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    Driving Breakthrough Change – Dynamic Scaling in Four Steps

    November 25, 2015 | By:

    How did a small organization kick-start a process that doubled the amount of nature in the Netherlands? Siegfried Woldhek used this four-step scaling strategy at the World Wildlife Fund to create a now-legendary example of highly creative strategies that shifted the application of resources on a massive scale.

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    Collaborative Innovation in Advanced Manufacturing: Just Getting Started

    November 24, 2015 | By:

    Advanced manufacturers—people who make “things”—face the same challenges in the Digital Age as their counterparts that traffic wholly in bits and bytes. Relentless immediacy. Increased transparency. In this article, the innovation architect Doug Collins reflects on the results from a survey that the analyst firm Frost & Sullivan conducted as part of the Manufacturing Leadership Council. What are the more advanced of the advanced manufacturing thinking these days about the practice of collaborative innovation? Are they on track?

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    Business Model Commitment and Experimentation

    November 18, 2015 | By:

    Successful business model innovations (BMI) can disrupt entire industries and change the rules of the game. While most companies actively look to bring new products and services to the market, business model innovations are usually left to start-ups that have yet to find their ideal value proposition, customers, or overall success formula —incumbents prefer business as usual. Understandably so: expanding products or service lines is easier than changing a firm’s entire strategy and logic.

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    Going Once, Going Twice, Going Three Times: Selling Your Idea

    November 12, 2015 | By:

    People cannot appreciate the value your idea offers if you fail to convey its relative advantage.

    In this article, the innovation architect Doug Collins shares a simple, good example of telling the right story at the right time to the right audience. Save this one for your clip file.

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    Innovation Through Clean Sheet Redesign

    November 11, 2015 | By:

    Clean sheet redesign is the method of rethinking existing businesses from the ground up. For established companies, this is a way to innovate processes by asking the right questions about current practices. For start-ups working on a clean sheet, they can apply similar techniques to disrupt existing models, while taking inspiration from existing success stories from other industries. What can start-ups learn from innovation from a variety of industries, such as airlines and mining?

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    Make Better Decisions at Work and in Personal Life

    November 10, 2015 | By:

    Ever wondered why Mark Zuckerberg wears the same grey shirt every day?‎ The answer can be found below. But here’s a little spoiler: his job is to make decisions. If you’re a manager, freelancer or anyone making important decisions on a daily basis – this article will help you make better decisions, with a few simple psychological tools.

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    The Changing Back End of Innovation: Notes from the 2015 BEI Conference

    November 6, 2015 | By:

    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.

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    10 Reasons Corporate Culture Should Value Introverts

    November 5, 2015 | By:

    The corporate industry is defined by its powerful, charismatic leaders who articulate their company’s innovative measures through bold and confident public announcements. If corporate culture can be likened to the backbone of a business, then the leaders are like the vocal box. They take the reins during meetings, deliver presentations and speak at a variety of different conventions and gatherings. These individuals become the face of their industry, and would surely be described as extroverts by most.

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    The Serious Job of Prototyping

    November 4, 2015 | By:

    Things have definitely gotten out of hand. Executives in suits are rummaging around in the LEGO box, a tall man is putting on a wig and speaking in a high-pitched voice, and a group has hijacked all the furniture to build what looks suspiciously like a fortress. Not a scene from an asylum, but the Prototyping phase of THNK’s Innovation Flow. It’s time to turn new ideas and visions into something tangible, a product that can be used and tested, broken up and rebuilt a dozen times. For innovation leadership, this is a crucial step in the creative process.

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    How To Get Support for Your Big Ideas?

    November 3, 2015 | By:

    Have you ever shared new big ideas at work? What happened…? Did they give you a standing ovation? Did someone bake you a cake to celebrate? Did you get promoted? Or I am a little too optimistic?

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    Managing Innovation Portfolio For Big Vision

    October 28, 2015 | By:

    Any enterprise, both big and small, must look to innovation not just to survive, but also to thrive. Predicting which directions the market will go and the right risks to take is a challenging goal, and requires several factors to ensure that each base is covered. Among them is portfolio management, a valuable method of organizing the innovative ambitions of any company. Project-based businesses – such as IT service providers, consultancy, and research firms – turn project portfolios into an expertise; enterprises focused on market risks (e.g., film studios, recording labels, VC firms) often decide on taking one single bet, preferring to manage an entire portfolio of projects and ventures.

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    Innovation Decimation: Refined Sugar and the iPhone

    October 27, 2015 | By:

    I see no value in waiting until New Year’s Day to resolve to improve myself. “Now is as good as time as any,” makes more sense to me. Last month I resolved to make two changes which, if I succeed in maintaining the alterations, promise to benefit me. In this article, I share my view on these changes, the immediate effect they have had on me, and their relation to the practice of collaborative innovation.

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    Creative Space and Innovation DNA

    October 21, 2015 | By:

    When Airbnb opened its first call center in December 2014, it was featured on headlines everywhere: finally, a call center that was not a hell to work at. “Picture a call center: rows and rows of gray cubicles, everyone donning headsets, sitting at their beige desks for hours on end […] Our landing spots work a little like cubbies for kindergarteners.” To create a happy, collaborative environment, Airbnb staffers were included in the design of the workplace, translating to shared desks, couches, and lots of use of natural materials and lightning —all fun and play.

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    The Importance of Space for Lean Operational Excellence

    October 14, 2015 | By:

    When taking methods of innovation leadership into your own place, what considerations do you have on the physical workspace? Does it matter? If so, why? What are the essential pointers, and which aspects are so important that you should not compromise and where can you be flexible? This article aims to show how experts in innovation leadership think about space.

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    Orchestrating Creative Teams

    October 7, 2015 | By:

    “Come up with something new! And make it good.” Have you ever said that? More and more leaders nowadays make this demand. They need something new and creative, and they need it to be good. Mostly because their circumstances are changing radically and their organization hasn’t. Or maybe simply because that is the kind of market they are in. Come up with something and make it good!



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