The Number One Leadership Activity to Drive Innovation

Great Leadership By Dan

They know that if they don’t innovate, they will be left behind, the world’s simply moving way too fast. They are looking to institutionalize the innovation process. This means building a culture where innovation happens every day. It means creating an environment where innovation is not the domain of a select few individuals, rather every single person believes they can contribute to creating great products. You cannot tiptoe your way into innovation.

Innovation in Practice

Talent Anarchy

In many organizations, innovation remains an almost-mystical thing. The great opportunity for most organizations is to take innovation off of its pedestal in order to identify individual and group practices that make it real. These processes can potentially be a driver of innovation. Innovation JoeWe talk about it, we talk about its importance, but we do not talk about how it happens.

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Sam Ford: An interview by Bob Morris

First Friday Book Synopsis

Sam Ford is Director of Audience Engagement for Peppercomm. His 2013 New York University Press book, Spreadable Media: Creating Value and Meaning in a Networked Culture, was co-authored by Henry Jenkins and Joshua Green. The book was named one of the best business books of 2013 by Booz & Co.’s s Strategy+Business and was voted one […]. Bob''s blog entries Advertising Age Albert Einstein Booz & Co.’s s Strategy+Business Brilliant Mistakes Brooke Manville Bulldog Reporter C.

Blogging on Business Update from Bob Morris (Week of 5/27/13)

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Prahalad and Strategy as Boundaryless Aspiration" "Google Is Winning the Innovation War Against Apple" "Riding the Waves of Change: How to manage change for smoother sailing" "That Old ''Design by Committee'' Chestnut" "The Corner Office" Adam Bryant Aubrey Daniels “Most Likely to Succeed” “Ten Important Things I’ve Learned About Blogging” “The Creative Twist” Blogging on Business Update from Bob Morris (Week of 5/27/13) Bloomberg Businessweek BOB Charles H.

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Nancy Duarte: An interview by Bob Morris

First Friday Book Synopsis

Bob's blog entries " Martha Graham Alfred Hitchcock and Thomas Lockwood “The Hero’s Journey” Bill Gates Change by Design Design Driven Innovation design thinking Duarte Design E.E. Nancy Duarte has driven the vision and growth of Duarte for 20 years, building an internationally respected design firm, which has created over a quarter of a million presentations. She has helped shape the perceptions of many of the world’s leading brands and thought leaders.

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What Your Innovation Process Should Look Like

Harvard Business

Companies and government agencies often make the mistake of viewing innovation as a set of unconstrained activities with no discipline. In reality, for innovation to contribute to a company or government agency, it needs to be designed as a process from start to deployment. When organizations lack a formal innovation pipeline process, project approvals tend to be based on who has the best demo or slides, or who lobbies the hardest. Innovation Experimentation Digital Article

Peter Fasolo, CHRO at Johnson & Johnson, On the Value of Transformational Growth and Innovation

HR Digest

A conversation with Peter Fasolo about the value of transformational growth and innovation – and how to help it unfold. Such a degree of corporate socialization can also stifle innovation and overall cognitive diversity. How do you keep your people open to transformational growth and innovation? We view ourselves as a 133-year-old startup that is guided by our history and powered by the success of our innovation over that time frame.

The 5 Skills That Innovative Leaders Have in Common

Harvard Business

Innovation is critical in a knowledge economy — driving growth, new products, and new methods of delivering value to customers. According to PwC’s 2015 study on Global Innovation , U.S. And yet, despite its importance, innovation is a difficult quality to cultivate both in leaders and in organizations. Analyses were done to identify the competencies that innovative leaders share. Innovative leaders also scored higher in terms of demonstrating curiosity.

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Humility, Problems, Flow, Teams, Heretics, and Results – results-based leader podcast

Mike Cardus

Innovation Leadership Coaching Solution-Focused Team Building podcast[link]. Leadership isn’t easy — especially when you have to lead different people with different life experiences.

The Evolution of the Executive, C-Suite, and Boardroom

N2Growth Blog

So, how did it all look back in the ‘good ol’ days’ and how and why did it change, well; Back in the late 80’s and 90’s top leadership roles recruited for, in the boardroom and on the executive committee, would often be trigged via an ‘old boys clubs’ hire. In many businesses Boards and Executive Committees are now evolving almost annually. As we rushed past the Dot.com phase, boards and the executive committees began to diversify, racially, ethnically and in gender.

Peter Fasolo, CHRO at Johnson & Johnson, On the Value of Transformational Growth and Innovation

HR Digest

A conversation with Peter Fasolo about the value of transformational growth and innovation – and how to help it unfold. Such a degree of corporate socialization can also stifle innovation and overall cognitive diversity. How do you keep your people open to transformational growth and innovation? We view ourselves as a 133-year-old startup that is guided by our history and powered by the success of our innovation over that time frame.

Where (and When) the Magic Happens

In the CEO Afterlife

Magic can’t happen in cultures that don’t worship innovation. Innovation starts with leadership. Most big company cultures are not innovative. Oh yes, they talk about innovation in their annual reports and their mission statements. But this isn’t the Apple, Google or Amazon type of innovation. Innovators don’t put ideas before committees or tolerate whining about not enough resources such as staffing, data or funding. Every innovation is applauded.

How Boards Can Innovate

Harvard Business Review

Governing boards might seem like the last place for innovation. But new strategies and structures are squarely in the board’s domain, and we have seen any number of governing boards innovating with, not just monitoring, management. Some boards have taken the principle further by forming their own innovation committee. The chair of the new three-person committee, Richard L. When Innovation Is Strategy. How Samsung Gets Innovations to Market.

5 Words of Encouragement for Church Planters

Ron Edmondson

Committees. Church Planting Church Revitalization God Innovation Jesus LeadershipHaving been a church planter twice, I understand the unique challenges facing planters. They are constantly struggling with leadership issues, finances and simply knowing what to do next.

How Corruption Is Strangling U.S. Innovation

Harvard Business Review

And it is strangling both US competitiveness, and the ability for US firms to innovate. One of the prime drivers of economic growth inside America over the past century has been disruptive innovation ; yet the phenomenon that Lessig describes is increasingly being used by large incumbent firms as a mechanism to stave off the process. It's a web-based movie service, and relative to a lot of players in the space, a disruptively innovative one.

Understanding the Language of Innovation

Harvard Business Review

We all know innovation has its own language conventions, rich with revolutions , evolutions , ecosystems , and more. Innovators, after all, are trying to communicate the promise of something that may not exist yet, and sometimes that requires some optimistic adornment. We may be able to get buy-in on important innovations that would otherwise be denied. And only 1% see innovation as pure science.) Communication Innovation Research

Where (and When) Magic Happens

LDRLB

Magic can’t happen in cultures that don’t worship innovation. Innovation starts with leadership. Most big company cultures are not innovative. Oh yes, they talk about innovation in their annual reports and their mission statements. But this isn’t the Apple, Google or Amazon type of innovation. Innovators don’t put ideas before committees or tolerate whining about not enough resources such as staffing, data or funding.

Structure Your Global Team for Innovation

Harvard Business Review

Many firms struggle to exploit the innovation potential of their global networks. To get the most from dispersed innovation, managers need a different playbook. Here are three ways to set up and manage global innovation for success: 1. Contrast this with the more familiar world of single location projects, where senior managers can give the go-ahead to an innovation project and then step back and let the team get on with it. Innovation

Structure Your Global Team for Innovation

Harvard Business Review

Many firms struggle to exploit the innovation potential of their global networks. To get the most from dispersed innovation, managers need a different playbook. Here are three ways to set up and manage global innovation for success: 1. Contrast this with the more familiar world of single location projects, where senior managers can give the go-ahead to an innovation project and then step back and let the team get on with it. Innovation

Three Questions that Will Kill Innovation

Harvard Business Review

A big insurance company I know of wants to design a radical new future, so they have committed significant resources to large-scale innovation. But the board and executive committee are asking the innovation team all the wrong questions — questions that will kill any innovation project. Here are three toxic questions that you probably ask that are guaranteed to kill innovation: "What is the return on investment on this project?" Innovation Leadership

Where Open Innovation Stumbles

Harvard Business Review

When I urge managers in a company to make open innovation part of their innovation strategy, they get it conceptually. A vice president of the group had been to a presentation on Open Innovation and was intrigued by the concept. FVA commissioned Aachen University to manage a selection process and trial study, and the selection committee found us at NineSigma most suitable to conduct a series of technology searches. Change management Execution Innovation

2020 Top CHRO List – The People Leaders To Watch

N2Growth Blog

These Human Resource leaders represent the top 25 human resources leaders shaping careers, culture, and talent at the world’s most innovative people driven companies. While at National Life, as well as at FGIC, Woodroffe served as the liaison to both firms’ compensation committees.

Five Ways to Innovate Faster

Harvard Business Review

One of the most common complaints senior executives have about disruptive innovation is its seemingly snail-like pace. How is it, they wonder, that it takes us forever to pursue ideas that promise to create new markets when the world seems to be innovating at a dizzying pace? As innovation thought leader Steve Blank notes, a startup is a temporary organization searching for a scalable business model. Innovation

Where (and When) Magic Happens

LDRLB

Magic can’t happen in cultures that don’t worship innovation. Innovation starts with leadership. Most big company cultures are not innovative. Oh yes, they talk about innovation in their annual reports and their mission statements. But this isn’t the Apple, Google or Amazon type of innovation. Innovators don’t put ideas before committees or tolerate whining about not enough resources such as staffing, data or funding. Every innovation is applauded.

How Criticism Creates Innovative Teams

Harvard Business Review

Sloan then waited as each member of the assembled committee nodded in agreement. Communication Innovation Leading teams It''s tough to find examples of successfully challenging the boss, even tougher to find stories of leaders who specifically ask to be challenged. The most common is a tale of Alfred P. Sloan at General Motors. During a meeting in which GM''s top management team was considering a weighty decision, Sloan closed the meeting by asking."

Make Your Innovative Idea Seem Less Terrifying

Harvard Business Review

Four years ago, Craig Hatkoff, co-founder of the Tribeca Film Festival, approached me about a brainstorm: an event recognizing and celebrating breakthrough innovators. When I suggested to Clayton Christensen that we partner with Hatkoff to create the Tribeca Disruptive Innovation Awards , Clay’s response was : I trust you Whitney. This led to the HR VP brokering a meeting with the CEO and an invitation to make a formal presentation to the Executive Committee. Innovation

The Innovation Mindset in Action: Shantha Ragunathan

Harvard Business Review

Although she was poor in resources, she possessed the innovation mindset shared by many game changers: they see and act on opportunities , use "and" thinking to resolve tough dilemmas and break through compromises, and employ their resourcefulness to power through obstacles. Innovators maintain a laser focus on outcomes , avoid getting caught in the activity trap , and proactively "expand the pie" to make an impact. India Innovation

The Chief Innovation Officer’s 100-Day Plan

Harvard Business Review

Your energy and track record of successfully launching high-impact initiatives scored you a plum role heading up innovation. Expectations are high, but some skeptics in the organization feel that innovation is an overhyped buzzword that doesn’t justify being a separate function. Spend quality time with every member of the executive committee. Are leaders willing to give up some of their human and financial resources to advance innovation? Congratulations!

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Sustaining Collaboration - Part II: The Journey Continues

Mills Scofield

Each team had to provide quarterly reports to the Steering Committee on their progress. The Steering Committee members rotated annually, with the exception of the GM and Union President. People actually started asking to be on the committee, some because of a passion for collaboration and some to derail the process. When a project was completed, the Steering Committee took the team out to dinner.

Transforming Rural India Through Agricultural Innovation

Harvard Business Review

On my last trip to India, I witnessed an innovation experiment, National Agro Foundation (NAF) , that addresses this wicked problem. To sustain the benefits derived, the Social Development initiatives of NAF have helped village communities in establishing community-based institutions like Farmers Clubs (160), Self Help Groups and Joint Liability Groups (900), Farmers Producer Organizations (6), Watershed committees (25) etc for collective decision and action.

How Thomson Reuters Is Creating a Culture of Innovation

Harvard Business Review

It’s not easy for big companies to innovate. Moreover, the skills that are cherished and rewarded for achieving current results differ from those that aid in discovery and experimentation, both of which are needed to drive innovation. As a result, fostering a true culture of innovation in big companies is often an aspiration rather than a reality. First they agreed to shift funding from small, incremental acquisitions to innovation. Innovation Organizational culture

The Silver Lining to Scarcity: It Drives Innovation

Harvard Business Review

They behave, in other words, like innovators. All three were times of exceptional innovation and creativity, for our clients and us. How does innovation manage to flourish under such time and budget constraints? Instead of exploring every avenue, consulting every possible collaborator, and blindly pursuing established "innovation processes" because they once worked for someone else, we make tough decisions about where to apply our efforts.

15 Hours: A Common Sense Action Blueprint for Congress

Mills Scofield

Seconds after the Representative finished talking, the former chair of the member’s committee walked in. Starr Social Innovation Fellow for his work on Common Sense Action. Starr Social Innovation Fellow for Common Sense Action. Brown University Common Sense Action Culture Generations Government Innovation Leadership Millennials Policy Politics Social Impact Virtues-Values What if our youth started to take government back? Well, it''s happening.

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Stock Buybacks Aren’t Hurting Innovation

Harvard Business Review

These stock buybacks have come under criticism as a bad investment – the argument being that companies sitting on record amounts of cash ought to invest in innovation, salaries, or at least dividends, rather than pumping up their own stock price through buybacks. Other top executives at the American Energy Innovation Council are pushing for more funding for alternative energy research. Companies are spending more money buying back their own stock than they ever have.

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What’s the Status of Your Relationship With Innovation?

Harvard Business Review

How important is innovation these days? mentions per company (Nike, recently named the world’s most innovative company, topped the list with 239 mentions). But just talking about innovation doesn’t mean a company is really serious about it, or is approaching it in a way that has as a reasonable chance of success. Innovation — particularly that which pushes a company into new markets or new businesses — requires a serious ongoing commitment.

Why Congress Needs to Pass the Innovation Act This Time

Harvard Business Review

Our patent system, designed to protect inventors by granting them limited-term monopolies over their innovations, has over the last twenty years largely collapsed, buried under an avalanche of new and generously-granted patents for so-called “business methods” and for software-related inventions, which are doubly protected under copyright law. That bill, known as the Innovation Act, was reintroduced last month in the House by its author, Rep.

5 Words of Encouragement to the Church Planter or Young Leader

Ron Edmondson

Committees. Church Planting Church Revitalization God Innovation Jesus LeadershipRecently I was able to share some encouragement with church planters in Chicago. Having been a planter twice, I understand the unique challenges facing planters. They are constantly struggling with leadership issues, finances and simply knowing what to do next. I get it. Most of what I know now came from experience and the wisdom of others.

5 Words of Encouragement to the Church Planter or Young Leader

Ron Edmondson

Committees. Church Church Planting Church Revitalization God Innovation Jesus Kingdom Leadership Recently I was able to share some encouragement with church planters in Chicago. Having been a planter twice, I understand the unique challenges facing planters. They are constantly struggling with leadership issues, finances and simply knowing what to do next. I get it. Most of what I know now came from experience and the wisdom of others.

The Structured Removal of Faith

Ron Edmondson

This church had a committee that could handle everything when I arrived. In some churches, if God were to call us to move in some new area, even if we were certain we had direction from God, it would take us months to get the idea beyond the committees of the church and to a church vote. Church Innovation Leadership Organizational LeadershipThis is an opinion post. In fact, this is an opinion blog.

What's the Status of Your Relationship With Innovation?

Harvard Business Review

How important is innovation these days? mentions per company (Nike, recently named the world''s most innovative company, topped the list with 239 mentions). But just talking about innovation doesn''t mean a company is really serious about it, or is approaching it in a way that has as a reasonable chance of success. Innovation — particularly that which pushes a company into new markets or new businesses — requires a serious ongoing commitment. Innovation

Big Data In Your Shampoo?

Mills Scofield

In the case of the former, they typically would want to know why and how could they innovate their current product to regain their position as number one. While it may have mitigated the clients'' losses some of the time, the innovation was inevitably reactive, unscientific, and not robust nor holistic. The secret is in connecting the analyses and insights derived from Big Data to real NPD and innovation decisions. Did you wash your hair this morning?

What Ruthless Innovators Can Learn from the New England Patriots

Harvard Business Review

This integration of current performance (Box 1) with selective forgetting of the past (Box 2) while creating the future (Box 3) is the foundation of my thinking and teaching about innovation and strategy. Most organizations focus almost completely on keeping their current business healthy ( Box 1 ) rather than discarding no-longer-useful tools and policies ( Box 2 ) or innovating for the future ( Box 3 ).

Making Changes in an Established Church

Ron Edmondson

We listed which committees need to weigh in to the decisions. Change Church Church Revitalization Innovation LeadershipIn the established church change can be more difficult to make than in a church plant. I’ve done both and I’m speaking from experience. I’d almost say a common finding I’ve seen is the longer the church has been “established” the longer it takes to implement change.