Tag Archives: Creativity

Keep Innovation Management Simple

Keep Innovation Management Simple

Innovation is the lifeblood of business growth.  Innovation management is also a process; a means of getting the right product to the right people at the right time. Yet all too often innovation management doesn’t work well.  It can be uncoordinated, out of sequence, either cutting corners or over-engineered.  Innovation initiatives often start with generating broad ideas out of context.  ...

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Leonard Cohen R.I.P.

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A few years back I performed a tribute to Leonard Cohen at The Edinburgh Festival. As a result I became fascinated by the man behind the seemingly sombre songs, although I came to learn of a much lighter and humorous individual behind the poems through that process. In common with other poets who set their work to music such as ...

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The Tesla of Bikes Got a Brilliant Idea

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What do you do when you sell expensive products online, and they arrive at your customers damaged? You have to come up with a brilliant idea. Check it out. Products getting damaged while being shipped, was a real challenge for Dutch bicycle manufacturer VanMoof, ‘the Tesla of Bikes’. They manufacture street bikes that are at the high-end of the market, equipped ...

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Making innovation a habit – the birth of the creative leader

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“The traditional way we’ve thought about leadership—which I would describe as leading from the front, this idea that someone is at the top making all of the decisions—is not the most effective way of unlocking the creativity of an organization, whether it’s a traditional design organization, like an Ideo, or a company that’s trying to be more creative in the ...

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Innovation Needs a Home

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Innovation Needs a Home An innovation program needs a home. Many believe it should be as close to the business units or revenue source as possible. While occasionally this works, I have found if the innovation program is placed inside the business unit, typically it results in improvements vs. innovation. Innovation based in the individual business units is generally focused ...

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How to Create an Innovative Business Model?

How to Create an Innovative Business Model?

Editor’s note: Nike, the iconic change agent, perfectly symbolizes not only the energy, focus, and discipline to achieve success, but the excitement that continues to ignite individuals and companies everywhere. “Just Do It” seemed to charge out of the gate as a viral and immortal brand. Author and IX contributor, Gijs van Wulfen, guides us in answering the question that ...

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Generating Discovery for Innovation

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Just in case you haven’t seen the latest Star Trek movie yet, here is one of its key messages; “You know the greatest danger facing us is ourselves, an irrational fear of the unknown. But there’s no such thing as the unknown– only things temporarily hidden, temporarily not understood” Our approach to innovation at ImagineNation™ enables you to generate discovery ...

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Want To Hire Innovators? Here’s How You’re Dismissing Them

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Most organizations are not set up to hire innovators, rather they filter them out. Why? Because they follow the tried and true solid advice for making good hiring decisions: hire for culture-fit. To hire for culture-fit is to hire for comfort, the short-term, sameness; to keep optimizing what is rather than creating what’s next. The problem with hiring for culture-fit ...

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Paris Accenture Innovation Center: Creativity on starting-blocks

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What is the Paris Accenture Innovation Center ? In a nutshell, a dizzying innovation team, acting in a tremendous place for creativity! Albane Liger Belair, Accenture Paris Innovation Center Director, and her deputy, in charge of the program lead, Mathieu Cambe, kindly walked me through this amazing space. Identity and purpose Paris Accenture Innovation Center opened in April 2016. Other ...

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Personal Mastery : An interview with Ida Nielsen – Bass Anchor for Prince

Personal Mastery : An interview with Ida Nielsen - Bass Anchor for Prince - Innovation Excellence

I had the unique privilege of interviewing Ida Nielsen, bass anchor for Prince and now stepping out in her own right as a singer – songwriter, following Prince’s tragic and premature death, age 57. In the interview and subsequent private conversations with Ida I discussed a number of topics with parallel lessons for anyone seeking to innovate by breaking the mould. Discipline ...

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