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Do innovation programs work for sustainable innovation?

In my experience, no. In the short-term the organization might get a jolt of excitement, but over the long-term nothing will change. Here’s why:

Innovation is not a process of checking tasks off a checklist

While the rest of the world clamors on how we are settling into an entrepreneurial economy and how their respective countries are building entrepreneurial ecosystems, there are other non-entrepreneurial habits that come with the territory: charlatanism. I’ve called attention to this before, and I keep bumping into the same thing over and over again. There [...]

Why don’t businesses experiment to drive innovation?

There is no innovation without experimentation… A while back, Dan Ariely wrote a thoughtful column in the Harvard Business Review about why businesses don’t experiment:

For innovation: Non-obvious needs are often the richest source of new insights

Innovation comes leaving known shores and stepping into the unknown. This means being aware that you don’t have all the answers. So, you need to go out and discover new insights… So, what’s an insight? Insights are unexpected shifts in the way we understand how things work. They can be broken down into two categories:

For innovation: Herd your black sheep

As you can discern from last week’s post about how not to drive a culture of innovation, as well as previous ones, I’m a big fan of “what not to do’s”. Well, in contrast to those, what are the counters to those NOT’s? Let’s take the topic of success leading to failure… Success breeds complacency [...]

How do you source ideas for innovation out of customers?

Phil McKinney asks: are customers a source of ideas for innovation? Two years ago The Economist published a report where it indicated that by 2020 customers will replace R&D as the main source of new ideas. Well, apart from customers, there are many sources where companies can get ideas for innovation; partners, competitors, non-competing companies [...]

The sad truth about how innovation dies in large organizations

For things to change somebody somewhere has to act differently… There’s a great thread going on in the Beyond Innovation LinkedIn group about exciting examples of driving a culture of innovation. In my experience, it was one singular person driving it and enlisting people. Always. Most of the people who commented on the thread have [...]