Tag Archives: Achieving Innovation

When More is Less in Crowd-sourcing Innovation

In most organizations, there is an omnipresent quest for more. With crowd-sourcing innovation programs, the first impulse is to seek more ideas. Is more really better? What about idea quality? Does ‘more ideas’ work against idea quality? And if so, then what do you do about it? In 2011, I launched the employee open innovation program at UnitedHealth Group (Fortune ...

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Achieving Your New Year’s Innovation Resolutions

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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An Innovation Lesson From American Idol

Singing is one of those skills that is difficult to evaluate in ourselves. We rely on feedback from others to determine how we’re doing. (Think of American Idol.) The personal capacity to innovate is a lot like that. It’s difficult to gain an accurate sense of our own creativity or analytical skills or insight. How often have you seen people either discount their creativity or exaggerate it? It’s quite common…and not just in singing competitions.

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The Universal Challenge of Entrepreneurs and Innovators

Niccolo Machiavelli wrote, “There is nothing more difficult to plan, more doubtful of success, nor more dangerous to manage than the creation of a new order of things.” He was talking about politics and government but it applies equally well to any new venture. It is the universal experience of everyone who has ever tried: It’s not going to go exactly like you think it will. You will have to make adjustments.

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