Posts in category: Innovation

Can your business bank help (with innovation)?

Can your business bank help (with innovation)?

A bank is necessity a conservative, cautious, slow to react or change organisation. That is their DNA, tied in with their business requirements and industry identity. Who would go to a bank that is on the cutting edge; where chaos, uncertainty, and bleeding occurs?!...
We get what we measure

We get what we measure

“…the best and brightest are now working on ways to save fractions of pennies through efficiency instead of product development. And the problem lies in the way that businesses and the financial markets measure success.” — Clayton Christensen, Harvard...
Vaclav Smil nuggets

Vaclav Smil nuggets

My highlights from a Wired interview with Vaclav Smil: This Is the Man Bill Gates Thinks You Absolutely Should Be Reading. the demise of US manufacturing dooms the country not just intellectually but creatively, because innovation is tied to the process of making...
Making remotes simple

Making remotes simple

Sometimes, making something simpler is not that hard – it just needs some ingenuity. Spotted on...

Innovate “within” and “across”

Innovation is an attitude anyone can cultivate. I- and T-shapes (of I- and T-shaped people) define the gamut of possibilities; the size of the field on which innovation can play. An I-shaped deep specialist can be innovative – primarily drawing on the...

Has “innovation” lost all meaning?

When politicians start getting on a bandwagon, it is probably time to get off! If you’ve been following the meme parade in American business jargon these days, you may, like The Reg, have become mightily sick of the word “innovation”, which is now so...
Another InnoFuture event tomorrow

Another InnoFuture event tomorrow

I spoke recently at an interesting virtual event from InnoFuture about how to build highly creative innovation teams. Check out my presentation! InnoFuture now has a new virtual event “How to get results from innovation MORE OFTEN”, on Tuesday 12 July. If you are...

Innovation is social

“Innovation – the heart of the knowledge economy—is fundamentally social.” Malcolm Gladwell. You can’t tackle innovation without first dealing with the all-important people issue. You can’t do social media if you are so used to tell people what to think and...

Six Steps To Getting Results With Innovation

My friend Margaret Manson, the aptly titled Chief Inspirator from Global Trendz Marketing, has put together an innovate virtual conference called “Six Steps To Getting Results With Innovation”. The goal of the conference is to take business leaders through...

The Dark Matter that is consumer-led innovation

“The amount of money individual consumers spent making and improving products was more than twice as large as the amount spent by all British firms combined in research and development over a three-year period.” Wow. From Innovation Far Removed from the...

Innovation is not a business model

A successful sustainable business need to run on order and predictability. They do so with tested processes and systems that are dovetailed into a particular supply-demand chain. Innovation requires chaos and dynamism. Breakthroughs cannot occur when you are busy...

Most businesses can’t and don’t want to be more innovative

No slack-off time = no innovation. Most of us work too many hours trying to keep on top of our to-do lists. How many have time to think? Let alone thinking, reflecting or reading up on new things. Or exploring new things, new approaches, trying out a new gadget....

Not not knowing and the next opportunities in the innovation space

Food for thought: The problem is not not knowing how to be more innovative, but rather in not knowing how to, or finding it impossible to, create the situational factors to enable innovation. From Idea Champions. There are loads and loads of books and articles and...
Rethinking innovation – Part 12: The opportunities

Rethinking innovation – Part 12: The opportunities

Skip to the starting post of this 12 part series. What is the optimistic outcome from all this? Are most conventional business doomed to remain un-innovative? Probably. 🙂 Start-ups While we cannot forcibly change an organisation into an innovative one, we can...
Rethinking innovation – Part 1: Reality check

Rethinking innovation – Part 1: Reality check

This post was trigger by this excellent post: 50 Ways to Foster a Culture of Innovation – via Juzmcmuz on twitter. It struck me that the way to do innovation is fairly well discussed, widely written about by many parties, and generally fairly consistent. This list is...

I & T-shaped people in innovation

See the notes that accompanied a webinar I presented on working with I and T-shaped people on innovation teams. I & T People in Innovation – Reading List I & T People in Innovation – How T-shaped Are You Quiz I & T People in Innovation – T-traits...

Three things

I registered to attend a TEDxSingapore event last week. The form wanted three things people should talk to me about on my name tag. These would be the three things that matter most to me. Design Thinking Business Innovation Empowerment That was a good moment of...

Trickle-up innovation

I have often talked about the concept of doing pro-bono work for not-for-profit community organisations as a way of learning the art of innovation. Amongst other challenges and opportunities, many not-for-profits operate with fewer resources which force...
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