Management

The Dream Customer

In 2012, the first major collaboration between Chrysler and Fiat produced a brand new version of the classic 1970s Dodge Dart, to a lukewarm reception. Why? At least three reasons: including a manual transmission for a mainly automatic transmission buying audience; installing a European style dual clutch, for mainly American buyers and entering a tough, competitive market. Did they really ...

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Management Participation in Online Idea Challenges

As stated by Jan Martijn Everts in the blog ‘You get what you give’, senior management and sponsorship are important aspects of running successful Idea Challenges. There is no arguing about that. Management support and sponsorship are a necessity for the initiative itself. But should senior management also visibly participate in the online Idea Challenge itself? You would expect that ...

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Top 20 Innovation Articles of March 2019

Drum roll please… At the beginning of each month we will profile the twenty posts from the previous month that generated the most traffic to Innovation Excellence. We also publish a weekly Top 8 as part of our FREE email newsletter. Did your favorite make the cut? But enough delay, here are March’s twenty most popular innovation posts: The Most ...

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Stop Overloading Engineers, While Increasing Project Throughput

Scenario: WebCo, a company with about 200 contributors, was having trouble keeping projects on schedule. An analysis of the root causes showed that engineers worked long days. Many of these workdays included many meetings that were not about their highest priority project. The VP of Engineering suspected that her staff were getting stretched too thin. She did some quick research, ...

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Radically Re-Thinking Work

It seems that the waves of change are not going to subside anytime soon. As AI and other advanced technologies permeate the workplace, flipping mindsets, learning new behaviours and skills and shaping organizational cultures are causing us to radically rethink work in ways that maximize the intelligences of both humans and machines. Leading companies are recognizing that these technologies are ...

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Top 20 Innovation Articles of February 2019

Drum roll please… At the beginning of each month we will profile the twenty posts from the previous month that generated the most traffic to Innovation Excellence. We also publish a weekly Top 8 as part of our FREE email newsletter. Did your favorite make the cut? But enough delay, here are February’s twenty most popular innovation posts: How Blockbuster, ...

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Getting to the Root Cause of Project Headaches

Scenario: a product development team at a medical device company had a testing phase that ran far longer than expected. This delay rippled throughout the project and had serious implications downstream. After the project was complete, the team leader wanted to go back and figure out why the test phase had not gone as planned. She received pushback from the ...

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Serious About Your Social Mission? Then Innovate It

A “lean” approach amplifies both profits and purpose. Corporate philanthropy. Benefit corporations. Nonprofits and non-governmental organizations. Doing well while doing good seems to be all the rage these days. Sounds ideal. But, if we are truly intent on achieving both, we need to start taking social impact just as seriously. Mission-driven organizations have an equal opportunity to apply the principles ...

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What is the Cost of a Failed Innovation Project or Change Initiative?

It seems like a simple question. One that you would expect to lead to some risk mitigation behavior, but it doesn’t. And when you consider that companies are spending an increasing amount of their budget on technology and working to transform their operations to be more digital in order to provide a better experience for customers, employees, partners and suppliers ...

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What you need is a Chief Culture Officer

Peter Drucker said that– business has two–and only two–basic functions: marketing and innovation. Well, your company probably already has a Chief Marketing Officer (CMO), and most likely a Chief Innovation Officer (CINO, to distinguish from your Chief Information Officer, CIO). So you have both Druckerian functions covered.   You may also have a Chief Strategy Officer (CSO). I served as ...

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