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Collaboration overload: when the outcome of your innovation effort is less than the sum of its parts

Posted by Oana-Maria Pop on Sep 14, 2015 6:00:00 AM

Here is an outlandish but probably familiar thought: We employ too many mechanisms to move ideas forward and far too few to grow promising ones “back”.

The root cause of this imbalance is leaders’ intolerance to risk accessorised with a “practical” collaboration protocol inside the company or, more recently, tailor-made software to do the housekeeping. As a result – intended or otherwise – the IT tool or habit (or both) work swiftly and uninterruptedly to place a disproportionate amount of emphasis on indexing, analysing, and transforming tried & tested (sometimes out-dated) ideas into something which is, at its best, only faintly useful to the company. While burning out a few key members of staff too.

Although this process can vary in length from a few weeks to months or even years (depending on the length of the innovation project in question), the conclusion is always the same:

Too much collaboration and most of it for all the wrong reasons.

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Topics: Research, Collaboration

Designing an Innovation Management Event – Part 2: Practice makes perfect or at least progress

Posted by Oana-Maria Pop on Aug 5, 2015 6:46:00 PM

In the previous post we looked at laying the groundwork for an innovation event for your organization or local community. The building blocks included establishing the purpose of the event, picking appropriate topics, and assembling an event team to make it happen. Taking it one step further in the process, the current post will look at designing a simple and effective communications session with topical presentations and/or workshop, approaching participants and managing the follow-up. “Practice makes perfect” here alludes to both securing the practicality of the event as well as allowing yourself to adapt on the go. As the event approaches you will likely receive more inspiration.

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Topics: Collaboration, The Innovative Workplace, Innovation Strategy

Designing an Innovation Management Event – Part 1: Laying the Groundwork to Engage Your Community

Posted by Oana-Maria Pop on Aug 5, 2015 6:41:00 PM

Summer is not only an ideal time to catch up on some reading (maybe you remember Tim’s list from March), but also a perfect time to catch up on some skills. Collaborative innovation skills to be precise. Because, as I hope you realise by now, the terms “innovation” and “collaboration” are not mutually exclusive. In the spirit of such practical initiatives, which are not only trending but also good karma for your organization – i.e. (open) innovation activities are associated with reduced research costs, risk spreading and bringing ideas to market more quickly – I would like to share with you a few tips on how to design an innovation event (day) for your small and medium-sized organization or your business community/ circle including clients, suppliers, universities and even policy-makers.

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Topics: Innovation Culture, Collaboration, Innovation Strategy

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

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

Can social media teach us about collaboration?

Posted by Jaspar Roos on Mar 24, 2015 6:18:03 PM

Social media is such a great tool. Don’t you agree? Only a few decades ago people were supposed to wait for days (best case scenario) in order to get in touch with someone. And nowadays, every person you desire to get in contact with is pretty much a fingertip away!

Indeed, social media has brought us closer together with friends and family, and also as humans. It fosters dialogues and enables us to build relationships, learn from each other and sets the stage for networking and creating new connections.

It’s safe to say that social media helps us collaborate, too. Collaboration has always been an important element in driving [human] progress. Throughout history breakthrough ideas have become reality not only because of the bright, innovative minds of impactful scientists and entrepreneurs, but also because of the enthusiastic, skilled and hard-working people that collaborated to bring those concepts to life. It is about creating the right context and pulling in smart people. It sounds a lot like what social media platforms do, right?

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Topics: Social Business, Collaboration

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