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Understanding your Innovation Culture – A Case-Study from Swisslog

Posted by Colin Nelson on Feb 22, 2016 6:00:00 AM
How do your company’s employees react when asked to participate in enterprise collaborative innovation?
 
  • Do employees cheer enthusiastically, as they are finally able to get involved?
  • Perhaps there’s a degree of cynicism having seen corporate initiatives fail in the past?
  • Do employees understand what you’re trying to do?

It can be hard to understand whether you have an ‘innovation culture’ and to what extent that’s propagated the organization, however, running idea campaigns helps to develop a clearer picture.

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Topics: People & Culture

Why You Shouldn't Call It Innovation

Posted by Tim Woods on Sep 21, 2015 6:00:00 AM

In 1860 Swiss historian Jakob Burckhardt released his book The Civilization of the Renaissance in Italy. Up until that point the term ‘Renaissance’ was not widely used as the label for what we now think of as the period approximately between 1480 and 1520, where cultural, artistic and scientific creativity flourished. Burckhardt was the one who fixed the notion of the Renaissance into the common lexicon, and helped us to describe this seemingly unique period in history.

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Topics: People & Culture

Vulnerability is the birthplace of innovation 

Posted by Lauren Salisbury on Sep 17, 2015 6:00:00 AM

During my life both professionally and personally when I have completed a project, people would often make comments like ‘wow I don’t know how you did that ’or‘ how you made that happen’.  The trouble was, I didn’t see anything special in what I was doing. Yes, I had a set of skills that made the logistics and execution much easier, but many people have far more formidable skills sets than me. 

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Topics: People & Culture

Play vs. work mode

Posted by Jaspar Roos on Aug 5, 2015 1:23:00 PM

The other day I was playing a board game with my kids and I honestly can say I had the time of my life. Later, I did some self-reflection that resulted in what I wouldn’t call a groundbreaking realization, but it definitely shook my understanding of how I want my life to be. Here it is – I am so much more creative and inspired when I am not at work! Ha! – told you, not earth shattering. But that also made me question myself – how come there is a difference between my work and play self, and more importantly – why should there be any?

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Topics: People & Culture

Does Your Organization Have An Innovation Mentality?

Posted by Ian Ure on Jul 7, 2015 5:44:00 PM

“If you can dream it, you can do it.”

If there were a top ten of quotes that capture the essence of what innovation is about – the human spirit pushing boundaries - this would definitely feature as one of my favorites. It captures the mentality – the shared attitude, mind-set, way of working, and way of thinking – that unites people in innovative organizations.

When I explore the quote during workshop discussions, the general consensus is that it fires up the imagination, conjuring vivid images of intrepid explorers and innovators from the past. Quite a few people who aren’t familiar with the quote assume it came from Steve Jobs, the former Apple CEO.

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Topics: People & Culture

When Change is a Must - Put People and Context First

Posted by Paul Hobcraft on Jun 9, 2015 10:46:14 PM

Anyone who has felt the ‘full force of the wind’ will know the feeling of how hard it is to keep on your feet, to stay determined to stay upright and true, to hold the course, whatever happens.

When you feel the force of change running through the organization, you tend to have that same sensation, to resist the force with all your energy. It is often really hard to let go, the environment was something you had become used to, you accepted and become resigned to its weaknesses and constantly exploited its possibilities or even possibly the other way round.

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Topics: People & Culture

Every cloud has a silver f*-up lining

Posted by Jaspar Roos on Jun 9, 2015 7:16:42 PM

Human society has always been talking about success and will continue to do so. It is our goal, purpose, aspiration and our drug. We like hearing about it, too – we empathize with success stories and feel inspired by them (and maybe a bit jealous at times). And when we read about this year’s 30 under 30, achieving success doesn’t seem so far away. In reality, though, it is tricky and requires hard work. Only a few companies make it and even fewer (the ones we actually hear about) become the next Uber or AirBnB.

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Topics: People & Culture

The Super-Power of Smiling

Posted by Jaspar Roos on Jun 2, 2015 12:07:17 PM

When was the last time that you smiled at someone – a friend at the gym, a colleague at work or even a complete stranger in the supermarket? When was the last time you smiled to your colleagues or even to your manager? And knowing that, how often do you smile in a day? As kids we tend to smile more. Studies show that children smile around 400 times a day. This number is more than impressive compared to the (sad) 20 smiles grown-ups give to the world per day.

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Let’s Stop Talking About Innovation Culture and Just Execute

Posted by Stefan Lindegaard on May 26, 2015 7:00:00 AM

When I work and interact with large companies on innovation, one of the most discussed topics is how to develop a stronger innovation culture.

It is hard to define exactly what an innovation culture looks like, just as it is difficult to provide a single definition of innovation. I believe that it is very much up to each individual company to create a common language and understanding of these terms that fit the unique situation of the company.

In the context of this post, I assume that you have an overview of the key elements (such as an agile, adaptive workforce) and benefits (i.e., bring better products and services to market faster than your competitors) related to an innovation culture.

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Topics: People & Culture

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: People & Culture

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