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. Creativity & Innovation

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. Creating a new product category is icing on the cake, but also rare and extremely difficult.

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How Ergonomics Increase Productivity

Lead Change Blog

Few think of the input that workplace ergonomics have on employee productivity. Here are ways that ergonomics increase productivity. One of the biggest threat to productivity at the workplace is an increase in injuries, causing an increase in the number of employees who are absent at the workplaces. However, standing for long periods of time at work is often counter-productive. You can optimise productivity by lowering the number of hours that staff members stand.

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?

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.

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.

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. In the olden days, work relationships were agrarian and relied on extended family for production. It takes trustful leadership to nurture employees who consistently deliver innovative service.

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. This doesn’t mean innovation is dead. Alf Rehn innovation leadership

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Creating A Culture of Innovation Using Innovation Software

Leading Blog

As companies increasingly recognize the importance of innovation and disruptive solutions to remain competitive, the big question remains: where does innovation come from and how a culture of innovation be cultivated? Creating a Culture of Innovation.

How to Be Focused and Productive in a Crisis

Lead from Within

In those moments it’s especially important that leaders work to keep everyone focused and productive while coping with ambiguity and uncertainty. Model good self-care habits for them and encourage discussion of innovative ways to stay healthy.

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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.

One Compelling Question for Innovators

Lead on Purpose

Aside from the exciting product idea to heat and cool … Continue reading → Innovation Product Management Techology discover Great work observe products Guest post by David Sturt for Lead on Purpose blog I recently came across a story in Wired magazine about a radically new technology being developed for heating and cooling.

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.

How To Become An Innovative Leader

Joseph Lalonde

As a leader, they’re looking to you to be an innovative leader. The big question is: How do I become an innovative leader? We’re going to see where innovation comes from and how you can use innovation in your leadership. What Is 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. No Guts, No Growth, No Glory Taking risks is an inextricable part of being innovative. Celebrating innovations publicly is another important activity.

Looking for Ways to Improve Innovation? Improvisational Comedy Can Show You How

Leading Blog

D ISRUPTION is happening in even the most stalwart industries, leading business leaders scrambling to create a culture of innovation in their organizations. The techniques of improvisational comedy can provide important lessons for developing a innovation mindset.

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

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. ” Early Adopter vs. Early Innovator. The Innovator’s Impediments.

Leadership and Product Management

Lead on Purpose

Product managers hold a unique position in the company: they depend on people from other groups, but they do not have managerial authority over those people (in most cases). Product management — at every level — is a leadership role within the organization.

The #1 Tactic That Will Help You Be More Productive as A Leader

Leading Blog

As a leader, you have the power and influence to help your team members develop new habits that can make them more productive. As hard as it is for us doers to believe, all the evidence says that maximum effectiveness and innovation start with…STOPPING.

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. And who better to learn them from than the innovation leaders themselves? Who do we think of as innovation leaders?

The Need To Innovate

Eric Jacobson

He says: "You have to be innovating all the time. Eric Jacobson on Leadership and Management Innovating Innovation Ken Goldstein Leadership Product InnovationI find this advice from Ken Goldstein (from his book, Endless Encores ) particularly helpful.

10 Steps to Productive Meetings

N2Growth Blog

I have consistently found the most productive people call very few meetings, and likewise they rarely attend meetings where their presence isn’t absolutely necessary. The simple truth of the matter is that most meetings are not productive – they kill productivity.

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 [.]

Learning about Innovation from Mr. Edison

Lead Change Blog

It was a fitting tribute to the man who personified invention and innovation. So, let’s take a moment and consider four things about innovation that you can learn from Thomas Edison. Innovation Is A Team Sport. I read several biographies of Thomas Edison growing up, and they all portrayed him as the lone genius coming up with great products and ideas. Edison knew that when it came to innovation, lots of minds and skillsets were better than one.

How the cloud is reshaping small business productivity

Lead on Purpose

With the advent of superior technology like cloud computing, this change becomes … Continue reading → Innovation Techology cloud collaboration scalable security technology

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.

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. They cultivate, grow, innovate and invest. Line extensions are the consequence of expanding the benefits of a product or service through a myriad of distinctive applications.

Innovation Nuggets

Coaching Tip

Innovation is a subject that fascinates and beguiles us at the same time. There are many myths about innovation. And myths in our own minds which often inhibit innovation. 63 Innovation Nuggets will inspire you to develop your own innovation talents as well as innovate new products and services. Each "innovation nugget" is accompanied by a slice of life anecdote or brief case study that brings the point across in real and practical terms.

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.

Positive Communication Leads to a Culture of Innovation

Lead Change Blog

The word innovation has become ubiquitous. Just because something is new – whether it’s a mission statement, product, service, or business—doesn’t mean it deserves to proclaim itself innovative. Innovation is not about doing an old thing in a new way.

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.

Preview Thursday: The New Science of Radical Innovation

Lead Change Blog

The following is an excerpt from the introduction to The New Science of Radical Innovation. When an organization achieves a higher level of complexity, it increases the organization’s options and ability to respond to external challenges and produce radical innovation.

Best Keyword Strategies in 2020 for New Product Launches on Amazon

Strategy Driven

Amazon is the world’s ‘all-you-can eat’ buffet of products and any seller or marketer’s throne for kingdom-hood. A powerful product listing copy that converts is crucial to being an A-List Seller. The products or services they provide and how they market them to customers.

3 Ways to Pursue Productive Failure

Nathan Magnuson

Consider this scenario: Your team comes up with an innovative solution to solve a complex problem in a new way. Ultimately, no failure is productive unless we learn from it. The post 3 Ways to Pursue Productive Failure appeared first on Nathan Magnuson.

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.” innovation Kris Oestergaard

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This Word Unleashes Change & Innovation

N2Growth Blog

The word no ends discussions, stifles creativity, kills innovation, impedes learning, and gates initiative. Where leadership is concerned, a slow “yes” is often more instructive, and ultimately much more productive than a fast “no.”

Innovation in Practice

Talent Anarchy 1

In many organizations, innovation remains an almost-mystical thing. The great opportunity for most organizations is to take innovation off of its pedestal in order to identify individual and group practices that make it real. These processes can potentially be a driver of innovation.

What a Mechanical Shark Can Teach Us About Leadership and Innovation

Leading Blog

This happened over and over again during the production of “Jaws,” with Spielberg and his crew forced to alter – or completely abandon – the director’s original vision to adapt to conditions on the ground.

Three practices of successful product managers

Lead on Purpose

A company’s success is ultimately a roll-up of all products and services selling for a profit. In most companies product managers have a lot of products and significant responsibilities. Work with the sales team; understand how they sell your products.

What is Your Innovation Style?

Great Leadership By Dan

Guest post from Shoya Zichy: Innovation is critical to an organization''s growth and competitive advantage. If you chose more items on the left, your inborn styles is that of a "structured" innovator. If you chose more items on the right you are an "adaptable" innovator.

Braithwaite Innovation Group Presents the July 2015 Leadership Development Carnival

Lead Change Blog

You become more productive and promotable, and you gain confidence, and over time, hopefully a larger paycheck.” Michael Lee Stallard of Michael Lee Stallard shares Grassroots Innovation Contributed to WWII Victory. Welcome to the July 2015 Leadership Development Carnival!

Your Business Needs To Embrace Innovation!

Strategy Driven

This means that there is one thing that your business needs to be willing to embrace in order to succeed: innovation. If you’re not willing to innovate, your business is just going to end up getting left in the dust by your competition.