Tag Archives: Open Innovation

When More is Less in Crowd-sourcing Innovation

In most organizations, there is an omnipresent quest for more. With crowd-sourcing innovation programs, the first impulse is to seek more ideas. Is more really better? What about idea quality? Does ‘more ideas’ work against idea quality? And if so, then what do you do about it? In 2011, I launched the employee open innovation program at UnitedHealth Group (Fortune ...

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Have You Tried New Ways to Innovate?

After relying on cost and operational efficiencies to grow the bottom line, many businesses are emerging from an innovation slumber post-recession. Now there is an imperative to refocus on organic growth. The importance of innovation in driving this growth is resurfacing to the top of the agenda. For many organizations, there are some radically new behavioural, structural and operational models of meeting this challenge are gaining popularity.

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The Ideas Problem

The Ideas Problem - Innovation Excellence

Ideas are the problem. I suspect many of you have heard this statement as often as I have. It’s usually translated as “we don’t have enough ideas”. Yet when you dig beneath the surface, you find that the bald statement isn’t always as it first appears. In this post, I’d like to offer some different translations of “Ideas are the problem”.

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5 Reasons Every Company Needs an Innovation Coach

5 Reasons Why Every Company Needs an Innovation Coach

Innovation is not a solo activity (and neither is my favorite sport to coach – basketball). And while the rare lone genius may be able to invent something on their own (although still always inspired by others), nobody can innovate by themselves. Innovation, by its very nature, requires collaboration. Companies are like brains. The brain is composed of two hemispheres. ...

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