10 Signs That Innovation Will Fail

What are the signs that innovation in a company is set up to fail? It would be great to have a checklist, but unfortunately innovation is too complicated and company-specific to employ a standard checklist for this. However, we can share our insights on this and help each other become better at spotting the signs of failure. Thus I have ...

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Part 2 – Three Innovation Distinctions

In the first part of this series, I wrote why you should focus on challenges, not ideas. You should read that article before proceeding. In this second entry, I will focus on “Process, not Events.” I first shared these three distinctions with a bunch of speakers and authors. In the speaking industry, conferences/conventions are the primary model for professional development. ...

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Innovation Perspectives January Wrapup

Innovation Perspectives is our monthly feature to present our loyal readers with different perspectives on a single topic all in one place along with the ability to compare, contrast and discuss them in the comments here on Blogging Innovation and in the Continuous Innovation group on LinkedIn. This month’s topic was: “‘What product or sector is in desperate need of ...

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The Innovator Within

I’m constantly blown away by the brilliant, innovative ideas around us. It’s a shame that so very few of those ideas see the light of day. Brilliant people with innovative ideas are everywhere, but most of their ideas get caught in one of three traps: Fear/Risk: Innovative ideas are inherently risky. They buck trends, go against the status quo. The ...

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Language and Innovation

Language and innovation are inseparable. Language puts meaning to our ideas, be it spoken, written, or symbolic. We convey ideas to others which is essential in corporate innovation. Innovation would be nearly impossible if we did not have language. If you want to improve your innovation effectiveness, improve your use of language. Structured innovation methods help regulate our thinking and ...

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Creating Innovation Best Practices of Tomorrow

Directors constantly strive to increase efficiency, implement best practice and deliver increased shareholder value. They seek to improve cash flow through efficiencies of scale and cost reductions. But there are limits to cost saving. In a global economy your competitors in lower-cost countries can beat you at that game. The best way to create value is to innovate your way ...

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Basically Anything Can Be Innovated

In a recent post, Four Quadrants of Innovation, I described one type of innovation as leveraging existing technologies, serving existing customers. In popular culture, this type of innovation is… well, frankly it’s boring. No cool new advances, no new stuff you haven’t tried before. But what is compelling about this type of innovation is how well it fits Clayton Christensen’s ...

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Can Optimism Change the Subway?

A public art project that links New York’s subway system with the idea of “optimism” is bound to attract some cynicism, if not outright ridicule. That’s because public transit everywhere in the world is one of the more popular targets for complaint, vitriol and even fist-shaking rage. However, radical optimists seek out optimism in the hardest places – and where ...

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