Monthly Archives: March 2011

The Growing Shift Towards Social Innovation

On 16 and 17 March 2011, Social Innovation Europe will be launched in Brussels. Funded by the European Commission, Social Innovation Europe will create a dynamic, entrepreneurial and innovative new Europe with the intent for Europe to embrace the broader concepts within innovation and set an example globally for this social movement. The aim is by 2014, Social Innovation Europe ...

Read More »

8 Ways to Measure Innovation Potential

I’m always a bit skeptical when I read about any definitive list, whether it’s six things to improve my complexion or seven myths of innovation. So I enter with some trepidation a list for your perusal, a checklist of sorts to help you ascertain whether or not your idea can become a a successful innovation. Note that the list below ...

Read More »

20 Ways to Get Feedback on Your New Idea

You’ve got a great idea. I know you do. But I also know it’s just sitting there. In your head. Like a lump. Why? Because you haven’t pitched it to anyone. Everyone — even your best friends — all seem so busy, right? And even if they’re not busy, you… um….er… uh… don’t really know how to kick-start the conversation ...

Read More »

Where is my flying car?

When Paul Krugman and Charlie Stross had a chat at WorldCon a couple of years ago, the first question out of Krugman’s mouth was “Where are the flying cars?” Krugman asked this because he knows that science fiction authors like Stross have been imagining the future for quite a while, and that currently impossible technologies like flying cars have long ...

Read More »

Stepping Off the Hamster Wheel

How to Stay Creative Even When You’re Insanely Busy by Robert B. Tucker IBM’s survey of global CEOs gives us a rare insight into where leaders heads are at right now. Asked to name the most important leadership quality they need (but are hard-pressed to find), 1,541 CEOs, general managers and senior public sector leaders in 60 countries cited “creativity” ...

Read More »

Innovation Leadership Needs Shared Power and Truth

Leadership is the Key to Innovation by Roy Luebke Innovation exists on a spectrum from incremental to transformational. Ultimately it is the CEO who must decide where the organization is going to focus its efforts along this spectrum. A recent article in the journal Academy of Management Perspectives titled, “Leadership and Neuroscience: Can We Revolutionize the Way That Inspirational Leaders ...

Read More »

First Mover Advantage in Open Innovation

I spoke with innovation people from a big automotive manufacturer last week. We talked about the automotive industry and open innovation. They said that there is already lots of collaboration going on in their industry and that it resembles open innovation in same ways. It was interesting to hear their views and having some understanding of their industry, I agreed ...

Read More »

Don't Confuse Execution with Tactics

Larry Bossidy and Ram Charan are the authors of one of the best books on execution written over the past twenty-five years – Execution, The discipline of getting things done. One of the major takeaways of the book is that while tactics are central to execution, execution is not tactics – it much more strategic. The authors describe execution as ...

Read More »

Stop Disrupting and Solve the Disruptions

It struck me recently that a lot of firms treat their customers as nameless, faceless objects all of whom share the same needs and have the same reactions to products. Of course marketing has taught us over the years to segment our markets and attack the needs of the customers within specific segments. If the segmentation is done well, segments ...

Read More »