Monthly Archives: September 2010

Innovation interview: Jurgen Wolff

Imaginatik’s series on series on idea management, process efficiency and high-impact innovation continues today with Jurgen Wolff. He is the author of “Marketing for Entrepreneurs” (Pearson), “Do Something Different” (Virgin Books, with a foreword by Sir Richard Branson) and “Focus: Use the Power of Targeted Thinking to Get More Done” (Pearson). He also conducts an online […]

From innovation ambition to investment

Bold leaders leading. (Courtesy CLA) In my last post I talked about the need to set your ambition to succeed in innovation. While you need ambition you also need results. Innovation initiatives without results are destined to be consigned to the annals of last year’s management fad. So how do we make that all-important move […]

Innovation interview: Gina O’Connor

This week’s guest interview is with Dr. Gina O’Connor, associate professor in the Lally School of Management & Technology at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, where she has taught and conducted research for more than 15 years. She is the co-author of “Grabbing Lightning: Building a Capability for Breakthrough Innovation.” She may be reached through the Grabbing […]

When to ‘fish or cut bait’

Face it: with a big pile of ideas, some are going to stink. Best to act on the fresh ones quickly. (Photo source here) We have an innovation style model called Orchid, which gauges how you apply your talents in a collaborative situation focused on problem solving. I fall in the “Creator/Inquisitor” category, which means […]

Interview: Jonathan Littman (Part 2)

Yesterday, author Jonathan Littman shared his thoughts on individuals’ roles in incorporating innovation into a corporate culture. Today he talks about technology’s role in that process. 1. In a strategic context, where do you see social media fitting in to corporate strategy today? I created my new company, Snowball Narrative, because I think we are […]

Interview: Jonathan Littman (Part 1)

This week, Imaginatik talks to Jonathan Littman about how leadership and social media each play their parts in innovation. Jonathan practices storytelling and branding at Snowball Narrative for entrepreneurs and corporations, and in partnership with the branding studio, Thinktopia. His two innovation books with Tom Kelley of IDEO, “The Ten Faces of Innovation” and “The […]

Making feedback more positive

Feedback indicates that the business values input and is acting on it. (Photo source here) We can argue that the exact percentage (90%, 98%, etc.) of ideas received in an idea management system are of no value for a particular initiative; and yes, we can also agree that the X% of ideas aren’t necessarily bad ideas […]

Why the suggestion box isn’t enough

Even if you do have a suggestion box, where do those suggestions go? Often, they go right into the trash. Having employees share their input on how the company is running can be a great way to get them engaged and thinking about their careers in a broad context. How does what I do fit […]

Beware of rewards!

Rewarding employees for their contributions to your idea management system is a very tricky game. Often companies dive into it without thinking first about the true motivations for their employees, and end up with average or worse results. I recently read about a fascinating study that highlights this issue well. Allow me to recite: Edward […]

Mapping the road to an innovation culture

Ask the question, “What does a culture of innovation look and sound like?” and you’re likely to get a variety of answers. That’s not a bad thing. It’s probably slightly different – and articulated differently – in each organization. If the person being asked can articulate a definition, that’s major success and a foundation to […]

Innovation interview: Paul Sloane

We continue our guest blogger series on idea management, process efficiency and high-impact innovation with Paul Sloane, author of “The Innovative Leader: How to Inspire Your Team and Drive Creativity.” 1. Being an innovative company means different things to different people – how do you define “innovation” and what common thread or threads link the world’s […]

Playing the Ambition card

The best CEOs know when to play the Ambition card. (Courtesy WikiMedia) Ambition, Ambition, Ambition. Keep saying it. Now take a look at the best innovation programs in the world and what do you see in the CEO’s hand? That high-value picture card – Ambition, and through this ambition we see success. Interestingly, we also […]