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Inbound Innovation Management

Posted by Michel Meisterjahn on Sep 30, 2015 11:52:00 AM

We hear from many innovation professionals that they struggle with their program, often, because the company does not really adopt it. The employees won't share ideas, middle managers are consumed by meeting the quarterly goals, top management sees innovation management as a nice-to-have.

I believe that marketing can help here.

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Topics: Innovation Culture, Employee Engagement

Intrapreneurs, Catalysts, Champions, etc: The Changing Needs Within Innovation Development

Posted by Anthony Ferrier (CEO - Culturevate) on May 7, 2015 10:45:09 AM

In my latest articles I have focused on the changing perceptions of Intrapreneurs within corporate organizations. My first article focused on the frameworks used to define intrapreneurial activities and the second article reviewed the specific actions that can be used to engage and drive results from Intrapreneurs within a corporate context.

But a question is, why is this kind of activity suddenly such an area of focus?

I have been attending innovation-focused conferences for some time now. However, within the last 12 months or so I have seen an increased level of frustration around the direction and results that corporate innovation development programs are achieving. Now keep in mind, I am seeing that from the perspective of the innovation program leadership, which I know is being amplified at the Corporate and Business Unit leadership levels. Essentially this frustration is a result of a few things:

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Topics: Employee Engagement, Intrapreneurship

Activities To Support Your Employee Intrapreneurs

Posted by Anthony Ferrier (CEO - Culturevate) on May 6, 2015 7:00:00 AM

In my most recent article I talked about some different models and approaches that large organizations are taking to support intrapreneurs.

As I had outlined, there are a variety of flavors and styles of intrapreneur design and management for organizations to consider, but they generally share a consistent set of benefits, including:

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Topics: Employee Engagement, Intrapreneurship

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

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

Posted by Jaspar Roos on 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 Chemistry of Enthusiasm – make your employees your most valuable asset

Posted by Jaspar Roos on Mar 27, 2015 5:14:35 PM

When HCL Technologies CEO Vineet Nayar implemented the mantra “Employees First, Customers Second”, many frowned upon this strange move. Why in heaven’s name, would you do this? Mr Nayar proved them wrong, becoming one of the prime examples of a successful technology company in recent days. Next, he can be seen as a genius for putting his most valuable asset first.

The role of the customer has changed a lot in the last decade. Until a few years ago, businesses considered the key to success to be the quality of the product they sell including the provision of the best customer service. Currently, the emphasis has shifted to customer experience as the strongest attractor and retainer of customers. As Salesforce puts it, “Welcome to the web of the customer”.

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Topics: Innovation Culture, Employee Engagement

20% rules, the art business…and startups: a big idea for 2015

Posted by Jaspar Roos on Dec 30, 2014 4:20:00 PM

This article will change your innovation management vision for sure. At least for 20%.

Every now and then, I attend a management conference. Usually what I hear is the following: The current environment is characterized by rapid technological change, shortening product life cycles and globalizing. All organizations need to adapt to this dynamic environment and be more creative and innovative to survive, compete, grow and lead. To beat the new entrants, aka the startups, innovation is the key! Then startups enter stage. Wow, is the general word I hear from the audience, when the startup guy, usually in jeans and beard, explains his success story.

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Topics: Innovation Culture, Creativity, Employee Engagement

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