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Do the 15 minutes challenge: Your key to success!

Posted by Jaspar Roos

Apr 24, 2015 7:00:00 AM

Truth be told: Just because you are at work does not mean that you are actually getting any work done. A recent study by the software development company Atlassian pinpoints that less than 60% of the work time is spent productively. Excessive emails, long and unproductive meetings and the constant trivial interruptions at the workplace are among the prime factors that restrain you from keeping up with your daily to-dos.

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Topics: Humor, The Innovative Workplace

How can we change the workplace environment for innovation?

Posted by Paul Hobcraft

Apr 21, 2015 5:26:59 PM

You can’t escape the reality that having the right environment for innovation means different things to different people. What we should be all able to agree upon is that the environment for innovation houses many of the conditions that connect innovation in people’s minds. The environment needs to be connected into the vision around innovation, it needs to be translated for each of us to relate too. The environment provides the right growing conditions for your organization to foster its unique environment to prosper and grow. Deny those growing conditions and any innovation initiative is going to struggle and eventually die from the lack of the essential feeding of its roots.

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Topics: The Innovative Workplace

The new and updated Humor Desk Policy

Posted by Jaspar Roos

Apr 21, 2015 3:44:22 PM

OMG, LOL, LFMAO, do you ever read these acronyms in any official communication? Likely not, as there will be one kind of policy from Corporate Communications or the Public Relations department prescribing us not to use acronyms.

Be honest, don’t we get tired sometimes of all those new policies out there? Organizations have become kindergartens, prescribing our behavior and all the things we are not allowed to do. So we decided to pun it and created a policy for you to print out and distribute amongst your colleagues. Ideally, you should print it on company logo paper and add one or two of the typical [your company] bulls*** bingo items.

Have fun!

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Topics: Humor, The Innovative Workplace

Making an impact on an organization's innovation environment

Posted by Paul Hobcraft

Apr 20, 2015 10:52:55 AM

Where do you set about to intervene and begin to change the organizations ability to innovate? There are seemingly so many intervention points it can get bewildering. The innovation environment can be made-up of how well you collaborate and network, the level of group and individual interactions, the presence and commitment of leadership towards innovation, as well as the organizational set-up and structures. You can explore the make-up of the innovation environment in so many ways.

So what makes up the environment to innovation?

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Topics: Innovation Culture, Change Management

What is a good customer insight?

Posted by Elena Ozeritskaya

Apr 16, 2015 12:44:57 PM

Insights don’t always come together quickly or easily when developing ideas and concepts. Most of the time, it takes a lot of time and effort to get them articulated just right. They must be compelling, without being preachy. They must be truthful, without being too obvious. They must be empathetic, without being presumptuous.

So where to begin? First, insist on actual insights. There are common traps that even seasoned marketers fall into when trying to craft insight statements. One example is mistaking a reverse benefit (“Wouldn’t it be nice if…”) for an insight. Crafting a testable insight starts by stripping out the benefits-in-disguise. Any time I see ‘I want’ or ‘I need’ in a statement, I step back and look for what is behind that want—to find the ‘because’ or ‘so what?’ in it.

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Topics: Customer Insights, Customer Journey Mapping

What we can learn from the Arthur D. Little Breakthrough Innovation Survey

Posted by Oana-Maria Pop

Apr 15, 2015 9:50:07 AM

The capacity to deliver a consistent pipeline of breakthrough innovations might sound like the effect of one of Papa Smurf’s potions (you know The Smurfs right?) but the (mis)perception did certainly not stop the down-to-earth experts at Arthur D. Little from exploring the possibility further via the recent “Breakthrough Innovation Survey” developed by Anders Johansson, Rick Eagar and Fredrik Härenstam.

In as follows are some highlights from the “Systematizing Breakthrough Innovation” report, a copy of which is available for download on the company’s website.

(extra reading tip: I’ve previously covered ADL’s “The Creativity Era – a new paradigm for business”; full-text PDF is right here).

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Topics: Radical Innovation, Research

Your innovation program has a case of Corporate Antibodies. Now what?

Posted by Hutch Carpenter

Apr 13, 2015 7:00:00 AM

This is one of my favorite tweets about crowdsourcing:

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Topics: The Innovation Manager

Outside / Inside Innovation: Combining Open Innovation with Employee Networks to Drive Success

Posted by Anthony Ferrier (CEO - Culturevate)

Mar 30, 2015 7:00:00 AM

While Innovation Programs have been around for some time, in the past 2-3 years there has been growth in two-major areas:

  • “Open” Innovation: A methodology, whereby ideas, inspirations and insights are sourced from outside of an organization.
  • Employee Innovation Networks: An approach that connects, educates and engages key employees around innovation skills, on an ongoing basis.

To date, both of these areas have been important to innovation leaders but in distinct and parallel ways. While this separation has made sense, it is now important for innovation leadership to consider how these focus areas can be better aligned to enhance business results. This should be considered within the context of interrelated, complex organization structures and the drive to enhance impact in an efficient manner.

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Topics: Open Innovation, Best Practice

5 ways in which your physical work-environment can improve innovation

Posted by Jaspar Roos

Mar 30, 2015 7:00:00 AM

Imagine yourself in a beautiful office space. Yes, this might need some reframing, but nevertheless. Try it. A space you would be proud to show to your friends. The one that engages you, inspires you to outburst in creative performance. If you want to meet up with colleagues, you can use the fun room,  if you want to tinker, you can write on the walls or just grab some fruits that gets you back on energy again. You may think this land of honey and milk is only possible at the tech behemoths of these times, the Facebooks and Googles. Well, we want to challenge you to think differently. With your facility management and leadership team it is possible too and we will show you just how to. So just close your eyes for 10 seconds and imagine what it would be like…

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Topics: Innovation Culture, Employee Engagement

The Innovation Flywheel

Posted by Tim Woods

Mar 27, 2015 5:49:00 PM

Innovation is not a quick win, and if you've read Jim Collins, you know what’s coming. Innovation is a discipline that is hard to establish across large organizations, because many stubborn obstacles stand in the way - many of those obstacles simply don’t exist at small startups, which is why they can pounce on new ideas with tremendous pace and energy.

Pushing a flywheel is hard - the first turn feels like an impossibility. But slowly, turn after turn, momentum gathers, and the wheel starts to store up rotational energy. Eventually the wheel is spinning so hard through it’s own momentum, that it’s resistant to changes in rotational speed. Getting from that first push, to watching the machine run on its own energy, is exactly what we see when large organizations try to embed a culture and discipline of innovation.

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Topics: The Innovation Manager, Change Management

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