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10 Lessons on Innovation from the Research Kitchen of the Famous elBulli Restaurant

Posted by Oana-Maria Pop on Jan 24, 2017 12:48:18 PM

Let’s see here: absorptive capacity, superbosses, leadership paradoxes, coping strategies, ecosystems, new school crowdsourcing, lessons from “Grit”, Henry Chesbrough’s work. To me, 2016 was all about sound advice, the search for meaning, and giving you inspiration for your innovation management work. To do this I’ve dug through academic articles, followed webinars, sat in conferences, eavesdropped on experts, summarized reports and skimmed though some great books. Oh, and I’ve done some research of my own too, which I’ll be happy to share in a report later on.

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Topics: Ideation & Collaboration

Unfuzzying the Front End of Innovation. An interview with Liberty Global's Spark Team

Posted by Tim Woods on Jan 17, 2017 4:27:20 PM

Roel de Vries and Sarah Kelly are the innovation managers for Liberty Global’s innovation program, Spark. In May 2017, they’ll be presenting at the HYPE Innovation Managers Forum in Bonn. In the following interview we asked them to provide a heads-up on their session, and some of the key talking points.

Your talk is about unfuzzying the front end of innovation, how did you arrive on that subject?

We’ve noticed that there is still a large misconception about what innovation really is, and in particular for us, what an innovation program is, and is not. Employees tend to think they can just submit an idea, and people will rally around that idea and then see it implemented.

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Topics: Ideation & Collaboration

The Power of User-Led Innovations

Posted by John Bessant on Jan 10, 2017 7:31:00 AM

Babies are wonderful, a constant source of fascination as you share their discovery of a rich new world and see things afresh through their wide bright eyes.  But they also have side effects, some of which can bring you back to earth with a bump!  Dealing with nappy changing is a good example – a chore for most of us, but for a few people also an unlikely source of inspiration for innovation.

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Topics: Ideation & Collaboration

The 3 Types of Promoters Needed to Support Your Innovation Process

Posted by Oana-Maria Pop on Jan 3, 2017 10:39:37 AM

There is a lot of talk nowadays about closing the so-called innovation “gap” or the difference between what leaders say they want in terms of a new product, service, process, or business model innovation and what their organizations actually deliver. 

Organizations can, and often do, fail to meet their innovation goals for a number of reasons and, depending on where you get your daily fix of leadership articles, these reasons will vary.

Some studies, for example, talk about the absence of a well-articulated innovation strategy or the failure to understand the external environment. Others blame failing to set expectations right and “issues” with decision-making – yes, according to McKinsey, as many as 65% of senior executives are only "somewhat," "a little," or "not at all" confident about their innovation decisions.

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Topics: Ideation & Collaboration

Creating Meaningful Organizations - Learnings from the 2016 Academy of Management Meeting

Posted by Oana-Maria Pop on Sep 28, 2016 9:37:29 PM

Making organizations meaningful. Noble pursuit and this year’s theme at the Academy of Management’s 76th Annual Meeting (AOM) where close to 10,000 students, scholars, and professionals in the management and organization space gathered to discuss companies’ raison d’être.

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Topics: Ideation & Collaboration

Get Out of the Building and Go Cross-Industry to Seek Radical Ideas

Posted by Paul Hobcraft on Aug 3, 2016 12:56:20 PM

We all value those times when we can step away from our desk, from the computer or phone and step outside. Some do this because of a necessity of toping up the nicotine levels, others just simply to step away and freshen up.

Another reason to get out of the office, is when it comes to thinking differently within business Steve Blank has a rallying cry of “get out of the building” as part of the Customer Development Manifesto, to turn the hypothesis into real customer needs through gathering hard customer data.

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Topics: Ideation & Collaboration

3 ways to leverage your innovation ecosystem better

Posted by Oana-Maria Pop on Jun 22, 2016 11:17:41 AM

Co-development partnerships

Broad business networks

Independent networked organizations

Meta organizations

Collaborative arrangements

Temporary networks of innovation

Global networks of partners…

… Whatever you prefer to call them, innovation ecosystems are a core element in the growth of any organization. The reason is simple: having a diverse “entourage” of past, present, and future open innovation partners with whom to share risks and ideologies as well as reduce new product or service development costs represents the perfect context for value networks to emerge and for entrepreneurship to flourish. Companies and consortia to the likes of Salesforce (client relationship management systems), IMEC (Nano electronics), Korean Air (air travel) or P.R.O.F. (healthcare) are prime examples of how ecosystems can and should be used to create value no single organization can create on its own.

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Topics: Ideation & Collaboration

Crowdsourcing needs dedicated focus to yield great results

Posted by Paul Hobcraft on Mar 30, 2016 3:40:14 PM

The goal is to move the crowd towards a new direction in our collective thinking to solve a problem.

Whatever you call crowdsourcing and there are many suggestions, the fact is that many communities are coming together, happening on-line, forming around challenges, ideas, projects, non-profits, people and important social and business issues. They are truly organic, feeding off all the contributions

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Topics: Ideation & Collaboration

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

Evaluating Crowdsourcing - has it a bright future?

Posted by Paul Hobcraft on Mar 16, 2016 11:32:04 AM

Crowdsourcing has been interesting to me intellectually for some time, it seems to have the ability to help solve vexing questions, real challenges, and connecting different voices, into a community that can open up the fields of opportunity for new solutions.  It does have both the potential to point towards disrupting possibilities, extends the concept of open innovation into a wider source of participation from a diverse community not possible to reach by other means as effectively. It can simply connect a ‘crowd’ of people into a common purpose. All in all, if applied carefully it can provide you a leading edge of innovation knowledge and insight.

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Topics: Ideation & Collaboration

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