Innovation-In-A-Box Operating Instructions

Dear Customer, Thank you for buying Innovation-In-A-Box, the only product you’ll ever need to buy to drive innovation across your organisation. Unpacking Instructions Innovation-In-A-Box contains fragile components, such as creativity, precious flip charts, and colourful posters. These can be damaged if care is not exercised during unpacking. Also note the consultant inside the box is […]

Three discoveries last night

Last night, I went to see a concert, a string quartet. I knew none of the works on the programme, but it was a quartet of international stature, and live classical music is something I like, so I was delighted to have been invited. We enter the hall, and the musicians come in. Its all […]

Epic Idea Management #Fails

You install a tool and imagine your work is done. Actually, the work is just starting, because getting a working community built is actually really hard. Noone, but noone, shows up because you have a cool tool. On the other hand, they’ll come if their colleagues are already participating. Hard, hard work is the only […]

10 ways to know you are with a real innovator

You are excited. You are energised. You are inspired. You know you are with a real innovator because they are special people who create and magnify emotions in those with whom they work. A real innovator always sees the greatness in others and gets excited about it themselves.  Having greatness surround them reminds them why […]

The innovation keystone

Innovation Keystones are those parts of a truly unique value proposition which, when varied, have disproportionate effect on the customer.

Dear Senior Executive

I understand you’ve been given responsibility for innovation. I’ve heard on the grapevine that you’re excited about it, and planning great things. I think it will be thrilling to see what you create. But please take a few words of advice…

Its not about faith any more

Sadly, I have heard today another innovation effort I’ve been following has died aborning. They got so close, too. Well, maybe not died, but “put on hold”, which is the usual line you get from senior execs who haven’t quite been able to take the leap of faith that’s needed to execute an innovation effort. […]

Promotions Cultures & Innovation

If there’s one thing I’ve noticed working for Government*, it is there’s an endemic promotions culture here, far worse than anything I’ve seen anywhere else. A promotions culture is what you get when the main objective of everything you do at work is to get to the next grade level. For some people, that’s a […]

Reboot business as usual

I think it is time we considered taking radical steps. The problem, you see, is that even though everyone says innovation is important, that it’ll be the driver of all future competitive advantage, and those organisations that fail to innovate will die, no one really believes it. Or at least, they don’t believe it in […]

The (other) innovators dilemma

Everyone knows sooner or later some upstart is going to come along with something that disrupts your business. And everyone knows that the chances of executing a "disrupt yourself" strategy to avoid the upstart it is practically impossible, because you have all these incumbent people hell bent on preserving what's working now. That's the innovators' […]

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