February 3, 2016 | By: Robert Wolfe
Creativity as a concept remains hard to pin down. Many view the ability to find creative solutions as the pinnacle of creative leadership. Artists, designers, visionaries and thought leaders are all admired for the power of their ideas, i.e. for their creativity. Creativity is a well-researched topic, covered in many popular science and business economics books. Yet we continue to struggle with the mystique created around the topic, and the intimidating notion that this is a territory reserved for the so-called “Creatives”.
January 27, 2016 | By: Menno van Dijk
Unmet consumer needs are considered the holy grail of product and service innovation: a mystical, sacred entity with unlimited value and powers for those that know how to tap into it. It would seem that with present day digitalization and social media, it is easier to connect to users everywhere through online surveys, platforms, and data mining technology. Moving from a mass-producing economy to one based on individually tailored products suggests that the gap between consumer needs and producer response are closely aligned. Yet the mystique surrounding unmet user needs remains.
January 25, 2016 | By: Malcolm Rowlings
Roughly only half of all companies conduct annual performance reviews. Of the fifty percent of companies that do tend to provide consistent and reliable feedback to their employees. However, it can be awkward at times to tell someone on your staff that they aren’t doing a good job or attempt to offer constructive criticism without sounding condescending. What are some ways to make a performance appraisal more effective and less awkward for yourself and the employee?
January 20, 2016 | By: Menno van Dijk
Through scaling, smart movers can quickly build substantial market shares – or define entirely new markets. To help innovation leaders understand scaling we have divided it into three main areas: Emergence, Networks, and Waves. This article is on Waves, the third and last in a series of three.
January 13, 2016 | By: Menno van Dijk
Through scaling, smart movers can quickly build substantial market shares – or define entirely new markets. To help understand scaling we have divided it into three main areas: Emergence, Networks, and Waves. This article is on Networks, the second in a series of three.
January 6, 2016 | By: Menno van Dijk
Through scaling, smart movers can quickly build substantial market shares – or define entirely new markets. To help understand scaling we have divided it into three main areas: Emergence, Networks and Waves. This article is on Emergence, the first in a series of three.
December 16, 2015 | By: Menno van Dijk
We are taught to think that all great minds think alike. While this may have worked during pre-twenty first century industrial times, this is no longer the case today. We need creative and diverse minds that can navigate through the chaos, uncertainty, and adventure of our present-day society —each individual contributing in their own unique way.
December 15, 2015 | By: Anthony Ferrier
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.
December 9, 2015 | By: Karim Benammar
An insignificant island in the Indian Ocean can turn out to be the world’s largest ocean economy. It’s all a matter of perspective, depending on the frame with which we look at the world. The assumptions on which this frame is based are usually unexamined and often wrong. They aren’t the only truth out there. Take the Mauritius, a small island with a tiny GDP and little economic potential, facing rising sea levels. But it’s also in a huge ocean area with sustainable ocean mining opportunities, and a potential high leverage economy. By challenging our initial assumptions, we can reframe that first belief towards a whole new perspective. Why? It helps us see great opportunities for innovative business models and for innovation leadership.
December 2, 2015 | By: Karim Benammar
The traditional paradigm holds that learning needs to be serious; if you’re having fun, you’re doing something wrong. Learning is meant to be hard work. It needs to be done in an orderly, disciplined fashion – the students silent as the teacher speaks. While there are some surprising exceptions, this is still the basis of most of the teaching happening in the world, and deeply entrenched in our way of thinking about learning. But is it true? Does serious learning require us to be serious?
November 25, 2015 | By: Karim Benammar
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.
November 24, 2015 | By: Doug Collins
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?
November 18, 2015 | By: Menno van Dijk
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.
November 12, 2015 | By: Doug Collins
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.
November 11, 2015 | By: Karim Benammar
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?