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Our 10 most popular articles from 2016 - with summary

Posted by Tim Woods on Jan 3, 2017 9:50:09 PM

Over the past year we've tried to offer valuable content for innovation managers, and not to spam you with more innovation waffle (there's enough of that out there). I hope we did a decent job in that regard?

But among the daily bombardment of things to read, you might have missed some posts, so here's a shortcut to the most popular 10 from 2016, and since we're all so short of time, each has a quick summary to help you decide if it's worth your time reading.

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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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On superbosses, mentoring and other prerequisites for innovation

Posted by Oana-Maria Pop on Oct 14, 2016 11:57:10 AM

“The delicate balance of mentoring someone is not creating them in your own image, but giving them the opportunity to create themselves” I didn’t say that, Steven Spielberg did. And I could not agree more.

The benefits of professional (formal) and non-professional (informal) mentoring for innovation are obvious and we see great examples all over the world. In Budapest, for instance, an organization called Design Terminal is coaching entrepreneurs to create brilliant solutions such as fire hydrants that double as drinking fountains, foldable furniture and software for automated video recruiting. Similarly, the World Bank’s infoDev initiative supports inclusive growth by helping innovative technology ventures reach maturity. Senegalese jams, growing crops without soil or the mpayer were all by-products of powerful mentoring relationships in this context.

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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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Three lessons from “Grit” to make you a better innovator

Posted by Oana-Maria Pop on Aug 3, 2016 12:58:03 PM

Love it or hate it, innovation advice is everywhere.

In places where you expect to find it – like Guy Gawasaki’s 5 innovation tips on American Expresses’ Open Forum. Or places you don’t – like a story about the most structurally innovative pile of dirty dishes by The Onion or a very innovative edition of the Cartoon Lounge and an Innovators Issue by the New Yorker.

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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: Radical Innovation, The Innovation Manager

Absorptive Capabilities for innovation: What Really Matters

Posted by Oana-Maria Pop on Jul 29, 2016 11:59:53 AM

ca·pa·bil·i·ty \ˌkā-pə-ˈbi-lə-tē\ - the quality or state of being capable (an ability); a feature or faculty capable of development (a potential); or the facility for an indicated use. Capability to outsmart (or outspend) the competition; capability to put the Business Model Canvas to some good use; capability for new product or service development – like making a Ghostbot, a bot that “uses artificial intelligence to help daters gracefully exit undesirable situations, without having to deal with it themselves”.

Useful or otherwise, capabilities are something we talk a lot about when it comes to managing innovation. After all, wouldn’t it be nice if innovation success came with a formula? (Abode has one by the way!) A formula to make it repeatable?

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Experimenting with change before it happens

Posted by Oana-Maria Pop on Mar 30, 2016 4:59:06 PM

The value of experiments for innovation is a topic we’ve previously covered here on the blog, and for good reason: if done well, experiments can help avoid some costly new product, service, process, and even business model mistakes. We’ve also written extensively about change, because managing innovation is nothing more than managing transitions and transformations of all parties involved: customers, suppliers, internal stakeholders and even competition. As Microsoft likes to put it “[our] IT stands for Innovation and Transformation”.

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Why Big Data Matters in Innovation Management

Posted by Maria Wenning on Dec 30, 2015 2:51:19 PM

What does it take to sustain innovation in your organization? Ideally, you could devote time, money, and resources to a think tank that had nothing to do but produce a steady stream of promising innovations all day every day. But that isn't realistic for the majority of organizations that do not have the name Google or GE on a sign out front. Everyone else needs some assistance to achieve and maintain a state of regular and consistent innovation. Many forward-thinking businesses are finding that big data holds many of the answers to driving innovation. Here's why.

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Looking Back, Moving Forward in Your Innovation Understanding

Posted by Paul Hobcraft on Dec 3, 2015 6:00:00 AM

As we come closer to the year-end it's good to look back, make some dedicated time to take ‘stock’, in this case, on innovation’s progress.

We decided to help you. In 2015 we have seen a significant surge in innovation reports, many of these coming from large consulting firms or innovation publishers. Each has been providing an updated view on where innovation presently 'sit’s, its challenges and the needs to be addressed going forward.

On behalf of HYPE I suggested there should be an attempt to pick out some of the interesting points within these reports, I was promptly given the challenge.

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Topics: Research, The Innovation Manager

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