Innochat Archive

The Serious Fun of Innovation

John W Lewis's picture
Chat Date: 
Thu, May 21, 2015

The prospect of working on innovative projects can be exciting. Yet, the reality can be very different.

Innovation, Humans and Humanism

John W Lewis's picture
Chat Date: 
Thu, May 14, 2015

Let's discuss the role of humans and humanism in innovation. The issue is the importance of human beings in innovation, and the extent to which automation can replace and extend human capabilities to provide and consume innovation and innovative products.

The Music of Innovation

John W Lewis's picture
Chat Date: 
Thu, May 07, 2015

What can we learn about business innovation from a consideration of parallel lessons from the world of music?

Some time ago, Peter Cook (@AcademyOfRock) took part in #innochat, and afterwards we exchanged some thoughts. This eventually led to this chat topic, triggered by his interests in the relationships between music and innovation and what we might learn from them.

Hybrid Thinking in Innovation

DrewCM's picture
Chat Date: 
Thu, Apr 30, 2015

I had the great good fortune to join the Philadelphia University Strategic Design MBA program as adjunct faculty last year. The program, under the direction of Dr. Natalie Nixon seeks to transform students into hybrid thinkers. With all the business rigor of a standard MBA, combined with a heavy duty design thinking overlay, it has been fascinating to see the work of the first students coming out of the program.

What is a hybrid thinker?

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.

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