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How to Avoid Open Innovation Frustration by Stefan Lindegaard

I recently wrote a post on the frustration that often comes with open innovation. This prompted many comments here and on LinkedIn. I found many great insights and I want to share of few of these with you in this post:

Innovation: Concentrate on People and Process, not Tools by Tim Kastelle

Imagine that you are a unit manager in an organisation, and your CEO comes to you and says: “We need to be more innovative – you’re in charge of making that happen.” What’s the first thing you should start thinking about?

Open innovation is coming of age by Victor Keegan

Formula 1 has been at the awesome edge of innovation for decades, yet most of the time you would have been pushed to find the fruits of its research adopted elsewhere. Not any more.

10 Basic Principles of Innovation by Erica Templeman

Today’s post is from Matthew Greeley, Founder and CEO of Brightidea, the global leader in On-Demand Innovation Management software. Prior to founding Brightidea, Matthew consulted for Wrenchead.com, helping them raise over $100 million in venture funding from investors.  He holds a degree in Computer Engineering from Stevens Institute of Technology and studied Creativity and Marketing at Stanford University. In addition to his role at Brightidea, Matthew sits on the board of directors of ClearDay Technologies.

 

The Myths About Design Thinking And How You Can Find Out If You Are Truly An Integrative Thinker. Take The Test Now. And Yes, We Are Hiring! by Idris Mootee

These days I am getting a little bothered with the phrase “design thinking”. There is a lot causal misuse but the phrase has gained popularity and currency because it is new, it gives designers new status and it helps to push design firm upstream and hopefully they can solve bigger problems with design ideas.

 

Innovation Strategies Combined by By  Frank T. Rothaermel and Andrew M. Hess

Continuous innovation is the engine that drives highly successful companies such as Apple, General Electric, Google, Honda, Hewlett-Packard, Microsoft, Procter & Gamble, Sony, Tata group and many others. Innovation is an especially potent competitive weapon in tough economic times because it allows companies to redefine the marketplace in their favor and achieve much-needed growth

After Eureka: 7 questions to test innovation for profit potential By Simon Kirby

Analytical strategic frameworks are not the key to creating transformative innovation, a point wonderfully made by Seth Godin:

Irrational passion is the key change agent of our economy.”

How to Measure Open Innovation Value – Part 2 in 100open

What’s Different about Open Innovation?

Better Value

The metrics are less developed in this emerging discipline than in traditional innovation. In my last blog  I outlined a list of the sorts of direct and indirect measures that firms can use to capture all the value that innovation brings.

What is “innovation”? by Joel West

Sunday night, as I waited for feedback on a draft chapter about open innovation — part of a volume on innovation for the Wiley Encyclpedia of Marketing — I saw an interesting headline on the Wall Street Journal website:

 

Mayo Clinic: Effective Word-Of-Mouth by Andrea Meyer

Story: The Mayo Clinic is known around the world for reputable, high-quality health care. How can the company extend and expand this good word of mouth? Seth Godin provided an insightful answer during his Online Marketing Innovation Q&A, April 15, 2010 hosted by HSMAmericas.

 What do you suggest?

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The Rising Underemployment Rate and its Emotional Impact by Steve Nguyen

In a previous post called The Cost of Unemployment, I wrote about the toll, on health and well-being, that unemployment had on people.

One aspect of unemployment that rarely gets mentioned is underemployment. Gallup defines underemployment as people who are “unemployed or working part-time but wanting full-time work” (Jacobe, 2010, para. 3). According to the latest Gallup poll, the underemployment rate is at a staggering 20% as of March 15, 2010, compared to the 9.7% unemployment rate reported by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.

#Innovation = changing things by Jorge Barba

When I was younger and went with my parents to all family get togethers all the grown ups would sit at a table and talk/rant about politics (you get the picture!). My mom would ask me why I didn’t go and sit with my dad so that I could learn something, to which my response was:

Open Innovation Perspectives for Executives, Innovation Leaders and Employees by Stefan Lindegaard

As I prepare for a couple of workshops in the coming weeks, I have the opportunity to think about how to prepare different messages for three different groups of stakeholders within a company; executives, innovation leaders and other employees working with innovation.

 

Preparing for the Unknown by Andrea Meyer

Story: What will the web look like in 20 years? Stuart Miniman of the Office of the CTO at EMC Corporation asked me to contribute my thoughts on this, as part of EMC’s ON magazine celebration of the web’s 20th anniversary.

 

The Art of Good Decision Making by Mitch Ditkoff

What follows is the second in a series of postings by leadership maven, Barry Gruenberg, the newest member of the Idea Champions team.

 

The Law of Attraction is a Dangerous Delusion by Paul Sloane

One of the biggest bandwagons that has rolled through the self-help community in recent years is the so-called Law of Attraction (LoA). This claims that you attract into your life whatever you think about.  Before I explain why I believe that this is not a law, not true, and not helpful, let me differentiate the LoA from some associated but different self-help concepts that actually do work.

How You Define a Problem Determines if You Can Solve It by Tim Kastelle

How we define things is incredibly important. I’ve been reminded of this almost constantly this week. Here are some examples:

  • I was talking with a friend of mine over the weekend about using social media to improve the flow of ideas within an organisation. She is a high-ranking manager in a very large organisation, and she was curious to hear about this blog, and about how John and I have used it as a communication tool

 

Design Thinking: Everywhere and Nowhere,… by Kevin McCullagh

It’s a sign of the times when The Economist, the house journal of the global business elite, holds a conference in London on ‘design thinking’ (official Big Rethink site here). Having attended the conference, produced in association with The Design Council and held over 11-12 March, I was left wondering one thing: why is design thinking such a hot topic with business leaders, given that it leaves so many designers cold?

Thinking About Open Design  By Roland Harwood and David Simoes-Brown

“Open-source software is one thing, but would you fly in an open-source aircraft?”

This question was posed late last year at a gathering of senior design professionals in London. It was couched as a counterargument to the rise of open design and such companies as 99 designs and Quirky that offer low-cost, crowd-sourced design.

Good readings! Have a nice weekend!

Ideas and Knowledge!

 

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Call for Visionaries! Help Make the Future of Innovation Open and Global – by Stefan Lindegaard – 15inno

“Can you imagine a global network of people who believe the future of innovation is open and global?

Can you imagine a global network based on regional chapters that helps increase the general awareness of open innovation and connects the people and companies – virtually and physically – that turn open innovation into reality?”

Putting in the Hours – by Tim Kastelle – Innovation Leadership Network

“We can’t assume that they already know how great our idea is, or that the value in it is self-evident. This is a particularly important lesson if we are trying to cross domains. If you are a lab scientist trying to commercialise your great discovery, out in business your reputation starts at 0, no matter how much reknown you’re held in as a scientist.”

 

Avoiding Innovation Chaos inside Companies – by Hutch Carpenter – spigit

“Great news…you’ve established your innovation platform to solicit ideas, and gosh, did you get them! Hundreds of ideas. Wow!

Now what? ”

 

Genius Transparency to Lead Innovation – with Ellen Weber – Brain Leaders and Learners

Flawed leadership, whether called democracy or dictatorship generates  gridlocks that block creative brainpower.

 

A Small Attempt to Model Organizational Evolution – by Thierry de Baillon – Sonnez en cas d’absence

“Last few months were, for me, pretty insightful. I tried to spread and nurture some ideas about organizations, collaboration and complexity, met people, chatted online with others, read, assisted or talked at events…  The last pebbles of wisdom came for The Age of Paradox, from Charles Handy, whose S-curve metaphor quasi magically fitted my intuitions. Little by little, I have now built a somehow practical model of organizational maturity which drastically shows the need for enterprise to step into the 2.0 world.”

 

Innovation is a habit – by Jorge Barba – Game-Changer

“Act different to think different. Easier said than done right? The truth is we’ve already been-there-done-that when we were kids, we just forget we did it. How is this possible? How is it that we lost that inquisitive mind? We just lost our imagination, threw the crayons away and got caught up in the reality of the adult world that’s what happened.”

Creating An Emotional Response From Your Web Site – by Kim Krause Berg – search engine land

“I hadn’t seen my artist friend in nearly a year, nor was I even sure he was still painting. But there I was the other day, standing with him in his art studio, chatting about the new things he wanted me to add to his web site. Suddenly he led me to one large 80” x 64” canvas of swirling brush strokes that is his style. “This one is for you,” he announced, “for all the help you’ve given me with the web site.”

Open Innovation becoming an established part of the culture – by business reporting – SCIENCE BUSINESS

“The culture of Open Innovation is becoming established and its potential benefits are now widely recognised according to a survey of R&D directors in the world’s 30 largest healthcare and manufacturing companies, carried out by the UK consultancy group PA Consulting.”

Reverse Innovation: How Designing for Emerging Economies Brings Benefits Back Home – by Andrea Meyer – Working Knowledge

“Story: GE Healthcare sells sophisticated medical imaging devices around the world. Historically, they have sold these high-end machines in emerging economies like India. But only 10% of Indian hospitals can afford a $10,000 ECG machine. Reaching the other 90% of the market takes more than simply cutting a few costs. It requires radical innovation and an in-depth understanding of local conditions.”

 

WHAT, HOW & WHY? – by   Nicolae Halmaghi – Design Thinking Exchange

“What Exactly is Design Thinking?

What Does it Do?

How and Why Does it Create Value?

At this point it is a losing battle trying to find a unified voice about what Design Thinking does, or means. Most definitions are confusing, cumbersome, incomplete, make little sense, or have purely and simply nothing to do with Design Thinking. There is a big disconnect between the way the design community feels and interprets DT and the way business strategists define it. As more and more consultancies want to take advantage of the media attention dedicated to DT, it is likely that unless a common definition is adopted soon, the term will be polluted permanently.”

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Take a good ride on Design Thinkers

Design Thinking is the glue between all disciplines. – designthinkers

Boosting Sales for Beginners by Paul Williams

Ah… “Drive Sales.” Is there a company that doesn’t have ‘sales driving’ as a key strategy? – Blogging Innovation

The Equation of Open Innovation: A + B = C – Stefan Lindgaard

I stumbled over an interesting paper, Sourcing External Technology for Innovation, by the Alliance Management Group which has developed lots of great content including the below Want, Find, Get, Manage framework. – 15inno

Ted Turner on Visionary Leadership – by Andrea Meyer

Many leaders are described as “visionary” — I’m always curious as to how they got that way. Is it something they’re born with, or something we can we all learn?  – workingknowledge

 

10 Tips to Golf with the Brain in Mind – with Dr. Ellen Weber

Since golf’s a cerebral game, it makes sense to play with more brainpower in mind. It may surprise you that golf benefits you mentally, or that you can literally raise your golf IQ. How so? – brainleadersandlearners

What is an expert? by Venessa Miemis

In the last post, we talked about a visualization tool that would allow us to tag ourselves and each other, and how that could be helpful for locating talent and sparking innovation. There have been great comments and ideas, and I want to continue that conversation in the next post. In the meantime, the concept of ‘expert‘ has been on my mind. – emergentbydesign

 

Do you pass the pronoun test? – By Daniel Pink

If you’re a boss–of a handful of people, an entire organization, or even your local church group–spend a few days listening to the people around you, not only in formal settings like meetings, but also in the hallways and at lunch. – danpink

 

Apple iPad and Google Buzz: Harsh Reality of Innovation – by Hutch Carpenter

Nothing like putting your heart and soul in an innovation, and then getting this: – bhc3

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an interview!!

 

You can choose because you are free!

So do I! Last week I Choose:

 

Video Interview – Eric Liu – “Imagination First” by Braden Kelley

I had the opportunity to interview Eric Liu, author of the new book “Imagination First” at a book event last night. I’d like to share a video interview I did with Eric before the event: see at

Open Innovation Happens Behind the Scenes by Stefan Lindegaard

John Hagel and John Seely Brown wrote a great post recently named Open Innovation’s Next Challenge: Itself.

What would you do with a Radical Idea? Reject it of course. By Paul Sloane

Einstein said that all great original ideas at first appear absurd. This is why it is so easy to dismiss radical suggestions when they surface.

Preparing for the Unknown by Andrea Meyer

Point: You may not be able to predict the future, but you can prepare for it by tracking early trends and staying open to disruptions.

Weaving innovation into the corporate structure by Jeffrey Phillips

I’ll get up and bang on my innovation drum all day, hoping that people will listen to the message.

Traits of Leadership by Steve Nguyen

Research regarding traits related to leadership effectiveness has found about half a dozen (Yukl, 2010):

The 10 Top Reasons Why The 10 Top Reasons Don’t Really Matter by Mitch Ditkoff

“Time flies like an arrow. Fruit flies like a banana.” (Groucho)

Circle Gatekeepers to Launch Innovations with Dr. Ellen Weber

For years I sought pathways past gate-keepers in order to introduce and develop shared innovations.

Crowdsourcing Is the New Collaboration  by Hutch Carpenter

The value of accessing a collaborative network outside the company walls is nicely articulated in the quote above. Well, why not recast that concept?

Be free!

Create an opinion!

Be happy!

Good readings last week

 

Different people, some facts, our reflections and , who knows, some inspiration!

 

 

Accelerating Innovation by Andrea Meyer

Accelerate innovation by finding an analogous solution from a different industry.

 http://www.business-strategy-innovation.com/innovation-blog.html

 

Culture Quiz by Marty Neumeier, author of The Designful Company

Transformation is in the air. Business leaders across industries are recognizing that “old school” management isn’t up to the task of nonstop innovation.

 http://www.liquidbrandexchange.com/steal-this-idea-culture-quiz/

 

How to Make Your Organization Understand Open Innovation: Lesson from General Mills by Stefan Lindegaard

Changing the culture is one of the most difficult tasks when it comes to open innovation.

http://www.15inno.com/2010/02/11/codevgenmills/

 

Island of misfit ideas by Jeffrey Phillips

 Do you remember the annual Christmas special about the island of misfit toys, where Rudolph ends up because he doesn’t “fit in” with the other reindeer?

http://innovateonpurpose.blogspot.com/2009/11/island-of-misfit-ideas.html

 

Rummage for Relief by Elizabeth Leuthner

Choose between a lot of good posts!

http://our.risd.edu/

 

The future directions at Parsons, the School of Design Strategies by Arne van Oosterom

http://wenovski.ning.com/profiles/blogs/the-future-directions-at?commentId=2123839%3AComment%3A12991&xg_source=msg_com_blogpost

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