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How Do You Deal With Digital Transformation?

Posted by Michel Meisterjahn on Dec 13, 2016 1:49:10 PM

Are you exploring digital transformation? Even if you're not, your company certainly is. DT is going to hit us all, you can't bail out of this one. The only choice companies have is to either complain about the difficulties and challenges that this historic change will impose on them, or - to embrace the opportunitites! 

Whatever the decision looks like, innovation initiatives are fighting on the forefront of this transformation. Thankfully, innovation managers can rely on plenty of research papers by leading analysts. Paul Hobcraft has worked through 140 reports from the last year or so, picked 14 of the best, and presented a deep dive on their findings.

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Topics: Disruption, Digital Innovation, Change Management, 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

Fueling Your Employees’ Entrepreneurial Spirit: A New Approach to Intrapreneurs and the Value They Create

Posted by Anthony Ferrier (CEO - Culturevate) on May 5, 2015 10:57:00 AM

Cast your mind back to pre-2008 times, when bright and bushy tailed graduates would come out of business school looking for roles in the relevant employers of choice. Generally those organizations were large businesses, providing incentives such as expensive dinners, a career advancement path and generous financial packages.

Well, a lot has changed since then, and one of the benefits generated from the great recession has been the explosion of entrepreneurial activity across all sectors of the economy. This is both a business and societal change, generating amazing wealth and turning successful entrepreneurs into the rock stars of their time. Talk to any business school graduate these days, and what they want is to actively utilize their new found skills to create value, in a supportive, fast moving culture with a broader positive societal impact. The stark reality is that they don’t see large organizations providing those opportunities.

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Topics: Employee Engagement, Change Management, Intrapreneurship

Making an impact on an organization's innovation environment

Posted by Paul Hobcraft on 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

The Innovation Flywheel

Posted by Tim Woods on 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

Let's go deep into the not-invented-here syndrome

Posted by Oana-Maria Pop on Mar 26, 2015 7:00:00 AM

Besides its recurring presence in aspirational (business) magazine story titles, the not-invented-here syndrome (NIH) - a close relative of the “let’s-reinvent-the-wheel” condition as this witty opinion article suggests, and of the classic “inventor myopia” as explained in Chapter 6 of Conquering Innovation Fatigue - also happens to be one of the most cited constructs in knowledge transfer literature.

Is this surprising? Hardly. As more organizations (large and small) struggle to make sense of, and ultimately leverage, the benefits of open innovation (i.e. seeking the delicate balance between “importing” and “exporting” know-how to sustain a competitive edge) the NIH syndrome, or a negative attitude towards knowledge (ideas, technologies) derived from an external source surfaces as a major (psychological) hurdle.

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Topics: Innovation Culture, Change Management

Clarifying the Drivers of Innovation Change

Posted by Paul Hobcraft on Jan 15, 2015 9:00:00 AM

I always show a particular interest in statements claiming to have identified a relevant driver of innovation change, to think through and see if they are as applicable to my own situation. Often they are but the underlying force sometimes needs to be seen differently to incorporate this ‘driver’ into your innovation activities and thinking.

I try to constantly work around nine drivers of innovation change.

I periodically work through each of these and see if anything has changed or the fact I am focusing on this specific driver I can see a different angle or opportunity.

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Topics: Business Transformation, Change Management

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