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Higher Education - Lower Innovation Expectations?

DrewCM's picture
Chat Date: 
Thu, Oct 23, 2014

I have long been a proponent of the value of being a life-long learner. Digging into a new topic and “going deep” have been habits that I developed in high school and probably drive a lot of the work I do in the innovation space. I’m an intellectually curious and casually indiscriminate learner. I'm not necessarily a T-shaped person. More like an M-shape.

The business value of innovation

John W Lewis's picture
Chat Date: 
Thu, Oct 16, 2014

Our guest this week is Andrew Townley (@atownley), who has participated in #innochat for many years and is well known to many innocats. His chosen topic for this chat reflects his interest and experience in understanding how innovation activities contribute to generating business value.

Andrew helps people and organisations to implement their strategy through his business,  Archistry. He emphasises the importance of understanding capabilities, relating processes to results, and managing risk. For a sense of his approach, you might enjoy this article in which he describes the need to control processes in high performance businesses by drawing an analogy with driving a car, actually the highest performance road car available.

The language of innovation

John W Lewis's picture
Chat Date: 
Thu, Oct 09, 2014

For some time, this topic has been lurking under the surface of our innochat conversations. Communication about innovation frequently uses terms which are assumed to be understood, are often seen as jargon, and risk carrying different meanings for different people, especially as some terms are potentially emotive.  For effective communication in any field, a language is required, consisting of elements and constructs which are sufficiently widely understood to enable their meaning to interpreted consistently.

Hopefully, this innochat get us started with that.

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