Top 100 Innovation Articles of 2016

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Building upon the success of Braden Kelley’s Blogging Innovation, we launched Innovation Excellence on August 1, 2011 and so 2016 was our fifth full year of operations. To celebrate we’ve pulled together the Top 100 Innovation Articles of 2016 from our archive of over 7,500 innovation-related articles from more than 400 contributing authors.

Click the link if you missed the last four years’ lists:

Top 100 Innovation Articles of 2015

Top 100 Innovation Articles of 2014

Top 100 Innovation Articles of 2013

Top 100 Innovation Articles of 2012

We do some other rankings too. At the beginning of each month, we will profile the twenty posts from the previous month and we also publish a weekly Top 8 as part of our Innovation Excellence Weekly email and FREE MAGAZINE, so an annual Top 100 seems like a logical fit.

Did your favorite make the cut?

But enough delay, here are the 100 most popular innovation posts of 2016:

1.    Collaboration Is The New Competitive Advantage – by Greg Satell

 

2.     7 Top Tech Trends Impacting Innovators in 2016 – by Chuck Brooks

 

3.    Planning Your Changes for 2017 – by Braden Kelley

 

4.    6 Reasons Why Innovation is a Survival Skill – by Daniel Nolan

 

5.    Learn from the Best: Google’s Nine Principles of Innovation – by Robert F Brands

 

6.    Digital Transformation versus Digital Strategy – by Braden Kelley

 

7.    How the Impossible Becomes Possible – by Greg Satell

 

8.    The 9 Rules of Innovation – by Greg Satell

 

9.    How Many Types of Innovation are there? – by Paul Sloane

 

10.   Lessons from Lego: Low risk innovation tools for everyone! – by Evan Shellshear

 

11.   Why Real Mistakes Lead to Bigger Innovations – by Ramon Salinas

 

12.   Directions of Mobile App Development Trends in 2016 – by John Stuart

 

13.   Get 12x More Ideas than Brainstorming – by Richard Haasnoot

 

14.   Google Introduces the Self-driving Bicycle – VIDEO

 

15.   15 Outspoken Quotes on Innovation – by Gijs van Wulfen

 

16.   Innovation and Organizational Culture – by Ralph Ohr

 

17.   New Model with Four Routes to Start Innovation – by Gijs van Wulfen

 

18.   10 Great Ideas That Were Originally Rejected – by Gijs van Wulfen

 

19.   24 Simple Approaches to Generate New Ideas in the Workplace – by Ramkumar Yaragarla

 

20.   Traditional vs Agile Project Management for Innovators – by Chad McAllister

 

21.   13 Dimensions of Innovation – by Daniel Nolan

 

22.   Innovation as a Service! – by Nicolas Bry

 

23.   Why Only Adoption Matters – by Braden Kelley

 

24.   What Does Emotional Intelligence have to do with Productivity and Innovation? – by Andy Heikkila

 

25.   Reinventing the Future: How IBM Innovates – by Greg Satell

 

26.   How to Create an Innovative Business Model? – by Gijs van Wulfen

 

27,   Four Routes to Simplify Innovation – by Gijs van Wulfen

 

28.   The Future of Innovation in Media and Entertainment – by Matthew Griffin

 

29.   Summer Reading List: 17 Great Books Every Innovator Should Read – by Greg Satell

 

30.   Eight I’s of Infinite Innovation – Revisited – by Braden Kelley

 

31.   Six Levers for Solving the Corporate Innovation Problem™ – Part 1 – by Rob Munro and Frank Mattes

 

32.   How to Adopt the Innovative Mindset – by Jason Williams

 

33.   How to Run a Successful Innovation Challenge – by Brennan McEachran

 

34.   30 Academic Resources on Learning – for Educators and Innovators – by Saga Briggs

 

35.   50 Ways a Driverless Future Could Impact (almost) Everything – by Geoff Nesnow

 

36.   7 Disruptive Forces for 2016 and Beyond – by Lisa Bodell

 

37.   A Model for Dual Corporate Innovation Management – by Ralph Ohr

 

38.   3 Business Innovation Reports You Must Read Right Now – by Arwen Petty

 

39.   You Can Innovate Anywhere – Even Insurance Companies! – by Celeste Bevilacqua

 

40.   Transformative Trends in Life Insurance – by Celeste Bevilacqua

 

41.   TED Talk: “Inside the Mind of a Master Procrastinator” – VIDEO

 

42.   The Dysfunctional Innovation Ecosystem – by Archer Tope

 

43.   11 Unexpected Facts about Managing Employee Idea Programs – by Jacqueline Zhou

 

44.   The 6 Ways Big Companies are Innovating against Silicon Valley – by Matt Levin

 

45.   The Rise of the Smart Creative (Lessons from Google) – by Janet Sernack

 

46,   The Innovative Mindset – by Gary Klein

 

47.   The Future of The Internet of Things (IoT) – by Joe Granda

 

48.   Making Design Thinking Work in Complex Ecosystems – by Chris Lawer

 

49.   Apple is Not the Next Blackberry, it’s the Next Toyota – by Greg Satell

 

50.   Three Lessons in Innovation from Jeff Bezos – by Paul Sloane

 

51.   What is the Foundation of Innovation? – by Kenneth Gray

 

52.   The 4 Pillars of a Successful Ideation Program – by Jacqueline Zhou

 

53.   Artificial Intelligence and the Consulting Industry – by Braden Kelley

 

54.   The Value of an Innovator Mindset – by Dennis Stauffer

 

55.   Innovation Lessons from the Troublesome Start of AIRBNB – by Gijs van Wulfen

 

56.   3 Small Things that will Increase Innovation in Your Company the Most – by Yoram Solomon

 

57.   How Failure Leads to Disruptive Success – by Evan Shellshear

 

58.   What Innovation is and isn’t – by Kevin McFarthing

 

59.   TED talk: The Suprising Habits of Original Thinkers – VIDEO

 

60.   3 Paradigm Shifts that will Drive Competitive Advantage in the 21st Century – by Greg Satell

 

61.   Adopting Holacracy to Fuel Innovation – by Kim Sykes

 

62.   How to Effectively Conduct ‘Voice of the Customer’ Research – by Chad McAllister

 

63.   Innovation Starts with a Question – by Mukesh Gupta

 

64.   Rethink Innovation! – by Stefan Lindegaard

 

65.   Which are the Most Innovative Companies in the World? – by Paul Sloane

 

66.   Can You Teach People to Innovate? – by Jeffrey Phillips

 

67.   How To Connect People To Drive Innovation – by Patrick Willer

 

68.   We Need to Innovate the Innovation Process – by Greg Satell

 

79.   Digitally Disrupting the Life Insurance Industry – by Mari Anixter

 

70.   Following Four Different Paths to Innovation by Braden Kelley

 

71.   5 Innovative Online Tools for More Effective Brand Management – by Peter Davidson

 

72.   World Creativity and Innovation Week April 15 – 21 – by Marci Segal

 

73.   Is Experience Good for Innovation? – by Kevin McFarthing

 

74.   Innovation Starts with Identifying Invisible Problems – by Mukesh Gupta

 

75.   Key Innovation Issues for the Time Ahead – Part 2 – by Ralph Ohr

 

76.    Measuring Innovation, Part 2/3: The Criteria for a Good Innovation Index – by Yoram Solomon

 

77.   How to Start Innovation with an Idea – by Gijs van Wulfen

 

78.   What Makes a Country Innovative? – by Adi Gaskell

 

79.   How I Use Design Thinking to Leverage Strength and Design ‘around’ Weakness – by John K. Coyle

 

80.   Is Your Platform Burning? – by Greg Satell

 

81.   Birth of a Product Company – by Michael Graber

 

82.   What is Your Speed of Change? – by Patrick Willer

 

83.   Why Business Model Innovation is so Compelling – by Jeffrey Phillips

 

84.   5 Recommended Innovation Portfolio Metrics – by Daniel Nolan

 

85.   Measuring Innovation, Part 1/3: Why is Innovation Important, and How do we Measure it Today? – by Yoram Solomon

 

86.   Shell Gamechanger – The Giant still wants Big Ideas – by Paul Sloane

 

87.   Innovation needs all 3 levels of support, so what happens if you miss one? – by Yoram Solomon

 

88.   State of Global Innovation Report – by Chris Townsend

 

89.   The Do’s and Don’ts of Running an Ideation Program – by Jacqueline Zhou

 

90.   Digital is Not a Trend! – by Nicolas Bry

 

91.   Behavioral Innovation: the need to pivot, why we don’t and what we can do – by Evan Shellshear

 

92.   The One Thing that Can Transform an Idea into a Phenomenon – by Greg Satell

 

93.   Four Cognitive Principles That Can Make Innovation Surprisingly Obvious – by Pete Foley

 

94.   Tracking Trends – Six Essential Steps for Spotting Your Next Opportunity – by Robert B Tucker

 

95.   Seven Metaphors to Help Creative Leaders Innovate – by John Brooker

 

96.   Consulting Industry Caught in the Crossfire – by Braden Kelley

 

97.   The Tesla of Bikes Got a Brilliant Idea – by Gijs van Wulfen

 

98.   The 3 Big Technologies for the Next Decade: Genomics, Nanotech, Robotics – by Greg Satell

 

99.   How to Get Buy-in and Resources for Enterprise Innovation – by Steve Glaveski

 

100. Creating Product Roadmaps – by Chad McAllister

These are the Top 100 innovation articles of 2016 based on the number of page views. If your favorite Innovation Excellence article didn’t make the cut, then add it to the comments and maybe we’ll consider doing a People’s Choice List for 2016.

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Editor’s Note: Innovation Excellence is open to contributions from any and all innovation professionals out there (practitioners, professors, researchers, consultants, authors, etc.) who have a valuable innovation insight to share with everyone for the greater good. If you’d like to contribute, contact us.
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  1. Braden KelleyBraden Kelley is a popular innovation speaker, builds sustainable innovation cultures, and tools for creating successful change. He is the author of the five-star book Stoking Your Innovation Bonfire and the creator of a revolutionary new Change Planning Toolkit™. Follow him on Twitter (@innovate) and Linkedin.