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 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

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.

Worst. Innovation Quote. Ever.

LDRLB

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.

Innovation Execution

Coaching Tip

All companies, no matter the size, need to continually innovate in order to remain competitive. Innovation is a two-part challenge. Organizations are not Structured to Execute Innovation. So why is innovation execution so hard? They are built to be performance engines.

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.

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.

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

Innovation Requires a Bias Towards Action

LDRLB

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Dr. Deming on Joy of Work, Innovation and Leadership

QAspire

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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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.

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.

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

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.

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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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.

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

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!

Break the Innovation Chokehold: How to Stop Ruling Like a (Not-So-Benevolent) Dictator and Start Encouraging Big Ideas

Strategy Driven

Innovation. The boss must act as the ‘external force’ for continuous, systematic change and innovation in an organization. To achieve true innovation, you can’t lead like an iron-fisted dictator, where your word and only your word is final. Innovation Dustin S.

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

How Systems Engineering Can Help Fix Health Care

Harvard Business Review

When an aircraft manufacturer decides to create a new model, it doesn’t ask pilots and crew to identify the best cabin, wings, jet engines, and other parts, and then put all the pieces together. It is the realm of systems engineering, a field that has contributed to jaw-dropping achievements, such as sending a spacecraft on a nine-year voyage to Pluto and designing a nuclear submarine. Innovation Design Healthcare Digital Article

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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Stop Trying to Engineer Success

Harvard Business Review

Many of their consultants advocate an engineering approach: Find multiple examples of organizations that have coped with equivalent challenges successfully. Reverse-engineer the reasons for their success, looking for features that they share in common. The engineering approach can be described but not practiced. Similarly, in the management world, we constantly see the engineering approach being urged and falling short.

The Internet-Connected Engine Will Change Trucking

Harvard Business Review

You’re driving down the road and the “check engine” light appears on your dashboard. But if you decide to keep driving, you risk something far worse happening to your engine – and your livelihood. DTNA’s engines continuously record performance data and send it to their Detroit Diesel Customer Support Center (CSC). Virtual Technician touches many parts of DTNA, from IT to engineering to customer centers to dealers. It’s happened to all of us.

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The Internet-Connected Engine Will Change Trucking

Harvard Business Review

You’re driving down the road and the “check engine” light appears on your dashboard. But if you decide to keep driving, you risk something far worse happening to your engine – and your livelihood. DTNA’s engines continuously record performance data and send it to their Detroit Diesel Customer Support Center (CSC). Virtual Technician touches many parts of DTNA, from IT to engineering to customer centers to dealers. It’s happened to all of us.

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