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Five Common Innovation and Change Mistakes

Common Wisdom Regarding Purposeful Or Successful Innovation Is Wrong by Idris Mootee Walk into a Barnes and Noble you can find dozens of books on innovation. There are books ranging from teaching the ‘how to” to teaching creative thinking. There are not many good ones simply because the subject is a moving target with rules being broken and created every ...

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Building Corporate Innovation Capability

Great Initiative from Statkraft by Stefan Lindegaard I have been invited to work with Statkraft, Europe’s largest renewable energy company on their Innovation Agent Programme. This is the second year, I am involved in this programme and I am quite impressed by their efforts. A key goal of the programme is to increase Statkraft’s innovation capability. This is partly measured ...

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Linking Strategy with Innovation

As difficult as it is to get a group of people to agree on a definition of innovation, it is even more complicated to get people to agree on what constitutes strategy. Strategy is about positioning for sustainable competitive advantage, making choices about which industries, products, services to deliver, and allocating resources to achieve the unique competitive position an organization ...

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Innovation Perspectives – Tangible and Measurable

This is the ninth of several ‘Innovation Perspectives‘ articles we will publish this week from multiple authors to get different perspectives on ‘What are three specific actions that a non-innovative company can take to become more innovative?’. Here is the next perspective in the series: by Bryan Mahoney Innovation journeys can begin by asking yourself one question: Where do I ...

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Innovation Perspectives – Create an Honest Crisis

This is the eighth of several ‘Innovation Perspectives‘ articles we will publish this week from multiple authors to get different perspectives on ‘What are three specific actions that a non-innovative company can take to become more innovative?’. Here is the next perspective in the series: by Kevin McFarthing The pressures on all companies today are increasing, and even non-innovative companies ...

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Innovation Perspectives – Turnaround Innovation

This is the fourth of several ‘Innovation Perspectives‘ articles we will publish this week from multiple authors to get different perspectives on ‘What are three specific actions that a non-innovative company can take to become more innovative?’. Here is the next perspective in the series: Three Real Lessons (plus One) for Turnaround Innovation by Mike Brown What three specific things ...

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Building a Culture of Innovation From the Inside Out

A Kaiser Permanente Perspective by Jennifer Ruzek Liebermann (via THCB) “How do you inspire and enable innovation in a large organization?” That’s the question I grapple with daily as director of Kaiser Permanente’s health care innovation center. I’ve observed that it isn’t sufficient to have a dedicated Innovation Center, an Innovation & Advanced Technology Group, or in-house Innovation Consultancy design ...

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Innovation Governance – Adding Guidance and Essential Support

Companies and organizations turn to governing boards for so many critical elements these days. Boards of Directors guide overall strategy and direction. Appointed Audit Committees pore over corporate financials and performance. HR / Compensation Committees ensure the organization’s on track with hiring and benefits that keep it competitive. Each has been formed to inform, advice and support the CEO in ...

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Part 3 – Three Innovation Distinctions

This is the third of my “Innovation Distinctions” entries. In the first part of this series, I wrote why you should focus on “Challenges, not Ideas.” Next, I addressed the distinction of “Process, not Events.” In this final entry, I discuss why innovation requires “Diversity not Homogeneity.” Be sure to read the previous two articles before reading this one. As ...

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Part 2 – Three Innovation Distinctions

In the first part of this series, I wrote why you should focus on challenges, not ideas. You should read that article before proceeding. In this second entry, I will focus on “Process, not Events.” I first shared these three distinctions with a bunch of speakers and authors. In the speaking industry, conferences/conventions are the primary model for professional development. ...

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