Nov 15, 2011 | By: InnovationTools.com
Seizing the opportunities of tomorrow calls for leadership. It means taking off the blinders of what is in order to see what could be.
Nov 09, 2011 | By: InnovationTools.com
In today’s interconnected and interdependent organizations even the most passionate and effective champion needs support and resources.
Nov 08, 2011 | By: InnovationTools.com
Innovations, breakthroughs and major changes often come from unpredictable chaotic, and random events. Here are some tips on how to be open to these innovation opportunities from Jim Clemmer.
Nov 02, 2011 | By: InnovationTools.com
The right open innovation strategy can yield performance benefits. But first your company needs to overcome “not-invented-here” and “not-sold-here” attitudes.
| By: InnovationTools.com
A small number of “idea scouts” and “idea connectors” are disproportionately influential in producing successful open innovation outcomes. Smart companies make sure they are linked.
Nov 01, 2011 | By: Kay Plantes
It used to be that “systems thinking” was a specialty reserved for a select few intellectuals. Now that it’s clear every element of our work is part of a larger system that visibly and invisibly shapes our individual and organizational opportunities and risks, it’s time for all us, and especially those looking towards innovation, to become systems thinkers. Why? Understanding system dynamics provides insights into where innovation will have a high payback, explains Kay Plantes.
Oct 26, 2011 | By: InnovationTools.com
The story of a once-innovative financial services firm illustrates the perils of substituting ‘messy’ innovation with a logical, orderly strategic planning process.
Oct 19, 2011 | By: InnovationTools.com
Product innovation is about developing and delivering the “next” product or service-to-market quickly and cost-effectively. A well-managed innovation process that meets customer demands for new and unique products and services can contribute to creating a competitive advantage and business growth. Organizations can improve their innovation processes through the use of next-generation social technologies, says Catherine Constantinides.
Oct 18, 2011 | By: InnovationTools.com
Jobs had a spectacular innovation compass; some of its directions can guide our inner innovators too, according to Andrew Sherman.
Oct 12, 2011 | By: InnovationTools.com
Marketing guru Seth Godin, in his book We are All Weird, argues that the age of mass markets is over. Furthermore, the alternative to mass is not niche, but weird.
Oct 11, 2011 | By: InnovationTools.com
Copycat innovation, the act of adapting a solution that has been used successful in another industry or profession, is a more reliable, affordable route to innovation, suggests Dr. Yew Kam Keong, Ph.D.
Oct 05, 2011 | By: InnovationTools.com
The CTO of Tata Consultancy Services describes how he learns from his organization’s collective intelligence to help drive innovation.
| By: Jeffrey Baumgartner
Most ideation activities result in the generation of a number of ideas. However, in most cases, only one idea – or a collection of ideas combined into one bigger idea – will actually be implemented. This does not mean that any one of the solutions is actually the right solution. Only that one solution is chosen. Unfortunately, the designers of many an innovation initiative fail to consider this simple fact. As a result, the chosen idea is often not in the best interest of the individual or the organisation running the initiative. Worse, in many cases no idea is ever implemented.
Sep 27, 2011 | By: Haydn Shaughnessy
Innovation, the act of creating novelty, has become omnipresent whereas what we really need to know is how to change enterprises, how to transform them, how to make them Elastic Enterprises, urges Haydn Shaughnessy in this provocative article.
Sep 08, 2011 | By: InnovationTools.com
Often, the ideal solution to our challenge lies in a totally unrelated industry. Consider the need for a dissolving heart stent, which may be satisfied with a plastic used to make biodegradable garbage bags. Jack Hipple shows us how, and urges us to look outside of our field of endeavor for new ideas and solutions.