Author Archives: Paul Sloane

Three Key Ways to Measure your Innovation Capability

Many organizations have top-level goals for innovation but struggle to measure progress toward them.  How can you assess the current state of your innovation capability?  There are three critical areas to consider. First, you should measure your ability to fill the pipeline by monitoring the number of new ideas being generated.  If you have a suggestions scheme you can scrutinize ...

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We Need Leaders who can Change Their Minds

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Why do we find it so hard to change our minds?  Why are we so critical of people who do change their minds? John Adair, the leadership expert, says that the most important (and often the most difficult) sentence for a leader to utter is, ’I admit that I was wrong.’  But on the rare occasions when political leaders change ...

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Why did No-one Think of This Before?

Have you ever seen an idea in action and thought, ‘Why didn’t I think of that?’  Let’s look at three recent innovations which might surprise you. Washing machines can be very heavy. This is because they contain concrete blocks weighing about 25 kgs which are needed as counterweights to keep the machines stable during spin cycles.  Researchers at Nottingham Trent ...

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The Benefits of Being Unpredictable

The Benefits of Being Unpredictable - Innovation Excellence

The general rule in business is to offer a consistent high-quality product to customers so that they know what to expect. It would be most unwise for a company making parachutes, ejector seats or defibrillators to suddenly do something capricious or random. However, if you are dealing with consumers it can occasionally pay to break the rule.

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Innovate with a Nudge?

Behavioural nudges are clever policy tweaks often used by governments to influence the choices that people make. They are often found to be more effective and less costly than direct actions such as quotas, taxes or subsidies. Here are some simple examples...

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