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    Taking Innovation Training to the Next Level: Integration With Employee Networks

    April 16, 2014 | By: | In: Organization & Culture, Training & Education

    In the previous two whitepapers of this series we examined both the benefits of innovation training and areas of innovation skills that mid-to-junior level employees can be taught. In this installment we will address an important topic that is often missing from innovation training / education programs: How to build effective employee networks that support employees who have been trained with new innovation skills.

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    Innovation Governance: Why Should Top Management Care?

    April 14, 2014 | By: | In: Strategies

    In its research report “CEO Challenge 2014, ”[1] The Conference Board lists the ten most important challenges facing CEOs in 2014. Innovation ranks N°3 in this survey of 1,020 responses, on a par with operational excellence. Innovation was the N°1 issue in 2012, and in 2014 it is still the N°1 challenge in China. This article (in a series of seven) looks at the theme of innovation governance from a top management angle.

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    Can Innovation Be Learnt?

    April 9, 2014 | By: | In: Organization & Culture

    The first whitepaper in this series focused on the benefits generated from training employees in innovation skills. A natural extension of that approach is to now focus on what innovation training really means to an organization. In other words, what actually is innovation training, and more importantly, can innovation be learnt?

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    Why Bother? The Value of Training Your Employees Around Innovation

    March 31, 2014 | By: | In: Organization & Culture

    Many successful innovation programs are extending their offerings to include training efforts for employees around the skills of innovation. This whitepaper (the first in a series of four) examines the benefits of such an approach for companies, innovation program leaders, and the employees who participate.

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    Brag about Your Failures

    December 3, 2013 | By: | In: Organization & Culture

    Many organizations in both the public and private sectors suffer from a corporate culture which is risk averse and fearful of failure. People are reluctant to try new things or even to suggest innovations. They remember old stories about colleagues being punished for experiments that failed. They have learnt that it is safest to keep a low profile and focus on standard operating procedures. Mean while the executive committee is desperately trying to think of ways to make the outfit more agile and innovative.

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    Innovation and Culture – Two Halves of the Same Coin

    October 31, 2013 | By: | In: Organization & Culture

    There would be few organisations that did not cite innovation as a desirable quality in their workforce, whether as part of the whole organisational culture, or critical in one area. Over the past five years, with businesses being buffeted by economic storms, finding sources of innovation can be the difference between success and failure.

  • The Intensity Factor in Innovation: Principles from Zen Philosophy

    The Intensity Factor in Innovation: Principles from Zen Philosophy

    October 16, 2013 | By: | In: Organization & Culture

    This paper is a follow-up to my previous article, “The Eastern Way: How Chinese Philosophy can Power Innovation in Business Today” (June 18, 2012). The present article defines the concept of intensity in innovation, using Eastern Zen philosophy, in a way that can be useful for business while avoiding too much focus on personality traits. Zen intensity in innovation stresses intuition, sensory and physical experience/re-experience, artistry, the integration of conflicting ideas, and the avoidance of premature choices. Examples are cited from the career of the late Zen enthusiast, Steve Jobs. Regarding the use of time, the Zen approach to intensity implies a full and sustained engagement of all creative processes, not simply a rapid time to project completion.

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    Book Review: Kill The Company

    October 8, 2013 | By: | In: Book Reviews, Strategies

    Is your company too bogged down in meetings, emails, policies, and procedures, leaving little time for big-picture thinking and innovation? Then you need to read Lisa Bodell’s book, Kill the Company: End the Status Quo, Start an Innovation Revolution.

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    Open Innovation – An Integrated Tool in Siemens

    September 5, 2013 | By: | In: Strategies

    “If Open Innovation is not seen as a long term capability building exercise then it will fail”. In this interview Thomas Lackner, Head of Open Innovation and Scouting at Siemens Corporate Technology, shares some of his experiences and how Siemens has evolved on the open innovation front. Thomas, who has been personally involved in many of Siemen’s innovation programs, also elaborates on some critical success factors that strongly influenced the outcome and quality of their programs.

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    How to Create a Culture of Sustainable Engagement in Enterprise Innovation

    August 30, 2013 | By: | In: IM Channel One, Roundtable Discussion, Videos

    Many organizations are recognizing the power of involving much larger and diverse groups in enterprise innovation. Some company cultures react well to the initiative, others are much more cautious. Building a sustainable culture where everyone’s happy to share ideas and contribute to company challenges can be tough for innovation professionals. In this session we explore how to create engagement from every corner of the enterprise to help your organization reach its innovation potential.

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    How to Increase Engagement in Enterprise Innovation and Develop a Sustainable Program

    April 26, 2013 | By: | In: Organization & Culture

    Maintaining and building high-quality engagement over time should be the focus of all innovation managers as they strive to develop sustainable enterprise programs. This article shares key activities you can undertake in order to boost engagement with your program.

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    Two Cultural Values that May Shape Personal Innovativeness

    January 18, 2013 | By: | In: Innovation Psychology

    How do cultural values influence innovative thinking and behaviors? There has been some research but the field is still young. In this article I attempt to summarize the current thinking regarding two cultural values and their implications for personal innovativeness.

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    Five Critical Questions About Organization Culture That People Avoid Asking

    October 22, 2012 | By: | In: Around the Web

    Organization culture is not a vision, mission or management system. It is the strategy that guides how a company makes decisions disregard of what industry they compete in or where they play along the value chain and how decisions are made when the CEO is not around. And in particular today’s fast-paced turbulent business conditions, a strong corporate culture can provide the strategic agility and empowerment needed to reduce the recovery time from any unavoidable setbacks or disruption, says Idris Mootee.

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    3 Ways To Kill Your Company’s Idea-Stifling Shame Culture

    September 24, 2012 | By: | In: Around the Web

    Proposing ideas makes people feel vulnerable – so it’s in innovation’s interest to create a culture that’s secure. To reignite creativity, innovation, and learning, leaders must re-humanize work. This means understanding how scarcity – a feeling of never having enough – is affecting the way we lead and work, learning how to engage with vulnerability, and recognizing and combating shame.

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    Learning from Asian Innovation

    September 23, 2011 | By: | In: Organization & Culture

    Asian companies are different from Western companies in their approach to innovation. A recent study has identified four generic elements of the Asian approach that might help any Western company think differently and to be more effective in their business creation. In this article Peter Hesseldahl gives a brief overview of the conclusions.

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