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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

The Collaborative Innovation Canvas: A Visual Strategy

Posted by Tim Woods on Jul 8, 2015 7:00:00 AM

When talking with innovation managers, a question which provides some interesting responses is: ‘if you could start all over again tomorrow, what would you do differently?’. One of the most frequent responses I hear is that they would simplify things, make everything more straightforward. In the beginning they focused too much on aspects which didn't really count towards the success of their program, and in fact they often got in the way of progress.

Let’s be honest - too many companies start out with collaborative innovation programs thinking about the complexities of what they might need: gamification features; rewards and incentive schemes; community analysis visualizations; little tweaks to the software; complex reviewing methods; and so on.

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Topics: Collaboration, Innovation Strategy

Does Your Organization Have An Innovation Mentality?

Posted by Ian Ure on Jul 7, 2015 5:44:00 PM

“If you can dream it, you can do it.”

If there were a top ten of quotes that capture the essence of what innovation is about – the human spirit pushing boundaries - this would definitely feature as one of my favorites. It captures the mentality – the shared attitude, mind-set, way of working, and way of thinking – that unites people in innovative organizations.

When I explore the quote during workshop discussions, the general consensus is that it fires up the imagination, conjuring vivid images of intrepid explorers and innovators from the past. Quite a few people who aren’t familiar with the quote assume it came from Steve Jobs, the former Apple CEO.

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Topics: Change Management, Innovation Strategy

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

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