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Unleashing Innovation Within Your Company

Is innovation embedded into every thread of your company? Or is innovation still something that is truly yet to be realized?

Most companies have a huge untapped potential that they are not fully utilizing. Your employees, partners, customers and vendors have a plethora of ideas. However, ideas are not enough. You need to figure out how to cross the chasm from idea to reality. This requires a commitment and allocation of prioritized resources. Then, of course, you need to execute.

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Analytics: The Business Value Beyond New Ideas

Many of us innovation practitioners have found that the business topic of innovation is increasingly devolving into a search for that one magic idea that will change your enterprise, sort of like a more mature version of Pokemon-Go.

Some of this devolution is due to the emergence of ever-simpler software tools in the innovation area that ‘game-ify’ the experience and seek to solicit as many participants as they can entice, hoping that its primary goal of uncovering the great ‘idea’ can just be conjured by ‘fun.’

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Analytics: The Business Value Beyond New Ideas

Many of us innovation practitioners have found that the business topic of innovation is increasingly devolving into a search for that one magic idea that will change your enterprise, sort of like a more mature version of Pokemon-Go.

Some of this devolution is due to the emergence of ever-simpler software tools in the innovation area that ‘game-ify’ the experience and seek to solicit as many participants as they can entice, hoping that its primary goal of uncovering the great ‘idea’ can just be conjured by ‘fun.’

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Innovation Fertility


What is Your Company’s Innovation Fertility?

Collecting new ideas is table stakes in the innovation management domain. Without a fertile climate for innovation, more ideas simply lead to more wasted opportunities. It is the creative use of the collected data, not just the ideas themselves, which raises the game – which we refer to as ‘innovation fertility’.

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Beneath the Jargon: where "transformation" meets innovation

Take a ‘hot’ business word of today: transformation.

For years, I stopped using the word ‘transformation.’ It was pervasive; it was flung about in workshops and articles, books and business meetings, from Cape Town to Cairo, Seoul to Singapore, in different industries, in different sizes of firms. It struck me as a weighty word, in the sense of carrying lots of calories but without any real nutrients, a justification to charge more $ / hour if it was used. So, I stopped using it.

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Beneath the Jargon: where "transformation" meets innovation

Take a ‘hot’ business word of today: transformation.

For years, I stopped using the word ‘transformation.’ It was pervasive; it was flung about in workshops and articles, books and business meetings, from Cape Town to Cairo, Seoul to Singapore, in different industries, in different sizes of firms. It struck me as a weighty word, in the sense of carrying lots of calories but without any real nutrients, a justification to charge more $ / hour if it was used. So, I stopped using it.

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5 Ways to Fail at Innovation

Most innovators are optimists. There’s no such thing as a bad idea – only an unfinished one. Every setback is an opportunity in disguise. Even failure itself has become a virtue.

Yet, within corporations, innovation programs are fragile things. Large portions of the organization view the innovation team as a foreign entity. Innovation programs thrive on processes and metrics that don’t mesh easily with the core. For corporate innovators, risk lies around every corner.

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5 Ways to Fail at Innovation

Most innovators are optimists. There’s no such thing as a bad idea – only an unfinished one. Every setback is an opportunity in disguise. Even failure itself has become a virtue.

Yet, within corporations, innovation programs are fragile things. Large portions of the organization view the innovation team as a foreign entity. Innovation programs thrive on processes and metrics that don’t mesh easily with the core. For corporate innovators, risk lies around every corner.

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Crossing the Chasm: Overcoming hurdles to scaling innovation

To put it simply, everyone has good ideas -- and some have great ideas. But the imperative of any innovation program is in its ability to scale and realize its financial promise. We call this “crossing the chasm.”

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Crossing the Chasm: Overcoming hurdles to scaling innovation

To put it simply, everyone has good ideas -- and some have great ideas. But the imperative of any innovation program is in its ability to scale and realize its financial promise. We call this “crossing the chasm.”

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