Category Archives: Leadership

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 […]

The awesome power of “Thank You”

I sent my mother some flowers for her birthday recently. Being at the opposite side of the country from her means I have to put all my trust and faith in her local florist to deliver the goods, but let’s be honest – Moms appreciate any flowers at any time, and it’s hard to get […]

Free webinar: Rating innovation maturity

Think your company is innovative? We invite you to come see how it stacks up. In a webinar Wednesday, Aug, 1 at 11 a.m. ET,  we’ll share the provocative insights from Imaginatik’s innovation survey held earlier this year. This survey of Global 1,000 executives from around the world assesses five key aspects of an innovation […]

To be or not to be innovative …

… IS that the question? I was asked this in a roundabout way by an internal innovation team that met some “light resistance” to its efforts from senior leaders.  Like many innovation teams, the building of an internal business case is a rite of passage for anyone wishing to initiate an innovation program in his […]

Recap: Five questions with Rowan Gibson

All last week, innovation expert and author Rowan Gibson answered our questions and offered his insight into large-scale collaboration, innovation sponsorship, and the necessary roles that have to take place before successful, positive change can occur in a business. You may access his posts in the links below, and be sure to bookmark this page. […]

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 […]

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: 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 […]

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 […]

In innovation, do not fear failure

Innovation involves a certain amount of trial and error. The companies that are best at it can mitigate how often they err, yet in the end experimenting can lead to big breakthroughs. Encourage risks and allow for a certain amount of mistakes – even the biggest mistakes can lead to some positive results down the […]

The pitfalls of top-down innovation

Innovate on Purpose blogger Jeffrey Phillips suggests there are several reasons the big ideas of upper management don’t always trickle down to the folks on the ground who are responsible for the actual work. Among the ideas: Most senior executives aren’t innovators themselves. Most senior executives grew through the organization and moved up by being […]