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The Power of User-Led Innovations

Posted by John Bessant on Jan 10, 2017 7:31:00 AM

Babies are wonderful, a constant source of fascination as you share their discovery of a rich new world and see things afresh through their wide bright eyes.  But they also have side effects, some of which can bring you back to earth with a bump!  Dealing with nappy changing is a good example – a chore for most of us, but for a few people also an unlikely source of inspiration for innovation.

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Topics: Customer Insights

How does innovation management help in digital transformation?

Posted by Tim Woods on Jan 9, 2017 10:30:28 AM

The power of digital disruption is so immense that it now sits on the top priority list for almost every executive. Whether the threat comes from new digital natives entering the market, traditional competitors upping their digital quotient, or other markets using a digital channel to launch a competitive offering. On the flip side, as GE is demonstrating, the opportunity for growth is equally immense.

In a new report by HYPE and MWD Advisors, we looked at the role that innovation management programs can play in helping companies to make this transformation.

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Topics: Digital Innovation

The CDO Imperative: Understanding your Ecosystem

Posted by Lauren Salisbury on Jan 5, 2017 6:25:00 AM

The Chief Digital Officer (CDO) is not only leading the convergence of operational and information technology, but also driving its transformational impact across the wider ecosystem.

In this first post we look at some of those patterns we’re seeing and we explore exactly how they’re already delivering real financial value.

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Topics: Business Transformation, Digital Innovation

How to Get Started Innovating on Customer Experience

Posted by Elena Ozeritskaya on Jan 4, 2017 7:10:00 AM

In recent years, customer experience has emerged as a major differentiator for large companies. In a McKinsey survey of senior executives, 90 percent of respondents confirmed that customer experience is one of the CEO’s top three priorities.

So how to start working and innovating on customer experience? There are so many articles, methods, strategies etc. that it can become a confusing and complex task for you as an innovation manager or customer experience manager to even get started.

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Topics: Customer Insights, Customer Journey Mapping

Our 10 most popular articles from 2016 - with summary

Posted by Tim Woods on Jan 3, 2017 9:50:09 PM

Over the past year we've tried to offer valuable content for innovation managers, and not to spam you with more innovation waffle (there's enough of that out there). I hope we did a decent job in that regard?

But among the daily bombardment of things to read, you might have missed some posts, so here's a shortcut to the most popular 10 from 2016, and since we're all so short of time, each has a quick summary to help you decide if it's worth your time reading.

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Topics: The Innovation Manager

The 3 Types of Promoters Needed to Support Your Innovation Process

Posted by Oana-Maria Pop on Jan 3, 2017 10:39:37 AM

There is a lot of talk nowadays about closing the so-called innovation “gap” or the difference between what leaders say they want in terms of a new product, service, process, or business model innovation and what their organizations actually deliver. 

Organizations can, and often do, fail to meet their innovation goals for a number of reasons and, depending on where you get your daily fix of leadership articles, these reasons will vary.

Some studies, for example, talk about the absence of a well-articulated innovation strategy or the failure to understand the external environment. Others blame failing to set expectations right and “issues” with decision-making – yes, according to McKinsey, as many as 65% of senior executives are only "somewhat," "a little," or "not at all" confident about their innovation decisions.

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Topics: The Innovation Manager

Why Failure is an Essential Component of a Strong Innovation Strategy

Posted by Maria Wenning on Jan 2, 2017 8:39:00 AM

What good could possibly come out of failure?

Harrison Ford was a failure as an actor for years. Twelve publishers turned down J.K. Rowling's manuscript for Harry Potter. A recording company (no doubt an ancestor of those book publishers) turned down the first Beatles album. Viagra, penicillin, pacemakers, and the smallpox vaccine were all born out of failures.

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Topics: Innovation Culture

Coping with Digital Transformation: Adopting a Rapid Innovation Process

Posted by Paul Hobcraft on Dec 21, 2016 2:45:34 PM


As we start to close out our 2016 year, apart from the rush to finish certain tasks off, it is a time of reflection and some forward thinking to welcome in the New Year.

From my standpoint I am simply amazed at how the world seems to be spinning faster and faster. I am convinced my working days are shorter or the clock is moving faster. I never seem to finish what I had intended to complete by the end of a day or week. I get caught up in the spill over effect. Something always gets in the way, something has to give. So we make a resolution to change something to improve on this constant catch up state we find ourselves in.

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Topics: Digital Innovation

How Do You Deal With Digital Transformation?

Posted by Michel Meisterjahn on Dec 13, 2016 1:49:10 PM

Are you exploring digital transformation? Even if you're not, your company certainly is. DT is going to hit us all, you can't bail out of this one. The only choice companies have is to either complain about the difficulties and challenges that this historic change will impose on them, or - to embrace the opportunitites! 

Whatever the decision looks like, innovation initiatives are fighting on the forefront of this transformation. Thankfully, innovation managers can rely on plenty of research papers by leading analysts. Paul Hobcraft has worked through 140 reports from the last year or so, picked 14 of the best, and presented a deep dive on their findings.

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Topics: Disruption, Digital Innovation, Change Management, Innovation Strategy

4 leadership paradoxes and how to embrace them

Posted by Oana-Maria Pop on Nov 23, 2016 1:17:30 PM

“A leader takes people where they want to go. A great leader takes people where they don't necessarily want to go, but ought to be” – Rosalynn Carter

Incremental or radical? Structured or unstructured? People or processes? If there is one thing innovation management theory is never in short supply of, it’s dilemmas like these.

“Managed or unmanaged” is probably my favourite of the bunch, with countless books, blogs, articles, and podcasts dedicated to describing the ultimate innovation leader and their role – active or passive - in the process.

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Topics: Leadership

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