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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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How to Incorporate Academic Research into Your Innovation Thinking

Posted by Oana-Maria Pop on Oct 28, 2015 5:26:14 PM

A few weeks back I was sharing with you the highlights of HYPE’s recent Forum in London, an event that brought innovation managers’ hopes and fears into the spotlight, and encouraged idea campaign/ innovation project issues to be openly discussed. I took a lot of notes that day and as I was leafing through them over Sunday coffee cake, I remembered a great conversation about the main sources of external knowledge used by heads of innovation practice in their day-to-day work.

To get inspired, the London event’s attendees were happily browsing the contents of this very blog in addition to whatever caught their eye in The Economist, New York Times, Wall Street Journal, HBR, Fast Company, Inc. Magazine, Wired, The Verge, expert blogs or even LinkedIn. At this point I really had to ask: What about academic knowledge? (= that amorphous body of indecipherable knowledge resulting from collective, ultra-rigorous academic inquiry). How much scholarly content goes into your mix? The answer: “Practically none”.

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Uncovering the Hopes and Fears of the Innovation Manager

Posted by Oana-Maria Pop on Oct 16, 2015 12:30:00 PM

I have just returned from the most recent HYPE Regional Innovation Managers Forum hosted by Fujitsu Services in the beautiful City of London and my head is still abuzz with what I’ve seen & heard.

In addition to learning that Queen Elizabeth II is now the UK's longest reigning monarch, the true highlight of my day was watching the corporate innovation professionals in the room let their guards down, open up the discussion and share their most dreaded obstacles in the pursuit of effective idea campaigns.

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6 Steps To Pitching Your Startup

Posted by Jaspar Roos on Oct 15, 2015 6:00:00 AM

Pitching is a very essential skill that to a great extent determines the success of an entrepreneur. Reality is such that you might have the best business idea, but if you don’t manage to sell it (right), it will remain to be just an idea. Why so? Because pitching is a skill that not everybody has, but everyone can master.

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Turning Uncertainty into Knowledge

Posted by Lauren Salisbury on Oct 13, 2015 6:00:00 AM

Whenever we try to create anything, whether it be a new business innovation, or we simply bake a cake, we always need to select an approach in achieving this.  Unlike a cake which has a recipe, set of ingredients with a mostly predictable outcome, creating a new product, service or business model comes with many layers of uncertainty and an outcome that is not only unclear but also subject to change.  So what is the best approach to manage the uncertainty?

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Inbound Innovation Management

Posted by Michel Meisterjahn on Sep 30, 2015 11:52:00 AM

We hear from many innovation professionals that they struggle with their program, often, because the company does not really adopt it. The employees won't share ideas, middle managers are consumed by meeting the quarterly goals, top management sees innovation management as a nice-to-have.

I believe that marketing can help here.

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Self-fulfilling Prophecies and Innovation Success

Posted by Oana-Maria Pop on Aug 21, 2015 1:35:00 AM

Having organised a number of innovation management events for practitioners this summer it has (re)occurred to me just how strongly success ties into the psychology of winning. The idea is pretty simple: Do some creative thinking, ideally with a customers’ job(s)-to-be-done in mind, design the long red carpet of success, sew it flawlessly, roll it out enthusiastically, and start walking into the pleasant but eventually rewarding unknown. It takes a considerable dose of (ir)rationality but that is how self-fulfilling prophecies work. So in today’s post, I’d like to share with you a few notes about where these attitudes towards success come from, research-wise, and how they unfold in practice – beware, I have self-collected data!

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Deeper reading or quick summary- often we don’t have the time?

Posted by Paul Hobcraft on Aug 19, 2015 12:59:00 AM

I recently wrote a post “Delving into a complex world- finding research to help you learn and adapt”. On reflection I should have replaced the word “research” with “time”……to help you learn and adapt.

Finding time is a real struggle and going that extra mile to read thought leadership views can be a step to far, I know but I can’t help myself, it is part of my job and certainly for me, many are really worth it.

In that post I was recommending Deloitte and their thought leadership as a good place to visit. Now I’m not sure how many of you actually did and it was suggested by “the man” in charge of this blog to pick out a few and make a post summary of these as ones that might be useful, so I’ve chosen two that challenge and break ground.

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Designing an Innovation Management Event – Part 2: Practice makes perfect or at least progress

Posted by Oana-Maria Pop on Aug 5, 2015 6:46:00 PM

In the previous post we looked at laying the groundwork for an innovation event for your organization or local community. The building blocks included establishing the purpose of the event, picking appropriate topics, and assembling an event team to make it happen. Taking it one step further in the process, the current post will look at designing a simple and effective communications session with topical presentations and/or workshop, approaching participants and managing the follow-up. “Practice makes perfect” here alludes to both securing the practicality of the event as well as allowing yourself to adapt on the go. As the event approaches you will likely receive more inspiration.

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Designing an Innovation Management Event – Part 1: Laying the Groundwork to Engage Your Community

Posted by Oana-Maria Pop on Aug 5, 2015 6:41:00 PM

Summer is not only an ideal time to catch up on some reading (maybe you remember Tim’s list from March), but also a perfect time to catch up on some skills. Collaborative innovation skills to be precise. Because, as I hope you realise by now, the terms “innovation” and “collaboration” are not mutually exclusive. In the spirit of such practical initiatives, which are not only trending but also good karma for your organization – i.e. (open) innovation activities are associated with reduced research costs, risk spreading and bringing ideas to market more quickly – I would like to share with you a few tips on how to design an innovation event (day) for your small and medium-sized organization or your business community/ circle including clients, suppliers, universities and even policy-makers.

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