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. To streamline operations and control costs.

Rethinking Your Management Approach and Your Team’s Operating Routine in Real-Time

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3 Proven Ways Call Centers Can Better Streamline Operations

Chart Your Course

In particular, when it comes to improving the customer service experience and streamlining operations, today’s call center agents now have a wide array of tech solutions to resolve these matters. Here are three proven ways today’s call centers can better streamline operations and achieve greater success. Today, leading businesses are starting to see the upside of implementing cloud contact center solutions into their operations.

Rethinking Your Management Approach and Your Team’s Operating Routine in Real-Time

Art Petty

In talking with top executives, it’s no surprise that one of the biggest challenges they are facing is transferring their well-established operating routines into an online/virtual format. The post Rethinking Your Management Approach and Your Team’s Operating Routine in Real-Time appeared first on Management Excellence by Art Petty.

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.

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

How to Ignite, Scale & Sustain Innovation

Skip Prichard

How to Ignite Innovation. Innovation is one subject that each and every one of us should study because its powerful force is available to us if we know how to tap it. It’s no surprise that Tamara Ghandour’s book interested me because I read all I can about innovation and creativity. Innovation is Everybody’s Business: how to ignite, scale and sustain innovation is written in a way that applies to everyone. Everyone is Innovative .

Dimension, Time, Cost Operator: Seeing Problems Differently

Mike Cardus

I have written about DTC Operator before here and here. Plus I just gave a talk about Innovation Tools and made the PowerPoint below. Innovation Tool: DTC Operator from Michael Cardus. DTC operator continues to be one of my favorites for working with teams that feel stuck or just cannot move out of their own way to explore the system and problem in a different way. What are some of your favorite innovation tools?

Managerial Leadership Training Tool: Using DTC Operator Innovation Planning

Mike Cardus

Dimension Time Cost Operator. Dimension Time Cost Operator (DTC) – is a tool for for seeing problems differently exploring ideas of extremes in size and cost. The DTC Operator can work to release Psychological Inertia. Generally the DTC Operator is used in solving more tangible, mechanistic problems. The DTC Operator Algorithm.

Innovative Leaders

Coaching Tip

OUT THINK: How to innovate Leaders Drive Exceptional Outcomes" by G. We all have a shared understanding of some of the foundational aspects of leadership , starting with building trust, which means keeping business operations transparent. These foundational traits of the innovative leader constitute the terra firma underlying the journey to innovation. Shawn Hunter: Out Think: How Innovative Leaders Drive Exceptional Outcomes.

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?

Stop Numerator Thinking: Innovating Your Service Experience

Lead Change Blog

Numerator thinkers operate with an abundance mentality; denominator thinkers use a scarcity mentality. They cultivate, grow, innovate and invest. A local car wash operator learned about CRM (customer relationship management) in a magazine and decided to create his own version. Pretty good service is not your ticket to avoiding the blade, innovative service is. And, innovative service is the creation of unexpected experiences that get people positively remarking.

Quality Tools to Discover Solutions: DTC Operator

Mike Cardus

Dimension Time Cost Operator. Dimension Time Cost Operator (DTC) – A TRIZ tool for for seeing problems differently exploring ideas of extremes in size, time and cost. The DTC Operator can work to release Psychological Inertia. The DTC Operator Algorithm. creativity innovation problem solving creative problem solving DTC Operator TRIZ triz tools

Transform Your Team With This Innovative Approach

Great Leadership By Dan

They typically look at their employees as having separate accountabilities (“John is accountable for sales, Mary is accountable for operations, etc.”) Guest post from Eric Coryell : Accountability. Good employees are accountable. Good leaders hold their employees accountable. Good organizations have accountable cultures. But what does it really mean to be accountable? And what happens when someone isn’t accountable?

Innovation at Bell Labs

Leading Blog

Cellular communications, the laser, digitized and synthesized music, the solar battery cell, the first orbiting communications satellite, and the UNIX operating system, are all products of Bell Labs. In The Idea Factory , author Jon Gertner brings back to life not only the story of Bell Telephone Laboratories through the people that worked there, but the story of innovation—how it happens, why it happens, and who makes it happen.

StrategyDriven Launches Operational Risk Management Resource Forum

Strategy Driven

StrategyDriven is proud to announce the launch of a risk management resource forum; providing innovative thought leadership and collaboration opportunities to help leaders effectively address their most pressing operational risks. “To help clients combat these risks, StrategyDriven advisors, applying decades of nuclear and high-risk industrial operations experience, authored a library of operational risk management tools easily accessible from our online risk management forum.”

Living Well via Open Innovation

Mills Scofield

(This post continues the summary of fabulous stories and interactions at the 3rd Open Innovation Summit at BW's Center for Innovation & Growth: Practical Challenges of Global Open Innovation featuring P&G on April 21st.) Craig Vogel, President of Live Well Collaborative (LWC), talked about being an Open Innovation partner of P&G, focusing on the over 50 population. Dean of Research & Innovation at the University of Cincinn [.].

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 Execution

Coaching Tip

All companies, no matter the size, need to continually innovate in order to remain competitive. Innovation is a two-part challenge. While many companies recognize the need to innovate, they typically devote the vast majority of their time and energy to the initial 1%--the exciting hunt for the next groundbreaking idea, but this often comes at the expense of the most crucial part, implementation. Organizations are not Structured to Execute Innovation.

Three Ways Document Management Software Can Streamline Operations

Strategy Driven

Going paperless is a great way to streamline office operations – and help save the planet by reducing paper. Jeff Pickard founded Lucion in 2005 and brings over 15 years of management experience and innovation to Lucion, where he continues to steer Lucion’s technology advancements in the document management and paperless office software markets. You just finished reading Three Ways Document Management Software Can Streamline Operations !

Five Strategies for Nonprofit Innovation

LDRLB

Dependence limits innovative thinking. And earlier this year, New York’s Mayor Bloomberg doled out awards specifically recognizing the city’s most innovative nonprofits. But here’s the challenge: most nonprofit innovations come from socially minded start-ups that invented themselves from scratch. I put the word profit in quotes because New York-based Housing Works, which manages to do everything I just described, is technically a charity operation.

Influencing Creativity and Innovation

Aspire-CS

So what is your role in influencing creativity and innovation in others? We know it isn’t enough to simply add creativity to a list of values your organization espouses or to bring in consultants who get staff keyed up about innovating. Your best chance of having creative, innovative initiatives will occur with behaviors that: Encourage curiosity: Ask open ended questions, encourage forums where it is easy and safe to brainstorm, and model curiosity for others on your staff.

Figuring Out How IT, Analytics, and Operations Should Work Together

Harvard Business

A new set of relationships is being formed within companies around how people working in data, analytics, IT, and operations teams work together. Data and analytics represent a blurring of the traditional lines of demarcation between the scope of IT and the responsibilities of operating divisions. Many IT organizations, having achieved this original mission, now are turning to the next thing, which is innovation. The integrated operational data and analytics function.

Breaking Away - Innovation

CEO Blog

I read a great book yesterday by Jane Stevenson and Bilal Kaafarani called Breaking Away - How Great Leaders Create Innovation That Drives Sustainable Growth - And Why Others Fail. I loved the title (although perhaps not the part about failing) since I think a large part of leadership is fostering innovation. I am, of course, a great believer in innovation. I think one of my strong points is high creativity (not in the artistic sense but in the business innovation sense).

Resilience And Innovation: Lessons From Pandemic

CEO Insider

Pandemic presents a multi-dimensional challenge: Public health, operational, and economic crises, all rolled into one. License and Republishing: The views expressed in this article Resilience And Innovation: Lessons From Pandemic are those of the author Steve Brown alone and not the CEOWORLD magazine. Leaders have a lot on their plates right now. Wrestling this three-headed beast is the metaphorical equivalent of having to walk, chew gum, and juggle chainsaws at the same time.

Great Businesses Scale Their Learning, Not Just Their Operations

Harvard Business

To reverse these trends, we need to move beyond narrow discussions of product or service innovation, or even more sophisticated conversations about process innovation or business model innovation. Instead, we need to talk about institutional innovation , or re-thinking the rationale for why we have institutions to begin with. Innovation Digital Article

Thinking Differently. Enabling Innovation

Mike Cardus

Competitive demands require quicker, more effective and innovative problem solving. Problem solvers are required to quickly provide solutions to increasingly complex problems, develop and design new and innovative products and processes – all while reducing research and development time and costs. Hire Mike of Create-Learning to Think Differently & Enable Innovation within your company and team. Thinking Differently – Enabling Innovation from Michael Cardus.

How Mindfulness Rewires Your Brain to Be More Innovative

Great Leadership By Dan

Guest post from Matt Tenney There is much debate over the question of whether innovative people are born as innovators, or if innovation is something that is trainable. I'm convinced that we can actually change our brains in ways that help us to be more innovative, and that a simple practice called mindfulness can help us do exactly that. Although many people use the words creative and innovative as synonyms, the two are actually quite distinct.

Vijay Govindarajan and Chris Trimble on Innovation Execution: Fundamental Core Principles

First Friday Book Synopsis

In their latest collaboration, Beyond the Idea, Vijay Govindarajan and Chris Trimble, explain how to execute innovation in any organization. As they explain, “The most important message in Beyond the Idea is very simple: innovation execution is its own unique discipline. It requires time, energy, and distinct thinking. Unfortunately, few companies treat it as such. […].

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. I have long felt that companies can’t survive without innovating. During 2012, creating a process for internal innovation moved to our priority list. The Innovation Group is Born.

6 Ways Technology Can Help Companies Innovate Out of the Coronavirus Downturn

Strategy Driven

We are entering a new fluid state that will lead to an unprecedented period of innovation and transformation. In my book, “The Innovation Ultimatum: How Six Strategic Technologies Will Reshape Every Business in the 2020s,” I outline the technologies that will drive unprecedented innovation into products and services in the 2020s, creating entirely new business models. Business operations must be retooled using both process automation and worker augmentation.

Confronting the Pain of Innovation

First Friday Book Synopsis

Bob's blog entries "Embrace the Suck" Joseph Schumpeter Andy Grove Apple Confronting the Pain of Innovation creative destruction Google HBR Single Here is an article written by Michael Schrage Harvard Business Review Intel International Association for the Study of Pain Management MIT Sloan School’s Center for Digital Business Samsung Serious Play Special Forces operators such as the Navy SEALs Steve Jobs Who Do You Want Your Customers to Become

Use Scarcity to Spur Innovation

First Friday Book Synopsis

Bob's blog entries devise new ways of operating make better use of limited assets Management Tip of the Day Harvard Business Review Necessity is the mother of invention The Number One Key to Innovation: Scarcity" by Uri Neren. Here is another valuable Management Tip of the Day from Harvard Business Review. To sign up for a free subscription, to any/all HBR newsletters, please click here. * * * Necessity is the mother of invention.

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. Those of you familiar with my work are probably wondering if it is really me authoring this text…if you’re baffled at how a champion of innovation can simultaneously be an idea-basher, I urge you to read on, and I promise the congruity will become apparent.

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Startups Could Fundamentally Change the Way Big Investors Operate

Harvard Business

Innovation has the potential to transform the investment industry. Small startup firms are already developing proprietary technologies — such as machine vision, deep learning, and other innovations —– that could help large investors evaluate opportunities and risks with far greater accuracy and efficiency than was previously possible. Yet the world’s largest funds are closed off from these innovations.

What Healthcare Organizations Can Learn About Optimizing Clinical Operations from Germany’s Martini-Klinik - SPONSOR CONTENT FROM SIEMENS HEALTHINEERS

Harvard Business

Innovation Research & development Sponsor ContentSponsor content from Siemens Healthineers.

How do you stifle innovation?

CO2

How do you stifle innovation? What roadblocks has your organization put in place to ensure that innovation is stifled? Whether you know it or not, you have put in place, by design or circumstance, roadblocks to innovation. The fact is, these roadblocks to innovation exist. But they don’t always make it easy or worth the effort for front-line employees to innovate. The result is more status quo and less innovation.

Team Building & Leadership Process for a Retail Operation; New.

Mike Cardus

Design by 12GrainStudio Team Building & Leadership Process for a Retail Operation; New Product Launch Saturday, November 27th, 2010 Posted by: mike Team Building & Leadership process that was created for a retail organization that was preparing for a new product launch. ABOUT Contact Us Create-Learning.com Get Connected Facebook LinkedIn RSS Feed Log in Join and Receive 9 Team-Building & Leadership Activities:That work and allow people to learn from the experience.

The Dirty Little Secret About Digitally Transforming Operations

Harvard Business

Operations in a Connected World. Because these innovations can have a major impact on how people work, it’s essential to anticipate people’s concerns and build a persuasive case for the new approach. A major train operator, for example, designed an advanced analytics solution in order to better understand the failure behavior of a major battery pack in one of its train models.

N2Growth Helps Businesses Combine Strategy & Innovation for a Consumer-First Approach to Digital Transformation

N2Growth Blog

To stay competitive, brands must innovate and transform. That transformation requires adopting new digital technologies in every aspect of business — from product design and operations to customer service and marketing. Balance is the key to success; N2Growth , believes that innovation and strategy must come together for businesses to enjoy sustainable growth and maintain customer satisfaction.

Innovative Leadership in the Wild

LDRLB

I’ve just finished reading another good article about an innovator’s need to open the mind. Articles like these always make me wonder: Doesn’t the other 95% of the business need to innovate, too? Just because innovation is not in someone’s job description, that doesn’t mean it isn’t important to their work. Their reactivity drags down whatever innovations do arise, and it’s really too bad. Featured Creativity innovation

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Innovative Leadership in the Wild

LDRLB

I’ve just finished reading another good article about an innovator’s need to open the mind. Articles like these always make me wonder: Doesn’t the other 95% of the business need to innovate, too? Just because innovation is not in someone’s job description, that doesn’t mean it isn’t important to their work. Their reactivity drags down whatever innovations do arise, and it’s really too bad. Innovation creativity innovation

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