Author Archives: Emiley McCole

Innovations to be thankful for

The past year has seen some incredible new inventions that are revolutionizing our everyday lives. Before we sit down to Thanksgiving dinners this week we reflected on innovations from five different industries that showcase some of 2012’s best ideas. The Tesla Model S: Imagine your dream luxury vehicle. Now imagine that it’s emissions free. Tesla […]

Upcoming chat covers ‘real’ innovation

A recent Capgemini study said just 30% of today’s Chief Innovation Officers feel they have the necessary structure for innovation. This number could be higher, according to Imaginatik innovation advisor Sara Husk, if they just line up three key components: resources, processes and metrics. On Wednesday, Nov. 28 at 11 a.m., we’ll explore these elements […]

Key to high tech innovation: A lean approach

When it comes to technology, Michael Davies says conventional wisdom is wrong. In a rational world, one would think that the more you spend on R&D, the more successful your product will be.  But the world and its inhabitants are not rational. Davies is the chairman of Endeavour Partners and a guest lecturer at MIT. […]

An innovation champion’s guide to success

So you’ve been appointed as an innovation champion. You’ve been tasked to help form your organization’s innovation strategy, or maybe just help carry it out, or both. Where do you start? The trouble is that innovation doesn’t come in a standard package.  It’s a unique process that must be tailored to your company’s goals in […]

Be the disrupter, not the disrupted

To Saul Kaplan, a business model is “the story of how an organization creates, delivers, and captures value.” But in today’s world of constant disruption, that static business model could also lead to an organization’s demise. Kaplan is the founder of the Business Innovation Factory and author of “The Business Model Innovation Factory,” which explores […]

COINS-operated innovation?

Paul Hobcraft’s innovation model uses three “horizons” Paul Hobcraft sees open innovation entering a new age, and he hopes a new collaborative network providing a dynamic and definitive reference guide will unlock an “Open Innovation V 2.0” era. His vision, called Collaborative for an Open Innovation System, or Project COINS, involves a virtual interactive community […]

A new reality for enterprise innovation

Get real. That’s what Sara Husk, innovation advisor with Imaginatik, asks today’s organizations to do. In the latest Innovation Masters Series webinar from Imaginatik, Sara asked participants to honestly reflect about the current state of their innovation programs, if one exists. She asked some provocative questions about the ways in which organizations are structuring their […]

Innovating “The Fabric of Our Lives”

The innovation story at Cotton, Incorporated used to be a familiar story – researchers innovated “by the seat of their pants” without a formalized process. Earlier this year we talked to Kristie Browning, a senior textile chemist at Cotton Inc.,about the nonprofit’s efforts in transforming the way it approaches innovation. Through an online collaboration environment […]