Innochat Archive

Automate or Reengineer?

John W Lewis's picture
Chat Date: 
Thu, Apr 23, 2015

Recently Fred Wilson (@avc) wrote "Don't Automate, Obliterate" which takes its title from a 1990 article by the late Michael Hammer. The meaning is captured by a neat analogy in the Hammer article: "Don't pave the cow paths."
Let's discuss the merits of the advice that both of them are offering.

Innovation or invention?

John W Lewis's picture
Chat Date: 
Thu, Apr 16, 2015

Many people, especially when new to innovation, take the view that the subject is mainly about invention. Perhaps this is partly because the words look and sound similar! In this view, innovative developments are expected to require the creation of new things: materials, approaches, techniques, etc..

Ideas are two-a-penny!

John W Lewis's picture
Chat Date: 
Thu, Apr 09, 2015

You probably know on some level that innovation is important to your survival in a personal and/or professional context, although your level of "knowing" might range from being deeply convinced to just coming around to accepting it.

But what innovation is appropriate for you and/or your organization? What new or different things are you looking for, and where are you looking for them?

Are you really looking for "ideas"?

Rational Innovation

John W Lewis's picture
Chat Date: 
Thu, Apr 02, 2015

How rational is innovation? Very little of our communication about innovation is rational. Much of it is the opposite: either emotional, or irrational, or both. Let's delve into the importance of these issues during our chat.

Innovation or death?

John W Lewis's picture
Chat Date: 
Thu, Mar 26, 2015

We often hear the exhortation to "innovate or die!" What does that mean? What or who will die and when? How is death related to innovation?

This is another chat in our series on "Innovation or …".

Innovation and Failure - Understanding the Impact of Risk to Employees and the Organization

DrewCM's picture
Chat Date: 
Thu, Mar 19, 2015

This week our topic and framing post come from Matt Hunt (@huntm). Matt has been a regular participant in #innochat and he shares a passion for learning through failure with many among us. Check out more of Matt's work at his online home.

Motivation for innovation by staff

John W Lewis's picture
Chat Date: 
Thu, Mar 12, 2015

What factors affect the propensity of individuals within organizations to behave innovatively? If you are operating as a member of staff in an organization, what affects your behaviour and your contribution to innovation within your organization?

The Bad Habits of Innovation at Scale

DrewCM's picture
Chat Date: 
Thu, Mar 05, 2015

The complexity of the modern enterprise beggars the mind. Most famously, Wal-Mart Stores, which owns Walmart and Sam's Club bulk purchase emporiums (because we all need to purchase a year’s supply of toilet paper at once), employs roughly 2.2 million people worldwide and is the largest private employer in the United States. Target the large department store chain (with a fascination for designers but has lost its way on the innovation front) and Kroger (a large grocery store chain) are also among America's largest employers.

Innovation or Marketing

John W Lewis's picture
Chat Date: 
Thu, Feb 26, 2015

Peter Drucker’s famous statement that any business enterprise has only two basic functions, innovation and marketing, was written in 1954 in his book The Practice of Management. What is the relationship between innovation and marketing today? 

This chat is another in our series on “innovation or ...”. We’ve discussion technology, and creativity, now it is the turn of marketing.

Design Entrepreneurship for Social Impact

John W Lewis's picture
Chat Date: 
Thu, Feb 19, 2015

This week our guest is Sunil Malhotra (@SunilMalhotra), a regular participant in #innochat whose perspectives and insights often stimulate us to think differently about innovation.

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