Author Archives: Paul Hobcraft

Moving Towards a Distributed Innovation Model

How are we going to really unlock the true potential of frontline managers, middle managers and the whole workforce for ‘seeing’ and engaging for their contribution to innovation? Far too many organizations still don’t provide the opportunity for everyone to contribute to innovation. I think as open innovation moves from the labs and research centers OI will be one of ...

Read More »

Social Will Dominate Future Innovation Thinking

Putting the word social into our innovation thinking is going to be a really important thing to do in the coming year, if you haven’t already. It will dominate our actions increasingly. The challenges of ‘social’ is everywhere; within organizations, in all sorts of collective movements, in politics, across government, society, markets, academic institutions and effecting our personal lives in ...

Read More »

Building the Innovation Business Case

One of the toughest aspects within Innovation is making the Business Case. Much of the information is imperfect, the returns are often fuzzy and unclear in the early stages and the doubters line up ready to block and deter new ideas from entering the commercialization process. Justifying new innovation to others can often be really hard. How can you reduce ...

Read More »

A Fresh Approach to Future Innovation

Achieving a sense of renewal to your innovation activities by Paul Hobcraft We need to constantly renew within ourselves. There is a time when your innovation efforts may need a serious renewal and for many this might be now. Knowing when to invest in an innovation renewal and organizing for it is like any other organizational activity. Those that are ...

Read More »

What is your Innovation Driver?

Are we reflecting enough on the choice of the drivers of innovation? by Paul Hobcraft There are many different places to go and ‘look’ for innovation but often we need to think through a little more of what is driving the changes before we ‘run off’ into finding solutions that are simply immediate to grow our organizations. Sometimes they are, ...

Read More »

10 Innovation Observations from 2010

So here we are already in December. Budgets are being argued, numbers fixed and high hopes for a successful 2011. Tell me what did we learn from 2010 from an innovation perspective that we can build upon in 2011? For me a number of important lessons or impressions come out of 2010 that I’ll continue to build upon in 2011 ...

Read More »

Are you checking your Innovation Pulse?

So often our innovation health seems to change abruptly or equally just simply slip away. It could be caused by many things: a call for reorganization or restructuring or a key part of the team decides to leave. It might be the organization has a second quarterly drop in sales and profits or those layoff simply keep cutting away until ...

Read More »

Business Model Innovation and Venture Capital Assessment

I believe the Business model canvas, presented by Alexander Osterwalder & Yves Pigneur in their book “Business Model Generation”, holds a very powerful way for Venture Capital to use in their assessments of promising ventures they are considering for investment. Traditional pitches to VC’s are loaded with financial numbers, providing crisp, well written business plans pitched by teams oozing with ...

Read More »

Innovating the Business Model

Missing the Window of Opportunity or Seizing the Advantage by Paul Hobcraft Business model innovation is shaping up to be one of the most challenging aspects for leadership of existing business or that aspiring leaders need to fully understand. The question today being faced by many is how to transform existing business models so as to avoid that race to ...

Read More »

Can you have Innovation without Exnovation?

I was some time back reminded about the term “exnovation” in an interim report prepared for NESTA by the City University, London and the Work Psychology Group entitled “Characteristics & Behaviors of Innovative People in Organizations.” Exnovation is if you were unaware, is at the end of the innovation life-cycle, where it “discards” or even purges existing practices to allow ...

Read More »