Monthly Archives: January 2011

Improved Environment for Innovation

Experimentation + Risk (+ Failure) by Robert F. Brands Innovation rarely occurs by accident, but is the result of calculated effort, work and risk taking. In the face of failure, it requires one to try, try and try again. Thomas Edison went back to the drawing board more than 6,000 times before finding the right material to create his incandescent ...

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How Many iPads and Kindles will be Garbage?

Last week in San Francisco was action packed. New people starting, more furniture coming, a few projects in final stages and magazines. Scott and I were doing some street bodystorming between meetings (photo to the right). Since I wrote about tablet last year at the CES, it is still the main battlefield this year as everyone is not only jumping ...

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Leveraging Constraints for Creativity

Creativity remains one of the most nebulous and elusive capabilities for organizational performance. Yet there is more knowledge and science available today than ever to help us through the challenge. Creativity comes from more than just issuing a challenge. One of the most counterintuitive aspects of the creativity process is the adaptation and leveraging of constraints. Most of us don’t ...

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Solving Innovation Problems with Strangers

What’s it like? by Stefan Lindegaard In writing and making public presentations about open innovation, I often remind people that while process is important, in the end success comes down to having people with the right mindset and skills. So much can be accomplished when a good team comes together, even when that team consists of experts in various disciplines ...

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7 Tips for Launching a Great Innovation Contest

As GE launches its second phase of the highly successful Ecomagination Challenge, the concept of open innovation is becoming more and more mainstream. For this challenge, GE is asking for ideas to Power Your Home. Just as its name suggests, open innovation is an unrestricted concept adaptable to many applications and paradigms. From internal efficiency building to external calls for ...

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February Innovation Events

February is going to be a busy month, with two planned public appearances (and possibly two more). I will be speaking at two great innovation events in New York City in February: Imaginatik’s Innovation Leaders Forum IESE’s Innovation Architect 1. Imaginatik’s Innovation Leaders Forum If you’re an innovation leader and would like to catapult your innovation efforts in 2011, come ...

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You Don't Need More Innovation Ideas!

Scott Berkun let out the secret of innovation in an outstanding blog post. It’s a secret that Rowan Gibson tried to let out of the bag recently, and so did Braden Kelley here on Blogging Innovation. I’ve tried to tell you about it too, using both analogies and statistics. The secret idea of innovation is this: You don’t need any ...

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Moving Towards a Distributed Innovation Model

How are we going to really unlock the true potential of frontline managers, middle managers and the whole workforce for ‘seeing’ and engaging for their contribution to innovation? Far too many organizations still don’t provide the opportunity for everyone to contribute to innovation. I think as open innovation moves from the labs and research centers OI will be one of ...

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Be Indispensable – Instead of Sticky

I’ve always had a problem with the word “sticky” as it relates to product or go-to-market strategy. Sticky, from a customer point of view, is a negative. It’s something that you can’t get off. I prefer the word indispensable. That’s a customer-centric word. It implies that the customer can’t live without what you’re doing for them. It implies they don’t ...

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Innovation Roles – The Bulldozer

In my continuing list of roles that any innovator must play, we come to the role that may be the most important role of all. Certainly we’ve seen how innovators must play a number of roles, including the Matador, the Futurist and the Jester. These roles have much to do with defining the opportunities and achieving initial traction. We’ve also ...

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