Innovation may have a different meaning for every individual, but the true key to thinking outside the box lies in a diverse mindset. Allowing diversity into a business plan can be the secret to succeeding and achieving greatness. Don’t just take my word for it; evidence backs it up too.
Do you ever find yourself stuck in a meeting that’s stalling? Does the agenda seem to accomplish no tangible outcomes? Perhaps you find yourself wondering what’s next after an important summit, or frustrated with the lack of direction after a meaningful brainstorm or discussion.
How to organise a meeting in such a way that they result in creativity and energy? How to ensure that people are actively participating instead of being only passively attending meetings?
When faced with tricky business challenges, success is often linked with the ability to create new and meaningfully different experiences that are better than existing alternatives. Being different involves change, and implementing change and rethinking working practices is a big task for individuals and organisations.
Stanford Professor of the Practice Tina Seelig explains how imagination requires active engagement, which reveals opportunities to envision what might be different. Imagination is the first stage of a four-step process that Seelig details for bringing ideas to life.
September 15, 2016: In recent weeks we continue to see big name brands tap into the creativity of the crowd for product and service design ideas. In the arts, Beatles fans and Indian citizens contributed footage for new documentaries. Health agencies are using the wisdom of the crowd to find solutions to drug-resistant bacteria and new online platforms help catalog our galaxy. Law enforcement is improving traffic and street safety via crowdsourcing apps; in Oslo a new app is designed and used by children. In an interesting turn of events, crowdsourcing has converted into a system of checks and balances between law enforcement and society. After recent stories of police misconduct in the US, its citizens are now providing data from inside the courthouses to monitor unjust hearings.
Research and analytics have changed tremendously in recent years. With new technologies, advanced software and a global marketplace, the solutions are becoming much more complex. In this Innovation Ecosystem podcast Mark Bidwell speaks with Marc Vollenweider, CEO of Evalueserve, a company that offers innovative and disruptive solutions to their clients’ problems. Marc has a genuinely unique perspective on the changes taking place in various industries and offers a lot of advice, for leaders as well as those working for more traditional and regulated firms, on how they can successfully navigate through these disruptive waters.
In-house innovation programs are an emerging phenomenon. Many businesses and government organizations are formalizing processes around the innovation practice in order to keep pace with competition and the rapidly changing expectations of the public.
Kittens are ‘fuzzy’ because they’re soft and fluffy. But if someone uses the same word to describe the early stages – or ‘front-end’ – of an innovation process, the meaning is less cute. In that case, ‘fuzzy’ means ‘blurry’, ‘unclear’ or even ‘incoherent’. In many cases, innovation projects start off as chaotic and seemingly aimless ventures. In fact, this happens so often, that organizations tend to accept the ‘fuzzy front-end of innovation’ as a necessary evil. At CREAX, we believe front-end fuzziness can and should be drastically reduced in order to innovate efficiently.
Managing solitary and collaborative innovation: All innovation is based on creative ideas which are generated and developed by passionate people working alone and with others. Both solitary and collaborative work are important to the effective development of innovation in organizations. The key for leaders is to effectively promote both.
Most innovators cultivate traits like creative risk taking, positive reinforcement and strategic planning. However, there is another branch of innovation in which innovators still require a great deal of training.
Even before the term was coined in Wired Magazine in 2006, crowdsourcing was utilized as a way to accomplish goals. The strategy had been used for several hundred years before it was officially given a name, but since being named, crowdsourcing has grown into a huge field, spawning subdivisions of the strategy and being used for a multitude of purposes. Wikipedia is one of the most recognizable and mainstream instances of crowdsourcing, designed to elicit and compile knowledge from the masses. Crowdsourcing has been used in real time to track public transportation and traffic updates with various apps.
In 1946, Soviet inventor and science fiction writer Genrich Altshuller developed a methodology called TRIZ. It became known as “the theory of inventive problem-solving” and was based on a simple premise: across different disciplines and applications, the same challenges occur again and again. Unfortunately, people keep solving nearly identical problems from scratch. The main lesson from TRIZ is this: if you understand how your innovation challenge is similar to someone else’s, you can reapply solutions that already exist, instead of reinventing the wheel time and again.
Over the last few years, innovation has become a ubiquitous branding tool. Whether you are a blue-chip company or a local start-up, innovation has entered the everyday lexicon of CEOs and administrative staff. Compared to prior marketing trends, innovation is not a passive buzzword—it is critical to the success of your company.
“Eureka!’, Archimedes famously howled, while running butt naked through the streets of Syracuse. Soaking in his bath tub, the bearded Greek inventor had just discovered a new method of determining an object’s volume. Funnily enough, this well-known story captures two myths about innovation. One: it’s the work of a sole – and usually slightly eccentric – inventor. Two: chance has a part to play. For businesses, the reality is vastly different. Indeed, turning ideas into revenue requires quite a bit more than just ideation and luck.