Innovation Managers Forum in Bonn and Making Innovation Happen

Posted by Oana-Maria Pop on Jun 6, 2015 12:58:39 PM

Cramping two full days of inspiring talks and good old-fashioned networking into a few pages is a daunting task. Especially when these span from the collective intelligence of 130 leading innovation management professionals from all over the world, gathered in an intense, 2-day conference in the heart of Germany. In a setup as such, good things are bound to happen. Magical things even. Like best practice sharing, worst practice sharing and brand new partnerships.

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Hard Facts and Interesting Insights on the Execution of Innovation

Posted by Stefan Lindegaard on Jun 3, 2015 10:57:08 AM

As I am preparing for my HYPE webinar on the execution of innovation next week, I found some interesting snippets of inspiration that you should check out as well. There are links for you to dig deeper into this. Be inspired – and let me know if you can share some good things on this topic.

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Topics: Back-end of Innovation

How to trigger valuable discussions in collaborative innovation?

Posted by Christoph Sohn on Jun 2, 2015 5:13:31 PM

An essential part of a modern innovation platform - and hence the difference to a mere idea drop box - is the possibility for the community to collaborate in order to discover ideas with great potential, pinpoint weaknesses of some ideas and develop good ones further. The main feature to support this is the discussion functionality which allows every user to leave comments on an idea which are visible to others.

Good comments add pieces of information to the idea which are helpful in the review and concepting phase. But what are actually "good", useful comments, that we‘d like to get?

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Topics: Innovation Programs, Best Practice

The Super-Power of Smiling

Posted by Jaspar Roos on Jun 2, 2015 12:07:17 PM

When was the last time that you smiled at someone – a friend at the gym, a colleague at work or even a complete stranger in the supermarket? When was the last time you smiled to your colleagues or even to your manager? And knowing that, how often do you smile in a day? As kids we tend to smile more. Studies show that children smile around 400 times a day. This number is more than impressive compared to the (sad) 20 smiles grown-ups give to the world per day.

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Topics: Innovation Culture, Humor

Four future innovations to get excited about

Posted by Oana-Maria Pop on Jun 1, 2015 10:51:00 PM

Ever heard of the Doomsday Clock? It’s a symbolic timepiece that conveys how close we are to destroying our civilization with (innovative) technologies of our own making. According to recent estimates, man-made pandemics, cyber warfare, killer robots, number of nuclear warheads per capita, sea level rises and the horrendous piling of non-necessities thanks to e-commerce (same principle as the sea level rise except it occurs in your garage) have brought us no less than three minutes to midnight. Maintained since 1947 by the members of the Science and Security Board of the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists, an optimistic bunch, you will agree, the clock is both appreciated and ridiculed around the world. In the words of Scott Brown at WIRED, “As meme, metaphor, and instrument of civic awareness, the Doomsday Clock is unmatched”.

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Topics: Radical Innovation, Disruption

Let’s Stop Talking About Innovation Culture and Just Execute

Posted by Stefan Lindegaard on May 26, 2015 7:00:00 AM

When I work and interact with large companies on innovation, one of the most discussed topics is how to develop a stronger innovation culture.

It is hard to define exactly what an innovation culture looks like, just as it is difficult to provide a single definition of innovation. I believe that it is very much up to each individual company to create a common language and understanding of these terms that fit the unique situation of the company.

In the context of this post, I assume that you have an overview of the key elements (such as an agile, adaptive workforce) and benefits (i.e., bring better products and services to market faster than your competitors) related to an innovation culture.

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Topics: Radical Innovation, Innovation Culture

Innovation pathways - a way to map out your strategy

Posted by Paul Hobcraft on May 25, 2015 7:33:00 PM

I found time last Saturday to sit down and listen to the discussion that occurred between Haydn Shaughnessy and Colin Nelson recently, on the Hype webinar “How Companies Address the Disruption Challenge and thoroughly enjoyed it

There I was penning my notes as they discussed between them their different views on how they saw this world where disruption is becoming part of our daily lives. I took a lot of ‘takeaways’ from it and I’d encourage you to find the time to listen to it. Also it prompted me to register and download Haydn’s White Paper written for Hype entitled “How companies address the disruption challenge

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Topics: Disruption

The Key Insights Corporate Innovators Miss on the Execution of Innovation

Posted by Stefan Lindegaard on May 22, 2015 6:22:29 PM

As I have been working with HYPE Innovation on a series of sessions in which we looked into the difficult part of executing innovation, I have observed five major insights on this increasingly important topic of how to produce better outcomes from innovation ideas and projects.

1. The front end of innovation is the easy part. If you work with innovation management and execution in a large company and you feel you have difficulties getting enough ideas – even the right ideas – it is because you are not doing your job well enough. Ideas are in abundance inside your organization if you set up the right structures and processes for harnessing the input of employees. If you also go outside of your organization, one of the key challenges will be to manage the overload of input that you will get.

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Topics: Innovation Programs

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