Monthly Archives: July 2012

Sustaining the Case for Innovation

A few weeks ago I attended a meeting of Innovation Directors from many different industries, where we shared our experience of making the case for innovation and sustaining the investment with or without having to re-make the case every year. From those discussions, I took away a very simple model – a virtuous circle indeed – to sustain the case for investment in innovation.

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Getting Smarter at Failure

I had the opportunity to interview Mark W. Johnson, a co-founder and senior partner of Innosight, and author of Seizing the White Space recently. Here is part one of this two part interview: Question 1 - When it comes to innovation, what is the biggest challenge that you see organizations facing?

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How Companies Pursue Greatness

James Wynn, Strategy Principal at SYPartners talks with Lou Killeffer about two of the world’s great businesses and brands, IBM and Starbucks, and how companies pursue greatness. This is the first in an exclusive series of Innovation Conversations that looks inside how some companies become great and stay great…

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Where's Your Innovation Friction?

How should firms develop the organizational structure, culture, and incentives (e.g., for teams) to encourage successful innovation? When it comes to creating an innovation culture, often people make it far too complicated. If you're part of the senior leadership team and you're serious about innovation then your job is simple - reduce friction. If you're serious about innovation and you're not a senior leader, then your job is to do what you can to convince senior leadership that innovation is important. Then, gently help your execs see the areas of greatest friction in your organization so they can do something about it.

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Reflecting On Independence

Independence for a country is about choice. A country wants to be able to make choices to better itself, to control its own destiny. A country wants to feel like it has freedom to do what it thinks is right. Hopefully, a country thinks it’s a good to provide for its citizens in a long term sense.

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The Code for Successful Innovation

I had the opportunity to attend the Front End of Innovation a couple of years ago in Boston and of the three days of sessions, I have to say that unlike most people, my favorite session was that of Dr. Clotaire Rapaille. The author of "The Culture Code: An Ingenious Way to Understand Why People Around the World Live and Buy as They Do", Dr. Rapaille extolled the crowd with his thoughts on 'codes' and 'imprints'.

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