James Gardner

James Gardner is Senior Vice President of Products at Mindjet, the world leader in SaaS solutions for enterprise innovation management. He has over a decade of experience leading innovation strategy for large organisations, such as Lloyds Banking Group and the Department for Work and Pensions. James has also written several books about innovation, including "The Little Innovation Book," "Sidestep and Twist,” and "Innovation and the Future Proof Bank," all of which help others start practising innovation within their own organisations.

All articles by James Gardner:

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    5 Steps to Embed Innovation in Your Daily Working Life

    Jul 20, 2015 | In: Enabling Factors

    Innovation is a word that’s been heard on the lips of more CEOs, read in more broadsheet papers, and detailed in more business magazines in the last ten months than ever before. It’s well regarded that those businesses that fail to innovate risk death; consider the sad fates of longstanding companies like Woolworths, Polaroid, Blockbuster, and Borders over the last ten years. But how, as an individual, can you incorporate innovation and creative thinking into your everyday working life, all while keeping up with the already manic pace of modern business?

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    Taking the Guesswork Out of Innovation

    Jun 29, 2015 | In: Enabling Factors

    Innovation has become a bit of a business buzzword. Every CEO and CIO worth their salt wants to be seen to be on the forefront, bringing new products and services to a market. However, it doesn’t always go to plan, and rushing in to things head first without the proper due diligence can land a company in hot water.

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    How Far Can Crowdsourcing Go?

    Jun 22, 2015 | In: Enabling Factors

    The origins of ‘crowdsourcing’ lie very much in the business world. The term is widely accepted to have been coined by Wired magazine in 2006, in an article analysing how businesses were beginning to outsource tasks, usually handled by an individual to a larger number of people, in the expectation it would gain faster results for a cheaper price. Since then, business use of crowdsourcing techniques has become more established. Crowdfunding, for example, has become a common way of raising funds, while Spigit Engage customers provide a great example of how businesses are applying crowdsourcing to the innovation process.

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    Emergence: The Next Efficient Evolution of Crowd-Sourced Innovation

    Mar 30, 2015 | In: Organization & Culture

    Surfing the crowd has hit the mainstream…Young, agile firms have always been known for their disruptive ideas. Increasingly, enterprises are keen to foster a similar innovation culture so that great concepts can surface even in a company with thousands of employees. The challenge comes when there are many layers of management and frontline workers are struggling to navigate the corporate hierarchy so their ideas are heard by the leadership team. In a bid to transform its business, Microsoft recently announced it would cut thousands of middle management jobs to ease the flow of information and decision making, ‘no longer respecting tradition but only innovation’.

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