Developing an Innovation Culture (the TBX approach)


Having been involved in several efforts on developing the innovation culture within companies, I have learned that you need to work with three organizational approaches. I call this the TBX approach: T (Top Down) Get the executives onboard and make them personally committed to the innovation activities. Without executive support, no change occurs. B (Bottom Up) Value creation begins with ...

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Optimizing Innovation – Dr. Daniel Sturman of Google


We are happy to bring you some of the key points and insights from Dr. Daniel Sturman’s talk at the Optimizing Innovation Conference, which was held October 21-22, 2009 in New York City. Dr. Daniel Sturman, Engineering Director at Google, spoke from an engineer’s perspective, not from an innovation director’s perspective, about the culture at Google. The main key in ...

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Creating an Improved Environment for Innovation

Thomas Alva Edison was a failure. It has been said that he “went back to the drawing board” more than 6,000 times before finding the right plant to produce a carbonized filament for his incandescent light bulb. Six thousand times. Do you have that kind of innovative stamina? It’s been said that: Risk + Experimentation (+ Failure) = Improved Environment ...

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Identifying the Innovators in your Firm


Thanks to Twitter, much of my research is done for me. I found a story linked on Twitter about the key innovation characteristics of leaders in innovative firms. That article was published by HBR. The five attributes the authors identified as relevant for innovation are: associating (making connections across unrelated ideas or problems), questioning (especially focused on “what if” or ...

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Cooking Up Some Innovation


I’ve been thinking for a while about the perfect physical space for innovation. When we work with our clients we often are asked to help design a physical space for the team to work in. This should be a space that is open, colorful, inviting and really different from the regular work environment. The space needs to remind the people ...

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Why can’t your firm innovate?


by Jeffrey Phillips Recently there’s been a debate about why larger firms can’t innovate. Perhaps they are too comfortable. Perhaps they are too afraid to cannibalize their markets. Perhaps they are afraid of risk and uncertainty. Perhaps, Perhaps. Or maybe they operate under a management model that rewards compliance and punishes creativity. Now I think we are getting to the ...

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Save the World – One Action at a Time


Saving water is going to become ever more important as time goes on. If you’re easily offended, skip this one, but it’s really pretty harmless and the ad campaign referenced is targeted at children. by Kevin Roberts A great ad is one that can be understood across borders without the need for subtitles or translation. That’s the case with the ...

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Making Innovation Work in a Downturn


In this latest podcast, IAM Talking with Carlos Dominguez, Senior Vice President in Cisco’s Office of the Chairman of the Board and CEO. Carlos has worked at Cisco for 17 years in a variety of roles, and advocates for the broad and creative use of technologies that are transforming how companies do business, creating distinct competitive advantages and new business ...

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14 Most Important Innovation Factors

I came across a nice 2003 study by Dutch academics titled, “SME innovation and the crucial role of the entrepreneur.” The study’s purpose was to ask small and midsize enterprises (SMEs) what they viewed the most important factors in innovation to be. In this study, SMEs consist of 100 employees or less. Rather than have the businesses come up with ...

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