This article provides a personal perspective to the ongoing evolution of corporate innovation efforts, along with an overview of how some past mistakes are being repeated.
Progressive business leaders are building innovative actions, climates and ultimately cultures that align with “brain-friendly” science. In this article we outline some steps that you can take to support this kind of innovative organization.
Sep 26, 2016 | In: Organization & Culture
In early September 85 smart people gathered for two days at the Pfizer conference center in New York City to talk about their practical experience in identifying, engaging, driving value from and (at times) failing with the most innovative employees in their respective businesses. The 2016 Corporate Intrapreneur Summit was 100% on point in targeting key areas of interest around how intrapreneurs in a corporate setting.
I love a good quality innovation conference. There are plenty of crappy innovation events out there, but I have to say that this year’s Front End of Innovation conference in Boston (#FEI16, @FEI_innovation), provided a boat load of inspiration and occasional moments of delight. So I wanted to outline some of the key themes that I saw coming out of this year’s event.
Feb 17, 2016 | In: Organization & Culture
Authenticity and innovation are two of today’s biggest corporate buzzwords. They are often considered as separate values, but in reality they have much in common and in this article we will examine the areas of overlap and potential leverage benefits.
Jan 19, 2016 | In: Organization & Culture
In the past year or so corporate innovation leaders have clearly taken an “ecosystem” perspective to their innovation activities. What this ultimately means is that they view all of their program’s activities as a connected whole and driving towards higher-level goals, often aligned with broader cultural change.
There were several key (and generally welcome) themes that emerged within the 2015 innovation development space. These are, in part, driven by the increasing value that corporate and business leadership place on this (still relatively) new competency, the sophistication of practitioners in the field, and the results of seeing what works or fails. It is truly an exciting time to be in this field and to see these changes form across the industry.
Nov 06, 2015 | In: News
The 2015 Back End of Innovation (BEI) conference recently took place in San Jose, California, with 150+ leaders from a wide range of organizations. It was a busy few days, but as expected, there were robust conversations and some exceptional presentations.
Oct 16, 2015 | In: Enabling Factors
A group of 80 senior Innovation and HR leaders from a range of Fortune 500 organizations and leading universities recently gathered in New York City to discuss the opportunities, challenges and solutions to identify, support, and drive value from intrapreneurs.
Sep 08, 2015 | In: Organization & Culture
The power and freedom that entrepreneurs and their startups embody is reinforced through a constant stream of media highlighting success, purpose and (mostly bullsh*t) bucolic work environments. As the global economy improves, business leaders of established corporate organizations need to consider how they can introduce an entrepreneurial spirit. Intrapreneurs are the answer, and this article provides a high level overview.
Aug 18, 2015 | In: Organization & Culture
When I meet with corporate leaders we invariably get onto the topic of their business challenges. Some reoccurring themes that are increased competition, cost / margin pressures, regulatory hassles, globalization, etc. However, the more recent discussions have centered around one theme. Talent.
Jul 29, 2015 | In: Organization & Culture
Over the past couple of years, the services and solutions offered by innovation vendors have quietly shifted in new and interesting ways, with direct implications for corporate innovation leaders. Given that it is the middle of a long hot summer, I thought that it might be timely to outline some of the changes that I see taking place, and their impact on innovation leaders going forward.
Jul 14, 2015 | In: Strategies
In the current business environment, defined by some as the ‘Knowledge Age’, leadership interest is increasingly focused on Innovation and Knowledge Management development efforts. To date, these functions often operate along parallel, yet discrete, paths. As organizations seek new areas of growth, while further cutting costs there is an increasing need to build more effective partnerships in order to ensure ongoing success and drive additional business value.
Jul 06, 2015 | In: Organization & Culture
I recently wrote an article that outlined a new approach to developing and supporting successful innovation incubators and accelerators within corporate organizations. The article appeared to have touched a nerve as I had a number of people reach out to me to offer their experiences with incubators/accelerators. While I received a range of opinions, I was actually most interested in the stories of failure.
May 29, 2015 | In: Life Cycle Processes
The 2015 Front End of Innovation USA conference was held last week at the Boston World Trade Center and Seaport. The event demonstrated the increasing sophistication around innovation, still a new corporate competency. During the sessions and within participant conversations, several key themes came through loud and clear. This article provides an overview of the event with a focus on the key themes that we observed.