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Developing an Innovation Vision

You cannot expect your team to be innovative if they do not know the direction in which they are headed. Innovation must have a purpose. It is up to the leader to set the course and give a bearing for the future. This is set in broad terms and is described as the mission, core purpose or vision for the ...

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Optimizing Innovation – Panel Discussion

We are happy to bring you some of the key points and insights from a panel discussion at the Optimizing Innovation Conference, which was held October 21-22, 2009 in New York City. The panel topic was “Successfully Innovating in the Current Economy”. The panelists were Robert Repetto (Wyeth Biotech), Halina Karachuck (AXA Equitable), Randy Calson (Diageo), and Karen Morris (Chartis ...

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Optimizing Innovation – Jack Anderson of Chevron

We are happy to bring you some of the key points and insights from Jack Anderson’s talk at the Optimizing Innovation Conference, which was held October 21-22, 2009 in New York City. Jack Anderson, Innovation Specialist at Chevron, spoke first about innovation and IT’s overall posture (High Level IT Posture Within the Organization): Systematic innovation Managed innovation Defined innovation Sporadic ...

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Inspiring Innovation

From small startups to world leadership organizations, innovation is a must for business to thrive and perpetuate. How can your organization inspire innovation? With long-term commitment to progress of the process, leaders must drive the journey from start through finish. Clearly-defined expectations towards the progress, as well as a definitive end-result are imperative elements involved. As a leader, one must ...

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Innovation Velocity

Developing Agile Innovation Leadership through Gaming by Simon Evans and Victor Newman The Problem with Innovation It is a truism that armies tend to continue to fight their last war and need to go through bitter learning experiences before they can understand and adapt to the new, emergent rules of conflict. Present innovation thinking is constrained by legacy successes achieved ...

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Is Operational Excellence the Enemy?

OK I admit it. I’ve grown frustrated by the fact that a capability or insight that proves valuable to an organization – operational excellence – is also such a big impediment to innovation. It’s strange that something that in some regards is so good for an organization can also be so detrimental as well. How, you might ask, is a ...

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An Innovation ‘Quick Fix’

Recently we received a call from a potential client. The individuals I spoke with noted a number of significant issues preventing them from innovation effectively. As I recall there were several significant issues: an ‘engineering’ oriented culture, several large customers who demanded exceptionally high quality, few competitors and a complete lack of risk taking in the organization. The good news ...

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Instinctual Innovation versus Intellectual Innovation

One of the best Twitter names that I’ve come across recently is @ShowerThinker. It’s an account for an inventor that makes post-it notes for the shower called Aqua Notes. This Twitter name captures a well-understood fact – that a lot of great ideas (and ultimately innovations) come to us not from brainstorming, but from the connection to our subconscious that ...

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