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Happy Labor Day: Ownership is Risk Taking

Labor Day, the first Monday in September, is a creation of the labor movement and is dedicated to the social and economic achievements of American workers. For some, Labor Day signifies the end to sunny summer days. For others, it constitutes a yearly national tribute...

Innovation and the Necessity to Inspire

In order for organizations to successfully achieve Innovation – the lifeblood of any company – Robert's Rules of Innovation gives ten imperatives to follow in order to attain sustainable growth. The ten imperatives begin with the first step that needs to be accomplished before...

Net Results Plus Net Rewards, Equal Net Profits.

Net Result, Net Reward: These two succinct yet powerful phrases define the last imperative of Robert's Rules of Innovation. The principle is essential; dynamic innovation will yield a profitable return on investment (ROI) measured as a favorable direct correlation of innovative ideas...

Innovation: Starting with the Basics

Building a foundation for innovation starts with the basics. In Robert's Rules of Innovation™ the imperatives to Create & Sustain "NEW" in Business, number one is Inspire and Initiate. Innovation and ideation are pointless without buy-in from top management, and the support of your...

8 Step Process Perfects New Product Development

Every entrepreneur knows that productivity is one of the key ingredients for successful product development. One of the two key processes in Robert's Rules of Innovation is the NEW PRODUCT DEVELOPMENT PROCESS. A formalized, NPD process – also referred to and best practice: the...

Walking on the Edge with Innovation

According to John Hagel and John Seely Brown for the Aspen Institute Roundtable Discussion in 2012, the place where innovation is most likely to flourish is not at the core of an organization but at the edge "where the weight of inertia is less...

Sustainable Innovation Meets Disruptive Innovation

Why is success so hard to sustain? In order to succeed, everybody should be involved and engaged in innovation. Innovation should be broad; from innovations in the product or offering, to innovations in the process, delivery, and/or finance. For many years, innovation was seen as...

The Hidden Value of an IP Portfolio – Just ask Dell

Value creation is the performance of actions that increase the worth of goods, services and businesses. It benefits customers, who receive improved products and services, as well as shareholders of the company who wish to see their stake appreciate over time. How does a company...

Innovation Leadership Re-invented.

Innovation is constantly taking place around us, from the mundane and simple, to the abstract and grand. Last night I was watching a video for Samsung's newest screen prototype, the oled bendable plastic screen under the Youm brand name. This morning I am sitting in...

Innovation from a “Gemba” perspective

When was the last time you approached your business as a customer? Have you ever placed an order for your own product, and followed its path from start to finish? It may be time to start. It may be time for a Gemba Walk. Competitive…

The Lost Interviews

"What ruined Apple was not growth … what ruined apple was values… They got very greedy … Instead of following the original trajectory of the original vision, which was to make the thing an appliance and get this out there to as many people...

2013 Innovation Resolution: Make Mistakes

At the beginning of every year, I pick one solid quote to live by for the year. This year, my quote comes from Neil Gaiman. Gaiman himself never graduated from college. He never even enrolled in college. Yet, today, he is one of the...

Stay inspired this Holiday Season – The 12 Days of innovation

Robert's Rules of Innovation wishes you and yours a wonderful Holiday Season. May you stay inspired in 2013! Tis' the Season for harrowing crowds, spiked eggnog, and delicious holiday feasts. It's also the time of year for distraction, procrastination, and a lull in business productivity.…

What drives Innovation and who owns it?

Ownership is one of the key imperatives of Robert's Rules of Innovation. Most would agree that innovation is everyone's responsibility, but employees can't innovate unless their leaders empower them to do so. Innovation needs a champion within the organization to push them to take...

Innovations to be thankful for

After sitting down to Thanksgiving dinner last week, it is hard not to think of all that we have to be thankful for. In the past year there have been some incredible new innovations revolutionizing the way people live their lives. After countless hours...

Innovation Balancing Act

On June 15th of this year, Nik Wallenda became the first person ever to walk across the roaring Niagra Falls on a 2-inch wire. After battling wind swells, and thick mist, Wallenda completed his walk crossing from the United States into Canada. He was greeted…

I.N.N.O.V.A.T.I.O.N : Creating a Culture of Innovation

Innovation in business is the development of new customer value through solutions that meet new needs, inarticulate needs, or current needs in new ways. Innovation in and of itself is the key to a company's survival. It is the lifeblood of a company. That said,...

Supporting the “R” in R&D

When it comes to Research and Development (R&D), a majority of the new product development process involves the "D" from concept to launch. However, the "R" is where most breakthroughs come from – and it is in jeopardy due to recessionary cuts and the...

Challenging Open Innovation

Open Innovation is an effective method for gaining ideas from outside an organization, but in order to achieve long term sustained Innovation, companies need to establish a structured repeatable process. Breakthrough innovations still have to come from within the company through hard work and...

Gauging Your Organization’s Training and Coaching Program

For creating a company culture and mindset focused on innovation, it starts with proper training and coaching from the high ups of an organization. Team members need to be trained and coached to constantly improve their skill set, and this attitude should be continuously...

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