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

How the 'Not Invented Here' Effect Impacts Innovation Success

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

Indispensable Employee Attributes for Successful Innovation in Your Business
People & Culture

Indispensable Employee Attributes for Successful Innovation in Your Business

We all know that old, wooden idea suggestion box that was flamboyantly presented during the Q1 openings but ended up tuc...

Can you really engineer an open culture?
People & Culture

Can you really engineer an open culture?

The idea that an open culture can be engineered or that cultural change can be outsourced is tempting. So tempting, in f...

Open Innovation: Tackling Mood, Conflict and Knowledge Boundaries
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Open Innovation: Tackling Mood, Conflict and Knowledge Boundaries

While artists – bloggers included – do not typically disclose where they get their inspiration from, I will share this o...

The Complex and the Chaotic: Going Beyond Incremental Innovation
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The Complex and the Chaotic: Going Beyond Incremental Innovation

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

Why Diversity Matters in Innovation Management
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Why Diversity Matters in Innovation Management

"Oh, I've never thought about it that way!" Have you ever said this to a friend or a colleague at work? Or has anybody e...

Why Failure is an Essential Component of a Strong Innovation Strategy
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Why Failure is an Essential Component of a Strong Innovation Strategy

What good could possibly come out of failure? Harrison Ford was a failure as an actor for years. Twelve publishers turne...

How to Embrace These 4 Leadership Paradoxes
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How to Embrace These 4 Leadership Paradoxes

“A leader takes people where they want to go. A great leader takes people where they don't necessarily want to go, but o...

Knowledge as a social process
People & Culture

Knowledge as a social process

Walker’s Wagon Wheel tavern in the 1970s has a particularly important place in innovation history.  Its name provides a ...

On superbosses, mentoring and other prerequisites for innovation
People & Culture

On superbosses, mentoring and other prerequisites for innovation

“The delicate balance of mentoring someone is not creating them in your own image, but giving them the opportunity to cr...

Creating the Physical Space for Innovation
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Creating the Physical Space for Innovation

Building spaces for innovation is a hot topic these days. Whether you call them innovation hubs, maker-spaces, fab-labs,...

Bridging different worlds – the power of recombinant innovation
People & Culture

Bridging different worlds – the power of recombinant innovation

Wandering round Chicago in 1912 William Klann was a man on a mission. He was part of a team set up to explore ways in wh...