Tag Archives: Creativity

The Corporate Inquisition of Intuition

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While there are clear benefits of data and analytics when applied to growth efforts, a widespread, unhealthy dependence on a purely analytical approach to business cripples too many corporations. While small- and mid-sized organizations still welcome some calculated risks backed by and bet on a team of spirited rising leaders, corporations appear more risk averse to their approach to launching ...

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Innovation Failure Lessons from Virgin, Pfizer, Rock n Roll

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I was called up by Sir Richard Branson's first hire at Virgin Atlantic and recommended to contact a company called F*** Up Nights. Virgin's David Tait had spoken at one of their events in NYC on Virgin's more glorious failures and he thought I may have a story to share. Failure can be a much more powerful learning tool in business than success if we are willing to learn from it.

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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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Six Sets of Eyes for Innovation

Six Sets of Eyes for Innovation

To successfully foster an innovation, you have to look through at least six different sets of eyes. First, you have to unlearn everything you know. Admit it. You are biased, pre-programmed, and your bonus is tied into business results. Apply sincere empathy with people who do not know as much as you. To enter a beginner’s mind and renew how you ...

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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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