Monthly Archives: May 2011

When R&D Leaders are a Threat to Innovation

I recently had a discussion with a senior innovation leader in a mid-size high-tech company. The guy turned out to be pretty skeptical on open innovation and although I agree that open innovation to some extent is hype, I was still somewhat ticked off by his mindset. Personally, I do not have much reason to care about this. Business is ...

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Thank You to Our May Sponsor

Thank you to Planview and PIPELINE 2011 for being one of the founding sponsors of the imminent Innovation Excellence site. Join us at PIPELINE 2011 – The Online Conference for Product Development Innovation Excellence is excited to be a partnering with PIPELINE 2011, the free online conference for Innovative Product Development taking place on June 1, 2011. Innovation is the ...

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Mindset Comes Before Innovation

In a previous post here – Innovation is Not Problem Solving, I chose a title I knew was provocative, and one I labored over. I debated with myself over whether to perhaps make it: Innovation is Not Necessarily Problem Solving, or …is Not Always Problem Solving, or …is More Than Problem Solving. I chose the blunter version partly to see ...

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What if All of Work Were Gamified?

Need to turn around your company? Trying to start a movement? Want to change the world? Easy Peasy! Just turn it in to a game. Everywhere we turn, it seems there are experts claiming that the best path forward is to engage people with elements of competitive play. The business world in particular has gone gaga for gamification. I thought games were ...

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Now is the Time You're Waiting For

Many of us have been waiting for the right moment. The right moment to… ask the boss for a raise; find a job that’s more satisfying; pitch your new product idea; propose; start writing your book; launch your own blog; suggest that better way of doing things. So we wait. We wait until the time is right. Until after the ...

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How to Remember More of Your Brilliant Ideas

Mind like water, memory like a sieve. At least five times in the past week, I’ve had an idea while driving. Thanks to Dial2Do (and hands-free Bluetooth if you’re reading this, highway patrol), I quickly leave myself a message. When I eventually check my email (where my message has been translated and delivered), I realized all five times that I’d ...

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Join Us at the Open Innovation Summit

Come join us August 10-12, 2011 in Chicago, Illinois for some great open innovation talks, panels, and networking! Blogging Innovation is proud to announce that Braden Kelley will be the chairperson for World Research Group’s 3rd Annual Open Innovation Summit – an annual gathering in Chicago of open innovation leaders from organizations big and small. Five Reasons Why Innovators Won’t ...

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No Strategy, No Worthwhile Innovation

I’ve written previously that many organizations confuse innovation and strategy. Strategy consists of the vision your executives have for the business over the longer term. Strategy includes how the firm will acquire the necessary inputs and resources it will need to thrive, and encompasses the changes that the firm will make in its products, services and served markets in order ...

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Am I Allowed Here?

Here is an outstanding talk from Nilofer Merchant (and an interesting post about the background to it) – it is well worth your time: Here are some of the key points that jump out at me in this talk: 1. New ideas should change us One of her first points is that even though people frequently talk about being in ...

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Increasing the Odds of an AHA Moment

What is it that allows some people to get creative breakthroughs while others get only creative breakdowns — alternately blaming themselves, society, their company, and their increasingly suspect astrological configurations? Is it true that people who experience breakthroughs are “gifted”? Or are there other factors at work — factors that we (the people) have more control over than we might ...

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