Innovation by Collaboration

People collaborate to innovate. But what about the other way around? Could a structured innovation approach be used to bring people closer together? In other words, collaboration becomes the endpoint and innovation becomes the means to that end? Collaboration is where two or more people or organizations work together in an intersection of common goals. Collaboration is seen as an ...

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What are you passionate about?

Visiting Panera Bread recently, I noticed employees’ name tags now include the question, “What’s Your Passion?” and the employee’s personal answer. Love the question, but I’m not sure about this application. It forces an employee to disclose what might be very personal information or fudge, sharing something more generic and not really a passion at all. For instance, the person ...

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Is Innovation Helped or Hurt by Self-Censorship?

I came across this interesting perspective on the blog of Mark Turrell, CEO of idea management software company Imaginatik, in his post Myth #3: “We need lots of ideas”: The next time someone tells you that you need lots of ideas, stop, think and work out the outcomes you want before you go collecting thousands, and thousands, and potentially more ...

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Even Sheep Avoid the Commodity Trap

One of the unwritten rules of Lovemarks is don’t get stuck in the commodity quadrant, the realm of raw products and raw actions. For service industries like travel, this is unforgivable, which is why I will only fly on an American airline out of desperation or duress. For land based industries which originate in the commodity zone, global integration has ...

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Top 10 Tips for the Innovation Leader

1. Have a Vision for Change You cannot expect your team to be innovative if they do not know the direction in which they are headed. Innovation has to have a purpose. It is up to the leader to set the course and give a bearing for the future. You need one overarching statement which defines the direction for the ...

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Congratulations to the BIF-5 Contest Winner

Voting is now closed, and we have a winner for my ticket to the Business Innovation Factory (BIF-5) conference October 7-8, 2009 in Providence, RI. Here again were the Three Finalists: Creating a Bachelor of Innovation by Dr. Terrance E. Boult, University of Colorado at Colorado Springs Breaking Innovation Barriers by Looking Beyond by Vyoma Kapur, Colspark LLC A Nightmare ...

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What are you doing to innovate for an obese America?

The Wall Street Journal reported this week on the huge price being paid in health-care spending due to America’s rapidly expanding waistlines: $147B. How are we as innovators leading companies to address this head on? Lecturing, hectoring and “education” aren’t changing what’s on America’s plate, or at least not quickly enough. I recommend reading Hank Cardello’s book “Stuffed: An Insider’s ...

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BOF 3.0 – Ruffle Your Innovation Feathers

I had the opportunity to attend Brightidea’s Birds of a Feather (BOF 3.0) event at Chevron’s headquarters the other day. For those of you not familiar with Bright Idea Birds of a Feather events, they are periodic events for innovation practioners from Brightidea customers (e.g. HP) and non-customers (e.g. Chevron) to get together to discuss innovation challenges and share practical ...

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BOF 3.0 – Innovation Fatigue Session

The second of the Brightidea Birds of a Feather (BOF 3.0) unconference discussion sessions I attended posed the question – Is there such a thing as innovation fatigue? Here are some of the key insights and comments from the session: You can’t run people in crisis mode forever. If you create an innovation panic, your people and organization will get ...

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