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10 Steps to Boost Corporate Innovation

Here are ten steps to boosting your corporate innovation efforts: 1. Know What Innovation Means Before you start on the path to innovation, be sure you know what innovation is and is not. A lot of CEOs say, “innovation is our number one priority.” Yet, I suspect many of them would be hard put to actually define innovation in simple ...

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Resilience! aka Tom Peters

JUST when I was feeling completely physically and spiritually exhausted by the dumb and dumber Debt debate….this popped onto the screen of my i-phone and I was momentarily renewed by the automatic smile inside that this voice so often provokes: The “2Rs”: Relentless. Resilient. All you need to know?? 15 hours ago tom_peters and then… In the Resilience. Grant, looks ...

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Growing Imperative for Dedicated Innovation Scientists and Engineers

I believe we are arriving at the point of real value by organizing dedicated innovation scientists and engineers into a specialized innovation unit. Innovation has emerged into part science, part art and design, and plenty of engineering (social and process). Today to successfully manage innovation is getting increasingly challenging and placing considerable strain on the present design and structures of ...

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Why Innovation Makes Executives Uncomfortable

I’ve been working in the “innovation field” for over seven years as a consultant, and I did regular “innovation” work for a number of years previously, so it is with a bit of chagrin that I come clean on the fact that it finally occurred to me why innovation makes many executives uncomfortable. I think if you are constantly reinforcing ...

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The Right Timeframes for Innovation

As we begin 2011, the concept of time seems to be paramount in my thinking about innovation. At the beginning of November I wrote a post about the “right” time for innovation. Over the last week I’ve decided that the biggest impediment to innovation isn’t funding, or resources, or time, but commitment. I’m sure somewhere over the 500+ blog posts ...

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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 ...

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10 Tensions in Innovation

In a series of journal articles, Charles O’Reilly and Michael Tushman have talked about the importance of being an ambidextrous organization in order to succeed at innovation. To be ambidextrous, organizations have to be good at both exploration and exploitation. All this sounds a bit academic, so here it is in clearer terms (I hope!): firms that are successful at ...

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Innovate By Hacking Capabilities

Capabilities are the amino acids of innovation. They are the building blocks that enable value delivery. Innovation is a better way to deliver value and is often the result of repurposing existing capabilities. Locking capabilities into rigid organization structures and proprietary closed systems gets in the way of unleashing new sources of value and solving many of the important challenges ...

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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 ...

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Innovation Tells

12 Signs Innovation is Alive and Kicking in Your Culture by Drew Marshall What are tells? A tell is an unwitting signal made by a player in a poker game. It is any clue, habit, behavior, or physical reaction that gives other players more information about your hand. Organizations have tells, too, signs, patterns, and behaviors that indicate what is ...

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