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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

The Innovator’s Dilemma: Narrow Theory, Widely Applied

Posted by Tim Woods on Jan 31, 2016 10:05:19 AM

It’s been nearly twenty years since the publication of The Innovator’s Dilemma, the go-to book for the disruptive generation. The Economist named it as one of the six most important business books of all time. However, the term ‘disruptive innovation’ has been hijacked and used in all sorts of ways which certainly do not fit the original theory put out by Christensen. It’s worth looking again at what the theory actually entails, particularly for those that haven't read the original work; then look at some criticisms and whether the term 'disruptive innovation' should remain inherently linked to Christensen’s original idea.

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Topics: Methods & Frameworks

The integrated innovation framework

Posted by Paul Hobcraft on Jan 25, 2016 5:00:00 AM

We cannot get away from the reality that in most of our organizations we have a disconnect going on around innovation. Research shows a lack of engagement in non-managers, claiming that 7 out of 10 of employees are not understanding how they can make a worthwhile contribution. The cynicism around innovation has turned it into nothing more than a buzzword for many. Even at the top there is a growing gap of translating and aligning innovation that many of the middle to senior managers struggle with articulating where innovation and strategy fit within the wider corporate goals. Innovation lacks a clear identifying mechanism for all to ‘pull towards’.

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Topics: Methods & Frameworks

The 10 Methods of The Lean Startup

Posted by Tim Woods on Jan 5, 2016 10:56:27 AM
“Startup success can be engineered by following the right process, which means it can be learned, which means it can be taught.”

The Lean Startup was published in 2011, yet its impact has been enormous. Companies are still getting to grips with the ideas set out in the book, most of which were not new in the first place. The value of those ideas and methods are perhaps even more valuable to large established organizations than to the startups which bear the books name. Author Eric Ries even defines a startup broadly as any "human institution designed to create a new product or service under conditions of extreme uncertainty." Let’s take a look at how the methodology helps us to innovate and create value for the customer.

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Topics: Methods & Frameworks

Building a Growth Factory: Making Innovation Repeatable

Posted by Tim Woods on Dec 29, 2015 11:33:28 AM

There are several good case studies out there on how large organizations have implemented a corporate innovation strategy, one of those is Building a Growth Factory, by the team at Innosight. In their short ebook (96 pages), they describe how P&G and Citi discovered concerns over their ability to increase innovation, and did something about it. What then follows are a set of good practices, reminders, and self-assessing questions, which roll-up into a kind of framework / self assessment for creating sustainable innovation.

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Topics: Methods & Frameworks

Using the Ten Types of Innovation Framework

Posted by Tim Woods on Dec 7, 2015 6:00:00 AM

Innovation tends to focus around product performance - new products, new updates, new features. That’s why companies often think of R&D investment as the ingredient for innovation. But there’s plenty of innovation to be had in the areas that surround the product. By looking at successful innovators, we can see that they are adept at finding breakthroughs in these surrounding areas. The Ten Types of Innovation is a methodology that is particularly useful at helping us think more broadly, let’s take a look at how it works.

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Topics: Methods & Frameworks

The Organizational Learning Framework

Posted by Oana-Maria Pop on Nov 2, 2015 6:00:00 AM

Previously, we looked at how to get the most from academic research on innovation. Now that you know a great deal about how all this works, let me walk you through an example.

Let’s imagine you are as diligent a company as GfK and are running a permanent idea campaign on leveraging new idea sources using the HYPE Enterprise software. Your employees spot a number of gaps in your current knowledge landscape and agree that the best way to close those gaps is by bringing in scholarly know-how. For example, your company is keen on learning about learning, Organizational Learning that is, in the context of strategic renewal. What steps should you take?

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Topics: Methods & Frameworks

Sorting Through the Management Tools and Trends

Posted by Paul Hobcraft on Oct 14, 2015 6:00:00 AM

We all are caught up in handling and understanding different management tools. The numbers are accelerating, and if anything it's adding more confusion to the pile we already have. So let’s see if we can help here, step back a little from your favourite tool and look at this just a little more deeply.

How do we pick through all the tools, let alone keep up with all the new ones emerging?

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Topics: Methods & Frameworks

Applying the Four Lenses of Innovation

Posted by Paul Hobcraft on Sep 15, 2015 5:00:00 AM

Rowan Gibson wrote a book called “The Four Lenses of Innovation: A power tool for creating thinking” that came out earlier this year.

This is a book well worth obtaining and working through. Why? Well, it provides an understanding to the thinking patterns that lead innovators to their big ideas. By emulating these thinking patterns Rowan suggests you can really teach people the skills to improve all of our creative abilities for idea generation and imaginative problem-solving.

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Topics: Methods & Frameworks

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