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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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Is there a Model for Rapid Innovation?

Innovation is the result of constant knowledge exchanges between technology, the markets, an innovation team, as well as other departments of the firm. As the bigger you are, the more difficult it is to share active knowledge. How can we set-up a so-called “knowledge creating company” and speed up knowledge exchanges within big companies?

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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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You Need To Innovate – Now What?

A lot of people talk about innovative companies. All the management magazines and books refer always to the same select group of Apple, Google, 3M, Microsoft, P&G, BMW, Facebook, Virgin, Samsung, WAL-MART, Toyota, Amazon, INTEL, Starbucks and a few others. But so few people really work in them. This means a whole lot of people are working in not so innovative organisations. You are probably one of them, or a consultant advising them.

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Insight Trumps Knowledge

Most of us spend our lives pursuing knowledge when what we really need is insight. Throughout our education and our careers we strive to learn things that we hope will bring us success. While knowledge is certainly important, a great insight will beat it every time.

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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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