Monthly Archives: May 2011

Success, Failure and the Courage to Continue

A friend’s recent quoting of Winston Churchill stroke me as a good summary of the innovator’s mindset. “Success is not final, failure is not fatal: it is the courage to continue that counts.” “Success is not final” makes the case for innovation: no enterprise, however successful it may have been, can continue to compete and grow without refreshing its offering ...

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What Makes CEO's Good for Innovation?

I pondered on this question and decided to reach out to some of my friends at Psion, a leader on rugged mobile computing solutions. Their CEO is John Conoley. He joined Psion in 2008 and he decided early on that open innovation was the way forward for Psion. He does a great job of sharing insights seen from the executive ...

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Join Us in Belgium

La journée de l’Innovation Come join us June 23, 2011 in Mons, Belgium for some great innovation talks and networking! Blogging Innovation is proud to announce that Braden Kelley will be speaking at Microsoft Innovation Center Belgium’s Innov@MIC – one of several events held throughout the year at the center. Braden will be speaking in English, but most of the ...

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Are you ready for the Innovation Decathalon?

After close to eight years doing innovation work, you’d think there would be few surprises left, but almost every week I get another perspective or another insight that simply floors me. Whether its the gap between what CEOs say about innovation (typically 70% list it as a top 3 priority) and the actual implementation of innovation (barely 25% of firms ...

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Be Careful When Managing Up

“Managing Up” is a great catch phrase and an interesting concept – it’s also a practice that can get you in deep trouble rather quickly if misunderstood or misapplied. Many people would say the purpose of managing-up is to have the by-product of your efforts enhance the work of those you report to. While I have nothing against this concept ...

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What's your innovation assignment?

The fuzzy front end of innovation confronts you with a lot of questions. In my new book ‘Creating Innovative Products and Services’ I try to solve them. In my last blog here on Blogging Innovation I presented a structured creative ideation approach called FORTH. It is a customer oriented practical method.  A handy format to start ideation! But how do ...

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Why do so many great businesses fail?

Lets Take Another Look by John Persico A few years ago, I started thinking about all of the “mistakes” that management and organizations have made.  There are several books dealing with the subject and various companies, leaders and managers are noted for the blunders they have made in decision making.  For instance, out of the top ten mergers undertaken in ...

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Government Innovation – An Oxymoron?

The basic definition of innovation is “to challenge the status quo and constantly promote change.” However, a stable, monopolistic environment doesn’t tend to lead to innovative behavior, and can increase its bias toward inertia over time — actively preventing innovation to maintain the status quo. We’ve seen this time and again in both the commercial and public sectors. However, innovation ...

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Design Thinking, Business Transformation and the Creative Enterprise

It is time to take a look at the report card of our design for business organization, management and strategy. After half a century of quality movement, brand management, marketing and category management, globalization, customer service automation and organizational design fine-tuning, we should have a pretty good of idea of what is working and what is not. As a result ...

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