Strategy

How to Protect Breakthrough Innovation

How to Protect Breakthrough Innovation

A company’s portfolio can generally be segmented into three types of innovation: incremental, adjacent, and breakthrough. Incremental innovations are minor improvements to existing products or small steps in to a new market. Adjacent innovations are more novel than incremental innovations and often involve applying an existing core competency in a new area. Breakthrough innovations, often referred to as transformational, radical, ...

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Does the new need to be new?

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Does every innovation need new technology, or a new manufacturing process, or a new patent? Does it need to be new for the sake of it? Not if you understand exactly what you have before you start, and how it can be exploited further to meet new demands in the marketplace.

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Three Practical Ways to Turn Naysayers into Innovators

Outsmart Your Instincts

Finding new product ideas and innovations to excite customers requires colossal creative effort and a certain comfort level with risk-taking. The considerable effort to take a product from idea to development to launch is both time and energy intensive. If it also demands dealing with naysayers at the table who poke holes in every idea expressed along the way, valuable ...

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Ethnography Alone Cannot Generate Transformative Insights

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Consumer anthropology offers such refreshing insights into the marketplace, re-humanizing the relationship between people, things and stores in very profound and moving ways. This movement also has helped stores get their noses out of spreadsheet and theories and keep their eye on the customer experience. Whether in-store or online, this ethnographic sensitivity has positively been leveraged to optimize the present ...

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The 9 Key Behaviors of Top Problem Solvers

The 9 Key Behaviors of Top Problem Solvers

The great problem solvers of the world are no smarter than anyone else. What sets them apart are the behaviors they use on the hunt for solutions. We’ve all had times when something’s broken and we can’t seem to fix it. Instead we often create complicated workarounds, or just live with the dysfunction.    Both approaches are not genuine solutions. ...

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Top 100 Innovation Articles of 2016

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    Building upon the success of Braden Kelley’s Blogging Innovation, we launched Innovation Excellence on August 1, 2011 and so 2016 was our fifth full year of operations. To celebrate we’ve pulled together the Top 100 Innovation Articles of 2016 from our archive of over 7,500 innovation-related articles from more than 400 contributing authors. Click the link if you ...

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Achieving Your New Year’s Innovation Resolutions

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The annual cycle of introspection and planning is upon us. But only 8% of us will actually achieve our New Year resolutions and the organizations we work for will not fare much better. Common reasons for failure include unrealistic goals, not tracking progress and simply neglecting the commitment altogether. Innovation is top of mind for most organizations and executives. But ...

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50 Quotes to Spark a Culture of Innovation in 2017

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An inspiring quote is a great tool for changing a mindset. I made a personal collection of 50 outstanding quotes on change and innovation. Use them to inspire others to start a culture of change, to think different and to prioritize change and innovation at the start of 2017. 1. Nothing is stronger than habit. [Ovid] 2. If you always ...

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