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John Bessant

What You Need to Know Before Creating an Innovation Culture
The Innovation Manager

What You Need to Know Before Creating an Innovation Culture

Raise your hand if you don't want an innovation culture in your organization.

Innovation and the Goalkeeper’s Fear of the Penalty
The Innovation Manager

Innovation and the Goalkeeper’s Fear of the Penalty

Some football-related thoughts as the world turns its attention to the 2018 FIFA World Cup over the next few weeks. Ther...

The Power of Problem Exploration
The Innovation Manager

The Power of Problem Exploration

"‘Houston, we’ve had a problem here." John Swigert’s famous words, delivered in a voice as calm and clear as the mountai...

How the 'Not Invented Here' Syndrome Impacts Innovation Success
People & Culture

How the 'Not Invented Here' Syndrome Impacts Innovation Success

Getting past the 'corporate immune system' Imagine the scene. A warm summer’s day. The tree-lined slopes of gentle hills...

How to Use Crowdsourcing for Humanitarian Efforts
Ideation & Collaboration

How to Use Crowdsourcing for Humanitarian Efforts

That old saying - "many hands make light work" - takes on a particular meaning in the world of innovation. Faced with op...

How 3 Companies Sustained Innovation Success
Strategy & Alignment

How 3 Companies Sustained Innovation Success

  Next time you switch on your TV or computer display, spare a thought for the company who probably produced the liquid ...

How Continuous Improvement is Dependent on the Details
The Innovation Manager

How Continuous Improvement is Dependent on the Details

 The Tour de France is a gruelling race, clawing your way up mountains, pounding along mile after mile of roads – and al...

Flirting with ideas
Ideation & Collaboration

Flirting with ideas

Vienna. 1926 and Slawa Duldig was looking forward to a pleasant Sunday walk in the gardens of the Kunst Historisches Mus...

Why Incremental Innovation Isn't Enough
People & Culture

Why Incremental Innovation Isn't Enough

Innovation is easy. Or rather, certain kinds of innovation are. Faced with the challenge of improving a product or servi...

What is Free Innovation?
Trends & Future Thinking

What is Free Innovation?

Kittihawk, 1903.  Wilbur and Orville Wright, up at an insanely early 5am, listening to the wind singing in the wires of ...

Platform Thinking: Reusing Hard-Won Knowledge
Strategy & Alignment

Platform Thinking: Reusing Hard-Won Knowledge

 Watch any group of kids playing with Lego and you’ll quickly get the idea behind platform thinking. A small number of s...

The Power of User-Led Innovations
Ideation & Collaboration

The Power of User-Led Innovations

Babies are wonderful, a constant source of fascination as you share their discovery of a rich new world and see things a...