Category Archives: Idea Management

Announcing Innovation Cloud @ BEI

Those of us on the conference circuit know the drill. You fly in, meet people, digest content, and have drinks. After several frenetic days of activity, you’re off to the next thing. Hopefully you remember all the people you met, all the stuff you learned…hopefully… It doesn’t have to be this way. Cramming activity into […]

New paths to innovation in manufacturing

Over the past several years we’ve seen a shift in the innovation efforts of traditional manufacturing companies. While new ideas typically were left to the folks in R&D, that often gave business leaders a bevy of incremental improvements and occasional, often random breakthroughs. That system is hard to manage, and hard to qualify. As more […]

Innovation: Fashionable AND relevant?

Innovation is a fashionable thing inside today’s companies. It is also irrelevant. Every company feels acutely the need to innovate, yet innovation as a core competence remains largely irrelevant because leaders can’t prove results. The collection of ideas does not lead inexorably to higher sales or fatter margins, so senior leaders support innovation conceptually, but […]

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 Challenges: Right From the Start

Thinking and planning things out before gearing up the execution engine will put collaborative innovation on the right trajectory. We know the risks of rushing into a collaborative innovation project without planning it well – you get disenchanted participants, lost resources and time, inadequate results, loss of confidence in the process, just to name a […]

Making the most of ‘Eureka!’ moments

All this week, innovation author and strategy guru Rowan Gibson answers pressing questions about the best ways to approach innovation. He will provide case studies of some of the world’s top brands, and he’ll share some tips that you can apply to your business immediately to bring measurable value to your innovation efforts. Follow along through […]

Getting the most ROI from new ideas

All this week, innovation author and strategy guru Rowan Gibson answers pressing questions about the best ways to approach innovation. He will provide case studies of some of the world’s top brands, and he’ll share some tips that you can apply to your business immediately to bring measurable value to your innovation efforts. Follow along through […]

Avoiding innovation’s ‘silent killer’

All this week, innovation author and strategy guru Rowan Gibson answers pressing questions about the best ways to approach innovation. He will provide case studies of some of the world’s top brands, and he’ll share some tips that you can apply to your business immediately to bring measurable value to your innovation efforts. Follow along through […]

How to shore up sponsorship

All this week, innovation author and strategy guru Rowan Gibson answers pressing questions about the best ways to approach innovation. He will provide case studies of some of the world’s top brands, and he’ll share some tips that you can apply to your business immediately to bring measurable value to your innovation efforts. Follow along […]

Innovation interview: Michael Schrage

This week’s innovation guest blogger is Michael Schrage, a research fellow at MIT Sloan School’s Center for Digital Business and Harvard Business Review blogger. He is the author of “Serious Play” and the forthcoming “Getting Beyond Ideas: The Future of Rapid Innovation.” 1. Companies launching an innovation platform for the first time often turn immediately […]

Interview: Robert Tucker (Part 2)

Our innovation authors series continues with the second half of our interview with Robert B. Tucker, whose latest book, “Innovation is Everybody’s Business,” will be released Oct. 25. The first part of the interview focused on people’s perception of their roles within an organization; today he talks about behaviors in innovation. 5. You’ve written, “behavior […]

Interview: Robert Tucker (Part 1)

Our innovation authors series continues with Robert B. Tucker, whose latest book, “Innovation is Everybody’s Business,” will be released Oct. 25. Since 1986, Robert has coached and consulted managers, executives, and entire teams at organizations ranging from IBM to the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs to Nokia. He is president of the Innovation Resource Consulting […]