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New paths to innovation in manufacturing

Over the past several years we've seen a shift in the innovation efforts of traditional manufacturing companies. While new ideas typically were left to the folks in R&D, that often gave business leaders a bevy of incremental improvements and occasional, often random breakthroughs.

That system is hard to manage, and hard to qualify.

As more organizations begin to operationalize innovation, their breakthroughs are expanding. Goodyear, for example, opened a communication channel to its suppliers to improve the ways in which they work with each other.

New paths to innovation in manufacturing

Over the past several years we've seen a shift in the innovation efforts of traditional manufacturing companies. While new ideas typically were left to the folks in R&D, that often gave business leaders a bevy of incremental improvements and occasional, often random breakthroughs.

That system is hard to manage, and hard to qualify.

As more organizations begin to operationalize innovation, their breakthroughs are expanding. Goodyear, for example, opened a communication channel to its suppliers to improve the ways in which they work with each other.

New paths to innovation in manufacturing

Over the past several years we've seen a shift in the innovation efforts of traditional manufacturing companies. While new ideas typically were left to the folks in R&D, that often gave business leaders a bevy of incremental improvements and occasional, often random breakthroughs.

That system is hard to manage, and hard to qualify.

As more organizations begin to operationalize innovation, their breakthroughs are expanding. Goodyear, for example, opened a communication channel to its suppliers to improve the ways in which they work with each other.

New paths to innovation in manufacturing

Over the past several years we've seen a shift in the innovation efforts of traditional manufacturing companies. While new ideas typically were left to the folks in R&D, that often gave business leaders a bevy of incremental improvements and occasional, often random breakthroughs.

That system is hard to manage, and hard to qualify.

As more organizations begin to operationalize innovation, their breakthroughs are expanding. Goodyear, for example, opened a communication channel to its suppliers to improve the ways in which they work with each other.

How to cure world hunger

I've had the opportunity to design and run hundreds of ideation events on all types of topics for a variety of clients, both big and small. One constant in all of this is what I coin the "Cure World Hunger" topic.

These types of topics are generally very vague and very high level, like curing world hunger. For whatever reason, most clients always start at this level of abstraction; especially when it comes to "Cost Cutting/Saving" topics.

Some would argue a wide-open and unrestrictive topic is a good thing.

How to cure world hunger

I've had the opportunity to design and run hundreds of ideation events on all types of topics for a variety of clients, both big and small. One constant in all of this is what I coin the "Cure World Hunger" topic.

These types of topics are generally very vague and very high level, like curing world hunger. For whatever reason, most clients always start at this level of abstraction; especially when it comes to "Cost Cutting/Saving" topics.

Some would argue a wide-open and unrestrictive topic is a good thing.

How to cure world hunger

I've had the opportunity to design and run hundreds of ideation events on all types of topics for a variety of clients, both big and small. One constant in all of this is what I coin the "Cure World Hunger" topic.

These types of topics are generally very vague and very high level, like curing world hunger. For whatever reason, most clients always start at this level of abstraction; especially when it comes to "Cost Cutting/Saving" topics.

Some would argue a wide-open and unrestrictive topic is a good thing.

Defining Innovation

Here’s another favourite question to ask when I meet innovation leaders: What is your definition of Innovation? Take a minute and think of yours before you read on.

It’s such a simple and obvious question, but it can be quite revealing about ambitions, alignment, focus and beliefs. There are no right or wrong answers – although sometimes I have to admit there can be disagreements and opportunities to redefine our definition of innovation when we reveal them, especially as our priorities, focus and paradigms change.

Defining Innovation

Here’s another favourite question to ask when I meet innovation leaders: What is your definition of Innovation? Take a minute and think of yours before you read on.

It’s such a simple and obvious question, but it can be quite revealing about ambitions, alignment, focus and beliefs. There are no right or wrong answers – although sometimes I have to admit there can be disagreements and opportunities to redefine our definition of innovation when we reveal them, especially as our priorities, focus and paradigms change.

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