Monthly Archives: December 2010

Directed Serendipity

As each year goes by it gets tougher to buy Christmas presents, as you have to search harder for something original and at the same time desired. There is a strong parallel with Open Innovation (OI). You need to look harder and in new places to find new things. That’s where the concept of Directed Serendipity comes in. It simply ...

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Think Big, Start Small, Scale Fast

We need to try more stuff. Innovation is never about silver bullets. It’s about experimentation and doing whatever it takes, even if it means trying 1000 things, to deliver value. Making progress on the real issues of our time including health care, education, and energy will require a lot more experimentation than we are comfortable with today. These are all ...

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8 Ways to Advance Your Innovation Career

What can you do to advance your innovation career in times like this? Let me present some ideas and hopefully you can add more advice on this in the following discussion. Align With Executives. You need to have a better alignment between the innovation strategy and the overall corporate strategy. One way to do this is to make an extra ...

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Innovation and Humor

A church needed a new bell ringer. When a man with no arms applied for the job, the doubting priest asked, “Can you ring the bell?” The applicant climbed the bell tower, took a running start, and plowed his face into the bell producing a beautiful tone. He suddenly slipped, fell to the ground, and died. The crowd of onlookers ...

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Success versus Significance

As one year draws to a close and another begins, I can think of no better time to dust off an old post and ask you to ponder the difference between success and significance. Some would say that any discussion along this topic line is nothing more than a semantic debate. However, it is my opinion that those who hold ...

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Blogging Innovation in Twelve Languages

Happy Holidays to you, our readers all around the world. You may have noticed the festive Blogging Innovation toolbar that we’ve added to the bottom of the page to make the site even more international and valuable. Sure it can translate the pages into twelve different languages, but here is what else the new Blogging Innovation toolbar will do for ...

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What is your Innovation Driver?

Are we reflecting enough on the choice of the drivers of innovation? by Paul Hobcraft There are many different places to go and ‘look’ for innovation but often we need to think through a little more of what is driving the changes before we ‘run off’ into finding solutions that are simply immediate to grow our organizations. Sometimes they are, ...

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Why Change is Hard

I am someone who loves change. In fact I sometimes change things simply for change sake. But I recently learned a powerful lesson on why change is difficult, even for someone like me who loves to stir things up. I bought a MacBook Pro a few weeks ago. Friends have been prodding me to buy Apple after a number of ...

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