Author Archives: Kevin McFarthing

Does the new need to be new?

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Does every innovation need new technology, or a new manufacturing process, or a new patent? Does it need to be new for the sake of it? Not if you understand exactly what you have before you start, and how it can be exploited further to meet new demands in the marketplace.

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Keep Innovation Management Simple

Keep Innovation Management Simple

Innovation is the lifeblood of business growth.  Innovation management is also a process; a means of getting the right product to the right people at the right time. Yet all too often innovation management doesn’t work well.  It can be uncoordinated, out of sequence, either cutting corners or over-engineered.  Innovation initiatives often start with generating broad ideas out of context.  ...

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Innovation Trumped

Innovation Trumped

Apologies in advance if any of the content in this article offends political sensitivities and affiliations; it’s certainly not the intention.  Judging by the press and social media, to most people in the UK and probably in Europe as a whole, it appears that the election of Donald Trump as president of the USA is beyond surprising.  But digging beneath ...

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Can you set targets for creativity? Part 1 – why?

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This is the first of two articles on setting targets for creativity. The topic of part 1 is why targets should be set; part 2 deals with how to set them. There is a stereotypical representation of creativity as a light bulb moment, which in reality isn’t common. Related to this, there is the perception that creativity is something purely ...

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Talent, Design and Execution

Iceland Victory

A Perspective on Innovation from Football I like sporting analogies for business, especially football (soccer).  Football is known as the beautiful game, not just because it is often spectacular to watch, but for its glorious unpredictability.  Who have could have foreseen that Leicester City could win the English Premier League at odds of 5,000/1?  Or that Manchester United could win ...

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What’s Your Innovation Ambition?

What's Your Innovation Ambition?

As Oscar Wilde said, “We are all in the gutter; but some of us are looking at the stars”.  To me this phrase says a lot about ambition.  It starts with a vision, a dream, an inspiring view of where we want to be in the future.  Of course the bit about being in the gutter is a bit dramatic; ...

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Don’t Neglect Innovation

Don't Neglect Innovation

I haven’t been contributing as many articles here, as a result of some intensive consultancy projects and some personal time. Now that I’m back, refreshed and raring to go, the first thing that struck me was the analogy to innovation itself.  It’s easy for companies to be distracted and take the eye off innovation.  In many cases, it does indeed ...

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Is it REALLY disruptive? It matters.

Disrupting Disrupted

At the recent ISPIM conference, I sat in several presentations ostensibly describing approaches to disruptive innovation when, in reality, it was difficult to see what (a market or a company) was actually being disrupted. They were really talking about breakthrough or radical innovation.

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