Innochat Archive

Is There A CINO In The House: Pro’s and Con’s

John W Lewis's picture
Chat Date: 
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:

 

The Struggle to Form Insights and Claim a POV

DrewCM's picture
Chat Date: 
Thu, May 08, 2014

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.

Diffusion doctrine - early adopters

John W Lewis's picture
Chat Date: 
Thu, May 01, 2014

“We are all early adopters now!” Well, actually no, we are not; only about 10% to 15% of us are early adopters. 

“Ah yes, but surely more and more of people are adopting earlier these days” Oh, really? That sounds like everyone being taller than average, or something similarly statistically nonsensical.

Risk, failure and innovation

John W Lewis's picture
Chat Date: 
Thu, Apr 24, 2014

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?

Making Waves: Learning to Innovate in the Flow of Insight

DrewCM's picture
Chat Date: 
Thu, Apr 17, 2014

This week's chat has the special guest @SourcePOV (Chris Jones). Chris wrote a great book called The DNA of Collaboration: Unlocking the Potential of 21st Century Teams and our chat will focus on one aspect from that work: flow.

Innovation at the core

John W Lewis's picture
Chat Date: 
Thu, Apr 10, 2014

This week, let's discuss the importance of innovation being centred on the core of an organization. This has been prompted by an important recent shift in emphasis at a substantial enterprise: Microsoft.

How often have we seen large organisations struggling to innovate in a changing operating environment? Prominent examples have included Boeing, Kodak, Nokia, several motor manufacturers and, most recently, Microsoft.

Diffusion doctrine - early majority

John W Lewis's picture
Chat Date: 
Thu, Apr 03, 2014

Why would you not want to be in the “early majority” category of adopters in every field which is important to you? Each of the categories involved in the diffusion of innovations through populations has different criteria for adoption. Of these categories, the “early majority” category seems to be based on the most rational approach and is therefore the most sensible category to be in. However, the world is more complicated than that, and there are a variety of reasons why the early majority make up only about one third of the population.

It's time for Disruptus!

DrewCM's picture
Chat Date: 
Thu, Mar 27, 2014

Our dear friend and compatriot, @Renee_Hopkins came back from the World Innovation Forum last June with a big smile and the #Disruptus game in hand, which we first played in #innochat a week later. It was so fun we vowed to play Disruptus once each quarter. She led us through our quarterly Disruptus game in our Oct.

What is an innovator’s approach to the US Department of Commerce?

DrewCM's picture
Chat Date: 
Thu, Mar 20, 2014

Innovation is happening all across America’s economy from technology start-ups changing the way we communicate to advance manufacturing changing the way goods are produced. Luckily for America’s innovators, the Department of Commerce has many free or low-cost resources that will help them compete in the global marketplace. Regardless of what industry an innovator looks to change, the chances are very good that the Department of Commerce can help.

What is an innovator’s approach to the US Department of Commerce?

DrewCM's picture
Chat Date: 
Thu, Mar 20, 2014

Innovation is happening all across America’s economy from technology start-ups changing the way we communicate to advance manufacturing changing the way goods are produced. Luckily for America’s innovators, the Department of Commerce has many free or low-cost resources that will help them compete in the global marketplace. Regardless of what industry an innovator looks to change, the chances are very good that the Department of Commerce can help.

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