Innovation Necessity - Thinking the Unthinkable

“Solitary, poor, brutish, nasty and short” is how Thomas Hobbs, a political thinker from the 1600s described the “life of man”. Hobbs, along with John Locke and a number of other social and political theorists, developed ideas around the social contract which influenced many thinkers and lead to changes in government in the United States (our revolution from England) and in other countries. Hobbs was describing the fate of people when everyone seeks to gain at the expense of everyone else. Only legitimate governance could improve the fates of men. His thinking and the thinking of others led to the Enlightenment and influenced Jefferson, Franklin and others as well. So why the history lesson? I too have a theory: the more “nasty, brutish and short” the timeframe for innovation, the more likely the firm will be to seek disruptive innovation. Here’s what I mean by that. Too …

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Disrupting Centralized Linear University Model

Patent reform is on everyone’s mind. With a whole lot less fanfare, Version 1.0 of the Open Source Hardware definition was released last week by a community of volunteer hackers, business people, and other experts. Continue reading

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Innovation Management's Dirty Little Secret

I recently met a sales executive that has been in the innovation management industry for some time – in fact, for over nine years. During that time, he has worked for six different vendors who have implemented their solutions at a variety of organizations. He told me that “the industry has a dirty little secret – not one of the solutions implemented by the various vendors (including the more recent vendors to the scene) he had worked with had activity beyond a two-year time horizon”; and more than half were moribund within a year from launch. This kind of revelation would shock most people, but knowing what I know, it wasn’t really a surprise. It is easy for any management team inexperienced in the process of Idea & Innovation Management to be seduced by the excitement of capturing ideas and voting them up – some mechanisms appear sexier than others, … Continue reading

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Innovation Management's Dirty Little Secret

I recently met a sales executive that has been in the innovation management industry for some time – in fact, for over nine years. During that time, he has worked for six different vendors who have implemented their solutions at a variety of organizations. He told me that “the industry has a dirty little secret – not one of the solutions implemented by the various vendors (including the more recent vendors to the scene) he had worked with had activity beyond a two-year time horizon”; and more than half were moribund within a year from launch. This kind of revelation would shock most people, but knowing what I know, it wasn’t really a surprise. It is easy for any management team inexperienced in the process of Idea & Innovation Management to be seduced by the excitement of capturing ideas and voting them up – some mechanisms appear sexier than others, … Continue reading

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So Much for the New York Times Paywall

We talked last week about the New York Times’ introduction of a paywall for access to their very popular website in order to increase revenue for the ailing paper. The New York Times is about to introduce a paywall to its very popular website as part of a plan to turn online visitors into paying customers. It’s part of their latest drive to reignite revenue growth in the face of an industry decline that has seen Times revenue drop 27% over the past five years. And while the concept of requiring customers to pay for content certainly makes financial sense for a news organization struggling to raise revenue, getting people to pay for content that they have been previously receiving for free will be a huge challenge. And the Times hasn’t helped itself because along with charging for contents, it has also introduced a relatively complex pricing model. As an … Continue reading

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5 Things That Drive Intrapreneurs

Entrepreneurs are driven by passion, an urge to execute on their ideas and the chance to strike gold. Intrapreneurs (entrepreneur-minded people within large companies) do not have quite the same personal reasons for what they do. Yet they still have to be in an environment where they can bring on innovation that makes a difference. So what drives intrapreneurs? Here you get five bullet points from me: Freedom to operate Recognition Time to reflect, time for personal development Encouragement and opportunity to learn from failure Money This is meant to be a discussion starter. What would you add? Don’t miss an article (2,450+) – Subscribe to our RSS feed and join our Innovation Excellence group! Stefan Lindegaard is a speaker, network facilitator and strategic advisor who focus on the topics of open innovation, intrapreneurship and how to identify and develop the people who drive innovation

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Participation to Build a Nation

While in Africa the world’s eyes are focused on Libya, further down the continent South Sudan is working through the process of formally separating from North Sudan to become the world’s newest nation. After years of civil war there are still strong tensions between the two states, but it was great to discover how the South chose a song in readiness to celebrate its entry to the world. The South Sudanese national anthem was selected through an X Factor style talent show in a baking hot concert hall, according to the BBC. The audience went crazy at the end of each anthem as different singers shared their heartfelt renditions of the nation’s struggle and triumph. In a spirit of hope entrants abandoned the military-style march of the existing Sudanese national anthem. The brief was for something serious. Everyone was passionate. People had tears in their eyes. The winning lyrics came … Continue reading

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