Posts Tagged ‘innovation champion’

Happy Labor Day- Innovate to Thrive

Happy Labor Day… Start the Fall business season by reenergizing your Innovation efforts:  Innovate to Thrive! Your Innovation Coach ® Innovation Workshop Or add to your reading list with: Robert’s Rules of Innovation : Ten Imperatives to Create and sustain Innovation or Robert’s Rules of Innovation : The Art of Implementation    Innovate to Thrive!

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Innovation: It’s Not a Resolution. It’s a Resolute!

In 2016 and beyond, business leaders must permanently implement a culture of innovation. The Times Square Ball dropped. Ryan Seacrest earned a cool $1 million for hosting one night of television. And there was all the predictable raucous cheering and party horn blowing, kissing, and butchering of the “Auld Lang Syne” lyrics. Now, we’re just…

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Observation, Measurement, and How They Lead to Sustainable Innovation

The degree in which a company prioritizes sustainable innovation can often become the difference between a successful business and a struggling business. True innovation does more than just meet the immediate exigency of consumers and clients; it anticipates those demands and needs, providing products and/or services that radically changes the landscape of the marketplace. However,…

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Complacency, Stagnancy, and Their Effects on Innovation

Though competition is an unavoidable aspect of business, its effects can potentially foster or deter innovation depending on a leader’s management style. Celebrating success and discouraging failure is a familiar binary for most, but what would happen if a business decides to reverse that paradigm? What if we celebrated failure, and discouraged dwelling on our…

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Exponential Leadership and Innovation

“If I had asked people what they wanted, they would have said faster horses.”  While there is no hard evidence to attribute the above quote to Henry Ford, there is no argument that he was a visionary of his time. He created something that consumers didn’t realize they needed, by making the automobile affordable. He…

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Innovation Rankings – Measuring Innovation

Innovation experts love making lists – and we love reading them. I’ll be the first to admit that Fast Company’s “World’s Most Innovative Companies” is one of my favorite annual reports. I’m also a big fan of Forbes’ list which takes into account investor confidence and ranks companies by their innovation premium; the difference between…

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The Eureka Moment of Ideas & Idea Management

 Idea management is the second of critical processes of Robert’s Rules of Innovation and is essential in Innovation and New Product Development (NPD). It is really important to fill the innovation pipeline with ideas from many different sources in your business. Ideas can be generated from associates, sales, and of course R&D. In addition, it…

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Risk is an Imperative for Sustainable Innovation

  Over five thousand failures for just one success:  When Thomas Edison discovered the light bulb it took him 5999 tries to get it right.  Edison is quoted as saying, “Every wrong attempt discarded is a step forward.” Of the ten imperatives to Roberts Rules of Innovation, “No Risk… No Innovation” is arguably one of…

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Leading for Innovation

  Creating a company culture and mindset focused on innovation begins with proper training and coaching from leaders within the organization. From top to bottom, from executives to newcomers, everyone must be included in training and coaching programs. When you develop, support, and educate your workforce, employee engagement soars and innovation becomes reoccurring and sustainable.  …

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