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Digital transformation – are you ready to transform and change your innovation approaches?

Posted by Paul Hobcraft on May 30, 2016 6:00:00 AM

Business digital transformation, it can get your pulse racing as you look for the nearest exit. It is being asked of everybody to get involved but have we a sufficient understanding of it?

Add in the magic ‘need’ so innovation can benefit from this business digital transformation and we begin to shift around in our chairs even more. What would it mean if we ‘went’ digital and transformed ourselves for innovation with in our organization?

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Topics: Business Transformation

The 5 Skills of The Innovator

Posted by Tim Woods on May 25, 2016 3:55:50 PM

Are innovator’s born differently? Do they have a special something which eludes the rest of us? Or, can innovative traits be studied, understood, and learned? In a study of 72 ‘known innovators’, and 310 executives, it transpired that the innovators consistently demonstrated 5 key skills more than the regular executives.

Surprisingly, four of the skills are physical ones, and only one is cognitive. Suggesting that you can take specific action yourself to create more chances of creating novel ideas, and that in terms of creativity, nurture rather than nature holds the cards. Discovery skills are what the authors call them, and they've been explained in detail in the book The Innovator's DNA - let’s take a look at each of them.

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Topics: Best Practice, Intrapreneurship

Best Of The Bonn Forum: The Secret Sauce

Posted by Oana-Maria Pop on May 16, 2016 8:17:21 PM

Continuing the “Best Of The Bonn Forum” series, this next post is all about some of the handy (and often surprising) resources our presenters used to refine and redefine their innovation processes, principles and culture. From “children’s” stories to established toolkits and cutting-edge software & algorithms, getting innovation started is as much a science as it is an art.

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Topics: Best Practice

The value of failure in innovation

Posted by John Bessant on May 12, 2016 10:31:49 PM

Accidents will happen – and as far as innovation is concerned, that’s a good thing. Whilst much of our attention is on the focused efforts to bring new ideas to market or to effect process changes in systematic, planned and strategically targeted fashion, there are some times when Fate takes a hand. What might appear to be a failed experiment or a strange but ultimately useless outcome can sometimes turn out to be the basis of a game-changing innovation. Think about these examples …

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Topics: Innovation Culture

Best Of The Bonn Forum: Robert Neuhard On “New School” Crowdsourcing

Posted by Oana-Maria Pop on May 9, 2016 6:54:59 PM

As you’ve probably seen & heard by now, John Bessant’s talk on learning the new innovation game wasn’t the only intellectual delight (+ conversation starter) at this year’s Innovation Managers Forum in Bonn. Robert (Bob) Neuhard, Executive Director for Operational Strategic Initiatives at the University of California, San Diego (UCSD), delivered an equally rich & entertaining presentation on “new school” crowdsourcing or “Leveraging Collective Genius to Deliver Innovations that Advance Strategic Objectives” at his institution. Below, a summary of this talk, but the full talk is available to watch at the end.

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Topics: Crowdsourcing

Managing Open Innovation: one challenge/ coping strategy at a time

Posted by Oana-Maria Pop on Apr 27, 2016 12:59:44 PM

A few months ago, The Economist published an excellent piece on how the fashion for making employees collaborate had gone too far. We wrote about the trend too here on the blog, explaining how excessive collaboration harms organizational performance and stifles innovation (hint: overworking employees for only marginal gains).

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Topics: Open Innovation

Best Of The Bonn Forum: John Bessant On Learning The New Innovation Game

Posted by Oana-Maria Pop on Apr 26, 2016 6:33:18 PM

In case you were wondering: the 2016 Innovation Managers Forum in Bonn was a blast! It also broke last year’s attendance record by attracting no fewer than 180 innovation management practitioners from around the globe for 2 days of experience sharing, workshops and networking. A definitive gathering indeed with plenty of take-home ideas – a handful of which I plan to share in upcoming posts.

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Topics: Strategy

8 Principles of The Innovator’s Solution

Posted by Tim Woods on Apr 10, 2016 9:37:20 PM

The Innovator’s Dilemma gets more of the headlines, but the follow-up book by Clayton Christensen, The Innovator’s Solution, is a far more useful piece of work. The Innovator’s Solution starts out by describing the ‘dilemma’, and in one chapter removes the need to even read the original work. It then proceeds to offer an array of approaches to handling disruptive innovation in large organizations. In the following post, we’ll look at 8 of the valuable principles Christensen highlights. For a recap of Christensen's disruptive innovation theory, see previous post here.

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Topics: Disruption

The Definition of Innovation

Posted by Stefan Lindegaard on Apr 6, 2016 11:22:37 AM

What happens if you ask a group of so-called innovation experts about their definition of innovation? 

Nick Skillicorn did this and he gathered the answers in an interesting blog post that shows how vastly different even topic experts see the term “innovation”. 

Here are some examples:

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Topics: Innovation Culture, Innovation Education

Experimenting with change before it happens

Posted by Oana-Maria Pop on Mar 30, 2016 4:59:06 PM

The value of experiments for innovation is a topic we’ve previously covered here on the blog, and for good reason: if done well, experiments can help avoid some costly new product, service, process, and even business model mistakes. We’ve also written extensively about change, because managing innovation is nothing more than managing transitions and transformations of all parties involved: customers, suppliers, internal stakeholders and even competition. As Microsoft likes to put it “[our] IT stands for Innovation and Transformation”.

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Topics: The Innovation Manager

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