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    A Myriad of Ways to Being Creative

    December 10, 2014 | By: | In: Organization & Culture

    Have you seen this equation: innovative = creative? Novelty always comes from “outside the box,” right? It’s a land of confusion to many, who then conclude they are just not the creative type. As a result, organizations lose out because being innovative is but one of a myriad of ways to being creative. All people can be creative—in their own way.

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    Only Engaged Innovation Teams Succeed

    October 22, 2014 | By: | In: Organization & Culture

    Engagement of teams is a must-have when addressing the key issues related to sustainable innovation programs. In the second of a series of articles focused on Innovation Culture, we are going to share our views about the way organizations should stimulate and encourage the creation of teams truly committed with innovation. Besides the more usual ad hoc requirements regarding team and individual creative performance, having a clear focus on team management is essential to achieve a more balanced and sound innovation program.

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    Fostering Collaboration for Innovative Excellence

    August 28, 2014 | By: | In: Organization & Culture

    Innovation can take on many forms. From ideas sourced from a single individual or event to massive projects that require the effort of an entire team, multiple departments and various thought leaders, excellence often stems from collaboration. As a business leader or manager, are you taking the steps today to foster this collaboration for best results?

  • In this article innovation architect Doug Collins explores the most critical steps for people who see the practice as a means of transforming the organization.

    Three Ways to Achieve Breakthrough Innovation

    July 23, 2013 | By: | In: Collaborative Innovation, Strategies

    How might you foment authentic breakthroughs through collaborative innovation? The fuzzy front end, by name and nature, fails to lend itself to foregone conclusions. Yet, as the innovation practitioner, you can take certain steps that increase the likelihood of achieving breakthroughs. In this article innovation architect Doug Collins explores the most critical steps for people who see the practice as a means of transforming the organization.

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    The Perfect Innovation Team

    July 10, 2013 | By: | In: Front End of Innovation, Organization & Culture

    In my new book ‘The Innovation Expedition’ I love to refer in discussions on innovation teams to The Mayo Clinic’s Center for Innovation. The Mayo Clinic is a best-practice organization, which was researched in APQC’s Innovation: Putting Ideas into Action 2009 study. It favors a specific combination of personalities when it builds innovation teams.

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    Driving Collaboration – Diverse Opinion is the Key to Innovation

    May 24, 2013 | By: | In: Organization & Culture

    HYPE Innovation is producing a series of five articles to help innovation practitioners and those new to collaborative enterprise innovation, understand how to build a successful and sustainable program. In this article we share insights on driving collaboration between your employees.

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    Innovation Governance – How Well Does it Work?

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

    This series of articles has explored the definition and scope of innovation governance as well as the different organizational models that companies typically choose to allocate responsibility for innovation. This last article will discuss questions linked to the perceived general effectiveness or inadequacy of innovation governance endeavors, and it will characterize the managers’ level of satisfaction or dissatisfaction with the various organizational models that their companies have adopted.

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    How to Build a Lean High Performance Innovation Team

    May 13, 2013 | By: | In: Strategies

    The world we live in is changing at a dizzying rate and sectors including energy, technology, entertainment, communications, finance, sports, manufacturing and engineering are all experiencing shifts on a seismic scale. Many of the innovative advances of the past ten years, from smart phones to digital cameras have become commoditised and creativity has become the currency of success. In this article author Matthew Griffin shows how large and small organisations alike can build lean, agile, high performance innovations teams and bridge any shift successfully.

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    9 Different Models in use for Innovation Governance

    May 8, 2013 | By: | In: Organization & Culture

    Research from Jean-Philippe Deschamps, Professor of Technology and Innovation Management at IMD, indicates that there are at least nine possible models of innovation governance, some of which are more widely used than others. This second article in a series of three on the topic of Innovation Governance will review the various governance approaches or “models” that companies have put in place.

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    Better Living through Collaborative Innovation

    March 19, 2013 | By: | In: Collaborative Innovation

    Organizations big and small have begun to explore the practice of collaborative innovation as a way to increase engagement and to foment a culture of innovation. Let’s say you work for such an organization. What’s the quid pro quo when you find yourself part of the crowd from which wisdom is sought? In this article innovation architect Doug Collins wrestles with questions that you may want to ask the practice sponsors and yourself.

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    How a Decision Room Can Enable Change and Innovation

    March 15, 2013 | By: | In: Enabling Factors

    One of the challenges leaders face in times of uncertainty and rapid change is helping senior managers to engage in bigger-picture thinking. To enable this process, a growing number of companies are creating “decision rooms” – dedicated areas that help them visualize challenges and opportunities from a number of perspectives and make better decisions.

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    The Soft Skills Matter

    February 12, 2013 | By: | In: Videos

    The skills that matter most when you move up in an organization are not actually taught in schools, says GE healthmagination CEO Sue Siegel. Here Siegel describes why the soft skills of working with and sharing credit with others, and being able to express empathy, are critical to personal and professional success.

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    Leading a Young Team to Success

    January 29, 2013 | By: | In: Videos

    It’s better for a CEO to describe success than to prescribe the exact methods employees must use to achieve it. This is done, says Chegg CEO Dan Rosensweig, by establishing a company vision and sharing it often with employees. He advises to not think in terms of business models, but rather to reframe the questions to ensure your company is thinking big enough. Then, hire people willing to be part of a team that will be integral to this vision.

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    The Surprising Connection Between Simplification and Innovation

    January 23, 2013 | By: | In: Enabling Factors

    Matthew E. May, author of the new book The Laws of Subtraction, believes if we would take a more minimalist approach to our work, seeking ways to get maximum impact with minimum effort, there would be much less waste – and much more innovation.

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    Conflict in Teams – Does it Stimulate Creativity & Innovation?

    September 6, 2012 | By: | In: Innovation Psychology

    Conflict is a dreaded word. Most people associate conflict with interpersonal clashes ranging from inelegant avoidance tactics in the breakroom to fierce and open hostility. Surely, it is obvious that conflict in teams is detrimental to creativity and innovation. But is it? In this post we will explore this matter further and see when conflict sometimes can enhance the creative thinking skills of teams.



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