11.27.2013
How does your organization view creativity? Is it a risky use of your time or a necessary component of your business? In a world where CEOs demand that one-fifth of revenues must come from new sources, creativity is essential to producing new ideas that challenge traditional beliefs. According to...
11.18.2013
Last Spring, city officials in Paris wanted to keep urban lawns trimmed in an eco-friendly way. They decided to employ sheep, rather than people, to do the job. Not only did they save money on labor costs, they also saved the lives of hundreds of Oussant sheep, which were in danger of becoming...
11.14.2013
The trouble with innovation is that by definition it’s a broad concept. With something so large and unwieldy, how can it ever be truly managed? It’s a question we’ve been asked many times over many years. If everything can be an innovation then nothing is an innovation – so how do we even begin to...
11.05.2013
Organizations often begin the innovation process by selecting top innovators to lead it - the "build it and they will come" strategy. Putting innovators at high levels helps demonstrate your commitment to innovation but it is not enough to sustain an embedded innovation program. Innovation must be...
10.30.2013
Not all entrepreneurs are wide-eyed dreamers who strike it lucky. They’re very often just people particularly driven by opportunity. They may exist in your organization, and you don’t even know it. We call them intrapreneurs and they are different from entrepreneurs in that they take their idea-...
10.23.2013
Organizations commonly hit a wall at the “fuzzy" or "cloudy front end” of innovation, where the view of the Next Big Thing is blocked by uncertainty and doubt over where to begin. This can be overcome, but it takes a carefully crafted process of Discovery to cut through the cloudiness. Before...
10.17.2013
In online collaborative innovation, a project leader must fulfill several roles as different phases of the innovation process require different actions. Sometimes the project leader has to design the online campaign, then he or she must engage participants and manage the project. Along the way...
Sara Husk
10.07.2013
We arrive at Kotter’s last step, Make It Stick – a complete culture change. In innovation it’s the Holy Grail achieved through a long, well thought-out, well-resourced journey. At this step we have our process and metrics in place. Now, based on results, let’s consider ongoing recognition programs...