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Effective Co-Creation - A Guide to Open Innovation Programs

Posted by Michel Meisterjahn on Feb 15, 2017 3:05:37 PM

Open Innovation is a challenging task for any company. Yet it yields great opportunities, and in this new world of digital transformation and rapid change in traditional markets, it's an approach CINOs have to consider.

But how do you get started, and what do you have to consider to make it a sustainable part of your transformation strategy?

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Topics: Methods & Frameworks

How Corporates can use the Lean Startup and Business Model Canvas

Posted by Justin Souter on Feb 13, 2017 5:44:53 PM

The Lean Startup is a hot topic for organizations right now, so we asked a practitioner - Justin Souter, of Souter Consulting - to help readers get a handle on the elements of the Lean Startup framework, and provide some lessons from the field. The post is in four sections:

1. Where to begin with Startups and Corporate innovators

2. How to make effective decisions while 'in flight'

3. The Business Model Canvas – simple yet powerful

4. Business Model Innovation and visual business design

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Topics: Methods & Frameworks

How to Get Started Innovating on Customer Experience

Posted by Elena Ozeritskaya on Jan 4, 2017 7:10:00 AM

In recent years, customer experience has emerged as a major differentiator for large companies. In a McKinsey survey of senior executives, 90 percent of respondents confirmed that customer experience is one of the CEO’s top three priorities.

So how to start working and innovating on customer experience? There are so many articles, methods, strategies etc. that it can become a confusing and complex task for you as an innovation manager or customer experience manager to even get started.

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Topics: Methods & Frameworks

Why mapping the customer journey is the top driver for digital transformation

Posted by Paul Hobcraft on Oct 12, 2016 12:41:28 PM

Organizations are struggling to understand the behaviours of the ‘connected’ customer. Partly it seems executives don’t engage with their brand or business in the way that their customers do. The lack of having a well mapped out customer journey means missing out on opportunities caused by not knowing this, restricts the developing of innovation solutions that map back to all the decision-making that is going on in the customers’ minds. This failure to optimize and innovate might be holding your business back.

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Topics: Methods & Frameworks

The 5 Skills of The Innovator

Posted by Tim Woods on May 25, 2016 3:55:50 PM

Are innovator’s born differently? Do they have a special something which eludes the rest of us? Or, can innovative traits be studied, understood, and learned? In a study of 72 ‘known innovators’, and 310 executives, it transpired that the innovators consistently demonstrated 5 key skills more than the regular executives.

Surprisingly, four of the skills are physical ones, and only one is cognitive. Suggesting that you can take specific action yourself to create more chances of creating novel ideas, and that in terms of creativity, nurture rather than nature holds the cards. Discovery skills are what the authors call them, and they've been explained in detail in the book The Innovator's DNA - let’s take a look at each of them.

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Topics: Methods & Frameworks

Best Of The Bonn Forum: John Bessant On Learning The New Innovation Game

Posted by Oana-Maria Pop on Apr 26, 2016 6:33:18 PM

In case you were wondering: the 2016 Innovation Managers Forum in Bonn was a blast! It also broke last year’s attendance record by attracting no fewer than 180 innovation management practitioners from around the globe for 2 days of experience sharing, workshops and networking. A definitive gathering indeed with plenty of take-home ideas – a handful of which I plan to share in upcoming posts.

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Topics: Methods & Frameworks

8 Principles of The Innovator’s Solution

Posted by Tim Woods on Apr 10, 2016 9:37:20 PM

The Innovator’s Dilemma gets more of the headlines, but the follow-up book by Clayton Christensen, The Innovator’s Solution, is a far more useful piece of work. The Innovator’s Solution starts out by describing the ‘dilemma’, and in one chapter removes the need to even read the original work. It then proceeds to offer an array of approaches to handling disruptive innovation in large organizations. In the following post, we’ll look at 8 of the valuable principles Christensen highlights. For a recap of Christensen's disruptive innovation theory, see previous post here.

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Topics: Methods & Frameworks

Brush Up On Your Open Innovation Know-How With The Best Of Henry Chesbrough’s Work

Posted by Oana-Maria Pop on Feb 17, 2016 11:16:28 AM

Nowadays, the Internet is littered (in a good way!) with applications designed to help you brush up on your know-how. Whichbook, for example, uses scales – i.e., “Larger than life - Down to earth”, “Optimistic - Bleak”, to generate your next inspiring Sunday read. Want to get better at producing music or just in need of some Monday Productivity Pointers? Lynda.com (now a LinkedIn Company in case you didn’t notice) can give you a hand with that. There is even a website that tosses a virtual coin for you, so you don’t have to. It’s called Random.org.

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Topics: Methods & Frameworks

Building a compelling business case for an integrated innovation framework

Posted by Paul Hobcraft on Feb 16, 2016 6:00:00 AM

All too often strategy is not influencing the behaviours and outcomes around innovation, it is simply allowing them to be left to chance. Innovation is being ‘pushed down’ the organization for others to interpret and offer their answers. This lack of alignment and top leadership engagement is one of the main causes why many organizations seem to just simply ‘limp’ along in their innovation activity.

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Topics: Methods & Frameworks

Valuing an integrated framework-  introducing the Executive Innovation Work Mat

Posted by Paul Hobcraft on Jan 31, 2016 1:45:27 PM

Innovation stands in service to strategic goals such as growing market share, differentiation and disrupting adjacent markets, serving the consistent changing and demanding customer needs by spotting these and then exploiting them rapidly and effectively.

Creating clear goals and linking/aligning innovation to those more agile strategies is a vital role for CEO’s and senior executives. Senior executives must establish the manner in which innovation fits within the strategic context established by goals, vision and strategies. They cannot abdicate this role. Change is hard, so is innovation.

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Topics: Methods & Frameworks

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