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Stefan Lindegaard

I am a Copenhagen-based author, speaker and strategic advisor who focuses on the topics of open innovation, innovation management / culture and the people side of innovation (the mindset and skills you need for innovation today). I believe innovation requires an open and global perspective and I have given talks and worked with companies in the U.S., Europe, Asia, Africa and South America.
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Recent Posts

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: Strategy & Alignment

Innovation in the Boardroom

Posted by Stefan Lindegaard on Mar 30, 2016 9:56:08 AM

How much focus should innovation efforts and capabilities have in the boardroom? I have been thinking about this after two recent interactions. First, I stumbled over this short intro in a press-release. 

“Three quarters (74%) of employees say their company does not have a strategy, process, and tools in place to encourage the sharing of ideas. As a result, one third of suggestions which could improve business ROI never even make it to the boardroom.”

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Topics: Ideation & Collaboration

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: Governance

Let’s Stop Talking About Innovation Culture and Just Execute

Posted by Stefan Lindegaard on May 26, 2015 7:00:00 AM

When I work and interact with large companies on innovation, one of the most discussed topics is how to develop a stronger innovation culture.

It is hard to define exactly what an innovation culture looks like, just as it is difficult to provide a single definition of innovation. I believe that it is very much up to each individual company to create a common language and understanding of these terms that fit the unique situation of the company.

In the context of this post, I assume that you have an overview of the key elements (such as an agile, adaptive workforce) and benefits (i.e., bring better products and services to market faster than your competitors) related to an innovation culture.

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Topics: People & Culture

The Key Insights Corporate Innovators Miss on the Execution of Innovation

Posted by Stefan Lindegaard on May 22, 2015 6:22:29 PM

As I have been working with HYPE Innovation on a series of sessions in which we looked into the difficult part of executing innovation, I have observed five major insights on this increasingly important topic of how to produce better outcomes from innovation ideas and projects.

1. The front end of innovation is the easy part. If you work with innovation management and execution in a large company and you feel you have difficulties getting enough ideas – even the right ideas – it is because you are not doing your job well enough. Ideas are in abundance inside your organization if you set up the right structures and processes for harnessing the input of employees. If you also go outside of your organization, one of the key challenges will be to manage the overload of input that you will get.

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Topics: Governance

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