Tag Archives: Consulting

Success Practices in Co-Creation (enter the wild west!)

Co-creation is like the wild wild west: Opportunties abound, and there are few rules for what you can and can't do. Arm yourself with the IX Research report "Success Practices in Co-Creation" to reduce internal uncertainty with co-creation, improve the likelihood of achieving co-creation success, and take advantage of the co-creation enablement ecosystem that is maturing around us.

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Announcing IX Research: Research for Innovation Practitioners

IX Research is the newly-launched research arm of Innovation Excellence. Our goal is to provide Innovation Executives, Innovation Practitioners, and Innovation Vendors with the data, insights, and analysis needed to succeed in the new world order of innovation. IX Research reports are independent, inspirational, actionable, and accessible, and a subscription is $300 per person per year.

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Innovation Is Becoming A Core Competency

If you've lived a while as a consultant to corporations, you've had the chance to see significant, even tectonic change to the way things work in larger enterprises over the last 20-30 years. Stuff that would have seemed illogical or inconsequential we now consider imperative, and right now, things that seem incremental or short-lived may rapidly become mission-critical.

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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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What is an Innovation Consultant?

So my wife's favorite aunt has arrived for a visit. This sounds like the set up for a vaudeville punch line but actually leads to some great stuff. We sat at dinner last night and she turned to me and asked "So what does your firm with the funny name (OVO) do, anyway?" I love slash hate this question, especially from people who aren't quite sure what "the Google" is, anyway.

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What Does Topgrading Mean for Your B+ Players?

​As a general concept, topgrading is intuitive, but the finer points of topgrading can leave management with feelings of discomfort and confusion. One of these core scenarios is what happens when your B+ players are consistently on the line. If you have read "Topgrading," the process is described as a black and white, but when dealing with people there are always shades of gray.

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Innovation-In-A-Box Operating Instructions

Dear Customer, Thank you for buying Innovation-In-A-Box, the only product you’ll ever need to buy to drive innovation across your organisation. Unpacking Instructions Innovation-In-A-Box contains fragile components, such as creativity, precious flip charts, and colorful posters. These can be damaged if care is not exercised during unpacking. Also note the consultant inside the box is a real, live creature and will be upset if you don’t treat it with love and attention.

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