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 Change Process

Lead Change Blog

Change is not about innovating the most. So, do not think you can prepare a checklist for your process, and then work your way through it. The post Understanding the Change Process appeared first on Lead Change. In my February post , I described a simple case study of how I used Michael Fullan’s model in my change consultancy practice. An essential element of Michael’s model is understanding change.

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Turning Observation into Innovation

Leading Blog

E VERYONE WANTS to be an innovator. Every organization wants to be innovative; it doesn’t matter if it’s a church, a for-profit or non-profit business, or a government agency. To not be innovative is to risk being left behind. But how many of us are truly innovative? What have we done that could be called really innovative in the last year? To be innovative requires a risk tolerance that most people just don’t have. Creativity & Innovation

Understanding the Link Between Leadership and Innovation

Lead Change Blog

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? The Link Between Leadership and Innovation – The Key Considerations. How Can Leaders Successfully Innovate in Their Companies.

Innovation isn’t a Linear Process

LDRLB

When I started researching creativity and innovation, one of the thought leaders I kept reading from again and again was Keith Sawyer. Zig Zag grew out of Sawyer’s Explaining Creativity , in which he summarizes all of the research on the creative process and arrives at an 8-stage model that all creativity and innovation efforts move through. Instead, the creative process zigs and zags through these stages, doubling back or jumping around when necessary.

A Medical Innovation Factory in the Middle of the Desert

N2Growth Blog

And what happens when said hospital is a major global expansion of the world-famous, highly innovative Cleveland Clinic? In Dr. Suri’s view, this is the only way to facilitate a culture of continuous learning and results–on the road to creating a brand new ‘innovation factory.’

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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. Banks and Insurance companies are masters in the quintessential process. Changing a process is slow and requires a lot of detailed planning. Let’s study a bit about Innovation.

3 Tools for Streamlining Processes in Manufacturing

Strategy Driven

Manufacturing processes are complex and they often consist of multiple steps. So, in order to maximize profits, businesses have to find innovative ways to streamline these processes and reduce the time they take to complete.

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Hacking the Creative Process

Leading Blog

While a designer will solve a problem visually, a manager may solve it by developing a new process. If you want to deliver the right idea at the right moment, you must begin the process far upstream from when you need that idea ,” says Todd Henry, author of The Accidental Creative. Creativity is about exploring, innovation, and the next big breakthrough. We can become fascinated by the process and never really accomplish anything.

12 Keys To Dauntless Innovation

Lead Change Blog

Aiming to jump start innovation in your organization? Innovation is a necessity, a way of life for mountaineers. Climbers plan meticulously then innovate their way through unexpected challenges to reach a summit. Using the innovation skills honed as mountaineers, a group of Everest avalanche survivors recently set their sights on a new “mountain”—helping Nepal get back on its feet. Pursuit of personal comfort is a second enemy of innovation.

12 Keys To Dauntless Innovation

Lead Change Blog

Aiming to jump start innovation in your organization? Innovation is a necessity, a way of life for mountaineers. Climbers plan meticulously then innovate their way through unexpected challenges to reach a summit. Using the innovation skills honed as mountaineers, a group of Everest avalanche survivors recently set their sights on a new “mountain”—helping Nepal get back on its feet. Pursuit of personal comfort is a second enemy of innovation.

Leadership and the Innovation Crisis

Great Leadership By Dan

Guest post from Alf Rehn: Some say we live in the golden age of innovation, an age ruled by transformation and revolution. Instead, I would argue that we live in the age of innovation crisis. A crisis where there has never been more talk about innovation – there’s no end to the books, blogs, LinkedIn-groups and Instagram-feeds dedicated to the same – yet we still struggle to solve some of the basic problems in society. This doesn’t mean innovation is dead.

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Integrating Design Theory & the Scientific Process

Lead Change Blog

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. Deb has 20+ years of experience in strategic planning, execution and innovation with manufacturing, service and high-technology companies from large global companies to early-stage.

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.

Innovation through Inspiration: Presidential Leadership

General Leadership

Greatness comes from dreaming great dreams, and creativity and innovation is the spark which ignites dreams into action. It seems fitting to honor two wonderful examples of innovation: our first American President, George Washington and our 16th, Abraham Lincoln. As a result, his innovation allowed a horse to pull the plow forward while a barrel rotated to distribute seeds into furrows. Leadership Through Examples of Innovation.

How Good Leadership Can Impact Employees’ Innovative Behavior

Leading Blog

There’s increasing pressure on organizations to be more competitive, and leaders need to have the right skills to influence employees’ innovative behavior. Besides helping them better handle workplace-related challenges, leaders evoke innovation and creativity and inspire them to reach their full potential. To encourage employees to become more innovative, leaders need to pay attention to a number of issues. Creativity & Innovation

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.

Ignite Innovation In Your Team

Lead Change Blog

No business will be successful unless its product, service or process is innovative on some level. Innovation is what differentiates companies within the same industry from one another. It isn’t something that can be purchased or built, but it is something that can be encouraged and fostered within a company culture. Just because an idea [.]

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

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.

If You Want to Get Ahead, Get a Process

LDRLB

So, here is the conclusion of this article right at the start: If you want to get ahead as a problem-solver (and better, a creative problem-solver), then get a process. I agree…but while most everyone may know process is important, very few seem to actually put this into practice! Our habits of mind – the way we perceive and process information – are pretty deeply etched; and only by conscious effort can we be snapped out of our error-filled processes.

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.” DeGraff describes four basic worldviews or approaches to innovation : the Artist, the Engineer, the Athlete, and the Sage. The Artist The Artist loves radical innovation. This is the high-risk, high-reward innovation approach.” What kind of innovator are you?

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 .

The Creative Process

Coaching Tip

The interests of the innovator aren't perfectly aligned with the interests of the corporation. This is why managing the creative process is so difficult. Nathan Myhrvold, formerly a senior executive at Microsoft, argues, "Innovation is an unruly thing. Sources: "Creation Myth" by Malcolm Gladwell and "Innovative Consumption" by James Surowiecki in The New Yorker, May 16, 2011.

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.

Transform Your Team With This Innovative Approach

Great Leadership By Dan

But who really has the accountability during this process? As you think about that team, I am confident it had the basics of all functional teams: (1) clear purpose, (2) some way of measuring whether you were achieving that purpose, (3) competent people, and (4) capable process. Guest post from Eric Coryell : Accountability. Good employees are accountable. Good leaders hold their employees accountable. Good organizations have accountable cultures.

Innovation Begins (and remains) at the Top

Great Leadership By Dan

Guest post By John Sweeney: Innovation is foundational to business leadership. We empower individuals across disciplines to evaluate, orchestrate, strategize, create and hire, but most importantly, we empower others to innovate. Many leaders may consider empowerment a handoff – a simple process of delegating work. For the most process-oriented tasks, that assumption may be true. But for innovation, responsibility begins and remains at the highest levels of leadership.

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.

Integrating Design Theory & the Scientific Process

Mills Scofield

Integrating Design Theory & the Scientific Process. My STEM friends always shudder at the free flowing process of iterating and prototyping. The proof can be found just looking at the scientific process alongside design theory. Biology Brown University Creative Minds Culture Design Theory Education Engineering Innovation Interdisciplinary Leadership STEAM STEM Solar Decathlon If you can''t find what you''re looking for, just create it!

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.

Results vs. Process. Achieving Goals While Improving the Work

Mike Cardus

Results without a process is luck. Process without results is waste. How are your processes driving the goals you work to achieve? The need to have people fall in love with the process of working to achieve goals as opposed to the goal itself will allow quick change and more innovation. The goal is not and should not be ignored…the challenge is that the processes being used to achieve the goal need to be evaluated to ensure you are working to achieve the goal.

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.

Invaluable perspectives on the brainstorming process

First Friday Book Synopsis

Alex Osborn (1888-1966) was founding partner of one of the most highly regarded advertising agencies, BBDO, and is credited with introducing the brainstorming process in his book, Applied Imagination: Principles and Procedures of Creative Problem-Solving, published in 1957. His process has three stages: fact-finding, idea generating, and solution evaluating.

Reinventing Management - A Process

Mills Scofield

Steve Denning Reinvent Radical Management Power of Pull Management Innovation Exchange Management Julian Birkinshaw John Hagel Innovation Culture Hackmanagement Gary Hamel Dan Pink Dan Heath Chip Heath 21st CenturyAs we look around us, 20th C regimes, institutions and businesses are failing. It seems everyone is writing a book on management needs to change. A few stand out, at least for me (see below for my recommendations).

How Digital Process Innovation Can Influence Organisational Change In The Finance Sector

Strategy Driven

Digital innovation is everywhere, from Big Data to risk management software, and it’s all coming to change in the way that the sector is organised and run. This is just one example of how digital processes can be used to streamline regulatory and financial resources, and so we’ve taken a closer look at the impact digital process innovation is having on financial organisations around the world. CFOs Must Continue To Innovate.

Fueling Business Process Management with the Automation Engine that Can!

Strategy Driven

Organizations deploy automation technologies as the primary resource in their Business Process Management. Gone are the days were BPO meant Business Process Outsourcing, with Robotic Process Automation technology fueling new millennium enterprises, BPO has taken on a new meaning, Business Process Optimization. Business Process Outsourcing (BPO) meant businesses had to succumb to the high-cost, untimely, and unskilled labor in order to remain in operations.

Complexity and Quality: Using the most appropriate problem-solving process

Mike Cardus

Effective leaders understand that problem solving is not a “one-size-fits-all” process. Complexity and Quality: Using the most appropriate problem-solving process from Mike Cardus. The post Complexity and Quality: Using the most appropriate problem-solving process appeared first on mikecardus.com. Innovation Organization Development Team Building complexity complicated Power Point Problem Solving quality teams quality tools

A “Must-Read” on Innovation

Michael Lee Stallard

David Burkus’ new book, The Myths of Creativity: The Truth About How Innovative Companies and People Generate Great Ideas , is among the best business books I’ve read this year. It provides a valuable review of research and practices related to the process of innovation. It’s impossible to read The Myths of Creativity and not come away with new, useful practices that will improve your ability to innovate. book reviews innovation David Burkus Myths of Creativity

What a Mechanical Shark Can Teach Us About Leadership and Innovation

Leading Blog

As I watched the documentary, I was struck by how closely the story mirrored case studies from the business world, and how perfectly it illustrated the points I try to emphasize in the leadership and innovation class I teach at MIT. In business, we tend to mythologize innovative leaders as those who have a revolutionary vision and stick with it, no matter what. In fact, an original, revolutionary vision isn’t innovation at all (and it certainly isn’t leadership).

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.

This Word Unleashes Change & Innovation

N2Growth Blog

The word no ends discussions, stifles creativity, kills innovation, impedes learning, and gates initiative. By helping people refine their thinking you’re in essence clarifying your expectations, developing them in the process, and advancing the ball at the same time – this is simply good leadership. Rather than prioritize by exclusion, use systems, processes, etc., Have you ever worked for a boss who always said no ?