Enabling Factors

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    5 Way To Prepare Your Business For The Future

    July 2, 2015 | By:

    Thanks largely to rapidly expanding technologies, planning for the future is more important than ever in business. With thorough preparation and some strategic initiative, your business can position itself to take advantage of some of the inevitable changes that are on the horizon for companies across all industries. Here are five ways to get started.

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    Taking the Guesswork Out of Innovation

    June 29, 2015 | By:

    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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    Social Change Requires “Slow Entrepreneurship”

    June 26, 2015 | By:

    Fast entrepreneurship runs on adrenaline-infused quick returns and quick failures, burning through long nights of brainstorms and coding. It is exciting in its own right, but appropriate only for specific ventures. Slow Entrepreneurship treasures human relationships, health, and sanity, and strives for the good life. The vision for Slow Entrepreneurship is that by going through a learning program with the right mentoring and guidance, almost everybody with dedication will bring their project to fruition.

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    The Need for Creative Leadership

    June 25, 2015 | By:

    The terms creative leadership and innovation leadership are being used more and more. Creative qualities in leaders are nowadays greatly desired, say research surveys: Lack of creativity is seen as the most serious shortcoming in new hires reports the Economist’s Global Talent Index Report 2012 and creativity is seen as the most important leadership quality in a 2012 study of IBM under over 1,500 CEO’s. So, what is Creative Leadership and what is sparking this interest in it?

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    How Far Can Crowdsourcing Go?

    June 22, 2015 | By:

    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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    The Unexpected Impact of Modern Innovations

    June 1, 2015 | By:

    Today’s pace of life can make you feel like you are strapped to the top of a rocket. With more and more screaming for your attention, we barely have time to send that long forgotten birthday card, let alone to sit down and think about the long-term effects of our innovations. But what if your latest and greatest innovation turned out to damage the lives of millions instead of improve them as planed? What if your proudest moment was also your most heinous?

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    Innovation Enablers

    March 16, 2015 | By:

    They say variety is “the spice of life” – but in our working lives, it’s the spice, ingredients and a good portion of the kitchen equipment too. In striving to build comprehensive and sustainable enterprise innovation programs however, too often I see companies then ignoring the need for diversity – both in the reach and composition of their programmes. We are long past the days where a company’s growth can be sustained with innovation from a few solitary individuals in a lab or conference room. Innovation nowadays needs to be a singular mindset across the entire company – with executives not just asking, but instead requiring collaborative input from across the organisation as they look to solve the strategic and tactical problems that stand in the way of progress.

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    Three Wishes for the Innovation Practitioner for 2015

    December 30, 2014 | By:

    2014 leaves us with a number of mega-innovations that feel tantalizingly close to becoming part of—and improving—our daily lives. The driverless car. Commercial applications of graphene. Reliable, accessible renewable energy. Personalized medicine based on our genome. The reinvention of commercial air travel as a relaxing, invigorating experience. Okay—that last one may be a bit of a stretch. Perhaps the best expressions of innovation, as with charity, begin at home. With that thought, I leave you, the innovation practitioner, with a couple wishes for the new year.

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    Scale and Impact: Supercharging The Success of Your Innovation Efforts

    November 17, 2014 | By:

    How do innovation leaders access additional resources to enhance the scale and impact of their efforts across complex, global organizations?

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    Taxis vs. Uber: A Perfect Example of Resistance to Change

    October 14, 2014 | By:

    In cities all over the world an ugly war is being fought by “traditional” taxi companies against a new form of competition from Uber and other ride-sharing services. This article points out three things traditional taxi companies have in common with businesses of the past.

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    Seven Signs That Your Innovation Program is at Risk of Failure

    September 11, 2014 | By:

    There are plenty of examples of innovation program failure at large organizations. In this article, I examine the key markers that I have observed, that indicate a program may be in trouble and at risk of failure.

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    Two Books for the Chief Innovation Officer

    September 9, 2014 | By:

    Organizations, embracing innovation, have taken the seemingly logical step of designating people to help “foment a culture of innovation.” Enter the chief innovation officer.

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    Retrospective on the Dirty Maple Flooring Company

    July 29, 2014 | By:

    Our columnist Doug Collins began the Dirty Maple Flooring Company tale last fall. Twenty episodes later, the story in which Dirty Maple embraces collaborative innovation has come to an end.

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    The Dirty Maple Flooring Company Enters the Digital Age: Part 16

    May 20, 2014 | By:

    In this episode, the leaders of the Idea Mill Program for Collaborative Innovation engage Dirty Maple CEO Harry Lundstrom to secure funding for the long term. How might the organization fund a collaborative innovation program—and justify doing so? What space—physical and conceptual—does this funding open for people?

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    6 Easy Steps to Innovate any Product

    May 6, 2014 | By:

    This article brings the 6 step method of AULIVE. A case study of surfboard innovation is illustrating the process.

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