How Innovation Is Completely Different in Established Organizations than in Startups

Leading Blog

Their greatest fear is no longer their closest competitor, but the startups which, although they live in metaphorical garages and have hardly taken off, have an innovation power that established organizations can only dream of possessing. The Three Tracks of Innovation.

What Kind of Innovator Are You?

Leading Blog

When it comes to innovation, it is no different. Jeff DeGraff writes in The Innovation Code , “ Your dominant worldview is your biggest strength —the quality that makes you stand out from other people.” The Artist The Artist loves radical innovation. Creativity & Innovation

Fueling Business Process Management with the Automation Engine that Can!

Strategy Driven

Rapid-action, agile automation engines have emerged as the only resource for businesses to become fully functional, integrated, robotic enterprises that can adapt with the dynamic economy, consumer demand, internal logistics, business goals, and social landscape.

What a Mechanical Shark Can Teach Us About Leadership and Innovation

Leading Blog

He could have bawled out the engineers and technicians behind the mechanical prop, demanding that they somehow find a way to carry out his vision. In business, we tend to mythologize innovative leaders as those who have a revolutionary vision and stick with it, no matter what.

How Leaders can Ignite Innovation

Great Leadership By Dan

An executive at a company I work with recently told me: “W e have very creative employees who want to be innovative but find many obstacles created by the cultural opposition to it. We spend a lot of time training and encouraging employees at all levels how to be more creative and innovation. They leave our programs all fired up ready to change the world, then go back to a workplace that crushes their innovative ideas and enthusiasm. Allow employees time to innovate.

How to Compete Like the World’s Most Innovative Leaders

Skip Prichard

Innovation Capital. And one of the most overlooked reasons for entrepreneurial failure is innovation capital. He offers a unique perspective on innovation and winning in the marketplace. You are teaching what separates successful innovators from those who struggle.

Worst. Innovation Quote. Ever.


Here’s my candidate for the worst innovation quote ever: Now, to be fair, it’s actually a paraphrasing of Emerson. Nevertheless, it reflects a very common innovation misconception – that it’s all about the idea. Innovation is the process of idea management.

Deming Podcast with Scott Dalgleish, CEO at Phase IV Engineering

Deming Institute

Scott Dalgleish is the CEO at Phase IV Engineering. Scott first encountered Deming’s ideas while an engineer at Proctor & Gamble in 1986. It provided some very innovative and realistic solutions to solve a lot of problems in the plant. Scott Dalgleish.

Are you a Scientist or an Engineer? Things to think about.

Mike Cardus

as a engineer? The engineer sees themselves as a tiny spot of ignorance surrounded by a vast see of knowledge. Corporate Team Building Innovation Leadership Organization Development coaching create-learning team building and leadership quotes Team Building

Complimentary Resource – Economist: Smart SMBs Fine-Tuning the Engines of Growth

Strategy Driven

Economist: Smart SMBs Fine-Tuning the Engines of Growth. To achieve growth, economies the world over rely on small businesses to create jobs, increase competition and spur innovation. Click here for more information on Economist: Smart SMBs Fine-Tuning the Engines of Growth.

A Lesson In Innovation From The Red Planet

Tanveer Naseer

In the past week or so, there’s been much discussion and debate over the merits of disruption and with it, how we view and understand what it means to innovate. It was a wonderful moment for the normally staid engineering team. Landing on Mars is a huge engineering challenge.

Innovation Requires a Bias Towards Action


There is often a huge lag between when we first see a new idea and when we really find out what it is good for – this is when we are working through business model innovation. Consequently, the best innovation comes when we are concerned with both discovery and use.

Andrew Hargadon on How Breakthrough Ideas Happen: An interview by Bob Morris

First Friday Book Synopsis

The primary focus of his research is on the effective management of innovation and entrepreneurship, particularly in the development and commercialization of sustainable technologies. Andrew Hargadon is a Professor of Technology Management and Charles J. Soderquist Chair in Entrepreneurship at the University of California at Davis.

News Flash: Innovation Is No Longer Just a Specialist’s Job. Now Here’s How to Involve Your Whole Workforce Instead

Strategy Driven

The classic method of segregating innovation to a single department, or to a process led by specialists, just isn’t fast enough any longer. What’s needed is a culture in which innovation is the mission of everyone, everywhere, every day. That’s not the purpose of Innovation Engineering.

Ideas Don't Equal Innovation | N2Growth Blog

N2Growth Blog

As a result of our conversation, I decided to dust-off an old post, give it a few updates, and pass along my thoughts, which can be best summarized as “ Ideas Don’t Equal Innovation. Without a viral movement, ideas go extinct before innovation.

For Whom Do We Innovate?

Mills Scofield

If you ever wondered about the power of innovation to radically change lives, wonder no more. Anish Sarma , a volunteer at SpeakYourMind Foundation (SYMF) and research engineer at Braingate , tells us. For Whom Do We Innovate?

Great Innovators Think Laterally

Mills Scofield

The latest post , co-authored with Ian Gonsher , Associate Director of the Brown Creative Mind Initiative and on the faculty in the School of Engineering at Brown University, in Harvard Business Review.

Innovation High-Five

Mills Scofield

By Tim Kippley: Jeff Bezos, one of the planet’s greatest innovators, once said that: “You need a culture that high-fives small and innovative ideas and senior executives [that] encourage ideas.” ” The Value of Innovation at Geneca.

Why Innovation is not "Invented Here"

Coaching Tip

Beyond alarming questions of what is "fair" to the innovators themselves, few have considered how these human capital controls might impact the quality and quantity of innovation--and ultimately economic growth. We need diverse social and professional connections to innovate.

Creating Innovators: A book review by Bob Morris

First Friday Book Synopsis

Creating Innovators: The Making of Young People Who Will Change the World Tony Wagner Scribner/A Simon & Schuster Imprint (2012) Why and how to nurture the creativity of all children As Tony Wagner explains, “This book is about how we can develop the capacities of many more young people to be creative and entrepreneurial. The next best time is now" Creating Innovators: The Making of Young People Who Will Change The World It takes a village to raise a child Robert A.

What Engineering a Reverse Innovation Looks Like

Harvard Business Review

In many cases, challenges faced by emerging markets will require innovative solutions that deliver a higher comparative performance at a lower cost than what existing technology can provide. Engineers are very good at solving problems they know are problems.

Creativity and Innovation Leadership: Connecting the Dots

Coaching Tip

Interwoven sentience is the path of innovation, creativity and sustainability for the organization. Leonardo da Vinci, the great Renaissance artist, engineer and scientist, is the prototype we as individuals and as entrepreneurs should emulate ; a platform that he developed within himself and would continue to develop within a range of directions throughout his life. Why Innovation is not "Invented Here". A sentient person is one who has sense perception.

Education? Innovation? Do - Learn - Do - Learn

Mills Scofield

I told my Middle Eastern parents that I wouldn''t be pursuing the traditional routes of doctor, lawyer, or engineer and left home to pursue a degree and work in education. Culture Education Experience Institute Hacking Education Higher-Ed Innovation Leap Year Project Un-Schooling

Dr. Deming on Joy of Work, Innovation and Leadership


In part 1 of his interview, Deming says, The source of innovation is freedom. 3M is a 100 years old company that thrives on innovation. 3M’s William McKnight first instituted a policy known as 15% rule – that engineers can use 15% of their time on whatever projects or initiatives they like. Leadership Business Performance freedom Innovation joy and happiness Leader Management people development

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inGenius: A book review by Bob Morris

First Friday Book Synopsis

inGenius: A Crash Course on Creativity Tina Seelig HarperOne/An imprint of HarperCollins (2012) How and why the tools and techniques of creative thinking are as essential to invention as the scientific method is to discovery There are six components that comprise what Tina Seelig characterizes as an “Innovation Engine.”

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100% Of Companies Have This Problem

N2Growth Blog

Good business processes serve as the central nervous system for your organization providing a framework for every action, decision, activity or innovation to flow from and through. Process by default will never provide the benefits of good process engineering by design.

The New Age of Robots and What it Means for Jobs

Curious Cat

Innovation Management Economics engineering IT leadership organization as a system robots technology ToyotaI believe we have reached a turning point in the usefulness and effectiveness of industrial robots.

How To Disrupt the Tech World

Mills Scofield

What is your image of an inventor or innovator? Increasing evidence shows most innovation comes from two or more people…one of whom might even be a woman! We stereotype innovators as men and mainly in STEM* products. Fast-forward ~ Innovating Women launches today!

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Robots for Health Care from Toyota

Curious Cat

Most often innovation efforts take the form of understanding the jobs your customers are using your products and service for now and developing new solutions to delight those customers. Occasionally innovation involves meeting completely new needs of customers.

Emerging-Market Engineers Power Global Innovation

Harvard Business Review

Recently, Thomson-Reuters published its latest list of the Top 100 Global Innovators honoring the leading organizations and companies most responsible for sizeable, influential patents worldwide. First, many of the Top Innovators employ engineers in emerging countries such as India and China.

Creating a New Approach to Engineering and Innovation at Hitachi Metals - SPONSOR CONTENT FROM HITACHI METALS, LTD.

Harvard Business Review

As the new general manager of the Global Research & Innovative Technology Center (GRIT) at Hitachi Metals, Kenichi Inoue is tasked with creating an updated framework for research and development in advanced materials, helping his organization make the shift to a new approach to engineering and innovation in a disrupted world. But innovations in this area could be a launchpad for major business opportunities in new fields for the company.

Bell Labs Designing a New Phone System Using Idealized Design

Curious Cat

Innovation Management Process improvement Systems thinking Ackoff case study engineering webcastI remember hearing this same story when Russ Ackoff spoke at the Hunter Conference on Quality (which was named in honor of my father ) in Madison, Wisconsin.

Breaking Away: A book review by Bob Morris

First Friday Book Synopsis

Breaking Away: How Great Leaders Create Innovation That Drives Sustainable Growth – and Why Others Fail Jane Stevenson and Bilal Kaafarani McGraw-Hill (2011) How and why to create a “magic mix” of innovation leadership with innovation processes Year after year, annual lists of the most highly creative organizations include “the usual suspects”: Amazon, Apple, Facebook, [.].

An Animated Look at Scientific Illustration

Mills Scofield

It's Science, Technology, Engineering (how the body works in the case of biological systems) and Math. Allison Chen Biology Design Education Engineering Innovation KinderSTEAM RISD STEAM STEM Systems

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Why Entrepreneurship Programs for Engineers Fail

Harvard Business Review

Entrepreneurs are known for their creativity and risk tolerance; engineers, mathematicians, and health care workers typically aren’t. Consider, for example, the ideal attributes of a civil engineer building an interstate bridge near your home. Do you picture a risk-tolerant engineer who is highly comfortable with uncertainty, or one who tends to prefer mathematical certainly? Jeffrey Coolidge/Getty Images.

Encouraging the Next Generation of STEM Professionals

Curious Cat

I addressed a similar question in: Future Engineers and Scientists , which provides many details on this question. The advantages of gaining science, technology, engineering and math skills (STEM) are fairly well known. Career Science ASQ Influential Voices engineering

Integrating Design Theory & the Scientific Process

Mills Scofield

This is Hanna''s story of how she''s working to create a common language to integrate design thinking with science and engineering. ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~. If you can''t find what you''re looking for, just create it!

From Yurt to Beer Cooler: Adventures with Duct Tape

Mills Scofield

In true Brown fashion, we had an astrophysicist, a philosopher, two biomedical engineers, and an international development major (me). Brown University Design Ducktape Duct Tape Engineering Functional Fixedness Ian Gonsher Innovation Strategy Teamwork collaboration

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Credit comes later

Lead on Purpose

Innovative engineers are recognized for their inventions.

Beginning our 14th year of the First Friday Book Synopsis, with Practically Radical and Change the Culture, Change the Game

First Friday Book Synopsis

I presented The Circle of Innovation by Tom Peters, and Karl presented The Leadership Engine: How Winning Companies Build Leaders at Every Level by Noel Tichy. (I’m Randy's blog entries first friday book synopsis Noel Tichy The Circle of Innovation The Leadership Engine: How Winning Companies Build Leaders at Every Level Tom PetersIn April of 1998, Karl Krayer and I presented synopses of the first two books selected for the 1st First Friday Book Synopsis.

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Great Digital Companies Build Great Recommendation Engines

Harvard Business Review

Recommendation engines (or recommenders ) force organizations to fundamentally rethink how to get greater value from their data while creating greater value for their customers. “Build real recommendation engines fast” is my mission-critical recommendation to companies aspiring — or struggling — to creatively cross the digital divide. There’s no shortage of real-world recommenders to emulate and innovate on. Test innovative ideas?

How IDEO brings design to corporate America

First Friday Book Synopsis

Whittier Professor at Stanford Edison Achievement Award for Innovation Fortune Magazine How IDEO brings design to corporate America National Academy of Engineers National Design Award in Product Design Smithsonian’s Cooper-Hewitt National Design Museum Here is the introduction to a “must read” article written by Dinah Eng for FORTUNE Magazine (April 11, 2013). In it, David Kelley explains how the company he founded, IDEO, brings design to corporate America.

Fighting the Fears that Block Creativity

First Friday Book Synopsis

Whittier Professor in Mechanical Engineering Doug Dietz GE Healthcare's magnetic resonance-imaging (MRI) equipment IDEO Stanford's Hasso Plassner Institute of Design ("") The Ten Faces of Innovation the University of Tokyo Tom Kelley David Kelley HBR Blog NetworkHBR email alertsHere is an excerpt from an article written by Tom Kelley and David Kelley for Harvard Business Review and the HBR Blog Network.