innovation strategy

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    Intrapreneurship: Beyond Innovation Theater

    July 20, 2016 | By: | In: Interviews, Organization & Culture

    Despite their rising popularity, many companies are finding it difficult to yield sustainable results from their innovation and intrapreneurship programs. What does it take to go beyond the one-time initiative (or in rare some cases, the one-hit wonder)? We sat down with four speakers for the upcoming Intrapreneurship Conference in London, as a taster to what will be discussed during the day.

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    30 Minutes to Get Unplugged from the Innovation Hype

    July 14, 2016 | By: | In: Book Reviews

    At a time when organisations are plugging more effort into innovation, Gerard Harkin has written a book called ‘Innovation Unplugged’. Why? As he puts it himself, Gerard is on a mission to make innovation more effective by ‘unplugging’ from the hype, confusion and ‘gobbledygook’ that are so prevalent today, and return to the basic principles of innovation, and its role in enabling business growth.

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    Avoid Innovation Paralysis – Why all Companies Can and Must Embrace Change

    July 4, 2016 | By: | In: Enabling Factors, Life Cycle Processes

    Someone once told me this: “Innovation is like an apparition of the Virgin Mary: one person saw her, but everyone talks about it.” Although funny, the quote aptly captures an attitude towards innovation that exists in many companies today. Innovation – and the skills that enable it – are sometimes considered as mystical gifts, preserved for the chosen few. In other cases, innovation is feared, because it involves unregulated processes, risk taking and investments with unpredictable outcomes. In this blog post, I’d like to make a case against this kind of innovation paralysis. Every company must innovate, and with the right understanding of the word ‘innovation’, every company can.

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    Why Innovation Fails (And How to Succeed)

    May 24, 2016 | By: | In: Organization & Culture

    Here’s a wild guess: the majority of large enterprises will probably claim they know exactly what innovation is all about. Yet, in spite of impressive resources, big companies are responsible for only a small fraction of disruptive innovations. What is at the root of this paradox? Why does so much innovation fail? And more importantly: what can companies do about it?

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    A Strategy that Requires Innovation

    March 30, 2016 | By: | In: Strategies

    Every executive knows that their teams should be more nimble, should be operating at a higher speed, and should be innovating. But these are all discrete capabilities, not necessarily in service to any greater strategy, and in fact much of what passes for strategy doesn’t understand how to take advantage of these capabilities. In this article, the authors describe the Maneuver Strategy from the new book, Outmaneuver. This strategy relies on innovation to achieve its goals, rather than accommodating innovation when it must.

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    How Innovation and Authenticity Complement Each Other in a Corporate Environment

    February 17, 2016 | By: | In: Organization & Culture

    Authenticity and innovation are two of today’s biggest corporate buzzwords. They are often considered as separate values, but in reality they have much in common and in this article we will examine the areas of overlap and potential leverage benefits.

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    Navigating the Make versus Buy Decision: A Crowd Sourced Check List

    February 16, 2016 | By: | In: Strategies

    Product managers facing the make versus buy decision for their organization have a lot to consider. Biases abound. In this article, the innovation architect Doug Collins shares what was on the minds of senior product management leaders on this topic when they convened, recently. Their top 10 factors follow below.

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    How Innovation Develops Among Individuals in Niche Social Networks

    February 11, 2016 | By: | In: Collaborative Innovation, Enabling Factors

    In the current digital arena, social networks have touched the lives of almost every human being on earth, allowing us to share life’s novelties with friends and loved ones. However, social networks are not restricted to sharing and commenting on pictures, but giving rise to innovation among individuals to help make our world a better place.

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    Getting Innovation to Scale – Networks (part 2 of 3)

    January 13, 2016 | By: | In: Creative Leadership, Strategies

    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.

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    Getting Innovation to Scale – Emergence (part 1 of 3)

    January 6, 2016 | By: | In: Creative Leadership

    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.

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    This New Year – Be Resolute

    January 5, 2016 | By: | In: Organization & Culture

    Made any New Year resolutions yet? Yes you’re right; this is another of those articles which appear at the turn of the year and encourage you to do more, be more, achieve more in the year to come. But unlike many of those article writers I don’t really care if you take up my challenge in January or July; what I do care about is that if you do take up my challenge you have the determination and staying power to carry it through.

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    10 Ways to Reduce the Innovation Failure Rate

    December 4, 2015 | By: | In: Enabling Factors

    You are not able to stand still in this fast paced business environment, but most of the time innovation fails. Innovation process-expert Robert Cooper shows that of every seven new product/service projects, about four enter development, 1.5 are launched, and only one succeeds. Innovation is so difficult to master, indeed. I love to share with you five reasons why innovation goes wrong and give you ten ways to reduce your failure rate of innovation.

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    Diversity and Innovation – A Perfect Team

    November 30, 2015 | By: | In: Organization & Culture

    Please, not another business imperative! Every time I open a journal or glance at a blog it seems as though the panacea to all business ills has just been discovered and is waiting for me to embrace it! One minute I’m being told to hire for cultural fit, the next to increase diversity. It’s no wonder that employee engagement is falling because if I’m being pushed from pillar to post then it’s not surprising that my people are confused……

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    Innovation Fueled by Experimentation

    November 19, 2015 | By: | In: Videos

    Scott Cook, co-founder of Intuit and chair of its executive committee, talks about how a company that encourages experimentation will be guided by the best outcomes, as opposed to the whims of those with the most power and seniority. A leader’s role, Cook says, is to define the vision, set up a system of experimentation and savor the surprises.

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    Business Model Commitment and Experimentation

    November 18, 2015 | By: | In: Creative Leadership, Life Cycle Processes

    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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