8 Ways to Deliberately Innovate

We all want to innovate better. Part of innovation is deciding to innovate. Wikipedia says “The goal of innovation is positive change”. This should be our goal. Can we decide to innovate? Absolutely. Knowing what you want to innovate around and defining the goal can be a great start. So start by defining success. Once you have your goal, it ...

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Make Innovation Everybody’s Business

“People around here wait to be told what to do,” grumbled the CEO of a billion dollar foods company the other day, just as I was about to speak to his managers. “But things are changing so rapidly in our markets that I can’t possibly come up with all the good ideas. I need ideas from everybody and frankly I’m ...

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Vision and Passion for Innovation Success

As a consultant who works in the innovation space, I’ve seen lots of innovation initiatives. Some were successful in spite of themselves, and some were failures even when all the “right” people were involved. Some rely overmuch on technology, and some succeed using paper and pencil. Some have plenty of training and process, some purely adhoc. But the common denominators ...

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Marketing Success

How do you know when marketing is out of control? Those of you familiar with this blog know that I’m generally a strong marketing advocate. That said, my typical pro-marketing position assumes that certain key fundamentals are in place to insure that the lunatics don’t somehow become in charge of the asylum. In today’s post I’ll discuss how to keep ...

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Idea Of D.School Meets B.School is Not New

Three People Advocated It Very Early On by Idris Mootee I was speaking a keynote yesterday at an Innovation Camp. It was great place to share our stories and our journey to make innovation a ‘business’ discipline. I showed the audience the path to innovation is never a logical one. The fuzziness goes beyond the front end and extends into ...

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P&G and the Future of (Open) Innovation

In this post, I am pleased to be able to share some insights on what Chris Thoen, Managing Director of Open Innovation at P&G believes will drive and/or impact the future of (open) innovation. Developing regions: There will be a tremendous amount of innovation in and from developing regions which is driven by population as well as capability growth in ...

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June 2010 Sponsor – Spigit

Thank you to Spigit for sponsoring Blogging Innovation for June 2010. Today, Spigit announced the availability of version 3.0 of its idea management software platform, S3. This latest version is based on an entirely new widget-based framework that enhances the flexibility and scalability of Spigit’s award-winning platform, allowing it to truly adapt with the needs of a business or organization. ...

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Search Less for Innovation

In search of new ideas: he who searches less, will find more! We all search for new ideas, but we all know that real good ideas are really difficult to find. To find new ideas, many times we look at what competitors do well, try to benchmark their best practices, we search in patent data bases, we realize brainstorm sessions, ...

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Crowdsourcing Moves Beyond Open Innovation

Point: Crowdsourcing is maturing beyond its amateur-content and open innovation origins toward core business processes. Story: In the beginning, companies used crowdsourcing as part of their open innovation efforts to get new ideas from lead users, customers, and the world at large. But now, entrepreneurial companies such as Trada and CloudCrowd are moving beyond one-off design efforts and contests (e.g., ...

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Seven Words to Transform Your Sales

You can get lost in the never-ending stream of suggestions, advice and best practices to improve your sales & marketing performance. And although much of it is great, we still need to boil things down to simpler direction that can be quickly & easily folded into the work we do on a daily basis to close new business. Here, then, ...

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