Corporate Innovation – Both Emergent and Managed


Item #1, The Crowd Is Wise (When It’s Focused), New York Times: “Successful projects are typically hybrids of ideas flowing from a decentralized crowd and a hierarchy winnowing and making decisions.” Item #2, Innovation Management an Oxymoron, Paul Golding: “When I get requests for ‘sync up’ and ‘co-ordination’ and ‘alignment’ and all those other management ‘control’ phrases, I know that ...

Read More »

Crisis or Opportunity?


No one in their right mind would suggest that an economic collapse was just what we needed, but sometimes, tough times do throw up opportunities we don’t hear when the bulls are roaring. I remember back in the 1970s, New York was a very different city to the one we know now. It had a gritty edge and the sense ...

Read More »

Innovation or Extinction?


Adapting your small business or nonprofit during the recession may be difficult – even painful – but it must be done or you risk joining the dinosaur in extinction. At this point, you’ve most likely gotten past being frozen by the depth and breadth of the recession. You’ve cut your budgets and staff to the bone and are lean and ...

Read More »

Innovation Multiplication


I came across an interesting video with economist Alex Tabarrok talking about the incredible rate of progress in idea creation in the last 50 years and the prognosis for the next 100 years. His main premise? “One Idea, One World, One Market” Check out the video: The video does a great job of visualizing part of the reason that the ...

Read More »

The Golden Rules of Innovation


Like any other core business process there are some ‘rules’ of innovation management which will maximise the probability of success. These come under what we call “The 6 Ps”: PLANNING – Innovation must be linked to strategy Successful leaders link core business processes to their strategic goals and annual business planning targets, and innovation is no exception. Use a product-market ...

Read More »

Do Rewards Kill Innovation and Creativity?


I am constantly asked how to best structure a financial reward system in an effort to motivate people to contribute ideas and improvements. My answer: Just say no. Combined research from the Employee Involvement Association and Japan Human Relations Association reveals that the average number of ideas submitted per employee annually is 100 times greater in Japanese companies than in ...

Read More »

Designing a Sustainable Paris


In the race to create a sustainable world, designers will be key players. I’ve always been a big design fan and I salute the new sense of purpose now apparent in every aspect of this industry. It’s becoming more experimental, more challenging, more ethical, and more exciting without losing its core functions – to stimulate ideas, change behavior, and offer ...

Read More »

Social Media and Music – Ideal Partners?


Quiet Company – “It’s Better To Spend Money Like There’s No Tomorrow Than Spend Tonight Like There’s No Money” I recently became aware of TheSixtyOne, an online music community where “artists upload their work for review, but, rather than allow a stuffy suit in a boardroom to decide what’s good, thousands of listeners do.” Since I canceled my account ...

Read More »

Incorporating Social Media into the Conversation


I came across an interesting Fast Company blog article from Steve Rubel titled “How to Captivate and Hold Attention in the Age of the Stream” that caused me to think about parallels between digital media and physical media. Here is an excerpt: “Imagine for a moment that you’re standing on an overpass high above a busy L.A. freeway like the ...

Read More »