Monthly Archives: February 2011

Innovating in spite of lawyers

By Mariana Ferrari Last week I attended Imaginatik’s Leaders Forum at the NYSE. It was an outstanding meeting with a very good quality of participants and great conversations about innovation challenges. From my perspective, the most significant challenge companies in America and Europe face in regards to innovation is how to innovate in spite of […]

Innovation’s four lenses

By Rowan Gibson Where do innovations come from? How do you generate an idea that is so radical – so compelling – that it fundamentally alters customer expectations, or reinvents the cost structure in your industry, or redefines the basis for competition? Despite all the attention innovation has received in recent years, the innovation process itself […]

How a prototype surpasses a pilot

It could be about semantics. Or not. A pilot is not a prototype. It is my strong belief that innovation success derives from prototype initiatives that are carefully planned, properly funded or staffed, and supported from beginning to end by senior executives seeking breakthrough bounties. So what is a pilot? Websters’ Dictionary under definition #5 says […]

How to build your innovation capability

By Rowan Gibson When I go into a large company, one of the first questions I usually ask is this: Does your organization have a worldwide innovation infrastructure where anyone, anywhere can get access to the cash, the talent, and the management support they need to turn their ideas into market success stories? No prizes […]

Unlocking innovation tech’s hidden potential

Published at this week: In the early 2000s ideas management was still heady stuff. Open innovation was hardly heard of and collaboration management was only just coming into vogue. Back then, the advent of what was, to all intents and purposes, a collaborative, online suggestion box signaled a veritable revolution in “business-as-usual” because the Internet linked […]

Innovation to the core

By Rowan Gibson Could you describe your company’s “corporate innovation system”? Ask this question inside most organizations and all you get is a blank stare. It’s obvious that, in the vast majority of firms, innovation is still more buzzword than core competence. Yet a few leading-edge players – including GE, IBM, P&G, Whirlpool, Shell, Cemex, […]

Time to find your Innovation Catapult

By Braden Kelley Now that 2011 has kicked into gear, it is time to get your innovation efforts right before the recovery. To that end, every organization should be looking to find and aim their innovation catapult. What does this mean, exactly? Well, we all know that innovation is about challenging the status quo. Because […]