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When Art and Science Combines for Innovation - Innovation Excellence

The powerful combination of designing and providing something that pushes our existing knowledge, our boundaries, understanding or expectations — and capturing it in thought, explanation, or detailing the discovery makes up the art and science of innovation. We just need to find even better and consistent ways to combine them continuously. Continue reading

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The concept of risk often carries an inherent bias for an established company and for valid reasons.Risk can disrupt a healthy revenue stream, a stable customer base, and upset shareholders who like predictable results. Risk is something you manage. It’s something that you mitigate, not embrace. It’s this mentality that causes companies to invest millions of dollars each year just to avoid risk. Continue reading

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Success: The one thing nobody ever tells you about failure - Innovation Excellence

These days, there is no shortage of advice on how to be successful. Learning to code, creating disruption and even Montessori schools are commonly cited examples. But they are no more helpful than, “learn to do heart surgery”, “come up with a great idea and “go to Harvard.” Continue reading

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Exploring 9 Drivers of Innovation Change - Innovation Excellence

I always show a particular interest in statements claiming to have identified a relevant driver of innovation change, then to think through these. Let me offer mine since using the different drivers can give you new insights into your innovation activities plus also can prompt significant changes to freshen up your innovation portfolio. Continue reading

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Two words to live by: Critical Path. If you can’t work the critical path, don’t work on anything. Working on a non-critical path task is worse than working on nothing. Continue reading

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Ideas out of Thin Air - An Innovative Innovation Event - Innovation Excellence

I just returned from the Thin Air Innovation Festival in Park City, Utah. It was an innovative conference with a lot of focus on creating connections, story exchanging, and catalyzing new relationships. I loved the format. Continue reading

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Leading Innovation, Creativity and Enterprise [interview] - Innovation Excellence

Leading Innovation, Creativity and Enterprise is a new book from Bloomsbury, written by IX contributor Peter Cook. In this interview, Peter answers some questions about the book and its contents. Continue reading

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