Who is Responsible for Innovation?

I run across a lot of organisations that say that ‘innovation’ is one of their core values, but their actions don’t support innovation at all. Every once in a while, one of them decides that it is time to get serious about innovation, and that’s when I get called in to help. As John has described, one of the first ...

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It's Not Rocket Science

For those of you who asked, here is the video of my six minute speech at the TEDx NASA conference. Enjoy. Stephen Shapiro is the author of three books, a popular innovation speaker, and is the Chief Innovation Evangelist for Innocentive, the leader in Open Innovation.

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Call for January 'Innovation Perspectives'

January’s opportunity to contribute your Innovation Perspectives is now here. This monthly feature presents our loyal readers with different perspectives on a single topic all in one place – from several different authors. It gives our innovation community the opportunity to compare, contrast and discuss them in the comments here on Blogging Innovation and with the 1,600+ people in the ...

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The Paradox of Innovation from 30,000 Feet

It’s About the Journey, Not the Destination by Robert F. Brands In the C-suites of corporate America, innovation has become a mandate. Executives – from CEOs to marketing officers – believe that to innovate is to embrace the Holy Grail of 21st Century business. But is innovation alone the answer? Is the end – innovation – capable of surviving solely ...

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You're Crowdsourcing Innovation Wrong

ComMetrics is a social media analytics company, a division of CyTRAP Labs GmbH. ComMetrics is well-known in the industry, including its FT ComMetrics Blog Index. The company published a useful piece, Crowd-wisdom fails businesses. The basic premise is that crowds do not innovate. It’s useful, because it contains both truths and misconceptions about the role of communities in the innovation ...

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Will Avatar Spark More Originality?

Avatar, opening in the US tomorrow, has Hollywood holding its breath. The $350 million spectacle by writer/director James Cameron seems destined to one of only two possible fates: spectacular blockbuster or massive bomb. The middle road never seems open to Cameron, who famously drives Tinsel-town bean-counters bonkers with his uncompromising vision and gargantuan budgets. Sigourney Weaver calls him an “idealistic ...

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Now is the Time to Innovate

Have you given up on innovation? MIT’s Michael Schrage says that can be fatal to any company, no matter the industry. Schrage offers an interesting counterpoint to a famous statement by Columbia Business School’s Bruce Greenwald, who said, “In the long run, everything is a toaster.” Schrage disagrees, citing the evolution of two-sided toasting (1919), toaster ovens (1950s) and digital ...

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Live Out a Positive Life

My dad came back from Ed Foreman’s Successful Life Course in the mid 1980s with a new favorite word, “TERRIFIC!!!” as the all-the-time answer to the question, “How are you doing?” Back then, it was bothersome to me because it was clear he wasn’t always TERRIFIC. Years later after listening to some of Foreman’s tapes and seeing him live, I ...

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