Being the smallest sewing machine manufacturer in the world, Bernina has always had to focus on innovation to stay one step ahead of their competition. Three years ago they decided to work with HYPE, a leading provider of idea management software. In the following interview, Innovation Manager Michael König gave HYPE some interesting insights into the Bernina innovation process and told us a real success story.
HYPE: Mr. König, what is your company’s core business and where does innovation fit?
König: The Bernina Company is the last remaining private sewing machine manufacturer in the world. We are also the smallest within the sector; therefore we need to come up with surprising and special offers in order to survive in the market. Continue reading
Innovation has many mothers. Over the past few decades, designers have been steadily moving onto the world stage as central figures, arbiters and midwives, in the birth of new innovations. Both inside and outside the corporate process, as seen regularly on the uber-TED channel, and of course (bow, scrape) through the “more money than the US Government” DNA of Steve Jobs and i-Life, the inseparability of design and innovation has mainlined into our collective consciousness. There is no better place to feel the heat and experience the visceral force of design thinking in action then the Design Matters interviews, the internet radio show archives of Debbie Millman, herself a pioneer in designer-led innovation as author, AIGA President, Sterling Design leader and industry energizer. When you need a source of inspiration. We’re just saying…Go Debbie. Don’t miss an article (3,000+) – Subscribe to our RSS feed and join our Innovation …
Widely regarded as the father of the contemporary field of Leadership, Warren Bennis paved the way for those of us who make our living as leadership advisors. Warren would never say this, so I will; he has forgotten more about leadership than most of us will ever know. Put simply, spending an hour with Warren Bennis is like drinking leadership wisdom from a fire hose. At age 19, Warren was the youngest combat infantry officer in the European Theater during World War II, and was awarded both the Purple Heart and Bronze Star. After the war, Warren went on to author 30 books, served as an advisor to four different U.S. Presidents, spent time on the faculties of MIT, Harvard, Boston University, INSEAD, the University of Exter (UK), and at age 86 Warren is University Professor and Distinguished Professor of Business Administration and Founding Chairman of The Leadership Institute at … Continue reading
I’ve always said that if you want to learn about leadership talk to someone who has actually led something. James (Jim) Quigley, Global CEO of Deloitte Touche Tohmatsu Limited is just such a leader, and the “something” he leads is a global professional services juggernaut with more than $26 Billion in revenue, and 170,000 people located in more than 150 countries worldwide. What I most appreciate about Jim is his almost evangelistic zeal in championing the Deloitte brand. Jim is a fully engaged CEO who leads by example. You’ll also find Jim to be among the most transparent CEOs you’ll encounter. If you don’t believe me just go looking for him – he’s not that hard to find. Jim has a new book out (As One), you can find him on Twitter @DeloitteCEO and Jim is a frequent presenter at conferences such as World Business Forum and the World Economic … Continue reading
I had the opportunity to interview Paul Sloane, editor of A Guide to Open Innovation and Crowdsourcing recently. Here is text of the interview: 1. Why should organizations be thinking about Open Innovation and Crowdsourcing? The pace of innovation has increased to a degree where it is difficult to generate the required number of high-quality ideas and initiatives using internal resources alone. Big companies like Kraft, Unilever and IBM have realized that they need to harness the brainpower of people outside their companies if they are to compete in the innovation race. Open innovation involves collaborating with outsiders to bring new products and services to market quickly. No matter how big or small you are, you should be doing something similar. The trick is to find the kind of open innovation that suits your business and your style. 2. When it comes to Open Innovation or Crowdsourcing, what is the … Continue reading
I had the opportunity to interview Brett Clay, author of “Selling Change” recently. Here is text of the interview: 1. Why is innovation so important for organizations? In today’s era of global suppliers and Internet-empowered buyers, companies’ products are under constant pricing pressure. As margins become squeezed, companies must innovate to improve efficiencies and develop higher value products and services. 2. When it comes to selling change, what is the biggest challenge that you see organizations facing? Often, the biggest challenge in organizations is their performance review systems. In the attempt to create objective review systems, rewards and punishments are determined by the achievement of specific, measurable management objectives. Employees measure their every activity by the degree of alignment with the metric. At first glance it would seem this is the desired result. But, optimizing the business for a specific metric often conflicts with the broader context of growing a … Continue reading
Interview – Stefan Lindegaard I had the opportunity to interview Stefan Lindegaard, author of “The Open Innovation Revolution” recently.Here is text of the interview: 1. Why is open innovation so important for organizations? Open innovation is about combining internal and external resources and to act on the opportunities this creates. More and more companies prove this to be a strong value proposition and companies cannot afford to lose out on the opportunities created by this combination. It is one thing is to lose out on opportunities and yet another to lose out to competitors from doing nothing. Open innovation has the ability to create long term advantages in management or organizational innovation rather than just product or service innovation. It takes several years for an organization to reap the full benefits of open innovation. A positive side effect of this is that once a company gets ahead of the competitors … Continue reading