In case you missed, this past week was a little…disrupted (yeah, I said it)…in the world of innovation. Jill Lepore, the David Woods Kemper ’41 Professor of American History at Harvard University and staff writer at The New Yorker wrote a piece which was less-than-glowing about disruptive innovation. To call it a tear down might be over-selling it, but only just. At the least it was another kind of PDA (public display of animosity).
Submitted by John W Lewis on June 19, 2014 - 7:25am
Thu, Jun 19, 2014
What do you mean by “innovation”? Oh, here we go again, I hear you thinking!
This question arises frequently and in a variety of guises. When a term such as “innovation” is used widely and in many different contexts, it can be difficult to find a meaningful definition which is not so generic as to be almost worthless.
Submitted by John W Lewis on June 05, 2014 - 1:33am
Thu, Jun 05, 2014
Currently multiple well-known organizations seem to be facing turning points in their history, associated with substantial innovation challenges of a strategic nature. So, this week, it seemed topical to pick one of them as an example for our discussion. But which one to choose?
Submitted by John W Lewis on May 28, 2014 - 7:14pm
Thu, May 29, 2014
Everyone seems to want to be seen to be innovative, and yet only a few per cent of the population belong to the category of innovators who are leading the way in any specific field.
The case for innovation is frequently made. The need to innovate or risk extinction continues to be heard. Failure is good, we are told. Whether or not the meaning behind these exhortations is communicated accurately, we can be sure of one thing: we cannot all be at the forefront!
This week our guest is Hutch Carpenter (@bhc3), Senior Consultant with HYPE Innovation in the San Francisco Bay Area. HYPE Innovation is a global leader in enterprise social software for idea and innovation management, with over 13 years of project experience and best-practice expertise, and clients around the globe.
Submitted by John W Lewis on May 13, 2014 - 10:57am
Thu, May 15, 2014
As large organizations increasingly embrace the importance of innovation, many appoint a Chief Innovation Officer (CINO) to lead their innovation activities. Our guest this week is Luis Solis, President of Imaginatik, who published“Innovation Alchemists” in April 2014 to demystify the CINO role and to provide a professional development path for potential CINO’s.
Luis’s framing post and questions follow, as well as a generous offer to all innocats:
In working with clients over recent months it has been interesting to observe time and time again how challenging the transition from user/stakeholder/customer (hereafter users) observation to forming insights may be. For those of you familiar with design thinking as a model for innovation, the challenge this early stage transition may not be a surprise to you.
In some ways, it might seem that innovation is a gamble, like buying a lottery ticket, although hopefully with rather more knowledge of the odds available. In another way, a model of the risk of innovation is like an inverted insurance policy: an investment might pay out and, in this case, we hope that it does.
In general, any risk implies that failure incurs costs. And there is the well-known saying that the biggest risk is not taking any.
So how do we think about the risk of innovation: in different areas; and when considering different options in the same area?