Monthly Archives: January 2010

True Test of a First Rate Innovator

Tom Peters used to remind executives that it mattered little what they proclaimed to be their top priorities. Instead, the “In Search of Excellence” co-author advised looking at your calendar to reveal your main concerns, because that is where you are spending your time. I thought of Peters’ admonition when reading IBM’s recently-released study of 2500 chief information officers. The ...

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Innovation? – Just Do It

I’m constantly amazed by all the talk about innovation that I hear within many organizations, and how little real action is taken. It’s time, my friends, to gird up your loins and take action. Let’s borrow the motto from Nike and decide to “Just Do It.” If you are waiting for the sign from above (by that I mean your ...

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Org Chart Kool Aid

Since Organizational theory is a hot topic these days, I thought I’d poke a bit of fun at that old corporate tradition that is the Organization Chart. Over the years I’ve seen every type of org chart in existence. Some have come and gone only to come again. Every year or two the latest revolutionary thinking in corporate organizational theory ...

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10 Signs That Innovation Will Fail

What are the signs that innovation in a company is set up to fail? It would be great to have a checklist, but unfortunately innovation is too complicated and company-specific to employ a standard checklist for this. However, we can share our insights on this and help each other become better at spotting the signs of failure. Thus I have ...

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Part 2 – Three Innovation Distinctions

In the first part of this series, I wrote why you should focus on challenges, not ideas. You should read that article before proceeding. In this second entry, I will focus on “Process, not Events.” I first shared these three distinctions with a bunch of speakers and authors. In the speaking industry, conferences/conventions are the primary model for professional development. ...

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Innovation Perspectives January Wrapup

Innovation Perspectives is our monthly feature to present our loyal readers with different perspectives on a single topic all in one place along with the ability to compare, contrast and discuss them in the comments here on Blogging Innovation and in the Continuous Innovation group on LinkedIn. This month’s topic was: “‘What product or sector is in desperate need of ...

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The Innovator Within

I’m constantly blown away by the brilliant, innovative ideas around us. It’s a shame that so very few of those ideas see the light of day. Brilliant people with innovative ideas are everywhere, but most of their ideas get caught in one of three traps: Fear/Risk: Innovative ideas are inherently risky. They buck trends, go against the status quo. The ...

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Language and Innovation

Language and innovation are inseparable. Language puts meaning to our ideas, be it spoken, written, or symbolic. We convey ideas to others which is essential in corporate innovation. Innovation would be nearly impossible if we did not have language. If you want to improve your innovation effectiveness, improve your use of language. Structured innovation methods help regulate our thinking and ...

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