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The Eureka Moment of Ideas & Idea Management

 Idea management is the second of critical processes of Robert’s Rules of Innovation and is essential in Innovation and New Product Development (NPD). It is really important to fill the innovation pipeline with ideas from many different sources in your business. Ideas can be...

How Does Your Company Match Up to the GE Innovation Barometer?

The GE Global Innovation Barometer conducts annual surveys to put a finger on the pulse of innovation around the world. The survey was conducted earlier this year with over 3,200 high level business executives from over 26 countries participating. The executives surveyed are those...

Risk is an Imperative for Sustainable Innovation

Over five thousand failures for just one success:  When Thomas Edison discovered the light bulb it took him 5999 tries to get it right.  Edison is quoted as saying, “Every wrong attempt discarded is a step forward.” Of the ten imperatives to Roberts Rules of...

Manage Innovation to Drive Value Creation

The fundamental purpose of Innovation is to create value that translates into enhanced stakeholder/shareholder value. Sustainable process-driven innovation transforms ideas into vital intellectual property, Intellectual property into revenues, and revenues into increased stakeholder value. While the creation of the idea is important, the creation of...

Leading for Innovation

Creating a company culture and mindset focused on innovation begins with proper training and coaching from leaders within the organization. From top to bottom, from executives to newcomers, everyone must be included in training and coaching programs. When you develop, support, and educate your workforce,...

Innovation Strategy: The top three growth-hacks for CIO’s

In an open letter from the CEO of Nike, Inc. Mark Parker shares, “achieving our long-term vision requires us to hold ourselves accountable for real and meaningful short-term progress”.  Having a big long term goal will set the foundation and help you develop your...

Innovate With Purpose: Idea Prioritization

Idea Prioritization  Ideation and idea management pack the front end of the New Product Development (NPD) funnel with a wealth of viable concepts. One of the toughest processes in innovation is idea prioritization. Idea prioritization is about how you invest your company’s product development resources. Most companies…

Invitation to Innovate

Innovation is hardly a new term. Dating back as early as the 15thcentury, innovation comes from the Latin innovationem, noun of action from innovare, and means “to renew or change”.  It seems the best-kept secret of today’s top businesses is how they create an atmosphere that...

Forecasting Innovation: Observe and Measure for Future Success

When creating innovation, it is vital to set metric goals and track these metrics. One of Robert’s Rules of Innovation, “Observe and Measure,” in terms of the performance of the program implementation, needs to be built-in as a critical and recurring element. Though many companies measure...

The Chief Innovation Officer: Is It CIO, CNO, or CINO ?

The great Chief Innovation Officer acronym confusion has obscured a much more important conversation about the requisite responsibilities to do the job well. Just what is a Chief Innovation Officer? The great Chief Innovation Officer acronym confusion has obscured a much more important conversation. Just...

Don’t (Just) Focus on Innovation

While innovation is paramount to the profitability of any business, there are other supporting factors which are essential to make innovation successful. Similar to the construction of any building, the work first begins with a solid foundation. Viable logistics, solid marketing, and financial health must...

Accountability Supports Sustainable Innovation

Without risk there can be no innovation, but what happens when success is finally achieved?  In order for innovation to be sustainable it must be driven by a structured management approach that strives for accountability, invention, and re-invention. Back in December, Innovation Enterprise held a Chief Innovation...

Re-Framing Innovation Strategy in 2014

Innovation “strategy” is no longer king. In today’s business world, uncertainty is virtually inescapable. It goes without saying that without risk, there can be no innovation. However, today’s climate requires that business leaders and innovation champions reframe how they approach innovation. Albert Einstein is quoted…

The Role of Design; R&D, and more in the NPD Process

After getting your house in order it is time to move from ideation to the NPD processes. The third step in Robert's Rules of Innovation addresses New Product Development. This process is defined as the complete cycle of creating and bringing a new product...

Innovate and Thrive: May you stay inspired in 2014!

Robert's Rules of Innovation wishes you and yours a wonderful Holiday Season. The season of eggnog and ugly sweater parties is here… threatening to slow momentum for even the most dedicated and business minded among us. To keep you on your toes this holiday,...

“Inciting Discovery, Inspiring Change” #CINONY

Earlier this month, Innovation Enterprise held a Chief Innovation Officer Summit in New York City. The Summit brings together innovation leaders from a range of industries to "incite discovery, inspire change & facilitate a cross-pollination of ideas". Panelists from some of the most innovative...

Get your House in Order to Nurture New Product Development

It is all about proper planning, communication, and execution in order to make an idea work or for sustainable innovation to happen. Implementing innovation depends on a disciplined strategy customized to the needs, size and culture of an organization. Each organization must create their...

Training and coaching for game-changing innovation

Innovate or die. Game changing innovation is hard. It is not simply the outcome of great ideas, but managing a holistic approach to innovate from start to finish. Every successful business leader knows that innovation in business is essential, but the best way to engineer...

The World’s Most Innovative Companies: Risk, Observation, & Measurement

Every year Fast Company reveals its list of the world's most innovative companies of the year. With the topic of innovation front and center, Fast Company considers themselves to be a progressive media brand "written for, by, and about the most progressive business leaders". For...

No Risk = No Innovation, and the “Get out of Jail” card

The global business strategists, Boston Consulting Group report that risk aversion is the number one barrier to innovation. Ray Kroc, the founder of McDonald's Corporation was a bit more succinct in his thoughts on taking risks: "If you're not a risk taker, you should...

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