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There Is No Better Moment

There is no better moment than to stop and rediscover how to listen, to truly listen. Just stop for one minute. Innovation is calling for a common language, a common understanding yet all I hear is the consistent throb of different views, making it difficult to interpret what is right, what is wrong.

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Get Rid of Old Ideas

Innovation is all about getting new ideas for simple solutions to solve relevant customer problems or needs. When there is a sudden need for innovation the first thing people do is organise a brainstorming session. But often nothing innovative materialises. That’s why brainstorming has such negative connotations in a lot of companies. Because, when you brainstorm unprepared with the usual colleagues hardly anything new appears.

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The Tyranny of Today Blocks Innovation

The tyranny of today? What's not to like? For innovators the tyranny of today is personified as Lex Luther, superman's alter ego. The tyranny of today as a phrase does more, with less, to describe the barriers to innovation than almost any description I've heard. And I should know, I wrote Relentless Innovation trying to define how to overcome the tyranny of today.

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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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The Rock in Your Shoe

Many who have claimed to be innovative leaders rested comfortably in the hope that they would continually lead “in the flow” because they believed they’d have an accurate understanding of what laid ahead. Sure there were minor “tweaks” along the way, but these leaders comfortably sat atop inflatable tubes riding the lazy river of predictability – and prayed that the river would never bend.

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Plan to be Punched in the Face

Experienced leaders know how just easily the most carefully crafted plan can go awry, particularly in the innovation process. In his new Little Black Book of Innovation, Scott Anthony cautions against betting the farm on the perfect plan. “No business plan survives first contact with the market,” Anthony says.

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