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Making Room for Reflection Is a Strategic Imperative by Umair Haque via @ralph_ohr

Business is, above all, busy. And maybe it’s too busy.

Let’s face it. Most of us spend most of our time chasing the immediate reward, the short-run “objective,” the near-term “goal — in short, the expedient and the convenient.

Innovation – Doing the Impossible with No Resources by Jeffrey Phillips

During this most recent downturn, but similarly to other downturns, at least while I’ve been in the workforce, is the concept of “doing more with less” – that is, wringing more output or benefits out of the same, or often even less, inputs and resources

Currency of 21st Century Business? Connections by Deb Mills-Scofield

Sitting behind me at BIF-6 was this nice, unassuming guy.  We struck up a conversation.  As a result, a wonderful friendship has developed (which is easy to do at BIF). This guy was Michael Lee Stallard.

The Mindset and Key Skills Needed for Successful Innovation by Stefan Lindegaard

In my talks, I like to get into discussions on why we need to update our mindset and key skills in order to become successful at innovation. Below, I have given a couple of reasons as well as some suggestions on the key skills we need to develop.

Is Innovation Expensive? By Paul Sloane

How can companies afford to allocate scarce resources to innovation in these unprecedented times. When every extraneous expenditure is cut back to preserve cash flow how can it be justified to lavish money on


The Innovation Matrix: People or Tools? By Tim Kastelle

I had lunch last week with some managers from a company that is trying to improve their innovation performance. They kept asking me what tools should they be using to do this? Is there software that will help, or a process, or some other tool? I had to explain that there are a lot of tools available, but that first you have to figure out your innovation strengths and weaknesses.

The Two Dimensions of Market Orientation by Ralph Christian Ohr

Recently, I was reading an interesting HBR article, named: “Meeting the Apple Game of Customer Perception” by Ndubuisi Ekekwe.

The key paragraphs for me were:

How Are You Smart for Innovation Era? By Ellen Weber

The new innovation era builds on different talents – those overlooked by exclusive practices that limit  wealth for grabbers at the top.

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Respecting the Box  by Matthew E. May  via @ralph_ohr

You hear it all the time: think outside the box. You hear it to the point that it’s lost its meaning. And I’m okay with that, because I don’t think it’s the right guidance anyway, at least not all the time.

The increasing worldwide demand for innovation  by Jeffrey Phillips

I’ve just finished an innovation workshop in Kuala Lumpur.  The energy and enthusiasm for innovation from firms that attended is really impressive.  We had attendees from Malaysia and Thailand, as well as from Sudan. 

Management Innovation is Radical by Deb Mills-Scofield

Steve Denning begins his book, The Leader’s Guide to Radical Management: Reinventing the Workplace for the 21st Century with a quote from John HagelJohn Seely Brown and Lang Davison ‘s 2009 Shift Index to lay the foundation of the problem we face:


Design Thinking for Social Innovation: A Conversation with IDEO’s Sally Madsen by Jess Sand

As the private sector beings to embrace the possibility that social innovation can lead to a robust bottom line, companies face the very real challenge of figuring out what these efforts might actually look like on the ground

Radical Proposal for Knowledge to Drive Innovation by Ellen Weber

In past, valid knowledge equaled the sum of what people viewed, discovered, or learned. That changes radically in an innovation era, where a new concept of knowledge is needed to open doors of discovery and stoke curiosity for novelty and invention. Business information requires more evidence of knowledge in action for inventions and for reconfigured approaches that replace rigid routines.  These differences require a radical new lens, and unique approaches to problem solving.

Is “Normal” Real or an Elusive Social Construct? By Donna Flagg

I’ve heard it a million times and it drives me nuts. “Donna, you’re not normal.” I heard it in school, I hear it at work and I hear it in my personal life all the time too. But what does that mean?

Creative stretching by Jorge Barba

One of the challenges of proposing and then implementing new ideas is the resistance that comes from the success that a business already has. If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it right? Wrong!

Rethinking Design Thinking – Paul Pangaro – PICNIC ’10

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HR’s Strategic Role in Innovation by Deb Mills-Scofield

Historically, HR has not played a very strategic role in innovation.  This needs to change.  HR needs to support the culture change to enable innovation; and the upcoming generation isn’t going to settle for an ‘administrative-only’ role.

On happiness and value innovation by JORGE BARBA

I’ve been thinking about and pounding you in this blog with the idea of not wasting people’s time (also see here). I found out two things today, one is that I’m not the only one thinking about it and second that recent research says that in order for people to be happy we like to spend a certain amount of time on some activities.

Why smaller companies should embrace open innovation by Stefan Lindegaard

 Open innovation at small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) presents both great opportunities and great challenges. Forming open innovation relationships can give a growing enterprise access to resources that might normally are beyond their reach with the potential for greatly speeding up time to market.

How to Improve Your Innovation Metrics by Tim Kastelle

We’ve written a few posts criticising some of the more common innovation metrics in use, so I thought it would be smart to outline some ways that we can actually develop more effective metrics. Here’s a story that might help:

There Is Texting For Business, Texting For Emergency, Texting For Health, Texting For Love And Texting For Seduction. We Have Yet To Understand The Effects Of Excessive Texting Impacting Our Communications And Realtionships by Idris Mootee

San Francisco weather is perfect this week, yes unusual for late Sept. Exhausted but a lot of things get done. Will be spending a lot of time here.


Reducing Workplace Toxins with Novelty that Transforms by Ellen Weber

We now know the brain lights to novelty in refreshing ways – not a bad recipe for cutting edge advances at work. We also see servers and software equipped with interactive programs that  engage more talent in teams. Imagine this merger of  brain-compatible research and user-friendly technology, as the quintessential tool to rescue workplaces trapped in rigid ruts.

Spend time with people who challenge your thinking by Paul Sloane

‘You are the average of the five people that you spend the most time with,’ says author Richard Koch. While this statement is not to be taken literally or mathematically it plainly contains a disturbingly large grain of truth. For most of us the people we choose to associate with reflect ourselves, our values, our backgrounds, our attitudes and our behaviours.

Do You Have a Complexity Complex? by Holly G. Green

Are you overwhelmed by how fast the world moves these days? Does it seem like everything is getting more complicated? Do you sometimes feel like you might be out of your league when it comes to leading an organization in today’s chaotic markets?


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Diversity – Knowledge – Imagination

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Meilleures pratiques en matière de collaboration université-industrie – Partie 2 pour Albert Meige

Les collaborations recherche-industrie peuvent être houleuses. C’est le cas en France, comme dans d’autres pays. Dans la première partie de cet article, je donnais un résumé de meilleures pratiques en matière de collaboration recherche-industrie.

7 Intellectual Property Resources Every Freelancer Should Know About by Doug Heacock

Intellectual property (IP) law is a big, nasty, confusing world–one long-time blogger on copyright law and issues recently shut down his blog, partly because “the current state of copyright law is too depressing.”


Success and the Power of Research by Dr. Tirri Henry

Almost two decades ago, Finland entered a horrible period of economic stress. Starting in 1990, despite a decade of investment in which the Finnish government made a concerted effort to refocus the nation towards high technology and modern industries, a global economic downturn caused Finland to enter a deep recession. From 1990 to 1993, GDP fell more than 10 percent, 400,000 jobs were lost, and unemployment rose from 3.5 percent to 20 percent.


Why Workshops Fail and How they Win with Dr. Ellen Weber

People constantly complain that workshops waste time, and yet rarely work to spark lasting change or ignite innovative improvements. Have you found that to be true? If so, you’re likely looking at the kind of workshop format created long before the neuro-discoveries that call traditional meeting approaches into question.


Intellectual Property Resources for Innovators by Andreas Constantinides

Intellectual Property (IP) is an issue of utmost importance to inventors and innovators that is often overlooked.  In this post, we describe what IP is and provide URLs with information about different IP topics of interest to people in the (open) innovation community.


Thinking about “Design Thinking” by Fred Collopy

Design Thinking sits squarely in a Cartesian world of divided minds and bodies in spite of the fact that recent advances in evolutionary theory and cognitive science point to the inseparability of what is called the “hand-brain complex.”

The Biggest Obstacle to Innovation by Tim Kastelle

There are many candidates for the biggest obstacle to innovation. You could try lack of management support, no employee initiative, not enough good ideas, too many good ideas but no follow-through just for starters. My nominee for The Biggest Obstacle to Innovation is:


Technology First, Needs Last by Don Norman

“Necessity is often not the mother of invention. In many cases, it surely has been just the opposite. When humans possess a tool, they excel at finding new uses for it. The tool often exists before the problem to be solved.” Nye, D. E. (2006).


Strategy: Another Guiding Principle on Open Innovation by Stefan Lindegaard

100% Open is a new agency specialising in open innovation. They have an interesting Jam & Discover approach to open innovation and they also run networks and extend into training and venturing.

L Vaughn Spencer by Stephen Shapiro

I have been ridiculously busy with the manuscript for the new book.  As a result, my blogging has slowed down.  So, for today’s entry, I want to share with you an interview between a good friend of mine and The Economist.  I’m sure you will agree that L-Vo, as he likes to be called, is brilliant.

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Thinking the Unthinkable

The New Leadership Imperative

Here we have one of the largest, most successful, most respected companies in the world. And now it faces a crisis that is not just destroying its hard-earned reputation, but could well put it out of business.

by Holly G. Green – Blogging Innovation



5 Brainpowered Freefall Stoppers

A panel of experts on NPR just warned us again that US organizations free fall daily, while developing countries advance emerging takeovers.

with Dr. Ellen Weber – brainleadersandlearners



Freewriting – a method for unblocking creativity

Freewriting is a personal creativity technique that is particularly useful when you have hit a mental roadblock.  You simply write the challenge or topic at the top of a large piece of paper and then start writing.  You can write anything related to the topic.  Here are the rules of freewriting as given by Natalie Goldberg: 

By Paul Sloane  -bqf


Innovation and the Future

It would seem logical that innovators would be concerned about the future, given that spotting new opportunities or markets before your competitors would provide an innovation advantage. 

Jeffrey Phillips – innovateonpurpose


Learning to be genuine

We generally have a disconnect between the person, business, or agency that we want to be and the reality of who or what we are today.  This disconnect is a great thing, an opportunity for growth an opportunity for improvement.  However, when not understood, it is also a major pain point, something that leads your customers, your citizens, to lack faith in your words and actions.

by John Moore customerthink



Business Model Innovation for News

We’ve talked quite a bit about the situation in which the news industry currently finds itself. It is interesting because it is an industry in the middle of massive disruption, which makes it a great case study. Consequently, lots of other people are talking about it as well.

by Tim Kastelle Innovation Leadership Network


Open Innovation Perspectives from Small Company CEO


Finn Houengaard is CEO of Kavli, a 100 person strong company that provides wholesaling distribution of food products. He wants Kavli to become more innovative and in a company with scarcer resources than the big multinationals, it is obvious to look into how they can tap into other sources.

 By Stefan Lindegaard


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Is Crowdsourcing Disrupting the Design Industry?

The past couple years have seen an increase in the use of crowdsourcing by companies to procure design assets. It works like this:

By Hutch Carpenter – bhc3


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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?

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