Tag Archives: innovation leadership

Innovation is Social

If your organization is struggling to sustain its innovation efforts, then I hope you will do the following things. Find the purpose and passion that everyone can rally around. Create the flexibility necessary to deal with the constant change that a focus on innovation requires for both customers and the organization. Make innovation the social activity it truly must be ...

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3 E’s of Effective Innovation Leadership

Legacy companies like Apple, Xerox and IBM have transformed their organizations over the past 30 years to stay competitive in an ever-evolving market. This kind of transformational change is not easy for any organization, small or large. In fact, 70% of all change efforts fail. So what can you do to improve your odds of success? One of the most ...

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Embracing Quick Wins and Quick Losses

When moving a new product or service through the development cycle, there are generally four outcomes a New Product Development (NPD) team can expect. Two of these outcomes are especially good – although which ones they are might surprise you. It may seem counterintuitive, but one of the positive outcomes does not result in revenue – or even a product – and organizations must learn to embrace this notion.

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Time to Replace Your Chief Innovation Officer

Among my innovation peers, we have talked about how crucial executive commitment is, and some organizations have responded by hiring Innovation Managers, Innovation Directors, VP's of Innovation, and Chief Innovation Officers (CINO's not CIO's so there is no confusion with Chief Information Officers). One of the dangers of putting people in charge of innovation though, is...

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Top 10 Reasons Not to Innovate

I've been meaning to write this article for more than a year, after a dialog I was part of with the CEO of a leading online travel site where I heard him say that the company wasn't focused on innovation, that it wasn't the right time to focus on innovation. This is despite the fact that the organization lists innovation as one of the company's core values...

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