Innovate Forward

Leading Blog

Technology is the raw material that 21st-century innovators need to build new business capabilities, to develop exciting new products and services, and to create workarounds for the physical distancing measures we will likely endure for the foreseeable future. Six powerful new technologies, all reaching maturity simultaneously in the early 2020s, will each act like a new color in the palette of creators, designers, and innovators. Creativity & Innovation

Understanding the Link Between Leadership and Innovation

Lead Change Blog

Make no mistake; Covid-19 has the potential to change virtually all aspects of society, particularly in terms of the structure of the labor market and developed economies across the globe. With this in mind, the Coronavirus outbreak arguably represents an opportunity for growth and innovation, and good leadership will be central to ushering this in. But what’s the relationship between leadership and innovation and why exactly should you care?

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Three steps toward creating market-leading products

Lead on Purpose

The goal of every company and product leader is to invent products (or services) that become recognized market leaders. We all know about companies … Continue reading → Innovation Leadership Product Management market leader market problems market-leading product category product innovation strategyCreating a new product category is icing on the cake, but also rare and extremely difficult.

Is Innovation manageable?

N2Growth Blog

In the years leading up to 2018, I have spent my time bringing innovation to the financial services space. As such it is all about innovation. And now, from a distance, my optimism regarding the sector’s ability to innovate and capture opportunities has not changed. Let’s study a bit about Innovation. Innovation comes in four basic formats. This kind of research does not directly result in marketable solutions. The post Is Innovation manageable?

Innovative Service Leaders Nurture Trust

Lead Change Blog

He was the CEO of one of the most innovative service companies on the planet. Innovative service leadership relies on the naturalness of valued relationships instead of “proper” dealings, artificial structures, and contrived pecking orders. It takes trustful leadership to nurture employees who consistently deliver innovative service. Innovative service leaders who seek to create an atmosphere of trust are optimistic about their world and their associates.

The Physics of Innovation

Leading Blog

What we were taught in high school science, F = MA , force = mass times acceleration, also describes the physics of innovation. The laws of innovation may be an entirely different application than Newton intended, but tracking through on the metaphor yields pragmatic tips for innovators. Innovation faces the inertia of the status quo defined by team members, organization culture, and whatever product or service solutions already exist. Creativity & Innovation

How Innovative Trailblazers are Transforming Business

Skip Prichard

That’s what Brand Positive co-founder Sean Pillot de Chencey teaches in his book Influencers & Revolutionaries: How Innovative Trailblazers, Trends and Catalysts Are Transforming Businesses. “Insight + Ideas + Impact = Innovation.” What’s your definition of innovation?

How to Build a Team of Innovators

Great Leadership By Dan

Guest post by Chuck Swoboda : As increasing competition, new technologies and evolving customer expectations continue to disrupt nearly every industry, business leaders are turning to innovation as a way to keep their companies relevant. The standard solution is to create teams that focus explicitly on innovation. Most of these teams struggle to innovate, often delivering incremental improvements at best. Simply telling a team to focus on innovation won’t suffice.

Ambidextrous Innovation:

Great Leadership By Dan

How Can Leaders’ Best Explore and Exploit both Disruptive and Incremental Approaches to Innovation? With the market realities of the current economy, it appears that new players need to continually break through the ranks in order to survive. These players test more established racers with breakthrough innovations. Yet such a rapid and competitive approach to innovation may not be sustainable over the long term. So how can you successfully navigate the innovation race?

How To Stay Marketable And Keep Your Job

Lead Change Blog

When so much seems to be out of your control, what can you do to stay marketable and maintain your job? Now more than ever, there is a strong need to remain relevant and innovative within your career. Listen in as Bonnie shares actionable tips for how to stay marketable in a virtual world, and how to align yourself for the best possible outcome within your career during this crisis. The post How To Stay Marketable And Keep Your Job appeared first on Lead Change.

Innovation and Overcoming Organizational Stuckness

Mike Cardus

Innovation, change, the ability to notice patterns, and try unique or novel approaches will continue to be a differentiator in your organization , team, and self. In a recent webinar on change and innovation , I shared processes and ways to support innovation in your work : . Innovation and overcoming stuckness Nine Windows – Mike Cardus. Innovation and Overcoming Organizational Stuckness. We shared the 8 Causes that Block Innovation.

Partnership: A Crucible for Innovation

Lead Change Blog

Realizing the path to innovation would require revolutionary new thinking; all three leaders grasped that it would also take a new way of coalescing and harnessing talent. Reading Collective Genius , The Innovators , Creativity, Inc. and The Google Guys yields a strong confirmation that the pursuit of innovation might require a partnership approach, not a traditional teamwork style. Sourcing Innovation Collaboratively. Luca de Meo at Volkswagen AG did it.

How Big Companies Can (and do) Innovate Like a Start-Up

Leading Blog

T HE INNOVATION WE PRIZE at successful start-ups is a mindset that is brought into the start-up and not necessarily the inherent quality of every start-up. Innovation isn’t something that just happens; we create the conditions for it. Big organizations can innovate like small start-ups. While organizational size complicates innovation, “scale if properly exploited could actually be an advantage, not a liability, for innovation.” Creating an Innovation Strategy.

Great Leaders Embrace Innovation, and Innovation Demands Risks

Great Leadership By Dan

Guest post by Randal Moss : Great leaders consistently talk about the need for their organization to ‘be innovative’ in their thinking. They recognize that innovation is a strategy for growth and that being able to harness that power will drive their organization’s success and their own as well. No Guts, No Growth, No Glory Taking risks is an inextricable part of being innovative. Executive support sends the message that innovation is a priority.

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. Still, no matter what great strides the innovative startups make or how much airtime they’re given by the media, innovation in startups is completely different than innovation in established organizations. Creativity & Innovation

Dinosaurs, Big Consulting Firms and Disruptive Innovation

N2Growth Blog

Thanks to Professor Clayton Christensen of Harvard University and his 1997 landmark book, The Innovator’s Dilemma , we have a new way of understanding the life cycle of companies and why some market leaders maintain their dominant position and other one-time market leaders disappear. Christensen calls this “ disruptive innovation ” and gives examples as diverse as the personal computer industry, milkshakes, and steel minimills. WHAT IS A DISRUPTIVE INNOVATION?

The Perils of Being an Early Innovator

Lead Change Blog

Some time ago it was brought to my attention that I’m an innovator — the type of person whose ideas are generally pretty far ahead of the curve, before the market is ready for my innovation. We were talking through my last business – I founded a digital marketing firm in 1998 back when people didn’t even know what a website was, and we didn’t build websites – and I had been hashing over some ideas for new directions I was considering. The Innovator’s Impediments.

Ten steps to effective marketing

Strategy Driven

Traditional marketing is all about marketing materials which are usually the things and objects which promote your message or your brand to your target audience. Although the contemporary marketing is all about Instagram and Facebook marketing. The marketing materials have the power of making or breaking a brand; this is the reason why companies invest a significant amount of their money in making high-quality marketing materials.

The fallacy and hubris of “market attractiveness”

Lead Change Blog

How many times have you heard or even said, “Is that market attractive to us”? We look at the markets we’re in, the markets our competitors are in, maybe even some that are new and wonder if they are/could be good for our business. Author information Deborah Mills-Scofield Deb Mills-Scofield has her own consultancy helping organizations create and implement highly actionable, adaptable, measurable, and profitable innovation-based strategic plans.

Responsible Leadership at Market Basket

Great Leadership By Dan

Instead of going about their business as usual, as people at other companies would do, 25,000 employees at Market Basket (they call themselves associates) protested in the streets for six weeks to get Demoulas back. Create a sense of family : Many companies say they create a sense of family, but it is hard to imagine a company that does it better than Market Basket. Demoulas Daniel Korschun market basket

Corporate Innovation Through Daring Personal Disruption

Lead Change Blog

Johnson shares this insightful S-curve derived from research on innovation. People, projects and organizations could be in one of three phases on this learning-innovation curve. The market is saturated, and so are you. For organizations, it’s time to keep looking for innovations or they will be stuck at a plateau. At the top of the curve, you encounter the innovator’s dilemma. They know they have to be agile, more responsive to change, innovative.

Why do leaders need to innovate?

Lead Change Blog

Posted in Leadership Development The success of a company lies in the ability of its leader. A great leader like Lee Iacocca can help a company on a verge of going out of business to recover its position in the market. Why do leaders need to innovate? Leadership Development Change Change Management Collaborate Innovation lead change Leadership Innovation

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. The mousetrap story has several important implications: There’s much more to innovation than ideas. Innovation is the process of idea management. All of these skills are necessary to innovate successfully.

In Marketing, the “C” Word Cannot Exist

In the CEO Afterlife

Many years ago I read Theodore Levitt’s The Marketing Imagination. In the book, the renowned marketing professor said there was no such thing as a commodity, only people who think like commodities. This served me well as a branded coffee marketer. Differentiation is the name of the marketing game. Marketing is the creator and curator of that disparity. We are in a day and age where brilliant marketing can no longer “sell ice cubes to Eskimos.”

“Leadership is Marketing” – Peter Drucker Said What?

Tanveer Naseer

It was published shortly before the stock market crash which preceded the Great Depression. In a public newspaper column Drucker predicted a rosy future and a bull market. He ate crow a few weeks later when, with an article on the stock market crash published in the Frankfurter General-Anzeiger entitled “Panic on the New York Stock Exchange.” That must have been difficult for him and it was the last time he attempted to predict the stock market.

Learning from the Innovation Leaders

Great Leadership By Dan

Guest post from Rowan Gibson : Not since the dawn of the Industrial Revolution has there been a greater need to learn the art of innovation leadership. Successful products, services, strategies, and business models now have a shorter shelf-life than ever before in business history, which means that “innovate or die” is not just a cute bumper sticker; it’s a brutal reality of twenty-first century competition. And who better to learn them from than the innovation leaders themselves?

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.

Stop Numerator Thinking: Innovating Your Service Experience

Lead Change Blog

Then there are the business developers forever in pursuit of new products and new markets. I listened to an IT manager explaining on a speakerphone to a colleague he served in the marketing function why it was going to take two days to get a requested report. I was in the marketing director’s office and overheard the whole conversation. They cultivate, grow, innovate and invest. Pretty good service is not your ticket to avoiding the blade, innovative service is.

Why Great Innovation Needs Great Marketing

Harvard Business

Marketing Research & development Customers Digital ArticleIdeas don’t sell themselves.

How 3D visualization can be a key marketing strategy

Strategy Driven

Marketing is one of the top ways in which you can promote your business. Being able to create an effective marketing strategy can make or break your brand: a good one can bring in new customers, while a bad one can mean you’re being spoken about for all the wrong reasons. This may become more common as technology evolves, so get ahead of the curve and see why you may want to use 3D visualization in your marketing strategy.

Approach to Innovation

Coaching Tip

Today's conventional wisdom says to survive, companies must move beyond incremental innovation and invest in radical, disruptive innovation. In "THE POWER OF LITTLE IDEAS" , Wharton professor David Robertson examines an approach to innovation; one that is neither incremental nor disruptive. This low-risk, high-reward strategy is an approach to innovation that all companies should recognize and apply when it will give them a competitive advantage. Unlocking Innovation.

Marketing the Moon: The Selling of the Apollo Lunar Program

Kevin Eikenberry

Take two marketing and PR professionals with a passion for the history […]. Books Innovation Leadership Learning Apollo Program marketing PR By David Meerman Scott and Richard Jurek It took more than science to get us to the moon – it took storytelling. This book tells us that story – an important part of the Moon program not yet ever explored in this way.

How to create a culture of innovation

Lead on Purpose

Disruptive and incremental innovations: How to ascend the ladders and avoid the snakes Guest post by Gaia Grant and Andrew Grant Current realities are harsh. Whereas once it was enough to bring out slow incremental improvements, to give time to … Continue reading → Innovation culture disruption improvement markets

Innovative Branding For Female Entrepreneurs

Women on Business

Being a modern day figure in the marketplace of female empowerment leader and spiritual innovator leads one to believe that my life is my message, my image is my brand, my ideas are what the public is searching and looking for, if I come from that singular identity, then I am way off track. ” then I can take my brand image and be innovative and engaging, adding more value to servicing the needs of female entrepreneurs globally.

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Leaders, Want To Master Innovation? Then Get Funny!

Tanveer Naseer

So to get the most out of innovation processes such as design thinking, truly creative leaders also need to master the social dynamics of… [wait for the punchline}…humor! We have witnessed that skilled leaders, those we call “Stand-Up Strategists”, understand the utility of humor to boost innovation. It is therefore not surprising that business leaders who score high in the effective use of humor as a tool to boost innovation also tend to score high in emotional intelligence.

Marketing Trends You Should Keep an Eye on in 2020

Strategy Driven

Marketing is one of the most dynamic fields in the world, and one that changes every day. Techniques like email marketing, content marketing, and search have been around for years now, but we are still seeing some innovation in how they are implemented. Let’s take a look at some of the marketing trends that will dominate 2020 and beyond. It has reached virtually all classes and demographics, and has been used as a marketing tool pretty much since its inception.

Are you a leader in product innovation?

Lead on Purpose

What drives innovation in your company or organization? Do you watch the trends of competitors or others close to your market? In a recent MIT Sloan Executive Education innovation@work post the author Eric von Hippel asserts that company leaders focus too much on what’s next based on their internal product innovators, and they do not listen enough to the people using the products. Innovation Leadership Product Management / Marketing customer visits customers

7 Ways Young Leaders Can Be More Innovative

Joseph Lalonde

Young leaders are innovative. Young leaders are innovative. But young leaders can be even more innovative (and influential) with a few tweaks. But even before the light bulb people couldn’t say Edison wasn’t innovative. He was innovative. We can see with Edison that even though he was an innovator, he always found ways to be even more innovative. So, let’s see how young leaders can be more innovative than they already are.

What do Blue Lobsters Have to do With Innovation? Everything!

Mills Scofield

Because the key to innovation isn’t processes, stage gates, weird exercises, or competitions. The key to innovation has been and always will be People. I view the commitment to innovate, in the companies I’ve worked for and with, as a spectrum of lobsters - from cooked, to live, to rare blue ones. Red Lobsters think they innovate and believe they want to, but not enough to expand their comfort zone and hire the right people to do it.

The fallacy and hubris of “market attractiveness”

Mills Scofield

How many times have you heard or even said, “Is that market attractive to us”? We look at the markets we’re in, the markets our competitors are in, maybe even some that are new and wonder if they are/could be good for our business. Culture Customer Needs Innovation Leadership Leading Indicators Market Attractiveness Strategy market research This appears on Smartbrief''s Smartblogs for Leadership! Thank you!! "

44 Content Marketing Agencies Defined by 65 Marketers

Miles Anthony Smith

65 Content Marketers List the 44 Content Marketing Agencies Crushing It (Plus 70 Tips & 78 Myths Dispelled) ​Digital marketing is becoming harder to ignore as we now live in a world of internet ubiquity. While we won’t soon fully bid our goodbyes to some traditional marketing techniques like print ads, flyers, and print magazines, the landscape is shifting even more towards a reliance on digital. ​ What are the Benefits of Content Marketing?

Boost Innovation by Strengthening the Organization’s Immune Systems

Great Leadership By Dan

Guest post by Kris Oestergaard: Today, every business is looking to find ways to streamline its innovative abilities. Those successful in establishing a culture of innovation have addressed their organization’s “immune systems.” Just as the body’s immune system keeps it healthy, stable and tolerant of change, an organization’s immune system must be strong in order to handle the task of innovating. innovation Kris Oestergaard

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Why HR Needs to Be a Marketer

In the CEO Afterlife

Great marketing begins with great strategy. There’s more: a marketer’s product or service better deliver on the promise. If it doesn’t, great marketing cannot exist. For the sake of brevity, I’ll list just five similarities between HR and brand marketing. Marketers determine how to bring the brand promise to life. In the high tech world, innovation is critical to survival. Great strategy seldom happens without sacrifice.