Management

Caution! Innovator Crossing

Are You Indispensable at Work? In a time of economic disruption, unprecedented downsizings, budgetary cutbacks and the constant pressure to outsource more and more routine functions (and the employees who perform them), advice on professional survival always seems to convey the same tired message: Be visible. Don’t make enemies. Brown nose the boss. And work even harder. In reality, you ...

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Don't Take Your Eye Off the Innovation Ball

I’d like to tell you a parable about an innovation effort. This parable has the additional benefit of being true, though the names and descriptions have changed to protect the innocent. As many of you will know, a parable is a story that instructs or informs. I hope this parable will instruct and inform many of you. The parable has ...

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The Innovator’s Toolbox

Seven Tips for Developing Experimenting Skills Innovators engage in three types of experimenting to generate data and spark new insights: trying out new experiences, taking things apart, and testing ideas by creating prototypes and pilots. Although questioning, observing, and networking are excellent for providing data about the past and present, experimenting is the best technique for generating data on what ...

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Little Innovations Matter

What’s better…. a lot of little innovations or one big innovation? If we had to choose, would it better to have an economy made up of a lot of firms trying to make small improvements to their business or do we want a game-changer like Apple or Google? The big innovations are glamorous and they become part of business folklore. ...

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Declaration of Innovation

We believe that innovation is not about silos – it happens at the intersections. We therefore commit ourselves to building a global community around innovation that will maximize connection and conversation across the world, helping to create the unique intersections that become the birthplace of big, breakthrough ideas.

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Innovation is All About Value

I’ve been talking for a while now in my speeches how crucial value is to innovation. It is no consequence as a result that value sits at the center of my definition of innovation: Innovation transforms the useful seeds of invention into solutions valued above every existing alternative – and widely adopted. In this definition you will also see that ...

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Innovation Process Management (IPM)

With the growing popularity of innovation initiatives, ever more companies are launching their own actions. However, many are going forward in a piecemeal fashion, running a brainstorming event here, trying out an ideas campaign there and promoting innovation in vague ways in marketing communications. Such an approach works, somewhat, but it is not ideal. The best approach is to have ...

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Leadership and Loyalty

For those of you not familiar with the two characters from Band of Brothers depicted above, they are polar opposites in terms of their approach to leadership. Captain Soble (left) represents a leader in rank only, whose efforts to intimidate his men are a classic example of fear based leadership. Shown at right is Lt. Winters, who leads by example ...

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