Monthly Archives: October 2017

Top 20 Innovation Articles of September 2017

Drum roll please… At the beginning of each month we will profile the twenty posts from the previous month that generated the most traffic to Innovation Excellence. We also publish a weekly Top 8 as part of our FREE email newsletter. Did your favorite make the cut? But enough delay, here are September’s twenty most popular innovation posts: The Four ...

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Quantum Idea Generation 2.0

In this piece, I share with you a summary of the key components of Quantum Idea Generation 2.0. This is the most powerful proven idea generating process. Brainstorming is archaic and dumb – it can actually produce fewer ideas than sitting down by yourself and writing ideas on paper. In future months, I focus on...

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The Ideas Problem

The Ideas Problem - Innovation Excellence

Ideas are the problem. I suspect many of you have heard this statement as often as I have. It’s usually translated as “we don’t have enough ideas”. Yet when you dig beneath the surface, you find that the bald statement isn’t always as it first appears. In this post, I’d like to offer some different translations of “Ideas are the problem”.

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Seven Ways Even Smart Companies Kill Great Ideas

You can't live without innovation. It's why you're in business. But as you grow, innovation also becomes a threat. It threatens to disrupt your existing business model, products, and services. It threatens to upset your customers, who have become accustomed to a certain way of doing things. It threatens your partners and employees, who have developed expertise in the way things currently work. That's the real reason innovation is so hard. While we espouse its values, we also build defenses against it.

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Day 1 – Strategy Sprint – A DIY Guide

Day 1 - Strategy Sprint - A DIY Guide

This is the third in a series of five DIY posts on holding a strategy sprint. You now know how to prepare for a strategy sprint, and you’ve gathered the right people. You’re ready for the first full day of sprinting. Take a deep breath, you’ll need it! Day 1 is all about grasping the current situation, understanding strategic choices, ...

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