Innovation Leadership Re-invented.

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Innovation is constantly taking place around us, from the mundane and simple, to the abstract and grand. Last night I was watching a video for Samsung’s newest screen prototype, the oled bendable plastic screen under the Youm brand name. This morning I am sitting in a coffee shop using webbeams – free Wi-Fi provided with…

Sustainable Innovation Metrics

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  Of the 10 imperatives of Robert’s Rules of Innovation, Observe and Measure is one of the most vital. Innovation is ultimately about Return on Investment. A system of metrics will objectively show your progress and success each step of the way.   It’s essential to follow a course of action that produces ongoing improvement, and sustainable and…

Sustainable Innovation – Inspiration from a 7-year-old

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Vision leads to the mission, from which is developed the strategy. Inject vibrant ideas, and stir in some climate and culture, process, and technology. The result: Sustainable Innovation About those vibrant ideas, where do they come from? In the earliest days of our childhood, we spent a great amount of time creating and thinking up new…

Innovation from a “Gemba” perspective

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When was the last time you approached your business as a customer? Have you ever placed an order for your own product, and followed its path from start to finish? It may be time to start. It may be time for a Gemba Walk.     Competitive business strategy requires effective planning, development and growth.…

The Lost Interviews…

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“What ruined Apple was not growth … what ruined apple was values… They got very greedy … Instead of following the original trajectory of the original vision, which was to make the thing an appliance and get this out there to as many people as possible … they went for profits. They made outlandish profits…

If ideas are the seeds of innovation…

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  “If ideas are the seeds of innovation, idea management  is the formalization of the processes involved in gathering, sharing, analyzing and executing the ideas generated within an organization and its collaborative networks.” Whichever form your ideas take, how you manage them dictates the outcome of each endeavor. For great tips on idea management  read the…

Innovation Pessimism

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“The idea that innovation and new technology have stopped driving growth is getting increasing attention. But it is not well founded. Has the Idea Machine broken Down?” This is a must read article recently featured on the Economist. It is an interesting take on innovation as it is happening today. According to Peter Thiel, a founder…

2013 Innovation Resolution: Make Mistakes

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  At the beginning of every year, I pick one solid quote to live by for the year. This year, my quote comes from Neil Gaiman. Gaiman himself never graduated from college. He never even enrolled in college. Yet, today, he is one of the most celebrated and prolific writers working today. “I hope that in this year…

Stay inspired this Holiday Season – The 12 Days of innovation

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Robert’s Rules of Innovation wishes you and yours a wonderful Holiday Season. May you stay inspired in 2013!   Tis’ the Season for harrowing crowds, spiked eggnog, and delicious holiday feasts. It’s also the time of year for distraction, procrastination, and a lull in business productivity. Many companies see a lag in productivity and innovation during…

What drives Innovation and who owns it?

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Ownership is one of the key imperatives of Robert’s Rules of Innovation. Most would agree that innovation is everyone’s responsibility, but employees can’t innovate unless their leaders empower them to do so. Innovation needs a champion within the organization to push them to take calculated risks, and to step outside their own comfort zone. Without…

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