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Communication is Key for Innovation Implementation and Business Success

The innovation book Robert’s Rules of Innovation: A 10-Step Program for Corporate Survival hammers the point home that innovation is the key to your company’s survival—in other words, “innovate or die.” The recently published Robert’s Rules of Innovation II: The Art of Implementation teaches...

A Slow Brew: What Starbucks Teaches Us About the Importance of Innovation and Timing

Timing. It can be the impetuous for the greatest, most serendipitous of love stories—the perfect Craigslist Missed Connection “How We Met” story later memorialized in the New York Time’s “Vows” section. Or, the most tragic, ill-timed ones—like all that tragic poison-drinking and dagger-stabbing by...

Are Our Accounting Systems Innovation Inhibitors?

Innovation thought leaders and industry experts emphatically harp that if you want to stay afloat (and ultimately thrive) in today’s hyper-competitive business environment, innovation is not optional—it’s absolutely imperative for survival and success. Your customers demand it; and if you can’t innovate, your competitors...

Power Couple: Unlocking the Innovation Opportunities of Big Data and the Internet of Things

On this blog, we first wrote about the Internet of Things (IoT) in the blog post entitled “Innovation Management: Keeping Up with the Digital World.”  If you haven’t read it, here’s a quick recap: Even though the term Internet of Things has been around for...

Innovation and The Art of Implementation (Part 3)

If you want to survive in today’s supersonic-fast business world, innovation is no longer optional, it’s imperative. Underscoring this same sentiment and urgency for business growth via innovation, Robert’s Rules of Innovation: A 10-Step Program for Corporate Survival provides the straightforward warning: “Innovate or...

Innovation and The Art of Implementation (Part 2)

The topics covered in Robert’s Rules of Innovation II: The Art of Implementation (available on Amazon and at bookstores starting December 8, 2015) naturally fall into three distinct areas: The “Big Ideas” of Implementation The “People Aspects” of Implementation The “Process” of Implementation We are…

Innovation and The Art of Implementation (Part 1)

 “A good idea is about ten percent. Implementation, hard work, and luck is 90 percent.” — Guy Kawasaki The very purpose of innovation is to change things up, move processes forward, and disrupt the status quo. “Innovation for the sake of innovation” is a misuse...

Innovation Management: Keeping Up With the Digital World

All Aboard the Sensor Revolution: How the Internet of Things is Driving Innovation Those who are plugged in know that technology is a swift changing animal—a shapeshifter always in flux, moving forward at a terabit-fast pace. Keeping up with every new buzz and innovation is...

Creating a Structured, Repeatable Process For Innovation

Established companies do not easily reinvent themselves.  History shows us that Innovation is often the strategy of startups – but not only is it important in getting to the top, innovation is necessary in order to stay on top. New talent, new techniques, and...

Ownership: To Risk or Not to Risk

It’s easy to view leadership with rose-colored glasses, to envision the accolades and respect that comes with authority. However, from the beginning of modern business, the pressures associated with positions of power have been underscored over and over again, giving birth to idioms and...

Observation, Measurement, and How They Lead to Sustainable Innovation

The degree in which a company prioritizes sustainable innovation can often become the difference between a successful business and a struggling business. True innovation does more than just meet the immediate exigency of consumers and clients; it anticipates those demands and needs, providing products...

Complacency, Stagnancy, and Their Effects on Innovation

Though competition is an unavoidable aspect of business, its effects can potentially foster or deter innovation depending on a leader’s management style. Celebrating success and discouraging failure is a familiar binary for most, but what would happen if a business decides to reverse that...

Exponential Leadership and Innovation

“If I had asked people what they wanted, they would have said faster horses.”  While there is no hard evidence to attribute the above quote to Henry Ford, there is no argument that he was a visionary of his time. He created something that consumers...

Innovation Rankings – Measuring Innovation

Innovation experts love making lists – and we love reading them. I’ll be the first to admit that Fast Company’s “World’s Most Innovative Companies” is one of my favorite annual reports. I’m also a big fan of Forbes’ list which takes into account investor confidence...

Aligning Generation X, Y, and Flux for Innovation Implementation in 2015

Here’s to a New Year of Innovation! Goodbye two-thousand and fourteen – Hello to the New Year! Typically with the passing of a year, I spend the first few hours feeling nostalgic. Facebook has their “year in review,” news outlets have their “best of 2014...

Innovation and Disruptive Necessity

Is the world getting smaller, or are we seeing further? Today we stand on the shoulders of giants in a rapidly changing world. In order to gain the competitive edge needed to stay relevant, it is imperative that businesses seek to disrupt their own business...

Innovation ROI: The Tough Questions

Some things are easier to measure than others. For example, an objective such as lower cost of goods sold, or improved revenue is relatively easy to measure. Strategic objectives on the other hand have been historically more difficult to quantity. How do you measure Innovation...

The Language of Innovation Leaders – Selling Innovation The Right Way

During the process of innovation, selling your idea can be one of the biggest challenges. Once you go up several layers they begin to speak a different language. The office of CEO is only two steps above director. That might not seem like much, but...

Setting the stage for Innovation: Inspiration is rule number one.

“A pessimist sees the difficulty in every opportunity; an optimist sees opportunity in every difficulty.”     – Winston Churchill You don’t need me to tell you why innovation is important. The Status Quo is boring, and no great fortune was ever built by playing it...

Successful Innovation Harnesses Idea Management

While most organizations believe that Innovation is required to remain competitive in today’s marketplace, they often do not put enough emphasis on building the organizational capability for innovation. Idea management is a critical step in this process. While creativity and ideas can be found in...

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