Has your Innovation Program Jumped the Shark?

  Innovation programs and systems are launched with a lot of fanfare but the sizzle will fizzle unless you properly nurture your innovation program and the underlying policies, processes and systems you use to help deliver better innovation results.  How can you avoid this from happening? “Jumping the shark” is attempting to draw attention to or create publicity for something ...

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Create Your Invisible Advantage through a Culture of Innovation

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Want a Culture of Innovation? Here’s how to create an organization focused on freethinking, an entrepreneurial spirit, and sustainable value creation at all levels across all functions. Editor’s note: This article based on Kaplan’s upcoming book, The Invisible Advantage Every organization is designed to get the results it gets. Poor performance comes from a poorly designed organization. Superior results emerge ...

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Quality, Speed, and Cost: How to achieve all three in Innovation

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Quality, Speed, and Cost. Pick Two. A long-standing belief across chemical and industrial product companies is that it’s not possible to rapidly produce low-cost, high-quality products. Many companies dedicate their best manufacturing equipment and people to quickly develop and launch a high-quality product, but these additional resources drive up costs unexpectedly. In other situations, management decides to deliver a very ...

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Insight #2: BIF Summit 2016

Insight #2: BIF Summit 2016 - Innovation Excellence

The Business Innovation Factory (BIF) Summit has no theme beyond presenting remarkable stories about transformation. Participants themselves discover patterns, aha’s, and insights that make sense for them. That’s what happens when you put stories of transformation together with curious people from all walks of life and many different fields. I’m sharing my top 10 insights from BIF2016 in a series ...

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Moving Into a New Innovation Era

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Coming your way in 2017 There is a profound shift taking place, relating to innovation. Increasingly we are seeing a growing dissatisfaction on the impact that innovation is having; in growth, in returns, in market and customer impact. There is a search for new solutions. One of the implications is this growing recognition that innovation is rarely succeeding in isolation ...

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What Else Can We Teach Through Rhythm?

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It’s Time for a Fresh Approach — Rhythm Can Help Rhythm is inextricably tied to language. The human heartbeat shares a time signature with one of the most universal linguistic patterns known to man, the iambic meter (“Shall-I com-PARE thee-TO a-SUM mer’s-DAY?”). Speechwriters frequently use rhythm to their advantage, hoping to stir listeners with a specific cadence or tempo. Numerous ...

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Mimic Nature for Innovation

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Nature can serve as a powerful source for innovation, as the increasingly prominent study of bio-mimicry in innovation can attest.  The concept of mimicking nature to drive innovation dates as far back as Leonardo da Vinci.  Writing in the Wall Street Journal, Stephen Budiansky, a prominent historian of science, notes that Leonardo “was beguiled by the idea that nature holds ...

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When Good Innovation Breaks Bad

When Good Innovation Breaks Bad

Most innovations are only as good as their weakest link. The Samsung Galaxy Note 7 may have been a great phone, full of new innovation, but most of us will never know. Obviously, that is an extreme example, but a great many innovations are let down, albeit to a lesser extent, by a weak link. As innovators, we are often ...

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Building the Case for Successful Change

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Recently I had the opportunity to sit down and have a chat with Will Sherlin of 3PillarGlobal about my latest book Charting Change on The Innovation Engine podcast. In this conversation we focused on how to make change efforts stick within any organization. Among the topics we discuss are how non-software companies can still benefit from Agile methodologies, how to ...

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The Power of Story

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I recently had the opportunity to visit the Institute for Advanced Study, the place where Einstein worked till his death in 1955.  His arrival there was a sort of a tipping point for America—after him the trickle of leading scientists coming from Europe became a flood—and the legend of the place is still very much intertwined with his. Of course, the Institute ...

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