Author Archives: Braden Kelley

The Politics of Innovation

An investigation into the role of politics in innovation. At the Bassetti Foundation for Responsible Innovation we have long been debating the links between innovation and politics. Last year the Foundation successfully lobbied for a change to the Statute of the Region of Lombardy in Italy so that local government would work to promote responsible innovation, in the belief that innovation excellence is by definition responsible innovation.

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Interview with Retired President X

I had lunch in 2009 with the recently-retired president of a multi-billion dollar company and had a great conversation about innovation, leadership, and culture. The insights are still relevant and he enjoys his private life so I won't be naming any names, but I will share some of the key insights and advice for innovators that came out of the conversation.

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Mandatory Excellence

What would happen if a government instead harnessed what citizens were truly good at for long enough to affect real accountable results in service to their country? I write this not to advocate mandatory government service, but to call attention to the fact that countries and regions are going to increasingly compete in order to preserve their standard of living, and that those without a public sector innovation strategy will lose out to those who find a way to continuously become more efficient.

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Accelerate Innovation in Your Organization

Are you looking for a way to increase the innovation knowledge in your organization? Looking for a way to begin installing a common innovation language in your organization? Well then, why not do what some of the leading organizations around the world are doing, and go ahead and integrate some Innovation Excellence RSS feeds from the more than 4,000 articles into your corporate portal, innovation management system, or open innovation community.

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Personal Innovation – Shine Your Star

I had a nice conversation with a friend from London today that I haven't spoken with in a while and we got onto the topic of careers. We started talking about my article on Personal Innovation and how in most professional occupations there are the stars and then there is everyone else. We talked about how stars in certain professions might only be 5% better at something than their peers but get paid 5x to 50x more than the rest...

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Are you the 10th person who innovates?

"For every nine people who denounce innovation, only one will encourage it... For every nine people who do things the way they have always been done, only one will ever wonder if there is a better way. For every nine people who stand in line in front of a locked building, only one will ever come around and check the back door."

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Rise and Fall of Innovation at Yahoo!

Can people really innovate when they have to tend to all of their day-to-day responsibilities? Unfortunately, people don't get promoted for being innovative, they get promoted for getting stuff done, developing people, and meeting or exceeding goals or stretch targets. If people are busy making sure they do all that, when are they supposed to innovate?

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Innovation Comes in Many Forms

Innovation comes in all different forms, and there is more than one way to boost profits in organizations. Layoffs are not the only way to improve the bottom line when times get tough. Often asking the right questions can uncover new revenue sources in areas that previously had only been seen as a source of costs.

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