Author Archives: Paul Hobcraft

The Change Challenge for Innovation Consultants

In many ways, the consulting industry specializing in innovation is its own worst enemy. They are resolutely staying very internally driven, self promoting, still trying to convey the story of mastery when clearly this is lacking and failing the client, who is increasingly requiring more organic or holistic solutions not a piecemeal of innovation offerings. These often don’t dovetail into one complete innovation system because they are supplied by a variety of different service providers all having their own ‘pet’ approaches.

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Innovation is a Complex Adaptive System

I am going to try to explain innovation as an complex adapative system. Why? I consistently come across many references to innovation. The trouble is I’ve never been fully clear on what does make up a complex system for innovation. I’m not sure anyone does for complex systems either! But I want to establish a direct and clear set of links across to innovation without it involving me in ploughing through incredibly ‘dense’ academic papers on this subject.

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Chief Innovation Officer's Agenda

I tend to not like offering up checklists as blog posts, you know those one hundred and one ideas for this or that, although I have to admit I like collecting them as a kick-starting resource. Today I decided to change my mind, Why? The Innovation Champion has many jobs-to-be-done and I felt this would be a useful 'sparking point' to recognize the innovation jobs involved.

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Disruptive Moments Sometimes Require Letting Go

Emotional attachment prompts some incredibly strong bonds, a host of clear affections and different reactions when it comes to our favourite brands or products. When something suddenly ‘disrupts’ this, it triggers a set of mixed emotions that shakes you and stirs up different feelings that take some time to re-order in your mind.

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