innovation management

Unleashing the Power of Intrapreneurs

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Chat Date: 
Fri, Oct 26, 2012

Stefan Lindegaard, aka @Lindegaard, will lead our 1 Nov chat on Unleashing the Power of Intrapreneurs. Check out his framing below - this should be an outstanding discussion!

In a recent blog post, The Careers of Innovation Leaders and Intrapreneurs, I argued that companies need two kinds of people to make innovation initiatives successful. They need innovation leaders who focus on building the internal platform required to develop organizational innovation capabilities. This is work on the strategic and tactical level.

Radical Resistance – Size Doesn’t Matter

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Chat Date: 
Thu, Oct 25, 2012

As inspiration for today’s Innochat I’ve shamelessly borrowed/pilfered Kevin McFarthing’s (@InnovationFixer) 22 October article entitled “The New 6Ps of Radical Innovation for Large Companies.” (And just so we’re on the same page, by “radical innovation” Kevin means “innovation that significantly alters the dynamics of a market by changing the behaviour of users and converting them to the new offering; or enables new behaviour”.)

Innovating In A “No” Environment

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Chat Date: 
Thu, Oct 11, 2012

Many of our past Innochats have centered on creating a culture of innovation. Indeed, Boris Pluskowski (@bpluskowski), Cathryn Hrudicka (@CreativeSage), and I co-authored a chapter in Paul Sloane’s A Guide To Open Innovation And Crowdsourcing on the topic.

Innovation Smackdown: Are Big Companies Or Startups More Innovative?

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Chat Date: 
Thu, Oct 04, 2012

This week’s topic is inspired by Raz Godelnik’s article, “Are Big Companies More Innovative Than Startups?” For years, small, nimble companies have cranked out innovation after innovation while corporate giants have strained to adjust course and keep up. But are those days coming to an end?

Bigger is Better

Not "Do We?" But "How Might We?"

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Chat Date: 
Thu, Apr 26, 2012

This week’s Innochat topic was sparked by two posts:  Dimis Michaelides’ (@dimistweet) “To Innovate Or Not To Innovate? That Is Not The Question.” and Jeffrey Phillips’ (@ovoinnovation) “The Incremental Innovation Trap." 

Building a Future-Proof Business

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Chat Date: 
Thu, Apr 12, 2012

This week's guest moderator @VolcadoDePila - aka Daniel Trujillo, Service Manager at Wall Street Institute - poses this framing for our 12 April chat. Looking forward to seeing everyone there! Gwen


Product innovation has long been revered as the best source of sustainability in a company. The advent of new, better products has been placed at the top in many a priority list of middle level managers and the C-suite. Yet these new products do not always represent growth or even a bigger market share, let alone the survival of the company over time. What is more, the measures taken by some companies to save themselves amidst the new, tougher conditions are sometimes evidently desperate ones. Consider what happened to RIM and its Playbook, or the case of Nokia and its N8, or furthermore Nokia´s relinquishing of its flagship Symbian platform for Windows Phone.


Measures such as those taken by the companies cited in the above examples show what happens when a company fails to prepare adequately for the future, and just how despair driven can some of these measures be.


But if a brand is to remain in the market, if it is going to be a market leader for years, it needs more than the simple push of a few stellar sales quarters or a beloved line of products.


Innovation can also affect other areas of business. The processes themselves can be susceptible of changing and of being formulated anew. The perception of the collaborators and the way the business is conducted, as well as the type and pace of product innovation can all be changed to adapt to a different management vision.


Such is the topic of today´s #innochat: How to future-proof your business? Following are the questions we will review during our chat:


Q1: Do you believe innovation should respond to, or create needs?


Q2: Does the pace of innovation of your product / service answer to customers´ questions or does it create further questions and needs?


Q3: How do you ensure that your innovative processes will not need quick remaking?


Subsidiary question: Where do you get your feedback while innovating? re: Pixar


Q4: How do we balance preparing for the future (creating the roadmap) and being nimble enough to capitalize on unexpected opportunities (making profitable detours)?


 

Building a Future-Proof Business

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Chat Date: 
Thu, Apr 12, 2012

This week's guest moderator @VolcadoDePila - aka Daniel Trujillo, Service Manager at Wall Street Institute - poses this framing for our 12 April chat. Looking forward to seeing everyone there!

Gwen

Product innovation has long been revered as the best source of sustainability in a company. The advent of new, better products has been placed at the top in many a priority list of middle level managers and the C-suite. Yet these new products do not always represent growth or even a bigger market share, let alone the survival of the company over time. What is more, the measures taken by some companies to save themselves amidst the new, tougher conditions are sometimes evidently desperate ones. Consider what happened to RIM and its Playbook, or the case of Nokia and its N8, or furthermore Nokia´s relinquishing of its flagship Symbian platform for Windows Phone.

Measures such as those taken by the companies cited in the above examples show what happens when a company fails to prepare adequately for the future, and just how despair driven can some of these measures be.

But if a brand is to remain in the market, if it is going to be a market leader for years, it needs more than the simple push of a few stellar sales quarters or a beloved line of products.

Innovation can also affect other areas of business. The processes themselves can be susceptible of changing and of being formulated anew. The perception of the collaborators and the way the business is conducted, as well as the type and pace of product innovation can all be changed to adapt to a different management vision.

Such is the topic of today´s #innochat: How to future-proof your business? Following are the questions we will review during our chat:

  • Q1: Do you believe innovation should respond to, or create needs?
  • Q2: Does the pace of innovation of your product / service answer to customers´ questions or does it create further questions and needs?
  • Q3: How do you ensure that your innovative processes will not need quick remaking?
    • Subsidiary question: Where do you get your feedback while innovating? re: Pixar
  • Q4: How do we balance preparing for the future (creating the roadmap) and being nimble enough to capitalize on unexpected opportunities (making profitable detours)?

 

Innovation Roadblocks

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Chat Date: 
Thu, Mar 22, 2012

This week's Innochat will be guest moderated by Nicki Escudero, aka @CXtheCloud and @Nickialanoche . Her fab framing post and bio are below.

See everyone on Thursday! Gwen

Scarcity & Innovation

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Chat Date: 
Thu, Feb 09, 2012

As innovation practitioners, we recognize adverse conditions, such as natural resource scarcity, job loss, or volitle markets, can drive rather than inhibit innovation. We’ve seen how low levels of disposable income can fuel mobile phone and app innovation.

Five Types Of Innovation Failure

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Chat Date: 
Thu, Aug 18, 2011

Jeffrey Phillips –  @ovoinnovation – will guest moderate our next Innochat, and shares the framing for his topic below.

Hope to see everyone Thursday at noon ET!

Gwen

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