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I just went through a couple of good reads on the conflicts between six sigma and the innovation efforts at 3M, which is widely respected as one of the most innovative companies in the world. In one article, Six Sigma “Killed” Innovation at 3M, we got some good insights from Geoff Nicholsen, who is one of the guys who helped build the innovation culture at 3M. Some of his remarks: “The Six Sigma process killed innovation at 3M,” said Nicholson. “Initially what would happen in 3M with Six Sigma people, they would say they need a five-year business plan for [a new idea]. Come...
Datum: 05.12.2013 | Blog: 15inno
In the never-ending search for new ideas, one strategy for the innovation practitioner is to look for an area of particular weakness for a company or organization, leveraging the assumption that such an area will be ripe for transformational improvement. Continue reading →
The relative newness of the CINO means at least two things: it’s difficult to know what a great one looks like and behaves like, and there are few CINOs in the marketplace to recruit to your organization. Since the pool of existing CINOs is tiny, you simply must seek the right traits for your organization's CINO. Continue reading →
modelH is a co-creation forum dedicated to building an open source business model canvas for the US healthcare system. Our recent project sprint on Key Resources focused on the importance of a talented labor force in a successful business. This update will bring you up to speed on what the modelH community determined with regard to Key Resources, what we'll be addressing in next week's blog and in our co-creation forum, and how you can get involved. Continue reading →
Curious about the best ways to attract new business during the holidays? Check out the latest trends in holiday shopping -- and marketers' top holiday marketing techniques for 2013. Continue reading →
The innovation management service market has experienced a huge growth in the past years. A new report helps you understand the landscape and drivers, as well as provides key insights to be able to navigate in the future. The report is based on a series of surveys and interviews with over 500 innovation management service providers from all around the world, as well as in-depth interviews with experts in the field.
Datum: 04.12.2013 | Blog: InnovationManagement
I write often about the actions that lead to long-term success with your innovation program, but this time I thought I’d share some of the common reasons I’ve seen that can contribute to failure. Continue reading →
As I am doing an on-going survey on The People Side of Innovation, I am now starting to get some interesting feedback. This is one of the questions in the survey: How would you rate these ways for leaders to motivate their employees to become more innovative and help create a better culture for innovation? …and this is the feedback given so far: This confirms my belief that financial rewards are not really that important. I am also happy to see that freedom to operate tops the list although I would have expected an even higher rating for “set clear objectives and expectations”. What do you...
Datum: 04.12.2013 | Blog: 15inno
Google wasn’t always the giant we see today. Planted from the seeds of innovation, how did Google grow into something larger than life? What can we learn from their success not only as a company, but as a movement? Continue reading →
Jorge Odon is an Argentinian car mechanic who has invented a simple device which could save millions of lives of mothers and babies. The story of his invention is remarkable and instructive. It all started when he was shown a YouTube video of a trick to remove a cork from inside a bottle. Continue reading →
"Our CEO does not want to get involved in innovation. He just let us do it by ourselves.” There are both positives and negatives to this statement, which was shared by one of the participants at the Global Innovation Forum, when we had a brief talk. Continue reading →
ED.NOTE: The following is dedicated to all the male readers of this blog -- especially those who are married, work too hard, and think about "innovation" just a little too much. Today, in a sudden fit of love and appreciation, I bought a dozen roses and brought them home to my wife. Usually, when I think of buying roses, I go through a predictable sequence of events. First, I surrender to a wonderful feeling of expansiveness that takes me over. Then I get curious and smell the flowers. Then I ask the shopkeeper how long she thinks the roses will last. Then I ask the per stem price, do...
Datum: 03.12.2013 | Blog: The Heart of Innovation
Many organizations in both the public and private sectors suffer from a corporate culture which is risk averse and fearful of failure. People are reluctant to try new things or even to suggest innovations. They remember old stories about colleagues being punished for experiments that failed. They have learnt that it is safest to keep a low profile and focus on standard operating procedures. Mean while the executive committee is desperately trying to think of ways to make the outfit more agile and innovative.
Datum: 03.12.2013 | Blog: InnovationManagement
It would be great if you would help out with your views in this survey on The People Side of Innovation (with a focus on big companies). The reason for the survey is that there is much talk about open innovation, business model innovation and innovation culture. These are important topics, but the most significant element to anything related to innovation will always be people. It is people that make things happen and this is you, your colleagues, your customers and other external partners that you engage with to bring innovation to market. It is not that long ago that a good innovator was...
Great conferences are a lot like great cocktail parties. We had two kinds of cocktails at the IIR Back End of Innovation in Santa Clara in November. Real-deal parties hosted by Tito's Vodka, The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas and Vision Services Program, and also by Roche to toast Vivek Wadwha on his new book: Innovating Women. And then a parallel cocktail party stream which lasted for 72 hours and not a drop of liquor was served, because...it was the whole conference...exponential stories and bumper-car meet ups with people who were doing stuff you wanted to know more about...here are a few of...
It’s been 25 years since the field of neuroeducation first reared its head in academia. Spearheaded in 1988 by the Psychophysiology & Education Special Interest Group, educational neuroscience is now the focus of many research organizations around the world. To celebrate the progress of this monumental discipline, we have compiled a list of the 25 most significant findings in neuroscience education over the past 25 years. Continue reading →
What is trending in the innovation community right now? Here you get my views based on the interactions I have had in the recent months. 1. Innovation culture We all talk about it. Some corporate innovation leaders claim to have the answers. Lots of consultants are sure they know. Most CEO’s don’t really have a clue. This is how I started the description of my webinar / whitepaper with InnoCentive and given the continued interest and the many other initiatives related to innovation culture that keep popping up, I did not have to think much about what topic to place at the number 1 spot for...
German post about an internship. Die Deutsche Bank bietet interessierten Studierenden ein spannendes Praktikum im Bereich “Design Thinking”. Neben dem folgenden Ausschreibungstext finden Sie viele weitere Informationen auf der offiziellen Website! Viel Erfolg bei Ihrer Bewerbung! Sie möchten Einblicke in die Finanzwelt bekommen, erfahren, wie sich Einsatz und Erfolg in einer internationalen Bank anfühlen, und Ihre Fähigkeiten in der Praxis ausbauen? Dann absolvieren Sie ein drei- bis sechsmonatiges Praktikum bei der Deutschen Bank! Innovative Projekte, das anspruchsvolle...
Datum: 02.12.2013 | Blog: RWTH-TIM Blog