Tag Archives: Innovation Excellence

What do you need to innovate? Freedom! Yes, freedom.

We love talking about nurturing a culture of innovation; yet, our list of practical measures to promote entrepreneurial spirit is depressingly short. For this reason, I’ve set out to create a list of specific corporate policies that organizations may try in … Continue reading

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Is Innovation Broken?

I’m amused with the recent stream of publications describing the supposedly dreadful state of innovation. We’re informed that “innovation today disappoints,” that it’s “not delivering” and that “our innovation systems are breaking down.” We’re also told that “people are fed … Continue reading

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Are We Faking Innovation?

Let me begin with a couple of quotes. “Innovation is like teenage sex; everyone talks about it, nobody really knows how to do it, everyone thinks everyone else is doing it, so everyone claims they are doing it!” (Cris Beswick, Founder … Continue reading

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3 Ways to Improve the Efficiency of the “Idea Generation” Process

In my previous post, I compared the efficiency of two approaches to corporate innovation: “bottom-up” and “top-down.” The former approach relies on ideas that are first generated by a company’s employees and then channeled up to the company’s senior management. … Continue reading

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Is Religion an Obstacle to Innovation?

In a recent piece, The Economist touched upon an interesting topic: the link between religion and innovation. The piece refers to a study, “Forbidden Fruits: The Political Economy of Science, Religion, and Growth,” published by America’s National Bureau of Economic Research, … Continue reading

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Once again, can money buy innovation?

The question whether companies should incentivize innovation remains one of the most controversial topics in the innovation management field. Some people argue that innovation does not need to be motivated because it’s based on creativity, and creativity feeds on intrinsic … Continue reading

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New Survey: Incentivizing Employees to Innovate

(This post originally appeared on Innovation Excellence) More and more businesses view innovation as a new paradigm for achieving competitive advantage. Now businesses must focus on how to make the innovation process more effective. Experts and innovation practitioners agree that … Continue reading

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The Game of Definitions

There are different opinions on the value of proper definition of terms. Some people consider definitions a prerequisite for any meaningful discussion, and I often agree with them; others view definitions as a barrier to creative thinking, and I often … Continue reading

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What Can Dancing Teach Us About Innovation?

(This post originally appeared on Innovation Excellence) It’s remarkable how many different things can teach us about innovation: historic figures, such as Thomas Edison; outdoor activities, such as skateboarding; sports events, such as sailing competition The America’s Cup; consumer products, such as iPhone 5s and Spanx. And … Continue reading

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A Multiple Choice Test

(This post originally appeared on Innovation Excellence) Everyone has his or her sense of order. My daughter, for example, arranges her clothes in the alphabetical order of brand names. The growing adoption of open innovation tools in corporate innovation practices has … Continue reading

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