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Stop innovation fizzling out due to lack of leadership buy in

Posted by Lauren Salisbury on Aug 28, 2015 6:00:00 AM

I never seemed to have a shortage of ideas but getting the business support necessary to actually drive them through to implementation was at times struggle.

We have heard many times over that a tangible and impactful innovation program requires alignment of strategy, vision, leadership, culture, processes, systems and communication.  Easy right?  We all know it is not that simple, and the truth is, in many cases we find ourselves faced with a business that wants ‘Innovation as a core pillar for growth’, however at the same time it quietly resists this change making the job of innovation managers feel more like ‘innovation sales’ one day and ‘innovation politicians’ the next.

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Topics: Innovation ROI, Best Practice

Self-fulfilling Prophecies and Innovation Success

Posted by Oana-Maria Pop on Aug 21, 2015 1:35:00 AM

Having organised a number of innovation management events for practitioners this summer it has (re)occurred to me just how strongly success ties into the psychology of winning. The idea is pretty simple: Do some creative thinking, ideally with a customers’ job(s)-to-be-done in mind, design the long red carpet of success, sew it flawlessly, roll it out enthusiastically, and start walking into the pleasant but eventually rewarding unknown. It takes a considerable dose of (ir)rationality but that is how self-fulfilling prophecies work. So in today’s post, I’d like to share with you a few notes about where these attitudes towards success come from, research-wise, and how they unfold in practice – beware, I have self-collected data!

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Topics: Research, The Innovation Manager

Deeper reading or quick summary- often we don’t have the time?

Posted by Paul Hobcraft on Aug 19, 2015 12:59:00 AM

I recently wrote a post “Delving into a complex world- finding research to help you learn and adapt”. On reflection I should have replaced the word “research” with “time”……to help you learn and adapt.

Finding time is a real struggle and going that extra mile to read thought leadership views can be a step to far, I know but I can’t help myself, it is part of my job and certainly for me, many are really worth it.

In that post I was recommending Deloitte and their thought leadership as a good place to visit. Now I’m not sure how many of you actually did and it was suggested by “the man” in charge of this blog to pick out a few and make a post summary of these as ones that might be useful, so I’ve chosen two that challenge and break ground.

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Topics: Design-driven Innovation, Research, Business Model Innovation

Designing an Innovation Management Event – Part 2: Practice makes perfect or at least progress

Posted by Oana-Maria Pop on Aug 5, 2015 6:46:00 PM

In the previous post we looked at laying the groundwork for an innovation event for your organization or local community. The building blocks included establishing the purpose of the event, picking appropriate topics, and assembling an event team to make it happen. Taking it one step further in the process, the current post will look at designing a simple and effective communications session with topical presentations and/or workshop, approaching participants and managing the follow-up. “Practice makes perfect” here alludes to both securing the practicality of the event as well as allowing yourself to adapt on the go. As the event approaches you will likely receive more inspiration.

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Topics: Collaboration, The Innovative Workplace, Innovation Strategy

Designing an Innovation Management Event – Part 1: Laying the Groundwork to Engage Your Community

Posted by Oana-Maria Pop on Aug 5, 2015 6:41:00 PM

Summer is not only an ideal time to catch up on some reading (maybe you remember Tim’s list from March), but also a perfect time to catch up on some skills. Collaborative innovation skills to be precise. Because, as I hope you realise by now, the terms “innovation” and “collaboration” are not mutually exclusive. In the spirit of such practical initiatives, which are not only trending but also good karma for your organization – i.e. (open) innovation activities are associated with reduced research costs, risk spreading and bringing ideas to market more quickly – I would like to share with you a few tips on how to design an innovation event (day) for your small and medium-sized organization or your business community/ circle including clients, suppliers, universities and even policy-makers.

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Topics: Innovation Culture, Collaboration, Innovation Strategy

Play vs. work mode

Posted by Jaspar Roos on Aug 5, 2015 1:23:00 PM

The other day I was playing a board game with my kids and I honestly can say I had the time of my life. Later, I did some self-reflection that resulted in what I wouldn’t call a groundbreaking realization, but it definitely shook my understanding of how I want my life to be. Here it is – I am so much more creative and inspired when I am not at work! Ha! – told you, not earth shattering. But that also made me question myself – how come there is a difference between my work and play self, and more importantly – why should there be any?

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Topics: Creativity, Humor

Delving into a complex world - finding research to help you learn and adapt

Posted by Paul Hobcraft on Aug 3, 2015 12:41:00 PM

"The world has never been as complex, dynamic and uncertain as it is today and the pace of change will only increase." We hear this consistently, our continual problem is trying to make sense of it.

To attempt to keep up to date we all need to invest increasing time in acquiring a better understanding, a deeper knowledge of all the interconnected parts. Even if we are “time starved” we simply must try and keep moving along in this understanding.

As part of my job, advising others on all things swirling around innovation, I invest significant time in researching, learning and applying what I feel is important to others to understand or at least to raise their awareness.

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Topics: The Innovation Manager, Innovation Education

The Challenge is for Organizations to think differently about ecosystems

Posted by Paul Hobcraft on Jul 13, 2015 10:45:00 PM

(This is part two of an article on ecosystems - read the first part here)

Thinking about ecosystems certainly allows us to go out of our normal scope. The ability to tackle societal problems within an ecosystem can allow you to enter new markets that would have been impossible as an individual organization, as you did not have the collaborative ability to extend beyond more traditional channels of delivery or utilize the infrastructure, building on others specialization.

We are all making greater connections within ourselves as we find and connect to our own “tribes” that all the different social platforms are providing. Crowdsourcing is another example that is offering huge potential to exploit as it can encourage much to forge, serve and grow whole new communities from ‘simple’ beginning, building on real-time knowledge.

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Topics: Business Transformation

Opening up our thinking towards ecosystems has a powerful effect

Posted by Paul Hobcraft on Jul 13, 2015 7:00:00 AM

Our whole understanding of innovation is changing; there are numerous shifts occurring.

We are evaluating and changing our existing focus from closed (internal orientation) into ones that are having a far more open stance. We are searching for more collaborative innovation (external orientation) combining external partners into more ‘collective thinking’. This shift is offering us extra acceleration that is needed to improve our innovation performances from concept to market delivery.

Collaborative innovation is also leading us to higher chances of achieving greater impact and success, as nearly all novel ideas lay outside the organization's domain of understanding. As we increasingly include the customer and their needs within our understanding, these multiple collaborations and dialogues are building this better internal understanding.

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Topics: Business Transformation, Collaboration

Pitching: don’t play the game, play the player

Posted by Jaspar Roos on Jul 10, 2015 7:00:00 AM

Imagine this: They have finally called! Someone wants to hear your idea. Imagine, maybe even invest in it. Your mind starts creating exciting scenarios, wave of thrill and anticipation follows. At first, you cannot even believe your luck…after all, you came up with the idea while waiting for your pall Steve at that coffee place around the corner. 

Half an hour and a dozen phone calls to friends and family later, it hits you – you actually need to talk to people. It’s not just anyone, but potential stakeholders and investors. How’s your pitch?

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Topics: Intrapreneurship

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