Innochat Archive

Innovation and our understanding of emotional issues

John W Lewis's picture
Chat Date: 
Thu, Mar 17, 2016

There is extremely wide variation in our understanding of the important relationships between innovation and some major issues, such as: risk and fear (of failure, of missing out, etc.). Many of these issues are emotional and this inhibts our ability to understand them rationally.

For example, we often hear the view that innovation involves increased risk and that we need to get comfortable with that. However, people who have more experience of innovation tend to express the opposite view.

We often hear that innovation requires acceptance of frequent failure. This may make sense based on one view of failure, but there are other views.

Innovative opportunities to satisfy process needs

John W Lewis's picture
Chat Date: 
Thu, Mar 10, 2016

Changes in the needs for processes are a source of opportunities for potential increases in effectiveness. This also includes changes in the available means to satisfy those process needs.

This is the fifth episode in our seven part series on the sources of opportunity for innovation, as identified by Peter Drucker in his book, Innovation and Entrepreneurship, in 1985.

Innovation concepts: old, new, or no school?

John W Lewis's picture
Chat Date: 
Thu, Mar 03, 2016

This is a chat on Twitter, so let's discuss a tweet! For the last week, I've been wondering on and off about the context and meaning of one tweet by Saul Kaplan (@skap5) during last week's #innochat. He wrote:

"Is it sacrilege to mention that this #innochat series has reminded me just how 'old school' Peter Drucker's ideas are!"

Innovation opportunities presented by changes in industry and market structures

John W Lewis's picture
Chat Date: 
Thu, Feb 25, 2016

From time to time, the structures of markets and whole industries change rapidly. However, there are usually long periods of stability between those changes. So when they happen many people and organizations are taken by surprise. Identifying and responding effectively and in good time to major changes of this kind is essential to the survival of any organization.

This is the fourth of seven episodes in our series of innochat discussions on Peter Drucker's sources of opportunity for innovation, identified in his book "Innovation and Entrepreneurhip" first published in 1985.

Biomimcry: innovation inspired by nature

John W Lewis's picture
Chat Date: 
Thu, Feb 18, 2016

What can we learn from the natural world? As it turns out, a huge amount. Recently, at a talk on biomimicry How nature has already solved our business problems at the Business School at Exeter University, Taryn Mead described some fundamental aspects of this field, including the approach that is taken, some major areas of difference between natural and artificial solutions to problems, and addressed some organizational and philisophical issues which arose in subsequent discussion.

Demographics - a productive and dependable innovation opportunity

John W Lewis's picture
Chat Date: 
Thu, Feb 11, 2016

This is the third in our series of seven chats about areas in which changes create opportunities for innovation. The series is based on the seven sources of opportunity identified by Peter Drucker in this 1985 book "Innovation and Entrepreneurship" and discusses the sources in the opposite sequence from Drucker's - in sequence of increasing reliability and predictabilty as sourcs of opportunity for innovation.

Innovation and sustainability - contradictory or compatible

John W Lewis's picture
Chat Date: 
Thu, Feb 04, 2016

As the USA looks forward to the Super Bowl 50 on this coming weekend, (and many people in the rest of the world wonder what all the fuss is about!), the relationship between innovation and sustainability arises in connection with the Levi's Stadium where the game is to be played.

Changes in Perception: facts that cannot be quantified

John W Lewis's picture
Chat Date: 
Thu, Jan 28, 2016

This is the second in our series of seven discussions on the sources of opportunities for innovation. These are based on Peter Drucker's book, "Innovation and Entrepreneurship".

The Fourth Industrial Revolution - the theme of Davos 2016

John W Lewis's picture
Chat Date: 
Thu, Jan 21, 2016

This week, the helicopters are buzzing around Davos in Switzerland carrying some of the movers and shakers of the world to and from the 46th Annual Meeting of World Economic Forum. The theme of the meeting is "Mastering the Fourth Industrial Revolution". So now that, at last, some snow has arrived in the Alps this year, let's go skiing and off piste, metaphorically at least!

New Knowledge - the unreliable source of famous innovations

John W Lewis's picture
Chat Date: 
Thu, Jan 14, 2016

Surely anyone who invents or discovers something that was not previously known is guaranteed an immediate and substantial advantage? One might think so, but nothing could be further from the truth!

This is the first in a series of discussions on the sources of opportunity for innovation.

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