What should a roadmap that helps you develop corporate innovation capabilities look like? How do you bring new thoughts and approaches together with current and past initiatives (both successes and failures) and turn this into a single framework? How do you keep pushing and developing your organization to become more flexible and agile without losing out on the current overall efforts and expected results?
Business these days might as well require us to be tactical geniuses because it’s like navigating a field of landmines. One wrong step can completely blow you out of the water. The risks obviously aren’t keeping everyone at bay, as new leaders are rising to face the challenges during these fast-paced, turbulent times. To help them on this quest, great leaders and managers of today share their most valuable management and innovation tips.
Design Thinking Leaders discover innovative ideas by working through challenging, and often chaotic, situations where disruptive opportunities are typically hidden. These creativity-minded professionals embrace the consumer’s perspective and balance that with the brand’s needs and aspirations. The result? Simple, yet radical solutions that seem so obvious in hindsight.
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.
More than ever, mature organizations are being disrupted by competitors that seem to appear out of nowhere, and rapidly grab massive amounts of marketshare in a short amount of time. In this clip, Yuri van Geest and Anthony Ferrier talk about the role of innovation professionals in this changing business environment—how the exponential organizations (ExO) engage intrapreneurs to develop disruptive innovations on the edges of the core business, while incumbent organizations employ innovation professionals as ambassadors to implement standards and processes to involve employees in innovative thinking.
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.
What makes a successful leader? Is there a secret formula for outstanding leadership above and beyond natural charisma? This is one of the golden questions that every HR manager and business owner wants to know. In fact, countless books and articles have been written on the subject. Emmanuel Gobillot is a leading author and speaker on the fundamentals of effective leadership and in this interview with Mark Bidwell he shares key insights about cultivating the leader’s mindset.
Don’t let the title scare you off, that’s right, ‘killing your company’ is about making space for positive change and it’s not as hard or painful as it may sound. Just ask Lisa Bodell. She is a forward-thinker who developed processes to clean out the unnecessary bits from work places. It’s like feng shui for your business processes. In this engaging interview with Mark Bidwell—an executive intrapreneur turned entrepreneur—Lisa shares why identifying problems, getting rid of things and simply stop doing things to begin with creates bandwidth for an organization to grow and successfully change with the times.
Corporate managers and entrepreneurs alike are accustomed to making tough decisions and seeking out the best possible solutions to everyday problems. It comes with the territory, but it’s not inherently easy. In order to reach a leadership position or own a company you probably have a knack for decision-making, but when the future of a business depends on the outcome, it’s important to reduce cognitive biases and calculate carefully.
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.
The potential of Design Thinking becomes more and more visible because organizations like Apple, Coca-Cola, IBM, Nike en Proctor & Gamble not only show overtly that they use it, but start showing significant results. They outperformed their peers in the last decade with 219%, measured by the Design Value Index (assessment by Design Management Institute).
As companies increasingly look to drive innovative and intrepreneurial behavior with their employees, they are examining ways to recognize and reward around these efforts. Both Shannon Lucas (Director of Innovation, Vodafone Global Enterprise) and Anthony Ferrier (CEO, Culturevate) have deep levels of insight to this area of growing importance to innovation and HR leaders.
Take a quick glance around your office. What do you see? Categorically “Start-up” types in t-shirts and jeans passing bottles of craft beer around? Or “Suits”, with their collars starched to perfection, hunched over their laptops and scrambling away at emails? What would happen if we flipped these scenarios around? I for one, would love to see my accountant rock up to work in a Hawaiian Shirt; a calculator in one hand, and a piña colada in the other. But what difference would this make?
You’ve got the best employees on the planet, right? They work hard and are experts in their fields. But, somewhere there is a disconnect. The culture of your organization is not everything it could be, not everything you would like. Is there a way to ensure that your employees hold to the same values you do throughout your department, or the organization? How can you empower your employees, and foster trust, growth, and loyalty? Here are nine ways to fully engage your employees.
William Perry, emeritus professor of management science and engineering at Stanford University, explains how employee ownership of his early startup, ESL, resulted in a positive workplace culture. “To succeed, the leadership of the company has to identify and associate themselves with the customers’ problems,” the former U.S. Secretary of Defense tells interviewer Steve Blank.