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…

measuring instruments

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…

textile workers

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…

Making remotes simple

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

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…

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…

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…

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…

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 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…

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…

Innovation and operations model

A diagram I drew for my book a while ago now.

Selling innovation when businesses can’t and don’t want to be innovative

If businesses can’t and don’t want to be innovative, what does this mean for innovation consultancies? More specifically: How can I sell innovation? This is a follow-on from…

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?…

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…

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. 🙂…

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…

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…

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…

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…

Heineken’s innovation – no change!

Beer producer Heineken currently has bus stop advertising in Singapore with the line “Our greatest innovation: the same beer.” Clever. Innovation is not about change for the sake…

The problem of alignment

Alignment is one of the universal problems of the human condition. It is critical for organisations working to strong visions and causes; but less so for conventional hierarchical…

Fighting innovation inertia

Margaret Manson sent me a great email recently about her InnoFuture Conference. “My goal is to inspire Australian businesses to adopt best next (in this order) thinking business…

The opportunities in being counter-intuitive

Want people to give you feedback on your new product or service? So you pay people to come test your product right? Payment may be money or some…

 

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